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The Nokia N96 to arrive in the Americas

Nokia today announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N96, unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will be made available for high-speed 3G HSDPA networks widely used in the Americas during the fourth quarter of 2008. Combining a large 2.8 inch screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and compatibility with a wide range of video formats, the Nokia N96 is a sleek, smart and powerful device that delivers an outstanding entertainment experience. Continue reading

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Mobile events, mobile Fun, Mobile news, Nokia, Technology | | Leave a comment

Microsoft will stop shipping OEM Office 2003

goodbye to office 2003

Microsoft will soon stop shipping the OEM version of Office 2003. As of June 30, 2007 Microsoft will no longer be shipping OEM Office 2003 to any distributors. Any current inventory the distributors have on hand can still be sold, but future OEM Office purchases will be Office 2007.

June 19, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft, Technology | Leave a comment

Apple Lets Developers Access IPhone Via Browser

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Steve Jobs ended his keynote with a mention that developers would be able to create programs for the iPhone after all. “To maintain the security of the iPhone, Apple decided not to let developers write actual applications for the iPhone, but rather create Web 2.0 applications that run within the version of Safari included on the iPhone. Developers will be able to create applications for the iPhone by using programming tools like Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and taking advantage of Safari. A separate, special software developer kit is not needed, Jobs said…The apps created in this fashion can integrate with the iPhone’s built-in services, giving them access to making a call, sending an e-mail, or looking up location in Google Maps. Since most of the application code runs on a server, Apple said the software is both secure and easy to update” reports MacWorld. Apple has been critisized for refusing third-party access to the iPhone, with claims that it would result in a device with inherently less flexibility and features than other high-end phones.

June 12, 2007 Posted by | iphone, Technology | 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

Google Calendar now with event-tracking

Google Calendar is adding event-tracking capability that allows Calendar users to add public events to your calendar. Add the NBA Playoff schedule to the calendar or pick events from the Eventful database. Google’s new calendar gallery has listings from sources like Disney, Eventful, JamBase, Orbitz, the NBA, and Zvents. You can add either individual events or complete schedules to your Google Calendar in one click. I have added the New York Yankees to my calendar so that I can keep a close watch on who we are losing to on any given day. These public calendars have been available to Mac users for quite sometime now. Also see, Lifehacker

June 7, 2007 Posted by | 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

Palm to Sell 25% Stake, Add Former iPod Head to Board

Palm announced that it will sell a 25% stake in the company to private equity firm Elevation Partners for $325 million. Shares of Palm jumped to $18.40, a rise that recovered most of the value the company lost after buyout rumors in March failed to produce a buyer.

Palm says it plans to use the investment, as well as existing cash and new debt to pay $9 per share in cash to stockholders.

As part of the deal, Palm also will increase size of its board from eight to nine, adding Jon Rubinstein, formerly head of Apple’s  iPod division. Rubinstein will serve as executive chairman.

“As a result of this transaction, we will strengthen the Palm leadership team and create a more effective capital structure,” said Ed Colligan, Palm CEO, in a statement.

“I have tremendous respect for Ed Colligan, Jeff Hawkins and their team, and I am thrilled by the prospect of helping Palm deliver innovative products capable of transforming the mobile-device market,” commented Rubinstein in a statement.  “Approximately 1 billion cell phones are sold each year, and mobile computing is a category with enormous potential. This is a company with an impressive history of introducing game-changing products; it pioneered the smartphone and I intend to help extend that legacy.”

Fred Anderson and Roger McNamee, managing directors and co-founders of Elevation, also will join Palm’s board of directors. Rubinstein, Anderson and McNamee will replace Eric Benhamou and D. Scott Mercer.

This is Elevation Partners’ largest investment to date.

June 5, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

5 most popular Portuguese dictionaries for Palm

Here is a Pack of Portuguese Dictionaries which is a series of translation dictionaries for BlackBerry from the world most famous publishers and working under the powerful SlovoEd dictionary from the world’s leading provider of dictionary software engines for mobile platforms Paragon Software GmbH.

Pack of Portuguese Dictionaries contains 5 popular dictionaries:

English-Portuguese-English dictionary (contains 74365 entries)

French-Portuguese-French dictionary (contains 44769 entries)

German-Portuguese-German dictionary (contains 40253 entries)

Italian-Portuguese-Italian dictionary (contains 43673 entries)

Spanish-Portuguese-Spanish dictionary (contains 43609 entries)

Dictionary contains considerable number of precise translations, occupies minimal memory space on your BlackBerry Smartphone. Dictionary collections are the perfect assistant in your business. Using SlovoEd for BlackBerry allows you to receive as much as possible detailed and exact translations of numerous words rapidly both at an ordinary international business lunch and on the important summit talks. Now you don?t need to waste time on looking up the unfamiliar words in numerous paper dictionaries!

