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RIM & THEIR NEW PORCHE DESIGNED BLACKBERRY SMART PHONE RELEASE ONTO THE MARKET

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

BLACKBERRY TO CLAW BACK THEIR ADVANTAGE FROM THE SMART PHONE GIANTS

Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins holds up a prototype of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone at the BlackBerry World event in Orlando. Photo: Reuters

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has shown off advanced new features that will be available on new BlackBerry 10 smartphones – and a new prototype – but analysts are already questioning whether it’s “too late” to claw back market share lost to smart hone titans like Apple and Google.

The sneak viewing of its yet-to-be-launched operating system at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, brings the ailing smartphone and tablet maker a step closer to what some have described as the most crucial launch in the company’s history.

In his first keynote address since being appointed chief executive of RIM in January, Thorsten Heins unveiled the new operating system and gave a demonstration of some of its new features which include a new smart virtual keypad, advanced camera capabilities, and its ability to easily traverse between apps and system setting windows using gestures.

The Porsche designed Blackberry displayed at the Blackberry World Event in Orlando.

The Porsche designed Blackberry (not BlackBerry 10) displayed at the Blackberry World Event in Orlando. Photo: Reuters

But Heins gave no concrete date on when the Canadian company would launch a phone that used the new features other than saying hardware and software would be released “later this year”. “We’re taking our time to make sure we get this right,” Heins said.

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Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who is in Orlando for the conference, speculated in an interview with the Associated Press that it felt like it was “getting close to being too late” for the BlackBerry maker to recover despite its CEO giving what he described as a good speech.

 

“I just get the feeling that I wish they had it [the new operating system] out already. It’s going to be a challenge for them. When they launch BlackBerry 10 devices the iPhone 5, Windows 8 and all the Android devices will all be out,” Misek said.

In demonstrating the new operating system, Heins also showed off the prototype touchscreen smartphone it was running on. Developers of third-party apps for BlackBerry who are attending its seminar will be receiving a similar device – known as Alpha Dev – with different software (not BlackBerry 10).

The idea behind giving developers the prototype – which boasts a 4.2-inch screen and looks like a smaller version of RIM’s PlayBook tablet – is so that they can create apps that will work on the new operating system before it is launched further into this year.

A grab of the new interface.A grab of the new interface.

But the prototype given to developers was met with a fair chunk of criticism in the tech media – one of the key issues being the fact it can’t make calls or access mobile phone networks.

There is also the fact it doesn’t come with the new operating system unveiled by RIM’s CEO on his prototype device, which ran a beta version of the BlackBerry 10. The device given to developers instead runs something similar to what is powering the PlayBook tablet.

New features

Head of RIM’s software portfolio, Vivek Bhardwaj, described the new virtual on-screen keypad as being tailored to each individual user “just like a glove”. “We’re using things like modelling algorithms to actually learn where you press every single key,” he said.

The new keypad also makes it easy for users to “type fast and accurately”, according to Bhardwaj, and shows suggestions for words on the keypad midway through typing. The words can then be swiped upwards to be inserted into something like a text message.

“This keypad really saves you time,” Heins said during a demonstration.

The advanced camera software, another of the clever features shown off that will be built into the next iteration of the BlackBerry operating system, allows users to go “back and forth in time” after taking a picture to ensure they get the right shot, Bhardwaj said.

He showed an example of a picture taken where one of the subjects had blinked when the photo was taken. He then demonstrated how one could scroll back and forth in time through a variety of shots that were taken when the photo was made, meaning one could choose a photo that was taken where a subject had not blinked, making for a better outcome.

Heins said the feature meant users would “never miss that magic moment”.

The other major feature shown off in a demonstration was a more swifter way of switching between apps running on a smartphone using the new operating system.

“We wanted a user paradigm that is easy and fast,” Heins said, showing how information from documents, emails, calendars, and address books could slide in and out from a smartphone screen’s edges. “It’s all about making things flow.”

