Windows Phone 7 Features : No Flash And Multitasking

Apple’s penchant for depriving users of much necessary features seems to be spreading like a virus. The Windows Phone 7 which is expected to be demoed next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is rumored to come without Flash and multitasking.

In a recently published article, folks at PPCgeeks reveal that the event during MWC will only preview the device and will not be a full length introduction. However, a few interesting features about the OS are likely to be announced

  • UI very similar to Zune HD interface
  • App installation through a marketplace (similar to Apple App Store)
  • Marketplace to include “try before you buy” option
  • No backward compatibility
  • Complete Zune integration
  • Zune software to replace Windows Mobile Device Center for PC syncing
  • Full Xbox gaming integration
  • Integrated social networking
  • No Flash and multitasking

While the features appear interesting, the last point has taken the sheen off the excitement. How about you? Do you feel the same way? Tell us in the comments.

[via PPCgeeks, Engadget]

Coming Soon : Symbian Tablets!

Moving into 2010, the New York Times proudly proclaimed the new year to be the year of Tablets. From what we have seen in the past few weeks, that certainly seems to be happening.

After Apple announced its iPad, we heard rumors that Google was following suit. And now in a recent chat with ZDNet, Symbian Foundation chief Lee Williams explicitly indicated that a Symbian platform based tablets are in the works. Here is what he said

“It’s very likely that, in the next year or two, you would see such a product hit the marketplace. A lot of companies are experimenting with PDA-tablet-style form factors, also for stereo systems, and internet-connected devices running low power on primarily ARM architecture — we do get occasional interest for a few of those.”

Lee Williams further talked about making the Symbian platform open to any platform that wants to work with it. He described the foundation’s Wild Ducks project as something that will help any off-the-shelf hardware to interact with their platform.

It was only a few weeks back that people were debating on the need for a Tablet-like device. Now, with so many companies jumping in, this has been one instance where the product demand is being forcefully pushed up.

[via ZDNet]

Leaked Blackberry Document Reveals BIS 3.0 Specs

A confidential internal document purporting to be from “Research In Motion” seems to have been leaked. This document holds detailed information about the soon to be launched version of Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) 3.0.

This document apparently confirms many of the earlier speculations that we had made regarding the feature set of this new BIS version. An article on Go Rumors late last month reported speculations that BIS 3.0 might offer among other things, a Gmail plugin for easier syncing as well as support for WMA and OpenOffice.

While the document does looks genuine, it still needs to be noted that this is a rumor and is not a confirmed word. We will update you on any response from RIM on this as and when it happens.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check out the document by clicking here (PDF)

[via BBLeaks]

Mac OS X 10.6.3 Public Release Soon?

Mac OS X 10.6.3 may be headed for public release soon. Sources close to Apple have revealed that the company has recently seeded a new version of 10.6.3 to developers.

What can you expect in the new version of Mac OS X? Well, it basically seems to fix a lot of inherent bugs in the earlier version. MacRumors tells us what the major enhancements and bug fixes will be in the following areas

  • QuickTime X
  • 64 bit Logic
  • OpenGL
  • Printing

The article also claims that Apple has not detected any new bugs in the version which means that a public release is expected soon.

[via Mac Rumors]

Will Google Buy T-Mobile To Enter Telecom Industry?

A recent report by Gerson Lehrman Consulting group has recommended an acquisition of T-Mobile by Internet giant Google. In their recent report, the analysts claim T-Mobile’s rumored decision to generate additional funds to grow their business could be in complete sync with Google’s own ambitions to move into the network connectivity space.

T-Mobile, part of Deutsche Telekom is the fourth largest carrier in the US with close to 14% market share. However, the company has failed to grow to its potential and has constantly fallen to accusations regarding a poor network infrastructure. It has been recently rumored that the company may either choose to file an IPO to generate funds or could be planning to spin-off the American business into a separate entity.

“With Google Voice and now the Nexus One, like it or not Google is becoming a telecom operator. Perhaps their relationships with carriers will go the way of their relationship with Apple…friends first, now direct competitors

I believe Google views the largest U.S. operators as competitors and are obstacles to owning the mobile channel, and if they purchased T-Mobile they would pick-up 33 Million new Google Voice users “

While this is entirely speculated information at this point, it does appear to make great business sense. Will we see Google Telecom soon? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

[via GL Group, CNET]

Pegatron To Manufacture iPhone 4G – Not Foxconn?

Apple might have possibly replaced iPhone’s OEM for earlier versions, Foxconn Electronics with Pegatron Technology for the manufacture of the next generation of iPhone. This was reported by Taiwan publication, DigiTimes.

