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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The phones of MWC


Check out these 32 top android phones as shown at the world mobile congress.

Nokia Lumia 720


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Nokia Lumia 720

 Of all the new devices that Nokia introduced at the show, the Nokia Lumia 720 is the most high-end. It has the familiar Lumia unibody design, but it adds a microSD card slot that you can use with cards up to 64GB. Also, it’s capable of wireless charging, it has 8GB of internal memory, and a 6.7-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash.

LG Optimus G Pro

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LG Optimus G Pro
 The Optimus G Pro is another attempt by LG to build a hybrid smartphone and tablet (or a “phablet,” if you will). It has 5.5-inch full HD IPS screen with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution — giving a high 400ppi. Fortunately, it’s a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is more standard on mobile phones than the 4:3 ratio on LG’s earlier Intuition


Alcatel One Touch Fire


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Alcatel One Touch Fire

 The Alcatel One Touch Fire is one of the first smartphones to run Firefox OS, a new software that aims to light a fire under Android. That alone gives it some street cred, even if the other features aren’t quite as noteworthy. It has a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a microSD card slot.

Acer Liquid E1

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Acer Liquid E1
 The Acer Liquid E1 has midrange features and relatively low-resolution 4.5-inch display, but it also brings Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and powerful external speakers.


Huawei Ascend P2

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Huawei Ascend P2
Huawei continues its quest for the high-end market with its new Ascend P2. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 4.7-inch, 720p HD display with a 315-pixel density, a 85-degree viewing angle, 500-nits brightness, and Gorilla Glass 2. Inside you’ll find a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Alcatel One Touch

Scribe Easy


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Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy

Equipped with Jelly Bean, Alcatel’s One Touch Scribe Easy has a cool magnetic cover and a stylus you can use to transcribe handwriting into text in several custom apps. The size is a little awkward, and the specs won’t surprise you, but it won’t take a big bite out of your wallet, either.

LG Optimus F5


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LG Optimus F5

 Part of LG’s new midrange F series, the Optimus F5 has a 4.3-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8GB of onboard storage, and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

LG Optimus F7


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LG Optimus F7

 The higher-end Optimus F7, which rocks a 4.7-inch IPS display, features a wide and slim physical home button, bracketed by the standard capacitive back and menu buttons. It runs on a midlevel 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,540mAh battery

ZTE Grand Memo


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ZTE Grand Memo

 Another big phone or small tablet (depending on how you see it), the ZTE Grand Memo has a huge 5.7-inch display with Android 4.1.2, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera.

Geeksphone Peak

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Geeksphone Peak
 With a with premium hardware, a 4.3-inch display, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the Geeksphone Peak is the best way so far to experience Mozilla’s browser-based operating system. Other features include a proximity sensor and accelerometer, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front camera, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory, microSD and Micro-USB ports, and a GPS receiver.

Alcatel One Touch



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Alcatel One Touch Idol X

 By phone standards, the 5-inch One Touch Idol X is enormous, yet a few design tricks make it seem smaller than it really is. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the rear cover is coated in a colorful rubbery material, and you can choose between two versions of the phone. One has an 8-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot and the other is a dual-SIM model with a 13-megapixel camera and no memory-card slot.

Nokia Lumia 520


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Nokia Lumia 520

 More midrange than the Lumia 720, Nokia’s Lumia 520 has a 5-megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video, and 8GB of storage. There’s no flash, and Nokia bypassed wireless charging, presumably to help keep costs down.

Tizen OS


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Tizen OS

It’s not in a real phone quite yet, but the Tizen Association showed off its new mobile OS. Japan’s NTT Docomo will be the first carrier to sell a Tizen smartphone and Samsung will be the first company to make such a device this summer.

