Wednesday, August 28, 2013

End of Summer Digest

Summer is over, but the tech industry is heating up for a promising Q4 of launches, news and interesting turn of events. On the up we have the TV industry that insists on plugging ever more features, touch less or otherwise, into the old TV set. TechCrunch reports that Cognitive Networks Partners With LG To Bring Interactivity To Smart TVs  , so much so that viewers can ''get discounts, maybe order pizza and other goodies'' while watching their favorite show.

Mobie Industry Review is asking if Nokia Lumia 1020 is finally the phone to redeem Nokia and convert you to the Windows Phone platform. Betting on the camera yet again, the N team promises:
  
''Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera. [...]

 The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of USD 299.99 on a two-year contract. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.'' 

The proof is in the pudding and we'll see if Q4 results will confirm the long-awaited wind of change for the Finish company.

Penalty for Apple as China Labor Watch (CLW), a US-based charity, released a report last month, about the working conditions surrounding the production of the new cheap iPhone. ''Apple's unkept promises: Cheap iPhones come at high costs to Chinese workers'' talks about the excessive number of underpaid hours Chinese workers put in to make a living and stresses that the company's statements on tightening control over its outsourced supply chain do not match the reality. Here is also a video accompanying this report:



Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 Mobile World Congress Highlights

The 72,000 visitors of the mobile industry premier event this year show that although the crisis might not be gone, the innovation in mobile and the interest in it are still moving on. A collection of SIM based NFC technologies was such one innovation treat that was served for attendees of this year's event. Let's remember what NFC is (source: event's website)

''Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled mobile phones have a huge potential to make our lives easier by letting us, with a simple touch, enable secure access to new transaction and payment services across a range of sectors and industries.'' 

Using this technology, visitors could benefit from coupons, find locations, make mobile payments and so on. Here is a SONY demonstrating their NFC enabled device:


For more insights of MWC 2013, go to http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/2013-highlights/

A bientôt!
  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cellular news: Sprint Nextel and Telefonica Join Forces in Mobile Advertising Push

Cellular news reports on the latest buzz in the world of mobile: Sprint Nextel and Telefonica's joint efforts to create one of the biggest mobile ad network there is. Will this endeavor begin to standardize the universe of mobile marketing or not? It remains to see, but for now, read the entire story here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013