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A few days ago, we wrote about RIM’s BlackBerry 10 device that is expected to be launched sometime in August this year. Our associate editor, Tyler, wrote about a rumored full touchscreen BlackBerry phone that will be released in the first half of October. Hanging on to the rumor, we just learned that a bunch of photos of a supposed BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device has been leaked via CrackBerry Forums, thanks to forum member TRIPPIN who uploaded the images. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha to be given to BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees, BlackBerry 10 OS images leaked?,
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Part of the web was buzzing about the fact that China’s ministry of technology is trying to define a ‘unified” processor architecture, based either on an existing platform, or a new one. By “processor architecture”, we mean “instruction set architecture” or (ISA), like X86 is for Intel. The instruction set is basically “opcodes” (or operation code, which are the most basic machine-instructions), that will be understood and executed by processors. For example all AMD and Intel processors run on the X86 ISA.
Despite making the headlines only today, this is not “news” for industry insiders who say that this has been going on for “months” (if not for years). The Chinese government is being lobbied hard by Chinese companies who complain about the $5M price tag to license an ARM Cortex A9 design (we can’t confirm the price, but it doesn’t sound so bad). Instead, they would like to have an cheaper intellectual property that they could use/afford. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: A wind-powered car emerges from a farm in China, Google Drive has been blocked in China shortly after its launch,
Microsoft could push home-automation into a reality: Microsoft has published a white paper highlighting how its own home-automation model will work. Dubbed as HomeOS, the home-automation system will be a PC-like abstraction for homes. Microsoft explained that HomeOS will feature electronic devices such as routers, PCs, consoles, smartphones, tablets, air conditioners and other gadgets. Sounds like an ideal home readers like yourself.
From Microsoft white-paper (the URL is now dead ), it is not clear if HomeOS is Windows-based or not. However, the fact that it uses C# and the .NET 4.0 framework would suggest that it is Windows-based. Also, Microsoft has been adamant about using a single source code since the retirement of Windows NT. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Hotmail password bug fixed, New rumor suggests Windows Phone 8 update will be available for older Windows Phone devices,
It has been reported that the users of the HTC One S have been experiencing problems with its battery, particularly when during Wi-Fi calling. Loyal users of the device observed that the battery drains more quickly when using the Wi-Fi calling feature. “After 5 hours and 32 minutes on battery, screen on 66%, Internet 7%, cell standby 7%, and Wi-Fi running 3 hours and 43 minutes, I’m at a low 35% battery left,” says one user. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE rumored for a 10th May release, Extended battery for HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE arriving early,
The QWERTY keyboard design was considered by Apple after all. But that was a long time ago. According to Tony Fadell, an ex-Apple executive and a revered iPod guru, when they developed the first iPhone in January 2007, they actually entertained the idea of using a physical keyboard, instead of the then-new multitouch design that was a game changer.
Tony said that Apple narrowed down the original design to three prototypes: one was an iPod-phone hybrid, another was an undisclosed iPhone design, and of course the final design that was applied to the first generation iPhone. The iPod guru, who left Apple in 2008 to start Nest, admitted that he recognized the huge potential of using a virtual keyboard on the original iPhone. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: JoeyBra: An iPhone Holster in Your Bra, ODOC is a pretty sleek looking dock for the iPhone,