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LG’s Optimus 7 (aka the LG E900) has arrived, taking its place amongst a wave of new smartphones running on Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Phone 7 (WP7).
The device is LG’s first mobile phone to run on WP7 and is the result of close collaboration between the two companies.
The Optimus 7 is packed with the company’s “exclusive” features says LG, features that include LG’s “Play-To” DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)-based technology, augmented reality and Voice-to-Text translation.
Play-To makes it possible to instantly share and transfer multimedia files (including 720p HD videos, high-resolution photos and music files) between the Optimus 7 and DLNA compliant digital devices with just a flick of a finger.
“The Voice-to-Text feature will be a godsend for text addicts,” said LG in an October 11 announcement, “allowing voice to text transcribing for Facebook and Twitter updates, emails or memos for a convenient hands free experience.”
The QWERTY slider has a 3.8 inch capacitive LCD display with 800 x 400 pixels, a 5 MP camera with LED Flash and 720p video recording, 16GB of internal memory, an accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, and access to Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE and Zune services.
Manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Asus and Dell are putting their final touches on WP7 devices. Meanwhile Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is getting ready to unveil further details about the WP7 launch at a press conference in New York on October 11.
Interested consumers can watch the Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 press conference live on Monday October 11 at 9:30 AM EDT (1:30 PM GMT) here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/
The Optimus 7 will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2010. Pricing information has not been revealed.
Microsoft will be launching its new mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 – set to have a head- on with currently in power Google and Apple ones- on 11th of October. The New York City has been chosen as a stage for the magnificent unveiling. The Worldwide Launch will also bring along it an exclusive array of T-Mobile phones powered by the new OS.
The event at the Microsoft Technology Center will start at 3pm and hold its audiences for an hour and a half experience for an “insider’s look” at the fresh Windows Phone 7 operating system. The super giant in technology has posted invitations for the grand launching at its Events website, msevents.microsoft.com.
The Wall Street Journal in the week gone by, had reported that AT&T is slated to become the “initial exclusive carrier” for Microsoft’s Phone 7 OS. Handsets from Samsung, LG and HTC will be seen hitting the market soon with the new operating system in action.
Microsoft’s Chief Executive, Steve Ballmer is said to be pulling hard for the new entrant’s good fate. According to experts, the Redmond based establishment is expected to splurge an amount close enough to $500 million under the marketing head, for the launching of Windows phone 7 OS.
Additionally, evidences from a SEC filing give an account of how “loss of market share in the company’s mobile phone business” cost Ballmer a considerable amount of his performance bonuses due for the year.
In a recent interview with WSJ, Ballmer acknowledged saying “We’ve got to shoot ahead in a way that’s delightful to users, accessible to developers and prioritize everything else we do around those elements.”
The long wait for the official launch of Windows Phone 7 devices will finally end this month. As per an event listing at Microsoft website dug up by Endgadget, the official Windows Phone 7 launch event will take place on October 11 at New York based Microsoft Technology Center. At this launch event, representatives of T-Mobile will show Windows Phone 7 based devices.
We had previously reported that AT&T would be exclusively offering Windows Phone 7 based devices from November 8. But now, the official event listing clearly states that T-Mobile would be present at the worldwide launch event of Windows. Of course, T-Mobile would be exclusively showing Windows Phone 7 powered devices. However, no mention of AT&T at the event sounds surprising.
Although we’ve seen quite a number of Windows Phone 7 leaks, we believe that HTC HD7 might be shown at the launch event.
At the launch event, we hope Microsoft will give a timeline of the worldwide availability of Windows Phone 7 devices. Just like everyone, we too are eager to get our hands on the new Windows Phone 7 mobile phone operating system.
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Microsoft has sent out invitations to a Worldwide Launch Event for Windows Phone 7 on October 11 in New York City. The launch will feature an exclusive lineup of T-Mobile devices.
The event will take place at the NYC Microsoft Technology Center from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern. Attendees will receive an “insider’s look” at Windows Phone 7, as well as a hands on “exclusive showing of T-Mobile powered Windows Phone 7 devices.”
An invitation was posted to Microsoft’s Event site and noticed by Engadget.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal had reported that AT&T would be Microsoft’s exclusive launch carrier.
Microsoft realizes that the stakes for Windows Phone 7 are high. Documents filed with the SEC revealed that the “loss of market share in the company’s mobile phone business” had affected Steve Ballmer’s end of year performance bonus.
The Redmond, Wash., company plans to make a big push to counter gains in the mobile market made by the iPhone and Android. Analysts expect Microsoft to spend as much as $500 million to market the launch of Windows Phone 7.
