| According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the worldwide mobile phone market recorded another quarter of year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2009 (2Q09). Handset vendors shipped a total of 269.6 million units worldwide, down 10.8% from 302.2 million units in 2Q08. The second quarter results are an improvement from the 17.2% decrease seen during 1Q09, but ongoing challenges stemming from the economic crisis remain a factor to watch.|
For the full year, IDC believes that the market will decline 13%, with the market outlook for 2009 remaining relatively consistent among the top vendors. The small signs of improvement were centered around consumer demand for high-end handsets and the manufacturers' ability to shift portfolio to meet these needs.
|Last December we reported that several application developers are making a killing writing software for the iPhone. Additionally, more businesses are writing applications for the iPhone to help them streamline they business processes.|
But what if you don’t know how to write software for the iPhone but you have a great idea. One idea is to outsource the work. Consider using iPhoneAppQuotes.com which provides entrepreneurs and businesses an easy way to connect with iPhone Application Developers. iPhoneAppQuotes.com offers free price quotes for building custom iPhone and iPod Touch Applications.
iPhoneAppQuotes.com recently announced that the iPhone continues to dominate the smart phone market and available iPhone apps total well over 65,000. People are eager to get in on the iPhone application craze to promote their businesses or just to make an extra buck. As the economy continues to struggle, the popularity of iPhone apps seems to be at an all-time high and businesses and entrepreneurs want to be a part of the movement.
|Mozilla Labs today launched the updated version of Weave Sync (o.5) which encrypts and synchronizes the Firefox experience across multiple browsers, so that your desktop, laptop, and mobile phone can all work together. Weave Sync continuously synchronize your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs.|
Features of Weave Sync 0.5 include:
- Smart Location Bar on each of your Firefox browsers
- Open any tab you have open on any of your Firefox browsers
- Keep the same list of bookmarks on all of your Firefox browsers
- Sign in to all your favorite sites using your saved passwords (especially handy on mobile phones, where it’s hard to type in complex passwords)
- Encrypt user data before uploading it to Mozilla’s servers, so that only you can access your data
MetroPCS Communications, Inc. announced the addition of new features to its existing service plans that will save wireless customers even more money beginning August 1, 2009.
MetroPCS’ $40 plan will include MetroPCS Unlimited NationwideSM service for talk, text and MetroWEB and its flagship $45 plan will now include unlimited email, navigation and social networking applications.
MetroPCS’ $30 and $35 local unlimited plans will now include caller ID and call waiting. The $50 plan continues to offer smartphone customers complete HTML Web browsing and enterprise wireless email, at significantly less cost compared to other carriers’ data packages.
|AT&T today announced the Aug. 2 availability of the Samsung Solstice, a compact and fun touch screen phone that provides users with an instant connection to social networking, messaging and multimedia features. The Solstice is a dream come true to all users with its easy-to-use, polished design.|
The lightweight and sleek Samsung Solstice has a full 3.0 touch screen, with a virtual, landscape QWERTY keyboard, and features Samsung’s unique TouchWizTM user interface, which includes one-touch access to frequently used applications and social networks through new widgets for Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo! oneSearchTM. The Solstice also provides customers with access to mobile broadband from the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T Navigator and AT&T Mobile Music with Napster Mobile® and eMusicTM Mobile.
The Solstice features multiple messaging options such as Mobile Email, IM and MMS and comes equipped with a 2.0 megapixel camera with camcorder, perfect for capturing those spontaneous moments. Users experience a tactile response with haptic feedback and know when they accurately press a virtual button. The full QWERTY keyboard, with sensitivity adjustment, is easy-to-use with clear letters, numbers and symbols.
If you want to add some bass when playing music from you cell phone, laptop, mp3 player, TV or portable gaming device, then you may want to check out the K-box available from kerchoonz.com.
The K-box works by simply plugging it into your portable device and it then turns surfaces into a loudspeaker.
The K-Box uses a patented 'gel-audio' technology that when placed upon any solid flat surface, a wall, table or even windows, it turns the surface into sound with a bass response.
Basic Specifications include:
|Over at the Apple Store, they have a device called the “Eye-Fi 2GB Geo Wireless Memory Card” that lets you geotag your photos as you take them and wirelessly upload them from your digital camera to iPhoto via your home Wi-Fi network.|
So if you visited a museum and can’t recall the name or location of the museum don’t worry because Eye-Fi Geo added geotags automatically to your pictures.
