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Jan 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Apple Working On Deal With Electronic Arts?

With less than five days to go for the unveiling of the Apple Tablet, rumors are flying thick and fast about all the things that the Tablet could be capable of. We already have heard about the negotiations that Cupertino has been having with book publishers like Harper Collins.

Now,we are also hearing that further discussions are on with the popular game developer, Electronic Arts who are well known for their EA Sports series of games. According to a report published on the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on an agreement that will see the company showing off the Tablet’s gaming capabilities with games developed by Electronic Arts.

It will be interesting how Apple plans to market these varied applications. We had speculated if the company would launch an eBook store in order to cater to the different publishers. But with news about this deal out, it is likely that eBooks be sold as yet another application on the App Store. This is because iPhone OS 4.0 is assumed to let scalable applications that will work seamlessly across small sized screens like the iPhone as well as on the Tablet. In that case, a single App Store for all devices make sense.

However, considering the fact that games on the Tablet would be much more graphic intensive than those on iPhones, it will be interesting how Apple plans to tackle the issue. Will the user require to purchase the same EA Sports game separately for the iPhone and the Tablet? We hope not.

[via WSJ]

Jan 23, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

IBM Jumps Into Location-Aware Technology

Location and Geotagging seem to be the flavor of the season and IBM seems to be the latest entrant. In a new patent filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, IBM has sought the credits for a location aware authorization technology.

As the inventors put in their application, companies who offer laptops to their employees might not want them to access certain confidential data outside the office premises. In such cases, this technology will help companies in doing a double check – Check user login credentials as well as verify geographical location of access before granting access.

The patent filing is interesting for two reasons. One, it is probably the first time that IBM is filing a GPS-technology based patent. Secondly, the utility of such a setup needs to be determined considering we are moving towards a networked workplace where employees work from home, shuttle between client locations, etc.

What do you think?

Jan 22, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Is Obsession HTC’s First Windows Mobile 7 Device?

Folks at WMPowerUser claim their sources as saying that HTC Obsession, the company’s much touted 3.7″ AMOLED display smartphone launching later this year shall be launched as HTC Diamond 3, the company’s first phone on Windows Mobile 7.

According to these sources, the device is supposed to be launched in June 2010, though it could be delayed. I’m kind of skeptical on this  one because there are some contradictions here. Just recently, there were reports about Windows Mobile 7 powered handsets launching as late as Q4 of this year. In fact, the report claimed the manufacturers to be getting accessing to the OS not before September 2010.

Considering the launch dates could be put off by as much as two quarters, it is not really clear if HTC would want to wait until then to launch a WinMo 7 powered handset or would be launching Obsession on WinMo 6.5.

What do you think?

[WMPU via Electronista]

Jan 22, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Windows Seven To Launch In Q4 2010?

There has been a lot of confusion regarding the release dates of Windows 6.6 and Windows Mobile 7. DigiTimes has now revealed that its sources have confirmed that Windows 6.6 shall launch during the Mobile World Congress to be held next month while the date for Seven’s launch will be announced at the same time.

It is believed that Microsoft’s Windows Seven will be available to the manufacturers by September 2010 who will then be able to launch Seven powered devices by Q4 2010. Apparently, there are a lot of manufacturers here – Samsung, LG, HTC, Toshiba and Asus to name a few. Windows Mobile Seven is also expected to support Zune, Xbox and Silverlight.

[via Digitimes]

Jan 19, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Windows Mobile 7 To Come In Two Versions?

Folks at WMExperts are reporting that they have heard from several sources that Windows Mobile 7 shall actually come in two versions – Business Edition and Media edition.  It is also said that the official name for WinMo 7 shall actually be “Seven” and also it is possible that the two editions are referred by more fanciful names and not just ‘Business’ and ‘Media’ plainly.

So, what else do we know? Here are some specs gathered from another rumor posted at MobileCrunch

  • Very different from WinMo 6.X and is also backwards incompatible
  • Very close to Zune HD kernel and shall work best on OLED screens
  • Seven will use Apple-like notification system
  • Will not have background processing
  • It does not come with any customization – No system resource access, threaded processing
  • Based to a major extent on Silverlight and .NET and will not run WinMo 6.X code
  • Focused majorly on Business functionalities and Gaming (including Xbox Live functionality)

The actual announcement is expected to happen on February 15.