Samsung Galaxy



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Samsung Galaxy Xcover

So, why the strange name? Well, it’s because Samsung’s Galaxy Xcover is really a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini in a rugged shell. It’s IP67-certified, which means it’s dust-proof and waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It’ll survive a dunking in your drink or the bathroom, and it’ll survive you washing it afterward. Inside it has a chunky dual-core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The display is a 4-inch touch screen with 800×480 pixels

ZTE Open


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ZTE Open

Another new phone running the Firefox OS, the ZTE Open is faster than Alcatel’s handset, but at this stage it’s not powerful enough to rival most smartphones. The screen has a mere 480×320-pixel resolution, for example, and the camera is a 3.2-megapixel job.

Cat B15


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Cat B15

 Encased in a thick rubber skin, the rough ‘n’ tumble Cat B15 can operate in temperatures from -20 to 55 degrees Celsius (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit) and can withstand up to 6-foot drops (1.8 meters). Features include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4-inch touch screen with Gorilla Glass, a 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, and a 5-megapixel camera

Alcatel One Touch


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Alcatel One Touch Snap

The Alcatel One Touch Snap sports a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, a large 4.5-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory. All this drives the phone’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software along at a, well, snappy clip.

Alcatel One Touch

Snap LTE


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Alcatel One Touch Snap LTE

The One Touch Snap LTE is similar to its sibling, but it supports LTE, it has a slightly larger 1.4GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, and its profile is just a bit thicker (4.65 inches).

NEC Medias W N-05E


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NEC Medias W N-05E

 The NEC Medias W N-05E isn’t the first handset we’ve seen with two screens. You can fold out the twin 4.3-inch qHD displays to make it a 5.6-inch tablet of sorts, but the whole thing just seems awkward.

Samsung Galaxy Grand

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Samsung Galaxy Grand

With a design that sort of resembles the Galaxy S3, the Samsung Galaxy Grand has a 5-inch LCD display with rounded corners and a wide home button. Features include Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and Bluetooth, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Acer Liquid Z2

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Acer Liquid Z2

Though the single-core processor and the 3-megapixel camera make it largely an entry-level device, the Acer Liquid Z2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it has a dual SIM card slot.

Alcatel One Touch Star

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Alcatel One Touch Star

Though positioned as an entry-level phone, the One Touch Star has a bright and vibrant 4-inch AMOLED display. It runs Jelly Bean, has some great editing apps for its 5-megapixel camera, and you can get it in a variety of colors.

Fujitsu Arrows

X F-02E


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Fujitsu Arrows X F-02E

The Fujitsu Arrows X F-02E is a powerful Android phone that has an exquisite screen, a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, a 16.3-megapixel camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a water- and dust-resistant shell.

LG L 7II, L5II, and



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LG L 7II, L5II, and L3 II

LG also introduced more devices for its previously established L series. Though all of the handsets run on Android Jelly Bean, they offer varying designs and features. The L7 II (left) is the most high-end of the bunch. It has a 4.2-inch display with an 8-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. The L5 II (middle) brings a 4-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz single-core processor; and the L3 II (right) sports a 3.2-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz processor

Geeksphone Keon


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Geeksphone Keon

Another phone running the Firefox OS, the Geeksphone Keon will be priced between $100 and $150 when it goes on sale in the next few weeks worldwide (it will be the first Firefox OS phone available to buy). Like the Fire, it has a 3.5-inch screen and it’s wrapped in a bright “Firefox orange” casing.

Nokia 301


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Nokia 301

Nokia takes us back to classic Nokia designs with the candy bar 301. The 2.4-inch QVGA display, which isn’t a touch screen, has a 320×240-pixel resolution. There’s a 3.2-megapixel camera (no flash), which includes panorama mode, and burst mode with up to five shots in a sequence. You’ll only find 256MB of internal storage, but you can save media on up to 32GB of external storage.

Samsung Galaxy Fame


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Samsung Galaxy Fame

 Though it carriers the Galaxy name, Samsung Galaxy Fame won’t count as a premium device. Indeed, with its low-resolution 480×320-pixel screen, 1GHz processor, and 5-megapixel camera, it won’t take a big bite out of your wallet.

