Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Windows Phone 8 features details.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Windows Phone 8 features details.

Microsoft officially unveiled its Windows Phone 8 platform yesterday, a device operating system that is set to power new smartphones from Nokia, HTC and Samsung. While the platform was previewed in June 2012, the company used an event yesterday to showcase several new features that have not previously been revealed.

It also provided an update on its app ecosystem, stating that it is approaching the point where 46 out of the top 50 titles available for other platforms have been ported to Windows Phone – which Joe Belfiore, corporate VP for the company, described as “huge progress for us”.

New features showcased by Belfiore included “Kid’s Corner”, which it describes as a “worry-free way to share your phone with your kids” by limiting the features available to prevent accidental misuse; and Rooms, which enables users to create private groups with which to share information – with some features also made available to users of smartphones powered by other OS platforms.

Also new is Data Sense, which uses compression to minimise the amount of data transferred; offloads data to Wi-Fi where appropriate; and adjusts usage when nearing data bundle limits.

Belfiore said that this feature will be made available in partnership with mobile operator partners, and is “rolling out with mobile operators starting with our [November] launch and going into 2013”. The first named operator supporting it is Verizon Wireless.

Windows Phone 8 is also being positioned as “the perfect companion for your Windows devices and your Xbox”, in partnership with the Skydrive cloud storage platform. This will enable users to share images, video and music between different terminals, with Belfiore adding that “it’s the first cloud service that fully integrates and syncs your Office documents, so you can access them from any of your devices”.

As with the earlier Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5 platforms, the latest version of the platform centres around a “tiles” interface, which can be used to push personal information to the home screen of the device. These can also be used by app developers to deliver content, and information can now also be pushed to the device’s lock screen.

Belfiore noted: “I would say that the state of the art in the core smartphone experience hasn’t really evolved much in the five years since its inception. If you think about the predominant user experience on most of the smartphones people are using today, it was standardised by Apple and the iPhone, and essentially that same interface was copied by Android and Android phones, and it really hasn’t evolved all that much. The static grid of icons has been the standard on smartphones.”

Devices powered by Windows Phone 8 are set for launch next month. In a US-focused release, it was said that “major mobile operators will start selling Windows Phone 8 in the coming weeks”, with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA on board.

Microsoft was less forthcoming on the rollout plans for international markets.

China: ZTE $160 quad-core smartphone U950, announced.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

China: ZTE $160 quad-core smartphone U950, announced.

Packing a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor inside, the new handset was announced for China at only 999 yuan (around $160 / €123), with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform loaded on it. 

The smartphone also comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM inside, 4GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and a front camera for making video calls while on the go. 

The phone is 9mm thick, sports a 2,000 mAh battery inside, and is expected to arrive on shelves on November 11. 

No details on its international availability have been provided  at this time.

BlackBerry 10 now being tested by 50+ carriers worldwide.Pentagon will keep carrying BB devices.

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BlackBerry 10 now being tested by 50+ carriers worldwide. Pentagon will keep carrying BB devices.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins announced in a statement on Wednesday that handsets running the new OS were now being tested by more than 50 carriers worldwide.

BlackBerry 10 passes critical milestone - enters carrier lab testing.

Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, Research In Motion, said:

I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.

I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.

The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

In other news involving the mobile company, the Pentagon made clear this week that it would carry on supporting “large numbers” of BlackBerry handsets despite going ahead with plans to allow the US military to use other devices such as the iPhone.

“The Defense Information Systems Agency is managing an enterprise email capability that continues to support large numbers of RIM devices,” a spokesman told Reuters this week. A number of government agencies and businesses have said in the last year they would be issuing staff with iOS or Android devices, ending long-standing contracts with BlackBerry. While the Pentagon also appears to be relaxing its association with RIM, things are so serious at the Canadian company that the defense agency’s announcement that it’s not switching entirely to rival devices will actually be perceived as good news by many.

