Archive for January, 2010

Palm has now expanded the parade of P’s (the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi) with a pair of improved products: the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. Basically “Plus” has been added to the names as they offer something: instant Wi-Fi, which competitiors don’t. Both phones use Palm’s Web OS software, a fine, fluid operating system that in many aspects out-iPhones the iPhone. Among other pluses, the software multitasks, so you can put on Pandora radios as you process your e-mail. These are multitouch phones, too, meaning that two-finger gestures (like pinching to shrink a photo or Web page) work perfectly. Now, for the Plus part. WIth one tap, the Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus turns into a portable, pocket hot spot. You and five friends can be online simultaneously, with laptops, netbooks, iPod Touches, Wi-Fi cameras and game consoles and so on.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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For the past lets say 5 years, different  phone manufacturers have tried to catch our attention with various nice looking, high performing and inovative phones. But looking at this Nokia concept all of the previous releases from Nokia seem to be come from the stone age. The concept, called Morph, would use nanotechnology to reshape itself, display information, and accept input in any form. However, we must take into consideration the sad fact that this tech is years and years away and it will probably never happen in our lifetime.

It is worthwile taking into cosideration the main collaborators to this project. The Nanoscience Centre and Centre for Advance Photonics and Electronics both parts of the University of Cambridge.

Morph concept technologies might create fantastic opportunities for mobile devices:

  • Newly-enabled flexible and transparent materials blend more seamlessly with the way we live
  • Devices become self-cleaning and self-preserving
  • Transparent electronics offering an entirely new aesthetic dimension
  • Built-in solar absorption might charge a device, whilst batteries become smaller, longer lasting and faster to charge
  • Integrated sensors might allow us to learn more about the environment around us, empowering us to make better choices. (http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia/research/demos/the-morph-concept)

If you thought that the headphone range of accesories for the iPod was not enough, well here we are with another brand new iPod compatible headphone set. The new iWalk headphones has an iPod nano dock included on the side and is part of the ever increasing range of Apples’ accesories for its customers. This new ‘little’ accesory comes with a wireless dock for any 2nd or 3rd generation of the ipod nano and leaves the command surface uncovered in order to enable the menu navigation. Any other MP3 players will have to use a connecting cord that is included upon purchasing. The iWalk headphones can be purchased in various calours to suit different tastes.

LAS VEGAS — Motorola launched its third Android smartphone, an attractive, compact device with some surprising hardware innovations and a user interface that aggregates social networking feeds, e-mail and contacts.

The phone called Backflip has a 3.1-inch touchscreen, a QWERTY physical keyboard that opens up in an unexpected way, a touch-sensitive navigation panel on the back and a nifty mode that allows it to be positioned on the tabletop to act like an alarm clock.

The device is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of the year, but the company did not disclose pricing or a telecom partner for the device.

“This is a phone with a great keyboard, a big screen and integration with social networking,” says Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha.

Since Google debuted the open source Android operating system in October 2008, Android devices have flooded the market. More than 10 Android handsets are currently available with more waiting to burst into the spotlight. AT&T announced Wednesday that it will offer five new Android smartphones this year. On Tuesday, Google introduced its own Android handset, the HTC designed Nexus One running the latest version of the Android OS, Android 2.1

Motorola is trying to stay a step ahead, says Ross Rubin, an analyst with The NPD Group. “We have seen a lot of Android models appear quickly on the market,” he says. “So it’s starting to become more important for manufacturers to differentiate themselves.”

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/01/motorola-introduces-backflip/

Avoid turning your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down. This rule should be followed in order to avoid any damage to the hard drives, which are used by the computer. Even in case of a system freeze, try to use ctrl + alt + delete rather than immediately pressing the main switch off button as maybe there is still a chance of unfreezing the system. If there is still no luck, try to shut down the computer using the ctrl + alt + delete trough windows task manager and going to the shut down tab. You can also make a habit out of backing up your system or at least of the files and data in order to eliminate the chance of loosing precious data. Cd’s, DVD’s, Zip disks etc. could be used as a storage medium. Defragment at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes. It may also increase the processing speed of the computer. Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up. Unplugging with the power on can short out the connector socket or the motherboard.

If you want to read more about computer manitenance tips read my first post or go here https://3milian.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/computer-maintenance/

Size and weight
Height 119mm
Width 59.8mm
Depth 11.5mm
Weight 130 grams w/battery
100g w/o battery

Display
3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
100,000:1 typical contrast ratio
1ms typical response rate

Camera & Flash
5 megapixels
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
LED flash
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Cellular & Wireless
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
HSUPA 2Mbps
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Processor
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Operating system
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity
512MB Flash
512MB RAM
4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Location
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Digital compass
Accelerometer

Graphics, video and audio

Audio decoders
AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+) Mono/Stereo standard bit rates up to 160 kbps and sampling rates from 8 to 48kHz, AMR-NB 4.75 to 12.2 kbps sampled @ 8kHz, AMR-WB 9 rates from 6.60 kbit/s to 23.85 kbit/s sampled @ 16kHz., MP3 Mono/Stereo 8-320Kbps constant (CBR) or variable bit-rate (VBR), MIDI SMF (Type 0 and 1), DLS Version 1 and 2, XMF/Mobile XMF, RTTTL/RTX, OTA, iMelody, Ogg Vorbis, WAVE (8-bit and 16-bit PCM)

Image JPEG (encode and decode), GIF, PNG, BMP
Video H.263 (encode and decode) MPEG-4 SP (encode and decode) H.264 AVC (decode)
Audio encoders AMR-NB 4.75 to 12.2 kbps sampled @ 8kHz

Language support
Display: English (U.S), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean, Japanese, Russian,
Keyboard: English (U.S), French (France), German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil)

Source: http://www.google.com/phone/static/en_US-nexusone_tech_specs.html

Google is expected to ring in the New Year by unveiling its own smart-phone tomorrow 5 th January, 2010, the Nexus One, in a bid to expand its powerful Web brand in the booming mobile arena.
The Internet search and advertising giant has already gained a foothold in the market with its Android mobile operating system, featured in a number of phones starting with T-Mobile’s G1 in October 2008 and more recently with the Droid from Motorola.
Technology blog Gizmodo, citing leaked documents, said the Nexus One will cost 530 dollars “unlocked” – meaning it isn’t tied to a specific carrier-or 180 dollars with a two-year service agreement with T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG.
Agence France-Presse and other media outlets have been invited to a press event tomorrow at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, billed only as an “Android press gathering.” “With the launch of the first Android-powered device just over a year ago, we’ve seen how a powerful, open platform can spur mobile product innovation,” the invitation said. “And this is just the beginning of what’s possible.”
Google’s plunge into the smartphone market has drawn a mixed reaction. “It looks like Google is moving to see if they can do the Apple thing,” said analyst Rob Enderle, of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley, in a reference to the iPhone, which has enjoyed phenomenal success since it was introduced in 2007.
Not all are convinced by the wisdom of the move. “For Google to go into the business of selling phones just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Gartner analyst Van Baker said.
Ovum research fellow Jonathan Yarmis said Google will have to walk a fine line between marketing its own smartphone and being a supportive partner for the growing number of firms making their own handsets based on Android.

Source: Kuwait Times

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