Nokia 105


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Nokia 105

Intentionally created for the entry-level cell phone markets in China, Indonesia, India, and Nigeria, the Nokia 105 focuses on calls, long battery life, and only a few little extras. It has a tiny 1.5-inch display and no camera, but you do get a flashlight, an FM radio, alarms, and a reminder app.

Doro PhoneEasy 622


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Doro PhoneEasy 622

Launching in Europe, the senior-friendly Doro PhoneEasy 622 has a flip design that’s smaller than what we’ve seen from the company before, but it still has big controls and a user-friendly interface. Also, it’s the first Doro to feature video recording.

Fujitsu Stylistic S01


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Fujitsu Stylistic S01

Fujitsu’s Stylistic S01 also is aimed at seniors. The feature set for the Ice Cream Sandwich device hits a bit lower than most Android phones, but it has access to all of the Google’s apps that you’d expect.

Samsung Galaxy Young

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Samsung Galaxy Young
About as basic as they come, the Samsung Galaxy Young is a single-core phone with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, a low-resolution 480×320-pixel display, and a 3-megapixel shooter. So you can see why they call it “young.”
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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


Learning to play any musical instrument can be a mammoth task, especially for those who aren’t naturally gifted in that regard. The guitar is particularly difficult to learn to play, with a steep learning curve and some extraordinary finger dexterity required right from the start. Therefore, any tool designed to make the process less painful is welcomed with open arms by budding guitar gurus. A company called Incident is hoping that will be the case for gTar, a new digital guitar that utilizes the power of the iPhone.

Incident, a company based in Santa Clara, California, has designed a new digital guitar it hopes will come to the aid of guitarists with various skill levels. The device looks like a cross between a real guitar and a Rock Band/Guitar Hero guitar; it’s easy to spot it isn’t “real” but it’s more authentic than the videogame peripherals that appear to have peaked in popularity several years ago

Ezi Sports

The gTar comprises a digital guitar with strings, frets and various other of the different components that make up the instrument. The big difference is the presence of an iPhone (4 or newer) running a specially-designed app.

Instead of pick-ups to amplify the sound of the string being strummed, the gTar has sensors along the neck that are able to detect, in real time, which note is being played. This information is then relayed to the iPhone docked in the body of the gTar, which produces the actual sound.

The gTar frets display on the iPhone app and the guitar

The app comes bundled with songs that the user can choose from to play along with. Despite the name, the gTar is not limited to guitar sounds, with the app making it entirely possible to play a grand piano by plucking the notes instead. Whatever the song and whatever the instrument, users have a choice of three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, and Hard.


Easy means just playing the open strings, and hitting the wrong string means no sound is produced. Medium adds fretwork to the mix, but there is still no danger of messing up thanks to the built-in SmartPlay feature. Hard means needing to play the correct notes; not doing so will result in every mistake being heard. This learning curve is the gTar’s strength, as real guitars start and end on the Hard level of difficulty.

The gTar is initially being sold through a Kickstarter project. Incident asked for US$100,000 to fund the initial production run and has already raised more than that amount. Approximately $70,000 of the target was raised quickly by backers paying US$350 each to get their hands on the first 200 gTars produced. The company has stated the final retail price will be $449.

The device has also made an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, where it was actually on show and demonstrated to work as advertised. This is an important step in the Kickstarter model, which requires a certain amount of trust to exist between the project creators and the project backers.

In the future, Incident plans on releasing an SDK (software development kit) that will allow third parties to create apps for the gTar. The possibilities are only limited by the breadth of developers’ imaginations.

In conclusion, the gTar is a relatively expensive way to learn to play guitar. On top of the $350-and-up asking price for the gTar itself, you’ll also need to own or buy an iPhone. However, this isn’t just a learning tool. Even if and when you do reach Jimi Hendrix-like status, the gTar can still be used as a digital guitar to hone your skills on or to show off to friends. It also looks good.