The BlackBerry was once the phone of choice for many agencies and firms thanks largely to its strong security features. However, security on rival handsets such as Apple’s iPhone and a number of Android-powered devices has improved over time, offering an alternative to the BlackBerry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

LTE: UK: EE launches first 4G networks in 11 cities.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

LTE: UK: EE launches  first 4G networks in 11 cities.
As expected, UK market leader EE has launched its 4G LTE network, making it the first UK operator to offer the next generation mobile broadband technology. The network initially covers 11 cities and will be rolled out at a rate of 2,000 square miles per month.

Movistar presents the Computer Workstation with Windows 8 Professional for SMBs.

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Movistar presents the Computer Workstation with Windows 8 Professional for SMBs.

 Movistar, Microsoft, Intel and HP have teamed up to launch a Computer Workstation to facilitate the work of SMBs. A simple and complete choice that offers the latest in computer equipment at the best price.

- This new technology solution provides the ability to choose the equipment that best suits the needs of each company, a full maintenance with 24-hour service and ease of payment by installments.

Movistar in collaboration with Microsoft, Intel and HP has launched a new range of Computer Workstation for SMBs in order to facilitate their access to the latest in technological innovation without having to worry about maintenance and to enable them to develop their business with greater efficiency and productivity. Includes payment formulas that allow companies to have art computer equipment without investment and will be commercially available from November 15.

Movistar thus continues its plan to support SMEs with the launch of this unique solution designed to renew their equipment in the most efficient and economical.

The computer workstation includes the latest equipment from HP with the new Windows 8 Professional Operating System, the electronic office productivity suite Office Home & Business and comprehensive maintenance of the same, all with the ease of monthly payment.

This new offering is designed to provide SMBs with a comprehensive management of the job and a full maintenance service with 24-hour service (both onsite assistance in remote) to any hardware and software problems, which also includes the replacement of replacement parts and equipment. The solution is designed for companies can focus on their business without having to worry about equipment issues, and without giving up their time to the best services and the latest technology.

All computers have Windows 8 Professional, the brand new Microsoft operating system that offers new possibilities for mobile productivity and even greater speed, reliability and security for enterprises. Also, have incorporated Intel ® Core ™ i5.

The offer gives the option to choose between different types of professional equipment, according to the specific needs of each company: HP EliteBook 9470m Folio Ultrabook ™ (48 € / month), HP ProBook 4540s (38 € / month) or permanent position HP Compaq 6300 Pro MT (30 € / month). These prices include the maintenance.

With this new initiative, Movistar responds to the idea that today more than ever necessary that small and medium enterprises have a technology adapted to their needs and to be more productive activity. SMEs are one of the main drivers of business employment in the Spanish labor market. To gain efficiency and compete in the current scenario is vital that they have solutions that allow them to adapt to the speed of technological change ever faster.

The evolution of operating systems and processors brings significant benefits for companies but also creates new needs for SMBs to be able to adapt quickly to these changes. Thus, Movistar is to promote small and medium enterprises within the current technological context.


Easy payment: access to high-end professional equipment financed mode, no initial investment required. Monthly payment.

Comprehensive maintenance with a single point: that includes resolving possible problems (software, hardware, connectivity, security, etc..).

Warranty: all teams have 3 years warranty. Includes repair, replacement and home collection.

Movistar presenta el Puesto de Trabajo Informático con Windows 8 Professional para PYMES.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Movistar presenta el Puesto de Trabajo Informático con Windows 8 Professional para PYMES.

- Movistar, Microsoft, Intel y HP se han unido para lanzar un Puesto de Trabajo Informático que facilite la labor de las pymes. Una opción sencilla y completa que ofrece lo último en equipamiento informático al mejor precio.

- Esta nueva solución tecnológica ofrece la posibilidad de escoger el equipamiento que mejor se adapte a las necesidades de cada empresa, un mantenimiento integral con atención 24 horas y la facilidad de pago por cuotas.

Movistar en colaboración con Microsoft, Intel y HP ha lanzado una nueva oferta de Puesto de Trabajo Informático para pymes con el objetivo de facilitarles el acceso a lo último en innovación tecnológica sin que tengan que preocuparse por su mantenimiento y  para que puedan  desarrollar su negocio con mayor  eficacia y productividad. Incluye fórmulas de pago que permitirán a las empresas contar con equipamiento informático de última generación sin necesidad de inversión y estará disponible comercialmente a partir del 15 de noviembre.