The built-in morphology function will help you to find translation even if the search words appear in different grammatical forms. SlovoEd will find base forms of the word in this case.

SlovoEd provides you with search method such as Search history (quick access to last words you searched). SlovoEd keeps last 20 words, so you will easily find any word from the History at any time.

Besides, in SlovoEd you will find:

Variants of the word. Choosing this option you are able to receive the nearest words to the translated word according to alphabet.
Possibility to install several language packs on your BlackBerry device at the same time.
Convenient, friendly, specially designed for mobile phones dictionary user interface. Optional letter size and color markup are developed to set customer interface in accordance with your taste.
Interface is available on 6 European languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian.
Full-screen mode to show the translations.
                 Price  $ 49.95

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May 23, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Why I don’t want Zooomr.com to relaunch

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NICK DOUGLAS — The upcoming third edition of photo sharing site Zooomr looks cool (at least in the demo video); it’s advanced enough to escape the usual criticism that the site is just a Flickr ripoff. But I’d rather keep watching the live uncensored feed from founder Kris Tate’s home office. Maybe it’s unprofessional to slap a rough-looking stream of the 20-year-old on the site’s front page. But for all Flickr’s quirky office parties and gimmicks, I couldn’t imagine the Yahoo-owned site getting this personal with their users. At the moment, Tate’s explaining how he’s speeding up the site for its many non-U.S. users by adding servers in Hong Kong and other places. It’s pretty cool to hear how it all works.

May 23, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Helio goes all in for Ocean launch

Helio formally and commercially launched its latest handset: the Ocean, which has enjoyed comparisons to–and some of the hype of–Apple’s iPhone launch. The dual-slider handset is now available through Helio’s website and branded stores as well as GameStop video game stores. Other retail locations will start selling the handset come June.

The Ocean is jam-packed with features after the MVNO put “an extraordinary amount of time and energy to build” it during the past year, Helio’s SVP of products and services, Doug Britt told FierceWireless. “We really do feel this device embodies Helio,” Britt said.

The device is the summation of Helio’s efforts to date and features the products and services that Helio has developed with partners like Yahoo, AOL, MSN, Google, Wikipedia, Yelp and MySpace. These services include GPS-based Google Maps, integrated email applications that recognize hyperlinks and one-click Wikipedia searches from documents as well as Helio’s buddy beacon application. Each of the services works in portrait and landscape mode, when the phone is twisted into its other shape, except for the buddy beacon application, which Helio says will become optimized for landscape mode at an undisclosed time.

The handset also features a new chip that optimizes music playback–Britt said the chip allows 15 hours of continuous audio from the phone. The phone also features Microsoft’s PlayForSure DRM technology.

As for iPhone comparisons: “We’ve gotten pretty excited about all the iPhone spoiler and iPhone killer reviews about the Ocean and we’re extraordinarily confident that it stands up as a music phone, too,” Britt said. “While some folks will certainly feel at home in an integrated Mac environment, we’ll have a device with an end-to-end mobile experience that we’re extremely confident in,” he said. Plus, “our pricepoint is at $295.”

May 14, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Microsoft acquires ScreenTonic

 

Microsoft announced its acquisition of European mobile advertising firm ScreenTonic SA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ScreenTonic boasts partnerships with mobile operators in the U.K., France and Belgium markets; according to Microsoft, its “mobile expertise and industry relationships” will complement the software goliath’s Digital Advertising Solutions platform by providing advertisers with a range of ad formats, from display to text, as well as ad management and reporting capabilities.

Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Online Services Group, said the company is emphasizing an ad experience that is mutually beneficial to publishers, operators and consumers. “The mobile Internet is an extraordinary vehicle for brands to connect with their target audiences, because devices like cell phones enable interaction to take place virtually anywhere or anytime,” Berkowitz said in a prepared statement. “The acquisition of ScreenTonic will be part of our long-term strategy to deliver ad experiences that map to the environment. Together, we will be able to provide relevant ads where consumers are, when they are actively engaged and communicating.”

May 4, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Waving the Phone To Pay…..

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Nokia is joining the GSM Association’s “mobile wallet” initiative, which seeks to create a global standard based on an embedded, wireless chip in a cell phone that allows a user to pay for something simply by waving the phone over a wireless reader. Nokia joins others in the GSM Association, including AT&T, China Mobile, and NTT DoCoMo.

Because of feature-packed cell phones, users can leave their camera, music player, or portable game machine at home. If a growing consortium of cell-phone makers and operators is successful, users throughout the world will someday be able to forget their wallet as well.

