Friday, October 28, 2011

Acer's first Windows Phone device: Allegro

This is Acer's first Windows phone device, named Allegro. Acer has made this announcement in France yesterday. Aimed at midrange users, Allegro will debut before Christmas as a low-cost phone for European carriers. Here's brief specs of this phone:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 1GHz processor
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support (DMC)
  • 8GB Storage


Windows Phone 7.5 available on all 'eligible' devices

Just one and a half month after launch. Windows Phone 7.5 a.k.a Mango update is now available on all 'eligible' devices. Only three devices on which it is still on testing are:
  • Telefonica's Samsung Omnia 7
  • AT&Ts Samsung Focus 1.4
  • AT&Ts Dell Venue Pro
Yes.  For all other devices, the mango updates is available for download irrespective of location and carrier. This is a great achievement and a nice lesson to Google about controlling and pushing updates.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nokia Music walkthrough video, on Lumia 800

Sony Ericsson - Ericsson = 1.05billion €

Atlast, the deal is finalized. For a long time, Sony has been eyeing at Ericsson's 50% stake in Sony Ericsson mobile devices brand. And today, Sony has finalized deal to acquire Ericsson's stake in SE for 1.05 billion €. The deal is already approved by Sony and Ericsson and should be official by January 2012, after which Ericsson will have no say in SE and will no longer be a partner. 

Nexus One will not get Icecream Sandwich

While developers at Google are working to bring Icecream Sandwich to Nexus S, Hugo Barra, Google's director of Android product management has made it clear  that the first Nexus device, Nexus One will not be getting ICS officially as the device is too old to run ICS. We don't think this is that much of a bad news for Nexus One owners as 3rd party developers should bring ICS to Nexus One soon. 

Corning announced the successor to Gorilla glass, Lotus glass!

Corning has announced the commerical launch of  Corning Lotus™ Glass, at FPD International, an industry trade show in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. Lotus Glass is environment friendly, high performance display glass that is designed with OLED and next-gen LCDs in mind. 
“Corning Lotus Glass has a high annealing point that delivers the thermal and dimensional stability our customers require to produce high-performance displays,” said Andrew Filson, worldwide commercial director, Display Technologies, and vice president, Corning Holding Japan GK. “Because of its intrinsic stability, it can withstand the thermal cycles of customer processing better than conventional LCD glass substrates. This enables tighter design rules in advanced backplanes for higher resolution and faster response time.”
Corning Lotus Glass has been qualified for use and is already in production.


Winamp for Android updated, new features added

Winamp for Android has received a major update yesterday. There is a pro version available now for Android users and comes with a tiny price tag of 5$. Here's the list of features on Pro version:
  • 10 band graphic equalizer
  • customizable home screen
  • browse by folders
  • Gapless playback and crossfade
  • FLAC support
  • Personalized station recommedations
  • Ad free
One major feature with both free and pro versions is that mac users can now sync music from their macs. You can download the application from here

Monday, October 24, 2011

Harddrive shortages expected due to Thailand flooding

Thailand has been major location for harddrive manufacturing and the recent floods have completely derailed manufacturing of HDD in this country. With 25% of HDD supply coming from Thailand's plants, Seagate and Western Digital has announced that there could their supplies might get effected. Western Digital, in particular is badly hit as large portion of it's factories in Thailand while Seagate has factories in other parts of the world. We expect rise in HDD prices in near future.

"Since WD has greater direct manufacturing exposure to the flooded areas, we believe the impact on our business in the short term will be greater than to other HDD manufacturers," Coyne said. 

Apple might get effected too as the HDDs for Macbook Air are primarily coming from Thailand (Samsung and Toshiba). Nikon's camera manufacturing factory in Thailand also got shutdown due to the flooding and this will effect its budget compact PnS and DSLR bodies shortage. Even if the flooding stops immediately, the effect and shortage will continue for quarters to come. 

