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Nokia Partners With Microsoft

clock February 12, 2011 00:02 by author 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!

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HP Event Shows Off Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad

clock February 10, 2011 00:36 by author Jeremy

As far back as January 20th, HP has been planning an event for today. The time has finally come...and the world was shocked and awed at the products seen today.

Last year, HP acquired Palm; today, that merger truly showed what they were capable of together. With their combined ingenuity and the use of the webOS platform, today saw the release of the Veer, Pre 3, and TouchPad.

 

Starting with the Veer: we see that its tiny. Oh so very credit-card-like tiny. And yet, the phone seems like its going to pack quite a punch. Besides the specs below, we also know that the Veer will have a 2.6-inch 320x400 display and a 5 megapixel camera.

Next up is the Pre 3. This phone can actually interact with the TouchPad, which we'll explain later. For now, the specs:

The Pre 3 will also have a 3.6-inch 480x800 WVGA display, a 5 megapixel camera (and a front-facing camera too), HD Video and video calling capabilities.

Last but not least, we have the TouchPad. This is the first non-phone device to run webOS, and boy does it perform well. Besides the powerful specs (seen below) running the device, its got quite a few nifty features. First off, multi-tasking seems to be a cinch on this tablet: HP's presentation showed a demo of it switching between emails, setting a reservation, and even more, all within a short span of time. In the picture above, you can see "Just Type" written along the top, which acts as a sort of command prompt. You can post to twitter with it, search through emails, plus more.

In the picture above, the Pre 3 was just barely "tapped" against the TouchPad. This is another one of their nifty features: whatever you're doing on the TouchPad can be immediately moved to the Pre 3.

Available immediately on the launch of the TouchPad will be certain DreamWorks movie titles - we didn't see a definitely list though as to which titles. The TouchPad will also support the "Beats by Dr. Dre" technology, to provide you with music with real-life sound quality. Certain magazines, such as Time, fully support the tablet, and can be viewed from the TouchPad. And, of course, your tablet can connect with any previous HP Printer, so that you can print pictures from Facebook and other media straight from your TouchPad.

Unfortunately, these devices wno't be out for a bit - the Veer will be coming out in early spring, while the Pre 3 and TouchPad are both slated to come out in the summer; 3G and 4G versions of the TouchPad will also be releated at a later time. Hopefully we'll get a few more looks at the devices though, as they all seem quite promising.

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Sprint's "Industry First" Event Showcases The Kyocera Echo

clock February 8, 2011 01:13 by author 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.

Source/Picture: engadget.com

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Motorola Atrix Release Date - March 6, with Feb. 13 Pre-Order

clock February 4, 2011 00:25 by author Jeremy

That's right, you read that correctly - the phone that everyone's been buzzing about since CES finally has a release date. And pricing, too!

The total cost is $200, but that's just for the phone itself (and a two-year agreement, of course). However, for $600 (with a $100 mail-in-rebate), you can get the phone and the Laptop Dock; by itself, the Laptop Dock can be bought later for $500. Also, be sure you can afford to pay for it monthly - having the bundle means adding on the extra cost of Data Pro smartphone data plan and the tethering add-on. Ouch.

Also available is the HD Multimedia Dock, which comes with a Bluetooth keyboard, Bluetooth mouse, and remote control. All yours for $190.

Plus, U-Verse customers can download TV shows to their Atrix, and watch it straight from their phone (or connected device). Any non-U-Verse customer who owns an Atrix can still watch live TV from their Atrix U-Verse TV application, available for $10/month.

I know this all sounds costly, but that's the price for having media available anytime, anywhere. I know I'll be getting one. :)

Source: prnewswire.com

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The Daily: iPad's Digital Newspaper

clock February 3, 2011 00:20 by author Jeremy

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, unveiled a new type of journalism in the form of an app specifically for the iPad. Called "The Daily", this newspaper can be purchased at the rate of $0.99 per week, or $39.99 for a year.

Their press release states, "The Daily's unique mix of text, photography, audio, video, information graphics, touch interactivity and real-time data and social feeds provides editors with the ability to decide not only which stories are most important -- but also the best format to deliver these stories to their reads."

We can expect articles covering six major topics: news, sports, gossip/celebrity, opinion, arts/life, and apps/games. "It will offer views from across the political spectrum. They will come from across cultures and generations, across America and the world."

Oh, and my personal favorite part? "The Daily will feature Sudoku and crossword puzzles." Whoo-hoo!

Not only can you read the story, but you can listen to it or watch it, depending on each article. And in case you have something to say, you're allowed to leave comments (both written and audio allowed).

Source: BusinessWire.com

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