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Monday, December 31, 2012

Pearson to invest in Nook Media

Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for educational ebooks
Publishers often want to work closely with e-book outlets -- possibly a little too closely -- but it's rare that they involve themselves directly. Pearson is taking that uncommon step by making a 5 percent, $89.5 million investment in Nook Media, the joint venture between Barnes & Noble and Microsoft. Some of the reasoning won't be made public until Barnes & Noble provides holiday sales results on January 3rd, but Pearson is clear that it's furthering its online education plans: it wants Nook Media's distribution skills to make a "seamless and effective experience for students."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Motorola hires on Samsung's marketing exec Brian Wallace

Google has pulled away one of Samsung's top people. Motorola has just hired Samsung's marketing executive for the same job at Motorola. Brian Wallace has been behind some of Samsung's marketing ploys that have paid off handsomely for the company. Take, for example, the advertisement embedded below:

Visible Measures says that the ad above was the most popular tech ad of the year. Motorola and Google are likely hoping he will do the same thing for the company, marketing Google's Nexus line of devices and their upcoming X Phone. Before joining Samsung a year ago, he worked at RIM for more than a decade.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Acer to debut $99 Android tablet

A leak picked up by SlashGear is showing an Acer Iconia tablet that will be reportedly on sale for less than $100. The tablet, if released at that price, would undercut most every other Android tablet currently available and would beat Google to the punch for a sub-$100 Nexus tablet.


If the leaked renders are anything to go on, it looks like a pretty slick tablet, though it won't be featuring quite the hardware that more expensive models do. The model is reportedly a 7-inch tablet going by the name Acer Iconia B1. It will likely see its release at either CES 2013 or MWC 2013.

The processor is said to be a Mediatek dual-core coupled with 512MB of RAM. This isn't as powerful as the Nexus 7's quad-core, but would still provide decent performance. 8GB of internal storage will be present, with the option of adding a MicroSD for more capacity. The operating system is said to be Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Bone-induction bluetooth headset

DNP AfterShokz to debut 'world's first' boneconducting Bluez headphones at CES 2013
At first glance, you might think the guy in the photo above is wearing his sunglasses backwards. However, he's actually getting hiz groove on with the AfterShokz Bluez, a pair of Bluetooth headphones that transmits audio using bone conduction. We'veseen the technology before, but never on stereo wireless headsets. Instead of vibrating your eardrums, the Bluez use transducer pads that sit on your cheekbones to send audio directly to your ears. As such, the headphones have an "open-ear" design, presumably to let you hear your surroundings while listening to tunez. If this zoundz intriguing, you can pre-order them for $100 (despite their $129 retail price) from the company's website, or just wait until January when they will make their official debut at CES 2013.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Samsung Galaxy IV to have own launch event

The whole world is waiting on the Galaxy S IV, which should really put a few more dents in the not-so-invincible iPhone 5We're hearing about bendable, unbreakable screens - but it looks like "flexible screens are still a while off" according to The Verge's sources.


Something else The Verge found out was that the Galaxy S IV won't be unveiled early next year at CES in Las Vegas, nor will it be unveiled at MWC 2013, either. The Galaxy S IV will be unveiled in May with its own event, like the Galaxy S III did this past May.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Next iPad mini to have Retina display

Rumor is that the next iPad mini will feature a Retina display. DigiTimes is reporting that the next iPad mini update will be mainly focused on increasing its screen resolution. They cite the source as Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources. These same sources also say that the next 9.7-inch iPad will use one LED bar instead of two for the backlighting.


If the iPad mini moves to a Retina display, it would likely feature a 2058 x 1536 screen, which would put it at 326ppi. It will likely see the application of Apple's current Retina display technology as that would be the cheapest for Apple to implement.

The sources also note that the 9.7-inch iPad will be switching to a single LED light bar for backlighting, with the overall effect of the change being a lighter device.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

With so many providers of IP-related telephoney products, the ability to distinguish oneself from the market is to provide a whole bundle of solutions for the customer so that he does not have to shop around just to find companies to solve his problem.

The company that I am reviewing today is voip montrĂ©al. They sell a range of products which definitely includes high-end IP phone and virtualisation. They also provide enterprise solutions, hosting and mobile solutions. 

What makes things better is that they have videos that teach you how to use the product on their website. This would allow customers to see if the product suits their needs and if they like the user interface of their solutions. 

Try them out.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Google fights accidental clicks on mobile ads by making people confirm they clicked

Google has updated the way the ads work, so now if you click near the border of the ad, it will ask you to click again to confirm. This reduces false clickthroughs, reducing the amount advertisers have to pay.


Another benefit of removing false clicks is that the mobile ads see higher conversion rates, which make the ad pay-off for the advertiser more. This means Google can then charge more for the ad, which offsets the decline in revenue by charging for fewer clicks. The new confirmation will be in all in-app image banner ads.

"This is only the beginning. As devices continue to converge there will be new challenges in the fight against what many have called the 'fat finger' problem. But implementing confirmed clicks is an important step that we think will benefit users, advertisers, publishers, and the mobile ecosystem overall, and we'll continue to look for ways to improve mobile ads for everyone."