Motorola Razr to have option to unlock bootloader

Initially, there was anger that Motorola is going to launch Razr android smartphone with locked bootloader. Motorola's Mobile Devices GM Christy Wyatt has made it clear that the international version of Razr will have options to unlock the bootloader. Providing this option is upto the carriers and Verizon has opted not to provide bootloader unlock/lock option. The bootloader unlock feature will be available from Android 4.0 (ICS) which means that till then, whichever variant of Razr you use, you will have a locked boot loader. Also, it is upto the carriers to upgrade the device to 4.0.


you can follow the following procedure to unlock bootloader for Razr developer edition and Xoom:

  1. Agree to the terms and conditions as outlined in the Motorola Unlockable Bootloader Legal Agreement.
  2. Take full backup and make sure the device's battery is fully charged
  3. Install the Android SDK on your computer.
  4. Power off your device, while holding the volume down button, press the power button for about 1 second and release the power button. Once you get AP Flashboot Flash mode, release the volume down button.
  5. Connect your device to PC and install Motorola Device Drivers.
  6. Run  'fastboot oem unlock' from your PC's command line interface to activate the unlocking process.
  7. On your device, scroll down through the warning by using the volume DOWN button. Highlight ‘unlock’ using the volume DOWN key. Select ‘unlock’ (or ‘cancel’) using the volume UP key. The device will reboot, rebuild, and return to the fastboot screen. The fastboot screen will display the device as unlocked.
In case you get the warning '(bootloader) fastboot oem unlock disabled!', your device is not eligible for bootloader unlock.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Motorola Droid Razr, reborn and back with a bang

Motorola and Verizon is match made in heaven. For the past few years, Motorola's best work was for Verizon. When I heard about the rumour on Motorola reigniting Razr brand, I was happy. I felt that this would be a special phone, a phone that can eat competition for breakfast. And today's announcement proved that. Motorola has showed us (more importantly to Samsung) what real innovation is all about.
  • Incredibly thin. At 7.1mm, it justifies it's name
  • Kevlar fiber, diamond cut aluminum Gorilla glass, nanotechnology for splash-guard coating that protects electrical boards too.
  • 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM
  •  4.3-inch Super AMOLED display
  • Android 2.3.5
  • MOTOCAST app eases streaming and download of your content
  • 8mp rear camera with 1080p video capture
  • wide accessory support
  • Blazing speeds on Verizon 4G LTE
“Motorola RAZR is an iconic brand, and one that originally revolutionized the mobile device industry by turning a functional necessity into an object of desire,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “Now we’ve done it again with a head-turning, ultra-thin smartphone that offers users breathtaking speed, innovative apps and revolutionary accessories.”

What I really liked w.r.t Razr is the design. The phone looks damn good and at the same time is built like a tank. In the world of phones filled with ugly looking and design reuse, this is s omething fresh. Have a look at these pictures and you will understand

Verizon will accept preorders from 27th of October while other parts of the world will get the phone in November. Press release can be found here

The Razr is born again

I have been waiting for a long time to see rebirth of Razr. The once successfull device is making a comeback, this time powered by Android. Motoroal and Verizon are going to unveil the same in few hours time. For those who can't wait, the device's image is leaked and here's how it looks like:

PS: I am more excited about Droid Razr than Nexus Prime due to my love towards brand Motorola.

Android ICS to support native screenshots

One need not root their Android device running Icecream Sandwich and install 3rd party applications just to take screenshots. Icecream Sandwich (android version 4.0) will natively support taking screenshots. Clicking on Volume down + power buttons simultaneously will take the screenshot and will be automatically saved to Gallery.


Adobe Reader for iOS released

 Adobe has released their most popular applications, Adobe Reader for iOS. iOS device users can now use  Adobe reader to read PDF files. Here is a quick list of features:

  • Quickly open and share PDF files from email , the Web or any application that supports "Open In..."
  • Open and view password-protected PDF files and files secured by Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management
  • Supports the highest grade of PDF encryption, up to AES256
  • Search, bookmarks, single page and continuous scroll modes
  • Quickly navigate through large files using thumbnails
  • Select and copy text from a PDF file to the clipboard
  • Print wirelessly with AirPrint 
  • Email PDF documents as attachments
PDF reader will be available in English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Czech, Polish and Turkish languages and if free to use. The download size is 5.6MB and is already available in iTunes Appstore. 