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Companies ditch RIM

The unveiling follows some of the biggest corporate giants in Australia and around the world ditching the Blackberry in favour of Apple and Google-powered mobiles and comes as research firm IDC said that RIM’s share of the global smartphone market had slipped to 6.7 per cent in the first quarter of this year, from 13.6 per cent a year earlier. Last year IDC said RIM’s share of the smartphone market in Australia was only 5 per cent.

Nicholas Ebbeck, commercial sales manager at Dick Smith for Australia and New Zealand, said BlackBerry had recently seen a decline in the corporate market not only because of the iPhone but because of other smartphones too. Ebbeck manages the smartphone contracts for big corporates, including Woolworths (owner of Dick Smith).

“Corporates at the moment are looking at alternatives and I think BlackBerry have always been a small piece of an organisation’s communication [system],” he said. Woolworths executives had recently switched to Apple’s iPhone, he said. IBM Australia and Dell also recently decided to abandon RIM.

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said in an email that RIM’s sneak preview of the new features showed that it was “focused on details that differentiate meaningfully”. But the key to gaining back market share, he said, would be shipping and execution of a new mobile.

John Jackson, an analyst at CCS Insight, told Reuters that Heins’s address was low key but effective in presenting RIM’s vision.

“Mr Heins delivered a decent articulation of what and who RIM stood for while providing a sufficiently tantalising glimpse of some unique BlackBerry 10 features to keep things interesting,” Jackson said.  “This should be enough to at least give the naysayers pause, if only temporarily.”

Ben Grubb travelled to BlackBerry World in Orlando, Florida as a guest of RIM

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Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


ANDROID PHONES AND APPLE FALSE PATENTS

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

IS GOOGLE ANDROID -SAMSUNG THREATENED BY APPLES FALSE PATENTS?

Google’s chief legal officer has launched a blistering attack on competitors, including Apple, for attempting to stifle innovation by using “bogus patents” to target Google’s Android partners including Samsung.

David Drummond, who is also Google’s senior vice-president, wrote in an explosive blog post that the patent wars were pushing up the prices of Android smartphones and tablets. This was part of a “hostile, organised campaign” being waged by Apple, Microsoft and others to “strangle” Android, which Google provides free of charge.

His remarks come after Apple succeeded in hobbling the Australian launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 after accusing it in the Federal Court this week of infringing 10 Apple patents including the “look and feel” and touchscreen technology of the iPad.

Mr Drummond implied that Microsoft and Apple were getting “into bed together” to stifle Android’s success. He revealed that more than 550,000 Android devices were being activated worldwide every day through a network of 39 manufacturers and 231 carriers.

He said this competition was yielding “cool new devices and amazing mobile apps for consumers”.

“But Android’s success has yielded something else: a hostile, organised campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents,” he wrote.

Apple sought injunctions preventing Samsung from selling or advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia – and demanded all of Samsung’s stock be sent to it to be destroyed.

Samsung has agreed not to market the US version of the tablet in Australia but has said it will launch a modified version and has agreed to send Apple samples of the device seven days before it goes on sale. It is likely Apple will also seek injunctions preventing the sale of the Australian version upon receiving the samples.

Patent experts claim that Samsung will not be able to modify the tablet sufficiently to avoid infringing Apple’s broad and far-reaching patents on multi-touch, gestures, list scrolling and other features.

Separately, the FOSS Patents blog has broken down some of the patents in question and argues it will be difficult for any Android maker to escape an Apple infringement suit.

Apple is suing Samsung in nine other countries as well and has launched other legal attacks on HTC and Motorola for allegedly infringing its patents with Android devices and stealing its ideas. Google itself faces patent suits from Oracle, which seeks billions of dollars in damages, claiming Google’s Android infringes its Java patents.

