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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

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

Keep all your N73/N95 private information secure with Best Safe

Best Safe [Nokia 3250/ N73/ N95]

Best Safe [Nokia 3250/ N73/ N95]

Best Safe [Nokia 3250/ N73/ N95]

Keep all your private information secure, good looking, easy to use and manage on your smartphone BestSafe is an easy-to-use, reliable and secure manager and organiser for your private data. With BestSafe you can store your passwords, credit cards and banking information, login information and other your data in one place and to keep it with you always. BestSafe interface is very easy to use. You can create cards and quick notes, then arrange them into folders. To view any existing card just select it and press joystick button. If you want to modify the card just use ‘Edit’ command in the card view 

Price  11.95 $       BUY

 
 

June 12, 2007 Posted by | Mobile news, News | Leave a comment

ITC Orders Ban On New 3G Handsets With Qualcomm Chips

This is a significant development— the US International Trade Commission has ordered a ban on new 3G handsets which contain Qualcomm chips that infringe on a Broadcom patent effective today. Phones which have been sold in the US are exempt, as are future phones of the same model. So the current handset brands won’t change, but if handset manufacturers want to launch new 3G devices in the US they will need to exclude the Qualcomm chip. By allowing current models to be imported the court has lessened the damage to the industry—other options being considered were to ban all CDMA phones notes the Union Tribune. From the ITC release: “The Commission found that, while exclusion of all downstream products could adversely affect the public interest, particularly the public health and welfare, competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, and U.S. consumers, the exemption for previously imported models sufficiently ameliorates this impact such that the orders should be issued.” There were two dissenting commissioners (out of six) who appeared to favor banning the importation of all Qualcomm chips and opposed the “grandfather” exemption. Qualcomm has issued a statement about this.

Qualcomm’s response: Qualcomm held a conference call after the decision. “CEO Paul Jacobs said that the ITC decision was “wrong” and that his company would take two legal steps: it would immediately seek an emergency stay of the ITC order from the federal circuit court of appeals and, secondly, it would seek a presidential veto of the ITC decision”r

via RCR News.

June 8, 2007 Posted by | News, Technology | Leave a comment

Blip.tv Gets Funding from Skype Founders’ Fund

Two year-old Blip.tv, the video sharing site for independent producers, announced the closing of its series B financing, and its first venture capital investors. The financial details of this round were not disclosed. The round was led by Ambient Sound Investments while the venture capital was provided by the fund established by the four founding engineers of Skype.

Other participants in the round include Lauder Partners, Jeffrey Sechrest, Managing Director and co-head of the media and entertainment division of Lazard and Andrew Rasiej, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum, among others. With the recent funding, Blip.tv plans to expand on advertising sales, content management and programming, talent relations and technology development.

This is important for the furthered development of Blip’s ad program, which enables producers to create their own ad campaigns. Blip.tv is also looking to incorporate additional advertising options for content creators, and diversifying these options may be the way to go, as several video-sharing sites are experimenting with ad revenue-sharing programs.

Others dabbling in ad revenue-sharing models include Guba, Metacafe, YouTube and Revver.

June 6, 2007 Posted by | News, Technology | Leave a comment

Barcelona Mobile Startups

June is here and the flocks of tourists announce the coming of summer, the perfect time to present our own local entrepreneurial talent. Next MobileMonday on June 11 is about Barcelona Mobile Startups!

Networking
As usual, a networking party will follow the conference where participants will enjoy a glass of cava while sharing experiences about life and work. Attendance is free; all you need to do is register and/or confirm your presence for this event at www.mobilemondaybarcelona.com/subscribe/ to reserve one of the 150 seats available. Book now to avoid being left out!

