Technology archive for 2011-09-01
If we're going to spend $599 on a phone for our phone, it needs to offer unparalleled audio quality, absolutely seamless device integration, and a drop-dead gorgeous design. Invoxia, a new entrant to the world of VoIP telephony, claims to have created just that, with its NVX 610. The desktop unit uses an iPhone (or iPod touch or iPad) app as its control interface -- the hardware itself includes only touch-sensitive volume, mute, speakerphone, and voicemail keys. With the exception of accessing your iOS device's address book, however, all of the phone's hardware is self-contained. Calls are processed using the built-in ARM Cortex-A8 processor, and can be made via Skype or any third-party SIP. You can also take incoming iPhone calls using the handset or speakerphone, but all outgoing calls are processed using VoIP, not your iPhone's mobile network. We took a peek at the NVX 610 at IFA, and definitely liked what we saw. Jump past the break for our initial impressions, and a (somewhat noisy) intro video from Invoxia CEO Serge Renouard.Gallery: Invoxia NVX 610 Desktop VoIP Phone for iOS (hands-on)Continue reading Invoxia NVX 610 desktop VoIP phone for iPhone and iPad hands-on (video)Invoxia NVX 610 desktop VoIP phone for iPhone and iPad hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:Renting movies in Canada, eh? Check out YouTube.ca/movies — YouTube is thrilled to announce that over a thousand full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios are now available for rent in Canada at youtube.ca/movies. From local Canadian hits to the latest global blockbusters …
Like most other mobile companies out there, it appears Meizu is looking to branch out from cellphones to tablets. It's a little too early to say for sure what the manufacturer's plans are, but a recent patent filing by Jo Young Soo, Meizu's lead designer, with China's SIPO (State Intellectual Property Office) gives a hint that a slate may be in the works. The application isn't for a tablet, per se, but for a protective case that holds a tablet and keyboard. Now, it's quite a leap from case to tablet, but Meizu doesn't seem like the type of company to suddenly jump into the third-party iPad accessory market. Obviously we'll just have to wait and see what happens, but don't be shocked if the Chinese manufacturer hops into the Honeycomb fray soon.Meizu tablet case patent application hints at slate plans originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Meizu Me | SIPO | Email this | Comments
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices — Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company's current Pogoplug product …
Can an operating system be optimized for both touch and standard input methods? Microsoft believes so.
Executive Interview: VMware's Carl Eschenbach on the scope and depth of cloud computing and how CIOs will have to adapt(3 years ago)
So the CIOs are really the ones who may resist cloud today, but in the end they're the ones who have to move to a cloud faster, so the line of business does not go around them and fall into...
At the request of Comptuerworld, the story, "OCZ releases its first hybrid drive, a 1.1TB rocket," which posted to the newswire Wednesday, has been changed. The original fourth paragraph has been removed and the second sentence of the third paragraph has been clarified to indicate a reference to the burst rate of a hybrid drive and now reads:
A Windows Phone 7 user has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that the software maker collects data from mobile phone users without their knowledge.
Lenovo has jumped on Intel's "Ultrabook" bandwagon, announcing a new IdeaPad on Thursday that the company said is thinner than Apple's celebrated MacBook Air.
Hitting the front page for the first time, rippeltippel writes "The Economist recently published an article about HP quitting the tablet market. Nothing new I said, until I read 'the announcement showed that the firm had finally seen the light about the tablet market — namely, that there is no such thing'. But are the games closed with iPad as a clear winner? Possibly not: 'hackers have embraced the Nook, "rooting" its underlying Linux software ... so it can run many more applications from Google's online app store and elsewhere'A review on Amazon's Kindle tablet page read: 'They've cracked it — this is the future.' Can it possibly be read as 'Crack-able tablets are the future of tablets?'"Smartphone vendors seem to have gotten the message: users want to control the software on their phones. It is a shame that Palm/HP, who were one of the only vendors open from the start, more or less lost the game. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The cloud is huge (well, infinite, really), and everybody wants their piece. Pogoplug has been a player since the beginning, albeit with a somewhat convoluted setup process, so it's no surprise that the drive-to-web plug appliance company is ready to push out a smartphone-friendly version. Pogoplug Mobile, as it's to be known, brings much of its big brother's functionality (you won't be able to "mount" remote drives) to smartphones, tablets, and dedicated desktop apps. Want to load some photos from your 4 terabyte hard drive in San Fran while you're on the subway in Tokyo? Simply launch an app, sign in with the username and password you registered during the seconds-long setup process, and you're on your way. You can even email photos (links to images on your remote drive -- you won't be using data), post them to social networking sites, or transfer new ones that you shot with the phone. The concept is certainly familiar, but we got to take a look at Pogoplug's interpretation at IFA in Berlin. Jump past the break to see what we thought.Gallery: Pogoplug Mobile (hands-on)Continue reading Pogoplug Mobile hands-onPogoplug Mobile hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:PlayHaven gets real-time with mobile marketing platform — While the web is dynamic and real-time, mobile marketing is often not. And that causes a lot of headaches for developers who look to ads to not only monetize, but also market their apps and build relationships with users.
