Sexta-feira, 23 de Novembro de 2007

Sony Bravia phone

Does anyone possibly remember that red phone I had posted long ago which read BRAVIA?

If you did, you probably ignored it like me because it looked more like a TV than a phone.
Well T3 again has found some info, and we copied it...
After the PSP phone post few seconds ago, I post another Sony phone that no-one heard of...not sure if it will happen as Sony has a strong bond with Ericsson on the mobile phone market.

We don't know any more news about this, but we are looking forward to have an extremely high quality LCD on a phone, it would totally change the gaming and imaging experience.

I leave you with the photo:


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Phone Case that Let You Put Your Style

Here is a concept design by Nils Siegel, an unique clamshell phone that let you design the phone case pattern by little metals and gems. The PIN Phone has a grid lattice structure outside, you can then insert the clip pins to your own design.



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Nokia Clamshell with display and touchscreen

Who doesn't like touchscreens?
I remember the Nokia Aeon concept phones that were out long ago, they presented two touchscreens and no keypads.

Unwired Review once again done a brilliant work by spotting patents filled by Nokia on a Clamsheel phone with two touchscreens inside.

This all will waste battery in my opinion, so Nokia should work a bit on that side as well.

It will be lovely to have the keypad change according to needs, and we won't even miss the key feedback as some technologies already reported here are making way that make those touchscreens act like keys.

These keypad-less phones are becoming more famous since the iPhone and Prada, and since S60 Touch UI are on their way, we can already see the future of Symbians.




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South Korea. Groups Set to Cure Mobile Phone Addicts

Korea216.JPG Korea already has a boot camp cure for Web obsession and now is conducting a program to help cure mobile phone addiction among the young, according to The Korea Times.

"A civic group called School Beautiful Movement with the help of Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO) and SK Telecom, has launched a campaign to teach the youth proper cell phone use.

Twelve elementary, middle and high schools were selected for the pilot program Tuesday. "For the next two months, students of these schools will speak about their phone use, discuss the symptoms they experience when they are without a mobile phone, and consider proper use of the phones as consumers,'' the member said.

The schools will have cell phone lockers, where students voluntarily put their phones preventing their use during class time.

According to a survey by KADO on students aged between 14 and 19 in 2005, 90 percent had mobile phones; 38.2 percent sent more than 1,000 text messages per month; and 43.7 percent of teenagers had conversations with their friends through text messages during lectures."



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The N95 8GB hits v11 firmware

A major new firmware, v11.0.026, is now available for the Nokia N95 8GB through Nokia Software Update. See below for any comments and observations. 

v11 update


If I get hold of the official change log, it will be posted here.



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The iPhone Bible - The New Testament

The guys at T3 have found the patience to create the ultimate guide to the iPhone, sort of a review.
The iPhone isn't the big deal everyone was waiting for, but still people make a fuss about it, the Nokia N95 8GB beats it in an instant.
Anyways I leave you with the review:

First there was iPod, and it was good. But lo, Jobs created iPhone and it blew our minds with its sumptuous styling and spiffy multi-touch display.

Welcome, dear apostles, to T3’s ultimate guide to the iPhone – everything you need to know about Apple’s most important device ever. Read on for the definitive low-down on iPhone’s myriad functions and ultra-cool secrets.


Apple’s been working on its new touchscreen interface for two years, so you know this baby’s been worth waiting for. It’s the first time a touchscreen’s been able to understand two fingers without sending the device haywire. Apple’s used it to make iPhone more intuitive than any other phone.

You can alter the size of images just by stretching them, or type at record speed using the virtual keyboard. The keyboard even predicts what you’re typing, so it can correct finger slips intelligently. What’s more, a special coating means finger marks are kept to a minimum, so iPhone stays looking fresh, even after you’ve given it a good mawling.

Apple’s made much of its intention to protect its Multi-Touch system from would be copycats. Steve Jobs says there are 200 patents covering the iPhone, and you can bet Multi-Touch makes up a significant chunk of those.

