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Research In Motion is trying to gain back the massive amount of customers they lost to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. At BlackBerry World 2012 going on from May 1 – 3 in Orlando, Florida, Thorsten Heins took the stage and announced the fresh new look to Research In Motion’s future Operating System, BlackBerry 10 (BB10).
They showed off the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone in a promo video below, as well as on stage while demoing the new OS. The device itself looks exactly like a 4inch model of the PlayBook with the volume up, play/pause and volume down buttons on the right side and the MiniUSB slot on the let side (same as the PlayBook in Portrait mode). Although the device wasn’t announced, the main event was showing off some new innovations of BB10. The device used is called a “Dev Alpha” model, which may never actually see store shelves in its current form. The device will be given to developers to test their BB10 apps for future release. That release of which was still slated by Thorsten Heins, RIM President and CEO, to be the ‘latter part of 2012′.
The BlackBerry 10 operating system is showing some refinements and promise. One of the most innovative parts of the OS seems to be the ‘timeline lens’ which captures images and still frames as soon as the camera app is loaded, even if you haven’t taken a picture yet. The idea is that you can ‘rewind’ the frames to grab a still frame you’d like to use if the one you thought you captured when taking a picture doesn’t quite cut the cake. The other innovation is with the BB10 touch keyboard which seems a little more intuitive with auto-correct, showing words right above the matching letters as you spell out words, rather than most other auto-corrects showing a collection of possible matches at the top of the keyboard.
Will this be enough to pull people away from the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 devices or Android smartphones? That remains to be seen in the latter part of 2012. Unfortunately for RIM however, is that the next iPHone is also expected to launch in the ‘latter part of 2012′ with iOS 6. To add icing to the competition cake is the new operating system from Microsoft with Windows 8, which will power smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. No doubt we’ll likely see a new announcement for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean as well sometime in the last weeks of 2012.
Article first published as BREAKING: RIM Announces BlackBerry 10 to the World on Technorati.
It’s no surprise for anyone that Apple (AAPL) is totally kicking butt when it comes to company value. After Apple passed earnings estimates for a second straight quarter, setting another company record, it almost seems as though Apple is a Juggernaut which cannot be stopped. Others feel that Apple is still riding on the coat tails of genius left behind by their late co-founder Steve Jobs, who had been working on several new products until his passing in 2011. Those products include the rumored Apple ‘Smart’ TV, the new iPad (3rd generation currently on the market), and the next iPhone (iPhone 5).
When someone thinks “CEO”, they look at the model CEO, Steve Jobs, who led Apple from
having almost nothing in the bank to being the most valued company in the U.S. The following question comes up often, ‘Just how valuable is Apple?’ Thankfully, Best Computer Sciences Degrees has put together a few statistics to make us aware of just how big they are in a new infographic just released.
The infographic shows that Apple has been valued over $508 Billion which is $100 more than the next largest company in the U.S. whom you may have heard of…Exxon. It goes on to show us that Apple’s iOS devices have almost sold more products than all automobiles combined since 2008. have a look at the infographic at the source link below to see more.
Source: Best Computer Science Degrees
Article first published as Apple Is Taking Over The World – Infographic on Technorati.
As many have reported, the GPS issues within the ASUS Transformer Prime Android tablet have not necessarily been resolved after a few updates have been released for the known bug. Many owners of the Transformer Prime have reported their frustration in the issue, which continues to plague the King of Android tablets. Not really the memory you want to have embedded in the minds of potential android tablet owners in the future when the iPad 2 and new iPad (3rd gen) are ruling the roost.
ASUS may see there’s just no fixing this type of issue without either recalling the Transformer Prime tablets as a whole, or by giving away Free GPS dongles to those who apply. The cheapest way is clearly the dongles, but will their current Transformer Prime users actually want/use these devices? I guess it all depends on how critical GPS accuracy is to them personally. To me, it’s not that big a deal, and I wouldn’t want a dongle hanging out the side of my tablet each time I wanted to use GPS either.
To appease the Prime owners however, a free GPS dongle will be shipped to anyone asking for it. Here are some quotes to show ASUS is serious about making their existing customers happy about owning their products.
We will be releasing a dongle shortly that will address the GPS function and be a fully usable GPS that will lock onto many satellites and keep their lock with wi-fi active.
GPS dongle will be provided for free when it arrives. ETA is mid April for this and we are setting up a process for it. We will inform you once the process is complete and the dongles here.
It will look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis.
Article first published as ASUS Giving Free GPS Dongles to Fix Issues on Technorati.
The burn seems to be continuing for Research In Motion. After a terrible 2011, and less than impressive sales of all BlackBerry Products, RIM seems to be unable to keep staff. Wall Street Journal is now reprting that several Executives have been leaving RIM.
Jim Balsillie had stepped down as the Chairman of the Board, just a couple months after RIM named a new CEO as well. Not only has Balsillie left completely (who was one of RIM’s co-founders by the way), but RIM has also recently seen the loss of Alistair Mitchell, who was the Vice President of BlackBerry Messenger. After them, Senior Vice President of the BlackBerry platform Alan Brenner is reported to be gone as well as CTO David Yach and COO Jim Rowan. These departures come after a hugely disappointing Q4 sales and earnings report was just announced this last week.
It’s not looking good for Research In Motion lately. They have some huge recovery and soul searching to do over the next quarter.
Source – WSJ
Article first published as Research In Motion Executives Abandoning Ship on Technorati.
If you follow technology at all, you’ve probably had the same feeling of mediocrity as many other tech savvy people. It seems like the only real improvements to technology, particularly mobile tech, have only been with hardware specs. We always see ‘faster, smaller, thinner, lighter’ as new products roll out onto shelves. One of mobile technologies biggest steps forward within the last year has been Siri, from Apple. It has the potential to change the way we interact with technology, and use it to help manage our daily lives.
Google is also working on something, that could take voice-activation technology to a whole new level. Google’s “Project Glass” is that technology. At first glance, it looks like something right out of your favorite science fiction movie. It’s a pair of glasses that has a small translucent display right above the right eye, so it doesn’t block vision. Technology like this has the potential to change the way we manage our personal lives with interaction from technology. It’s genius really, and looking at the photo above, I would have expected this to come from Apple for its innovation paired with elegance and fashion.
Have a look at the video below, and see how this could be the next huge step forward for mobile technology. Also, if you want to see how this could negatively impact our society, read this novel.
Article first published as Google’s Project Glass Brings the Future Now on Technorati.