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  • SMS2130 is the new product launched in the upcoming Latin American cell phone TV market by Siano Mobile Silicon, the much talked about cell phone TV receiver chip maker. The chip supports the ISDB-T technology, this technology is also known as ISDB-T “1-Seg.”



    The chip suits the exact needs of the of the market of that region as it introduces new optimization levels in cost and performance


    Though the SMS2130 will initially launch in Brazil, but soon it will be available in the other Latin American countries including Chile and Argentina.


    Until now nearly 40 cities in Brazil enjoy mobile TV, which covers a population of 70 million or more. Currently the services are available free of cost. There are plans of introducing more advance interactive services from 2011.



    Availability wise… a few customers are already enabled to get sample chips and Siano stated that they are already engaged in developing electronic products with some of their customers. They are making electronic products including cell phones using the new chip, SMS2130.


    It is worth mentioning that SMS2130 is the first of its kind in a totally new product family for the Latin American market. Though Latin America is an unpredictable place with an even more unpredictable market, if Siano can sell their product well it should result in them making a huge profit. Siano-based products have been selling in high volumes in Brazil for a few months now under the leading cell phone operators such as Vivo, Claro and TIM so it can be presumed that their new brand will also prosper. But we have to wait to find out how the story unfolds.




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  • Dr. Ataken Peker, the founder of Liquidmetal Technologies said that in the making and design of Apple’s new wireless antennas Liquidmetal’s shapeless metal alloys might be used. Dr. Ataken Peker pointed out at an interview which was held by Cult of Mac, that the properties which Liquidmetal hold, makes it a very useful material for an antenna. This can be a reason behind Apple’s signing of a broad licensing agreement with the company.


    Commonly illustrated as metallic glass, the different alloys that go into the making Liquidmetal provides great strength at minimum weights, utmost durability or wear resistance, and the softening temperature being low, it is easier to mould it into designs and shapes that are complex in nature. Liquidmetal is already being used in various consumer products such as sports equipments especially skis, golf clubs etc. jewellery, and also in electronic equipments where it appears in USB thumb drive casings, MP3 players, and cell phones. The wireless modem, Verizon USB727, which is famous for its excellent reception capability uses Liquidmetal technology in its antenna. Moreover, Apple also uses the same technology in the newly launched Magic Trackpad.



    Apple may not be eyeing for Liquidmetal to be solely used in the making of the simple antenna, it may as well be used in the seamless, complex casings of products such as iPod, unlocked  iPhone4 and the iPad. Moreover this technology can also be used to make novel casings that receive radio signals. The Bezel Antenna that is used in iPhone 4 can be replaced by an outer casing that receives signals thus making the whole casing itself an antenna. Liquidmetal has properties that allow it to be bended without fatigue or erosion of any sort so it can also be used to make one piece foldable devices too.




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  • The question that features the most on almost everyone’s lips is incredibly a simple “Where Are You?” Despite the fact that in many cases the answer to that would be a simple one, there are several situations where you may not know how to describe a perfectly new location to your friend. Many a times, sending detailed information about where you are to a bunch of people who ask you that question around the same time can be irritating even. It has been ages and we’ve hardly paid any heed to this irritating exercise of dissipating your whereabouts up until recently where the geo-positioning cellphone application, echoecho was conceived. This wonderful application automatically lets people know where you are using the in-built geo positioning feature in your cell  phone.



    This wonderful application has had several updates since its release in the mobile software market. The app has now released version 1.7 recently and one new feature has caught the eye tremendously. The release features an auto reply option in itself. This feature works on the simple idea that when people request for the location of a person using this application, a request will be sent to the corresponding entity’s mobile phone. The application will now check the settings that the consumer has put into the application and instead of asking for permission will send details of the person’s location using the information that the user must pre-set about which of their address book contacts should be allowed to draw information from their phone about their location.


    This feature is switched OFF by default. However, it is an immensely useful app and can be very advantageous for users. The only problem is the lack of publicity for this software. If this issue about spreading the word on this application is resolved, this wonderfully conceived application has the potential to set the phone apps market abuzz. Until then we look forward to enjoy more releases with more impressive features from echoecho.




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  • Chaos Rings, the swashbuckling RPG from Square Enix, made its debut on Apple’s unlocked iPhones4 close to 4 months back. The game was subjected to a tremendous amount of critical acclaim from various outlets. Soon enough Chaos Rings managed to secure a No.1 positioning on the basis of sales in a total 15 countries all over the world. After taking the phone gaming world by storm, this immensely popular creation is now here to conquer the iPad. The game was recently launched for the iPad platform and is receiving critical acclaim aplenty.