There are other options to consider though, such as Rocksmith, a game/training tool available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. This lets you use a real electric guitar to play well-known songs with visual guidance. At least with Rocksmith you end up with a real guitar after the lessons have come to an end rather than a digital copy. There’s also the iTar, which incorporates an iPad into a somewhat guitar-like body.

The video below shows the gTar in action along with some brief words from the founder and CEO of Incident.

Source: Kickstarter via TechCrunch

 Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Thursday, March 1st, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO: The private photos on your phone may not be as private as you think.

Developers of applications for Apple’s mobile devices, along with Apple itself, came under scrutiny this month after reports that some apps were taking people’s address book information without their knowledge.

As it turns out, address books are not the only things up for grabs.

Photos are also vulnerable. After a user allows an application on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to have access to location information, the app can copy the user’s entire photo library, without any further notification or warning, according to app developers.

It is unclear whether any apps in Apple’s App Store are illicitly copying user photos.

Although Apple’s rules do not specifically forbid photo copying, Apple says it screens all apps submitted to the store, a process that should catch nefarious behaviour on the part of developers.

But copying address book data was against Apple’s rules, and the company approved many popular apps that collected that information.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

The first time an application wants to use location data, for mapping or any other purpose, Apple’s devices ask the user for permission, noting in a pop-up message that approval “allows access to location information in photos and videos.”

When the devices save photo and video files, they typically include the coordinates of the place they were taken — creating another potential risk.

On phones and tablets running Google’s Android software, apps must ask for approval before transmitting any photos.

On Apple devices, full access to the photo library was first permitted in 2010 when Apple released the fourth version of iOS. The change was intended to make photo apps more efficient.

The knowledge that this capability exists is not new, developers say, but it was assumed that Apple would ensure that apps that inappropriately exploited it did not make it into the App Store. Based on recent revelations, phone owners cannot be sure.

“Apple has a tremendous responsibility as the gatekeeper to the App Store and the apps people put on their phone to police the apps,” said David Jacobs, a fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Centre.

“Apple and app-makers should be making sure people understand what they are consenting to. It is pretty obvious that they aren’t doing a good enough job of that.”


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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Everyones  nightmare of the gadget world – a smartphone low on battery.

Now Swedish group myFC says its water-powered charger could be the fix anywhere while battery giant Duracell is championing a push for cars and even stadiums to be built with energy “mats” that would power up phones.

A Californian firm, meanwhile, has launched a phone that it claims can remain charged for up to 15 years, making it the perfect spare in emergencies or disasters.

“The difference between the energy on a phone and the energy we consume is increasing. We need to charge more often but you don’t want to be hooked onto a wall,” said myFC chief executive Bjorn Westerholm.

His firm has therefore come up with a portable fuel cell charger which is slightly larger than a compact camera and which uses just one spoonful of water and a small metallic device called a fuel puck, to fully charge an iPhone.


The PowerTrekk could appeal most to campers, aid workers or the military, said Westerholm, who is exhibiting the charger at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona.

“It could be sea water, fresh water. You need to carry water with you to survive anyway and the PowerTrekk needs just one spoonful,” he said.

“So you can Facebook, email even when you’re in the outdoors for hours.

“Our value proposition is that you don’t need to go to the grid. You don’t need to wait to charge your phone.”

Competition for solutions to power up phones is fierce.

XPAL Power rolled out a phone with a battery that “lasts 15 years,” said Christian Scheder, chairman of the Californian firm.

The so-called Spareone, which will be commercialised in March, remains charged for up to 15 years if the phone is turned off, and for two months if it is on.

“This is great for emergency, disaster situations,” Scheder said.

Battery giant Duracell meanwhile has its own vision to keep the world charged.

It is championing the PowerMat system, a mat which looks like a small tablet that plugs into the power source and which has sufficient space to charge two phones which are equipped with special protective covers.