Movistar sigue así su plan de apoyo a la pequeña y mediana empresa con el lanzamiento de esta solución única pensada para renovar  sus equipos de la forma más eficiente y económica.

El puesto de trabajo informático incluye el equipamiento  de última generación de HP con el nuevo Sistema Operativo Windows 8 Professional, el paquete de productividad ofimático Office Home&Business y el mantenimiento integral  del mismo, todo ello con la facilidad de pago en cuotas mensuales.

Esta nueva oferta está orientada a  proporcionar a las pymes una  gestión integral del Puesto de Trabajo y un completo servicio de mantenimiento con atención 24 horas (asistencia tanto presencial como en remoto)  para cualquier tipo de problema hardware y de software, que además incluye el recambio de piezas y equipos de sustitución. La solución está pensada para que  las empresas se puedan centrar en su negocio sin tener que preocuparse por cuestiones relativas al equipamiento, y sin renunciar a su vez a los mejores servicios y lo último en tecnología.

Todos los equipos cuentan con Windows 8 Professional, el recién estrenado sistema operativo de Microsoft que ofrece nuevas posibilidades para la productividad móvil, así como incluso mayor velocidad, confiabilidad y seguridad para las empresas. Además, llevan incorporados procesadores Intel® Core™ i5.

En la  oferta se da la opción de escoger entre distintos tipos de equipamiento profesionales, según las necesidades concretas de cada empresa: HP EliteBook Folio 9470m Ultrabook™ (48 €/mes), HP ProBook 4540s (38€/mes) o Puesto Fijo HP Compaq 6300 Pro MT (30€/mes). Estos  precios incluyen el mantenimiento.

Con esta nueva iniciativa, Movistar responde a la idea de que hoy más que nunca es necesario que las pequeñas y medianas empresas dispongan de una tecnología adaptada a sus necesidades y actividad para ser más productivas. Las pymes son uno de los principales motores del empleo empresarial en el mercado laboral español.  Para ganar en eficiencia y competir  en el escenario actual es vital que cuenten con  soluciones que les permitan  adaptarse a la velocidad de los cambios tecnológicos cada vez más  rápidos.

La  evolución de los sistemas operativos y de los procesadores lleva consigo importantes beneficios para las empresas pero también crea nuevas necesidades para las pymes, que deben ser capaces de adecuarse con rapidez a estos cambios. De esta manera, Movistar trata de impulsar a la pequeña y mediana empresa dentro del contexto tecnológico actual.

  • Facilidad de pago: acceso a equipamiento profesional de alta gama en modo financiado, sin inversión inicial necesaria. Pago en cuotas mensuales.
  • Mantenimiento integral con un interlocutor único: que incluye la resolución de posibles incidencias informáticas (software, hardware, conectividad, seguridad, etc.).
  • Garantía: todos los equipos tienen 3 años de garantía. Incluye reparación, sustitución y recogida a domicilio.

Google Search App for iOS and Android, enhanced. Video.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Google Search App for iOS and Android, enhanced. Video.

The application looks accurate and responsive. 

In the latest version of the Google Search App for iOS and Android, not only can you say your question out loud, but your search app can speak your answer right back to you. And, using Google's Knowledge Graph, your search app gives you smarter answers loud and clear.

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4B. Star Wars "Episode 7" for 2015.

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4B. Star Wars "Episode 7" for 2015.

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Disney, CEO Robert Iger, left, and George Lucas of Lucasfilm sign the deal Tuesday letting Disney acquire the "Star Wars" studio for about $4 billion.

Disney is buying Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas (shown here). It's also making a seventh movie in the "Star Wars" series, called "Episode 7," set for release in 2015.

