Nokia and HTC’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 flagships are still on the standard release path: announcement, federal approval and now, pre-order. Keeping device availability tucked firmly under its hat, Best Buy is now offering Nokia’s Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X for pre-sale, priced at $ 149.99 and $ 99.99, respectively. Early buyers have options, too: the Lumia 920 is kitted out in red, blue, yellow, black and white shells. Fashionistas with a flair for purple, however, will need to stick to HTC’s hardware. Unfortunately, you don’t get that much choice — Bust Buy’s pre-orders don’t balk at the devices’ AT&T exclusivity. The retailer doesn’t say when devices are going to ship, but we imagine early adopters won’t have to wait too long.
Punk’s not dead, it’s just diversifying its portfolio. Having already conquered Broadway, East Bay pop-punkers Green Day are hitting the world of casual gaming with a new episode of Facebook’s Angry Birds Friends that features pig opponents “inspired by band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool.” The offering also features “Troublemaker,” an exclusive song that is most likely a tribute to the hard living ways of porcine egg thieves. Asked to justify his pro-swine stance, Pinhead Gunpowder member Armstrong answered, “We’re all fans of Angry Birds. It’s such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn’t stop. Go Team Green!”
Question by : What are some colleges offering robotics majors? I’m still in high school and the only 1 i’ve been able to find is purdue university
Answer by MikeInRIAll the BigTen Schools (which includes Purdue) have robotics programs, but they are hardly the only ones. I would suggest you do a websearch of all engineering schools in the United States. There are more schools that offer robotics today than don’t. You should have no problem finding programs.
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Nokia has just confirmed the data connection problems that some early buyers (and reviewers like ourselves) have seen on the Lumia 900, describing it as a “memory management” issue. That’s the bad news; the good news, however, is that the company claims that it’s strictly a software bug, not a hardware issue or a problem with AT&T’s LTE network. New phones with updated software are apparently already on their way to stores — Nokia expects them to arrive within a couple days — and if you don’t want to exchange yours for a new one, you’ll be able to update your current device using the Zune client on or around next Monday, April 16th.
Regardless, anyone buying a Lumia 900 between launch and midnight on April 21st will qualify for a…
Nokia and T-Mobile apparently want to remind us that the Lumia 900 isn’t the only Windows Phone available in the US. To that end, Nokia is bringing back a promotion where Lumia 710 owners can get a free custom “Xpress-on” backplate of their choice in white, cyan, fuschia, or yellow to replace the white or black version they purchased. Yes, CMYK is a go. The sign up site requires that owners enter in their IMEI, phone number, and purchase date in order to qualify, and then Nokia will send the cover out for free.
T-Mobile also is bowing to the inevitable and reducing the price of the mid-range handset to free with a two-year contract, down from its original price of $ 49.99. Unfortunately, new customers won’t be able to walk out the door…
One of the selling points for the new iPad has been the fact that it supports 4G, but at least in one market, that 4G promise is facing a challenge. In what might be a case of a storm in a teapot, the Competition and Consumer Commission in Australia has said that Apple cannot advertise its newest tablet as 4G-capable because it doesn’t actually work on the 4G network that exists in the country.
The regulator plans to take its argument to federal court this Wednesday, where it will try to order Apple to change its marketing of the product. It also wants Apple to offer refunds to any buyers that feel they have been mislead by the advertising. Update: Reuters writes that Apple has now said that it will write to all of those who have purchased the iPad to date in Australia and offer a refund.
Australia currently has one 4G network in operation — offered by the incumbent carrier Telstra — but according to this Reuters story, that network runs on a band of spectrum not supported in the new iPad.
Apple’s Australian website now sports a customized page pointing users to the ultra-fast network availability in the country with a screenshot of one of the leading daily newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald (pictured above).
There is also a separate link taking users to a page describing how to get data access on the device, including 4G, listing carriers that offer access.
But there is a slightly ridiculous element to this story: Apple on its Australian site has simply replicated much of the marketing material it is using elsewhere. In countries like the UK, it also mentions 4G and LTE, but forget about getting that here: the regulator here hasn’t even started issuing licenses for the spectrum. The question is whether users — not just in Australia but in other countries where the 4G doesn’t work — really buying the devices thinking they are getting 4G when they are not?