The history of Multi-Touch is patchy, due to Apple’s notorious secrecy, but the first evidence of Apple’s ambitions beyond single digit control came with MacBooks toting two-fingered scrolling, used for zooming and panning around large documents. The Mac maker didn’t sit still, and a little over a year later, the iPhone was unveiled, in all its touch-tastic glory.

iPhone online

iPhone is much more than a humble telephone and it’s far more impressive than any music mobile currently available. It’s a fully-featured internet device, equipped to surf the web, send proper e-mails and do pretty much everything online your desktop Mac or PC can, with extra pizzazz.

Apple’s solved the usual problems plaguing web browsing on small devices with a full blown version of Safari. Coupled with its high resolution screen (160 pixels per inch), websites are shown as nature intended and bouncing from page to page is easier than falling out of a tree.

Small areas of web pages can be zoomed in the same way as photos are enlarged, by ‘pinching’ your finger over them, and moving around a page is as easy as sliding your finger across the screen.

Using the iPhone to browse the web is as slick as browsing your music library with an iPod. Everything is synced from your home computer, so bookmarks are where you’d expect them to be, and your favourite RSS feeds are pulled in as usual.
Apple’s opted to use EDGE for Internet access on the move, although the iPhone will switch seamlessly to Wi-Fi if you’re near a hotspot. Yahoo! And Google search are built in and the iPhone multi-tasks, so you can download email whilst surfing the web.

Speaking of email, the iPhone’s a cut above other mobile messaging devices. Packing rich HTML email, your missives look just like they would on a desktop and attaching files works like a dream. The soft-touch QWERTY keyboard makes tapping out messages painless, and a swish auto-fill for address fields uses your contacts to get the job done in record time.

Unlike other phones, Apple’s mobile thinks about the information it’s displaying, rather than dumbly interpreting web pages and emails. It means phone numbers or email addresses instantly become ‘live’. Do a search in Google Maps and you’ll find shops or restaurants in a jiffy. Look at their details and iPhone lets you dial them directly from the map.

Finally on the Internet front, iPhone allows owners to jump online and buy tracks from the iTunes Store. Songs download in seconds using Wi-Fi, and while there's no video available yet we're expecting apple to add it in the new year.

Check out our video of the iPhone below, including a squiz at it's Wi-Fi music-buying skills and a trip through the unboxing process.

YouTube revolution

YouTube's found its spiritual home on the iPhone, thanks to close co-operation between Apple and YouTube's owners, Google.

Fire up the YouTube app and you'll be treated to smooth streaming video. Dont be mistaken though, this isn't any old Flash player, it's decoding H.264 video, a high quality standard Apple convinced the video giant to adopt just before the iPhone's launch. It's also the technology behind YouTube on Apple TV.

iPod’s evolution

iPhone represents the natural progression of iPod, but marks a phenomenal evolutionary leap. Not only is it the first model to shun Apple’s iconic scroll wheel, but the first to feature advanced interfaces like Coverflow.

Although the first models pack 4 and 8GB capacities, that’s fairly measly considering you’ll have music, pictures, contacts, email and attachments shoved on there. We reckon you’ll be able to store 500 to 1,000 songs depending on the model, which is still serviceable if you think of it more as a ‘secondary’ iPod than a replacement for your regular player.

That said, iPhone is a glimpse of the future for iPod. The interface is a mammoth jump up from what we’ve seen previously. Moving around using the Multi-Touch display is a dreamily intuitive. If you're scrolling through a menu, you simply rub your finger from the bottom of the screen to the top and you're moving. The device has an accelerometer sensor in it, so the scroll-speed alters depending on how you interact with it. Give it a harsh flick and it'll fly half way down the menu at speed. A gentle touch will nudge you from A to B.

Everything is controlled by your finger (though there is a volume control on the side for when you're using it as a phone). Selecting an artist, song or album is all as you'd expect. If you flick the device onto its side it'll drop into Coverflow mode, so you can rifle through your library album by album.

The iPhone’s glorious 3.5-inch widescreen makes it the ideal movie machine too. Videos look amazing and though watching flicks on a handheld screen is never ideal, the iPhone’s the closest we’ve seen to a game-changer for the PMP world.