Lucas, who receives 40 million Disney shares from the deal, will be the second-largest non-institutional shareholder of Disney, Bloomberg News says, behind the trust of deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
The 68-year-old Lucas will serve as a creative consultant but plans to retire.
"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers."
Said Disney CEO Robert Iger: "This is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it's just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to both buy it, run it and grow it."
The big screen isn't the only place that there might be tales from the galaxy far, far away. "We really like Star Wars' potential on TV as well," Iger says, "and we think (cable-satellite channel) Disney XD will be a great home for that."
The buyout is Disney's fourth largest deal ever. It's behind the $19.7 billion, $7.6 billion and $5.2 billion buyouts of Capital Cities/ABC in 1995, Pixar in 2006 and Fox Family in 2001, respectively, says S&P Capital IQ. It tops the $3.96 billion Disney paid for Marvel in August 2009.
Disney expects to more aggressively expand the Star Wars film schedule, Iger said in a statement. Following the release of Episode VII in 2015, "our long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years," Iger said.
Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, Iger said, would follow "probably on a cadence of every other year and then go from there. . . . The (first) film is in early stage development right now."
Based on Disney's closing price on Oct. 26, the deal is valued at roughly $4.1 billion. Disney (DIS) will pay half that value in cash and issue 40 million shares of Disney to pay for the rest. Also included in the deal are special-effects house Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound and video game company LucasArts.
Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynne Hale said Disney's "intent is for everyone (in Lucas' various companies) to stay where they are." ILM is headquartered in the Presidio in San Francisco, while Skywalker Sound and Lucasfilm are on a series of ranches Lucas owns in Marin County.
"As far as the legacy George has created, we don't take that lightly," Disney chief Iger said. "We definitely plan to expand the presence of Star Wars in our parks which could include new parks."
Wall Street is hopeful Disney can quickly recoup the money by fully tapping the potential for more movies, theme park tie-ins and merchandise, says David Miller, analyst at investment research firm Caris. "If you look at how acquisitive Disney has been, it's all about content," he says. Lucasfilm "is one of the great entertainment franchises of all time."
Many investors were caught off guard by the announcement, but there have been questions about what Disney would do with its mounting pile of cash. Disney had $4.4 billion in cash and short-term investments as of the end of June. "Disney did a good job keeping this quiet," Miller says.
Kathleen Kennedy, co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Kennedy, who produced Schindler's List and War Horse, will become the new studio president and be executive producer on the new films.
Film critic Leonard Maltin, also a historian of the medium, was taken aback by the news and had questions about it.
"There's no way of telling where this is going to go at this point," Maltin said. "Obviously Disney, as they did with Marvel, is investing in a bluechip property that will yield dividends for years to come.
"But it's not a fresh property," he added. "But it remains to be seen if they revive the characters. There are a lot of unanswered questions."
The latest part of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Episode VII, is targeted for a 2015 release.
Peter Sealey, a California professor and former president of marketing and distribution for Columbia Pictures, says it appears Lucas gains the most out of the deal.
"George Lucas was never a part of Hollywood, he was always an outlier who left for northern California as soon as he had a hit," Sealey said.
"So this is an end of an area, the story of a brilliant filmmaker who had one incredibly long home run. This was the only exit strategy he really had. He never wanted to grow the company."
Sealey said he can't imagine Disney would let Lucasfilm's entities keep operating away from Disney's home base in the Los Angeles area. "I don't see how or why you keep any of this up in that area, it'll all move down to Burbank," he said.
Disney's theatrical lineup could use a boost in some areas. While the studio's animatedWreck-It Ralph, due Friday, has healthy buzz, other recent releases such as Mars Needs Moms and John Carter have disappointed.
"We actually determined that we'd be better off as a company releasing a sequel to Star Wars than probably most other, I'll call them 'not yet determined' films," Iger said. "So we love the fact that this will take its place in our live-action strategy as an already-branded, already-known quantity."
Disney, The Force be with you.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Windows Phone 8 Video takes on the iPhone and Androids.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Windows Phone 8 Video takes on the iPhone and Androids.

On this video the presenter is emphasizing the difference between a windows phone with live tiles and a static start screen of the iphones and the androids. He also let you know how to set up your live tiles.

See how personal Windows Phone 8 is with it's new Start screen, Live Apps, and more. 

From the customizable Start screen that includes Live Apps that give you real-time information at a glance to the Windows Phone Store that now includes 120,000 Microsoft-certified apps — Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Windows Phone, shows there's a lot to love about Windows Phone 8.

Meet yours

Verizon 4G LTE will bring the Nokia Lumia 822. Video Promo.

