Sneak a little office shut-eye with iNap@Work

 

                           

If ever an iPhone app was created for the George Costanzas of the world, it’s this one: iNap@Work simulates office sounds so you can snooze while the people around you think you’re working. Continue reading

Apple Releases Three New iPhone Ads: ‘Itchy’, ‘Office’, and ‘Student’

                

Apple today posted three new iPhone commercials to their ad gallery.

– Itchy features three apps linked by the common theme of being used on a nature walk: Compass Go [App Store, $1.99], iBird Explorer Plus [App Store, $19.99], and How To Videos from Howcast.com [App Store, Free]. Continue reading

Sneak Peek at Windows 7 Mobile & Zune?

Windows Mobile 6.5 is not even here yet, but that is not stopping Microsoft from teasing 7 so far.

In the video below, titled “software + services”. We see someone using a OS that we believe to be a mock up of Windows Mobile 7. We also see him using a music app, that looks suspiciously like Zune. Complete with Zune’s “twist” interface.

Watch the video at the link below and decide for yourself,

 http://www.microsoft.com/softwareplusservices/Default.aspx

WMPoweruser also grabbed some screenshots from the video

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iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 now available

 

                        

Apple has posted iPhone OS 3.0 beta 2 (build 7A259g) in theiPhone Dev Center. The download is only available to registered iPhone developers and weighs in at 2.13GB.

According to Ars Technica the second public developer build of iPhone 3.0 contains minor updates, bug fixes and no new functionality. Sources tell Ars that Apple is warning developers to avoid its tethering and MMS features because they “are not supported, and should not be used.” Continue reading

Sony Pictures Television unveils new iPhone games

                         

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) on Monday announced plans for several games for the iPhone and iPod touch coming in 2009.

 

Ghostbusters is a new game planned on the hit comedy movie with Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd; it’s being developed to tie in to a new Ghostbusters game coming out in June. New York City is facing an invasion of ghosts once again, and you have to save the day by catching them. Continue reading

Next iPhone ‘evolutionary’ not ‘revolutionary’

 

                 

Apple Inc’s upcoming launch of iPhone 3.0 OS and iPhone Pro will fill in the “gaps” and help keep the competition at bay, but the lack of an entry level iPhone, could cut into Apple’s market share, says RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky. Continue reading

New Windows Mobile 6.5 themes and Windows Marketplace

    

Microsoft have been spilling more details on Windows Mobile 6.5, including screenshots of a newly-refreshed GUI and a long list of over 25 companies signed up to produce content, software and generally lend a hand.   Continue reading

Skype for iPhone: It’s official

 

                 

Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype’s native VoIP client for the iPhone, the freeSkype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday. We got a chance to sit down with the application’s principal engineer before the announcement was made at CTIA 2009, to see Skype for iPhone do its thing. Continue reading

Apple developing ‘stealth’ biometric security for iPhone

Apple has developed a new technique that would hide a biometric reader inside an iPhone or a Mac and let owners lock down their systems with fingerprints or even facial recognition — all without ever having to break from their usual routine.

Published for the first time this week, a patent filing for the process reveals that Apple wants to provide a more secure method for preventing unauthorized access to a whole device — or private information on that device — than current techniques like passcodes; however, it also wants to avoid taking up the owner’s time with a separate scan or consuming extra space with a distinct reader.

The solution, the company suggests, would be to automatically use a sensor either hidden within the device or else repurposed from its usual role. Devices could recognize a fingerprint or finger vein pattern simply by waiting for the user to touch the display, which would hide the sensors on or behind the screen. A forward-facing camera could alternately look for retinal patterns or even recognize the facial features of owners when they’re in the right position for use.

Notebooks could use the trackpad, palmrest and a webcam for a similar purpose. Continue reading

Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile released and available for download

First mentioned by the folks over at Skype more than one month ago, Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is now available for download, coming with two important new features.

The first one is the application’s ability to send and receive files (of up to at least 50MB).

