Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’

The new iPhone HD will capture video in… HD!

06/05/2010

Well, this one isn’t really surprising now, is it? Mac Rumors have unearthed evidence in the latest iPhone 4.0 beta SDK that points pretty clearly to 720p video recording.

Y’see, the latest iPhone SDK allows full access to video capture data, and there are some preset values in the SDK that explicitly mention a 1280×720 video resolution.

It’s pretty clear cut evidence, so you could almost bet the house that the next iPhone is gonna have HD video recording. Given that the most prevalent of rumoured names for the upcoming iPhone is “iPhone HD” this really comes as little surprise.

Still, it’s good to have some kind of confirmation of a much-wanted feature before we get the official announcement on June 7.

Visa wants to turn your iPhone into a credit card.

06/05/2010

This morning, Visa and DeviceFidelity Inc., issued a joint press release annoucing that they’d built — and received Apple’s much-coveted blessing in the form of accessory certification — an iPhone case that acts as a tap-to-pay Visa credit card.

Oddly, the press release has since been pulled from almost all of the sites it was published on, though we’re not sure why. Details in the release indicate that it might not have been intended for release until tomorrow, so it was presumably just a scheduling mistake. We’ve got the full text of the release below.

Just as we’d originally envisioned, the Visa case connects with an application on the handset to allow it to be password-protected. Password protection or not, you’ll still want to watch this thing like a hawk.

Market trials of the iPhone case should begin some time this summer, though it’s not clear just how limited they’ll be. If it’s not open to anyone who asks, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear any ways to wiggle into the trial.

Visa Inc. and DeviceFidelity, Inc. are working to allow Apple iPhone(TM) users to make payments by simply waving their iPhone in front of a contactless payment terminal. The new technology, developed by DeviceFidelity and certified by Apple, combines a protective iPhone case with a secure memory card that hosts Visa’s contactless payment application, called Visa payWave. The technology will work for both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G devices.

iPhone users will be able to make Visa mobile payments in retail stores, at fast food restaurants, in taxis, during sporting events (such as at baseball games), and also make purchases at vending machines that have contactless payment terminals. Thousands of merchants throughout the U.S. have already upgraded their payment terminals to allow consumers to make Visa mobile payments. The technology will also work with a majority of smart phones that have a slot for a memory card. By simply inserting the card into the memory slot on their phone, mobile users can transform their existing mobile phones into a Visa payment device. Visa has already rolled out a similar technology in Malaysia and Japan, where consumers can make mobile payments in stores and restaurants.

The mobile payment application can be password protected and utilizes advanced security technology to uniquely identify each contactless transaction.. In addition, all Visa mobile payments are backed by Visa’s global processing network and analyzed for potential fraud in real-time. If a mobile device is lost or stolen, account holders should contact their issuer, as they would if their card was lost or stolen. The issuer can immediately deactivate the account. Market trials of the payment-enabled iPhone are scheduled to start this summer.

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NEWS: Use Your iPhone to make Visa payments

FORMAT: B-roll and Soundbites

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Video, contact information and more available at: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/broadcast/43490/press.html

SOUNDBITES:
* Dave Wentker, Head of Mobile Contactless Payments at Visa Inc
* Amitaabh Malhotra, COO of DeviceFidelity.
* Kevin Scott, Father of three

B-ROLL INCLUDES:
* Chip and Memory Slot on iPhone
* Visa-iPhone Transactions
* Stadium shots
* Family broll
* Various Store Exteriors

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Visa and DeviceFidelity

Contact: FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: MultiVu Media Relations, 1-800-653-5313 EXT. 3

SOURCE Visa and DeviceFidelity

More picutures of the new Blackberry Flip?!?

05/05/2010

There must be a crack surplus at BlackBerry HQ, because they really seem to have lost it with these new designs. The old half-and-half BlackBerrys have something special about them, something fundamentally strong. You know it’s a good phone because it’s refined. This flip phone (the 9670) and that slider we saw a while back, however, present a slightly less promising picture.

It’s probably not final hardware, but the general size and shape are clear… gah! Looks like a kid’s version of a flip phone I had back in 2003. Sure, the new BlackBerry OS is going to be good fun, but if it’s launching on this hardware, they’re going to find it a tough sell among the “people with eyes” market.

HP To Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion

28/04/2010

Breaking news, fresh off of the wire: HP just finalized agreements to buy Palm for $1.2 billion dollars.

HP’s $1.2 billion dollar purchase breaks down to roughly $5.70 per share of common stock. While this is spot on with the $1.2-$1.3 billion pricetag Palm was rumored to be shopping around as of late, it’s still a mammoth difference from what Palm was trading at just months ago. In October 2009, Palm was worth about $17.46 per share; by January of this year, that was down to $13.41. It has, unfortunately, been a downward spiral ever since.

And for all you webOS fans out there: Don’t worry — it doesn’t look like the platform is going anywhere just yet. It appears that the companies plan to continue the development of webOS, leveraging HP to “rapidly accelerate the growth” of the platform.

HP has seemingly been lightening their efforts in the pocketable mobile space lately — but with the iPAQ line and countless Pocket PC handsets behind them, they’re by no means strangers to it.

However, the smartphone space might not be HP’s only interest here – given HP’s recent desire to take on Apple in the tablet space (with the HP Slate) and that Windows-powered tablets just don’t seem to sell, might we see a webOS-powered tablet sometime in the future? Paired with the proper hardware, webOS could easily make for an absolutely incredible tablet experience.