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Friday, December 14, 2012

IBM manufactures light-based 'nanophotonic' chips to let the terabytes flow

IBM manufactures lightbased 'nanophotonic' chips to let the terrabytes flow
IBM's taken a large step toward computer chips that use photons instead of electrons by manufacturing the first 90nm silicon-based optical processing modules. It did so using the CMOS nanophotonics technology we first saw back in 2010, creating tranceivers capable of 25Gbps transfer speeds. By multiplexing a large number of those streams to a single fibre, "terrabytes of data" per second could flow between distant computer systems," according to IBM. The 90 nanometer light circuits should allow data-hungry servers or supercomputers to scale up rapidly in speed "for the next decade, and at the desired low cost," according to the researchers. It's now primed for commercial development, meaning we could see an end to bottlenecks in systems "a few centimeters or a few kilometers" apart from each other. Check the PR for the detailed technical skinny.

Via Engadget

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LG sells 10 million Optimus L-Series phones


LG sells 10 million Optimus LSeries phones, claims a small dose of humility
Although the Optimus G and its Nexus 4 cousin are clearly the darlings of LG's mobile lineup, that isn't precluding the Korean company from crowing about a milestone for its more pedestrian Optimus L-Series smartphones. The company has officially passed 10 million sales of L-Series phones spread across the entire line, ranging from the tiny L3 through to the extra-large L9. LG only makes a partial attempt at keeping itself grounded, though. While it's quick to acknowledge that 10 million is a "modest" amount in the light of grander achievements, it directly credits the figure to rejecting rivals' tendencies to put "all their eggs into a one-size-fits-all phone" -- a not-so-subtle potshot at a certain competitor's approach to budget models. Whether or not that's valid criticism, we'd say a little braggadocio could be justified when most low-cost smartphones rarely get this kind of recognition.

Via Engadget

Monday, December 10, 2012

Foxconn to expand in the States

Apple CEO Tim Cook caused quite a stir when he announced that at least some Macs would soon be made in the US, and it looks like one of the world's biggest device manufacturers is now set to follow suit. As Bloomberg reports, Foxconn is planning to expand its operations in the US to fulfill what it sees as a growing demand for more Made in the USA products. While not providing many details beyond that, Foxconn spokesperson Louis Woo said in an interview with Bloombergthat "supply chain is one of the big challenges for US expansion," adding that "any manufacturing we take back to the US needs to leverage high-value engineering talent there in comparison to the low-cost labor of China." Of course, while the timing of the news is a bit coincidental, there's no indication yet that Foxconn will be working with Apple on its US manufacturing plans, nor is there any word on any other clients it's lined up.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Apple's iPad domination begins to fade, iPad share is at its lowest point since 2010

There was a time when the iPhone and iPad were the absolute undeniable champions of the industry - breaking records on quarterly shipments, and market share in their respective fields - smartphones and tablets. The iPad pretty much created the tablet market on its own, and has enjoyed complete dominance since its launch.


Well, Apple may still lead the tablet market in terms of their share of the pie - but this number has dropped to its lowest point since the original, first-generation iPad launched in 2010. In ABI's latest estimate report, Apple's share of the worldwide tablet market dropped to just 55% in Q3 2012 - a 14% sequential decline.

Google's Android-based tablets are the main cause of this, which comes as a surprise to no one. Apple did just introduce the 7.85-inch iPad mini, but is it too late for them to claw back some of that lost market share? A quarter or so from now should tell, and we should have even more proof in the next few quarters as Apple start shipping, and selling more of their smaller slates. ABI analyst, Jeff Orr, isn't too sure on whether the iPad mini will help their market share numbers:

With the introduction of a smaller, lower-cost iPad mini, Apple has acknowledged Android's beachhead of 7-inch-class tablets, though at the same time, it has failed to deliver a knock-out punch through innovation, pricing, and availability during the most critical selling period of the year. As the OS of choice for the majority of device OEMs, we expect the Android ecosystem to continue growing in numbers - new manufacturers, better device choices for reaching more markets, and more developers finding value from apps and content.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Intel to update Celeron, Pentium chips to Ivy Bridge by early 2013 Read more at

Intel's budget line of CPUs has remained based upon the older Sandy Bridge architecture, even though Ivy Bridge has been out for over half a year now. Reports have now surfaced that these low-end CPUs will be updated to the 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture by early 2013, even as Haswell gets close to making an appearance.


The current Pentium G870, G645, and G645T will cease to be produced as Intel makes room in their line up for the Pentium G2130, G2020, and G2020T. Similarly, the Celeron G555, G550, and G550T will be phased out in favor of the new G1620, G1610, and G1610T processors.

Intel is also planning on shipping dual-core mobile Ivy Bridge chips in Q1 of 2013. Haswell is widely expected to make its debut in Q3 of 2013.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Google buys BufferBox, might give Amazon Locker a run for its money

Google buys BufferBox, might give Amazon Locker a run for its money
Google has just snapped up BufferBox, a Waterloo, Ontario-based startup that offers temporary lockers for online purchases much like the ones recently deployed by Amazon. Instead of 7-Elevens and RadioShacks however, the relatively young startup has only just started a deal to install parcel kiosks in Canada's Metrolinx GO Transit stations. The Mountain View company hopes to keep BufferBox alive through the acquisition, with plans for 100 kiosks in Greater Toronto and Hamilton in the next year.