Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Acer W4 Windows Phone Mango device spotted at Computex 2011

Microsoft announced the partnership with Acer to develop Windows Phone devices just last week. But it seems that they have been working even before the announcement, as at COMPUTEX event held today, Acer’s device W4 as kept under display running Windows Phone Mango.
Acer W4 Spces:
  • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
  • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

Microsoft will impose Windows Phone like hardware requirements on Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is set to demo the new Windows 8 tablet OS at next week’s D9 Conference. The Windows 8 OS is rumored to support both Intel and ARM processors, and will hopefully launch Microsoft into the tablet arena to wrestle with Apple’s iPad 2 and the myriad of Android tablets. However, manufacturers are already complaining about Microsoft’s restrictive hardware rules.
Acer is the number three PC maker in the world, and they’re definitely set to be one of the first to produce a Windows-based tablet. But, Acer chairman and CEO, J.T. Wang, is not happy with how Microsoft is handling the process. “They’re really controlling the whole thing, the whole process,” said Wang at the Computex trade show in Taipei. He did not mention the exact restrictions but continued saying that chip suppliers and PC makers “all feel it’s very troublesome.”

Continue reading over at SlashGear

Nvidia CEO predicts that tablets would outperform notebook PCs in 5 years

The tablet PC market is certainly growing thanks to the popularity of Apple's iPad. However for pure performance, having a notebook PC is a consumer's best bet. But according to the CEO of graphics chip maker Nvidia, that will change and sooner than you might think. According to a report over at 9to5Google.com, Nvidia's CEO Huang Jen-Hsun believes that processors for tablet based PCs could start outperforming those in mobile PCs in just five years.
Jen-Hsun made those remarks in a press conference this week during the Computex trade show in Taiwan. He also sees a time where the company's current Tegra mobile graphics chip business could see revenues that will go over Nvidia's current GPU PC business.  While he doesn't see the traditional notebook PC as being affected much by the current rise of the tablet PC, Jen-Hsun does say that the "... netbook, which does not have a full functionality as a traditional PC, is being impacted deeply by tablet PC."
Continue reading via Neowin

AMD announces "Desna" Fusion APUs for tablets

While AMD does not have a true SoC to combat the likes of Intel, NVIDIA, and ARM, this doesn’t mean they’re completely ignoring the market for the type of devices SoCs normally go in. Announced today at Computex 2011 and shipping immediately will be AMD’z Z series APUs, AMD’s formal entry into the modern tablet market.
While at this time it’s neigh-on impossible to get into a phone without a SoC (just ask Intel), tablets can be more forgiving. With a larger device and a larger battery, such devices don’t necessarily have the same extreme integration requirements and battery life requirements as a phone, even if the processors used in such devices are often the same. As a result of AMD’s current resources and technologies, it’s the tablet market that they have decided to go after first.

Continue reading the rest of the article over at Anandtech

Sunday, 29 May 2011

HTC 7 Mozart Review

Before I start, let me just say that using the HTC 7 Mozart for little under a week has made me question my iPhone loyalty of almost 4 years. The combination of powerful hardware and a functional and beautiful OS has made this device a perfect candidate to fulfill your everyday smartphone needs. There are a few features that make the 7 Mozart stand out from the rest of its Windows Phone 7 brethren like the unibody construction and 8 megapixel camera, but its always best to look at the entire package before making your big decision. Continue reading the full review after the break.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Mobile Technology May Worsen Lifestyles

As mobile technology becomes ingrained in everyday life and culture, mobile workers are struggling to find downtime, suggesting that technology may be adding strain and stress, in addition to increasing productivity.

While many mobile workers appreciate the role that technology plays in their careers, a new global study by iPass uncovered some ways that a mobile lifestyle may erode a person's well-being. Twenty-nine percent of respondents say mobile technology is causing friction in their personal relationships, while an average of 39 percent said they lose sleep by waking up occasionally at night to check their phones -- a percentage that jumps to 55 percent in Asia.

Google Expected to Introduce a Wireless Payment System

Google is expected to introduce on Thursday a mobile payment system that will let shoppers wave their phones to pay instead of pulling out a credit card, according to people briefed on the announcement.

Initially, the mobile wallets will be available only on Google’s Nexus S phone and will use a Citibank-issued MasterCard credit card number and a virtual Google MasterCard prepaid card. Consumers will be able to make payments at any of the 124,000 merchants that have MasterCard’s PayPass terminals, which accept contactless payments, a person briefed on the deal said.