Ringing the changes for mobile

Of course, as well as pulling double duty as an iPod and internet tablet, iPhone’s a dab hand at calling up your mates too. There are three buttons on the outside of the handset. That compares to 17 on an N95 8GB and a whopping 28 on a Sony Ericsson K850i.

With iPhone you simply don't need buttons. There's a soft dialler keypad, and it looks fine. However, it’s a bit on the dowdy side, but that’s Apple’s intention – they don’t want you stabbing out numbers. In fact, they don’t want you to press buttons at all if you only want to make a call. Just touch a name or number and iPhone does the rest, even if the number is buried in an email or on a website, you can dial it directly just by jabbing with your pinky.

At the iPhone’s unveiling Jobs called Jonny Ive and, during the call, received another from Phil Schiller. Within a couple of seconds he was in a three way call. We’ve never seen conference calls handled so easily. It was almost instinctive.

Sorting out voicemail is another turn of brilliance by Apple. No longer will you have to surge through 10 messages to get that one at the end, just look at an on-screen list of calls and select the one you want to listen to. It's called visual voicemail, which is a bit misleading (at first we thought Apple meant video messaging), but it simply means it's easier to find the message you want.

Texting on iPhone is very cool. The handset arranges messages into conversations, a bit like instant messaging on your home computer. It means you can scroll up to keep track of a conversation and easily follow the whole transcript. It’s almost like the way Gmail sorts your emails, hence making much more sense.

The back of the iPhone sports a 2-meg camera, which is fine and dandy, but suffers the same quality limitations as regular phone cameras. Sharing pictures, however, is a cinch. You simply select an image iPhone will format it into an e-mail, let you choose recipients and send the whole bundle off in a couple of seconds.

Syncing feeling

When we first heard about iPhone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth innards our thoughts instantly turned to wireless syncing. Not so, says Apple. All synchronisation between iPhone and your desktop is done via cable. Apple’s Greg "Joz" Joswiak says that’s to guarantee reliability, and provides a valuable opportunity to top up the mobile’s battery. Keep your iPhone up to date, and it’ll take charging into its own hands, so you’ve always got enough juice for a call.

Specs pest

iPhone’s packed to the brim with tasty tech treats. There’s Wi-Fi on board, as well as Bluetooth 2.0, quad-band GSM and EDGE, not to mention that tasty touch screen display.

Apple says it’s the highest quality screen it has ever used, running at 320 by 480 pixels, and at 160ppi.

Wi-Fi is speedy, supporting b and g standards, while clever power management squeezes eight hours of talk, video or browsing time from the battery. Used as an iPod, it’ll keep kicking for a whopping 24 hours.

It’s no pocket-botherer either, weighing in at 4.8 ounces, and measuring just 11.6mm thick.

T3’s most wanted iPhone applications

Apple promised “desktop class” applications on its mobile, and says they'll have a software development kit ready next year. We’re expecting some pretty snazzy apps to hit the handset once it's released. Here’s our software wishlist, what’s on yours?

1. iChat
We’re pretty sure this is a no-no, what with Cisco’s claim to the iPhone name for VoIP solutions, but it’s still a killer app for iPhone if Apple can find a way around the legalities. We're sure 3rd party developers are hatching plans to get VoIP on the iPhone as we speak.

2. iWork mobile
Documents on the move? Pages has it covered. Giving presentations from Keynote through your phone? You bet! iWork mobile could make iPhone the perfect partner for professionals.

3. iMovie mobile
iPhone’s got a camera, but can't snap video. Apple needs to fix that, and also provide a tool to edit our clips. A portable version of iMovie could transform shaky phone flicks into works of cinematic genius, ripe for parading on YouTube.

4. Garageband mobile
Record podcasts on the go and publish them from your pocket. It’s the perfect way to make your recordings sound pro, and you don’t need a Mac to do it.

5. Games, games games!
There's not much lacking from the iPhone, but one thing it's sorely missing are games. We can't wait for developers to get their hands on Apple's coding tools. Give them a few weeks and we'll be multi-touching our way through more games than music!

Does iPhone have an Achilles heel?

