Archive for January, 2012

China Telecom to push iPhone 4S in February

China Telecom to push iPhone 4S in February

Apple's iPhone push in China continues to buoy the telecoms market, with further talk of a second carrier in the Chinese market to offer the iOS smartphone. After analysts predicted China Telecom would follow China Unicom in offering the iPhone 4S, as part of a 40m unit sales push by 2013, the China Daily now claims the carrier could launch the handset on its CDMA network as soon as February 2012. The move follows comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook suggesting that the company sees China as its next significant growth market.

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Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer on the attack with $699 Ultrabooks in 2012

Acer plans to go on the attack in 2012 with a strong push in four major product categories, whereas its strategy last year was mainly to defend its position in the market. The company's Chairman JT Wang announced the strategy shift during the company's Lunar New Year ceremony, revealing that it would aggressively introduce new ultrabooks, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy Note S tipped, GSIII release date dropped

Samsung Galaxy Note S tipped, GSIII release date dropped

This week another brand new set of Galaxy devices have been tipped, those being the Samsung Galaxy Note S, the Galaxy S II Plus, and the Galaxy S III - a device we've already heard quite a bit about this year. The Galaxy S III has been tipped once again to be having a spring release, specifically Turkey being the place and the release date being the 13th of March - this again may line up well with Mobile World Congress 2012 or could point towards an announcement right after the fact. As Unwired View notes, the Galaxy S II Plus then could represent the same half-step-up that we've seen in the Galaxy S Advance this past week.

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Xbox 720 to go for Smart TV and Gaming separately

Xbox 720 to go for Smart TV and Gaming separately

Over the past month there's been a gushing of juicy rumors coming forth from the fountain head on the Xbox 720, most of them molding together to create one perfect machine set to dominate the gamine world come 2013. But the most interesting point is the newest: that there will be not one, but two new Xbox units coming down the chute. The first one will be no less than a fully functional monster of gaming, everything we'd ever hoped for in a Microsoft-made green beast of console-based power.

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Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Firefox 10 hits with new dev tools, full-screen apps

Mozilla has unleashed Firefox 10, the latest iteration of its popular open-source Web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. This update comes merely six weeks after Firefox 9 proving the company's commitment to its new "rapid release" program. Web developers should be particularly happy with this update as it brings a host of new built-in tools to make website creation easier.

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AT&T juggles execs

AT&T juggles execs

Today the folks at AT&T are doing a little flipping around of heads with several faces now reporting directly to the AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson including John Stankey, Ralph de la Vega, Andy Geisse, and John Donovan. Each of these professionals will be getting a brand new world, with Stephenson expressing his enthusiasm for continued delivery for customers, owners, and communities through executives "focused on the biggest growth opportunities."

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Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

Foxconn expanding by 5 factories to bump Apple production

The folks at Foxconn have announced plans to expand their production of Apple products by five factories soon, each of them in Brazil. These extra factories will allow them to cater to demand for both iPhones and iPads, but mostly the latter, and will be combining to up their annual run rate by 400 million units within five years. São Paulo's Secretary of Planning and Development of the State, Julio Semeghini, released this information saying that the five factories will be staffing right around 1,000 workers each.

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LG scolded by NAD, Samsung, Sony for false advertising

LG scolded by NAD, Samsung, Sony for false advertising

Both Sony and Samsung have come to the National Advertising Division to raise claims that LG's current line of advertising for their 3D televisions is based on unfair claims and should be ended immediately. The decision came down on the 26th of January from NAD that they recommend that because the advertising does not hold up to their standards, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus would have LG discontinue advertising claims made for their Cinema 3D Television and 3D glasses. In both cases, it seemed that not only did LG not perform fair tests to attain these claims, they were not entirely truthful in their final write-ups of what they found.

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Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications HHI in Berlin have presented a working model set of soil sensors that will in the near future be able to feed a farmer results on moisture content, humidity, temperature, and leakage. These sensors have been shown at the Embedded World trade fair in Nuremberg Germany and showcased as a futuristic wireless solution for farmers to keep their crops healthy and safe through the growing months of summer and fall. Though these sensors are currently wired to one another physically, they'll soon be able to work entirely independent of one another, transmitting signals back to a base station which then communicates with the farmer's mobile phone.

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Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung sucker-punched by Euro set-backs

Samsung's short run of legal success against Apple has been quickly curtailed, with the past two weeks punctuated by court rejections and news that the European Commission has singled out the firm for potentially misusing patents. The Korean company's prospects had been buoyed by a Dutch court finding against Apple in an attempt to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from sale, with vital design patents dismissed as less powerful than Apple had previously assumed. However, while Samsung had been arguing matters of style, Apple and the EU had focused on cellular-substance, dragging Samsung up short for its potentially dubious use of 3G technology IP.

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