Acer's Iconia A100 7' tab delayed

The Acer Iconia A100 – a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet [unlike the 10" A500... makes sense, right? - Aaron]- was originally slated to hit the market in late May/early June, but has been delayed until August/September due to restrictions with Honeycomb on a 7-inch, 1024*600 display. Honeycomb was designed to take advantage of 10 inch, 1280*800 displays, and according to Digitimes, Google is too busy "resolving other issues" to tend to this little debacle, so Acer had no choice but to delay the device.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 available in "just a few days" with Android 3.1

If you aren’t one of the few lucky chaps who got to go to Google I/O this year, chances are you don’t have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just yet. Sammy knows how you feel, and that’s why the company just sent out a tweet letting you know that you’ll be able to put your grubby hands all over the Tab 10.1 in just a few days.The company is topping it off by announcing that the Tab 10.1 will launch with Android 3.1 already installed. Huh, a Samsung device with the latest Android version? Is this real life? Or maybe the company is finally learning from its mistakes.

Full article at Androidandme

LG Revolution coming to Verizon 4G

As we suspected, Verizon Wireless announced today that the LG Revolution will be available starting May 26 for $249.99 with a two-year contract.The Revolution is the carrier's third 4G smartphone (following the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge) and offers a 4.3-inch WVGA touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, and mobile hot-spot capabilities. The handset will ship running Android 2.2 but note that it will use Bing search and maps. Full article at AndroidAtlas

Back in Septempber 2010 we brought our readers an article on – AT&T Launching their LTE (4G) network in mid-2011. At that time AT&T’s operations CEO, John Stankey gave us this information. Now it’s May 2011, and AT&T has announced that it will be setting up LTE in five market. These include, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio.Well AT&T, thats a good start. It’s nice to see this top mobile carrier give it’s customers something to look forward to. I would think they should really be trying to step up their game in the LTE markets. Just look at Verizon Wireless. May 19th announcements for 9 cities to receive LTE coverage. Then on May 23rd, another 21 cities announced. Big Red is on a roll, i’d say. So, after AT&T covers these 5 cities with LTE, and add 10+ more by the end of this year, customers may have good reason to rejoice. For full article see TalkAndroid

HTC plans to revamp their bootloader policy

HTC hears you. They understand that some of you Android users want to be able to unlock your devices and bend them to your will. Whether it's a vast majority of frustrated users or simply a very vocal minority, HTC customers have been asking for an easy way to unlock the bootloader of phones. So much so that the company took to their Facebook page to let followers know that they're looking into the situation. Full article at Android Guys

Monday, 23 May 2011

3D chips may help Intel challenge ARM in mobile market

Intel's new 3D transistor technology could position the chip maker to grab a piece of a burgeoning business that it's been missing out on: the tablet market.

On May 4, Intel announced a major leap in chip technology: 3D transistors that could make PCs, smartphones and tablets faster and more power-efficient. The 3D transistors are slated to make their first appearance when Intel moves to 22-nanometer chips next year.

Instead of building traditional, flat, 2D transistors, Intel will build the new transistors upward, making it possible to squeeze in more transistors while maintaining density and a small chip size.

That means new chips using the 3D transistors, which use less than half the power of 2D transistors, will be as much as 37% faster than Intel's current 32nm chips.

The development represents a huge boost to the company's efforts to keep up with Moore's Law, Gordon Moore's 1965 prediction that the number of transistors on a chip will double about every two years.

The advancement also means that Intel may now have a shot at working its way into the lucrative tablet and smartphone markets, which have been a treasure trove for rival ARM.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Apple working on new display technology to increase user privacy

Don't you hate it when the guy next to you on the subway is looking over your shoulder, watching you screw up in Fruit Ninja? Well, Apple could have predicted your discomfort -- back in November 2009, before the iPad was anything more than a unicorn, the company applied for a patent on an LCD display with adjustable viewing angles, explicitly designed to "shield the display away from unintended viewers."

full article at Engadget

Netflix on rooted HTC Thunderbolts

When we posted on the work-around for enabling the Netflix app on unsupported devices, more than a few of you weren’t thrilled to hear that the fix didn’t work on the Thunderbolt. We knew a fix would come eventually, and now we’re happy to report that the developer community has delivered; they’ve found a way to get the Netflix app working on the Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, there is a bit of bad news, too: it only works on devices that are rooted and running a Gingerbread ROM.
Full article at Androidpolice

Friday, 20 May 2011

First 1.5Ghz dual-core phone will only be available in South Korea

Pantech is one of the leading mobile phone companies in S.Korea, and they always announce some amazing devices but mostly in S.Korea. They are also offering some of their devices in the States via AT&T and Verizon, but all of them are just mid-range devices, and we are still waiting for Pantech to announce their superphonesin USA, like the new Pantech Vega Racer. It's the first device to come with a 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8600, 1GB RAM and a blazing fast Adreno GPU.