But that is just the beginning, Stassi Anastassov, Duracell President, said.

Beyond just targeting consumers with the charging kit, Duracell is at the Mobile World Congress to talk phone manufacturers into designing a slot for a special chip or even build it into the telephone, thereby doing away with the protective covers that are currently required to dock with the mat.

The company further wants to fit the mats in public places, for instance, build them into tables at fast-food chains, thereby allowing anyone with equipped phones to charge up anytime.

It already has a deal with General Motors to fit all vehicles from 2013 with the charging mat. Likewise, it has an agreement to equip New York’s Madison Square Garden, starting with bar tabletops.

“Of course it will take many years, the whole ecosystem will not be up tomorrow,” said Anastassov.

“But our vision is that you will be able to never go out of power, simply by facilitating the whole charging process for you.

“It’s very similar to banking and money. If you want to have cash, you can either have a very big wallet full of money or you have an ATM card,” he said.


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Friday, August 26th, 2011


If you frequently travel overseas for business or pleasure, a smartphone with world-roaming capabilities is a good thing to have in your travel kit.

Not only do these phones allow you to stay in touch with friends and family back home, but with their built-in functions and various apps, they can also organize your travel itinerary, provide recommendations for things to do, capture memories, and much more. So which phones make good travel buddies?

Well, first, you’ll need a world phone that supports the four GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900). T-Mobile and AT&T phones already offer this compatibility, but Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers will have to check their carrier’s respective lineup for a handset that offers dual-mode CDMA/GSM technology.

To make it a bit easier for you, below you’ll find a selection of some of the latest and greatest smartphones that will support international networks. You’ll also want to check and sign up for international calling and data plans, so you don’t return home to a shocking cell phone bill. Alternatively, you can purchase an unlocked phone, which isn’t tied to a service provider, so you can insert a prepaid SIM card from a local carrier while overseas to save money. Some of the U.S. carriers will also unlock the SIM (for example, Verizon has a policy where it will unlock the included SIM if you’ve been a customer for more than 60 days and are in good financial standing) so you can do the same.

Our quick guide to world phones provides a more in-depth explanation on the topic and is definitely worth a read if you’re new to the subject, but if you’re simply after some recommendations, head on over to our roundup of the latest world phones.

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

Playbook maker


iPad rival

against tough reviews

Hugo Miller

April 18, 2011 – 10:20AM

The RIM PlayBook.The RIM PlayBook. Photo: AFP 

Research In Motion co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie said criticism of the company’s PlayBook tablet computer, which goes on sale next week in the US and in Australia sometime in the second quarter, are misguided because they ignore RIM’s base of BlackBerry faithful.

Technology columnists criticised the 7-inch tablet for its limited number of applications, lack of built-in email and inability to connect to mobile-phone networks – issues that won’t be remedied until new software and further editions of the device are introduced later this year. Some critics suggested RIM rushed an unfinished device to market, a charge Balsillie refutes.

“I don’t think that’s fair,” Balsillie, 50, said in a television interview yesterday on Bloomberg West with Emily Chang. He pointed out that more than 60 million BlackBerry smartphone users can pair their phones and PlayBooks to read email and connect to the internet. “A lot of the people that want this want a secure and free extension of their BlackBerry.”

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Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion, holds up the PlayBook tablet computer during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York.Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion, holds up the PlayBook tablet computer during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York. Photo: Bloomberg 

RIM will need those loyal customers to help it come from behind in the tablet market. Apple, which put its first iPad on the market last April, has sold more than 15 million units and Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility Holdings and Dell have all introduced tablets already.

While RIM hasn’t forecast how many of the devices it will sell, Balsillie said the opportunity is significant.

“I like our chances for a lot of share,” he said. “We’re very excited about where we are.”

Business market

The iPad accounted for 75 per cent of tablets shipped in the fourth quarter, according to researcher Strategy Analytics. Tablets that use Google’s Android software, including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Dell’s Streak, had a 22 per cent share.

