Feb 16, 2011
Anand Srinivasan

Sony Shelving PS4 For NGP?

All playstation lovers may not like the sound of this. According to the reports based on a Japanese site, Sony is planning to shelve its plans of a PS4 and invest its time into launching NGP. Sony apparently wants the NGP to overtake the much famous home console and Sony is heavily banking on the NGP to do this. The Next Generation Portable, otherwise PSP 2 was unveiled earlier this month in Tokyo and the prototype definitely looks fabulous. But, why would Sony want to corner its own very successful gaming console for the much lesser PSP. For now, the news is not official from Sony, but I guess we have to be prepared for an official announcement from Sony any time now as the NGP is nearing its release.

So, do you think we are ready to switch from our big screens back on to the handhelds?

Google Coming Out With Hardware For Ice Cream

Google’s executive in charge of Android Andy Rubin has confirmed that Android 2.4 or Ice cream will be accompanied by a smartphone. He has also confirmed that from now on every new Android version will be accompanied by hardware, meaning a new device. Both Andy Ruben and Eric Shmidt, the chief executive have confirmed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that Ice Cream will be a combination of the tablet features of Honeycomb and the smartphone features of Gingerbread.

Google had already released the Google Nexus S last December alongside Android 2.3 or Gingerbread and according to Google, the sales have been extraordinary. Following pursuit, both Motorola and Samsung came out with their respective tablets based on Android 2.3. No other hardware specs nor make of the next smartphone were revealed at the keynote, though.

Acer Iconica Smart Emerges At The MWC

The new smartphone from Acer – Iconica Smart which was previewed back in November has now been officially launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This new smartphone from Acer possesses an impressive 4/8″ touchscreen display and the device runs on Google’s Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. Acer has stated that the Iconica Smart would be available from the second quarter of this year, which should be 6 weeks from now.

To complement the wide display with a 1024×480 pixel resolution, is the Dolby Surround Sound Technology. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm 1GHz processor and the Acer user interface 4.0, codenamed Breeze. The phone also comes with Flash Player 10.1 which would also ensure a smooth browsing experience. There is an 8.0 mega pixel camera at the phone’s rear and a 2.0 mega pixel camera on the front.

New Pwnage iOS 4.2.1 Tool To Fix The iBooks Issue

It was only yesterday that Apple started blocking the iBooks app from reading DMR content on jailbroken devices that Pwnage has come with a new iOS 4.2.1 tool that would fix the iBooks issue apart from allowing users to jailbreak all the old versions of the iPhone Verizon iPhone 4, iPad and the iPod Touch devices and the Apple TV 2. This iOS 4.2.1 tool is an untethered tool that helps users unlock their devices as well.

This new tool also comes in the wake of Apple blocking jailbroken devices from opening purchased ebooks. With the help of the Pwnage tool this issue can be fixed. Also fixed can be the issues with Wi-Fi on the Apple TV 2. So, all the people who jailbroke their devices yesterday and were unhappy about Apple’s move, here is your chance to fix it.

Will Apple Want To Incorporate 3G Into Its MacBooks?

We know Apple and Steve Jobs do not believe in customer surveys much. But, Apple had a customer survey on its MacBook Air. The survey apparently had several questions related to 3G connectivity and if it is to be believed, Apple may want to heed the results of the survey this time around. Most customers have suggested that they would want to see Apple build their next MacBook with a built-in 3G motion along with the Wi-Fi. It is believed that Apple may want to go ahead with this new suggestion, but there is nothing clear about this enhancement.

The survery asked user’s questions about how often they connected to the internet using 3G and what type of devices were they using to connect to 3G networks. We know that the New MacBook Pros are due in a couple of weeks, but will they have the 3G option?

New MacBook Pros Due In A Couple Of Weeks

According to believable sources, Apple is planning to bring the new MacBook Pros into the market in a couple of weeks from now, which will mean the second generation MacBook will be out in the first week of March. Apple has already put the units into production and the shipments are getting ready for the first week of March. Apple had initially thought of launching the new MacBooks in the second week of February, but a delay from Intel’s side with regards to the delivery of Sandy Bridge processors eventually delayed Apple’s production and release date too.

Now that the flaw in the processors has been rectified and the production started, one can expect that Apple would want to launch the new McBook Pro on the 1st of march which would be a Wednesday. As we know, Apple likes launching their products on Wednesdays.

Nokia Windows Phone 7 – Sneak Peek At Components

The Mobile World Congress at Barcelona has witnessed the components of the new Nokia Windows Phone 7. New slim and sleek Nokia devices that would run on Windows phone 7 OS were unveiled for a preview at the MWC. Two slides which contained the new Nokia devices were made available to the public. While the first phone is a slim one with rounded corners and contains a standard headphone jack at the top, a speaker grill at the bottom, a camera shutter at the back and a volume rocker to the side. The second phone that was unveiled looked a higher-end device with three standard Windows 7 buttons, a camera with a flash and a power button.

Nokia has also not revealed if the upcoming devices were going to be exactly the same. Also, an exact launch date of the devices is not out yet. For now, Nokia definitely wants to release their new phones by the end of 2011.

Apple Introduces Jailbreaking Detection Back

If you were just happy that you jailbroke your iPhone using the GreenpoisOn hack iOS 4.2.1 successfully, hang on. There’s a twist in the tale. Apple has apparently introduced a jailbreak detecting API on iOS 4.2.1 which is blocking jailbroken devices from opening ebooks. This inherent API which was supposedly dropped by Apple in iOS 4.0 has found its way back and is blocking the iBooks 1.2.1 app from reading purchased protected DRM content.

The following message is being showed on iOS 4.2.1 devices when trying to open protected DRM content -

“There is a problem with the configuration of your iPhone . Please restore with iTunes and reinstall iBooks.”

The hacker dev community is quite upset with this move from Apple and has criticised saying that it is beginning to attract many to dislike them. Jailbreaking has been deemed legal, so now we have to wait and see if Apple is going to be sued for not allowing purchased content on a jailbroken device.

Feb 15, 2011
Anand Srinivasan

Enhanced MotoBlur Unveiled At The MWC

The push-based user interface developed by Motorola – MotoBlur has now three added features to it. These new features are aimed at increasing the connectivity with the various social networking services like Facebook and the associated contacts. The three new features which have been added are Aloqa, Connected gallery and Connected Music and these new features are sure to enhance the users connectivity with the device.

Aloqa is a location based feature which will allow third party applications to feed users with the local data like restaurants, cinemas, deals, places etc. Connected Gallery integrates photos and videos from various softwares like Picasa, Flickr etc. and allows the user to browse through all the photos at once rather than having to open them individually. Connected Music allows users to tell friends visually what song they are listening to, buy tracks and also stream lyrics while playing tracks.

Motortola Atrix and the Cliq 2 users can upgrade their MotoBlur software for these added features.

Feb 15, 2011
Anand Srinivasan

LG Unveils Optimus 3D At MWC

LG has unveiled its new smartphone -Optimus 3D at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The smartphone which presently runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo would later be upgraded to Android 2.3 or Gingerbread. The phone comes with a first of its kind tri-dual configuration with the duo triplet being dual memory, dual channel and dual core. The other specs of the phone are an impressive 4.3″ wide display, 1GHz dual core processor, 3D viewing without the need of glasses, 5.0 mega pixel camera with a dual lens, high-def video recording and playback at 720p in 3D, high-def recording and playback at 1080 p in 2D, 8GB memory and a 1500mAh battery.

Optimus 3D enables multitasking allowing the user to switch between programs and also enables playing games at a higher frame rate. LG has not yet announced the price and the date of availability of the handset.

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