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Microsoft’s marriage to surface computing: Risking Redundancy?

Posted in Computing and Operating Systems by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009
U.S. Patent No. 7,479,950 was awarded to Microsoft for a application which tracks position of gadgets and applications on the screen of a computer.

Incidentally, this patent was Microsoft’s 10000th. So far, so good. However, it increasinly begins to look like Microsoft is obatianing and getting patents in a territories which will not find much takers. Surface computing. With the trend moving to the clouds, OSs diminishing, Browsers and web apps getting more potent , Microsoft is increasingly finding its users vacating their seats. Even if nothing, the browsers are migrating to “available for free” instead of a Microsoft License. The Web 2.0 with its freetardonomics principles is something that Microsoft will have to figure out!
So long for Patents!
Interestingly, earlier patents were used a legal aids with which a corporation would defend its turf. Lately however, the trend has changed and Patents are being used as bridges to collaborate with others in developmental stages of new products/technologies! Microsoft has been at this. However, the cloud and  the web 2.0 seem to make the software gaint redundant faster than Microsoft would like it!

E 75: Doing the honours till N 97 hits ground!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009
e7511e7531The mercurial N series line up has not churned some great ones after the N 95. Instead it was E 71 which turnedthe heat for Nokia last summer. Then came the E 63, essentially a colour refresh for E 71. The latest in the Nokia armoury in E 75! the first of its kind, this will be a complete departure from Nokia’s hardware architecture. It is an ultra-slim dual-keypad slider with a standard 0-9 pad beneath the display and a landscape QWERTY exposed by the slide. Chrome accents, sleek rounded lines, a nice wide full keyboard – it’s all good.
A 2.4 Inch, 240*320 display with a 3.2 MP Camera, HSPDA and Wi Fi is how it packs its punch. This would hold the place before the N 97 comes in this summer.
Pity, Nokia doesnot have significant representation in operators in NA.
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Samsung Memoir: The phone and the camera fuse! (The phone dissappoints!)

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009

Equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with a Xenon Flash, the Memoir should be a camera-phone fanboy’s dream. The 8 megapixel camera, which includes a 16x (digital) zoom, will also shoot video. SGH t929 will also feature a full HTML browser, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, and a whole lot of other multimedia features. No Aps store, No Wifi and a loose interface ruin what could otherwise have been a state of the art device in here! 158976-samsung_memoir2_original

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LG Versa: Successor to Voyager!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009

The LG VX9600, or the LG Versa, can be either a touch-screen phone or one with a QWERTY keyboard. Yes, apparently the touch-screen handset comes with a detachable QWERTY keyboard. There are also plans for other detachable modules, like a game controller pad, speakers, and maybe even a Wi-Fi module. In this pic is featured the versa prominently showing a soft key board. versasoftqwerty

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Toshiba Timeline: iPhone in its sights?

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009

Many believe the Toshiba TG01 will be handful for the iPhone. Making its launch in MWC, this eye catcher has a 4.1 inch, 800*480 pixel touchscreen! The quirk here is that the phone uses its accelerometers to answer -– so you shake the phone to pick up or hang up a call. It comes with the 1GHz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset running along with Windows 6 with Flash support! Watch for this one at MWC this year!158868-toshiba-tg01-6

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S 743: HTC’s new Android phone

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009

The G1 was 10th in the best smart phones list for US in 2008. So then, HTC is looking to do an encore with Android + HTC S743 . Though it isnt a touch screen device, it takes design cues from the HTC diamond! It comes with a 3.2 MP camera, 2.4 inch QVGA, a second VGA for video calls, a numeric key pad and a slide out QWERTY key board!

Ultraslim smart phone at 4.6 * 1.7 * 0.6 inches and 4.9 ounces, this phone will come unbundled which makes it steeply price at $743! However it provides other consumers to buy it and use it on other networks as well!
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Sony Ericsson’s smart phone line up: This Spring!

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 12, 2009

Sony Ericsson launches its Cyber Shot Keitai W 816, which they are hailing as the world’s first full change phone customizable both inside and out! It  doesnot look great and is probably jaded in features as well! With a 5 MP camera, wireless music output, 2.8 inch wVGA LCD screen (usingthe reality Max technology used in Bravia) and 750 MB data folder, there is nothing to write home about in this one. It is being released with the Japaneese carrier KDDI!

 
W61S includes a Sony “Exmor” CMOS image sensor for high-resolution, low-noise photos. It also includes the “Smile Shutter Lite” and “Kaokime Lite” functions found in Sony “Cyber-shot™” digital cameras that click when the subject is smiling!!

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