Samsung Galaxy Player 50 runs iOS maps?

Don't get too excited or too tense on reading the headline. This is another blatant photoshopping done by Sammy folks. The above image is taken from page. The page quotes the following for Google Maps

The Galaxy Player 50’s built-in GPS combined with its Wi-Fi connectivity will show your exact location as well as other points of interest, such as restaurants, parks, and hotels.
But the image used to show maps was ripped off of Maps application in iOS as you can see from the following image  (courtesy, androidpolice):

How difficult is it for Samsung legal team to understand that the issue is with their employees and not with Apple?

Nokia Essense headset rated at 99.8% noise cancellation

This sexy looking Bluetooth in-ear headset from Nokia can negate upto 99.8% of noise thanks to it's active and passive noise cancellation techniques. In-ear soft silicon buds eliminate mid-frequency and high-frequency noise while Nokia’s Bass Perfection Active Noise Cancellation negates low-frequency noise and in-ear resonances caused by bass.

This headset is pretty good when it comes to audio quality. With support for wide range of audio codecs and options to boost bass and treble and high quality drivers, this IEM will never miss a tune. The biggest advantage is it's NFC capability. You just need to tap it on NFC supported device to start pumping the music through the buds.

SE Xperia Pro ready to ship, finally

Xperia Pro was announced during more than half a year ago at Barcelona in 2010 and it was received well by those who previewed the phone. But due to the catastrophic events in Japan (earthquake and tsunamic), this phone never saw the light of day. Today, SE announced that they will start shipping this hardkey qwerty android smartphone this month itself. Country and carrier detail is not provided yet. If priced right, with a 3.7" 854x480 TFT, 512MB of RAM, Exmor R sensor for camera, Bravia Engine, HDMI out, excellent qwerty etc this phone can make many qwerty lovers happy. For more detail on the phone, head here

Some WP7 users reporting keyboard issues

Some users of Windows phone 7 have reported issues with keyboard after upgrading to WP7.5 Mango. Issues are mostly about keyboard disappearing. The onscreen qwerty sometimes disappears suddenly when in use or won't appear at all. Microsoft is already collecting detail from the users and a fix should be out soon.

Customer support is working with the individuals reporting changes to their experience. We are investigating these reports to determine the root cause of any issues users are having.

The above is the statement from Microsoft given to ZDNet.

Microsoft airs new ads, focuses on family time

These two ads have been airing on TV recently, showcasing the fun being with family. While the first ads shows how simple it is to create a slideshow, the second ad showcase the simplicity of recording/editing and sharing a video using Windows 7 devices.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Opera to merge Opera Mini and Opera Mobile?

In an interview with CNET, Opera CEO, Lars Boilesen has revealed that Opera will be creating a hybrid browser for mobile phones (merge of Opera Mobile and Opera Mini). Currently, Opera Mobile is a full fledged browser that can run Java Scripts etc and render full HTML pages and is used on smartphones that have the processing power and features that can do justice to this type of rendering while Opera Mini, relies on Opera server to optimize the webpage to be as light as possible and displays a scaled down version of the webpage devoid of any scripts and is mostly used on features phones n smartphones that doesn't have much processing power or network speeds.

As per Lars, Opera will bring out a hybrid browser for Android devices (probably in 2012), which will act like Opera Mini on low speeds and act like Opera Mobile when there is abundant amount of network speeds/resources at hand. This removes the dilemma whether to install Mobile or Mini, whether to open Mobile or Mini etc.