The GSM Association (GSMA), a global trade group, announced Wednesday that Nokia, the world’s largest mobile-phone maker, and 10 mobile operators are joining an initiative to create a “mobile wallet” standard.

The “Pay-Buy Mobile” project was started in February by 14 operators, including AT&T (formerly Cingular Wireless), China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, Telecom Italia, and others. In addition to Nokia, the new participants include European and Asian operators KPN, Maxis Communications, mobilkom austria, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, SKT, Vodafone, and Wind.

The project seeks to create a global standard based on an embedded, wireless chip that allows the owner to use a phone in places where one might otherwise use a regular credit card. To make a payment, a user would simply wave the phone over a wireless reader, or punch in a PIN number. A similar method of transaction is currently available for travelers on public transportation in London and Tokyo.

Nokia, Samsung, and LG said that they will embed the chip in their phones. Vodafone, AT&T, Bell South, and Telefonica already support the chips on the phones that are distributed for their networks.

GSMA has said that the initiative will build on the work of the credit card companies, which have created a global standard for payment. MasterCard is already involved.

Trials for the global standard will begin in South Korea and unspecified Asian and European countries later this year. The Korean test, led by KTF, will include end-to-end trials that involve handset manufacturers, circuit card manufacturers, banks, credit card providers, and retailers.

South Korea is one of the world’s most active marketplaces for mobile transactions. According to GSMA, that country already has some 12 million handsets capable of making mobile payments, as well as 80,000 terminal payment machines in retailers.

The project, according to the GSMA, will work on defining a common approach to using near-field communications to link mobile devices with payment systems. “Together with a SIM/Universal Integrated Circuit Card in a mobile handset,” the GSMA said in a statement, near-field communications can be used “to enable a wide range of secure, interoperable, and transparent services, such as credit and debit payments.”

Sony and NXP, whose formats are now used for access to buildings and to public transportation, will join the efforts to develop a global standard. NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, developed Mifare and Sony developed Felicia.

The GSM Association represents 700 GSM mobile-phone operators in 218 countries and, according to the association, its members serve 82 percent of the world’s mobile-phone users.

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April 26, 2007 Posted by | Entertainment, Mobile events, Mobile news, News, Nokia, Productivity, Technology | Leave a comment

Sun can converts carbon dioxide into fuel

We all know that the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a major impact on the Earth climate. But now, chemists at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have developed “a device that can capture energy from the sun, convert it to electrical energy and split carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen.” As carbon monoxide can easily be converted to liquid fuel, this prototype device kills two birds with one stone: it helps saving fuel while reducing the concentration of a greenhouse gas.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

21 Wireless carriers concerned over FCC Plan on auction of 700MHZ

Debate grows over 700MHz auction
A group of 21 small and medium sized wireless and wireline carriers as well as state agencies are concerned that the FCC plan to favor large geographic wireless licenses over small ones during the 700 MHz auction in the fall. Alltel, Aloha Partners, Dobson, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular and the Rural Cellular Association are among the concerned parties. The coalition descended on Washington this week to air their grievances with the House Telecom subcommittee. 

Cellular South’s president, Victor Meena said, “”If the FCC does not have multiple small and medium blocks with paired spectrum, all small and regional carriers will be forced to compete against each other in one or two blocks of spectrum, while the large carriers will have the very large spectrum blocks to themselves because smaller carriers cannot compete in the auction for those licenses.”

The larger carriers have mixed reactions to the group’s concerns: T-Mobile USA and Sprint’s cable MSO JV, Spectrum Co., embrace the group’s call for a variety of spectrum blocks. Verizon Wireless, however, sent the FCC an economic study that proclaims large wireless service areas lead to efficiencies whereby cost and delays associated with organizing the smaller licenses disappear.

During an open meeting on April 25, the FCC plans to vote on the plan for the 700 MHz auction as well as petitions from companies like Frontline regarding public safety usage of the spectrum.

April 25, 2007 Posted by | News, Technology | Leave a comment

Nokia loose profits As Global Market Share Rises

 

Nokia see rise in market share as profit slipsIt’s kind of a bitter-sweet announcement – Nokia saw its global market share for mobile phones increase to 36% (up from 35%), while at the same time experiencing a 7% decline in global profits. Nokia sold 979 million Euros worth of cell phone, down from 1.0 billion Euros worth of sales in the previous year. The slip in Nokia’s profits can be associated with  “one-off costs and falling prices for its mobile phones.”

So, in all, Nokia is in a good position. The profit slide is reasonable and the Finnish handset giant is creeping upwards in their market share – even as Symbian OS is losing ground to Linux and Windows Mobile and the global slowdown of mobile phone sales.

April 24, 2007 Posted by | Nokia, Reviews, Technology | 1 Comment