Despite Microsoft’s belated entrance into the smartphone wars, it looks like they actually might have a decent competitor to the mighty iPhone 4.
While its doubtful that Windows 7 phone would dent Apple’s sales (due to the latter’s immense app store), their upcoming smartphone could make Android’s Evo white knight all but irrelevant.
Samsung Cetus is a smartphone based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7 . It uses 800×480 4.0″ AMOLED with full touch screen, and it has 5MP camera and secondary VGA video call camera. Other features include SMS (threaded view), MMS, e-mail, instat messaing, HTML, Inter Explorer browser, Stereo FM radio, GPS,Â Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and microUSB v2.0. (Official Bluetooth SIG Member Website)
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With the upcoming Samsung phone sporting a VGA video camera (just like iPhone 4), we may see the Windows 7 phone embrace FaceTime which would give Microsoft leverage over every Android device currently on the market.
Microsoft is planning on introducing the world to their Windows 7 phone this October, although hopefully by then their employees will have created enough Win7 apps to provide some decent competition against the smartphoneÂ Goliaths.
After receiving numerous complaints over the 10 minute limit, it looks as if the boys and girls at Google are going to expand everyone’s current video allotment by an extra 300 seconds (or 5 minutes for you time geeks).
We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video. Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. Weâ€™ve heard you, and today weâ€™re pleased to announce that weâ€™ve increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.
We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your â€œ15 minutes of fame.â€ Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate? What will be the enduring stamp youâ€™ve left on us all? Tag your video with â€œyt15minutes,â€ upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and weâ€™ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight. (Official YouTube Blog)
YouTube goes on to explain that the reason they are expanding the time limits is due to the success of their content ID system which prevents users from uploading pirated content (which Viacom sued YouTube over and lost).
Although YouTube has yet to attract some of the premium content that is becoming common place amongst rivals (like Hulu), the extra 5 minuets may attract short film creators who can help bring more quality videos to the Youtube universe (beyond dogs on skateboards andÂ deodorantÂ commercials).
With rumors of the search engine king launching a social network (dubbed Google Me), many in the geek-o-sphere have been pondering what features Google will add in order to challenge the mighty Facebook.
Google is already busy conducting studies to see how people interact with social networks (online as well as off), which the company hopes will help them build an intuitive social network without overwhelming the end user.
But if Google wants to challenge Facebook for social supremacy, they may have to deal with Steve Jobs who may not welcome the search engine’s entrance upon their beloved iDevice.
The end is near my net book friends! It looks like K-mart (which is WalMart’s rival in the US) will be carrying Android tablets for a limited time.
But what is most suprising about this offer is the price, which is cheaper than the iPhone 4 (carrier subsidy and all). More →
It looks like the Google overlords have finally wised up and are now allowing users of their ever so popular Android device to charge apps to their carrier cell phone bill.
Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work weâ€™re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like. [...]
In Section 13.1, â€œauthorized carriersâ€ have been added as an indemnified party.
Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax accrual.
These new terms apply immediately to anyone joining Android Market as a new publisher. Existing publishers have been notified of this change via email; they have up to 30 days to sign into the Android Market developer console to accept the new terms. (Official Android Developers Blog) More →
With Windows 7 mobile launching in October of this year, Microsoft has been busy putting on the final touches of their favored smart phone.
After giving all of their employees a free Windows 7 phone, Microsoft is now asking them to create apps for the Windows Market in their “spare time.”
Understand the unique value of Windows Phone 7 and evangelize to your customers, partners, friends and family! [...]
Develop! With the help of the developer division, we just shipped the Final Beta of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. They absolutely rock, and you should download them nowÂ http://developer.windowsphone.com/. The package includes everything you need to start building apps. In addition, weâ€™ve introduced a new employee developer program which makes it much easier for you to develop apps for Marketplace in your spare time. (TechFlash)
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After quiting the search engine wars, it looks as if Yahoo! has finally begun handing over its beloved search bar, dignity and any silver medals to Microsoft’s Bing, who (as shown below) eagerlyÂ awaitsÂ the opportunity to take on Google.
When we announced our intention to enter into aÂ search and advertising relationship with Yahoo! almost a year ago, we began a journey that will help us build a scale search advertising marketplace and provide a real competitive alternative for consumers, publishers and advertisers.
Beginning just a few days ago, we began some important testing across both our systems designed to verify our joint work and make sure we are ready to deliver a quality transition for customers, which we are on track to complete in the US and Canada over the next few months. (Bing Community Blog) More →
After nixing their free plans and embracing a pure premium model, Ning users are now able to choose the plan that is right for them, although Ning is giving users until the end of August to choose a plan or find a new home.
The three new plans â€“ Ning Mini, Ning Plus and Ning Pro â€“ are now live!
I encourage you to take a look at your choices and decide which plan makes the most sense for you and your members. Youâ€™ll have until August 20th to purchase a plan, which should give you ample time to make a decision. (Official Ning Blog) More →
Despite lacking numerous apps, an army of developers and Apple’s cult like following, HP’s PalmPad will probably be able to hold its own against the iPad tsunami that is sweeping the planet.
While Steve Jobs greatest creation allows you to interact with the iPad by using all ten digits, PalmPad may one up the iPad–literally–by introducing a simple tool that will appeal to corporate execs, artists and journalists around the world.
Our insider tells us that just likeÂ HP’s tm series notebook, the webOS tablet will have a screen that recognizes aÂ wacom pen while functioningÂ as a capacitive touchscreen. That means the webOS tablet–unlike the iPad–will be anÂ actual tablet. You will be able to take handwritten notes on it and easily search your notes. (Examiner.com)
Just the very fact that the PalmPad will come with an official stylus Â will set PalmPad apart from “that other” touchscreen tablet, as well as help the company leverage their products against Steve Jobs alternative to net books.
Coupled with a front facing camera and the PalmPad could easily replace the popular iPad, despite the lack of apps upon the App Catalog (aka Palm’s app store).