Another point to consider is that it appears so far, the tablets and data plans using cellular access are not actually selling as well as those for WiFi-only tablets. A report from Localytics last week found that only about 6 percent of all traffic coming from iPad tablets originated from cellular networks; the rest came via WiFi. Statistics like that make this kind of complaint from the regulator seem like a storm in a teapot.
Australia’s courts have been a friend and foe to Apple in the past year over other issues, specifically around patents. Apple succeeded in getting Samsung to temporarily stop selling its 10-inch Galaxy Tab tablet just as it was trying to launch the product, claiming that it infringed on patents. Ultimately, however, Samsung’s side was upheld in that case and those bans were lifted, in a case that is still ongoing.
NDrive Partners with Appello for Blackberry & WP7 Navigation Offering Today at Mobile World Congress, Portuguese mobile navigation provider NDrive announced a partnership with Appello to use the navigation software of the Swedish company for the Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 operating systems. Read more on GPS Business News
Windows Phone 7 Tango Smartphones Localized for China Rumored for March Release The worldwide release of Tango was meant for Microsoft to enter the low-end and midrange smartphone market, which is in contrast to the current high-end focus of Windows Phone 7 and its 7.5 “Mango” update. A subsequent update, codenamed “Apollo” will … Read more on Tech Wire Asia
DarkMaze : it truly is a dark maze The game offers 30 in-game achievements. There is a trial version available and the full version is available for $ 2.49, Only the first level pack is available to play in the trial version. What do you think of this WP7 Game ? My name is Saijo George. Read more on BestWP7Games (blog)Related Posts:
Microsoft is planning to offer out $ 20,000 of funding to support entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators who plan to build a business that takes advantage of the Kinect sensor.
The software giant announced a Kinect Accelerator program last week, aimed at developers or existing startups who are using the Kinect sensor to build apps. The competition will see ten finalists receive an investment of $ 20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK, office space, all the resources of BizSpark, and technical training and support from Microsoft. The three-month incubation program will run from March to May next year at Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Microsoft is looking for entries that focus on:
- Any Kinect-enabled application on Windows or Xbox that can be a commercial business
- Manufacturing to retail, education to healthcare, art installations to gaming, social to interactive play
- Can be cloud-hosted, on any platform, but needs to be an application
- Content you might expect on a big screen in the living room
Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been a phenomenal success story for the company. The console accessory sold out across a number of retailers during last year’s festive season and Microsoft smashed its own estimates of 5 million units in 2010 by shipping 10 million devices. Microsoft’s Kinect accessory has also broken a Guinness World Record. Guinness World Records officially named Kinect for Xbox 360 the fastest-selling consumer electronics device, which sold an average of 133,333 units per day for a total of eight million units in its first 60 days between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011.
Microsoft launched its original Kinect for Windows SDK beta back in June, aimed at academic research and enthusiast communities to create new experiences using Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 accessory. Microsoft launched its own dedicated Kinect for Windows site earlier this month, alongside an updated beta 2 of the Kinect SDK. The updated beta 2 SDK marks a year of Kinect and includes some new features and updates.
Applications to the competition are now open. Applicants will need to relocate to Seattle for the three month program and the deadline for applications is January 25, 2012. Will we see some real-life applications based on Microsoft’s recent marketing video?
Microsoft offering $ 20,000 to potential Kinect developers originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
In a continuation of the worst fad ever, it appears NCR’s Blockbuster Express kiosk biz is the the latest to come down with a case of price hike-itis, following competitors Redbox and Netflix. Of course the cause behind this is the studios, who are pushing for higher rates on new release movies or delayed windows. The 3-2-1 pricing structure it has been testing kicks in on “Hot Movies” in the first month they’re available (sound familiar?), renting for $ 3 the first night (additional nights are still just $ 1 each, Blu-ray discs still cost $ 1 extra the first night), dropping to $ 2 after a month and then to $ 1 after 90 days. Expect the squeeze to be continually and evenly applied to your video rental options as long as Hollywood believes it increases sales.
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