New research shows that smartphones is approaching the midway mark in the U.S. mobile market.
Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Directory, Access and Information Protection, has left the company. But that doesn't mean Microsoft is getting any less active in the digital identity space.
It may be more PR stunt than a viable expansion plan, but the Japanese arm of Domino's Pizza is making plans for a lunar store. Construction firm Maeda Corp has drawn-up the plans for the dome shaped restaurant and figures it will take 70 tons of materials and pizza-making equipment. Even with the cost cutting measure or using mineral deposits on the moon to make the concrete, Domino's estimates the costs at Y1.67 trillion ($21.7 billion). In 2001 rival chain Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space Station, but Domino's hopes to become the preferred pizza of space with the moon store plan. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Toshiba's STOR.E line of hard drives just got a bit of a refresh, and a dash of color, at IFA. It's CANVIO models come in sizes up to 1TB and sport one those spiffy USB 3.0 connectors, while weighing in at under half a pound in your choice of black, green or red. The BASICS line sports all the same features and options, except the pre-installed backup software, but only comes in black. The STOR.E PARTNER is another basic external drive with a USB 3.0 connection, but it's designed to match Toshiba's NB500 series of netbooks and has the color options to match (black, blue, lime green and orange). Much more interesting are the STOR.E TV 2 and STOR.E TV PRO -- a pair of devices with HDMI ports and a GUI all their own that will blend in with most home theater setups. While the TV 2 sticks with a traditional hard drive in sizes up to 2TB, the PRO opts for 8GB of flash storage. Both sport SD card readers, USB 2.0 and support for a broad range of codecs, but the PRO adds a Bluetooth remote with a QWERTY keyboard and full fledged web browsing capabilities. The STOR.E TV 2 and TV PRO will land in Europe during Q4 alongside the PARTNER, BASICS, and CANVIO lines. Check out the pile of PR after the break.Continue reading Toshiba updates STOR.E external hard drives for PCs and TVsToshiba updates STOR.E external hard drives for PCs and TVs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | [..]
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:Why a $25 PC? Because it's the price of a textbook — There is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25. We've seen how the OLPC has struggled to deliver a $100 laptop for developing countries, and yet Raspberry Pi …
Don't have enough people to justify WebEx's existing offerings? The company has created a new edition for meetings with up to eight people.
sunbird writes "The EFF argued several critical cases yesterday before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Hepting v. AT&T and Jewel v. National Security Agency raise important questions regarding whether the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program (pdf summary of evidence), disclosed by whistleblower Mark Klein and implemented by AT&T and other telecoms, violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The full text of the Klein declaration and redacted exhibits are publicly available (pdf). ... The Klein evidence establishes that AT&T cut into the fiber optic cables in San Francisco to route a complete copy of internet and phone traffic to the 'SG3' secure room operated by the NSA. The trial court dismissed the Hepting lawsuit (pdf order) based on the 2008 Congressional grant of immunity to telecoms. Similarly, the trial court in Jewel dismissed (pdf order) the lawsuit against the government agencies and officials based on the state secrets privilege. Both cases were argued together before the same panel of judges. The audio of the oral argument will be available after noon PDT [17:00 GMT] today." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Not surprisingly, Toshiba is covering all the bases at IFA today, with it now also announcing its latest batch of camcorders. That includes the Camileo Clip pictured above (which actually has a clip 'round back for hands-free shooting), as well as the more traditional Camileo X200 and X400, all three of which record 1080p video and rely exclusively on SD cards for storage. The X200 and X400 also, of course, steps things up quite a bit in terms of features, the standout ones being a 12x optical zoom on the X200 and a 23x zoom on the X400. Still no word on prices for any of them, but Toshiba says they'll be available sometime in the fourth quarter of this year (in Europe, at least). Hit the PR after the break for the complete list of specs.Continue reading Toshiba announces Camileo Clip, X200 and X400 camcordersToshiba announces Camileo Clip, X200 and X400 camcorders originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Looks like Sammy's prepping to bring one of its big Galaxy guns to AT&T's 4G race. The mystery handset, bearing the model number SGH-i727 and FCC ID A3LSGHi727, just popped up on the Commission's databases giving us a glimpse into its guts and bolts. While we can't quite speculate as to the phone's screen size, the filings do show it packing the orange-colored carrier's 850 / 1900 WCDMA and HSPA bands, in addition to its particular brand of 700MHz LTE and (surprise) LTE AWS -- you know, should that T-Mobile acquisition get pushed through. Of course, there's the usual WiFi and Bluetooth mention in the docs, with the device powered by a 1500mAh battery. Could this be one of the OEM's recently announced wunderkind Galaxy R devices, or just a 4G update to its premiere S series? We'll keep an eagle eye out for this one's inevitable in-the-wild debut.Samsung i727 shows off at the FCC, confesses its AT&T LTE secrets originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | FCC | Email this | Comments
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:Move Over, Craigslist: Airbnb Launches Sublets for Longer-Term Rentals — Airbnb, the fast-growing online accommodations service, is expanding an offering to allow users to more easily book longer rentals of a month or more. — The San Francisco-based company said in a press release that it had seen a …
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom explains why the rumor suggesting Facebook will be adding photo filters to its mobile app does not worry him.