RIM’s best chance to win customers is with business users, say investors such as David Eiswert of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund.

“RIM’s got this really good tablet but would a consumer buy anything other than an iPad, given the time it’s been out on the market and all the applications that come with it?” said Eiswert, manager of the Baltimore-based fund, which includes Apple shares and a “small” amount of RIM. “They need to take the PlayBook, install it among their diehard installed base and then push back out to consumers.”


Co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis said RIM expects to distinguish itself in the tablet market the same way it did in mobile phones – through better technology. The PlayBook has security features that appeal to corporate customers and unique extras, such as the ability to let consumers browse the web and run videos simultaneously, he said in an interview last week.

The device, which is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, is also designed to be “ultraportable” so it can be more frequently used during the day, he said.

“This is superior,” he said. “It’s far more portable, it’s lighter in your hands, you can hold it for longer.”

RIM didn’t make the decision on size lightly. Todd Wood, vice president of industrial design, and his team studied the optimal proportions for a tablet while Lazaridis weighed what format would offer a screen big enough for watching video and could pack a powerful processor, and remain portable. The inspiration for the final size was decidedly low-tech: the Moleskine leather notebooks used by Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

“It’s an iconic form factor,” Wood said in an interview. “There’s the science part of it that led them to 7 inches and we took the human factor side and in the end agreed very quickly.”

Smaller tablets

Consumers have had the chance to buy smaller tablets for months, though sales haven’t threatened the iPad’s dominance. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the size of the PlayBook, went on sale in October and had shipped 2 million units by the end of 2010.

“There’s no doubt the PlayBook has a lot of power,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner in San Jose, California. “The question is whether those things will matter to consumers more than the things that the iPad can do, namely with its breadth and depth of applications.”

Pricing parity

The PlayBook starts at $US499, the same as the least expensive iPad 2 in the US (the least expensive iPad 2 is $579 in Australia). The priciest PlayBook is $US699, while the top- end iPad, which comes with a 3G connection, is $US829 (the top- end iPad is $949 in Australia).

A large installed base of business customers should help RIM sell about 250,000 PlayBooks in its current fiscal quarter which ends in May, and 5.4 million over the fiscal year, predicts Alkesh Shah, an analyst with Evercore Partners Inc.

The device will probably capture 10 per cent of the tablet market by 2015, compared with 47 per cent for the iPad, research firm Gartner predicts. PlayBook sales will be about 29 million devices in 2015, eclipsed by a forecast of about 138 million iPad sales, according to Gartner.

ManuLife Financial, Canada’s largest insurer with about 24,000 employees worldwide, plans to deploy the device across its businesses in North America and Asia. Toronto-based insurer Sun Life Financial is ordering as many as 1000 of the devices to make signing up new policyholders easier. ING Direct, a Canadian unit of ING Groep NV, plans to pilot the PlayBook for its staff. All three companies have said the adaptability of the PlayBook to existing BlackBerry networks, and the tablet’s security features were primary reasons to stick with RIM.

“Any new tablet maker faces an uphill challenge in capturing the attention of the market, but PlayBook has the potential to be meaningfully different,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer of BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto, which holds both RIM and Apple shares.


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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

AT&T to sell phone with 3-D screen and camera

PETER SVENSSON – AP Technology Writer – Associated Press | Monday, March 21, 2011

Hot on the heels of the Nintendo 3DS game device and its 3-D screen, AT&T plans to launch a smartphone with a 3-D screen and a dual-lens camera for 3-D snapshots.

AT&T Inc. said Monday that the LG Thrill 4G will be released within in the next few months. It didn’t say what the touch screen phone would cost.

The Thrill will run Google Inc.’s Android software and will be able to play games and YouTube clips in 3-D, AT&T says.

The screen won’t require glasses for 3-D. That’s much like the Nintendo 3DS, which goes on sale Sunday in the U.S. for $250.