The Eye-Fi card sense for surrounding Wi-Fi networks as you take pictures and then translates the information to a specific location and automatically adds the geotag to the pictures. When the pictures are imported they are organized by the different places you took the pictures. The only problem is what if a Wi-Fi network isn’t available.
Apple announced that if you subscribe to MobileMe, you can now use your iPhone or iPod touch to view and share Pages documents, Keynote presentations, Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and more.
To view documents, simply select them. To share them with others, tap the share icon and choose your recipients. iDisk will send them an email with a download link. Get the free MobileMe iDisk app from the App Store. or more information visit Apple.com/MobileMe.
|LG Electronics today announced the new LG Chocolate phone (model: LG-BL40). The fourth handset of the Black Label Series boasts a distinctive 4.0-inch wide screen high-definition LCD with an 800 by 345 pixel resolution for a superb viewing quality. The wide screen breaks away from conventional screen designs with a 21:9 aspect ratio for a panoramic, cinema-like quality and optimal mobile computing experience.|
With the enlarged screen, users will experience a surprisingly convenient and efficient mobile environment. Browsing the Internet is made incredibly easy because with 800 pixels at one’s disposal, there is no need to scroll horizontally to read entire web pages. The 4.0-inch display also features a Dual Screen UI that can efficiently display two different types of content simultaneously.
The wide HD LCD “Real VGA” screen provides a full range of natural colors for displayed images, making photos more crisp, videos more true-to-life, games more dynamic and documents more readable.
|If you text while driving, you are a nut and should be kept off the road. Texting and driving has to be one of the most dangerous things you can do. You are not only endangering your life, but others as well. I’ve personally driven behind someone who was driving erratically, only to realize that they are texting while driving. This infuriates me!|
Law makers are now proposing a ban on driving while texting, which is great news. This will hopefully, protect people from getting injured from the careless drivers on the road.
Legislation is being pushed by a group of Democratic senators who are proposing that states be required to ban driving while texting or lose their highway funds if they don’t comply. The District of Columbia and 14 states have already passed laws making it illegal to text while driving.
In a study released by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, it was found that divers, who texted while driving, had a 23 times greater chance of collision. Drivers reaching for an electronic device or dialing a cell phones had a 6 times chance of collisions.
|Trying to lose weight and want to easily track your progress. Then consider the first Wi-Fi scale (manufactured by Withings) linked to the Internet to automatically register your weight and measurements that is tracked by your iPhone or computer.|
From any Internet connection with a Web browser or from a free iPhone application you can view all of the measurements, weights and measurements collected by the scale, with no time limitation and in total confidentiality.
The web dashboard offers a rich graphical interface with easy browsing over time and allows you to zoom in on the periods of the calendar of your choice.
The scale is extremely accurate. On your dashboard, you can click on the label of a weigh-in to accurately see your weight, your fat mass and your lean mass. The web screen calculates your body mass index (BMI) and shows your measurements in relation to the reference ranges adapted to your profile.
Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. and AT&T Inc. have announced that they will provide free Wi-Fi at all Barnes & Noble locations nationwide.
"This is a natural progression of our digital strategy to provide customers with more choices in how, when and where they want to read," said Steve Riggio, Barnes & Noble CEO, in a statement.
The Wi-Fi network has been available to AT&T customers at Barnes & Noble locations since 2005, however now access will be free and unlimited to anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device. Additionally, shoppers will receive personalized coupons and notices from Barnes & Noble on mobile devices.
|T-Mobile USA, Inc., and HTC Corp. today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Touch Pro2, a powerful, stylish device with an intuitive touch screen and user interface that enables customers to simplify their communication and mobile Internet experience while staying connected, informed and in control of work and life. The device will be available in a mocha finish to T-Mobile customers beginning Aug. 12.|
Enabled for T-Mobile’s expanding high-speed 3G network and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), the HTC Touch Pro2 offers fast data delivery and an enhanced Web-browsing experience along with popular features such as built-in GPS and location-based services. Featuring a 3.6-inch color WVGA touchscreen that slides back and tilts up to reveal a full-QWERTY keyboard, the screen is perfectly positioned for reading and creating e-mail, browsing the Web, using applications, and playing videos and games.
|Alvarion Ltd. today announced a WiMAX pilot with French operator Bolloré telecom in Marina Port Vauban in the south of France. The pilot is based on Alvarion’s end-to-end mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution operating at 3.5 GHz frequency band.|
The pilot is conducted in cooperation with the Antibes municipalities and will showcase Alvarion’s end-to-end 4Motion solution integrated with the Service Controller (AAA) from Bridgewater Systems. Bolloré telecom will pilot a variety of applications including internet access, video streaming and VoIP services to docked boats located in the marina, as well as the surrounding beach, school and municipal buildings. In addition, video surveillance applications will be tested at Port Vauban using camera from Axis.
