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December 10 2011


Sales of Apple's iPhone, iPad banned by German court

BGR :: A ruling handed down on Friday by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany could see sales of Apple’s iOS devices banned across Europe. The judgement relates to a patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola last April, when the company accused Apple of infringing a Motorola-owned patent covering ”a method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system.” Friday’s ruling is preliminary, however, and according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, it is only enforceable against Ireland-based Apple subsidiary Apple Sales International.

Continue to read Zach Epstein, www.bgr.com

August 01 2011


Google releases new search layout for tablets, e.g. Motorola's Xoom

iPhone Help :: Google has launched a new search layout for tablets. Whether you are in landscape or portrait mode, all wide range of option will be available at a bar to filer your results. These filters includes images, videos, places, shopping and other things. Of course, the target is not an iPad but all wide range of honeycomb tablets like Motorola Xoom, EEE Pad transformer etc heavily pushed in various countries this year and lot of them would arrive soon.

Continue to reay Monis, iphonehelp.in

July 29 2011


66pc of Q2 smartphone profit among top vendors: Apple's iPhone

BGR :: With just two smartphone models available for sale, Apple took in two thirds of profits from smartphone sales in the second quarter among the top eight vendors in the world. The news comes following Strategy Analytics’ confirmation that Apple is also the world’s top smartphone vendor by volume. Four of the eight major smartphone vendors were profitable in the June quarter — Samsung, Apple, RIM and HTC — while Nokia, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson all reported losses.

Continue to read Zach Epstein, www.bgr.com

June 13 2011


Future markets - Google to Motorola: Not Skyhook as location engine

Forbes :: Ted Morgan has every reason to feel bitter. Last April, just a day after his company Skyhook had announced a lucrative deal to integrate its technology on Motorola handsets, Morgan’s business partner told him some bad news. Google had called Motorola to say that the device maker’s ability to run Android was at risk, on “compliance” grounds, if the company used Skyhook’s location engine.

Is Google's influence too overwhelming?

Continue to read Parmy Olson, blogs.forbes.com

November 29 2010


Why We Gave Our Students Droid Smartphones to Capture News

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Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

On a cold fall night about 20 years ago I was standing in a phone booth alongside the Welland Canal. The deck of the lake freighter I was writing about was slowly sinking down as the lock level lowered. In front of me was a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 computer with a faint 8-line LCD display. It was acoustically coupled to the grimy pay phone's handset and was sputtering my copy at 300 characters per second back to my newsroom. It spurted the last period of my story in time for me to leap down to the descending, ice-rimmed deck and continue my journey.

Now, two decades later, I want my students to have the same experience. I want them to witness and then file from the scene. But, I want them to use smartphones connected to a high speed, 3G network. And I want those phones to be capable of capturing video, stills and text and sharing.

Okay, I don't want them to back a pig-slow file transfer in a race against a departing lake freighter. But, the idea remains the same.

Droids for All

This semester at Ryerson University in Toronto, thanks to help from Motorola and Telus, a major Canadian cell phone provider, my fellow third-year online journalism instructor Vinita Srivastava and I have been able to provide all our two dozen students with Android-powered Droid smartphones.

While some of the students already have feature phones and Blackberries (and a few iPhones), it's great to have them all at the same level and give them equal and free access to a technology that can get pretty pricey when you factor in a monthly data plan, especially in Canada.

Our intention is to have the students, where possible and appropriate, do as many aspects of their reporting on the phones. That includes research, using social media, recording audio, capturing video, taking still photos, writing and editing stories and filing online to Flickr, YouTube, our class blog and the Toronto-based hyper-local news site, OpenFile. (Disclosure: MediaShift managing editor Craig Silverman is the digital journalism director of OpenFile.)

We are working with OpenFile because they have created a very interesting model for hyper-local news. They fully engage communities in their own coverage and encourage non-journalists to open files on the site on issues or events that interest them or that they are curious about. Site editors then assign freelance journalists to follow up on the leads and produce stories for the site. And, those stories can be followed up by anyone and leave an online comet trail of evidence and additions in their wake.

While the recent municipal election was going on in Toronto, the students used their smartphones to bring citywide election issues down to the neighborhood level. They also live-tweeted candidate meetings and, on election night, results and reactions. They've already used them to capture and share video interviews with candidates, share photo essays of wards, write their stories in coffee shops and even catch breaking news in the form of a dramatic fire in a Wellsley Avenue apartment that led to the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Some of those residents were interviewed by video using a smartphone.

Other students roamed the streets, looking for local stories. Here's a video interview that student Claire Penhorwood conducted with the owner of a local business:

Device of the Future

All well and good, but why is using smartphones important?

First, because mobile devices like smartphones are not only perfect little tools for journalism; but, equally as important, more and more people are using these devices to consume content and also to create and distribute photos, gossip, events and the other little flakes of experience that are taken for news by those that care deeply about them. So, if we want to tell and share our stories, we should learn to use and master the devices more and more people are using to consume and create it.

ryerson.pngSecond, if you want to explore community-level hyper-local journalism, smartphones are a natural tool for a diffuse, mobile news team.

Third, smartphones are powerful multimedia tools capable of capturing high quality audio and video, but they are also light, unobtrusive and non-threatening for folks not used to media attention.

Fourth, these devices are built for social networks, online sharing and diffuse content creation. If you want to teach the journalistic application of these things, they're an ideal ally.

Finally, they help us model the future. These devices will only get faster, smarter and more capable (and probably thinner). Networks will get faster and ubiquitous. Devices like tablets and smartphones will be our go-to devices for consuming news. We should help our students get used to it.

