July 11, 2008

iPhone 3G Sold-out in Most AT&T Stores and Most Places Around the World

Last year, when the original iPhone was released, it was the first time that I saw people standing inline for a mobile phone (I was also there). Today, iPhone 3G was released in 22 countries and this was the second time I saw people again standing inline for a mobile phone. Only two times in my lifetime I have seen lines for a mobile phone launch and both the times it was Apple’s iPhone. This time even though I was inline I didn’t get one. Read More

iPhone Firmware 2.0 Up and Running

Apple released the iPhone firmware 2.0 today morning. I downloaded it and installed it as soon as it was available and like most early adaptors my iPhone went dead. It was dead for almost 5 hours today; when I connected iPhone to iTunes for activation I kept getting this error “There was an error in the iTunes Store. Please try again later.” After almost five hours the activation server is back online and my iPhone is back with updated firmware 2.0. Read More

July 10, 2008

Seagate Unveils World’s First 1.5TB Hard Drive

Seagate today unveiled the world’s first hard drive that breaks the 1TB capacity barrier. The new Barracuda 7200.11 a 3.5” hard drive has 1.5TB of storage space. The hard drive has four platters and each platter has 375GB storage capacity. The increase in data density on each platter improves the speed and results in disk transfer data speeds of 120MB per second or more. Read More

AT&T Claims The Fastest 3G Network in US

AT&T today announced that it offers the nation’s fastest 3G network. AT&T bases its claim on variety of tests conducted by leading third-party researchers, who downloaded a variety of applications and files to test throughput and overall performance of various 3G-service providers in US (AT&T, Verizon and Sprint). AT&T was the winner by a significant margin. Read More

Apple’s iPhone App Store is Online

Yesterday, Tech Crunch reported that the iPhone’s App Store would go online at 9 am PST on Thursday. Well the App Store went online slightly before time, as the Store is available for user to download applications for their iPhone now. You can access the App Store by downloading the iTunes 7.7 update and then selecting Applications in the Library. Read More

Apple Releases iTunes 7.7

Apple today released the latest update for iTunes that is required for iPhone 3G, Firmware 2.0, App Store and MobileMe. For Mac OS X the update is available through Software Update, in Windows the update is available though check for updates function in iTunes. The update also confirms that iPhone remote application to control your iTunes. Read More

July 9, 2008

Nokia Files for Haptikos Tactile Touchscreen Patent

Nokia has previously talked about their haptikos tactile touchscreen that has two small piezo-sensor pads under the screen and creates a 0.1mm movement in the screen. But few details were revealed about the mechanism behind the system. A recent patent filed by Nokia for the technology brings more details about how this touchscreen works. Read More

iPhone App Store to Launch Thursday Morning

Apple has notified developers that the iPhone App Store will launch for users to download and use applications at around 9 am PST on Thursday morning. According to Tech Crunch that is when the prohibition will lift allowing press to write about specific applications. Read More

Matsushita is Developing a Light Emitting Device 50 Percent More Efficient Than Conventional LEDs

Matsushita Electric Works and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology are developing a prototype light-emitting device that is more efficient and smaller than conventional LEDs. The device uses 5nm or smaller nanosilicon to create a ballistic electron discharge into xenon gas. The device is able to theoretically produce 150 lumens per Watt making it more efficient than conventional white LEDs that can produce 80-100 lumens per Watt. Read More

Fonix Announces iSpeak - a Voice Activated Application for iPhone

The one big complaint I had against the new iPhone 3G was that Apple didn’t add voice activated dialing in the new iPhone. Well that has changed now, as a company called Fonix Speech announced the release of Fonix iSpeak - a voice activated application for the Apple iPhone 3G. The application allows users to initiate several operations simply by speaking the command. Read More

Carriers Around the World Warn Against iPhone 3G Shortage

O2 started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 3G on its website. But went out of stock due to huge demand within minutes. It is not just O2 but all the carriers around the world are expecting iPhone shortage at the launch time. O2 says a rush of as many as 13,000 iPhone per-orders per minute, brought down its online orders for the iPhone 3G. Most carriers around the world have already said that they will have next to nothing in iPhone allocation and the inventory will be snapped up within minutes. Read More