    One close look at the iPad version of Chaos Rings reveals that nothing much has changed from the iPhone version that is of course, except for  the inculcation of HD graphics which was expected considering that the iPad has a much bigger screen. The game runs at a resolution of 1024×768.  Remember this game looked magnificent from a graphics point of view on the iPhone itself, upping the graphics on top of it can only add to the “wow factor” that won so much acclaim from all corners of the gaming world.


    Would a new release from Square-Enix game be complete without a subsequent or simultaneous drop in prices for the remaining titles available through the App Store? When Chaos Rings for the iPhone was unleashed a few months ago, we saw a similar change in pricing for the other games from Square-Enix and it seems Square-Enix is bent on keeping the traditional price drop move alive. So if you want a Square-Enix release for cheap, just keep low till their next release and you’ll end up saving a few bucks at least. After all Square-Enix releases don’t come cheap at all. However Chaos Rings is one game we would recommend you don’t wait for a price cut in. Yes, ladies and gentlemen the game is THAT good!



    This post was posted in Apple, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked Iphone4, unlocked cell phone, ipads

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  • No one was surprised in the fact that the Android device from Garminfone has not really hit on T-Mobile hugely, or nor for any other carriers, as it is said by Garmin that the cell phone division of them has not also performed as per as their hopes expectations.



    The second quarter earnings of the company have given the following statement:


    Sales of their smartphone product of contributed category of $27M revenued in while the quarter is going on. The time When all these were below their plan, they had been working with utter aggression with T-Mobile as well as other around the world carriers on their appropriate positioning as well as pricing of their devices in random competitive space of smartphone.



    It did not surprise anybody terribly that the world is not set on fire by the Garminfone because several key features are missed by the device such as a jack of headphone! Even Android of modern version is also missing. Although to be fair enough, on-board maps are packed by it, so, quite unlike the Google Navigation, there is nothing to be worried about holding a continuous connection of Data for directions.


    One solid quarter was posted by Garmin overall but unfortunately we cannot see a well bode future until and unless it can really up its games with the smartphones. The market of the device of personal navigation device is eventually likely to be dwindled as many more people now carry smartphone and that too with similar kind of navigation capabilities. It is quite sure that the phone sets are not quite that good as those dedicated devices; still it has got more convenience as well as enough good features for most of the cases.


    Garmin to all its credits understands this well and it is making a team with Asus for producing Android phones.



    This post was posted in General, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with Cell Phone, Android Phones

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  • MyTown, a location based check-in game from Booyah will now be made available in iTunes stores of countries like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and so on. This is good news for a whole bunch of people, who had actually been waiting for this for quite some time now. It is not too much different from the location based check-ins from familiar elements such as Foursquare and Gowalla. Here, only a thick slather of game elements is added on top of the usual familiar material. The basic thing is altered just a little. Before, you had to go and check into a store to get your points. Here, it has almost been turned into the game of Monopoly, which allows you to ‘own’ the business that you decide to check into, and in its turn, charges rent from the other people who might be checking into that business. Another difference is that it puts out a list of the stores, according to specifications. The others, in this case tend to be friendlier towards the users with a huge variety of content.


    A ‘scavenger hunt’ was also launched by Booyah today. What you have to do is check into locations, as many times as you require, and in your turn will be able to discover parts of a map, holding the clues to a ‘key’ that has been hidden somewhere in the city. Once you get to this key, you will be given a code, that you will need to mail to Booyah. This will enter you into a contest and you stand to win iTunes gift cards, and if you are really lucky, even an unlocked  iPhone4. However, the contest is only for the American users and the new regions will just have to wait out their turn to get lucky.



    This post was posted in Apple, General, Odd And Interesting and was tagged with unlocked cell phone, Iphone 4

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  • Recently AT&T had assured the investors that loss of unlocked iPhone4, or any such exclusive matter, will not adversely affect their earnings. Let us take a silent moment before we burst into maniacal, uncontrollable laughter. AT&T believes this honestly, and is not simply blowing smoke up and insulting its investors’ intelligence. However, you can be certain that there will definitely be rough seas ahead.


    Firstly, the iPhone has destroyed the market single-handedly in case of share of value. And in spite of android’s presence on several phone sets on every U.S. carrier, over a year was taken before it had the ability of eating away the market share of the iPhone. Every iPhone launch bested the last, demand for Apple smartphones has been too high to be available in bulk and waiting times for the phone grew even longer.