Lenovo enters the 7-inch tablet market with the IdeaPad A1, coming soon for less than $200.
Another day, another Windows 8 screenshot exposed by Microsoft. This time, the company has revealed a new start menu that sports the "Metro" user interface found in Windows Phones and elsewhere in Windows 8.
Are you destined to be the next Steve Jobs? Maybe, if you studied entrepreneurship at Stanford University, are between the ages of 30 and 39, have worked at Yahoo and currently reside in San Francisco.
The Microsoft executive who heads the company's Windows division said Wednesday that the next edition of the operating system will let users treat the traditional desktop as 'just another app' that loads only on command.
University of Kentucky CIO Vince Kellen is considering moving some of the university's SAP work to a cloud environment, which would make him a relatively early adopter of ERP in the cloud.
Age bias: Some consider it IT's dirty little secret, or even IT's big open secret.
Just a week ago, Tim Cook was elevated to Apple’s CEO spot; on Thursday, another of the company’s prominent executives, Eddy Cue, was promoted to senior vice president of Internet software and services. One of the perks of that gig, beyond reporting directly to Tim Cook, is his very own bio page on Apple’s site.
Age discrimination complaints are on the rise. In the last 10 years, according to figures from the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the number of age discrimination charges filed with the commission rose from roughly 16,000 in 2000 to more than 23,000 in 2010.
If you thought you couldn't get a real Android tablet from a brand you've heard of for less than $200, think again. Lenovo's just announced the IdeaPad Tablet A1, a 7-inch Android unit that we got a sneaky first glimpse of back in July. Now it's real, and it's cheap, it's running Gingerbread, and while it doesn't hold a candle to the Galaxy Tab 7.7, it honestly feels like something far above its price point. Read on for our impressions.Gallery: Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet A1 hands-onContinue reading Lenovo announces IdeaPad A1, the $199 Android tablet, we go hands-on (video)Lenovo announces IdeaPad A1, the $199 Android tablet, we go hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
There are times when you need to use GPS navigation without a connection and Navigon will be launching their latest software on Windows Phone soon.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:A Parallels World Where Windows Zips on Macs — Apple's Macintosh computers have long been able to run Windows, in addition to their native operating system, Mac OS X. But the process has sometimes been clumsy, slow or taxing to the machine and it hasn't been tailored to the new Lion version of Apple's OS.
ERP for manufacturing in the cloud? Who saw that one coming? I sure as heck didn't but it seems to be real.
Toshiba is giving the tablet race another start with the AT200.