T-Mobile USA has already said it will sell a tablet computer from LG that can shoot 3-D video. However, it won’t have a 3-D screen.

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Handyscope turns an iPhone

into a digital dermoscope

By Darren Quick

20:08 January 23, 2011

Call me crazy, but I’ve always found some peace of mind knowing that the latest medical gadget scanning some worrisome part of my body isn’t an accessory for a smartphone, but costs in the millions of dollars and is the result of years of expensive research and development. However, as someone who has more than their fair share of moles dotted all over their body, I’m willing to make an exception for the handyscope. Consisting of an optical attachment and an accompanying app, the handyscope turns an iPhone into a digital dermoscope to provide an instantaneous up close look at potential skin cancers.

  • An iPhone slides into the handyscope
  • The handyscope digital dermascope accessory for iPhone
  • The handyscope lens features built-in LEDs
  • The handyscope digital dermascope accessory for iPhone

The handyscope features a case into which an iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 slides so that the iPhone’s camera aligns with the handyscope’s lens system. The device is then placed flush against the patient’s skin, which is illuminated by polarized light from the built-in LEDs. The device features a standardized zoom and auto-focus with images captured with a single tap using the iPhone app.

The images can be immediately viewed full screen with a magnification of up to 20x and saved with another tap. The shooting date and time is automatically recorded with saved the images, while patient data and other comments can also be added manually. The data is all encrypted and can be password protected so there’s no doctor/patient privilege privacy concerns.

One of the big pluses of the device, aside from its portability, is the ease with which images of suspicious moles can be shared with colleagues or uploaded to a second opinion service where world-renowned specialists can weigh in with their view.

“We developed the handyscope for all doctors who want to have the possibility to take pictures of the skin and work with them later. It is an alternative for those who miss the ?capture-and-save-function’ when using conventional handheld dermatoscopes,” explains Andreas Mayer, chief executive officer of FotoFinder.

The handyscope has its own in-built 2400mAh battery pack, which will keep the LEDs running for up to eight hours and can be recharged with the standard iPhone USB cable.

FotoFinder will launch the handyscope in February at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in New Orleans. Health professionals can order the handyscope for 1,166.20 euro (approx. US$1,590), while the app costs US$11.99 through the iTunes App Store.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Friday, January 21st, 2011

iPhone’s first Killer sex app:

Body Heat wireless vibrator

orchestration (NSFW)

iPhone's first Killer sex app: Body Heat wireless vibrator orchestration (NSFW)

iPhone’s first Killer sex app: Body Heat wireless vibrator orchestration (NSFW)

Let’s talk for a minute about the female orgasm. For a lucky minority of women, these exist in abundance, ready to be plucked ripe off a well-fruited vine at a moment’s notice. If you’re one of these girls, you can stop reading now and get back to washing your hair with that herbal goop that makes you bellow like Meg Ryan. If you’re at the other end of the scale, where orgasm is a fleeting, furtive animal that must be hunted with patience and skill, then this device might be up your alley … so to speak.

Let’s talk female orgasms

The range of female orgasmicicity (to coin a phrase) is probably quite similar to that of males – except that in the ladies’ case, you’re actually lucky if you’re on the premature side of things, whereas for the fellas it leads to a whole lot of apologies, flowers and new kitchens.

But it’s probably even more frustrating being a woman on the other end of the scale than a man who’s a bit “touch and go” – there’s a lot of girls around that need a “perfect storm” situation to ring their bell. Right time of the month, no stress, no contact with Jill in Accounting for at least three days, kids asleep, perfect soundtrack, clean sheets, patchouli in the oil burner and a partridge in a pear tree – or else it’s just not going to happen.

Even then, when the mood is set perfectly, the physical stimulation has to be absolutely spot-on, or some poor lasses will drift back off into thinking about school lunches and the opportunity will be gone for good.

Thank heavens for technology.