The live pilot will connect many USB devices and PC cards given to owners of docked boats in the marina. The pilot, which could potentially extend to an additional 350 marinas in France, aims to demonstrate the next generation wireless applications to tourists, visitors and local businesses in the area.
Google announced today a new app to shorten links in your e-mails when viewed on your cell phone called "Smart Links". Because screen space its scarce this new app cleans up long links to short manageable links.
Smart Links automatically converts raw links into named links. For example, instead of seeing long links for Google Maps, you will now see the link renamed to the actual address. Currently Smart Links only works in plaintext emails.
Clicking on the link still takes you to the same Google Maps page, but now the link is much shorter and the important information is more visible!.
Google is planning to roll out support for more link types, such as Google Docs. To try out Gmail for mobile, visit gmail.com in your mobile browser.
New data from Juniper Research show that WiMAX 802.16e broadband subscribers will approach 50 million globally by 2014, driven by the need to provide broadband to underserved areas.
The WiMAX broadband research found that WiMAX will provide easier and more cost effective broadband connectivity in areas where it is logistically challenging and therefore expensive to install wired networks.
WiMAX 16e has however been faced a number of well publicised delays which have handicapped network operators resulting in slower subscriber growth than anticipated previously. Nonetheless there are examples of successful service providers in a range of countries from Pakistan to the USA.
|AT&T has launched a new free app that lets your AT&T mobile phone to keep you connected to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, plus the latest in news, sports, and entertainment. Additionally, you can also see new messages, posts, and status updates as soon as they happen, and respond and comment in real time called the "AT&T Social Net App". |
AT&T Social Net supports Facebook, MySpace and Twitter along with over 35 top feeds, including MTV News, The Onion, Perez Hilton, CNN and more.
After installing AT&T Social Net, you have to launch the app and sign in to your services once. AT&T Social Net will remember your login info for the future. The AT&T Social Net Home screen will give you a summary of your services. The carousel at the top of the screen lets you navigate between services and you can select the tabs below the carousel to access the features within each service.
AT&T Social Net is currently available on the following handsets:
|Qualcomm Incorporated and Verizon Wireless today announced an agreement to form a joint venture to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless communications and smart services offerings across a wide variety of market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products. Capitalizing on the growth of M2M and smart services, the joint venture (name still to be determined), which will be equally owned by Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless, will be well positioned to provide a single source for end-to-end M2M solutions.|
Smart services are the new services and business models enabled by M2M capabilities. For example, smart grid technology enables utilities to wirelessly connect to their grid assets, such as circuit breakers, transformers and other sub-station equipment.
|Today at the Verizon Developer Community (VDC) Conference taking place in Silicon Valley, Verizon announced members of its inaugural Verizon Developer Advisory Board.|
Verizon recognizes the wireless future will be built on collaboration. The Verizon Developer Advisory Board, comprised of 11 member companies representing developers both large and small, is a forum designed to provide valuable feedback about how the VDC and the Verizon applications store are built and will evolve, as well as to foster a productive and innovative developer ecosystem.
Open, ongoing and honest dialogue among and from the Verizon Developer Advisory Board will encourage Verizon and others to build successful businesses and to advance mobile applications and content development. Inaugural Verizon Developer Advisory Board members include:
|MotionTouch, a design and manufacturing company based in the U.K, has designed and manufactured a solar-powered mobile phone charger called the Powcell.|
The Powcell sleeve slides onto the back of a mobile phone handset and its solar panel uses light to charge the unit making it an environment-friendly product. The sleeve continuously keeps the phone charged thus reducing the chance of running out of battery power.
Powcell has an internal battery that is charged continuously by exposure to light, even when the sleeve is removed from the phone. So if your phone battery is exhausted, the Powcell will have power to provide additional talk time.
The initial versions of the Powcell sleeve was designed for the Apple iPhone series and BlackBerry devices.
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