According to industry sources, Pegatron’s deal with Apple might already have been secured and the launch of the device is likely to be in late summer or fall of this year.

There has been a lot of anticipation over the next gen iPhone which is expected to be a “world phone” capable of running on both GSM and CDMA technology. While Qualcomm failed to deliver this technology for the iPad that was released earlier this year, a hybrid version is much anticipated on the new iPhone model though.

If these rumors are true, then it raises questions about why Apple broke its partnership with Foxconn. The Taiwan based company still holds the contract to manufacture Apple’s Mac, iPods and the soon to be launched iPad.

[via DigiTimes]

Apple To Let Push-Button Based Location Sharing Feature On iPhone?

There are patents aplenty on letting users know if any of their friends are in their vicinity based on GPS information. While that is certainly cool, it is not particularly useful. Here is a nifty new feature that one might get to see in future versions of the iPhone.

In a fresh patent filed recently at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has described a technology that will help users send their location details to their friends at the push of a button. Alternatively, users may also request for location information from their friends.

This can be pretty useful if one of your friends is lost or feels the GPS is not particularly helpful. With a lot of location related patents being filed by Apple of late, it is to be seen how the company plans to integrate all these services into one comprehensive location tool. It will be interesting if we get to see some of this in iPhone OS 4.0.

[via Patently Apple]

Google Store Views To Let You Window Shop?

Search Engine Land has reported that they have received a tip from a New York based retailer who claims Google visited their store to capture images of the interior of their store for a new Google Maps based product, ‘Store Views‘. SEL writes

“Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at this store, and then you can click on the door to enter it, all on Google Maps. Then when you enter the store, you can wall through it.”

While Google has refused to comment over this speculation claiming they always experiment with newer features and have nothing to announce, I do not see any particular value in such a tool.

Unlike Street View, the layout of a store is immaterial to most users. The only thing that would interest users is if a particular brand of product is available at any particular store; in which case, Google will have to revisit the shop frequently to update their pictures – a very unscalable model for a Google Maps based product.

It is possible that Google integrates Google Checkout to products on shelf on the virtual store which is again a difficult proposition considering the items on shelf change very frequently.

What do you think Google intends to do with such a Store View feature. Let us know what you think.

[via Search Engine Land]

Yahoo’s Predictive Technology Will Display Ads Depending On Your Travel Destination

Exciting. Location-based advertising is not exactly new. But a new patent filed by Yahoo takes it a step further which will help to make advertising a lot more targeted and useful.

Imagine that you are in San Francisco and are driving to Los Angeles. A search query for “Best hotels” would normally pick your location and display advertisements from San Francisco based hoteliers. However, according to a new patent titled “SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING LOCATION PREDICTIVE ADVERTISING” filed by Yahoo at the US Patent and Trademark Organization (USPTO), the algorithm may be able to study the direction you are traveling to determine your destination and deliver ads accordingly. Thus a search for “best hotels” from San Francisco while traveling to Los Angeles might actually get you results for Los Angeles based hotels.

Explaining about this technology on their patent, the inventors write

“a system may include a memory, an interface and a processor. The memory may be operatively connected to the processor and the interface and may store an advertisement. The interface may communicate with an electronic device. The processor may determine a first geographic location of an electronic device which is travelling in a direction. The processor may identify a first geographic region which may encompass the first geographic location of the electronic device. The processor may determine a second geographic region which is located in the direction of travel of the electronic device. The processor may determine an advertisement associated with the second geographic region in accordance with the electronic device being located within the first geographic region. The processor may provide the advertisement to the electronic device. ”

Yahoo says this technology can be used at an intra-city, inter-city as well as international level. They further claim that advertisers who spend a lot of their budget purchasing inventory from untargeted sources (Eg: Hoteliers in Los Angeles purchasing inventory in San Francisco) may now save money on such a wasteful expenditure.

Do you think that’s possible?

Amazon Working On Multi-Touch Kindle?

Amazon’s recent acquisition of TouchCo, a New York based startup focusing on multitouch technology has given rise to speculations that the company might be working on what NY Times calls a “Super Kindle” – a device that can take on competition from Apple’s iPad more head-on.

So what does TouchCo actually do? The company has built a patent-pending multi-touch technology that unlike traditional capacitive screens can detect any object and not just a finger and process actions based on the pressure applied. Apparently, this also consumes lesser power and costs less to produce.

This could mean that Amazon shall be able to build a multi-touch device at a cost lower than the iPad. Having said that, this is just one small bit in a large array of features that Amazon will have to build on its Kindle in order to serve as any sort of significant threat to the iPad and it will be interesting to see how Amazon increases the features on the Kindle to take on its competitors in the months to come.

[via NY Times]