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SANTA CRUZ, Calif- Are the police in your neighborhood and you have no idea why, well, now there is an app for that. The Santa Cruz Police Department, working with two recent UC Santa Cruz graduates, developed what is believed to be the first consumer-focused law enforcement iPhone application in the country.
“This mobile application will give our community a remarkable amount of information in the palm oftheir hand,” Police Chief Kevin Vogel said.
The mobile app will provide access to the police department’s scanner feed, online crime maps, videos, photos and a new departmental blog. In addition, consumers will be able to submit crime tips from their mobile phone and view Nixle alerts.
“We recognize that people are consuming information in new ways,” Chief Vogel said, “law enforcement needs to make their information as transparent and readily-accessible as possible to meet the expectations of our communities.”
The app was designed by EZ Axess Inc, a Sunnyvale-based start-up company founded in the Spring of 2009 by UC Santa Cruz graduates Kushyar Kasraie and Jamieson Johnson. The firm was a finalist in the 2009 UCSC Business Plan Competition, which was sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz.
EZ Axess is in the process of expanding the development to other smartphone platforms (such as the Droid). In the meantime, the app’s features can be obtained through any web-enabled phone via the Police Department’s newly launched mobile website http://m.santacruzpolice.com.This app will also work on the iTouch and iPad.
The free mobile application is available via iTunes and the Apple store.
[March 26, 2011]
Phone project to launch ; NEWS IN BRIEF [South Wales Echo (UK)]
(South Wales Echo (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SMALL Valleys businesses are to have a say in the development of mobile phone technology thanks to a new multi-million-pound project at the University of Glamorgan.
A pounds 4.9m European Unionfunded scheme, to be launched on Wednesday, will help smaller companies and start-ups explore the latest phone services and applications.
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones will launch the project at the university’s Treforest campus, which will become the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS).
The site will be a test bed for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to design, develop and protect the creation of new mobile phone technologies.
CEMAS has already signed up its first wave of companies, including Abercynon-based MJR solutions – a start-up company specialising in mobile technology and integration.
It is among the first to receive support from the innovative venture and is currently designing a new application which will be completed by the end of 2011.
While the company’s new “app” is a closely guarded secret, bosses say it will target a significant number of people and would help in enhancing key aspects of the Welsh economy.
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China plans to roll out commercial “fourth generation” mobile phone technology nationwide in 2014, state media said Friday, citing the country’s top telecom regulator.
The remarks by Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, marked the first time China has given a timetable for the adoption of 4G, which provides faster broadband wireless services, the China Daily said.
China has been pushing for its home-grown 4G standard, known as TD-LTE, to be accepted as a global standard.
TD-LTE is being tested in seven cities and will go into commercial use “when the technology is mature”, China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou was quoted by the newspaper as saying last week.
The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) accepted TD-LTE in October as a candidate to be designated 4G and is watching the tests by China Mobile and its partners to see if it meets 4G transmission standards.
China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, said late last year that a number of Chinese and foreign telecom equipment makers would participate in the tests of its 4G candidate, including China’s ZTE Corp, Huawei Technologies, Finnish-German Nokia Siemens and Swedish group Ericsson.
The Korea Herald/ SK Telecom, the country’s leading mobile carrier, is expected to launch Samsung Electronics’ Wave 2, which runs on Samsung’s proprietary mobile operating system, in Korea as early as this week.
Wave 2 will be the first model introduced in the local market that runs on Samsung’s mobile operating platform Bada, developed more than a year ago.
“The telecom will make the last call for the launch date, however, there is a high possibility that it will be launched within this month and possibly this week,” a Samsung official said.
Wave 2, which will be equipped with a 3.7-inch super clear liquid-crystal display screen, will feature an integrated social networking service dubbed “Social Hub” and a 5 million pixel camera, according to Samsung officials.
It will also contain a 1 gigahertz Hummingbird central processing unit, a 2 gigabyte embedded memory and a 512 megabyte random access memory, they said.
People can download mobile applications through “Samsung Apps,” which contains applications developed for the company’s Bada platform, its officials said, adding that Samsung is also planning to provide Bada-only application services for Korean consumers.
“We’re completely prepared for the launch of Wave 2 in Korea, considering that Wave 2 has already been released in Europe,” said a Samsung official.
The previous version of Wave 2 was released on the European market ─ including France and Germany ─ for the first time in May last year and the second version was also presented in November.
The launching of the new Bada-powered handset in Korea comes as the world’s second-largest handset maker is gearing up to take over a bigger stake in the mid-range smart phone market.