Mr Drummond cited these patent battles as well as the fact that a consortium including Microsoft and Apple recently bought thousands of Novell and Nortel’s old patents and were using them to demand a $US15 licensing fee for every Android device. He said this would make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android than Windows Mobile.

“Patents were meant to encourage innovation, but lately they are being used as a weapon to stop it,” he wrote.

“A smartphone might involve as many as 250,000 (largely questionable) patent claims, and our competitors want to impose a ‘tax’ for these dubious patents that makes Android devices more expensive for consumers. They want to make it harder for manufacturers to sell Android devices. Instead of competing by building new features or devices, they are fighting through litigation.”

Mr Drummond said this was an “anti-competitive strategy” designed to “strangle” Android.

Google has responded by attempting to buy up its own cache of patents and has hired one of the US Federal Trade Commission’s top patent lawyers. Despite its criticisms of Apple and Microsoft for joining to buy Nortel’s patents for $US4.5 billion, Google also put in a bid.

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith fired back with a tweet: “Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.”

Microsoft’s PR team backed Smith’s tweet up with a picture of an email that appears to corroborate his remarks.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has previously accused Apple of responding to Android’s success with lawsuits rather than innovation.

“We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success,” he said last month, commenting on Apple’s battle with HTC.

Kimberlee Weatherall, an Australian intellectual property lawyer, blogger and academic, wrote on The Conversation website that “the breadth of monopoly Apple is claiming” over basic smartphone features was “breathtaking”.

“I’d like to think Apple won’t be able to maintain a claim that broad, but in patent law, you never know – it all depends on what existed before the date of the patent,” Ms Weatherall said.

One of the patents “seems to cover most commands given using more than one finger on a touchscreen of any computing device (mobile phone, tablet, or anything else). Think ‘pinch to zoom’ and everything else”.

Technology companies, particularly Microsoft, Apple and Google, are buying up stacks of technology company patents in order both to demand licensing fees and to protect themselves from patent litigation by other companies.

In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Google general counsel Kent Walker argued that a patent wasn’t innovation but rather “the right to block someone else from innovating”.

“Patents are government-granted monopolies. We have them to reward innovation, but that’s not happening here.”

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES ITS MIGHTY NEW SMART PHONE.ONE TO WATCH OUT FOR.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Samsung announces

slimmed down Galaxy

S II smartphone and

upsized Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

By Darren Quick

01:07 February 14, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2011, which officially kicks off today, Samsung has unveiled the successors to its Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet at its Unpacked event in Barcelona. At just 8.49 mm thick, Samsung is touting the Galaxy S II as “the world’s thinnest smartphone,” while thanks to its larger 10.1-inch TFT display, the next iteration of the Galaxy Tab will be known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II

Galaxy S II

Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Galaxy S II packs a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and 8-megapixel rear camera, along with a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calls. The 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display increases the number of sub-pixels by 50 percent for improved image sharpness, contrast ratio and color gamut. It also provides a wider viewing angle and increased outdoor visibility than first-generation Super AMOLED displays.

The device’s dual-core processor enables multitasking capabilities, while its improved 3D hardware capabilities are designed to deliver fast and smooth 3D games and video. Its video credentials include the ability to play and capture 1080p Full HD video using the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The grunt under the hood also enables a new custom TouchWiz 4.0 user interface and the inclusion of Samsung Hubs, which are integrated mobile applications categorized by Social, Readers, Game and Music.

Samsung is also pushing the business credentials of the phone with the inclusion of enhanced conferencing and connectivity services from Cisco, what it calls “the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync,” and secure remote device management from Sybase.