"We'd like to take Mini and put it into Mobile," Boilesen told CNET. "We call it Opera with Turbo for Android...That is something we are looking forward to launch at the beginning of next year."
For more detail on the interview, which is very interesting to read, head here

RIM initiates damage control, offers 'select' premium apps for free

As you all are aware of the recent multi-day long Blackberry outage that effected many countries, RIM, maker of Blackberry devices has offered download of select premium apps for free for a period of four weeks, beginning October 19th. The toal value of these apps is around 100$. The following are the apps that can be downloaded for free:

  • SIMS 3 - Electronic Arts
  • Bejeweled - Electronic Arts
  • N.O.V.A. - Gameloft
  • Texas Hold'em Poker 2 - Gameloft
  • Bubble Bash 2 - Gameloft
  • Photo Editor Ultimate - Ice Cold Apps
  • Pro -
  • iSpeech Translator Pro -
  • Drive Enterprise -
  • Nobex Radio™ Premium - Nobex
  • Shazam Encore - Shazam
  • Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant - Vlingo
"Our global network supports the communications needs of more than 70 million customers," said RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. "We truly appreciate and value our relationship with our customers. We've worked hard to earn their trust over the past 12 years, and we're committed to providing the high standard of reliability they expect, today and in the future."

Also, Existing BlackBerry Technical Support Services - Enhanced Support customers will get one month extra service while those who doesn't use this support service will get one month trial free of cost. Go to this for more info on how to register for this service.

"We are grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers for their patience," added Lazaridis. "We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence. We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again.

Dropbox beta brings in exciting new features

Dropbox, the famous file sharing and cloud storage service have brought out beta of Dropbox application for Android. While it fixed many bugs, Dropbox team have added exciting new features like
  • Favorites: quick offline access to files
  • Bulk upload photos and videos
  • Rename files and folders
  • Single-tap access to all file and folder actions
  • Improved gallery view
  • Upload from and export to local storage
Also, they have made few changes to dropbox's mobile interface:
  • UI feels closer to that of apps on iOS and Android
  • Search for files/folders
  • Quick action drop down menu
  • Sharing made easier
  • Better delete and clean up functionality
  • English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese langugaes supported
The beta app for android can be downloaded from here or just scan this QR code:

Verizon 4G LTE down

Verizon wireless is well known for network stability. But the past few hours, Verizon wireless customers have kept the customer care executives extremely busy. The reason is unscheduled outage of 4G LTE network. And this is not an outage effecting a small area. Have a look at this thread on reddit. The outage seems to have effected users in various parts of the country (USA). There is no ETA provided by Verizon and the following it latest comment on reddit:

I was out for about three hours in Durham, NC. The other problem is that when I forced my Bionic to CDMA only mode, I still didn't get data. I think it was an eHRPD outage as well, because by chance my phone connected to standard EV-DO Rev. A around Burlington and I got data back. Then the phone said, "Ooh, eHRPD" and connected to that. And there went my data until around midnight Eastern Time.
VZW_insider, can you confirm an eHRPD outage?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Google Chrome: 200 million downloads

Yes. Google Chrome has reached another milestone. 200 million downloads. Larry Page has announced at Google's earnings call that Chrome has surpassed 200 million download mark Chrome has already taken second spot in UK from Firefox and given the popularity, it would get the global number 2 position sooner or later. 

NSA and Google to make Android more secure that Blackberry’s OS

Google is reportedly working with NSA and George Mason University to develop a highly secure kernel for Android 3.0. This move is to make Android devices useful for military personnel and operations and also for ERTs. The kernel development is already in progress and is in the final stages of testing. Michael McCarthy, operations director of the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command’s Mission Command Complex has revealed that the White House too is interested in this project as part of their work on creating a secure wireless network spanning across the country for ERTs.

Testing for Federal Information Processing Standard 104-2 certification is now in progress, after which there is formal paperwork that need to be finished. “That is a game-changer for the security business because it then sets the conditions so that in the second quarter [late March 2012] they can do the certification of the Secure Sockets Layer, which then gives us the ability to operate at the classified levels,” McCarthy said. He also thinks that Android devices, with this kernel can be far more secure than current Blackberry devices and can used by the executive branch (currently using Blacberry devices).

For more detailed information, head here.

Icecream Sandwich will be served on October 19th

On 19th of October, at 10am Hongkong time, Google and Samsung will unveil the next Android flagship device Nexus Prime. This event ws supposed to happen on 10th of this month but had to be postponed due to Steve Jobs death. Live stream of the event will be available on Android

Google has yesterday setup ICS statue at Googleplex which usually marks the release of a new version of Android.

Trouble for Samsung tablets in USA

US District Judge Lucy Koh (Northern district of California) has agreed that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets does infringe upon Apple’s utility patents and that the evidence is not enough to apply termporary ban on these tablets. Judge Lucy, however is yet to announce the validity of ‘design’ patent related violation reported by Apple and she said that she would issue a formal order soon. As of now, Samsung can continue selling it’s Galaxy devices in USA but the future is not certain for smooth sales.

Skype is now part of Microsoft

Tony Bates, ex-CEO of Skyp and president of Skype division at Microsoft announced that the deal is now closed and that Skype is part of Microsoft now. Luckily not many Skype employees are effected by this acquisition and they will continue to work under Microsoft, atleast for the time being.

"By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways," Bates said. "Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's goal to reach 1 billion users daily," Bates said.

"Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues - anytime, anywhere."


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Google+ updated: real time search and better hashtags

The best way to know about this news is by listening to Vic (above video). The new features are pretty cool and are being rolled out to users of G+.

Opera 12: GPU acceleration and new HTML5 engine

Opera has released Alpha build of Opera 12 for PCs and the feature set looks pretty impressive.

  1. hardware acceleration: Opera browser will now use GPU’s processing power to load webpages faster. Support for OpenGL is already added while support for DirectX is work-in-progress.
  2. New HTML 5 engine: better compatibility between browsers, pages more dynamic and load faster
  3. Faster: 40% faster load time and 30% less memory usage
  4. New themes
  5. New address bar
  6. WebGL support for 3D games

Head here for more information on this and you can try out the latest build from here

CyanogenMod 7 for HP Touchpad hits Alpha

The famous CM7 custom android ROM for HP’s Touchpad tablet has reached Alpha development stage and the following video shows that it is indeed coming out pretty well:

The ROM is available for install but do note that it can be extremely buggy and you will cannot hold anyone (but yourself) responsible in case you brick your device. A detailed information on installation etc can be found here

Citrix acquires Sharefile


Sharefile provides services similar to Dropbox but is targeted more at businesses where data security is everything. Citrix Systems has announced today that they have acquired ShareFile to strengthen it’s cloud strategy. The financial detail of the acquisition is not revealed yet.

“This is a highly strategic acquisition that enables Citrix to deliver all three of the critical components for the personal cloud – collaboration, apps and data – with amazing accessibility and productivity on any device. Our follow-me-data strategy means data will be shared (1) across people, (2) across apps, and (3) across devices. As customers and partners build on this platform, they will be able to easily add follow-me-data services to their software, leverage the data that other apps store there, and instantly inherit all the management, mobility and scalability that’s in the ShareFile infrastructure.”, says Mark Templeton, President and CEO, Citrix Systems, Inc.

More data on the acquisition can be found here

Google wallet gets update

Google Wallet, application that turns your phone into a payment device has received a major upgrade. Do note that Google Wallet required 2.3.3 version of Android and here are the key features added in this version:

  1. Find new offers directly in Wallet
  2. Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
  3. Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
  4. Improved button to turn your cards on and off
  5. Five minute default PIN timeout for new users
  6. Account Number validation for some gift cards

Intel to bundle liquid cooling with future Sandybridge-E

This is how the liquid cooling kit will look like for upcoming core i7 3000 series Sandybridge-E processors. Provided by Asetek (Intel branded), this will be the first time that Intel has offered liquid cooling kit for their processors. Users, though can opt not for CPUs without this liquid cooling kit. Intel will also sell this kit without the CPU and will be compatible with LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011. Pricing is not known yet.

Lenovo and Dell push Acer to No.4

Given the demise of netbook market, Acer has suffered severe negative growth (-23.2%) and is pushed to no.4. Lenovo has seen the biggest gain, thanks to it’s strong Thinkpad and Ideapad lineup. From 4th place with 11.1% of market share in Q3 2010, Lenovo shot up to second place with 13.5% marketshare in Q3 2011. That’s a 25.2% rise in shipments. HP stayed at the top of the table with a minute increase in shipment volume while Dell registered negative growth (though a minute one). The coming quarter should be better given the holiday season and it won’t be too long to see Lenovo starting to compete with HP for that to spot. Acer, on the other hand need to get the act right. Their advantaged lied in low cost netbook and budget notebook offerings  but now they are facing severe competition from tablets and budget notebooks from bigger brands like HP and Lenovo which also offer better service and are more reliable.