BOSTON: Mobile phone giant Motorola is looking at launching its tablet computer early next year, as the firm hopes to expand its product line beyond cell phones.
“We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver (computer) that when that occurs,” Motorola’s India-born co-chief executive Sanjay Jha said.
“Hopefully, that’s early next year. The tablet would be Motorola’s answer to Apple’s iPad, which has dominated the market since its launch in April this year,” added Jha.
Apple said in June that it has sold three million of its iPad tablets.
Jha has tried to turn around Motorola’s troubled cell phone business by refocusing it on smart phones powered by Google Inc’s Android operating system, the Wall Street Journal said.
“Google has made clear it doesn’t think the latest version of Android, called Froyo, is appropriate for tablet devices,” the paper quoted Jha as saying in a conference call.
The report added that Jha has said he would not roll out a tablet until the technology is ready.
“I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,” he added.
Jha further said he is eager to get into the tablet business, but indicated that he is thinking about new forms of mobile computing.
He is also interested in models that are “even more smartphone-centric. Other phone makers have also been lining up their tablet computers to take on the iPad.”
Samsung Electronics unveiled its seven-inch Galaxy Tab in the US market today, while Dell too launched a five-inch tablet.
Windows Phone 7 Surprise — Only GSM at Launch
As Microsoft preps and primps for the rollout of Windows Phone 7, it’s beginning to look as if the launch gala may not be well attended by U.S. wireless operators.
That’s because, among the big U.S. operators, only AT&T and T-Mobile will be shipping phones that use Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) new mobile phone software when it’s released.
Microsoft officials said they opted to partner with AT&T (the No. 2 U.S. carrier) and Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile (in fourth place domestically) only instead of also striking deals with Verizon Wireless and Sprint (in first and third places, respectively) because they needed to make a choice: To meet its promised delivery in time for 2010 holiday sales, Microsoft had to choose only one of two major wireless network technologies to focus on.
That turned out to be Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM), which is the technology in use by T-Mobile and AT&T (NYSE: T).
However, Microsoft said its partners will deliver handsets that support the other main network technology — Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) — which is used by Verizon and Sprint, next year.
“In developing WP7, we are placing high-quality customer experiences above all else,” a Microsoft spokesperson told InternetNews.com in an email. “In keeping with this goal, Microsoft chose to focus on delivering a great GSM version to the world first, and then a great CDMA version in the first half of 2011.” Windows Phone 7 is rumored to arrive on Oct. 11. Company spokespersons won’t confirm the date, or whether, as the rumors say, the launch gala will held at a site in New York and be broadcast globally. So far, Microsoft has only announced that Windows Phone 7 had been “released to manufacturing,” or RTM, in early September.
According to one analyst, Microsoft is just being pragmatic regarding its carrier selection.
“Outside of North America, 90 percent of the market is GSM, including Europe, but CDMA is still more than 50 percent of the U.S. market,” Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates, told InternetNews.com.
However, not having support for both technologies out of the chute cuts down on the number of potential customers.
“They’re handicapping themselves,” Gold said.
For instance, AT&T is still coping with critics — such as Apple iPhone owners — unhappy with wireless speeds or service availability, and many customers of Verizon or Sprint may not want to switch operators to get the phone.
Still, he’s not writing Microsoft off. “I think it’s more important to get something out that’s good, something that gets to market quickly, and something that appeals to end users,” Gold added.
Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.
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The Motorola Cliq XT will retail for $249 with Walmart’s new service Walmart is teaming up with T-Mobile for this new, postpaid service
Walmart is the largest corporation in the world and uses its market dominance to lower prices at all costs and often crushes its competition into submission. Recently, the company has become a go-to places for electronics deals and some locations even sell Apple’s popular iPhone smartphones.
Next week, however, the retail giant will begin offering cell phone service under the Walmart Family Mobile brand name. The service is GSM-based and will run on T-Mobile’s wireless network.
According to Yahoo News, unlimited calling and texting on the service will cost $45 per month. Each additional line added to the primary account will cost an additional $25 per month.
Although Walmart Family Mobile is a “postpaid” service, there are three advantages to using Walmart’s service: there is no contract to sign, there are no early termination fees, and there are no credit checks involved with obtaining service. Users will also be able to add data to their service at a relatively high cost of $40 per month for 1GB (shared between all accounts). However, customers are allowed to “rollover” unused data to the next month.
Earlier this year, Walmart announced its Common Cents prepaid wireless service which uses the Sprint wireless network.
A lawsuit alleging a police cover-up of phone hacking has been launched by one of Scotland Yard’s own former senior officers, Brian Paddick, together with the former Labour minister Chris Bryant.