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Verizon 4G LTE will bring the Nokia Lumia 822. Video Promo.

Today, Verizon Wireless and Nokia announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 822 - a powerful Windows Phone 8 smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless. With a unique design, enhanced camera, world class maps with turn-by-turn navigation and free unlimited music streaming, the Nokia Lumia 822 provides Verizon Wireless customers with high-end smartphone features on America's largest 4G LTE network. (It is priced at $99.99 on contract. previous leaks suggest it'll be available on November 12th )
"Bringing the Nokia Lumia 822 to Verizon Wireless allows us to expand our award winning Lumia brand to even more customers here in the United States," said Olivier Puech, President of Nokia Americas. "With the Nokia Lumia 822, first-time smartphone buyers - and those ready to switch - will get high-quality performance on both their device and Verizon Wireless' incredibly fast 4G LTE network."

The Nokia Lumia 822 delivers high-end features in a compact package, including an 8MP camera with industry leading optics from Carl Zeiss, alongside a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera for crystal clear video calls. The Nokia Lumia 822 also features an exchangeable shell design, sold separately, which supports wireless charging.
The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Drive+, an industry leading, turn-by-turn voice navigation solution featuring offline access and pre-loaded US maps - replacing the need for a standalone personal navigation device. In addition, the Nokia Lumia 822 comes with Nokia City Lens, the latest addition to the Nokia location suite and the start of a new augmented reality experience that also enhances Nokia Maps. Along with enhancements to Nokia Transit, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience of any smartphone.
To take advantage of its camera capabilities, the Nokia Lumia 822 supports a suite of features to make the most out of photos and videos, available on the Windows Phone Store for download. Smart Shoot lets users remove moving objects and select the best faces for the perfect shot every time, and Cinemagraph allows users to easily turn photos into animated GIFs. Panorama makes it easy to capture an entire scene or landscape, while Creative Studio allows users to easily enhance their pictures with unique, creative effects before instantly sharing with friends and family.
The Nokia Lumia 822 also comes with Nokia Music - a completely ad-free music streaming application, requiring no registration, no log-in or subscription. Nokia Music allows consumers to enjoy the songs of their favorite artists without disruption, both online and offline so consumers can listen to their favorite playlists anytime, anywhere.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit

Media contacts:
Nokia U.S. Media Relations 
+1 (212) 857-9381

NYC Frankenstorm pictures. fakes, fun and real.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

NYC Frankenstorm pictures. Fakes, fun and real.

A photoshop made up picture.
A nice made up picture: How windy is in NYC?
Real storm pictures:

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 now shipping worldwide.

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Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 now shipping worldwide.

Focused ramp-up of first Windows Phone 8 smartphones over coming weeks
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 will reach the first operators and retail outlets in select countries this week. Both phones will appear in stores in France and the UK this week, then Russia, Germany and further select markets throughout the rest of November*.

In the US, AT&T will introduce the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, Verizon Wireless will sell the newly announced Nokia Lumia 822, and T-Mobile will offer the Nokia Lumia 810.  All three will have phones in stores in November.

"After seeing the enthusiastic response to the incredible innovation in the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, we're eager for people to start experiencing the phones for themselves," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices. "We are focusing our efforts on working with partners who recognize the value of that innovation, and who are committed to helping Lumia and the Windows Phone platform break through in key markets around the world."

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest Nokia PureView camera, capturing five times more light than competitor smartphones for bright pictures without flash, even indoors and at night. It also features built-in wireless charging, making it easy to keep the battery topped up throughout the day, as well as a better-than-HD display. 

The Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 810 and Nokia Lumia 822 offer exchangeable covers in a range of vibrant colours, including the option to add wireless charging. Like the Nokia Lumia 920, they boast the world's most sensitive touchscreen and Nokia ClearBlack display technology for easy visibility in the brightest sunlight. All phones come with the full suite of Nokia navigation applications, including Nokia City Lens, as well as Nokia Music for unlimited music streamed directly to the phone.

Operators and retailers will announce local pricing and exact availability for each country.
*During November, the Nokia Lumia 920 will reach Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand,  Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US and Vietnam.