Full article here: Android Guys

Hands on review of the new Motorola Droid X2

The first impression: it feels light. Not quite as light as the Droid Incredible 2 (4.78oz), but at 5.47oz it’s certainly lighter than my daily brickdriver EVO 4G (6oz.). It’s big, but the same size as the original DX; if you didn’t have a problem before, you’re probably not going to have a problem now (I don’t). And as with the original DX, it has that lovely lady lump for the camera. Powering the phone on takes about 30 seconds until you can use it – not bad at all, but that time will increase as more apps are installed and accounts are setup. It’s also not as fast as the quick boot feature found on new HTC devices, but it’s still faster than the Android devices of yesteryear. Speaking of the devices of yesteryear… this certainly isn’t one. They’ve essentially taken the shell of the Droid X and given it all new innards:

  • 4.3" qHD (540×960) LCD
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 (dual-core)
  • 8GB mSD card, 4GB internal (12GB total)
  • 8MP camera (720p video recording) with dual LED flashes
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Android 2.2 (Gingerbread update is promised)

full article here: Android Police

Sharp announces worlds first clamshell Android phone

An interesting announcement from Sharp today, as they have launched the worlds first Android powered clamshell flip phone. Introducing the Sharp Aquos Hybrid 007sh, an Android 2.3 device with a 3.4 inch flippable touch screen. It has some impressive specs under the hood, including a 16 megapixel camera!
full article here: Android guys

Verizon ditching unlimited data plans

The days of unlimited data at Verizon will soon be over, the company said during the Reuters Global Technology Summit this week. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo confirmed that Verizon would make good on its promise to ditch its $30 unlimited data plan option this summer, and tried to soften the bad news by saying the company was planning to roll out "family" data plans that could be shared among several devices.

full article here: ARS

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Nokia teases the MeeGo powered, 12 megapixel Nokia N9

Nokia’s MeeGo-powered N9 smartphone apparently hit the FCC last week, and now it seems a promotional video from the company has also found its way out early. Pocketnow scored the footage, which shows the N9 with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and capacious touchscreen, as per previous leaks.

There are also Carl Zeiss optics on the rear camera, which going by the half-cropped text is a 12-megapixel unit with autofocus; it has a twin LED flash too. The UI uses much the same rounded iconography as Symbian^3 “Anna”, though with a different status bar and other elements.
In all, it’s another glimpse of what looks to be a slickly put-together smartphone, though to be fair we’ve been saying that ever since first catching sight of the N9 last year. “Our Next Sense” says the Nokia tagline, but what role exactly MeeGo can hope to have in the company’s Windows Phone future remains to be seen.

iPad Wi-Fi bug returns with iOS 4.3.3

A little over a year ago, some new iPad owners found they were having issues with the device's Wi-Fi connection. Signals were weak, or worse, dropped altogether. The only solution at the time, before Apple released a fix, was to disable and re-enable the Wi-Fi connection. Now, that same problem has returned, and this time, other iOS devices are affected, too, including the iPhone and the iPod Touch. full article here: RWW

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

HPs Veer 4G is FREE* at Best Buy

According to PreCentral, the HP Veer 4G will be available at Best Buy for free with a two-year service agreement. Best Buy will have only the white version to sell both onlne and in stores. Pre-orders can be placed, but requires a $50 upfront deposit that can only be refunded as a $50 Best Buy gift card.