Even if HP abandoned webOS altogether (which, again, doesn’t appear to be the plan right now), they just bought them selves a monstrous card to play: Palm’s patent catalog. It’s a porcupine tactic: It’s hard to make a big dent in the smartphone biz when every company around can throw patent infringement suits at you — but when you’ve got hundreds upon hundreds of patents (or quills) in your armory, people are going to be a whole lot more careful about stepping on you.

Contrary to previous whispers, it appears that CEO Jon Rubinstein will be staying with the company. To quote the release, “Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.”

Read more at MobileCrunch

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (part four)

21/04/2010

This does not so much concern the phone itself, but the tons of accessories that has been made for this unit.

When you see a person yapping on their iPhone, you can bet your shorts he / she has spend some amount of money on accessories. Why is that you ask? The answer is simple… because its made tons of it. Everything from docks, skins, covers, headsets, FM-transmitters, carkits, docks you can put in your hot-tub, and the list goes on.

Third-party iPhone accessories is big business, really big business, and thats great. Because it enables the consumer to customize their phone to their liking. I for instance, have a Paul Frank cover and earphones from Creative, and all this allows me as consumer to get the most out of my user experience.

The Geneva Model L is an example of what great accessories has been made

How about an iPhone Wall Dock?

Put the iPhone in your car?

And there you have it. Yeat ANOTHER reason the iPhone is, and still will be the best.

Comment or email me if you want to prove me wrong!

This is the new iPhone (Video)

19/04/2010

Looks amazing right?

This is the new iPhone!

19/04/2010

Holy f%¤#, some guy over at Apple actually lost his prototype iPhone in a bar!

Read the whole story over at Gizmodo

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (part three)

18/04/2010

Part Three

Third party apps and the App Store

Yeah, yeah! I know you hate me, but I haven’t heard a single argument proving me wrong. So here is yet another reason the iPhone still is the best.

One of the reasons to choose a smartphone terminal is the ability to customize and adjust the type of software and applications that is important to you. The App Store is by far the best system for downloading and enjoying third party apps.

6 reasons the AppStore is the best:

  • Simple and intuitive UI
  • Description, reviews, and screenshots on one page
  • Two clicks, and its downloaded
  • Everything is categorized by genre, free apps, apps that costs money, and top 25
  • The largest library of apps on the market
  • Apps are downloadable OTA, or through iTunes
  • Many apps are exclusive to the App Store

The closest competitor to App Store is Android Market, but it lacks the simple UI and “fluid” feel of it. It also has fewer apps and has suffered greatly with technical issues and alot of bogus applications.

So there you have it, another reason the iPhones is still the best. Comment or send me your hatemail here.

10 Reasons the iPhone is still the best (Part two)

14/04/2010

Part two.

The display!

I’m probably going to get alot of s#”t for this, but I think the iPhones display is the best… ever…

Why do I think so? First of all, I hate slow, sluggish and unresponsive phones (Read: SonyEricsson Satio, Nokia 5800, HTC Diamond) and like many smartphone users I text a bunch, I send 20 – 50 emails a day, and I’m on Facebook and Twitter. For all of these tasks, the iPhone screen is perfect. It’s fast when writing text / email, it’s accurate, its forgiving when typing fast, and so on.

Lets face it, capacitive screen technology is not a new, mystical technology. It’s availible to every manufacturer, and I claim that Apple is the first of these manufacturers that has really perfected the use of touchscreens. I agree that there is bigger, brighter, shinier screens out there, but they don’t compare to the iPhone… at all…

So there you have it. You can hate me all you want, and if you would like to prove me wrong, comment or email me!

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two first hands-on!

12/04/2010

We’ve just spent some time handling Microsoft’s just-announced Kin One and Kin Two, and we’re not sure what to think; the keyboards have surprisingly good feel, particularly the One (think Palm Pre levels of usability on the One, for example — we wouldn’t be surprised if it was their benchmark) and the phones generally feel pretty solid. In fact, we’d go so far to say that this is a marked improvement in hardware quality for Sharp than any of its Sidekicks ever offered. Problem is, we just can’t get over the fact that the software is extremely limited in its scope — yes, we understand that it’s by design, but does this so-called “upload generation” of socially-connected teens and twentysomethings really want a phone that they can’t download games to? That’s the million-dollar question that Verizon will be answering over the next few months, it seems.

We know that the One is positioned as the slightly lower-end device on account of its 5 megapixel cam (the Two has 8) and half the internal storage, but we actually came away liking it more — it’s the only one of the two that looks truly unique, because the Two just looks like any old landscape slider smartphone (not to say that’s necessarily a bad thing). The front of both devices is graced with a single metallic button to offset an otherwise clean glossy black bezel — this button functions as Back, not Home, so if you’re multiple levels deep into the UI you’ll only be taken back one. You can still hold the button down to get back to the home screen, fortunately, and both the One and Two have dedicated camera buttons — Microsoft’s making no secret of the fact that image and video capture are a huge push for these devices.

The basic meat-and-potatoes parts of the user interface — the Loop, the Spot, and so on — work pretty smoothly, without any hiccups. The browser stuttered in places, but it wasn’t unusably bad; hopefully this is something that’ll improve over time, since the Kins support over-the-air updates. As for the interface concept, it’s

Maybe our favorite part of the device, though, was Zune Pass, which streams over WiFi or 3G. Yes, you heard us right: you can search for and stream basically anything out of the Zune Pass collection over Verizon’s EV-DO, then play it in the background while you go about your merry way. It worked really well, and the Zune UI seems to translate pretty well onto a display as small as the One’s tiny QVGA unit.

Read more at Engadget.com