Segunda-feira, 25 de Junho de 2007

Arrival of iPhones greeted by 'armed guards'

Don't worry, he's not guarding the the iPhones.

The first shipments of Apple's iPhone arrived on Sunday at airports across the country, according to AppleInsider, just in time for the start of iPhone Week.

Apparently the iPhones were shipped from Hong Kong to several major cities in the U.S. via air freight in order to clear customs ahead of Friday's expected launch. AppleInsider also reported that armed security guards greeted the arrival of the shipments, a practice usually reserved for shipments of diamonds and other more traditional baubles.

It's an open question as to how many iPhones will be available for sale this weekend. Some analysts are expecting Apple to sell as many as 200,000 this weekend during the first two days the product is on sale. Others are predicting less, but we're already seeing potential iPhone customers making arrangements for line standers outside Apple and AT&T stores.



published by Meraj Chhaya às 19:15
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Domingo, 24 de Junho de 2007

Crazy deals with phones that aren't even confirmed!

Nokia N82
Nokia N82 (coming soon)
The Nokia N82 has a 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and auto-focus Carl Zeiss lens. It's a 3G phone with HSDPA, quad-band, Wi-fi and GPS.

Nokia N81
Nokia N81 (coming soon)
The Nokia N81 is a slider phone with a huge 8GB of internal memory, a large 2.4-inch display, quad-band, 3G, HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0. It has a 2 megapixel camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung F520
Samsung F520 (coming soon)
At first glance the Samsung F520 looks very impressive. It has a large display with a touch screen flash interface, reminiscent of the Apple iPhone or LG Prada. The 3 inch display works in portrait or landscape mode and has a high resolution of 480x272 pixels. But that's not all. The F520 has another trick up its sleeve! It has a unique two-way slide mechanism. Open in portrait mode to reveal a numeric keypad and a D-pad with a few navigation buttons. Open it sideways, in landscape mode, and you'll find a QWERTY keyboard.

The tech specs for the Samsung F520 are as equally impressive as it’s party trick. It has 3G with HSDPA for high speed data downloads. It has an advanced media player supporting all major audio and video formats. It also has a 3 megapixel camera with flash - and that huge display will be great for viewing photos and video clips.

Samsung F510
Samsung F510 (coming soon)
The Samsung F510 is an unusual dual-faced phone with a twist - literally. Almost identical to the Samsung F500, the F510 adds DVB-H - a mobile version of freeview digital TV. Let's begin with the dual-face. One side of the F510 there is an music and video player with a multi-directional pad and a large 2.4 inch colour display, which can be viewed in both portrait and landscape modes. On the other side is a much smaller colour display, a numeric keypad and some navigation keys as you'd expect to see on a traditional mobile phone. The Samsung F510 has a twist design so it can be placed on a flat surface for viewing videos in landscape mode. It's only 11mm thick and still packs in a display on each side plus a massive 400MB of internal memory, which is impressive stuff.

The Samsung F510 is an extremely versatile media player. It can handle all popular audio and video files such as MP3, WMA, MPEG4, WMV, H.264 and even Divx video clips. There's a USB connector for transferring files from your PC or laptop and the F510 also squeezes in a 2 megapixel camera and 3G. This really is an impressive spec for such a tiny phone.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 23:36
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Nokia 6110 Navigator takes the 'Long Way Down' with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

Mobile phone with integrated GPS and instant, easy-to-use maps, routing and navigation gets immediate test on epic journey from Scotland to Africa
Espoo, Finland - The Nokia 6110 Navigator, which began shipping this week, will have its navigation capabilities tested as it accompanies actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they take the "Long Way Down" to Cape Town on BMW motorcycles. With the Nokia 6110 Navigator routing the path, best friends Ewan and Charley have begun their monumental motorcycle journey from John O'Groats, Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, with a number of stops planned along the way. Long Way Down follows on from 2004's Long Way Round where Ewan and Charley motorbiked around the world from London to New York over 115 days.
On such an arduous motorcycle journey across some of the most testing terrain in the world, the Long Way Down team will be relying on all of the Nokia 6110 Navigator's features to keep them on the right track, but also to meet all of their media, communication and navigational needs in one. Whether it's checking maps, surfing the net for information, taking photos and video or just keeping in touch with their friends and family back home, the team will be able to do all of this and more with the Nokia 6110 Navigator.
"During Long Way Round we kept getting lost and had to rely on anything from landmarks to advice from locals in all sorts of languages to find our way, so getting a proper navigational tool for Long Way Down was a real priority" said Ewan McGregor. "We've been playing around with the Nokia 6110 Navigator before setting off and it's just what we need to stay on track".
The Nokia 6110 Navigator brings together GPS (Global Positioning System) and AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) functionality with always-on mobile connectivity in a feature-rich, compact device. Operating on WCDMA 2100 and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks, the Nokia 6110 Navigator will be available in shops across Europe, Asia, Middle East, and selected countries in Latin America.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:57
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Apple iPhone first hand

Take the Apple iPhone for a spin
Watch some of the commercials

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:50
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MiTV and Nokia announce live DVB-H mobile TV service for Malaysia

Singapore - Global mobility leader Nokia and MiTV Corporation Sdn Bhd (MiTV) today announced their collaboration to launch a commercial mobile broadcast TV service, based on Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld (DVB-H) technology, in Malaysia in the second half of 2007.
Announced at Nokia Connection 2007 in Singapore, and also in conjunction with Broadcast Asia 2007, the agreement is among the first of Nokia's commercial mobile TV service rollouts utilizing DVB-H technology globally. Earlier last year, Vietnam became the first market in APAC to roll out commercial DVB-H services.
In the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide MiTV's 018 mobile TV service with an end-to-end deployment process which includes implementation, integration, and application development services. They will also maintain MiTV's infrastructure on a turnkey basis.  
Dato IR Hj. Rosman bin Ridzwan, Chairman, MiTV Corporation said: "This latest collaboration with Nokia marks another important milestone in our preparation to launch our high speed mobile 3G service in the second half of this year. With strong industry players behind us in network infrastructure, coverage and other technologies, we are absolutely confident that we can deliver genuinely customer-driven products and services that we believe will bring the work-life balance back into their lives.
"With Nokia, this mobile TV experience utilizing the latest DVB-H technology will be an important component in delivering this promise. Soon, our customers will be able to watch the latest news, engage in music videos and documentaries or even catch their favorite TV series anywhere, anytime directly on their mobile devices, bringing them closer to the information and entertainment that they value most", he added.
Jawahar Kanjilal, Director, Multimedia Experiences, Nokia Multimedia Asia Pacific said: "We are delighted to be part of this great development in Malaysia with MiTV. This marks the beginning of exciting times in the Asia Pacific broadcasting industry, bringing digital television to consumers' pockets and ushering in a new era of personal interactive entertainment. The Nokia N77 multimedia computer will be a key element of this consumer offering, and we look forward to the continuing development of broadcast mobile TV services in the region."
Under the agreement, Nokia and MiTV are committed to implementing a true mobile TV experience, based on an open DVB-H standard, enabling viewers in Malaysia to watch DVD-like quality broadcast television 'on the go'. With Nokia's integrated DVB-H device the Nokia N77, the two organizations are confident of delivering a rich broadcast mobile TV solution for the enjoyment of MiTV's customers.
Kenneth Chang, Executive Director, MiTV Networks said: "The experience will be unlike any other mobile TV offerings currently available in the market. MiTV's DVB-H service doesn't rely on packet-based technology, so there's no streaming and lag associated with it. You will be able to switch between channels instantaneously, and on top of that, the picture quality and reception will be better than any video streaming service available today. It will be totally revolutionary - a true mobile TV experience that we believe will delight our customers tremendously."
Bill Chang, Country Director, Malaysia, Nokia Siemens Networks said: "We are excited to play a significant role in MiTV's mobile entertainment strategy, through the deployment of this mobile TV service in Malaysia for the first time. This is also aligned to our vision of connecting five billion people globally by 2015, through broadband everywhere."
In Asia Pacific, Nokia has already spearheaded several mobile TV technology showcases in countries such as Singapore, India, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Taiwan, as well as conducted many trials in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:49
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Samsung Launches Ultra Edition II Series

Samsung Launches Ultra Edition II Series Photo 1

Samsung today launched the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700), the slimmest HSDPA slider phone available to customers in Southeast Asia from July 2007.

Building on the success of Samsung's Ultra Edition range launched in July 2006, the Samsung Ultra Edition II embodies the best of advanced technology, revolutionary mobile designs and must-have business and consumer multimedia functions with four of the slimmest, most powerful and best looking handsets in each form factor. The Ultra Edition II range consists of two stylish and functional sliders - the Ultra Edition 10.9 (U600) and the Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700), a metallic clamshell - the Ultra Edition 9.6 (U300), and a candy bar handset - the Ultra Edition 5.9 (U100). Each design offers advanced features such as a 3.2-megapixel camera and camcorder, high-speed internet connectivity, as well as extensive multimedia and audio capabilities.