Shin Jong-kyun, president of the company’s mobile business group, has announced its plans to sell 10 million units of Bada phones by the end of June. He also said Bada phones are expected to make a huge contribution to Samsung’s overall smart phone sales this year.
The global electronics giant has doubled its annual smart phone sales in 2011 to over 50 million units with plans to launch new tablets and mobiles ranging from high-end to low-cost.
A recent research conducted by market researcher Strategy Analytics supports Samsung’s decision by claiming that the global market for mid-range models between US$100 and US$200 is estimated to jump to US$28 billion, or 68 percent of the overall mobile phone market, in 2014, sharply up from US$7 billion in 2010.
Nokia delays US smartphone launch
20 January 2011
AT&T will delay launch of Nokia’s X7 smartphone in the US, though the phone will be sold in other countries
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Nokia has delayed the US launch of its X7 smartphone. The Finnish mobile phone giant was set to launch the phone exclusively in 2011 with AT&T. The company still plans to sell the X7 in other countries.
The move comes as the company sensed that AT&T will not back the US launch with enough marketing and subsidies support. The X7 phone could compete with the iPhone or models based on Google’s Android software.
In 2010, Nokia also delayed shipments of its N8 smartphone by at least three months due to production delays. Nokia uses its Symbian operating system for the X7 phone but will design its new high-end smartphones around a different platform, MeeGo, developed with Intel. GTB
Nokia Corp. called off plans to launch its X7 smart phone in the U.S. because of a lack of support from AT&T Inc., sources told the Wall Street Journal.
The Finnish mobile phone company was supposed to offer the phone exclusively through the AT&T network starting next month, according to the report, which quoted people familiar with the situation.
But Nokia, which still plans to sell the X7 in other countries, sensed that AT&T wouldn’t back the U.S. launch with “enough marketing and subsidies support,” the people said.
That leaves Nokia in a bit of a jam. The company’s products are trailing competitors such as the Apple Inc. iPhone, the Research in Motion BlackBerry and Google Inc.’s Android devices.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has said that Nokia has an “image problem.” Nokia, meanwhile, has filed lawsuits against Apple alleging that the tech giant has infringed on dozens of Nokia’s patents.
Nokia expands patent fight with Apple
Apple co-founder Wozniak bashes Nokia, predicts Android outperforming iPhone
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Photo: Nokia X7. Credit: Ubergizmo
By CHRISTOPHER LAWTON And SHAYNDI RAICE
In another setback for Nokia Corp., the Finnish mobile-phone giant has canceled the U.S. release of a smartphone that was slated to launch exclusively this year with AT&T Inc., people familiar with the situation said.
Nokia had intended to debut the touchscreen phone, dubbed the X7, in conjunction with AT&T ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show next month in Barcelona, Spain, these people said.
The X7 would have been the first Nokia smartphone launched exclusively with a U.S. carrier since former Microsoft Corp. executive Stephen Elop took over as Nokia’s CEO last September. The unexpected cancellation leaves Nokia further behind in its effort to correct a major strategic weakness—its poor showing in the lucrative U.S. market, where it lags Apple Inc., BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. and phones powered by Google Inc.’s Android software.
“In the U.S. market, the Nokia platform is at the back of the line behind all these other guys,” says Roger Kay, president of tech consultancy Endpoint Technologies Associates Inc. “This is a very fast moving market. You don’t want to be sitting around.”
Nokia decided to pull the phone because it believed the X7 wasn’t going to receive enough marketing and subsidies support from AT&T, said one person close to the company. Nokia still plans to launch the X7 in other markets, this person said.
In the U.S. market, phone companies typically subsidize much of the cost of a smartphone to keep the price down as long as a customer signs up for a two-year contract. Operators also help to pick winners by putting their marketing muscle behind certain devices.
The move leaves Nokia more reliant on its N8 smartphone. Nokia launched the N8 late last year without carrier support in the U.S., hindering its chances. Consumers can purchase the N8 from Nokia’s website for $469, down from $549 when it launched. That compares with $199 for the cheapest iPhone and many Google-powered phones, though subscribers have to sign up for two-year contracts to get those prices.
While Nokia continues to stumble in the U.S., other handset makers are aggressively moving ahead with new smartphones. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp. announced new smartphones that will be released in the U.S. in the beginning of 2011. Moreover, Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone 4 in February.
Nokia, long the world’s leading producer of mobile phones by number of units sold, is being hurt by its failure to produce a smartphone that can compete with the iPhone or models based on Google’s Android software, as well as by its longtime focus on markets outside the U.S.