The former deputy prime minister John Prescott and at least one other person are shortly expected to join the action, which has the potential to force open some of the Metropolitan police’s locked files.
The claim for judicial review filed today accuses assistant Met commissioner John Yates of making misleading statements to parliament and the public, and the police of failing to carry out a proper investigation.
The two who are suing, along with a third, freelance journalist Brendan Montague, claim to have been likely victims of the News of the World. They name five senior journalists who they say worked with the phone-hacking private detective Glenn Mulcaire at the time when Andy Coulson was editor.
The five are Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck, Ross Hall and Greg Miskiw.
Paddick, a former deputy assistant commissioner at the Met, feared interception after a tabloid story emerged that he had bought his partner an expensive watch while on holiday in Sydney. The claim says: “He had not told anyone apart from his partner about the purchase, but had to speak to the bank on his mobile phone … to allow the bar on his credit card to be lifted.”
Subsequently, another tabloid discovered Paddick’s then partner was on a particular transatlantic flight, and was able to accost him: “The inference must be that private information was obtained.”
Paddick says Scotland Yard denied last November having any information linking him to News of the World hacking. When pressed again, to his surprise they eventually admitted his “name and occupation” did in fact appear in the seized documents.
Bryant, Labour’s former Europe minister, says newspapers got hold of his father’s new phone number “only days after he had moved to a new house. His new number was not listed in the telephone directory or known to anyone other than close family members.” The claim adds: “Mr Bryant’s brother was visited at his school.”
The phone company Orange confirmed several illegal attempts had been made to access his mobile phone mailbox.
After five months of delay, police confirmed his name and address were in the hacking files but refused to give any further details. They refused to say whether his father had also been targeted.
Montague tried to sell a story about a celebrity chef to the Sunday Mirror rather than the News of the World, according to the claim. It alleges: “The news editor there warned him the News of the World may try to access his telephone records.”
Subsequently, T-Mobile told him a fake caller had obtained copies of his phone records.
Yates is personally accused in the claim of making a number of misleading statements, including to a Commons committee: “Yates insisted that all reasonable steps were taken to warn people when there was the ‘minutest possibility’ they had been hacked. That statement is not true.”
The claim adds that when Yates was asked if Bryant had been warned, he gave a “misleading impression” by saying that he was “in correspondence” with the politician.
The claim says police deliberately “ring-fenced” the investigation despite the “clear inference that numerous journalists at the News of the World and other tabloid newspapers were involved in hacking”.
Scotland Yard refuse to disclose how many people they had warned, because that would reveal that “only a small proportion” had in fact been notified, according to the claim filed by leading media QC Hugh Tomlinson.
Last week, Yates wrote to the Guardian about allegations made by Bryant. He said: “I strongly object to the reference … of Chris Bryant MP accusing me of giving a misleading account and stating in respect of part of my evidence to the home affairs select committee that ‘It was a fib’.
“I am writing to Chris Bryant indicating that the relevant paragraph is both wrong and defamatory and asking him not to repeat it.”
The actor and comedian Steve Coogan tonight joined the list of public figures who are taking legal action over alleged phone-hacking by the News of the World.
Coogan’s name, mobile phone number, account number and password were found in material seized by police from Mulcaire in August 2006. The Met have refused to approach and warn the owners of nearly 3,000 mobile phone numbers which they found in Mulcaire’s records. An increasing number of public figures are approaching the police to ask for themselves whether their names or personal details were among those held by the investigator.
Coogan’s solicitor, John Kelly of London law firm Schillings, earlier this year wrote to Scotland Yard on Coogan’s behalf. “They have written back and confirmed that Steve was a ‘person of interest’ to Mr Mulcaire, and we have now sent a letter before claim on his behalf,” Kelly said.
In separate developments today, other pending lawsuits increased the prospect of disclosure of key phone-hacking documents.
Court files show Mulcaire now faces orders to disclose the names of all News of the World employees involved with the hacking of former MP George Galloway and football agent Sky Andrew.
Both men are suing Mulcaire and the News of the World’s parent company, News Group, for breach of privacy.
Galloway’s claim says confidential messages from the Foreign Office dealing with the Middle East are among those which may have been intercepted.
Andrew’s claim details 22 occasions on which the News of the World’s investigator is said to have accessed his voicemail.
A fresh claim has also been lodged on behalf of Nicola Phillips, former assistant to the celebrity PR agent Max Clifford. Phillips is suing News Group for breach of privacy. She claims her voicemail was intercepted as part of a News of the World operation against Clifford.