    I guess AT&T owns a C- in logic class. May be the cell phone carrier is forgetting the large chunk of iPhone consumers every year are mainly new customers (they are new users having switched from different carriers). The fact of a number of subscribers being on business or family plans might offer users a pause before they switch, but rumours regarding some Verizon iPhone are growing continually louder leaving behind many who still have not bought an iPhone as it is in the fickle network of AT&T.



    Other AT&T iPhone users were extremely vocal regarding switching the minute it comes on any other carrier — fees for cancellation be damned.


    The only negative that would have to be handled is the termination fee raised by AT&T just before the launch of iPhone 4 unlocked handset. Moving between $175 and $325 is nothing, but plenty of customers are nearing the closure of the contracts and might even be quite happy in paying the prorated termination fees so that they can grab an iPhone elsewhere.




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  • Brace yourselves – Android tablet costs $150. This is not much of a surprise considering the fact that the Augen Gen of Touch 78 version, holding a pirated application of the Android is being sold with the help of Kmart. Android being freely distributed, one needs licenses to use some proprietary Google apps, and it looks like for these licenses, Augen didn’t want to spring any expenses.


    In order to receive the licenses of having Google applications (such as Google Maps, most likely the Market of android), one should be a part of Alliance for Open cellphone. Augen is not the reason for which some quirks in software are found. The Market of Android is present even in that tablet, but you will still not be allowed to download apps. Instead, applications can just be browsed until your eyes start bleeding. Although this is by far one of the best bargains you will ever be able to get, but a resistive feature of touch screen is quite bad. Apart from this, to add ice to this cake, the Market of Android has been installed only for viewing applications.



    Just when the Augen tablet became a cheap Shkit piece, it won’t let you have the ability to install apps from Market, and you got to be limited by the feature of resistive and sensitively pressure handler touch screen. But I wonder if there had been any way to perform some magic and enable ADB to push and pull, that will let you be allowed to install apps from the line of command. If one of them were to have success in it, this wouldn’t be that bad having the Gen of Touch 78 version. It is not being said that it would be so good though, it never would be that poor in quality. It goes to just show that really there is no desirable tablet of Android around yet; I hardly think as well that Dell’s Streak may fit the bill.



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  • If anything has been learnt by me from numerous hours of mine playing the game Castlevania Puzzle in your unlocked iphone4, it is that just as something is not always what you are used to, it does not mean necessarily that it is a bad thing. A big gamble was taken by Konami by delivering just one puzzle game inside a package of Castlevania. Do you think that the gamble paid off?



    Castlevania Puzzle generally has you playing in the place of someone called Alucard and you are supposed to make your own way through the castle of Dracula in order to demolish it. You have a view of an awesome portion of this game, which is the map of the castle along with Alucard sprite running from one room to the other. And each of the rooms is accessed just by touching a line which is a link to the following room. One room is supposed to be accessed only with one certain ability, such as unlocking the doors, or a plenty of other ways are there.


    While travelling from one room to the other room, you must run the great risk of walking into a foe. In this essence, I do mean that almost every room is expected to end in a battlefield. When you somehow run into any enemy, while changing the room there will be flashes of red in the background and you will be taken to the battle screen by the game itself. The battle screen while fighting places both you and your enemy characters supposedly in the mid-screen as they are having a “fight.” Both the sides of this game screen now have one playing field for each character. Two gems start dropping, and each of the players needs navigation to them to their any desired location.




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  • Though available in the United Kingdom since June, Dell Streak unlocked cell phone is yet to land itself in USA. But many users are not aware of what they have been missing as the Streak only runs on Android 1.6. But there is good news after all this, as it is expected that the Streak will be running on a superior version of the Operating System.


    If you have already presumed that it’s the Android 2.2 Froyo, then you’re wrong. It’s the Éclair; Android 2.1– Google has the knack of coming up with catchy nicknames for their cell phone operating systems. Right now we don’t have the option to make a choice, because the Android 2.1 is after all an improvement from 1.6. Many users will be joyous about the features that the Éclair will provide them. The keyboard for example has undergone massive improvement.


    The Éclair also takes social networking a notch higher as it allows users to synchronise contacts with selected social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It is also possible to get live wallpapers, though this is not an exceptional feature, but they do promise to look good on the large display of 5 inches of the Streak.



    Éclair is presumed to be loaded with the Streak, as and when it launches in the USA. It would be advisable for Dell to do that as some smartphones have by now upgraded to Froyo Operating Systems. And, the bigger version of Streak headed for us who will assumable have the Android 2.2 pre-installed, Streak has to build up the excitement to make people expect better things from Dell. The modified Streak, promising to launch in the later part of the year, I would wait and look out for what comes out of the competition.


    But immediately we can only hope that the Streak comes as early as possible.




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