Nokia’s Symbian operating system, which powers the X7, is seen as cumbersome and outdated. The company is building its new high-end smartphones around a platform called MeeGo, developed with Intel Corp., but that effort has been delayed as well. Mr. Elop said in the company’s third-quarter conference call that Nokia would launch its first MeeGo device this year.
In the third quarter of 2010, Nokia was still the world’s top maker of smartphones with 32.7% share, down from 38.3% a year earlier, according to researcher IDC. Apple, Samsung and HTC have been gaining share. Nokia isn’t among the top five smartphone makers in the U.S.
“In the past, Nokia could afford to ignore the U.S. because there was so much growth in markets overseas,” said Daniel Hays, a telecom consultant with the firm PRTM. “However, with the rise of the mobile internet in the U.S., Nokia can’t afford to not be in the mix.”
Nokia’s smartphone strategy will be in focus when the company reports earnings Jan. 27. Mr. Elop has yet to detail his plans for the U.S market. On a conference call with investors in October, Mr. Elop said there was no reason Nokia can’t succeed in North America, but did say it would require a change in strategy.
“I believe there is a degree of focus and execution necessary, along with different patterns of doing business that can drive success in that marketplace,” Mr. Elop said.
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Huang hailed the LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first ‘superphone’
CES 2011: Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang chose to use Nvidia’s keynote speech at this year’s CES show to highlight not only the massive uptake in mobile internet devices such as smartphones and tablets, but also to officially launch the world’s first Tegra 2-powered phone, the LG Optimus 2X.
The smartphone market has grown at staggering pace in last few years, with iPhones and Android smartphones becoming ever more ubiquitous. However, it’s fair to say that they haven’t always, and in many ways still don’t, deliver the user experiences we’d like. Flash support is still patchy (or just absent for iOS) and our demands still far outweigh what the current hardware can provide.
During the unveiling of the Google Android-powered Optimus 2X though, we were seriously impressed with the capabilities of the Tegra 2 powered device, which Huang dubbed the ‘;Super Phone, the next generation of smart.’ We have yet to determine whether the Optimus 2X can fly or stop a speeding bullet, alas.
While the 1GHz dual-core ARM CPU of the Tegra 250 chip used in the Optimus 2X was first announced at last year’s CES show, uptake has been slow, with mostly only tablets using the chip. Now Nvidia has secured a mobile phone partner for its technology, as well as also recently announcing that Tegra 2 chips will be used in the new Tesla electric car, the company will no doubt be hoping for a faster uptake in adoption.
During the keynote, Huang demonstrated many of the handset’s features, not least full 1080p playback on an HDTV via an integrated mini-HDMI socket, and perhaps most importantly, hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash. While we didn’t get to see if the handset could handle 1080p YouTube, demanding browser-based Flash games ran fantastically, opening up a whole new avenue for free mobile gaming without the need for app downloads.
This certainly looks to strengthen Adobe’s position in its long running dispute with Apple, which has chosen not to support Adobe Flash in iOS in favour of HTML5. While he acknowledged the potential split between the two standards, Huang stated that, ‘Our devices should be able to support either format.’
Jenson also took the opportunity to show off some of Tegra 2′s graphics power, with the most impressive demo being Dungeon Defenders, an online action RPG built with the UE3 engine. It was shown being played in cross-platform multiplayer between a PC, PS3 and an Optimus 2X, all with the same core gameplay, level design and graphics.
Whether the adoption of Tegra 2 into phones will see a jump from smartphones to superphones remains to be seen. However, Samsung is also launching a smartphones based around an ARM 1.2GHz dual-core Hummingbird processor (albeit without the graphics and Flash acceleration properties of Tegra 2). Meanwhile, the dross-filled Android MarketPlace remains the OS’s weak point.
Do you think that hardware-acceleration for Flash is important in a phone? Or do you take Apple’s side and think that HTML5 is the way forward? Sad there was no new GeForce announcement in Nvidia’s keynote? Let us know in the forums.
Several mobile phone manufacturers have launched new digital marketing initiatives to promote their products and services, with some producers even advertising on their competitors’ phones, The Wall Street Journal reports.
This cross-platform strategy, known as intercept campaigning, automatically detects what type of phone consumers are using and suggests they could get a better product by switching to another company’s device.
For example, Nokia recent began promoting its Nokia Twist cell phone by advertising on Motorola’s Razr flip phone. The creative asks users, “Are you really still rockin’ a flip phone?” and then encourages them to check out Nokia’s comparably priced Twist.
With the American mobile market slowly reaching saturation, many companies have turned to this marketing strategy in an effort to maintain or boost sales volumes. If the market isn’t garnering new customers, marketers must convert existing subscribers.