There's one other aspect of this experiment I should mention. The students post final stories to OpenFile, but also collectively contribute notes on their progress and process to our shared blog, Rye Here, Rye Now, which is built on the Posterous microblogging platform. Students contribute text, video, photos or photo slideshows from their phones just by emailing them to Posterous.

That combination gives students an on-the-ground tool for news capture and a near-instant place to post it. We want to make mobile news coverage gestural. We'll let you know how that turns out.

Wayne MacPhail began in the industry as a magazine photographer, feature writer and editor. In 1983, he moved to the Hamilton Spectator where was a health, science and social services columnist, feature writer and editor. In 1991, he founded Southam InfoLab, a research and development lab looking into future information products for this Canadian national newspaper chain. After leaving Southam, he developed online content for most Canadian online networks. He now heads up w8nc inc., helping non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, charitable organizations and associations develop and implement technology-based, marketing driven communications strategies. He also teaches online journalism at the University of Western Ontario and Ryerson University.

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February 21 2010


Motorola Milestone Joins Vodafone

There are further network launches planned for the Milestone with a release on the O2 network expected very soon, for those that struggle to pass the network credit checks when trying to buy a contract phone there is also a planned launch for the Motorola Milestone as a Pay As You Go phone.

The main competition to the Motorola Milestone will actually come from forthcoming phones yet to be released, the Sony Ericsson X10 is the manufacturers first Android powered handset whilst Motorola’s own Motorola Backflip which is an upgrade to the current Dext phone also incorporates a Qwerty keyboard and Android software.

Competition not only comes from the Google Nexus One phone but also other handsets that use other operating systems such as the HTC HD2 and Samsung Omnia Pro with Windows Mobile and the Sony Ericsson Satio which is a Symbian run device.

The Milestone gives access to the ever expanding Android market with more and more applications that support this latest Motorola phone being made available, there are a number of social networking apps for sites such as Facebook and Twitter to keep the user connected with friends as well as a huge array of mobile content, videos and entertainment applications available.

Unlike the recently launched Google Nexus One which features the Android 2.1 OS, the Milestone offers this physical keyboard for fast text input for those that cannot get on with the onscreen ‘virtual’ Qwerty keyboards of touch screen only phones.

The Motorola Milestone is the first mobile phone to feature the Android 2.0 operating system, this powerful device also packs a 5.0 mega pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash as well as a very handy slide out Qwerty keyboard.

This latest network release on Vodafone for the Milestone phone means there are now more tariffs than ever before to choose from when trying to match your usage requirements, there are even a substantial range of free gift combinations available when ordering on some of the more costly talk plans.

This Android 2.0 powered Motorola phone has been available since the 8th of January on the Orange network and as a SIM Free and unlocked mobile phone, the Motorola Milestone was then launched on a range of T-Mobile packages on the 28th of the same month giving even more choice to consumers earching for the best deal.

The most powerful Motorola phone launched to date has now been released on a new network, the Motorola Milestone can now be connected to a range of Vodafone pay monthly contract tariffs from free.

The Motorola Milestone is soon to be joined by the new Motorola Backflip further adding to the range of Android powered phones from the manufacturer.

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January 26 2010


Flipping Out for the Motorola BACKFLIP

Just when you are at the point of believing that all the possible mobile phone designs have been exhausted by manufacturers already, along comes a new phone to completely shake things up. This is the Motorola BACKFLIP, with its uniquely innovative look that you’re sure to flip out for. It was announced only last January 6 at the international Consumer Electronics Show, or more popularly known as CES.

Flipping Backward

As the name implies, this mobile phone actually flips backwards. Its QWERTY keypad is at the back of the phone, and it opens up by folding out, so that the QWERTY keyboard is under the screen. At the back of the main display is a touch navigation pad, such as those found on most laptops to control the mouse.

Therefore, if you hold the phone in two hands with the keyboard displayed, you can still navigate the main screen display and move the cursor around over the different applications using the touch navigation pad. Although it may sound rather complicated in writing, if you do it on the actual phone, it is actually rather comfortable and easy to work with.

Not Backwards When It Comes to the Operating System

It seems that Android is the trendiest operating system right now, and it’s great to see manufacturers such as Motorola coming out with so many different Android devices to choose from. This mobile phone comes with the Google Android 1.5 (which is also known as Cupcake), which is currently used by the HTC Hero, among other devices. If you’re worried about the phone not being up on its time, don’t worry. Despite the huge buzz surrounding the upcoming launch of the Google Nexus One, which will feature the upgrade of the 1.5, which is the Android 2.1, Motorola promises that the Motorola BACKFLIP will soon have the option to upgrade to version 2.1.

Not Backwards When It Comes to the Features

This mobile phone has impressive specifications and features that are sure to make it a popular choice. It supports full HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps), Class 12 GPRS and EDGE, Wi-Fi connectivity and even Bluetooth with A2DP so that you can enjoy stereo audio streaming. It has a useful microUSB connector so that you can easily transfer files to or from your computer.

The size is pretty acceptable for a smart phone, with its dimensions of 108 x 53 x 15 mm and weight of 133 grams. The TFT capacitive touch screen on this phone supports up to 256K colours, and has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It comes with the fast becoming popular MotoBLUR, which is a social networking widget to make it easier for you to connect with your friends online. It has widget support and allows for easy auto feed updates for such services as sports news, weather reports, and breaking news stories.

A usual complaint among most Android devices is that their imaging capabilities leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully, this is solved with this mobile phone, since it has a 5.0 megapixel camera that comes with autofocus and LED flash.

You can visit Best Mobile Contracts to see all the latest mobile deals available. You can also look at the best Motorola Backflip contracts on offer. You can also find the best deals for many other Motorola phones.

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