esocid writes with a bit in Daily Tech about the ongoing spat between Apple and the rest of the mobile world. From the article: "Apple lawyers are crying foul about Samsung, and ... Motorola's allegedly 'anticompetitive,' use of patents. ... Apparently Apple is irate about these companies' countersuits, which rely largely on patents covering wireless communications, many of which are governed by the 'fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory' (F/RAND) principle, as they were developed as part of industry standards. ... Apple takes issue with the fact that Motorola in its countersuit declines to differentiate the 7 F/RAND patents in its 18 patent collection. ... Regardless of what Florian Mueller says, it's hard to dispute that the 'rules' of F/RAND are largely community dictated and ambiguous." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Today sees the release of Parallels 7, the newest version of its popular, competition beating virtualization software. This edition plays nicely with Lion, runs multiple virtual machines and has received several performance tweaks -- for the number obsessed, you'll enjoy knowing that it resumes Windows 60 percent faster than Parallels 6. Gamers will notice a 40 percent bump in 3D graphics rendering and video-chatters will find that Windows can now access your Mac while it's being dictated by OS X. Low end users who don't have Windows 7, fear not -- you can use the "Windows on Demand" service to buy a license via an "easy-to-use wizard" like, erm -- Clippy. Mobile fans will also see Parallels' iOS app give you remote access to your home machine, but be quick -- the price is leaping skyward from $4.99 to $19.99 soon. You can grab the standalone edition for $80, but folks already using versions 5 or 6 can level-up for $50.Continue reading Parallels Desktop 7 plays nice with Lions and cameras and developers, oh my!Parallels Desktop 7 plays nice with Lions and cameras and developers, oh my! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink TUAW | Parallels | Email this | Comments
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:Updated: Mosaid Will Manage 2,000 Nokia Patents For A Cut Of The Proceeds — One more development today that shows the patent race—and the many millions of dollars that are going into defending and settling around them—is still in full stride. The Canadian company MOSAID has announced …
BERLIN (Reuters) - Smartphone vendor Sony Ericsson said it saw Google's acquisition of rival Motorola Mobility as a move to protect Google's Android software from legal attacks by rivals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks is defending itself against accusations that it may have put lives at risk by dumping uncensored U.S. diplomatic cables on the Internet.
LONDON (Reuters) - Computer simulations of the weather workings of the entire planet will be able to make forecasts to within a few kilometers accuracy, helping predict the effects of deadly weather systems.
Toshiba knew what we wanted at today's IFA press conference, and naturally, it saved the best for last. The company unveiled its AT200 tablet at the show today, and really, as predicted, the thing does seem like a serious competitor to Samsung's popular Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tablet is quite thin and well-built (it was on lock down, so we can't quite attest to its "lightest" claims), unlike a number of its Android brethren. The brushed metal backing also adds a level of sturdiness lacking in the Galaxy Tab 10.1's plastic rear. More details and a video after the break.Gallery: Toshiba AT200 tablet hands-onContinue reading Toshiba AT200 hands-on (video)Toshiba AT200 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Viewsonic has been taunting us a slew of slates for months, one of which we even got to manhandle way back in February. It seems the company is finally ready to deliver its ViewPads to the public though, and announced the availability of three models at IFA. The ViewPad 10pro has been around the block a few times by now and, after a limited run earlier, the Android 2.3 and Windows 7-running tablet will hit shelves on September 5th starting at €499 ($714) for the WiFi only version. Next up is the oft-teased ViewPad 7x, a 7-inch slice of Honeycomb that sports the custom, 3D ViewScene skin. A definitive date hasn't been set for this 8GB, Tegra 2-powered device, but it's expected to land before the end of the month for €349 ($499). Last, is the budget-minded ViewPad 7e. We don't know much about this device, outside of the fact that it sports a 4:3 screen, most likely of the 7-inch variety, but it seems safe to assume we're looking at another Android device. One with relatively low-power internals considering its estimated €169 ($242) price when it lands sometime in Q4.ViewSonic launches ViewPad 7x and 10pro, budget-friendly 7e to follow in Q4 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Cool Smartphone | Email this | Comments
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:LinkedIn Takes A Deep Data Dive On Startup Founder Profiles — LinkedIn has taken a number of deep data dives on the profile information of its 120 million members to highlight trends. The company has compared men and women networkers, professional names and more.
Google is preparing to turn Google App Engine -- its Windows Azure cloud-platform competitor -- into a fully supported product in the second half of September.
Disasters can come in many forms... from simple user error to component failure to a total system loss from fire, flood or theft. The trick is to be prepared!
rtfa-troll writes "A picture of vodka fountains, indefinite amounts of Jaegermeister, and sexual harassment is emerging from Microsoft. The former second in command at Microsoft UK was accused of sexual misconduct involving at least five separate women. A Microsoft internal investigation was unable to prove the allegations but decided to fire Simon Negus for having 'behaved dishonestly, and thereby acted in a manner calculated or likely to destroy trust and confidence between him and Microsoft' and sue him £75k. Now Negus, who already as a new job as COO at Upstream Systems has struck back with a £10 million false dismissal suit alleging a culture of drunken parties and claiming that other (Male) management at Microsoft were so drunk they followed a female Microsoft UK manager into the ladies' lavatories. I guess we can now guess why senior managers go away to Microsoft vowing never to buy anything and come back with signed contracts; presumably it was just lying there next to them in the morning and they were too afraid to ask what happened." Read more of this story at Slashdot.