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit

Media contacts: 
Nokia U.S. Media Relations 
+1 (212) 857-9381

Google launched 3 Nexus in 3 sizes. Video: Ask me anything.

Google launched 3 Nexus in 3 sizes. Video: Ask Me anything.

People increasingly have more than one device, and they switch between them many times a day. Nexus—Google’s hardware line for Android devices—gets rid of the hassle. Just sign in with your Google Account and everything is there ready to go, whatever device you’re using: photos, emails, contacts, bookmarks, even your entertainment on Google Play.

Today, we’re excited to announce three great new Nexus devices … in small, medium and large. And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean—which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features.

Nexus 4 with Google Now and Photo Sphere 
Nexus 4 is our latest smartphone, developed together with LG. It has a quad-core processor which means it's super fast, a crisp 4.7" (320 ppi) display that's perfect for looking at photos and watching YouTube, and with wireless charging you just set the phone down on a charging surface to power it up, no wires needed.

 While Nexus 4 is incredibly powerful under the hood, it also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2—the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, we've reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family—or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.

Android 4.2 brings other great goodies like Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard—it makes typing fast, fun and a whole lot simpler. Android 4.2 also adds support for wireless display so you can wirelessly watch movies, YouTube videos and play games right on your Miracast-compatible HDTV.

Learn more about all of the new features of Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, here.

Google Now—even more useful 
We designed Google Now to make life simpler by giving you the right information at just the right time in easy to read cards, before you even ask. And the feedback has been awesome. So today we’re adding more cards that we hope you’ll find useful. Flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and shipping details—how often have you found yourself wading through your email to get this information at the last moment? So next time you book a table for dinner, you’ll get a reminder with all the details without ever having to lift a finger. You’ll also get cards for nearby attractions, interesting photo spots, movies times at nearby theaters or concerts by your favorite artists.

Nexus 7: Thin, light and now even more portable
Nexus 7 brings you the best of Google–YouTube, Chrome, Gmail, Maps–and all the great content from Google Play in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand. To give you more room for all that great content you can now get Nexus 7 with 16GB ($199) or 32GB ($249) of storage. But we also wanted to make this highly portable tablet even more mobile. So we added HSPA+ mobile data. Nexus 7 is now also available with 32GB and HSPA+ mobile ($299), which can operate on more than 200 GSM providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. 

Nexus 10: Powerful and shareable 
Nexus 10 is the ultimate tablet for watching movies or reading magazines. We wanted to build a premium entertainment device, so we partnered with Samsung to do just that. Nexus 10 is the highest resolution tablet on the planet with a 10.055" display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), that's over 4 million pixels right in your hands. 

It comes with a powerful battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time. With a set of front-facing stereo speakers, you can watch movies right from your Nexus 10 and they simply sound awesome.

 But what makes Nexus 10 unique is that it's the first truly shareable tablet. With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen. We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff -- email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores.

Google Play: More entertainment, more countries
We’ve recently added a ton of great new entertainment to Google Play, such as movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox. Earlier this year we expanded our service beyond movie rentals and now you can purchase movies and build a library of your favorites in Google Play. Today we’re bringing movie purchasing to more countries - Canada, the U.K., France, Spain and Australia.

We’re also excited to announce two new partnerships. We’re now working with Time, Inc. to bring you even more magazines like InStyle, PEOPLE, TIME and others. And we’ve partnered with Warner Music Group who will be adding their full music catalog with new songs coming each day. We’re now working with all of the major record labels globally, and all the major U.S. magazine publishers, as well as many independent labels, artists and publishers.

On November 13, we're bringing music on Google Play to Europe.  Those of you in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to purchase music from the Google Play store and add up to 20,000 songs—for free—from your existing collection to the cloud for streaming to your Android devices or web browser. 

We’re also launching our new matching feature to streamline the process of uploading your personal music to Google Play. We’ll scan your music collection and any song we match against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to your online library without needing to upload it, saving you time. This will be available in Europe at launch on November 13 and is coming to the U.S. soon after. This will all be for free—free storage of your music, free matching, free syncing across your devices and free listening.