Apple’s mobile is a technical tour de force. There are few rivals in terms of interface, capacity, display or connectivity. It does have several weak points though.

For starters, Apple is reluctant to allow third party applications on its handset. With the power of OSX under the bonnet it’s a shame we won’t immediately see a flurry of creative programmers rush to the platform.

Then there’s the iPhone’s storage. It’s hardly an iPod replacement, even if you opt for the 8-gig model. The moment Apple manages a 20-gig model we predict a surge of interest. As it is, most people’s music catalogue will struggle to fit inside along with photos, videos and applications.

Thirdly, the iPhone’s non-core components leave many areas for improvement. There’s no GPS capability, leaving it weak in the face of Nokia’s N95 and other satnav super-phones. The inclusion of a 2-meg camera’s also a little on the lightweight side. Plenty of mobiles now tote 3-meg sensors, while the best from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung top the 5-megapixel milestone.

The rivals

Apple has ruffled a few feathers in the mobile world. Rival manufacturers will undoubtedly be bringing some products forward to counter the threat from Cupertino, but there are several challengers already here.

LG Viewty

LG’s phone packs a better camera and spiffy touchscreen. There're also minimalist controls and high speed EDGE connectivity. Check out its iPhone-challenging looks here.

Blackberry Pearl 8120
Email mastery is Blackberry’s business. Can iPhone’s soft touch keyboard compete with the Pearl’s dinky, but dedicated buttons? This new version, packs maps, video recording and Wi-Fi. Tasty.

Sony Ericsson K850i
Can the latest Cybershot phone take Apple’s iPod successor to task? It’s got a touch-sensitive screen, a whopping great 5-meg camera and also knows which way up it's being held.

Nokia N95 8GB
This could have the iPhone licked. Nokia’s packed in a 5-meg camera, GPS and swanky double sliding media keys. There’s Wi-Fi too and a stonking array of third party apps. Add 8-gig of storage and it's a strong contender.

The future of iPhone

Apple has all but promised new models of the iPhone just as soon as it’s released. The current model is a full-blown smart phone, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a smaller version packing iPod and calling capabilities alone.

That interface is almost certainly the future of regular iPods too. We may lament the loss of the Clickwheel, but there’s no denying Apple’s new controls are the business.

Larger capacity iPhones are a must too. Even 8-gig is too small for most music fans, and it stands to reason they’ll bump capacity in a few months time.

As for accessories, we’ve already seen some companies touting ‘iPhone compatible’ cases, but the floodgates have yet to open.

Anything with an iPod dock is now fair game for iPhone connectivity. TV-output will be an obvious addition to some iPod compatible docks, and BMW has already annouced it'll be making iPhone-ready automobiles.


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OMG, PSP Phone is coming!!!… No it’s NOT!!!

Seems that everyone is transforming their products to become phones, first there is the Apple iPhone, and then we got the gentle approach from Google to get into the phone market, and now Sony, although they are already in.

Of course these are only rumours although we did see some funny patent before in this blog.
The guys at Unwired View saw a sketch in T3 website and decided to post it, so we doing the same.

Looks big, bulky and ugly, but everyone got different taste...




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Japanese engineers turn old mobile phones into new PCs


Recycling gadgets is going to become a high-profile issue in the coming years, since we’re not doing it enough. A team of Japanese engineers at Hokuto System have a new spin on the idea, turning parts from old mobile phones into PCs on business card-sized circuit boards. Tech Digest reports.

"The new device is called DVIEW, and is going on sale in Japan imminently, complete with a 2.2-inch LCD screen, an 81MHz ARM CPU, and a 16-bit stereo soundcard."



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Quarta-feira, 21 de Novembro de 2007

VoiceMode by VoiceSignal - You Talk, VoiceMode Types

Last week I gave you a first look at a brand new (to S60) app called Adaptxt that provides a much-improved text input method to S60 3rd users. I’m 100% hooked on Adaptxt and really don’t know how I got along without it. Today however, I want to show you another alternative that is a bit older but it is also surprisingly not talked about as often as I would think.