Touching on the fascinating history of the vibrator

The first mechanical vibrators were used in the 1870s, as a therapeutic treatment for “female hysteria” – in what must be the greatest plan ever devised to get women to declare themselves hysterical.

These clockwork contraptions replaced and improved upon a sort of water cannon device – the principles of which will be familiar to any lady that has discovered a detachable shower head.

The advent of home electricity brought with it the ability to use these magical tools in the privacy of our own homes – and indeed, if Wikipedia is to be believed, womens’ priorities were fairly clear; home vibrator kits hit the market some 9 years before the vacuum cleaner.

Modern day pleasure machines

These days, of course, it’s perfectly acceptable for the modern woman to have a well-stocked drawer full of complex machinery by the bedside (although some take it too far – I’m looking at you Deb, and your box of diesel-powered horrors!). And if the adult entertainment expo in Vegas taught us anything, it’s that one size does not fit all in this game.

The sheer variety of shapes, sizes and mechanical aptitudes displayed by today’s vibrators are enough to make any man without a prehensile penis feel sorely inadequate.

The lesson here is that girls have very specific needs and tastes in this respect – and the device we’re looking at here adds an unprecedented degree of precise control to the game that might just tip it over into “killer app” territory.

Your average vibrator has either an on/off switch, a power level control knob, or some selection of bizarre pre-programmed patterns that must have got serious results from a focus group back in the day. Boy, would that session have been fun.

OhMiBod and the Body Heat app: total control

The OhMiBod vibrator (which we’ve covered before) can be set up to pulse and vibrate in response to a music track – but when you pair it wirelessly with the Body Heat app running on an iPad or iPhone, you’re suddenly the conductor of your own multi-touch orchestra of pleasure.

Move your finger up the screen to increase the speed of vibration, and move it to the right to increase the intensity, or amplitude of vibration with pinpoint precision. Bottom left of the screen gives you a gentle tickle, top right leaves you an Einstein hairdo and makes your teeth whiter.

Lift your finger off, and it keeps the current levels going – and if you use two finger multitouch, you can create more complex patterns that oscillate between points on the grid.

Shaking the phone vigorously will stop the device completely – I’m not sure that was the wisest choice. If I’ve learned one thing in my years, it’s that when the shaking starts, you KEEP GOING AT ALL COSTS.

Either way, it puts a whole lot of control in the hands of women who really need it, and the interface itself is nice and touchy-feely in its own right, very feminine and girly.

So it seems for once that an iPhone or iPad might actually help cause some sexual activity rather than what usually happens at my place, where the missus and I each lie there playing Angry Birds until we forget why our birds were angry in the first place and go to sleep.

Triple your battery budgets, ladies, Roboc*ck is on his way. The wireless OhMiBod vibrator will set you back US$130, and the Body Heat app a further US$3.99 from the Apple App Store.

See the Body Heat app in use in the video below … no, sorry, it’s not that kind of video.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Sony to spend

$1.2 billion

to double

image sensor output


People walk in front of the Sony Corp's headquarters in Tokyo in this November 25, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

People walk in front of the Sony Corp’s headquarters in Tokyo in this November 25, 2010 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai

TOKYO | Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:03am EST

TOKYO (Reuters) – Sony Corp will invest $1.2 billion in the next financial year to double its output of image sensors, taking advantage of brisk demand for digital cameras and smartphones.

The sum includes a deal announced last week to buy back a semiconductor production line from Toshiba Corp, which has been estimated by an industry source at 50 billion yen ($600 million).

Sony will take advantage of a Japanese government subsidy for environmentally friendly businesses to help with the investment, it said in a statement but declined to say how much that would be.

It will convert part of the plant in Nagasaki, southern Japan, for the production of CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors and invest in wafer processing equipment for CMOS image sensors.

Sony is the world’s second largest digital camera maker behind Canon Inc and runs a mobile phone joint venture with Sweden’s Ericsson.

The investment will bring its total production of image sensors, including CCD and CMOS types, to 50,000 units a month by March 2012.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha