Showing posts from August, 2010

Introducing webOS™ 2.0

Introducing webOS™ 2.0Introducing webOS 2.0, the next generation of Palm's amazing mobile operating system! webOS 2.0 is the biggest webOS update yet, offering great new features for consumers and developers alike.
webOS 2.0 will be released later this year, and a beta version of the webOS 2.0 SDK is available now via the SDK Early Access Program.
In this article we'll give everyone a sneak peek at some of what's coming in webOS 2.0. We'll focus on a few of the features that are most relevant to developers, but there's something here for everyone—so read on!*
StacksExperience the next-generation of multi-tasking
Palm's groundbreaking card metaphor made multi-tasking on a handheld device easy and intuitive for the first time. webOS 2.0 takes it to the next level by grouping related cards in stacks, reducing clutter, and making it even easier to move quickly between tasks. webOS 2.0 automatically stacks cards for you when it makes sense, and you can al…

New waterproof 1080p JVC Picsio Pocket Video Camera

VC has long been a major force in hand-held camcorders, but last year turned its attention to the world of pocket-cams with the release of the Picsio GC-FM1 which offered full 1080p high definition video and 8 megapixel stills. Now the company has added a couple more models to its Picsio range, the waterproof GC-WP10 and the GC-FM2.
Both of the new Picsio pocket video cameras share many of the same features. The GC-FM2 and the GC-WP10 both record up to full 1080p high definition video, can take 5 megapixel stills and have touchscreen displays taking up much of the rear.
Of the two, the most interesting is undoubtedly Picsio GC-WP10, which caters for the pool-bound tourist (or even those who just enjoy the rain) with waterproof capabilities down to 10 feet (3m). The pocket cam records up to full 1080p high definition video at 30 frames per second with digital image stabilization and has a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor which boasts "excellent low-light performance."


ARCHOS: Launching 5 new android tablets

Launching Five New Android Tablets With Two Revolutionary Products, the ARCHOS 28 Internet Tablet, First Android MP3/MP4 Player Promoted Below $100 and the ARCHOS 101 Offering the ...ARCHOS, an award-winning technology innovator and leader in the portable media player market, today announces five new Android-based tablets.From the ultra affordable and ultra portable ARCHOS 28 and 32 Internet tablets, to the multi-media marvel ARCHOS 43 Internet tablet, and the wide screen ARCHOS 70 and 101 internet tablets, ARCHOS' new range offers a combination of super-fast web-browsing, games, eBooks, social networking and other apps alongside HD video and music in a very slim-line design.The ARCHOS 28 Internet tablet and the ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet, the flagship products of the range, are bringing innovation to the Android world.The ARCHOS 101 Internet tablet offers a unique design including the latest technology. This tablet has the advantage of a connected Android device that adds very fa…

HP SkyRoom Software

HP Introduces an
innovative, highquality,
Video conferencing and
collaboration tool.

Video conferencingMulti-party conferencing Peer to Peer (up to 4 participants)
Video standards and protocols H.264, MPEG2, selectable codec by user or administrator
Audio standards and protocols MPEG, Acoustic-based echo cancellationSupported video resolutions 320 x 240, 352 x 288, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 960 x 720
Video layout Flexible configurations, 3 across or down, 2x2 and more; flexible sizing of video conferencing and content sharing windows
Presence protocols XMPP when used with Jabber
Call contact list Integrates with enterprise directories (Microsoft OCS 2007 and Jabber); supports user-produced local contact list
Scheduling Schedule a conference with another HP SkyRoom user; integrates with Microsoft Outlook for scheduling a meeting
Desktop collaborationApplication types Share documents, presentations, HD videos, and real-time 3D application sharing (both DirectX and Open GL) with other pa…

Google: More than 1 million calls through Gmail in 24 hours

There was no official blog post to report the overnight success of the Google Voice integration into Gmail. But in the first 24 hours since the service launched, more than 1 million calls were placed.
The message came via a Tweet on the official company Twitter feed and linked back to yesterday’s company blog post announcing the integration of the two products. In that sense, it’s not a big announcement for the company but rather a slight nudge to the company’s 2.4 million followers on Twitter that a new free service is available to them.
Google Voice is automatically being added to Gmail accounts in the U.S. The service allows users who don’t have a Google Voice number to use the service anyway for outbound calls that show a generic Caller ID number.
The company has said that calls within the U.S. and Canada will be free at least through the end of the year, but likely longer if revenue from international calling can sustain it. Google is offering international calling at …

Motorola launches 3 smartphones models on 3 China carriers

Motorola Monday launched three new Ming series Android smartphones for China Telcom, China Unicom and China Mobile. The phones include the MT810 for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, the XT806 for China Telecom's CDMA-2000 network, and the A1680 for China Unicom's WCDMA network.