VoiceMode provides users with a voice-to-text engine that can be used in place of T9 and tap in a whole host of applications. So far I’ve tested it with Messaging (SMS/email), Web, Notes, Calendar, Active Notes, Palringo and a few others and it works perfectly. In fact the only app that has had a problem with VoiceMode is the Jaiku Mobile beta, but no third-party text entry engines currently work with Jaiku Mobile.

The first thing you must do after installing this mammoth app (yes, it installs at over 6MB!) is do some training or ‘adapting’. The initial adaptation involves speaking a series of 75 sentences that are displayed on the screen. You can pause during this process and you can also continue to adapt VoiceMode with up to 250 spoken phrases. Of course the more phrases you train it with the more accurate that app becomes. You can also import up to 2,500 names from your contact list to teach them to the app.

During the adaptation process, VoiceMode listens automatically as each phrase is displayed on your screen. In practice, the app is invoked very intelligently - simply hold down the [send] key (green, call) and speak. Once you are finished speaking, release the key and VoiceMode will quickly process your message and convert it to text.

You can stop and start VoiceMode any number of times and it will pick up where it left off each time. Punctuation is spoken so if you want to input: Hi John, see you soon! you would say “Hi John comma see you soon exclamation-point”. You can also speak emoticons and Voice Mode will translate them for you. For example, “smiley-face” will yield :-).

So to input the message displayed above I held the [send] key and said, “This is a test of voicemode period it is converting my spoken voice into text period”.

Once trained, the app is surprisingly accurate. The key is to speak naturally and in short bursts. It is 50 times more accurate than the variety of dial-and-speak solutions I’ve tested but of course any voice-to-text engine is going to make mistakes. As such, VoiceSignal has made it very easy to correct any errors. You can always tap your text to make manual additions but in the event that VoiceMode gets a spoken word wrong simply move your cursor to the word (it will turn red when you reach it), click the center d-pad key and either type the correction or choose it from the listed suggestions.

Despite the massive size of the installed app VoiceMode occupies a very modest amount of RAM. ActiveFile reports just under 700KB combined for the two processes that run in the background while the app is enabled. The app isn’t perfect though and the first item on my wish list is to allow the user to easily toggle between VoiceMode and T9. Currently with the app enabled, users can toggle only between VoiceMode (which includes voice and tap) and number input methods. Actually I think that the best solution here would be to implement a hotkey shortcut (maybe pen/shift + [send]) that will enable/disable VoiceMode from any screen. The other thing I would like to see an autostart option. For someone who is constantly on the go it is a pain to have to enable the app from the settings screen each time the phone is booted.

As far as I can tell, VoiceMode is currently available in two variants; a US English edition and a UK English edition. Either can be purchased for a very reasonable EUR 9.99 (just under $15 US) from the Nokia Software Market. If anyone knows of additional versions please do drop a comment here and I’ll update this post. If you’re an English-speaker who is always on the go I can’t recommend VoiceMode enough.



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Samsung 8 megapixel Camera phones are (almost) here

The quality of the cameras in mobile phones is improving very rapidly and approaching that of low to mid-end digital still camera’s. This trend was especially visible during during this year.

5 megapixel cameras are becoming mainstream in high end camera phones, we already have 3x optical zoom in Samsung G800, and next year we will see our first 8 megapixel cameraphones too.

Before today it was mainly my idle speculation, but now I can say that with certainty. Thanks to Samsung’s new 8 megapixel CMOS camera module that will find it’s way into a new cameraphones later next year.



Samsung Electro-Mechanics today has announced that they have developed a new 8 megapixel (3264×2444 px) CMOS camera module for mobile phones. It can produce clear 300 dpi picture output for highest resolution 27.64×20.73 cm prints.

8 mpx camera module can be mounted on mechanical shutter and has other advanced camera functions like autofocus, backlight correction, red eye removal, facial recognition, anti-shake technology, etc.

The size (10.5 X 11.5 X 9.4mm ) of the new camera module is similar to 3.2 mpx cameras currently used in mobile phones.

New 8 mpx cameras will go into mass production during first half of 2008.

So we’ll probably be able to get our hands on first 8 mpx camera phones next summer with the first models announced early next year. Probably during CES in January or 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, February next year.



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