July 8, 2008

Kodak Announces 50-Megapixel CCD Camera Sens

On Tuesday Kodak announced their 50-megapixel CCD sensor KAF-50100, measuring 49.1mm x 36.8mm, normally the full frame sensor measures 24mm x 36mm. Hasselblad earlier today announced their latest 50-megapixel camera using the sensor. The new sensor becomes the highest resolution non-scientific sensor, superseding Kodak’s 39-megapixel KAF-39000 sensor. Read More

Data Robotics Introduces Second Generation Drobo with FireWire 800

obo by Data Robotics has been one of the best external back-up solutions available in the market. Today, Data Robotics improved their already superior storage solution by adding FireWire 800 port for faster data transfer. The Drobo comes equipped with new processor for faster data transfer and larger, quieter case fan. The company says that the new Drobo will have 2X the transfer speed and it is faster than ReadyNAS or comparable LaCie models. Read More

Hasselblad Announces H3DII-50, The 50-Megapixel Camera

Hasselblad, the high-end camera maker known for their very high pixel count (like the old 39-megapixel H3D) has launched their latest 50-megapixel beast H3DII-50. The camera uses a 36mm x 48mm Kodak sensor that is twice the size of the sensor normally found in other full frame DLSR. At full 50-megappixel resolution the camera generates a 300MB image file at 1 Frame per second rate. Read More

Canon Officially Announces Rebel XS Camera Pricing for US

Canon today revealed US launch info for the new Rebel XS camera. Canon will primarily sell the entry-level digital camera as a kit version with an image stabilized 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 EF-S lens for $699. Canon will start shipping the bundle in August. Read More

July 7, 2008

Leaked Images Show Blackberry Thunder’s Media UI

BlackBerrySync has posted images of BlackBerry Thunder’s UI, sent to them by anonymous source. BlackBerry Thunder also known as BlackBerry 9500 is the highly anticipated iPhone competitor that will feature a 360 X 480 resolution touchscreen. The images leaked show the working media UI of Thunder. The device will run on BlackBerry OS 4.7 and will have great multimedia capabilities. Read More

Polymer Vision Set to Launch Readius in Autumn 2008

Karl McGoldrick, CEO of Polymer Vision, confirmed in a blog post the launch of Readius for autumn of this year. The CEO said that the goal of the company was to get larger displays into pocket size mobile devices. The company uses the rollable display technology to achieve this. The Readius is the first pocket eReader based on the technology that can be neatly wrapped into a pocket-sized device. Read More

Microsoft Loves Yahoo, Can’t Live Without It

Microsoft and Yahoo have been doing want it, don’t want it dance for past six month. Last month Microsoft said that it would not buy Yahoo, as the cost Yahoo was asking was too high. But Microsoft can’t leave Yahoo alone, according to a letter released by Microsoft on Monday. Read More

July 6, 2008

Is Amazon Kindle Hit, Flop or What?

Depending on what news website you visit, you will get different impressions about Amazon Kindle’s sales. If you go to Amazon’s press release or Amazon's top electronics section you will get the impression that it is the best selling electronic product since iPod. But if you visit any news website like Seeking Alpha or UPI you will get mixed opinions. No news website is saying that Kindle is an out-and-out success. Read More

Intel’s Unwelcome Advice for Software Developers: Massive Multi-core in Future

Intel has posted an article “Unwelcome Advice” on its research blog, advising software developer to focus on developing software for multi-core and terscale processors. The author Anwar Ghuloum says that he frequently talks to external developers about Intel’s on going research in multi-core and terascale computing. Read More

Apple has Posted Detailed Information on Replacing Original iPhone with new iPhone 3G

e has published an article on how to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G using the same carrier. If you follow these steps to backup your original iPhone first, and then restore the backup to your iPhone 3G, your saved SMS messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings will be present on your iPhone 3G. Read More