In addition to UBS 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and DLNA, the Galaxy S II also features support for Bluetooth v 3.0 + HS, boasts optional NFC connectivity and supports HSPA+ 21.1 Mbps. There’s also an accelerometer, A-GPS, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, digital compass, proximity sensor and gyroscope and choice of 16 or 32 GB capacities, expandable via microSD cards of up to 32 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy S II measures 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm and weighs 116g. It is expected to be available in Q2 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The other device to get an update is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Also powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the device will be one of the first operating the tablet-centric Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It will sport the same widescreen aspect ratio of its predecessor, but the size increased to 10.1-inches with a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 shares a several features in common with the Galaxy S II smartphone. There’s the 2-megapixel front-facing camera (up from the 1.3-megapixel camera found on the original Galaxy Tab) and an 8-megaipixel rear-facing camera (up from 3.2-megapixels), which again provides the ability to record 1080p Full HD video.

There’s also W-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, USB 2.0, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, HSPA+ 21.1 Mbps support and choice of 16 or 32GB storage capacities. Bluetooth support is of the 2.1 + EDR variety and there’s no microSD card support. It measures 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm and weighs 599g.

Unlike the Galaxy S II, Samsung has signed a deal with Vodafone to exclusively sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Asia and Europe from March. The company hasn’t yet released details of when the Tab 10.1 will be available in the U.S.A.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

SONY-ERICSSON RELEASE NEW SMARTPHONE PLAYSTATION-XPERIA

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation

smartphone – Xperia PLAY

By G. Team

03:05 February 14, 2011

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone – Xperia PLAY

Sony Ericsson finally showed the world the new Playstation gaming smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Spain today. The PlayStation-certified Xperia Play runs the Android Gingerbread OS and will be available next month, accompanied at launch by 50 titles downloadable from Android Market, but with a lot more coming. The phone has a slide-out gamepad that features a PlayStation-style D-pad, thumb sensors and X, O, square and triangle action buttons and combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.

  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY

U.S. mobile operator Verizon will be the first to offer the Xperia Play in early spring, Sony Ericsson expects to reveal other mobile carriers shortly.

Initial launch partners include Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai, Digital Chocolate and Gameloft and some of the major titles in the launch offering include Dungeon Defenders 2, Dead Space, FIFA and Battlefield, Reckless Racing and Assassin’s Creed.

Official press release:

Introducing Xperia PLAY –

the world’s first PlayStation

certified smartphone

February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Ericsson today announced the game changing XperiaTM PLAY, the latest phone in its XperiaTM range of Android based smartphones.

Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson’s existing range of XperiaTM smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4” multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm’s optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Creation Officer at Sony Ericsson commented: “Today is a very proud moment for Sony Ericsson as we bring something truly revolutionary to the market. Living up to our vision of Communication Entertainment, Xperia PLAY will forever change the way people think about smartphones and mobile gaming.

XperiaTM PLAY will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google’s AndroidTM platform. The XperiaTM PLAY will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation® game content provided through the PlayStation® Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products and Services Group at Sony Corporation said: “I am delighted to see Xperia PLAY as the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia PLAY provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony’s strong assets.”

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the AndroidTM Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia™ PLAY includes EA’s The Sims 3 and a multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

Mr Sakaguchi continued: “The launch of Xperia PLAY could not have been possible without the close collaboration of both Google and Sony Computer Entertainment. The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia PLAY will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over.”

XperiaTM PLAY and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011

What do Sony’s content partners say?

Electronic Arts, Travis Boatman, VP of Worldwide Studios for EA Mobile: “EA collaborated closely with Sony Ericsson to bring exciting versions our best-selling consumer favourites such as The Sims™ 3 and EA SPORTS™ FIFA 10 to the Xperia PLAY. The device’s dedicated gaming keypad gives FIFA players what matters most in a footy game — ultimate ball control, quick player selection on the pitch, effortless passes and more. The Xperia PLAYS’s unique gamepad also delivers robust control in The Sims 3 bringing a whole new life simulation experience to fans of the franchise. We look forward to watching consumers interact with our great games in new ways through the Xperia PLAY.”

