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Microsoft in competition with iphone

Microsoft said that it was “not unreasonable” to speculate that the company could introduce a smartphone based on its Zune digital music player, in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone.

Since Microsoft first announced its Zune digital music player, the idea of a converged Zune/smartphone product has been the topic of speculation. Initially the company responded that a Zune phone was definitely in the works, but then earlier this year CEO Steve Ballmer said that a Zune phone was not on the company’s planning table, but that it could add more music and gaming functions to its Windows Mobile platform.

Currently Microsoft’s mobile phone focus has been primarily on providing its platform, Window’s Mobile, to handset manufacturers, but the company said that, going forward, integrating device and software production might make sense.

Source:http://www.wirelessweek.com/Article-News@2_September05_2007.aspx

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September 6, 2007 Posted by | apple, Best mobiles, iphone, Mobile Application, Mobile events, mobile facts, mobile Fun, Mobile news, News | 2 Comments

Iphone wireless reception imporved in latest update

Apple has improved its wireless reception in its new relased update version 1.0.2,  

” On the MacRumors Forums, user KLFloyd wrote,

 

“The first thing different I’ve noticed is that my AirPort reception is far improved. For whatever reason, even when in the same room as my base station I would only get 1-2 bars of AirPort reception. Now I have full reception everywhere in my condo. Not sure if the reception is really any better or if the indicator is fixed.”

User schmulz agreed, “My wifi reception is definitely better. While in my office I have never been able to connect to the wifi hub in the conference room down the hall. After the update I was surprised that the Edge connection seemed faster, until I realized I was connected to the wifi hub with two bars. For me, this is a huge issue, as I was preparing to try to deal with whatever hassle it would take to get the wifi connection extended to my office area. Yes!!!”

August 23, 2007 Posted by | apple | Leave a comment

Apple iphone rumours

The Financial Times reports that Apple has chosen some of its European partners for the iPhone: T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the U.K. have signed contracts with Apple that see them paying Apple 10 percent of the revenues made from the calls and data transfers from iPhones. While none of the carriers would comment on the report, the newspaper’s sources say that the carriers will officially announce their deals with Apple at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of the month.The deal, if true, marks a watershed moment for the carrier/handset maker relationship.

The Financial Times claims that these deals are the first to give handset makers a direct share of revenues from a mobile carrier, which could lead other handset makers to attempt similar deals. But would any other handset maker be able to manage such a deal? As has been noted numerous times, the iPhone enjoyed an unprecedented amount of buzz leading up to its launch as well as a firmly entrenched cousin in the portable music player sector, the iPod. So how could an incumbent handset maker recreate similar conditions warranting such a steep deal with mobile carriers? Seems unlikely

August 23, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

Good & Bad Reasons Weather you should or why not to Buy Iphone

Well, you‘re not alone. There are a lot of people that don’t want to get an iPhone for many different reasons. Here’s a quick Fat sheet if you have made up your mind that yu shouldnot buy iphone or you should stretch your hands and buy the most debated phone

Don’t BUY
The device costs $600
Buy Iphone
iPhone user can read their favorite magazine at any time

August 15, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

Apple’s Iphone soon to become gaming zone

A report in the New York Post today claims that Apple is secretly gearing up to push its iPhone as a gaming platform.

The article cites “various on- and off-the-record sources” as claiming “Apple has been secretly plotting its foray into portable video games for months, looking to add games to its hot iPhone”.

“I was told that a major game developer was seeded with iPhone [technology] quite some time ago,” comments AppleInsider.com’s EIC Kasper Jade.

The NYP also adds: “Apple is expected to make a gaming announcement soon, ‘by Macworld in January at the latest,’ says Engadget.com editorial director Peter Rojas”.

The positioning of iPhone as a mobile games platform, most likely serviced by downloads from iTunes, would put Apple right up against Nokia’s soon-to-be unveiled next-gen N-Gage platform, though the latter will be available across a raft of mass-market handsets as opposed to one with very limited availability.

A games-enabled iPhone would also encroach on territory currently occupied by Sony’s PSP and the Nintendo DS, though again those devices are available in much nigher volumes.

The iPod itself became gaming compliant with a software update in September last year, with Video iPods able to download a selection of games from iTunes. But Apple has kept the portfolio tightly controlled.

Titles from EA, PopCap and Apple itself (many of them casual oriented or remakes of classics like Bejewelled) have been available since launch, with just one or two added to the line-up since, including a new music quiz game Musika from Parappa the Rapper creator Matsuya Matsuura, released last week.

Some developers, including PopCap, have already utilised the iPhone’s web-browser to run gamesA report in the New York Post today claims that Apple is secretly gearing up to push its iPhone as a gaming platform.

The article cites “various on- and off-the-record sources” as claiming “Apple has been secretly plotting its foray into portable video games for months, looking to add games to its hot iPhone”.

