| Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced the availability of AutoCAD WS, a new free web application that uses cloud computing technology to enable AutoCAD software users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD designs and DWG files through web browsers and mobile devices. The AutoCAD WS mobile application for iOS is also now available as a free* app in the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.|
“Through anytime anywhere access to AutoCAD designs, the AutoCAD WS web and iOS app greatly simplifies the way designers and engineers work in the field and with multiple stakeholders,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. “Autodesk has a long history of making design more accessible, and AutoCAD WS is the latest example of how Autodesk is using cloud computing and mobile platforms to extend design beyond the desktop, while helping accelerate better design.”
| Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced plans for its application to be preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, giving users easy access to the Kobo experience including Kobo’s store of more than 2.2 million books.|
Earlier this week, Kobo also announced plans for an industry-first social eReading application that will leverage the new BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) Social Platform.
“We are thrilled to be extending our extensive relationship with RIM into the tablet space,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Readers will love the elegant design, crisp display and portable size and weight of the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is perfectly suited for long reading sessions.
| Clearwire Corporation, a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the largest 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of CLEAR 4G, take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers in Pittsburgh. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G – whether at home, in the office, or on-the-go within CLEAR coverage.|
In Pittsburgh, CLEAR covers more than 820,000 people. Regionally, service extends from North Hills to South Park and from Monroeville to Carnegie. A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service is available at www.clear.com/coverage.
| Verizon Wireless has launched a new site to help consumers dispose of their used mobile phones with 4 simple steps (Appraise, Accept, Ship and Spend). The service is called "The Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program" and it allows you to get value for your used mobile phone while helping the environment.|
Here’s how it works:
- By providing the manufacturer, model and condition of your device, you can determine how much your used device is worth.
- After appraising your device, mail it within 30 days in the self-addressed, prepaid envelope Verizon Wireless sends you.
- If your device’s value is greater than $0, you will receive a Verizon Wireless gift card for that amount.
- If the device’s appraised value is $0, you will be encouraged to donate it to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine.
| Clearwire Corporation, a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the largest 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of CLEAR 4G, take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G – whether at home, in the office, or on-the-go within CLEAR coverage.|
CLEAR covers nearly 2.1 million people in the Twin Cities metro area. Regionally, service extends as far north as Anoka, as far south as Apple Valley and southwest as Eden Prairie, west to Maple Grove, and east to Woodbury. A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service is available at www.clear.com/coverage.
AT&T, exclusive U.S. provider of BlackBerry Torch, announced today it will introduce two new smartphones, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (model 9100) and the BlackBerry Curve 3G (model 9300), from Research In Motion (RIM).
BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in AT&T stores, online and in business channels in time for the holidays. It will be available in stores and online for $99.99 (no rebate required).
BlackBerry Pearl 3G will be available for $149.99 (no rebate required) beginning October 17 in AT&T stores, online and in business channels.
New smartphone customers may choose from two AT&T monthly data plan options, $15 for 200 MB of wireless data or $25 for 2 GB.
No matter how you stay in touch – whether through voice calls or social networking – the new BlackBerry smartphones connect you in style.
|Nokia's latest entertainment smartphone, the highly anticipated Nokia N8 with Ovi services, has started shipping. Customers who have placed a pre-order for the Nokia N8 in Nokia Online Shops and Nokia retail stores will be the first to receive their Nokia N8. Market availability will vary by country and by operator, with broad availability in the coming weeks. |
"With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world's most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia's new Symbian smartphone range," says Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia.
"To appeal to today's high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful.
|A new study by Juniper Research estimates that revenues from mobile content and applications in North America will reach $10 billion by 2015 up from $4.0 billion in 2009 as mobile users in the region continue to migrate to smartphones.|
The North American Mobile Market report finds that despite the decline in mobile music as a result of the collapse of the ringtone market, there will be significant growth in emerging sectors in North American content and applications, such as mobile gambling and adult, as well as the more established, such as games, user generated content, and infotainment.
|RealNetworks, Inc. announced the new RealPlayer today. This latest version brings improvements to the free application that lets consumers play, manage, share and move photos, videos and music across a wide range of devices. Adding to existing popular features like one-click video downloading and transferring to mobile devices, the new RealPlayer now allows users to move media off their mobile devices and into their RealPlayer library. This application, currently in Beta, is available now at www.real.com/realplayer/beta. |
Underscoring Real's ongoing commitment to innovation in the delivery of digital entertainment to consumers around the world, RealPlayer continues to evolve as a complete media management solution. The new RealPlayer aims to make it easier than ever before to manage and move media across devices without worrying about file formats or conversion issues, giving users the control and flexibility to enjoy their media on their own terms.
Mozilla today announced their plan for Firefox Home (download here). Firefox Home is a free cloud-based application that lets you access your Firefox desktop history, bookmarks and tabs on your iPhone. So let’s say you want to view that funny video you were watching just before you left home. With Firefox Home, you access your web history to access the video. (See demo video above).
| Best Buy Mobile announced today at its Holiday Preview event in New York that it is giving consumers another reason to be thankful for Fridays in October: Free Phone Fridays. |
Beginning Friday, Oct. 1 and running every Friday in October, Best Buy Mobile will feature four free mobile phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, as well as online at BestBuy.com/Mobile. Each week this new promotion will feature at least one high-end, in-demand smart phone. The free promotion phones require a new two-year activation.