Gameloft, Michel Guillemot, President: “We are pleased to partner with Sony Ericsson to offer a catalogue of 10 of our best-selling games at launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY,” said Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. “My vision since the creation of Gameloft was to turn video games into a true mass market form of entertainment. This vision is realized with the launch of Xperia PLAY, which combines a perfect smartphone for daily use as well as a real game controller to provide the best gaming experience ever seen on a mobile phone. Gameloft will support the launch with more than 20 titles over the next 6 months that will take full advantage of the power of this device.”

Glu Mobile, Niccolo de Masi, CEO: “Glu’s strategic relationship with Sony Ericsson aligns us with a leading innovator in mobile and gaming. We look forward to accelerating our momentum in social mobile gaming with compelling offerings on Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile devices.”

Content partners at launch include: Sony Computer Entertainment Digital Chocolate Digital Legends Electronic Arts Fishlabs Gamehouse Gameloft Glu Mobile Handy Games Namco Bandai Networks Polarbit PopCap Trendy Entertainment Unity Tecnologies

For further information, images and videos visit www.sonyericsson.com/mwcnews

Xperia™ PLAY at a glance:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY

Camera

5.1 megapixel camera Auto focus Flash / Photo light Geo tagging Image stabiliser Send to web Touch focus Video light Video recording Video blogging Music

Album art Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Google™ Music Player Music tones (MP3/AAC) PlayNow™ service* Sony Ericsson Music player Stereo speakers TrackID™ music recognition application Internet

Android Market™* Bookmarks Google™ search* Google™ Voice Search* Pan & zoom Web browser (Webkit) Communication

Call list Conference calls Facebook™ application (from Android Market™) Google™ Talk* Noise Shield Polyphonic ringtones Speakerphone Sony Ericsson Timescape™*** Twitter™ application (from Android Market™) Vibrating alert Messaging

Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM) Conversations Email Google Mail™* Instant messaging Picture messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Sound recorder Text messaging (SMS) Design

Auto rotate Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key) Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY) Picture wallpaper Touchscreen Wallpaper animation Entertainment

3D games Dedicated gaming keys Flash Lite™ Gesture gaming Motion gaming Video streaming YouTube™ Organiser

Alarm clock Calculator Calendar Document editors Document readers E-Manual Flight mode Google Calendar™ Google Gallery 3D™ Infinite button Phone book Set-up Wizard Widget manager Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack aGPS Bluetooth™ technology DLNA Certified Google Latitude™ Google Location Service Google Maps™ with Street View Media Transfer Protocol support Micro USB Connector Modem Synchronisation via Facebook™** Synchronisation via Google Sync™ Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync USB 2.0 high speed support Wi-Fi™ Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality * The service is not available in all markets. ** Requires Facebook™ application installed on the device.

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market Android Market™ Client

Gmail™ Google Calendar™ Google Gallery 3D™ Google Latitude™ Google Maps™ with Street View Google Media Uploader Google Music Player™ Google Phone-top Search Google Search widget Google Sync™ Google Talk™ Google Voice Search Set-up Wizard YouTube™ Screen

16,777,216 colour TFT Capacitive multi-touch 4 inches 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA) In-Box:

Xperia™ PLAY Battery Stereo portable handsfree 8GB microSD™ memory card Charger Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer User documentation Facts

Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm Weight: 175 grams Phone memory: up to 400 MB Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32 GB Memory card included: 8GB microSD™ Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 Talk time and networks Networks

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min* Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs* Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min* Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs* Talk time CDMA2000®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min* Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs* Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min* MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min* Networks

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 UMTS HSPA 900, 2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

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3D SMARTPHONES DO ALL THESE GREAT NEW THINGS

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

LG Optimus 3D smartphone –

records, displays & shares

glasses-less 3D content

By Jack Martin

03:46 February 14, 2011

LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

LG Optimus 3D smartphone – records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

As we suggested it would a few weeks back, LG finally pulled the wraps off its 3D smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2011 today. The LG Optimus 3D has a dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture – all firsts for a smartphone – but it’s the phone’s recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content without glasses that will draw the most attention. The LG Optimus 3D’s dual 5MP lens camera captures still and moving images in 3D and the 4.3-inch WVGA display recreates 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) without the use of glasses. It is a technological marvel, but the big question the phone is likely to answer is “who cares?” 3D technology has long appeared as an answer seeking a question and sales of the new LG 3D phone might very well answer the question.