The second new feature of Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is the support for SMS: you can now send text messages anywhere in the world, via Wi-Fi, at Skype-like low rates. You can send messages even if you’re not in a Wi-Fi zone, but data charges may apply. Continue reading

Skype for iPhone to Be Released as Early as Next Week

    

Exclusive Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times. He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.” And so we did. Continue reading

Flash coming to Android courtesy of BSQUARE

                       

The fine folks at BSQUARE have announced that they’ll be porting Adobe Flash to Google’s Android on behalf of a “global Tier 1 carrier.” Whether or not that implies this “global Tier 1 carrier” will have exclusive access to Flash out of the gate remains to be seen. Details are otherwise very scarce, and it’s unclear how this relates to the demo of Flash Andy Rubin showed off at Adobe MAX last year. However, BSQUARE bought NEC’s Adobe® Flash® Technology Consulting and Distribution business 12 months ago, and has done Android work for other customers, so the expertise should certainly be there — and naturally we wouldn’t expect them to go shouting about this if they didn’t have Adobe and Google’s blessing in one form or another.

Google Mobile App for BlackBerry Allows Search by Voice, My Location

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Google Mobile App for BlackBerry now allows users to search using their voices and with Google’s My Location application. Google has been making substantial inroads with its mobile apps, even as a number of mobile device makers gear up to produce Android-based smartphones.

 

Google Mobile App for BlackBerry now allows users to reduce typing on the Research In Motion smartphones by carrying out mobile Web searches for a location using their voices or the search giant’s My Location application, or both. Continue reading

Mobile World Congress review – Playing it safe

The black suits were back, and the show was very business focused, serious even. And Mobile Europe had its team looking out for the most important news across the industry – from network equipment to application development

 

The main vendors and LTE:
At MWC, tier one vendors faced a difficult balancing act of pleasing MNOs with widely diverging network development plans, kick-starting the network upgrade cycle to recover considerable investments into OFDM/MIMO technologies, and showing investors their optimised product portfolios that could be supported at lower cost. Continue reading

Is this Windows Mobile 7?

 

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A kind tipster send us this screen shots of what purports to be Windows Mobile 7. The latest inside rumours put the OS as being available to OEM’s by the end of 2009 and out on devices by Spring 2010. 

From what I have heard so far, it sounds worth the wait.

 

Via[wmpoweruser.com]

Sony Ericsson 2010 Phones, Not the Leaked Roadmap Sadly

We wish we could have shown you the Sony Ericsson 2010 leaked phone roadmap, but all we’ve got are a couple of handsets created by the skilled Esato user tob!s. I’m talking about MU 2, T802, G909 and XPERIA X3, the latter being shown on our site a while ago.

Sony Ericsson 2010 Phones, Not the Leaked Roadmap Sadly

Below there’s MU 2, one of the designer’s favorite phone and a pretty hot multimedia device, packing a pretty big touchscreen and hopefully Android OS. T802 features a pretty odd keypad and design, while G909 is something we’ve seen before, but XPERIA X3 is definitely the star of this bunch. Continue reading

Lenovo New Transparent Screen Cellphone

This is by no means a premiere, since LG showcased the world’s firsttransparent handset at MWC 2009, but the device only featured a transparent keypad. How about a transparent display? This technology is used by Ryan Ma, who designed the Lenovo Poison handset, that you can check out below.

Lenovo Poison Is the Transparent Screen Cellphone Continue reading

AT&T: New iPhone will be hot

 

                    

We can’t tell you where or who, but pretty high up in AT&T’s food chain, the following was reported to be said:

  • New iPhone announcement around mid-June (duh)
  • New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience unmatched by any device (could be just talking about 3.0, but we think it’s also a new iPhone)
  • U-Verse iPhone application; will allow control of your home DVR (play, pause, rewind, etc.) Continue reading

Sony Ericsson tanks, Palm stumbles, Dell reconsiders

                

Sony Ericsson announced that its mobile sales will be down 50 percent from the previous quarter. That’s bad, but Palm has them beat with a 72 percent sales drop. And then there’s Dell, which is wisely rethinking its plans to board the sinking handset ship at this moment. Continue reading

Even More Details on HTC 2009 Roadmap

         

“It seems we will soon know exactly how many screws hold together HTC’s 2009 smartphones. FuzeMobility has just come across a spreadsheet listing some more details and some new code names we have not heard mentioned before…New to us are the Star, Superstar, Tachi, Chief and Captain.”

This is getting better and better! Not only do we have more details of the HTC 2009 models mentioned before, we now have 5 more models to slaver over – note that two of the new ones are WM Standard devices. What strikes me most is the general move toward 128MB RAM and WVGA as standard, and the first debut of nVidia in the Windows Mobile space. Thinks are looking up in terms of hardware – any chance of capacitive screens making an appearance?