Swype acquired by Nuance

Nuance Communications Inc has acquired the popular onscreen keypad maker, Swype Inc. for whopping 102.5 million $. Nuance, specialized in speech recognition (powers iOS’s Siri) and digital imaging will solidify it’s place in Android and Smartphone arena. 77.5 mn $ is already paid to Swype’s shareholders while the remaining amount will be paid after 18 months.

Pops, an interesting Android notification app

Notifications is one of the strongest areas in Android. What if you get a chance to spice up the notifications? Try out the new applications ‘Pops’ for Android devices. This application provides alerts for your mail, tweets, SMS etc and these alerts are turned beautiful using fully customizable on screen animations and videos. Here’s a short video of Pops:

You can get Pops from Android market for free.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Microsoft applies patent on sensing age using Kinect sensor

This is an interesting patent application from Microsoft. Using Kinect's 3D depth camera, to measure the proportions of a person's body and guess his/her age. This will be very helpful in blocking kids who try to play games or view content that is not rated for their age group.

The above image is from Microsoft's patent application and if you want to know more, head over here

RedHat ready to kiss the cloud, acquires Gluster

The premier enterprise linux distro maker RedHat has announced an agreement to acquire Gluster, Inc., a leading provider of scale-out, open source storage solutions for standardizing the management of unstructured data. RedHat will be paying 136 million $ in cash and the acquisition is set to take place by end of this month.
“The explosion of big data and the new paradigm of cloud computing are converging, forcing IT to re-think storage investments that are cost-effective, manageable and scale for the future,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat. “Our customers are looking for software-based storage solutions that manage their file-based data on-premise, in the cloud and bridging between the two. With unstructured data growth (such as log files, virtual machines, email, audio, video and documents), the 90′s paradigm of forcing everything into expensive, single-system DBMS residing on an internal corporate SAN has become unwieldy and impractical.” 

It will be interesting to see which path RedHat will take as enterprise customers are much more concerned about data security than the home users.  

For Samsung, it's time to take revenge

Right after Apple announced iPhone 4S, Samsung has filed injunction against Apple to block iPhone 4S launch in France and Italy. Samsung has reported that Apple has violated on two patents held by Samsung related to WCDMA standards for 3G devices. It would only be a matter of time to see Samsung file lawsuites against Apple in more countries. This patent war is surely getting ugly.

Mobile Accessibility Lite: App for visually challenged

AT&T has teamed up with Code Factory bring a new application Mobile Accessibility Lite, designed to help visually challenged people use Android OS. Mobile Accessibility Lite is actually a suite of 10 accessibility applications. Here is a detailed video about the app:

You can do the following using this application:

  • Dial and answer calls
  • Contact management
  • Texting
  • Alarm and calendar management
  • Web browsing
  • Email access
  • GPS
  • change phone settings etc. 
  • Has English, Spanish, German and Italian language support at launch.
For more information, head here

Gingerbread pulls more marketshare

The recent marketshare detail released by Android developers show that Gingerbread is now at 38.2% while Froyo is at 45.3%. Combined, these two versions of Android. The following table gives a better view of marketshare:

Amazon Fire on Fire

There are reports that Amazon has been receiving around 250,000 pre-orders for their brand new tablet, Kindle Fire. It seems that they are getting 50,000 pre-orders per day and at this rate, we will not be surprised if Amazon sells more tablets than Apple in the first month atleast. Would this be the catalyst that Google has been waiting for to boost Android OS's tablet marketshare? Let's just wait and see. 

