Archive for August 2009
Cool, lets see how soon this makes it out, especailly to US. Also, would love to see what the specs look like.
We’ve already gotten quite an eyeful of Nokia’s N97 Mini — so much so that it’s hard to believe this thing still isn’t official. So be it, though, here’s the first official press shot we’ve seen, from the same site that revealed the N900 pic earlier. Feeling any more excited about it now than you were yesterday? Us neither.[Via Mobile Bulgaria]
Mobile TV is looking like a growth area in the cellular industry. Clearly, it has yet to reach the US, but worldwide, people are increasingly watching TV on their phones. I think this trend will tend to continue as more and more people get cheaper, easier access to TV anywhere. Also, another trend that is helping and will be increasingly driven by this development is a-la-carte subscription which I would suspect would spill over to the cable and satellite providers too. Let’s see how this plays out.
Looking forward to Blue Earth and see how it functions in the field. I sure hope it comes to US.
Samsung has just announced at an event in San Francisco that its touchscreen Blue Earth with solar power (and one of the best paint schemes we’ve ever seen, may we add) will be launching this October, though we don’t yet know what regions will see it. If we had to guess, it won’t be in the US — but maybe the panels aren’t compatible with 120-volt, 60Hz sunlight.
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This email was sent from email@example.comMessage from sender: This is interesting and could boost Microsoft’s grip on mobile office productivity suite. Let’s see how this works. I wonder how long before Microsoft releases Office suite as iPhone apps. Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal – CNET News
URL: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10307378-56.html The partnership, expected to be announced on Wednesday, is part of Redmond’s strategy to expand its desktop strength into a trifecta of PC, Web, and phone.
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Blackberry Storm 2, now endowed with Wi-Fi hits both Vodafone Germany and Verizon in October. Though, the two models are slightly different, 9520 for Germany and 9550 for Verizon, the major change included in both is the Wi-Fi feature. Here’s looking forward to this new version. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below.
We’ve seen the BlackBerry Storm 2 several times until now, but none of the units leaked were for Vodafone.
Well, Vodafone’s Storm 2, aka 9520 aka Odin, has recently appeared in some live pictures, over at benezblog.de.
The smartphone works on Vodafone’s Germany network, it has 3G and it doesn’t looks too different from the first-gen BlackBerry Storm. However, like Verizon’s Storm 2 (9550), Vodafone’s new handset comes with Wi-Fi – a feature not included in the original model.
(BlackBerry Storm 2 on the left, BlackBerry Storm on the right)
As you can see in the image above, this BlackBerry Storm 2 runs the BlackBerry OS 22.214.171.124.
The release date of RIM’s BlackBerry Storm 2 is not known, although rumors say that the smartphone will be released by both Vodafone and Verizon in October this year.
- BlackBerry Storm 2 to come in September 2009 with Wi-Fi
- BlackBerry Storm coming to UK exclusively through Vodafone
- Blackberry Storm 2 to add “new way of typing” and lose carrier exclusivity in Europe in late 2009
- BlackBerry Tour may have a touchscreen display
- Blackberry Storm 2 Specs Leaked, Coming to AT&T?
One place that iPhone does not rule yet has a unique solution for letting iPhone users watch TV. I wonder when it will cross over the pond to US.
In Japan, it’s hard to find a cell phone that doesn’t come with a digital TV tuner nowadays. Some of them even have two (so you can watch one program and record another on your phone’s microSD). And some people in this country actually do use these tuners, which means the iPhone is at a disadvantage when compared to domestic phones.
Japanese customers could buy an iPhone-exclusive add-on, which turned their iPhones into portable TV tuners last year, but that device is now sold out. Now I-O Data takes another shot at the problem by releasing the SEG Clip [JP], a USB 2.0 stick that makes it possible to watch digital TV on your iPhone.
The stick supports 1Seg, a digital TV standard in use in Japan, Peru and Brazil only, and is supposed to be plugged into your computer’s USB port. Users can then stream digital TV data from their computer (Windows XP/Vista only) to their iPhones via Wi-Fi. It’s also possible to save TV programs on the iPhone and watch them on the go later (an app called TVPlayer is available for free in the Japanese AppStore).
The SEG Clip can be used with the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPod touch. It will be released in Japan at the end of this month (price: $70).
Via AV Watch [JP]
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RIM looks for unique solution to bring the best features of capacitive and resistive touchscreen to high-end Blackberry devices.
In the minds of hardcore touch phone fans the answer about which – resistive or capacitive – touchscreen technology is better, is already answered. And the clear winner is capacitive screen.
After all, capacitive touchscreen displays are faster, more responsive, support multi-touch, and are the holy grail of a modern user interface…
In real life it’s not so simple. First there is an issue of price, and, at least for now, capacitive displays are way more expensive then resistive ones. Then there’s the issue of precision/accuracy, where resistive touchscreens are ahead. This is particularly important in Asia, where stylus based character entry is prevalent, and capacitive touch based devices are not up to the task for this.
And then don’t tell my girl friends about capacitive displays on some latest touch phones. I can still hear the screams and swearing as they try to text on a new LG Arena with those long polished nails…, while Diamond 2 works just fine.
But now RIM might have found a solution to the resistive or capacitive dilemma. At least for their high end Blackberry devices.
Just merge the damn things, make a touchscreen display with both resistive and capacitive touch sensors/controllers.
And they filed a patent app for that.
By having both -capacitive and resistive – touchscreen controllers in the same device, you get the best of both worlds. Fast responsiveness to finger touch, support for various gestures, high precision and stylus character entry capabilities, in a single device.
Of course, the issue of the price remains. These hybrid capacitive/resistive touchscreen displays will certainly be mighty expensive. But for the high end device like Blackberry Storm 2 or 3, they might be perfect.
And it’s not only RIM that is thinking about combining capacitive and resistive touch. In fact, it is said, that Samsung Jet already comes with something called R-Resistive display tech, that combines the best features of capacitive and resistive touch screens.
- Next Nokia touch smartphone to come with capacitive touchscreen and multi-touch?
- Nokia 6208c pops up on Nokia China’s web site
- Blackberry patents: Angled Slider and RIM Multi-Touch technology
- Neonode N2 touchscreen phone review. Really small and responsive
- HTC Touch HD leaked