Today marks the start of Brighthand’s fourth year, but it’s also much more than that. It’s the dawn of a NEW Brighthand, with a NEW Editor-in-Chief, several NEW contributing writers and columnists, and a NEW focus on daily industry news, in addition to our editorials, features and reviews, and our award-winning discussion forums.
That’s right, Brighthand is about to get even better!
Our NEW Editor-in-Chief
Many of you have been wondering about our NEW Editor-in-Chief since we first mentioned it last month. Yes, it’s true. After three years at the helm, Brighthand founder Steve Bush has decided to step aside as Editor-in-Chief to become Publisher of Brighthand. In his new role, Steve will continue to run the business of Brighthand Consulting and the Brighthand website, as well as speak to groups and at conferences and consult to companies on mobile technologies. He’s also assured us that he’ll continue to contribute those thought-provoking (and often controversial) editorials and device reviews we’ve come to expect from him.
So, who’s the NEW Editor-in-Chief? Well, we’re proud to announce that Ed Hardy, former editor of Palm Infocenter, has joined Brighthand as Editor-in-Chief. During the past two years, Ed helped build PalmInfocenter in the preeminent Palm news and information website, and now he’s committed to making Brighthand the place to go for Palm and Pocket PC news. Although Ed’s background has been primarily covering Palm Powered devices, he’s been working hard to get up to speed on the latest Pocket PC devices. In fact, we’re having a difficult time prying his hands from our Toshiba Genio e550g. Welcome, Ed!
But the BIG news today is MORE CONTENT. Yes, you asked for it, and now you’ve got it. The addition of Ed means that we’ll have several news stories each day linked from our homepage, in addition to our device reviews and editorials. Plus, we’ve added several contributing writers who will bring you their unique insights and opinions on topics in the handheld industry.
There are also a couple of NEW sections on the site. There’s FEATURES, which will house our interviews with industry leaders, coverage of the major events — such as Comdex, PC Expo and PalmSource — and other feature articles, including our NEW Brighthand Buyer’s Guide articles. Each Buyer’s Guide feature will cover a specific aspect of handheld computing, from devices to Storage cards to wireless options, explaining it in a clear, concise manner that we hope will help both novices and experts. We’ll publish our first Buyer’s Guide section on screen technology on Friday. There’s also a new section called THE OTHER HAND, which will cover handheld devices outside the Palm and Pocket PC arenas, devices such as the RIM BlackBerry and the Casio Cassiopeia BE-300 Pocket Manager.
What makes our move to MORE CONTENT possible is the installation of a new content management system, designed and developed by our technical consultant, Mike Skott. Mike has been busy lately making the final changes and testing the new system, which will allow us to update the site faster and more efficiently — and from wherever we are — and provide consistent navigation throughout. We know there’ll be some bugs at first, but we’ll work to quickly correct those. We’re also developing a growing list of enhancements that we hope to complete by year end.
And, of course, we still have our popular, award-winning Discussion Boards!
Our NEW philosophy
Finally, we thought we’d explain the NEW Brighthand philosophy.
Brighthand has, and always will be, for the Consumer. You can be assured that our opinions are our honest views based primarily on hands-on analysis and research. Sure, we charge clients for advertising, sponsorships, speaking engagements and consulting, but there is absolutely no connection between advertising and editorial coverage. You simply cannot buy an article on Brighthand. Likewise, we are here to provide information, not sell products. Therefore, Brighthand has chosen not to participate in either direct sales or affiliate programs. So if we recommend a product, you can be assured that it’s not because we have a financial stake in it.
So thanks for visiting the NEW Brighthand and let us know what you think.