[via WMExperts, MobileCrunch]

Jan 19, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Verizon Brings Location Aware Classifieds

“People may frequently use a classified media source (e.g., the classified portion of a local newspaper) to list items that are for sale and/or search for items to purchase. In some instances, people that are interested in purchasing particular items, may desire to view the items of interest in-person prior to purchasing the items. During everyday travel time, many interested buyers may pass by the locations of the items of interest. These locations of the items of interest may go unnoticed due to a lack of awareness of their existence. “

To solve this problem, Verizon has been working on a technology that will profile buyers and sellers based on the factors such as item description on sale (Eg: Refrigerator) and geographical location. According to the patent filed in this regard,  a buyer traveling near the location of a seller shall be notified of the sale-item available in the vicinity along with the seller’s contact details for the buyer to carry the discussion forward.

It is not clear whether Verizon plans to launch its own classifieds system or intends to tie up with other big players in the Classifieds industry.

Jan 18, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Is Motorola Shadow Google Nexus Two?

Google Nexus One has largely impressed the tech world, though there have been a lot of early complaints. It is now believed that Google is already working with Motorola for the release of Nexus Two.

According to a post on Engadget, Google is looking at Nexus Two as a complete business phone and Motorola Shadow shall be the handset of choice. This device will come with a beautifully designed QWERTY keyboard that will serve as a great Android 2.1 alternative.

[via Engadget]

Jan 18, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Nokia Moves Ahead On Flexible Phone Displays

The next generation of phones wouldn’t need you to carry them in your pockets. They shall be flexible enough to be worn as a bracelet. While concept phones as these are not exactly new, Nokia’s new patent offers some interesting insights into what the company is working on.

In the patent titled “USER INTERFACE, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR A PHYSICALLY FLEXIBLE DEVICE”, the inventors reveal the development of a technology that will enable display screens to adapt to bend. An excerpt from the patent reads

“a user interface and a device incorporating such user interface having a flexible screen capable of being small and mobile while still allowing several user actions to be taken is desirable.”

An interesting invention described in the patent is about the way the phone shall carry out different tasks based on the way it is bent. An example suggested in the patent reads

“In one embodiment the pre-specified shape is also associated with a movement. As a pre-specified shape is detected and followed by the detection of a pre-specified movement an associated function is executed.

“FIG. 10a shows a device having been bent to resemble a can, possibly used to hold beer or soda. A search will thus be performed for a bar or a pub either a specific franchise or any bar or pub in the neighborhood.

FIG. 10b shows a device having been bent to resemble a bowl. A search will thus be performed for a restaurant either a specific franchise or any restaurant in the neighborhood.

FIG. 10c shows a device having been bent to resemble a roof or a tent. A search will thus be performed for a hotel, motel or guest house either a specific franchise or any hotel, motel or guesthouse in the neighborhood. “

Nokia had earlier said that such technologies will be the  norm by 2015. What do you think? Will we such devices in the mainstream by then?

Jan 16, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

Palm Pre Plus Price $149.99?

Folks at UberGizmo are reporting rumors about the price of Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. According to their source, Palm Pre Plus will come at $149.99 after a mail-in rebate and a contract while Pixi Plus will come cheaper at $99.99.

The prices seem to be reflective of their features and is pretty likely. But note that this is still a rumor and so take it with a grain of salt. The official prices are expected to be revealed on January 25th.

True or not, we will know by then.

[via UberGizmo]

Jan 15, 2010
Anand Srinivasan

HTC Hero To Get Android 2.1 In February

A Polish Android website claims that HTC Hero in Europe may directly leap ahead to come installed with Android 2.1 OS next month. Apparently, the news about this has come from the “top at HTC Poland“.

We are not sure about the claims, but as we had already heard, HTC Hero was expected to give a slip to Android 1.6 and come directly on Android 2.0 or 2.01. With Android 2.1, HTC Hero might only be the second device after the Google Nexus One to come with the recently launched platform.

[Android.com.pl via Android Guys]