Submitted by lalit on May 8, 2012 - 11:22am.
We have all seen our smartphone and tablet screens fade out as soon as we step outdoors. In some cases it’s almost unreadable outdoors even though these devices are designed to be used on the go. To find out which smartphones and tablets worked better (were more readable) in high ambient lighting DisplayMate tested 4 tablets and 5 smartphones. The test were done inside an Integrating Hemisphere using a powerful light source that uniformly illuminates the displays from all directions from 0 lux (Absolute Darkness) up through 40,000 lux (Indirect Sunlight), which is very bright.
On the tablet side, DisplayMate tested Galaxy Tab 10.1, iPad 2, Kindle Fire and Motorola Xoom. While on the smartphone side they tested Nokia Lumia 900 Samsung Galaxy S, iPhone 4, Motorola Droid X and HTC Desire. All devices showed decreased viewability in high ambient lighting, but tablets performed worst than most smartphones. DisplayMate concluded the results by saying:
You can read the complete shootout results with detailed explanation on how each smartphone and tablet screen performed, and also see the master photo grid showing each device screen in various lighting conditions on DisplayMate’s website.
Submitted by lalit on May 8, 2012 - 8:58am.
Nokia Beta Labs today launched City Lens for Windows Phone, an augmented reality app that overlays places to eat, tourist hotspots and points of interest on the phone’s camera display to help you find what you are looking for. You can simply click you chosen destination on the phone’s screen and it will give you walking directions, make a reservation for you or offer more details about the locale.
The application also has a sharing feature that allows you to share your find with your friends via social networks, SMS or email. The introductory video below gives a good idea about how the application works. Nokia City Lens is still in beta, so Nokia says, “we would love to receive your feedback about City Lens, including any enhancements that would help make it a better product.”
Submitted by lalit on May 8, 2012 - 8:03am.
A developer, who submitted a suggestion for multi-user support in iOS to Apple’s Bug Reporter system, got a surprising email back from Apple saying the issue is “currently being investigated”. Developers can not only use the Bug Report system in iOS for submitting bugs, but also for making suggestions for new features in iOS.
This developer simply suggested that Apple add support for multiple users to the iPad operating system so that various people in a family can use the device. To his request Apple replied “After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.”
The developer told AppleInsider “they have often used Apple's Bug Reporter to submit requests for new features. However, this standard form letter is the first time that Apple has actually responded to such a submission from this particular developer”.
This email doesn’t mean that we will definitely get multi-user support in iOS 6, but it is a good indication that Apple is listening to developers and is ready to act on suggestions from developer community.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 2:33pm.
AT&T today launched Samsung’s first 4G LTE Windows Phone featuring 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. This is the third 4G LTE Windows Phone on AT&T included the much hyped Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II. Main features of the Samsung Focus 2 are:
Samsung Focus 2 will be available from AT&T beginning May 20 in pure white for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 11:18am.
Cult of Mac is reporting that they have heard from a reliable source who has seen the Apple TV prototype in action featuring current Cinema Display like design along with Siri and iSight camera. The website claims “Our source is well placed and has provided us with great tips in the past.” Leander Kahney wrote on Cult of Mac:
Cult of Mac didn’t get any other information about specs, user interface, pricing or launch schedule from their source. It will be really interesting if Apple bring FaceTime to the living room with their upcoming/rumored Apple TV.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 10:37am.
Verizon and HTC announced today that the new Droid Incredible 4G LTE featuring the new HTC Sense 4.0 UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be available in coming weeks. The main features of the LTE powered handset are:
No word on pricing yet, but Verizon says Droid Incredible 4G LTE will soon be available in Verizon Stores and on Verizon’s website.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 8:09am.
AT&T today announced IP-based home security monitoring and automation services called AT&T Digital Life that offers customers control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier.
“The AT&T Digital Life service has the potential to take home monitoring and home security solutions to another level,” said Larry Hettick, Research Director, Consumer Services, for Current Analysis. “The service promises to be as robust as anything in the marketplace today backed by the trusted AT&T brand. I am particularly impressed with its IP-based wireless platform, plans for a nationwide offering, and a wide range of devices that can be monitored and viewed from any carrier’s wireless or wireline Internet connection. These consumer-friendly capabilities will help grow this industry.”
AT&T Digital Life will have connected devices and sensors like cameras, window/door sensors, smoke sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, motion sensor, glass break sensor, automated door locks, connected thermostats, moisture detection and appliance power controls. The main features and benefits of the new service according to AT&T are:
Professional installation of the platform, sensors and other devices
Integrated, wirelessly enabled platform that combines home security and automation capabilities
AT&T owned and operated 24/7 security monitoring centers
A state-of-the-art user interface application, which allows customers to customize a solution based on individual needs, and the ability to manage and control their services from the U.S. or while traveling abroad
AT&T will begin trial run of the Digital Life services in Atlanta and Dallas this summer and will require subscription of AT&T’s wireless home service for it to work. You can get more information about the Digital Life services by signing up on AT&T’s website. Also check out the introductory video of the Digital Life service below.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 7:40am.
LG is planning to launch Google TV based HDTVs in US in the week of May 21, according to Reuters. Initially the Google TVs from LG will only be available in US and after seeing their sales performance LG will decide whether to expand the offering to Europe and Asia. The TV will be based on second version of Google TV, which many analyst says is better than the failed first attempt by Google last year.
"Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21," Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG's TV business unit, told a small group of reporters.
From the report by Reuters, it looks like LG is just testing waters with small Google TV launch, as they will have Google TV support on a very small number of HDTVs, In fact, some analyst say that it will be just one model series with three screen sizes. Over 60 percent of all LG HDTVs will still use their own NetCast platform with rest 30-35% percent having no Internet capability.
Submitted by lalit on May 7, 2012 - 6:45am.
Digitimes is reporting that Apple will release a lower price model of MacBook Air in Q3 to compete with low end Ultrabooks from other PC makers. According to Digitimes this MacBook Air will be in response to aggressive push by Intel and other PC makers to bring down the cost of Ultrabooks to $699. Monica Chen posted:
We seriously doubt that Apple will launch a $799 MacBook Air to compete with other PC maker in a race to the bottom of profit margins. Apple has never bothered to compete in low-end market where profits are almost zero, DigiTimes was one of the publications that kept on claiming few years back that Apple will release $799 white MacBook, but Apple simply replaced the MacBook lineup with MacBook Air. We believe Apple will add more features to $999 MacBook Air (bigger storage, more RAM) rather than bring the price down, like they have been doing with other Apple products.
Submitted by lalit on May 3, 2012 - 10:25pm.
Although the new Galaxy S III has excellent specs, today’s Samsung launch event made it sound like boring and uninteresting. Even their press release for Galaxy S III was completely laughable. And the trend continuous with the first TV commercial for Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s a weird touchy feely ad, check it out above. Also, I seriously don’t understand what is with “Samsung Galaxy S III Designed for Humans”. Are other smartphones designed for aliens or animals? Samsung’s marketing department is destroying an excellent handset.
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