August 4, 2012 00:00 by Jeremy
Samsung sent out an email invitation today for an event being held on August 15th in New York. While the invitation doesn't specifically say what will be unveiled, the picture accompanying it gives out a fairly obvious clue. Many have implied that a new Galaxy Note is on the way, due to the rectangular shape and the pen/stylus strokes.
Whatever the product may be, we'll find out within 2 weeks.
CTIA, now more commonly known as The Wireless Association, held their annual wireless telecommunications trade show this past week, with a closing keynote from President Bill Clinton.
Since his departure from presidency, Clinton has continued to create and work with programs in countries all over the world that help economic growth and stability. He admits that much of the change that can be seen happening worldwide is credited towards wireless communication, with an emphasis on cell phones.
"In 2010, a UN report said that wireless technology is becoming a common medium and has done more to bring people out of poverty than anything else in history." Clinton used fishing families in Southeast Asian countries as one example: "If we gave every one of them a cell phone, they could immediately find out what the cost of fish was and increase their income 30-50% over a year."
Mobile phones have even had an effect on banking. In 2011, 80% of Hatians had access to a cell phone, which helped them more easily access their funds.
While much of Clinton's speech also dealt with politics, he made his point clear that cooperating together and using technology such as recent wireless innovations can easily steer countries toward better futures.
Sources: allthingsd (picture), engadget, mashable
February 23, 2011 22:20 by Jeremy
In case readers haven't noticed, a lot of news concerning the latest phones coming out are nothing but "speculation". Sure, some rumors are a bit more believable than others, and some are about as likely as the apocalypse occurring tomorrow (if there IS one tomorrow, then I'm sorry for misleading you all). The following two bits of news, however, fit right under the category of "very likely true".
Let's start off with Sprint: they'll be holding an event tomorrow, February 24th, to announce a new phone of theirs. Their latest tweet all but confirms that it's going to be the Windows Phone 7, unless there's another device that can connect to your Microsoft gaming console, without my knowing. And really, I don't think Microsoft is about to start letting different brands connect to their magical Xbox360.
Next up on the rumor mill pertains to Apple's latest event, which will be held on March 2nd.
What's that back there, you ask? Near the top right corner of the image? Why, I don't see anything except for a black frame with tiny silver buttons on the side, and an image that greatly resembles an interstate-sign for map-apps... Hm, now what could this odd image be, I wonder?
Many are already jumping to thoughts of the iPad 2. And who knows, maybe it could be. It seems odd that Apple would make invitations to a large press event just to announce a new patch for the current iPad; not unless that patch is big enough to start letting your iPad make toast.
Nonetheless, it's time to sit around and wait a while. At least Sprint's event is tomorrow, and that should surely be enough to hold us off until March 2nd.
February 12, 2011 00:02 by Jeremy
It's a big day for Nokia. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Finnish company has been sinking as of late, and even the new CEO himself, Stephen Elop, had publically admitted this. But today, during Nokia's Capital Markets Day, we finally get to see what Mr. New CEO plans to do to bring Nokia back to the winner's circle.
Probably the most tragic news: the death of Symbian. This OS has struggled to keep up with competitors like Android, and Elop has finally plugged the plug on the OS. Instead, it will be a "franchise" that Nokia will "harvest". Likely, we'll see phones released in 2011 that still use Symbian, due to their current development; but after that, who knows. Below is a slide that Nokia showed today during Capital Markets Day.
This, of course, means layoffs. Elop admitted that there will be "substantial reductions in employment". Already, over a thousand workers from the Tampere office who had worked for years on creating Symbian, have walked out of the building, not even waiting for the "reduction in employment" to occur.
But, this bad news does sort of come with good news. The official pairing of Nokia and Microsoft will hopefully bring Nokia back up into the market. They're now refocusing much of their effort into Windows Phone 7. And even though the news was just released today, they've already gotten one design concept revealed (picture below; thanks to Engadget).
Now we'll wait and see what the future holds for Nokia. But with designs like that, who could wish ill will towards Nokia? Their phones are so colorful and sprightly!
February 8, 2011 01:13 by Jeremy
Yes, that's right: the phone you see in the picture above is their big news (literally). It's the world's first giant phone.
Just kidding! It's a prop. Seriously though, today was a big day for Sprint: their event had been planned as far back as January 20, and even promised David Blaine (who did make an appearance, by the way, but we'll get to that later). The big news was the official announcement of the Kyocera Echo, the first dual touchscreen Android phone.
With the Echo, you can use both of its screens as either one giant screen, or use it to do two tasks simultanously. Sprint even decided to provide the new term "simultasking" - which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Currently, the Echo has 7 different apps that you can run simultaneously through its two screens. In one example during the event, viewers saw emails being checked on the bottom screen while text messages were being seen at the top. We also saw an example of The Sims, where the bottom screen was our control panel and the top showed the game screen.
Apparently, Sprint and Kyocera will also be releasing API's, which will encourage other developers to create apps and programs for our dual-screen wonder.
So what was David Blaine's part in all this? He was the opening act for Sprint. The act included him swimming around a giant tank of water for roughly 8 minutes, while fish came out of his mouth. He also had a cigar, poured wine, and opened a book that had even more fish in it. Don't worry, I'm just as baffled as you are.
To see more information on the actual event, check out engadget. They also witnessed the David Blaine fish-tank act...you know, in case you're actually curious.