Over the past year, the number of American mobile subscribers has consistently hovered around the 234 million mark, according to comScore. However, the popularity of smartphones has many consumers converting from traditional feature phones, with nearly 20 million making the switch in 2010.
The Android-based HTC Desire HD embodies the HTC Sense 2.0 experience and introduces a number of key innovations including a series of free connected services called htcsense.com that enhances people’s mobile experience on HTC phones. The HTC Desire HD brings in new features and high-tech improvements to one of HTC’s most successful ranges of smartphone models.
The feature-packed HTC HD7 on the other hand comes with a 4.3 inch WVGA TFT capacitive touch screen, and is also equipped with a 5 mega pixel camera with dual LED flash with auto focus and HD video features. As for data transfer, the device is supported with 802.11 wifi, Bluetooth and an AGPS/GPS system.
Windows Phone 7 was designed to deliver a mobile experience that has the phone working better for people, bringing together the things they care about most and helping them to get things done faster. Windows Phone 7 breaks the current smartphone convention to help people quickly and easily find and consume data, information and services from the Web and applications. For example, the customizable Start screen with Live Tiles is a personal experience, showing people their own content. The Live Tiles come to life with real-time updates from the Web such as news, appointments or the status of friends. New Live Tiles can be easily created from whatever content a user wants, such as applications, websites and music. Windows Phone 7 devices also come pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Mobile, One Note Mobile and SharePoint.
Mohamed Kais Zribi, Regional Manager of HTC Middle East and North Africa, said, “Customers in Saudi Arabia have been eagerly awaiting the launch of these new models. As far as the HTC Desire HD is concerned, I am confident that they will fully appreciate the new features and applications that we have introduced, especially its more engaging, intuitive, user-friendly design. We have likewise retained the attention-grabbing features of the phone, taking advantage of the powerful Android platform and the latest version of HTC Sense2.0, which has become a major hit among smartphone users.”
“As for the HTC HD7, this will be a whole new mobile experience for users thanks to Windows Phone 7. The HD7 is packed with features that will excite and engage users, who will also hugely benefit from the level of customization that the phone offers, which is designed to help users find and use the features optimally and easily,” he added.
Neeraj Seth, MENA Marketing Manager, HTC Middle East & North Africa, said, “The Saudi market has always been extremely receptive to HTC products which makes the Kingdom vital to our market consolidation plans in the region. We believe that the feature-rich HTC Desire and HD7 will particularly appeal to the country’s young, tech savvy population, and accordingly HTC plans to market these phones very innovatively to this segment.”
“HTC has major plans for the KSA market, given its strategic importance to our overall scheme of things in the region. Over the coming period, we will be making significant investments on branding and promotion-related initiatives to create greater visibility for our brand and further build on our ‘connect’ with our growing customer base in the Kingdom,” Kais concluded.
New HTC Sense 2.0
The new HTC Sense experience offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content. With a newly created camera experience, people can record HD videos or capture and edit images with a variety of fun camera effects. With HTC Location, a new differentiated online mapping experience, people have instant, on-demand mapping without download delays or mobile roaming charges.
HTC Sense includes a new integrated online e-reading experience utilizing a new e-book store powered by Kobo and a new, mobile optimized e-reader that includes the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate unfamiliar terms.
With the new HTCSense.com service, people can simply manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or personal computer. For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to emit a loud whistle or to flag its location on a map. If the phone’s been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send the phone a message to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it. HTCSense.com makes it easy to setup a new HTC phone or access archived mobile content such as contacts, text messages and call history from a PC browser. People can also customize their phones with exclusive HTC content like wallpapers, HTC scenes, sounds or plug-ins.
HTC Desire HD
HTC Desire HD showcases outstanding multimedia content with its bright 4.3″ LCD display and Dolby/SRS sound and is the first to be powered by the new 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor. The HTC Desire HD enables 720p HD video recording and includes an 8-megapixel camera with dual-flash. Building on the unibody heritage of the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire HD is sculpted from a block of solid aluminum and exudes the air of quality and strength that HTC has come to be known. It also includes HTC’s new Fast Boot functionality that enables people to quickly make a call or check emails by shortening the time needed to complete the power-up sequence.
Earlier this year, HTC launched a series of models in the Middle East including the HTC Desire; HTC Legend, an Android-powered smartphone that also incorporates an enhanced HTC Sense2.0 experience; HTC Smart, a smartphone that offers easy-to-use widgets, browsing and connectivity at an affordable price; HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense2.0; HTC HD mini, an HTC Sense-based Windows Phone focused on delivering the popular experience of the HTC HD2 in a more compact design; and HTC Tattoo, an Android-based phone that brings broad personalisation to the masses.