“I was told that a major game developer was seeded with iPhone [technology] quite some time ago,” comments AppleInsider.com’s EIC Kasper Jade.

The NYP also adds: “Apple is expected to make a gaming announcement soon, ‘by Macworld in January at the latest,’ says Engadget.com editorial director Peter Rojas”.

The positioning of iPhone as a mobile games platform, most likely serviced by downloads from iTunes, would put Apple right up against Nokia’s soon-to-be unveiled next-gen N-Gage platform, though the latter will be available across a raft of mass-market handsets as opposed to one with very limited availability.

A games-enabled iPhone would also encroach on territory currently occupied by Sony’s PSP and the Nintendo DS, though again those devices are available in much nigher volumes.

The iPod itself became gaming compliant with a software update in September last year, with Video iPods able to download a selection of games from iTunes. But Apple has kept the portfolio tightly controlled.

Titles from EA, PopCap and Apple itself (many of them casual oriented or remakes of classics like Bejewelled) have been available since launch, with just one or two added to the line-up since, including a new music quiz game Musika from Parappa the Rapper creator Matsuya Matsuura, released last week.

Some developers, including PopCap, have already utilised the iPhone’s web-browser to run gamesA report in the New York Post today claims that Apple is secretly gearing up to push its iPhone as a gaming platform.

The article cites “various on- and off-the-record sources” as claiming “Apple has been secretly plotting its foray into portable video games for months, looking to add games to its hot iPhone”.

“I was told that a major game developer was seeded with iPhone [technology] quite some time ago,” comments AppleInsider.com’s EIC Kasper Jade.

The NYP also adds: “Apple is expected to make a gaming announcement soon, ‘by Macworld in January at the latest,’ says Engadget.com editorial director Peter Rojas”.

The positioning of iPhone as a mobile games platform, most likely serviced by downloads from iTunes, would put Apple right up against Nokia’s soon-to-be unveiled next-gen N-Gage platform, though the latter will be available across a raft of mass-market handsets as opposed to one with very limited availability.

A games-enabled iPhone would also encroach on territory currently occupied by Sony’s PSP and the Nintendo DS, though again those devices are available in much nigher volumes.

The iPod itself became gaming compliant with a software update in September last year, with Video iPods able to download a selection of games from iTunes. But Apple has kept the portfolio tightly controlled.

Titles from EA, PopCap and Apple itself (many of them casual oriented or remakes of classics like Bejewelled) have been available since launch, with just one or two added to the line-up since, including a new music quiz game Musika from Parappa the Rapper creator Matsuya Matsuura, released last week.

Some developers, including PopCap, have already utilised the iPhone’s web-browser to run games

via Mobile -ent

August 13, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone, iphone gaming | Leave a comment

Iphone major bugs fixed in its recent firmware update

Apple today has released an iPhone firmware 1.01 update via its iTunes software, which it says brings several bug fixes.

Though the company did not specify the bug fixes or additional features, if any, the company has provided the update to all customers who sync their iPhone with iTunes, offering the ability to download the software or download and install the software. The update, only available via iTunes, takes several minutes and users are greeted with the standard white Apple logo and white progress bar on the iPhone as well as a progress bar on their desktop while the updated being applied to the device

August 1, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | 1 Comment

27.6% of japanese would buy IPhone

 

 In the poll conducted by Mitsubishi Research Institute and Rakuten Research Of those saying they are willing to buy the iPhone,

27.6% of Japanese mobile phone users would buy an iPhone if it became available in Japan.

5.2% of the 2,200 respondents to the survey said they were “very willing” to shell out the cash for their own iPhone

22.4% said they were “somewhat willing

Please take a look at our selected Mobile Games & Applications for other phones as well

July 31, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | 17 Comments

Apple hit by lawsuit over iphone complaints

Some news sources wrote that the battery could not be replaced by users, Business 2.0 writes that Apple may not have made it clear that the battery would have to be replaced by AT&T until after the phone was launched.

So, Apple gets a class action suit and some complaints.

It is hard to believe that the legal action will prevail. Since the battery is sealed in the phone, the replacement characteristics are obvious. But, the issue could hurt iPhone sales.

Cell phone users have become accustomed to walking into a store and buying a replacement battery. After about 400 charges the iPhone battery begins to lose its power to hold new charges and the cost to replace the battery is $80.

No matter how cool the phone is, the battery replacement will cost as much as buying some new handsets do. Some cell phone users just won’t buy that.

July 30, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

iPhone not to blame for Duke outage

Acording to news.co, a Duke official directly implicated the iPhone for causing network issues that knocked out parts of Duke’s wireless network. But Duke spokeswoman Tracy Futhey, in a statement Friday on the school’s Web site, said: “The reality is that a particular set of conditions made the Duke wireless network experience some minor and temporary disruptions in service. Those conditions involve our deployment of a very large Cisco-based wireless network that supports multiple network protocols.”

