WePad Tech Specs And Features

The WePad has come a long way from being ridiculed as the plural form for iPad. Folks at Ubergizmo have dug out some pretty interesting information on the WePad’s technical specifications. One striking observation is that the WePad appears to be much better than the iPad, but for its battery life.

Display : 11.6″ diagonally
Resolution : 1366 x 768
Processor : 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M
Memory : 16GB NAND Flash (optional 32GB NAND internal)
WebCam : 1.3 MP

Here is a comparitive chart of WePad and iPad. Note that the chart is in German

WePad vs. iPad tech specs features

[via UberGizmo]

Apple Patent On External Light Illumination Technology

Apple has filed an application to patent a technology that will enable traditional backlighting to be supplemented or replaced by external light sources like the sun. According to this filing, the technique will help in achieving three goals

  • Make displays more visible in bright sunlight
  • Will cut down on the power needed to backlight displays
  • Help make batteries smaller

iPhone patent application for external lighting illumination

Apple has already filed a few patent applications that seek to bring solar energy trapping casings that will help in improving the longevity of the iDevices. With this patent, it is clear that the company is pretty focused on this idea. The question however is, will this concept be available in the upcoming model of the iPhone?

[via The Register]

Google Sharing Ad Revenues With Android Handset Makers And Carriers?

Network carriers have for ever whined about their inability to cash in on the riches made by mobile phone hardware and software makers when in fact they are the ones spending billions in building the infrastructure.

It now appears that the carriers have been making some money after all. PaidContent is quoting several sources to have revealed that one of the primary reasons behind the success of the Android OS – which is now being sold to 60,000 new users everyday lies in the fact that Google is sharing its advertising revenues in part with the carriers and handset makers who support the Android OS on their handsets. Interestingly, the deal is supposed to be on the inclusion of Gmail, Search and maps which are not necessarily part of the Android package.

As you may have expected, all companies in question declined to comment.

[via PaidContent]

AT&T To Enter Wireless Dog-Collar Business?

The American mobile market is pretty much saturated with almost everyone owning a cellphone. While other major carriers are thinking of ways to expand overseas to grow their business, AT&T sees things differently. The company wants to target the small gizmo market for things like wireless dog collars and pallet tracking for shipping companies.

Citing AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega’s talk at the CTIA annual wireless trade show, Reuters writes,

“A wireless dog collar set to hit the market this year is just one of a plethora of new devices the telephone company hopes will catch on with U.S. consumers.

The collar could send text messages or emails to the owner of a pet when it strays outside a certain area, or the device could allow continuous tracking of the pet.

Other gadgets include a pill box that uses a wireless connection to remind people to take their medicine, e-readers, a device that tracks product pallets for shipping companies, and entertainment systems for people riding in cars.”

There is a tremendous scope for alternate business as these and I guess AT&T is taking the right step here. What are your thoughts?

[via Reuters]

Nokia N8 Features And Launch Date

Folks at Engadget have received some interesting tip about Nokia’s new N8 device launching in the middle of next month. Unlike conventional high profile launches, this one is likely to be a small event. However significantly, the launch is expected to be made just before the company’s Annual General Meeting in Helsinki.

What does an N8 look like? Like this?

Nokia N8 features and launch date

You might remember that last month we had written about leaked technical specs of a Nokia N87. Back then we had written that the device will have

12MP autofocus camera
Xenon Flash and night view mode
600MHz ARM Cortex 8 processor
3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen
Wi-Fi, A-GPS
FM radio and transmitter
16Gb/32Gb storage
Symbian OS

Is the new N8 same as N87? We are not sure, but we hope it is.

[via Engadget]

Blackberry Official Twitter Client Launch

Few weeks ago, Twitter launched their official Twitter client for Blackberry users in beta. Appears that the initial test run has been successful. Folks at Crackberry have written in that the official Twitter client for Blackberry will publicly launch on March 31 – that’s less than a week from now. Kevin from Crackberry writes,

“After the keynote this morning I rolled by the BlackBerry booth and stumbled upon the Twitter pod. After some smooth talking (just kidding, no smooth talking required), I was informed that the Official Twitter for BlackBerry client will be rolling out to the public on March 31st.”

I’m not a Blackberry user, but I am just curious that it took so long for Twitter to actually launch an official Twitter app for a platform that is so widely used. Isn’t it a massive opportunity lost? But then, considering that  Twitter makes no money, it appears to be a “better late than never” kind of a thing.

[via Crackberry]

AdMob To Defer On Ad Formats For iPad Till Device Launches

Admob, the leading mobile advertising company, now in the safe hands of Google has revealed that the company has been receiving a lot of interest from advertisers eager to sell their wares to iPad customers when the device will come to the market early next month.

However, the company is in no hurry. The company believes that the iPad is a new platform where the effectiveness of ad formats may change and so the company is not releasing new ad formats for the iPad until they are able to test it on a physical device.  The NY Times quotes Nicole Leverich from Admob as saying,

“There’s still a lot of questions about how developers are going to be building their apps and how we can create the best ad units for them,”

Mike Fyall, the manager of Product marketing at Admob has added that the company will not be releasing its software “until we can test our ad units on a physical device.”

Is Apple’s insistence on secrecy going to hurt the company in the short run?

[via NY Times]

Microsoft Seeing China Opportunity Post-Google Exit?

Google has called upon the human rights violations and censorship laws in China as the reason to quit the operations in China. While there have been lots of conspiracy theories woven to understand the exact reason for Google’s withdrawal from one of the major internet markets, the Mountain View based company has nevertheless earned its brownie-points for having taken the decision.

But will this push other American companies to pull out of China? At least Microsoft appears to be taking Google’s pull out as an opportunity to increase the company’s market share for Bing. A company spokesman said,

“We appreciate that different companies may make different decisions based on their own experiences and views. At Microsoft we remain committed to advancing free expression through active engagement in over 100 countries, even as we comply with the laws in every country in which we operate.”

Microsoft’s position is undersandable. Even if Redmond decides to take the courageous step, Google will forever remain in the limelight for having taken the lead in standing against censorship. As in the search engine market, here too, Microsoft would be seen as a company playing second, or perhaps the third fiddle. Besides, there is a lot of opportunity in China that Microsoft is still lured by. All these factors makes Microsoft’s position in China all the more understandable.

[via CNN]

Dell Moving Out Of China?

Dell has recently started its operations at its new India plant. On the sidelines of it, Indian Prime Minister hinted at Dell’s statements that implied that the popular hardware manufacturer could be pulling out of China owing to legal and political uncertainties.

Mr. Singh is quoted as saying,

“This morning I met the chairman of Dell Corporation. He informed me that they are buying equipment and parts worth $25 billion from China. They would like to shift to safer environment with climate conducive to enterprise with security of legal system.”

While a statement from the Indian Prime Minister cannot be taken at face value to gauge Dell’s business strategies, the move however could be interesting considering that Google and now GoDaddy have decided to cease their China operations.

[via Engadget]

Microsoft OfficeTalk Microblogging Service Takes On Twitter, Yammer

Microsoft has been working on an enterprise microblogging service called OfficeTalk that will network you with your colleagues for strictly corporate discussions. While the service is indeed inspired by Twitter, the service, when it launches, can be more of a threat to Yammer – a Twitter-like service for enterprises.

OfficeTalk is being developed by Microsoft’s OfficeLabs and the company concedes that the service, in its initial stages now, does resemble “other services”.

While the service does fill a critical gap in corporate communications, we wonder why it has to be “under 140 characters or less” – this criterion appears redundant even on Twitter given that the service is no longer dominated by SMS based communication.

What do you think?

[via ReadWriteWeb]