  • 19h00 Registration and Pre-Networking
  • 19h30 Barcelona Mobile Startups speaker sessions & discussion
  • 20h30 Cocktail and Networking Party
  • 21h30 End

Venue: Auditorium University of Pompeu Fabra – França Building (Edifici França), Passeig de Circumval·lació, 8 – Barcelona 08003

June 5, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

InfoSpace inks search deal with Virgin Mobile

Mobile search solutions developer InfoSpace announced an agreement with Virgin Mobile to supply the MVNO with its complete suite of mobile platform services, including a customized, integrated search service. According to InfoSpace, the solution will capitalize on its recent partnerships with search technologies developer FAST Search & Transfer and web-to-mobile content adaptation service provider InfoGin, bolstering InfoSpace’s own metasearch technology with relevancy algorithms, crawling and indexing technologies and content adaptation services and enabling consumer searches regardless of data origin or format

June 5, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Amp’d Mobile files for Chapter 11

Mobile virtual network operator Amp’d Mobile quietly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Friday night, announcing the move on its website. The Chapter 11 filing follows weeks of rumors concerning the fate of founder and CEO Peter Adderton, who reportedly exited the company following a rift with directors; Amp’d said in a statement issued over the weekend that its “senior management team remains largely intact.”

Despite more than $360 million in venture capital financing and subscriber totals closing in on the 200,000 mark, Amp’d is over $100 million in debt, owing $33 million to Verizon Wireless for network operations and $16.4 million to Motorola for handsets. The Chapter 11 petition, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, is likely to erase that debt, but will also wipe out ownership stakes and preferred stock held by investors and content partners like MTV and Universal Music.

June 5, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Two Board Members Resign At Amp’d Mobile; CEO Still Hanging In

The drama at Amp’d Mobile continues: according to our sources, two of the investor board members have resigned, though of course with about a total of 18 board members, doesn’t make a huge dent in the board population. CEO Peter Adderton is still, well, the CEO, though our sources indicate he hasn’t been running things day to day and hasn’t been in office in close to a month now. Day to day operations of the company is now being run by the head of the board, and no specific decision on Adderton has been made, nor has he resigned.

June 1, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

‘Idol’ generates record voter totals

Participation television phenomenon “American Idol” closed out its sixth season last week with record voter totals. According to communications management solutions firm Telescope, which processes voice and text votes for the program, “Idol” generated 609 million total votes during its five-month run, topping season five totals by 31 million overall votes. The May 23 finale alone yielded 74 million votes, another series record. Last year, viewers sent 64.5 million SMS votes via mobile operator partner Cingular/AT&T, which this season launched a suite of new “Idol”-themed downloads including video and related content. According to Variety, AT&T and fellow sponsors including the Ford Motor Co. and Coca-Cola spend between $30 million and $50 million in combined “Idol” sponsorship fees.

May 30, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Alltel shareholders file suit

Not everyone is happy about private equity firms TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners’ agreement to purchase Alltel for $27.5 billion. The deal, which was announced late Sunday, is drawing the ire of some shareholders. Yesterday three lawsuits were filed challenged the buyout. One claims that shareholders are being shorted, another claims preferential treatment for company insiders and the third claims shareholders can’t depend on the board to make good decisions.

Alltel, of course, claims the lawsuits are without merit.

May 25, 2007 Posted by | News, Nokia | Leave a comment

Nokia E90

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To be released in June 2007 the  The E90 has everything you could dream it provides the fastest processor currently used in Symbian OS smartphones and the largest operating memory (RAM) capacity ever used in a Symbian OS based device. Yes, it’s true, Nokia has finally created a Communicator that it as fast as other high-end Symbian OS devices and as powerful (and MORE functional) than high-end PocketPC Phone Edition devices. Few more features here

  • A true business & multimedia phone
  • OS: S60 Platform 3.1 Edition, Symbian OS Version 9.2  
  • HSDPA) and 3G high-speed mobile broadband, GPRS/EGPRS 
  • Supports POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP & Push Email
  • Quickoffice (documents, spreadsheets, and presentations), Zip Manager, and Adobe Acrobat Reader Bluetooth® 2.0 for wireless stereo audio
  • Integrated GPS & Instant Messaging
  • Video Calling, Fm Radio, Music Player, Media Player, VOIP
  • Display (800 x 352 pixels), 16 million true colors
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and autofocus
  • QCIF camera for video calling
  • Integrated WLAN, USB, Blutooth, Infrared
  • 128 MB of RAM extendible up to 2GB with microSD memory card
  • Web browser (x)HTML