Cisco added that it worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, and has “provided a fix that has been applied to Duke’s network and the problem has not occurred since,” according to a statement.

A Cisco representative declined to comment on the exact fix that was applied, and whether other customers will be affected by a similar problem.

July 23, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

iPhone won’t matter to most of Europe

Apple launches the phone in Europe on a single carrier. This probably means that iPhone will not be available in all European countries at first. My guess is UK, Germany and France. I’ve very limited knowledge of operators in these markets, but my guess is that there are some big players in all of these fighting over the exclusive deal over iPhone. Other markets will see iPhone later, through subscriptions or after Apple starts to sell iPhone without subscription in whole Europe. But for this to happen, Apple needs to find a way to bring down the price, at around 800-900 euros,

Many Apple fans are salivating over the rumored launch of Apple’s long-awaited mobile device in Europe. These fans (who put ”fan” in ”fanatic”) are reading the American echo-chamber-blogs and are certain that Apple will not only introduce iPhone in Europe this year, but it will be also revolutionary. As a card-carrying Nokialand citizen who, though, has never owned a Nokia, I disagree.

July 20, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

2nd Generation Iphone Due In September

future generation iPhone mock-ups

Could the first gen iPhone already be in danger of extinction? That’s the latest rumor to spread and it comes courtesy of a Chinese outlet called the Commercial Times. According to the publisher they’ve heard reports from Apple partner manufacturers Quanta and Wintek that the next gen iPhone is already in the prototype phase and that the finished model could be ready for sale by as early as September. It may even retail for less than June’s iPhone, clocking in somewhere between $250 and $300.

September is just a short two months away and for Apple to make a move like this so soon after the launch of the first iPhone doesn’t seem to add up. We have no doubts that Steve Jobs has secret plans in motion in Cupertino but the past history of Apple has demonstrated that they like to wait and pounce instead of rush and blow the element of surprise. Instead of looking to September 2007 our guts tell us to instead keep an eye around the first anniversary of the iPhone announcement in January 2008.

July 20, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

T-Mobile accidentally confirms iPhone sales?

Datenpanne - Das iPhone schon im T-Mobile-Shop 

Die iPhone-Seite im T-Mobile-Shop The German division of T-Mobile has possibly leaked its status as a European carrier for the iPhone. Local newspaper Focus has captured a screenshot (right, below) of the company’s online store, where the iPhone is said to have briefly appeared as its own category. Along with this went the notice of an “indexation test,” supporting the notion that T-Mobile is engaged in some kind of behind-the-scenes preparation that was exposed prematurely.

July 18, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone, t-mobile | Leave a comment

Apple desktop &Macbook amoung favourite

digg_url = ‘http://www.digg.com/apple/How_Apple_Can_Win_The_PC_Battle’; digg_bgcolor = ‘#ffffff’; digg_skin = ‘compact’;According to Richard, just a year ago Apple’s share of the computer market was close to 2%. Now MacWorld and CNet are reporting that – according to NDP research –

Apple’s Desktops Now have crossed 10% and the MacBooks now closing on 15% of the laptop market. This puts MacBooks in 4th place behind HP, Toshiba and Gateway. The figures are likely to increase in the 3rd quarter, which is traditionally strong for Apple, because of the back-to-school sales.

July 17, 2007 Posted by | apple | Leave a comment

8 Best iPhone Concept Designs

Though there may be hundreds of conceptual iPhone models made before its official release but only some of them were sexy enough to get famous on the Internet. TechEBlog made a very nice collection of the 8 most stylish iPhone concept designs and I will like to share it with my readers on behalf of TechEBlog.

 

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Via TechEBlog

July 16, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | Leave a comment

Buyers calls a good experience to use Iphone

USA Today reports that Early iPhone owners are  happy with their devices, a survey out Friday says, and Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) are luring customers from rivals as a result.

The firm surveyed 1,000 cellphone users July 6-10.

  • Study claims that , 90% of 200 owners said they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their phone.

  • And 85% said they are “extremely” or “very” likely to recommend the device to others, says the online survey conducted and paid for by market researcher Interpret of Santa Monica, Calif.

Kelly Croy, a seventh-grade teacher in Oak Harbor, Ohio, is a happy buyer. “Overall, the coolest device I’ve ever owned,” he says.

 BEFORE THEY BOUGHT IPHONE
Buyers’ previous cell phone carriers:
AT&T-Cingular 49%
Verizon 25%
Sprint Nextel 11%
T-Mobile 6%
Alltel 3%
U.S. Cellular 2%
Other 2%
Virgin Mobile 1%
Helio 1%
Source: Interpret survey of 200 iPhone owners

July 13, 2007 Posted by | apple, iphone | 1 Comment