When you first take home your fancy new cellphone
that can hold endless gigs of data, run circles around the Internet and
connect to the rest of the world in umpteen different ways, you're
pretty proud of yourself. It's only when you try and get your phone
connected to the sources of that data that you realize that there was
one question you forgot to ask: Just how easy is it to get at the
music, video and photos on your computer and on the Internet?
then that you realize that not all "smart phones" are all that smart.
If you have an iPhone, for example, getting your device hooked up is a
no-brainer: You plug it into your computer, and iTunes takes over. Some
phones come with a halfway decent interface program, but often the
installation process for the software isn't so simple; most companies
have one program for dozens of different models, and the plug-ins and
patches for each model often have to be downloaded from a hard-to-find
Web site. And then there are the phones that don't come with any
interface program at all - and can only connect to a computer if you
are willing to shell out another 30 bucks or so to buy the software!
What "the rest of us" non-iPhone owners really need is a device
interface program that works like iTunes: One that connects
transparently and automatically to your phone, can access music and
video on-line and doesn't cost anything. But where, oh where, could you
find a program like that?
Right here - at Dazzboard (http://www.dazzboard.com/), a new
on-line application that supports not one phone from Apple, but dozens
of phones from Nokia
, LG and others,
as well as MP3 players and even some GPS devices. The site lists all
the devices that can connect automatically - meaning you just plug in
your device, and it appears on the Dazzboard device manager, where you
can move movies, music and photos from your computer right onto the
If that's all Dazzboard did, it would be enough. But
you get more! Along with the program, you get the "Dazz Me"
bookmarklet, which lets you easily connect to sources of video (YouTube
et al.), music (muzik.com, others) and photos (Flickr, Photobucket,
etc.) and drag them right into your transfer window, from where they
make their way to your device with the click of a button. You're not
limited to the sites the bookmarklet connects to; it's easy to replace
those sites with your favorite download sites. Meaning that Dazzboard
does the iPhone one better; not only does it make connecting your
device simple, it turns the whole Internet into your own iTunes store.