The HP Veer 4G is an odd phone in the current climate of large displays and thin bodies. It features a 2.6-inch 320×400 touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, triband HSPA, and a 5-megapixel camera. It will have 8GB onboard storage, WiFi, AGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a 910mAh battery good or up to 5hrs talk time and 300hrs standby. It will also be the first to run HP’s WebOS 2.1. 

via SlashGear

TomTom sends HD Traffic update to all Live models, extends Traffic Manifesto to US

TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn announced at a NYC event last night that the company's HD Traffic service, previously only included with the Go 2535 M Live, would be available on all U.S. Live models, including the Go 740 Live and XL 340 Live. Traffic updates will be one component of the subscription-based Live, which will also see a 50 percent price drop, to $60 per year.
full article here: engadget

Nintendo launching 3DS eShop on June 7, sharing some E3 love with everyoneDisplays, Portable Audio / Video Nintendo launching 3DS eShop on June 7, sha

We know where we're going to be on June 7th: surfing across the sea of concrete better known as Los Angeles, looking at lots of games and wishing we'd packed more comfortable shoes. That's E3 time and, while you very well may be at home living vicariously, thanks to Nintendo you'll be able to get a bit of what's happening out there right in your handheld over here -- if you bought a 3DS.
via Engadget

Monday, 16 May 2011

More Windows Phone 7 Mango features revealed

For Microsoft, WP7 is an all or nothing venture. The company is working hard to make sure that WP7 is not only competitive in the marketplace, but also has features that help set itself apart from the other platforms. Besides an alternative UI, WP7 is about glance and go rather than stop and stare. This mentality will be enhanced too with the next major update to the platform, Mango.
The Windows Phone blog has detailed several new updates that will be featured in Mango. The new enhancements are designed to increase productivity and will also bring several new desirable features.
Find out more about the new features at Neowin.net

Microsoft considering the acquisition of Nokia's mobile division

Right from the start, treat this as not capital "R" but all Caps RUMOR! Now that we've got that one straight, Eldar Murtazin comes with a bomb, again, which might turn out to be true or not but if it does, it might be the mother of all mergers as Microsoft is allegedly preparing to talk to Nokia about buying its mobile unit. 

Still on the hypothetic note, if you thought that Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5 billion in cash was huge, immagine what Redmond would commit to when taking over Nokia's mobile unit. According to Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft and Nokia will sit at the table next week and discuss about the deal which is reported to be wanted, and quickly, by both parties. Of course no other concrete information is handed out as a disclaimer comes with the information too: everything will remain behind closed doors. 

What would happen if, while still on the hypothetic note, the deal would be closed? The two companies have signed the definitive cooperation agreement at the end of last month as a follow-up to the February strategic alliance announcement. Microsoft would own an OEM, and not just any smartphone manufacturer but Nokia, the world's number one phone manufacturer. 

Continue reading via Pocketnow.com

Thursday, 12 May 2011

print / Google Voice integration now available for discounted accounts

We've been keeping a close eye on Sprint's Google Voice integration since its troubled release last month, and Sprint has confirmed that many more of you are now able to activate the feature. Previously, individual customers with discounted accounts were being grouped with corporate and government enterprise customers, but it appears that the issue has been resolved (though corporate and government accounts are still unable to activate). full article here: Engadget

Verizon sends out OTA update for the HTC Thunderbolt, lacks fix for LTE

At long last, Verizon's finally giving us that OTA firmware update for the Thunderbolt we caught wind of a few weeks back. Owners of the flagship device can grab it now through a manual download, and the good news is that it's meant to fix some connectivity issues. Bad news is it's just for 3G. full article: engadget

Android 2.3.3 'Gingerbread' heading to your GalaxyTab right now!

Look, we know all this Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich talk can get you down original Galaxy Tab owners. Unfortunately, that's the risk of being an early adopter. Now chin up, Samsung has just started dribbling out the Gingerbread 2.3.3 update to Italian Tab owners. The update, when it arrives in your location, will be available in Kies as firmware/baseband version P1000XXJQ1/P1000XXJPZ. Those less patient can always jump into the forums of course, and take their chances with a manual download and install. We won't tell.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Whats your favorite mobile game?