"With MING we've combined our engineering expertise with a deep understanding of how people in China use their devices to create powerful, user-friendly smartphones that 'feel just right' and will bring great mobile experiences to our customers here," said Mr. Frank Meng, corporate vice president and president, Greater China, Motorola Mobility, in a statement.

Motorola is pitching the new phones as "designed in China for Chinese people." The Ming series was first launched in 2006 and have since sold more than five million devices across China.

The MT810 is being jointly launched with China Mobile and China Mobile's OPhone OS 2.0 implementation of Andro…

Texas Energy Network(TEN) to build a nationwide wireless broadband network based on LTE

Alcatel-Lucent’s involvement in LTE demo is good sign

Some interesting news came out of Texas last week. A newly formed company called Texas Energy Network(TEN) announced that it will be the first communications company to build a nationwide wireless broadband network based on LTE that is dedicated to, and designed for, critical infrastructure companies. It's targeting the oil and gas industry initially. TEN is holding a demonstration in New Mexico in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent, with the vendor providing all the wireless technology for the end-to-end LTE network using its LTE on Wheels truck. The demo will show a live LTE network with working data devices, such as laptops, with 1 Mbps data uplink speeds. Using this technology, the network could be connected directly to a pipeline’s sensor system or linked to a monitoring camera that sends back live video images, the company said.Of course, there are some unanswered questions, such as where the company will get spectrum. It won…

EFF slams Apple patent as traitorware: Jobs is spying on you?

When you personally buy a new technological toy, then it's yours to do with as you please. Right? Wrong! What if your new device were activated on the sly and used against you? That's a step beyond spyware. In fact, the EFF coined a new term, "traitorware."

Unless you've been cut off from technology, then you have probably heard about Apple's patent, "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device." It appears that Apple is taking steps to enable locking out unauthorized iOS users. What's new is that privacy watchdog EFF has posted their reaction to this Apple patent application. I love the EFF, so I listen when they talk.

The EFF weighed in on Apple's recent security software patent. The EFF's post, Steve Jobs Is Watching You: Apple Seeking to Patent Spyware, states, "This patent is downright creepy and invasive - certainly far more than would be needed to respond to the possible loss of a…

LTE network deployments in 101 firms in progress – GSA

LTE network deployments in 101 firms are in progress or planned in 41 countries, according to a report by Global mobile Suppliers Association. The number of network commitments is 71 percent higher than GSA reported in a similar survey six months ago.

 This figure includes three LTE systems which have launched commercial service in Sweden, Norway and Uzbekistan. GSA anticipates up to 22 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end of this year.

Another 31 operators are engaged in various LTE pilot trials and technology tests. Taken together, it means that 132 operators are investing in LTE in 56 countries.

 LTE networks are now being deployed for commercial service or planned in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Afri…

LTE users forecast to grow by 187.7% CAGR over 5 yrs - study

The worldwide LTE subscriber base is forecast to experience a 187.7 percent CAGR between 2010-2015, according to Portio Research. While WiMAX has enjoyed a first mover advantage and a clear head-start, the nature of LTE as natural progression for MNOs operating on GSM/UMTS networks and its ability to lower the cost of delivering data services are expected to drive a surge in LTE network deployments in the coming years. This growth will see the worldwide LTE subscriber base pass 200 million by the end of 2015, six years after the technology's launch in late 2009, whereas the worldwide 3G subscriber base reached only 100 million in the first six years after its launch, writes Portio. Migrating to LTE is not just the preserve of the developed and saturated markets in North America and Western Europe, with MNOs in developing markets also proactively doing the same; though understandably LTE's scale and use will markedly vary between markets.

HP Sharpens Private Cloud Claws

HP Sharpens Private Cloud Claws
In a bid to show it hasn't fallen behind the pack when it comes to cloud computing, HP this week revealed plans to launch a set of self-assessment tools for customers to determine their cloud readiness. The tech giant also amassed a crew of cloud advisors to help shape its cloud plan of attack.HP's push for private clouds comes as it prepares for a host of cloud-focused announcements and a cloud computing boot camp at VMworld in San Francisco next month.

First, HP designed what it calls a "private cloud scorecard" that lets companies rate and rank key factors that will help determine how ready they are to take on the cloud. The scorecard consists of a series of questions to gauge cloud readiness, including internal knowledge of cloud concepts and services and existing cloud security capabilities, among others.Along with helping companies prepare for the cloud and determining where they stand, HP has comprised a group of cloud experts to …