To launch this effort in style, Best Buy is featuring the following phones for free on Friday, Oct. 1:
Today sees the announcement of the Sony Ericsson LiveView. This innovative accessory is another step in Sony Ericsson’s commitment to help consumers get the very best mobile phone experience through the open Android platform. The Sony Ericsson LiveView is part of the Sony Ericsson Extras portfolio – a division which offers a total product experience and enhanced mobile possibilities. (See video above).
At BlackBerry DEVCON 2010, Kobo announced the development of an industry-first social eReading experience and released a video (see above) of the social reading app in action. Kobo, a global eReading service, demonstrated during the keynote presentation how application developers will be able to leverage the new BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) Social Platform.
|FlightView, the preferred flight tracking application for mobile users looking for a way to accurately and easily manage flight information for themselves, friends, and family, today unveiled the newest features to its customer-favorite iPhone app: calendar integration, self-service help and in-flight details.|
Whether traveling for business or leisure, FlightView’s new functionality powers iPhone users to effortlessly manage travel by integrating their flight and travel data directly into their smartphone’s calendar. Trumping its competitors, FlightView’s new calendar feature provides users with the option of entering flight information into the calendar on a flight-by-flight or trip-by-trip basis, as opposed to an all-or-nothing proposition, which can drain battery life and overpopulate the calendar. FlightView also offers an additional customization option, enabling users to assign a flight or trip to their work, home, or some other personalized calendar.
Along with becoming the first major flight-tracking app to offer customized calendar integration, FlightView for the iPhone provides the industry’s most accurate and actionable flight data, updating users with gate, arrival, and departure information in real-time—while preventing double booking. Additional new features include:
|AT&T today announced a broader array of SanDisk microSDHC cards, featuring SanDisk Media Manager PC software, will be available at AT&T stores nationwide and online at www.att.com beginning October 3. The pre-loaded SanDisk Media Manager PC software on the 16GB and 32GB high capacity memory cards provides consumers with a convenient way to organize and transfer their music and photos between their phone and PC.|
AT&T’s portfolio of SanDisk microSDHC cards will include 4GB and 8GB cards, as well as 16GB and 32GB high capacity cards pre-loaded with the SanDisk Media Manager software, at prices of $24.99, $44.99, $79.99 and $139.99 respectively.
The new BlackBerry WebWorks platform brings together existing BlackBerry web development tools as well as new tools and platform services. It provides developers with a comprehensive toolset for creating rich applications that offer customers the benefits of deep integration with core BlackBerry features, true multi-tasking, true Push technology and access to the full range of BlackBerry services, such as the Locate service or the newly announced BlackBerry Advertising Service.
Research In Motion redefined the possibilities for mobile computing with the unveiling of its new professional-grade BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry Tablet OS. (See video above).
|Verizon Wireless announced that the highly anticipated limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in select Verizon Wireless Communication stores beginning Sept. 30. With a graphic design to look like the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars Saga, the DROID R2-D2 by Motorola will be packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and come with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the special edition smartphone, including:|
Star Wars Mobile App Available for All Customers with Android 2.1 phones
- R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
- Four live wallpapers
- R2-D2 Clock Widget
- "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music
- Exclusive Binoculars App
|Navmii, a publisher of navigation and location apps, today announces the launch of its new community-based navigation product, NavFree. NavFree is a free to download GPS/Satellite Navigation application for iPhone and iPad available from iTunes.|
NavFree is a fully functioning GPS/Satellite Navigation app for iPhone and iPad. NavFree is now available for UK & Republic of Ireland from the iTunes store and will quickly be rolled out for continental European countries and USA States. A version of Navfree for Android will also be released shortly.
NavFree does everything you would expect from in car GPS/satellite Navigation. Users can search for an address by postcode, city, street or house and are instantly routed there with full voiced directions. NavFree will re-route if you take a wrong turn and provides information on the journey distance, estimated time of arrival, points of interest and live Google search for local facilities.
Peter Atalla, CEO of Navmii said: “NavFree changes the face of GPS navigation on the iPhone. Anyone with an iPhone can now have satellite navigation for free.
| Safari Books Online, the leading on-demand digital library for technology, digital media and business professionals, today achieved another milestone in its mobile device strategy – the seamless extension of its popular portal features to mobile devices. Subscribers on the go can now enjoy such popular features as creating notes, tagging and saving content in custom folders.|
In addition, Safari Books Online has rolled out a series of new features including: “Share This” to let users grant access to specific book titles to colleagues and non-subscribers; usage analytics Reporting Dashboard to let corporate training personnel optimize their subscriptions for content and tools that are most in demand; and a user-friendly Content Categorization system to let subscribers find topics of interest more easily.