I’m sure you’ve been in this situation: the class lecture seems to be dragging on forever while the monotonous droning of your professor is wearing thin on your patience. Or you're in meeting number three of a five meeting day, and your boss has used the word "synergy" 15 times already. Or your pastor is embarking upon a full exploration of the old testament. And as eager as you are to soak in the mind-numbing academic babble/workspace confab/religious edification, the siren call of your cellphone is far too appealing to ignore. You’ve got video games in there, after all! Glorious, wonderful, fun-packed games! So, unable to withstand the beckoning lure of digital entertainment, you discretely slip your headphones on beneath your hood, quickly dial down the brightness of your screen to avoid detection, and settle in for a pleasant distraction.

full article at G4

Fights break out at iPad 2 launch in China

Everyone wants an iPad 2, but seemingly not as much as some Chinese people who queued for the shiny new tablet in Beijing. The launch of the iPad 2 in China drew large numbers of people. Being the prepared bunch that the chinese are, the Apple retail staff had brought in a new procedure for the queues, involving numbered wristbands. Apparently, all hell broke loose in the Beijing Sanlitun Apple store causing it to close temporarily. Right now details are scarce, but it would appear that an Apple store employee had a ‘disagreement’ with some scalpers. Local newspapers are reporting that four people have been injured and taken to the hospital and one of the glass doors in the Apple store was broken while the mess was cleaned up. The police are investigating the incident with the possibility of charging some of the people involved.

via kitguru

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Samsung Infuse 4G is here, in its full 4.5" glory

"Holy shit." It's not what usually comes to mind when I touch a new phone. But Samsung's Infuse 4G is spectacular. Ridiculously good 4.5-inch screen. 1.2GHz processor. 4G on AT&T. Why, exactly, wasn't this the new Nexus phone?
I pick it up. Whoa. This is quality. The first Samsung phone in ages that doesn't feel cheap—it's a radically better tactile experience than any Galaxy phone, even the Nexus S. The plastic is dense and matte, the back textured. The phone itself a nearly perfectly sculpted, sufficiently thin slab (AT&T's thinnest), the expanse of the 4.5-inch screen making it seem somehow thinner. It's what a high-end phone should feel like.

Continue reading via Gizmodo

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Sprint delays Blackberry PlayBook 4G launch

Yet another bit of bad news for BlackBerry PlayBook enthusiasts: The launch of the device on Sprint’s network may be delayed indefinitely.
A leaked internal Sprint memo sent out to the company’s many retail stores announces the delay of the PlayBook, with the official release date “to be communicated as soon as it is available.” First reported by BriefMobile, the memo gives no reason for the delay.
via Wired Gadget Lab

Sony reveals next-gen Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson has just outed a brand new pair of compact Xperia smartphones. The new Xperia Mini will run Android Gingerbread (2.3) on a 3-inch, multitouch, scratch-resistant display, which comes with Sony's proprietary Bravia Engine with Reality Display. There's a 1GHz processor inside, access to Android Market, and home screen customization with custom shortcuts available in the four corners of the screen. A 30 percent improvement in battery life is also touted, courtesy of a larger cell. SE is also pretty jolly about having the world's smallest smartphone capable of recording video in 720p HD. You'll be able to grab yours in one of four different colors this August.
Read the rest of the article at Engadget

IMok app to reward child/parent communiation

As a teenager, my parents constantly hounded me about where I was going, and when I would return. I didn’t have a cellphone, so communication was limited. Flash forward ten years and although many teenagers have cell phones now, it’s still annoying for kids and teens to constantly communicate with parents and worrisome for parents to not know of their children’s whereabouts. A new app will soon launch to help solve this problem. I’mOK, which is in private beta, is a private mobile application designed to reward kids for staying connected to their parents.

via techcrunch

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' rolling out for HTC Desire HD and Incredible S

We knew that HTC is trying to pioneer and master the art of updating its current devices to the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread version and they are starting to roll-out over-the-air updates for the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Incredible S.

After the HTC Desire HD update, your numbers will show version 2.36.405.5 and 2.12.405.7 for the HTC Incredible S. We've already seen leaked Gingerbread ROMs for the HTC Desire HD and we knew some will hit this spring.

If you own one of the above mentioned two smartphones, make sure to check for the over-the-air update notification on your device and download the update via Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G (we recommend the first). Enjoy your official Gingerbread! Oh, and HTC Desire and Desire Z owners, hang on there, yours should be coming soon too!
via PocketNow
source HTC

Windows Phone 7 security "post NoDo" update rolling out

Looks like the planned May update is being rolled out, version 7.0.7392.0. This update addresses the fraudulent third-party digital certificates that could lead to potential phishing attacks or intercept web browser connections (man-in-the-middle). The update simply moves these certificates into the "Untrusted Publishers" certificate storage on your device.
More information on the update is available over on the update history page. Have you received the update notification yet?

via WPCentral
source Microsoft Windows Phone