The Ultra Edition II range is slimmer and more powerful than the first edition with its advanced functions and improved designs. Exclusive to the Ultra Edition II range, Samsung's Optimized Power Usage Solution (OPUS) sets these handsets apart by guaranteeing maximum performance with increased talk time by 10%, power saving by 30% and battery capacity by 10%. Samsung's Smart Surface Mounting Technology (SSMT), which was initially developed for the Ultra Edition range, has also been an intrinsic design element for the Ultra Edition II range, reducing the number of required components, interference and noise.

Samsung's Ultra Edition II range also addresses the needs of the growing consumer segment, which expects mobile and music to come hand in hand. Each handset combines extensive music player capabilities with super sound quality highlighted by ICEpower amplifier developed by Bang & Olufsen. All devices also feature a dedicated music interface to make navigation and listening easier, and a Quick PC Sync software installed to make the creation and selection of playlists effortless.

Inspired by the shine and shimmer of crown jewels, Samsung's Ultra Edition 10.9 (U600) exudes elegance and modern style, coming in a range of colors which includes sapphire blue, garnet red, platinum metal and copper gold casing. The clever design of Samsung's Ultra Edition 10.9 (U600) includes a unique and stylish interface for uncomplicated usability. It also comes equipped with a 3.2-megapixel camera encased in an ultra slim profile, which boasts a 2.22-inch wide TFT LCD widescreen. For feature watchers, Samsung's Ultra Edition 12.1 (U700) offers HSDPA 3.6 Mbps data transfer speed and video telephony.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:48
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O2 Helen In the Wild has revealed an upcoming device known as the Helen, a supposed Xda Stealth successor. The specs? An Intel PXA270 520MHz CPU, 64MB RAM, 256MB ROM, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an FM radio, a 2.4" QVGA display, a 2.0-megapixel camera, a microSD slot, and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Some of you may argue that the design is a little less impressive, although as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:45
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Upcoming N95 firmware to enables AGPS?!?

It seems that new firmware (12.0.013 / 19.6.2007) doesn't brings huge improvements, at least in terms of the free RAM what is expectable after all but from other hand there is a huge improvement in GPS part, the addition of the AGPS feature will allows much faster locking the satellites and stronger fixes all round.

Assisted GPS, or A-GPS, is a technology that uses an assistance server to cut down the time needed to determine a location using GPS. It is useful in urban areas, when the user is located in "urban canyons", under heavy tree cover, or even indoors. It is becoming more common and it's commonly associated with Location Based Services (LBS) over cellular networks.

A stand-alone GPS receiver (a) must search for satellite signals and decode the satellite navigation messages before computing its position - tasks which require strong signals and additional processing time.

A cellular telephone network can assist a GPS receiver (b) by providing an initial approximate position of the receiver and the decoded satellite ephemeris and clock information. The receiver can therefore utilize weaker signals and also more quickly determine its position.

Assisted-GPS requires a worldwide tracking network for obtaining the navigation messages of all satellites and data processing hubs along with a server which feeds data to a Serving Mobile Location Center (SMLC) or Mobile Position Center (MPC) operated by a network service provider. Data is sent to individual cell phones using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and the Short Messaging Service (SMS).

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:43
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Yuento cell phone-wannabe calculator

yuento-1.jpg Yento CalculaPhone is a calculator and not a cell phone, it only looks like one.

The device is modeled after a cell phone, meaning you can easily operate it with one hand, which makes it different from other calculators.



published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:40
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iPhone 2 might be a 3G device in Europe

With only weeks to go before the Apple iPhone launches in the US most people wouldn’t be expecting the news to focus on iPhone 2.0, the 2nd generation iPhone. With buyers willing to pay over $500 for a device which doesn’t have a fast data connection the last thing Apple needs is rumours of a better iPhone being just around the corner.

iPod manufacturer Quanta Computer is apparently going to be making the iPhone 2.0 and has won a contract to deliver 5 million units, starting in September according to Digitimes and the Chinese Commercial Times.

According to the report the 3G iPhone would be manufactured for different markets so we assume Europe will be getting the 3G iPhone after all.

Quanta has issued a response to the rumor on their English language site stating, "Quanta and Apple are building a tighter than ever relationships. Quanta not only manufactures NB and iPod for Apple, but also may have receive the order to make the second generation of the Apple iPhone. iPhone is a smartphone based mobile, and the second generation model shipment is expected in September 2007 with forecast of 5 million units in 2008."

If Apple is serious about building recurring revenue from networks in Europe it would be commercial suicide to produce a non 3G mobile phone when every single competitor will have HSDPA by the end of this year.

published by Meraj Chhaya às 16:39
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