  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content
  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content
  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

The official Press announcement from LG reads:

LG OPTIMUS 3D USHERS IN

A NEW ERA FOR SMARTPHONES

Breakthrough smartphone

brings together high performance

with full 3D experience

Barcelona, Feb. 14, 2011 LG Electronics (LG) today officially unveiled the eagerly-awaited LG Optimus 3D, the high-performance smartphone offering the world’s first full 3D experience, at Mobile World Congress 2011.The LG Optimus 3D introduces a number of innovative “first” technologies, including the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture as well as the first 3D platform allowing for recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content.

Superb Performance with Unique “Tri-Dual” Configuration

The LG Optimus 3D is a showcase of superior speed and power made possible with LG’s unique “tri-dual” configuration — dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This configuration enables users to enjoy significantly improved performance and run-time compared to smartphones offering 1GHz dual-core processors.

Unlike other single-channel, single-memory dual-core smartphones, the LG Optimus 3D offers significant performance benefits as a result of the simultaneous — and thus faster — transfer of data between the dual-core and dual-memory. Users can browse web pages, multitask between programs, play games at a higher frame rate and enjoy movies more smoothly and longer than ever before.

“Backed by a combination of superb performance and full 3D, we’re excited about the prospects of the LG Optimus 3D taking the smartphone experience to a much higher level,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “We’ve incorporated every feature for the power user and we think they’ll be pleased with what they see.”

World’s First Full 3D Experience: 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing

The LG Optimus 3D’s dual 5MP lens camera allows users to capture and record their best moments as images and videos in 3D anytime, anywhere. The LG Optimus 3D’s 4.3-inch WVGA display faithfully recreates the 3D experience without the use of glasses. The display provides bright and flicker-free images allowing users to view 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia content. And users can navigate through the device’s 3D interface with the click of LG’s unique 3D Hot Key which presents five 3D-dedicated UIs, including Gallery, Camera, Game&Apps, YouTube 3D and 3D Guide.

Captured 3D content is easily shared via an HDMI 1.4 connection to 3D TVs and monitors and also is compatible with DLNA Certified(TM) products. What’s more, users can easily upload and stream 3D content and share each other’s creations on YouTube’s dedicated 3D channel (youtube.com/3D).

The LG Optimus 3D will be rolled-out globally starting with Europe early in the second quarter. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.

Key Specifications:

1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) 4.3-inch 3D WVGA screen 8GB memory and 4Gb LP DDR2 1,500 mAh battery 5MP dual-lens camera 2D: 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 recording and playback 3D: 720p H.264 SEI recording and playback HSPA+, DLNA/HDMI 1.4 H.264, H.263, DivX, MKV, WMV-9, ASF, AVI, 3GP, MP4

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NOKIA MICROSOFT PARTNERSHIP TO PRODUCE NEW SMART PHONES

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Nokia goes to bed

with Microsoft

Rupert Neate, London
February 13, 2011

NOKIA, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, has given up on creating its own smartphone software to challenge Apple and Google.

The Finnish mobile giant has instead adopted Microsoft’s Windows Phone as the basis for its next generation of phones in one of the biggest shake-ups in Nokia’s 145-year history.

Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new chief executive, said the companies had formed a ”broad strategic alliance” to take on Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. Until now, Nokia’s phones have run on its own software platforms.

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The announcement of the deal in London came after Mr Elop warned that Nokia risked being consumed by ”burning flames” unless it embraced ”radical change”.

