Motorola's Droid X debuted with a huge sellout on the first day of availability, and it seems that Motorola may be throwing most of their eggs in the handset basket as the announcement dropped today that Nokia Siemens purchased Motorola's wireless switching business for a reported 1.2 billion dollars.
Nokia Siemens grabs around 50 huge customers in the deal and "significantly strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks' presence globally, particularly in the United States and Japan." Motorola will retain their iDEN "push to talk" system but has significantly streamlined their business to mostly consist of handset manufacturing and a few other minor items like headphones and set tops.
Verizon's future plans have been leaking all over the internet. The biggest tidbits are the photos popping up of the Droid 2, expected to hit shelves on or around August 23rd. The QUERTY keyboard is there in full effect and it also may ship with Android 2.2.
Blackberry fans also get a piece of this news as the Curve 3 and Storm 3 could also hit stores in time for the holidays at the end of the year. A 10.1 inch Android tablet is also rumored to be on the docket; it could be Blackberry's long rumored tablet but this has not been confirmed.
Think that the iPhone and Android can't play nicely together? This isn't always the case. Skies of Glory, a fun looking aerial dogfighting title by Social Gaming Network, has now come to Android 2.0.
The game, already out for iPhone, has the ability to play in multiplayer mode over WiFi, 3G, or Bluetooth connections even across Android and iOS platforms. So maybe the two phones aren't playing that nicely; blasting someone out of the sky isn't exactly a hello and friendly handshake. But then again, isn't this a lot easier way for the two phones to do battle against one another?
The latest happenings from around the web - July 19, 2010
- AMD Radeon HD6870 performance predictions @ Kitguru
- The 'He Said, She Said' Shootout: GTX480 vs. HD5870 @ TechReaction
- StarCraft II GPU Performance Comparison @ Hardware Canucks
- StarCraft II Performance Benchmarks: 6 DirectX 11 Video Cards Tested @ HiTechLegion
A brief public airing of a pre-production LG smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS took place last week at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington and the folks over at APC managed to catch a glimpse of it in action with a bunch of quality shots giving you a good idea of how it's all laid out.
APC reported no noticable glitches with the operation of the OS and all was pretty smooth with promise. With that said, the demo LG model was running it on a clean slate with no 3rd party apps added etc.
July 30 is the big day many are holding out for in the land of Oz with Apple launching its iPhone 4 then. But perhaps the sales numbers won't be quite as big as they would have been if the whirlwind of reports about signal issues (dubbed antennagate) weren't floating around.
However, Jobs had this to say upon opening a press conference on Friday morning. "We're not perfect. We know that, you know that and phones aren't perfect either, but we want to make all of our users happy. If you don't know that about Apple, you don't know Apple.
When we fall short, we try harder ... if a user is having a problem, it's our problem."
In defence of the signal woes, Jobs demonstrated that when holding other types of phones such as RIM's Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC's Droid Eris and Samsung's Omnia 2 in the same way as the iPhone 4, each phone lost signal in a comparative way.
He also went on to say that the issue was amplified materialistically due to an incorrect algorithm that was used to calculate the number of bars indicating signal strength, showing a larger drop in strength than was actually the case.
Seagate has just introduced its new Momentus XT hybrid drives to market in the land of Oz which utilize a form of technology not seen in other companies' drives at this time.
The word hybrid is the best way to describe the inner workings of the drive; a combination of solid state storage and traditional mechanical platter storage is used together to give improved performance characteristics whilst also giving larger storage capacities at cheaper prices to fully fledged SSDs.
The folks over at APC were able to get a good scoop on the the new Momentus XT series of drives from Seagate the other day, including a video of Seagate running a benchmark demonstration for them that gives a good idea of performance versus a traditional Hitachi 7200rpm 2.5-inch HDD in identical notebooks side by side.
Optus' first demonstration of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile service took place in Gordon, Sydney recently, which proved to be quite a success.
Utilising two base stations at Gorden and Pymble combined with mobile network equipment provided by Nokia Siemens Networks, Optus' LTE technology achieved quite impressive download speeds of 40Mbps and upload speeds of 850Kbps, which equates to around about a 10x boost in performance over current speeds on their existing 3G network.
The second phase of Optus' trial is said to commence a little later this year which will see the use of many more base stations that will give the ability to put a lot more load on the network. Phase 2 will also be used to see how the network interacts with existing 2G and 3G networks.
Most of Optus' LTE vendors are anticipating a worldwide commercial launch of the tech near the end of the year.
It's not hard to understand in today's world of technology why many services of yesteryear have become redundant and forced people and corporations to go the way of the internet highway. In many ways this is for the better for all parties involved, but there are a lot of cases where the ease of accessibility and usefulness of internet based services is a big black cloud hanging over many business owners heads.
One such example applies to owners of video rental stores. With such advents as Foxtel IQ, fetchTV, Telstra's T-Box etc. giving a vastly growing number of movies on demand, this is one of the main reasons why you see Blockbuster and Video Ezy stores shutting down that were once upon a time booming with activity. It's all too easy to jump on the net and pay for a movie download or stream these days, too. The convenience of such means less people taking trips to their local video rental store.
Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1 beta 1.
foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.
Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
Full unicode support.
Easily customizable user interface layout.
Advanced tagging capabilities.
Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
Full ReplayGain support.
Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.