You can find best applications and games of S60 HERE

May 24, 2007 Posted by | News, Nokia | Leave a comment

Sprint expands trial of unlimited data bundle

Sprint Nextel has expanded its trial of an unlimited data bundle, which offers “unlimited” voice, text and data usage, to residents of the Twin Cities, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. According to a Sprint spokesperson, the trials are also taking place in areas surrounding some of these cities, like Sacramento, Stockton, Redding, Modesto and Reno, Nevada near San Francisco. Residents of these towns can choose from two unlimited plans: unlimited voice, text and data for $119.99 a month or unlimited voice, text and data plus unlimited mobile broadband usage for connection cards for $149.99 per month.

For more on Sprint’s expanded unlimited data bundle trial:
– see this company press release

May 21, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

U.K. beats the U.S. in mobile Web usage

According to a recent report from comScore and Telephia, U.K. subs are more mobile Web savvy than mobile users in the U.S.: 5.7 million people in the U.K. used the mobile Web during January, while 30 million accessed it from a PC. In the U.S. 30 million accessed the Web via their handsets out of 176 million Internet users. Men under 35 years of age made up more than two-thirds of the mobile Internet user base. Forty percent of U.K. mobile users visited the BBC, the most popular mobile Web destination followed by MSN.

May 17, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Steve Jobs

A judge ordered Apple last January to pay the $700,000 legal fees of two websites that reported on an unreleased product code-named “Asteroid.” Apple had sued the sites seeking the identities of leakers within its ranks, but lost the case.

read More at wired

May 15, 2007 Posted by | News | Leave a comment

Cell-phone radiation a cause for concern or just useless???

There’s a lot of talk in the news these days about whether or not cell phones emit enough radiation to cause adverse health effects.

Just by their basic operation, cell phones have to emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation. If you’ve read How Cell Phones Work, then you know that cell phones emit signals via radio waves, which are comprised of radio-frequency (RF) energy, a form of electromagnetic radiation.

Source of Radiation

When talking on a cell phone, a transmitter takes the sound of your voice and encodes it onto a continuous sine wave (see How Radio Works to learn more about how sound is transmitted). A sine wave is just a type of continuously varying wave that radiates out from the antenna and fluctuates evenly through space. Sine waves are measured in terms of frequency, which is the number of times a wave oscillates up and down per second. Once the encoded sound has been placed on the sine wave, the transmitter sends the signal to the antenna, which then sends the signal out.


Radiation in cell phones is generated in the transmitter and emitted through the antenna.

Cell phones have low-power transmitters in them. Most car phones have a transmitter power of 3 watts. A handheld cell phone operates on about 0.75 to 1 watt of power. The position of a transmitter inside a phone varies depending on the manufacturer, but it is usually in close proximity to the phone’s antenna. The radio waves that send the encoded signal are made up of electromagnetic radiation propagated by the antenna. The function of an antenna in any radio transmitter is to launch the radio waves into space; in the case of cell phones, these waves are picked up by a receiver in the cell-phone tower.

Electromagnetic radiation is made up of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving at the speed of light, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All electromagnetic energy falls somewhere on the electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation to X-rays and gamma rays. Later, you will learn how these levels of radiation affect biological tissue.

When talking on a cell phone, most users place the phone against the head. In this position, there is a good chance that some of the radiation will be absorbed by human tissue. In the next section, we will look at why some scientists believe that cell phones are harmful, and you’ll find out what effects these ubiquitous devices may have.

May 10, 2007 Posted by | News, Reviews | Leave a comment