Nokia's Windows Phone devices just weeks away

Stephen Elop has announced that Nokia is ready to launch their much awaited smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 in few weeks time, in this quarter. This makes it certain that we will get a glimpse of these new devices as Nokia World that happens on 26th of this month. 
It looks like Nokia is planning to make full use of the holiday shopping season in USA, Europe and other parts of the world, though it is not clear when and which countries will get to taste mango first. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A slew of announcements from Adobe at MAX 2011 conference

Adobe's MAX 2011 conference is on and there is a slew of announcement done during the Keynote and here they are:

Creative Cloud

This is a new initiative from Adobe to redefine content creation process. Creative Cloud will be at the centre where users can access application, services and also share their work.
"Adobe Creative Cloud reinvents creative expression by enabling a new generation of services for creativity and publishing, that embrace touch interaction to re-imagine how individuals interact with creative tools and build deeper social connections between creatives around the world,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe. "The move to the Creative Cloud is a major component in the transformation of Adobe.”

Napster to get a new owner, Rhapsody

Napster, the popular music streaming service currently owned by BestBuy will be acquired by popular music service, Rhapsody. As part of the deal, Rhapsody will get the subscribers and other assets and they will have the rights for Napster logo and brand name.This deal might give Rhapsody around 400,000 subscribers and will help them compete with Spotify in a better manner.

Hotmail app for Android released

Microsoft has finally released Hotmail application for Android. Here is a brief list of features available in the application:
  • Push email
  • Contact and calendar sync
  • Proper folder/sub-folder structuring
  • Multiple hotmail accounts can be added
  • Attachment support, picture sharing
This is part of the revamp that Microsoft has been doing w.r.t Hotmail. Even the web interface has got lot of changes and looks a bit like Outlook.

Market link:

Sony Ericsson to work with FreeXperia Devs

For a while, Sony Ericsson Developer program has been following the activities of custom ROM developers like FreeXperia. After unlocking the bootloader (a while ago) for 2011 Xperia devices, SE has now decided to work with FreeXperia devs. It's a two way process where SE will assist these devs and also learn from these devs.
 Below is part of the blog explaining this on SE's blogs site.
We therefore decided to assist a group of developers called “FreeXperia”. The overall open developer community is important to Sony Ericsson, and we hope to learn from it, and share knowledge ourselves. The FreeXperia group was supported with devices and technical know-how, and they are now in the process of creating custom ROMs based on the CyanogenMod for several of our latest Xperia™ phones, including Xperia™ PLAY and Xperia™ arc.
 For more information, you can head here

Ubuntu 11.10 is just days away

Canonical has announced 13th of October as launch date of Ubuntu Linux version 11.10, codenamed Oneiric Ocelot. Currently in Beta 2 state, Canonical is on the fast track to release this OS one week from now. They have setup a website that shows countdown to release of 11.10. In case you are interested in learning a bit more on what is happening w.r.t 11.10, you can head to this site which shows the development status: and this is the current status

If you are curious to try the 11.10 version of Ubuntu, you can upgrade from existing version by pressing Alt+F2, run 'upgrade-manager -d' and then select upgrade to 11.10 but since this is still a beta, I would suggest you not to try it on a production or primary host/machine. You can get more technical information or download Ubuntu 11.10 CD from here

Monday, October 3, 2011

Windows Gadgets R.I.P

Windows Gadgets, commmonly knows as Widgets is more of less a flop product from Microsoft. They used to suck CPU/memory resources in Vista, part of the notorious sidebar. In Windows 7, users are allowed to places these Gadgets anywhere on the desktop and still were hardly useful. Enter Windows 8 Start screen with live tiles, Microsoft decided that these Gadgets will be even more useless and hence, they decided to pull the plug. Microsoft has decided to end support for developing and uploading of these Gadgets to Windows Live gallery, website that hosted these widgets. However most popular and most used gadgets will be available for download from Live gallery for unknown period of time.

If you are avid user of these gadgets, you better download them all and save them somewhere before Microsoft kills the site once and for all. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mac OS X and Safari market share rises

Max OS X now holds 6.5% of desktop OS marketshare, a record. The share was pulled from Microsoft's Windows. Still, Windows marketshare is at 92.4%. On the browser side, IE still dominates with 54.5% of share while Safari hits 5% mark. Firefox and Chrome, as usual are on the rise, slowly eating up IE's share.