Nokia, which dominated the mobile phone industry in the ’90s and early 2000s, has failed to keep pace with Apple and Google in the smartphone market.

Mr Elop, who joined Nokia from Microsoft last year, said the partnership meant the mobile market was now a ”three-horse race”.

It will be about a year before the new phones hit the market. Other changes loom, with Mr Elop saying there would be a ”substantial reduction” to Nokia’s 60,000 employee headcount

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MURDOCH & THE PHONE HACKING SAGA

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Murdoch link

to phone hacking

fallout deepens

Paola Totaro

January 25, 2011

David Cameron ... friendly dinners.
David Cameron … friendly dinners. Photo: Reuters

LONDON: The political fallout from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal has intensified amid claims of a Scotland Yard cover-up and friendly dinners between Downing Street and the Murdoch family.

Despite the resignation of Andy Coulson as Downing Street’s director of communications, the links between the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Rupert Murdoch’s empire have once again been thrown into the spotlight just days before the media tycoon is due to fly to London.

The Independent revealed that James Murdoch, son of Rupert and chairman of News Corporation in Europe and Asia, was a guest at a private dinner with Mr Cameron just days after the Prime Minister stripped the Liberal Democrat business secretary, Vince Cable, of responsibility for the crucial decision on whether News Corp should be allowed to buy the 61 per cent of BSkyB it does not already own.

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Rupert Murdoch ... his son James reportedly had dinner with David Cameron.
Rupert Murdoch … his son James reportedly had dinner with David Cameron. Photo: Reuters

The dinner was held at the home of Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, in Churchill, Oxfordshire, and both Mr Cameron and his wife, Samantha, were present.

The highly controversial decision on the takeover was handed to the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, after Mr Cable was secretly taped telling undercover reporters that he had ”declared war” on Rupert Murdoch.

Mr Coulson’s resignation at the weekend has also renewed interest in police handling of the original investigation into the hacking affair, with claims of a cover-up and calls that the new investigation, announced a few weeks ago by the Crown Prosecution Service, be handed to a different police force or to the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, criticised the police, saying they had dismissed his calls for a full inquiry, and the former prime minister Gordon Brown has asked police if his phones had been affected when he was chancellor.

A parliamentary inquiry into the row begins to gather evidence this week, but the deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, has demanded a fresh inquiry.

Mr Coulson quit as editor of Mr Murdoch’s News of the World in 2007 after the paper’s royal reporter admitted hacking royal phones.

Although Mr Coulson insisted he had no knowledge of the practice, the scandal has riveted London and been the focus of continuing inquiries by Murdoch media rivals, including The Guardian and The Independent.

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APPLE HAS GRIEF WITH CHINESE AUTHORITIES

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Green group

accuses Apple of

not being green

January 21, 2011 – 9:33AM

iPhone maker Apple was criticised by Chinese green groups for lax corporate oversight of its suppliers in China, leading to poor environmental and work safety standards that poisoned dozens of factory workers.

Apple, which announced blockbuster profits and a dazzling outlook for iPhone and iPad sales earlier this week, continues to be dogged by accusations of aggressive pricing and secretive supply chain management in Chinese factories where they now assemble most of their products.

“We’ve found that Apple isn’t honouring its commitment in ensuring its supply chain’s work safety and environmental responsibility and giving dignity and respect to the workers,” said Ma Jun, of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) which published a detailed report on Apple supply chain malpractice this week, in conjunction with other green groups.

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“[Apple] only care about the price and quality [of their products] and not the environmental and social responsibility issues. In some ways they drive the suppliers to cut corners to win their contracts,” Ma said.

Apple said it had a rigorous auditing regime and all its suppliers were monitored and investigated regularly.

“Our supplier responsibility reports document the progress of our extensive auditing program since 2006,” an Apple spokeswoman said.

Foxconn suicides

Last year, Apple’s main China supplier Foxconn was hit by over a dozen worker suicides that critics blamed on harsh factory conditions and a militaristic culture. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has denied the allegations, saying that Foxconn is not a sweatshop.

