Windows Phone 7 devices may not have launched as yet. But the platform has been showing a lot of promise since the time it was unveiled by Microsoft earlier this year. So how does this platform compare with the hyped iOS platform? PocketNow.com has performed an elaborate video comparison of the IE on a Windows Phone 7 based LG smartphone with Mobile Safari on an iPhone and with an Android handset. The video shows that IE on Windows Phone 7 is pretty much competitive with the browser load speed on the other two phones. However, do note that this is not the final version and there may be a few kinks that Microsoft may still be ironing out. Also, if Microsoft does end up bringing Flash on the device, expect some drop in performance too. But considering that the Windows Phone 7 phone here brings some interesting features like multiple tab management to the smartphone, it already holds a significant advantage over the iPhone.
This video should give you a good idea of how a Windows Phone 7 device would work out. I am excited about this!
Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, sure has some nice connects at Apple and when he does make an assertion, you sure have to take it with some guarantee given that his credibility is at stake. So when he writes that the Apple iTV could be launching as soon as next month, it is definitely some bit of interesting news.
But that’s not the only assertion he makes in his recent blog piece. According to Rose, Apple iTV could be “changing everything“. Why? Because he says that Apple’s launch of an iTV Store – similar to the iPhone App Store – could be drastically changing dynamics which would bring content producers like HBO and Fox in direct connection with consumers and which would do away with the middlemen in the form of cable TV providers. And at $99, he says, this is definitely disruptive.
Get ready for yet another over-dosage of magical and revolutionary in the next few weeks from the man in turtleneck and jeans. But truth be told, this is not as revolutionary as it seems since the feature is already used to a major extent on computers. Apple is merely pushing the internet connectivity on to the television.
Nevertheless, with Google TV too launching in the next few months, get ready for yet another segment where these tech giants will get us talking about.
If you are still some time away from fulfilling your carrier contracts, then you would be looking at carrier unlocking options for your iPhone 3GS. Now, your iPhone cannot be unlocked without jailbreaking the device, which in turn is risky considering that you could be voiding your warranty. But if you are determined enough, go ahead. Here are the steps.
- Firstly, if you are yet to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS, follow the step-by-step instructions to jailbreak iPhone 3GS using Redsn0w here.
- You will now need to hacktivate your iPhone 3GS without an original SIM. Click on the link to follow the SIM card activating procedure
- From the iPhone springboard, launch Cydia and then navigate to Manage -> Sources -> Edit -> Add. Enter http://repo666.ultrasn0w.com and tap on ‘Add Source‘
- Once this repo is installed, search for ultrasn0w 1.0-1 on Cydia and install the application. The application will unlock your iPhone so that it can be used with any carrier.
- Restart your iPhone. The unlocking procedure is complete.
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Dissing out tablet OS platforms while comparing them with the iPad OS is a popular pastime among bloggers. But as this video comparison shows, Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS on a ‘Hanvon‘ slate actually seems to be doing a great job compared to the iOS on iPad. As you can see from the video embedded below, the response time to various actions, web page load times, video caching all appears to be much quicker on Windows 7.
Now this does not effectively mean that Windows 7 is the ideal platform. There are a few areas where the OS platform needs to be tuned to suit a touchscreen-based hardware better. You will notice that accessing the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook looks to be a tad more roundabout than accessing the Mail app on iPad.
Nevertheless, if there is one thing that needs to be understood, it is that there are some really good iPad alternatives out in the wild and that are in the pipeline. So, if you are actually planning to buy a tablet for yourself, hold back, make a much serious research on alternatives before you throw in your money in an Apple Store.
9to5Mac writes on an interesting speculation that has been doing the rounds lately. Apple could be working on an alternative new programming language that will replace Objective C as the default coding language for developers on the Apple OS platform.
Swedish developer Jesper writes on his blog,
“After watching the eminently early and freely available WWDC 2010 session videos, I think my scales have finally tipped. It is my belief that Apple is definitely working on a new language to surpass Objective-C as their intended, primary, publicly recommended programming language, which I will call “xlang”.”
The new language is expected to be based off Objective C and still be “modern” enough to cater to all of Apple’s requirements. Jesper says this new platform will give Apple a modern language with a modern environment that is low-level enough to perform at the speed of Objective C and still be thin enough to carry out most of the modern amenties efficiently.
You may also note that Apple has been working on a compiler front-end called Clang to replace the GNU compiler collection. Development of Clang was completed last month and Apple is expected to make the replacement soon.
A study conducted by Flurry Analytics early this year showed that iOS devices now contribute to 5% of overall gaming activity that has consequently been eating away the market share held by dedicated gaming console manufacturers like Nintendo and Sony. This growth is inevitable considering that gaming consoles have all along only catered to the hard core gamers and casual gamers are now having their presence felt with smartphone platforms like the iPhone and Android handsets.
So, will Nintendo take note of this opportunity that lies in the new platforms and launch their flagship games on the iOS and Android platforms? This question was posed by Nintendo shareholders to the company CEO, Satoru Iwata.
In response, Mr. Iwata has indicated that the company has no such plans. He further points out that the games on Nintendo were “inseparable” from the hardware and hence it would not be logical to port these games for iOS and Android.
Well technically, it is possible. Just go looking for NES emulator for iPhone to try a few games.
Does this feature appeal to you? A feature that will iPhone users to upload videos captured on their iPhone directly to their Facebook account could soon be a reality. 9to5Mac has published a small bit of code from iOS 4 that points out the possibility of Facebook video uploading becoming available soon.
As you can see from the screengrab above, the feature is expected to allow users upload 480 x 480 resolution videos at 30 frames per second – That is going to make a lot of users happy though others will be complaining about the low resolution on offer.
But is it going to become available straight away on June 21? That’s unclear for the moment.
Steve Jobs may hate it, but Adobe may soon be able to bring Flash based advertisements to the iPhone. According to reports on IntoMobile, Adobe has partnered with rich media mobile ad network, Greystripe to allow developers to bring advertisements authored in Flash to the iPhone.
How will this work? The report notes that Greystripe’s technology will help in translating Flash content into HTML5 which is supported on the Apple devices. With several major advertising companies making use of Flash in their campaigns, it is definitely a shot in the arm for both the advertisers as well as Adobe.
Apple is closing in on the sale of the 100 millionth iOS device and these are some of the most sought after audiences among advertisers. Adobe’s parternship will thus greatly enhance advertisers’ ability to engage their audiences with their advertisements.
The iPhone OS is Apple’s Operating system that drives not just the iPhone, but also iPod touch. Now with Apple Tablet on the verge of being unveiled, yet another device running the iPhone OS is on the cards.
Apparently, among the several announcements scheduled for the media event that is to happen in a few hours from now is one that the iPhone OS could be renamed as iOS to better reflect the diversity of devices running the software.
We have absolutely no info on the veracity of these claims. Folks at MacDailyNews are pointing to a video grab that points towards this, but then, with so many rumors and speculations surrounding the event, it is pretty possible that this one too is fake. Watch the video and let us know what you think.