Great value
We’ve always focused on building great devices at great value.  And we think today’s devices offer the very best that money can buy. Here are more details on when and where you can pick up your next Nexus device:
  • Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
  • Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples and Walmart.
  • Nexus 1016GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.You'll also be able to purchase the 32GB version in more than 2,000 Walmart stores in the U.S.
A Nexus device is much more than simply a phone or tablet. It’s your connection to the best of Google—all of your stuff and entertainment, everywhere you go with no hassle.  Now you have three new Nexus devices, a new improved version of Jelly Bean and more entertainment than ever before—all available on Google Play. The playground is open.

 with the availability of Nexus 10 at Walmart.

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Video: SONY Xperia™ T - The Bond phone has arrived. Behind the scenes.

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Video: SONY Xperia™ T - The Bond phone has arrived. Behind the scenes.

Go behind the scenes to see how the TV and cinema ad for the new Xperia T smartphone from Sony was made. Packed with all the action including a speedboat near miss, Aston Martin car chase and rooftop free running.

Experience the world of SKYFALL with the Xperia™ T, the Bond phone - packed with exclusive Bond content.

Meet Steve Ballmer. See his Windows Phone. Video Promo.

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Meet Steve Ballmer. See his Windows Phone. Video Promo.

What makes Windows Phone, Steve's phone? Find out from Steve Ballmer and check out the Live Apps he uses most on his Start screen.

Windows Phone 8 Reinvented Around You. Video Promo

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Windows Phone 8 Reinvented Around You.. Video Promo

The new Windows Phone is the only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. Pin your favorite people, apps and more. Arrange your Start screen just how you want it and see everything that's going on, as it happens. Only Windows Phone has Live Apps— a delightful innovation that makes apps easy to use and more amazing than ever. They bring the information you want right to your Start screen. Windows Phone is the smart phone built not for all of us, but for each of us. It's the smartphone reinvented around you, says Microsoft.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

USA: iPad Mini LTE arriving to customers on Nov 23.

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USA: iPad Mini LTE arriving to customers on Nov 23.

According to 9to5mac customers who ordered in the USA the iPad mini LTE , will receive  the tablet on Nov 23 (Black Friday).

iPad mini Model A1454 boasts GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) and LTE bands 4 and 17.

iPad mini  Model A1455 features CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); and LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25.

Source: Softpedia

Video: World's first all rubber speaker.

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Video: World's first all rubber speaker.

World's first all rubber speaker made from artificial muscles is thin, soft and bassy.

Tokai Rubber Industries has developed the world's first all-rubber speaker. This speaker utilizes Smart Rubber, which conducts electricity and can freely expand or contract, to generate sound.

Previously, the company developed flexible, all-rubber touch sensors using Smart Rubber. This all-rubber speaker arose from the company's new line of development: materials for artificial muscles.   Q. "Until now, thin speakers have been piezoelectric and film types, as used in smartphones and tablets. But those don't produce low-frequency sounds. By contrast, the rubber speaker we've developed does produce low frequencies. It's the first speaker of this kind in the world."
This speaker consists of a piece of non-conductive rubber sandwiched between two rubber electrodes. When a voltage is applied between the rubber electrodes, static electricity is generated, causing the sheet to expand. Sound waves are generated by the repeated expansion and restorative force of the rubber sheet.
"Of course, technology is needed to make rubber conduct electricity. What our technology does is give the rubber a uniform surface charge. Another thing needed is insulating rubber between the pieces of conductive rubber. Each type of rubber has to be flexible, and the insulating rubber mustn't change its resistance when it expands. That's a key technology in this speaker."
"Wearing headphones is a bit of a hassle, so we'd like to use the flexibility of this speaker to build it into chairs and the like. That way, people could enjoy audio in open settings."
"Currently, we don't have a specific product roadmap. We'd like to think about needs and applications together with potential customers, including those at CEATEC. Then, we'd like to turn this speaker into a commercial product."

Video: Japanese scientist gets leg-up on wheelchair mobility.

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Video: Japanese scientist gets leg-up on wheelchair mobility.

Wheelchair users may soon have greater freedom of movement than ever before with the development of a new chair equipped not just with wheels but legs as well. Invented by scientists at Japan's Chiba Institute of Technology, the chair is being prepared for commercial sale by the end of next year.