News Group is disputing all three claims.
Samsung, world’s second-largest maker of mobile phones has planned to announce the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless support for its tablet computer on Sept. 16, at an event in New York reports Bloomberg citing 2 people familar with the matter.
The report also said that AT&T and Sprint will offer the device named “Galaxy Tab”, with a monthly wireless service plan for lesser than Samsung tablet’s wholesale price.
Subsidies are being specially designed to make the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet stand out against the Apple iPad. Galaxy Tab, based on Google Android OS, has a 7-inch screen and plays HD videos. The device is fitted with GPS, cameras on each side. Almost 3 million iPad were sold in the first 80 days, the Galaxy Tab has to offer something unique or cut their prices to compete.
Following the success of Apple iPad, companies like LG Electronics Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., RIM, the maker of BlackBerry Smartphone and even Motorola plan to introduce tablets based on Android this holiday season.
Before US, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet goes on sale in Europe in the month of October. In an electronics conference in Berlin this month, WP Hong, the head of Samsung’s global planning said that the company plans to launch more devices in the coming years.
7 September 2010 Last updated at 19:20 GMT MPs launch a new inquiry into mobile phone hacking Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates spoke to the Home Affairs Select Committee
An influential committee of MPs will conduct a new inquiry into the unauthorised hacking of mobile phones.
It comes amid fresh allegations that journalists at the News of the World hacked into voicemail messages of public figures.
The Home Affairs Select Committee will examine the laws on phone hacking and how police respond to complaints.
MPs announced the inquiry following evidence from a senior police officer about the News of the World claims.
Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates told the committee officers would interview former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare who has alleged that his then editor, Andy Coulson, asked him to hack phones.
Mr Yates said he might talk to Mr Coulson, now head of communications at Downing Street, but only after speaking to Mr Hoare.
Mr Coulson, who has the support of Downing Street, has denied the allegations and said he would be “happy to voluntarily meet” police over the latest claims. Mr Hoare’s claims have also been denied by News International, which owns the NotW.
The BBC understands the committee agreed to carry out an investigation into phone hacking that would be pursued in writing only, rather than deciding on an inquiry that would call witnesses to give evidence in public.
Labour MP Keith Vaz, the committee’s chair, said: “The evidence of Assistant Commissioner John Yates raised a number questions of importance about the law on phone hacking, the way the police deal with such breaches of the law and the manner in which victims are informed of those breaches.
“I hope this inquiry will clarify all these important areas.”
Mr Hoare and other former journalists told the New York Times the practice of phone hacking was far more extensive than the newspaper acknowledged when police first investigated the case.
Mr Yates told the committee the police would be speaking to Mr Hoare “in the near future”.
And when asked about Mr Coulson, he replied: “I imagine we will be seeing Mr Coulson in some capacity.”
Mr Yates has already said the Met was considering the new material and would consult with prosecutors whether to reopen its investigation into the NotW.
The assistant commissioner told the committee the New York Times was “not prepared to help” by passing over their evidence, but the Met had written again asking them to waive their “journalistic privilege”.
The police have been criticised for failing to inform those people whose voicemail Pin numbers were discovered during the initial investigation, which saw a News of the World journalist and a private investigator jailed.
He told MPs 91 to 120 people might have been potential targets but he was reluctant to discuss who was on the list.
However he said the former Deputy PM Lord Prescott, who believes he was targeted, was not one of them.
The police found evidence of crimes being committed in no more than 12 cases, he said, and those people had been contacted by officers or mobile phone service providers.
Mr Yates warned MPs it was a “dangerous assumption” to believe individuals named on the list were victims of eavesdropping.
Phone hacking was very narrowly defined in legislation and “very, very difficult to prove”, he said, adding that obtaining a Pin number without the owner’s permission was not in itself a crime.
Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has written to Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson asking him to alert any of the party’s MPs “if their name, phone number or Pin number” appeared on the list.
The first police investigation led to the News of the World’s royal editor, Clive Goodman, being jailed in 2007 for conspiracy to access phone messages left for royal aides.
Goodman, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed for six months for the same charge, used mobile phone numbers and secret codes used by network operators to hack into the voicemails to see if there was any information of interest.
Mr Coulson quit as editor after Goodman was jailed for hacking, and when he appeared before MPs in 2009 he said he did not “condone or use” phone hacking.
Last year, the Guardian newspaper claimed News of the World journalists were involved in widespread phone hacking of several thousand celebrities, sports stars and politicians.
Several Labour MPs, who believe their phones have been hacked, are leading the calls for the investigation to be reopened but Home Secretary Theresa May said that was a decision for the police.