Many Western multinationals – including toymaker Mattel which suffered a toxic lead paint scandal in 2007 – have struggled to regulate product quality across scores of suppliers in knotted Chinese supply chains, but the report said Apple’s standards fell far short of its status as a leading global brand.

“It’s not easy to control [the supply chain] but peer brands are doing a lot more [than Apple] to deal with this,” said Ma.

The nine-month survey “The other face of Apple” found that at least 49 factory workers in eastern China working in factories assembling products for Apple, had fallen ill.

Lianjian Technology in the eastern city of Suzhou which the green group claims is one of Apple’s major touchscreen suppliers, was accused of using N-Hexane, a toxic solvent, to clean touch screens, leading to at least 47 factory workers being poisoned.

Another company named by the green group as a user of N-Hexane was Taiwan-based touchscreen chip maker Wintek. A Wintek spokesman said it had stopped using the chemical and all its employees had recovered.

“Apple’s lack of responsiveness eventually made us quite shocked. It’s the whole complacency that it doesn’t have to be accountable to the NGOs, to the communities, even to the poisoned workers,” Ma said.

Reuters

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APPLE IPHONE-4 DOES DEAL WITH VERIZON

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

APPLE I-PHONE & VERIZON

At a press conference in New York City this Tuesday, Apple and Verizon Wireless announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon customers will have the chance to pre-order that company’s version of the device online on February 3, however, before general availability. Depending on what users want, it will be either better or worse than the existing AT&T version.

  • The Apple/Verizon press conference in New York City
  • The Apple/Verizon press conference in New York City
  • The Apple/Verizon press conference in New York City

Besides the iPhone’s existing bells and whistles, Verizon iPhone 4 users will be able to take advantage of Personal Hotspot capabilities, which will allow them to connect with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. Unlike the current AT&T iPhone 4, Verizon’s will use the CDMA network, not UMTS. It should be noted that if users plan to take their phones outside the U.S., this will severely limit their choice of networks, or could even keep them from using their phone altogether. Users will also not be able to surf the Net or check email while on phone calls, as CDMA doesn’t allow for simultaneous voice and data operations.

Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be available at a price of US$199.99 for the 16GB model, or US$299.999 for the 32GB model, with a two-year customer agreement. Besides all the usual Apple retailers, the phones will also be available at Verizon Wireless Communications stores across the U.S., and via the Verizon website. The CDMA version of the phone is not exclusive to Verizon, so it’s entirely possible that other networks might start offering it as well.

Verizon is currently America’s largest wireless provider. To date, the iPhone has only been available via AT&T, although the deal with Verizon has been in the works for some time now.

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SMART PHONE & PLAYSTATION COMBO BY SONY IN 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Sony to launch

PlayStation phone

December 30, 2010 – 10:33AM
A grab from a leaked video purporting to be of the PlayStation phone.A grab from a leaked video purporting to be of the PlayStation phone.

Sony’s long-rumoured PlayStation Portable smartphone is set to be launched in North America and Europe as early as the first half of 2011, according to  Japanese newspapers.

The phone gaming device would likely be based on Sony’s handheld PSP Go game console, would be made by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and run Google’s Android operating system, said the Asahi Shimbun’s English edition, citing unnamed sources.

Sony hopes to take on Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Nokia devices by offering the first smartphone that is based on a portable game console, with a set of controls that allows very advanced gaming.

The PSP Go, launched in November 2009, does feature software downloads through a wireless connection, allowing players to also browse the internet, watch movies, play music and read books and comics.

The new PlayStation handset would similarly work with Sony’s online media platform, Sony’s answer to Apple’s iTunes.

Sony hopes the phone will stimulate sales in the sluggish videogame console market, said the Asahi.

Sony called the newspaper report “speculative” and declined to comment.

AFP

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