Q3 2012: Samsung dominates smartphone market. Nokia on free fall.

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Q3 2012: Samsung dominates smartphone market. Nokia on free fall.

The latest smartphone market share rankings from analyst firms make grim reading for one-time giant Nokia; a statement from Strategy Analytics today notes that Nokia has slipped outside the top three global smartphone rankings for the first time in history, while IDC goes a step further and claims the firm has exited the top five.

Data from Strategy Analytics states Samsung shipped 56.9 million smartphones worldwide in the third quarter of 2012, the largest number of units ever shipped by a smartphone vendor in a single quarter. Apple grew a healthy 57 percent annually and shipped 26.9 million smartphones worldwide for 17 percent market share, up from 14 percent recorded a year earlier. 

Samsung and Apple combined now account for over half of all smartphones shipped worldwide, up from around one-third a year ago.

Strategy Analytics says Nokia shipped 6.3 million smartphones worldwide for a 4 percent marketshare in Q3 2012, dipping from 16.8 million units and 14 percent share in Q3 2011. 

“Nokia will need to ramp up sharply its Windows Phone volumes if it wants to recapture a top-three smartphone position in the next one to two quarters,” commented Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

The news from IDC is even worse for Nokia. "Nokia's exit from the Top 5, where it had resided since the inception of IDC's Mobile Phone Tracker in 2004, was precipitated by the rise of Samsung and Apple globally and high-growth vendors like Huawei in China, where Nokia was the dominant player as recently as the third quarter of 2011," notes a statement.

Both analyst firms differ slightly in their calculations for overall global smartphone shipments. IDC claims the total vendor market shipped 179.7 million units in Q3 2012 compared to 123.7 million units in Q3 2011, a 45.3 percent year-over-year growth rate. Strategy Analytics estimated that global smartphone shipments grew 35 percent annually from 120.0 million units in Q3 2011 to 161.7 million in Q3 2012.

Q3 2012: Android Captures Record 41 % Share of Global Tablet Shipments. Closed the gap on iPad.

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Q3 2012: Android Captures Record 41 % Share of Global Tablet Shipments. Closed the gap on iPad.

Exhibit 1: Global Tablet Operating System Shipments and Market Share in Q3 2012 [1]

Global Tablet OS Shipments (Millions of Units)
Q3 '11
Q3 '12
Apple iOS
Global Tablet OS Market Share %
Q3 '11
Q3 '12
Apple iOS
Total Growth Year-over-Year %

[1] Shipments refer to sell-in. Numbers are rounded. The definition of tablet does not include e-book readers.
According to the latest research from our Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) service, global tablet shipments reached 25 million units in the third quarter of 2012. Apple iOS slipped to 57 percent global market share, allowing Android to capture a record 41 percent share.
Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments reached 24.7 million units in Q3 2012, rising a sluggish 43 percent from 17.2 million in Q3 2011. Demand for tablets slowed due to ongoing economic uncertainty and consumers holding off purchases in anticipation of multiple new models, like the iPad Mini, during the upcoming Q4 holiday season. Apple shipped a disappointing 14.0 million iPads worldwide and captured 57 percent share in the third quarter of 2012, dipping from 64 percent a year ago. Apple’s slowdown allowed the Android community to make gains and Android’s global share of the tablet market now stands at a record 41 percent.”
Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android captured a record 41 percent share of global tablet shipments in Q3 2012, jumping from 29 percent a year earlier. Global Android tablet shipments doubled annually to 10.2 million units. No single Android vendor comes close to Apple in volume terms at the moment, but the collective weight of dozens of hardware partners, such as Asus, Samsung and Nook, is helping Google’s Android platform to register a growing presence in tablets.”
Other findings from the research include:
  • Global tablet shipments grew just 43 percent annually in Q3 2012, compared with 289 percent annually in Q2 2011. This was the weakest growth rate since the modern tablet industry began in Q2 2010;
  • Microsoft captured a niche 2 percent global tablet share in Q3 2012. The imminent release of the new Windows 8 operating system will likely drive Microsoft tablet volumes higher during the Q4 2012 holiday season.

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