The Lumia 920 was supposed to be the savior of Windows Phone. It was going to finally usher Windows Phone into the mainstream. It packs the right goods for the job with forward-thinking features such as wireless charging, NFC, and a gorgeous large screen. But none of that matters now. Like the Lumia 900 before, the Lumia 920 is exclusive to AT&T. And that’s just dumb.
Windows Phone is finally ready to stand tall against Android and iOS. It’s a great platform with many exclusive features and design cues. Even considering HTC’s upcoming devices, the Lumia 920 was destined to be the flagship of WinPhone’s growing fleet, ready to carry the standard into battle. But this exclusive deal with AT&T strips the 920 of its potential impact on the mobile battlefield.
The Lumia 900 is also available exclusively from AT&T. That phone launched with much fanfare earlier this year. AT&T claimed it was the carrier’s largest device launch to date. There was a NYC concert and a lot of video ads. But even with all that noise and a killer price tag of $ 99, AT&T launched the phone on Easter Sunday. AT&T didn’t care about the Lumia 900. Don’t expect anything different this time around.
Most of us paying attention to the mobile wars are quietly rooting for Windows Phone. It’s hard not to like the system after playing with it for just a few minutes. It features elegance not found in iOS or Android. The front-end allows owners to get in and get out. But the platform still needs help primarily in the app department. Developers haven’t latched onto Windows Phone simply because it’s a smaller market share than iOS, Android or even BlackBerry. The Lumia 920 was supposed to help change that.
Nokia and Microsoft needed to get the Lumia 920 out there. It’s a waste that this phone is only available on one carrier, let alone a carrier that has shown in the past that it doesn’t know how to launch or support Windows Phone devices. This phone should have been available on multiple carriers. But instead someone was paid off. Carriers often pay manufacturers large stacks of cash to carry a phone exclusively.
The Lumia 920 is still a fantastic device. This exclusive deal does not remove anything from the 920 itself. However, with its availability limited to AT&T, there is no way the device will sell in the numbers required to make a meaningful impact for Nokia or Windows Phone. Until Nokia and Microsoft get these devices on more than one carrier, the Windows Phone doesn’t stand a chance to increase its market share.Related Posts:
The cable shows the 8 pin connector we’ve been expecting for the past few weeks and it looks good enough (you can tell by the pixels) for me to say this is probably what we’re going to see in a few weeks at the official event.
At this point in the game I wouldn’t be surprised if someone finds a boxed new iPhone in a claw machine in Scranton, PA.
As you’ll recall, I initially heard that this would be a 19-pin connector but much smaller than the current 30-pin. Instead, they fooled us all with this “universal” 8-pin which seems to offer the same structural stability as the old dock solution.Related Posts:
This is the link to Explore.org’s LIVE ‘Brown Bear & Salmon Cam’ from Brook Falls in Alaska. I’ve been watching for almost fifteen minutes now and I’ve already seen two successful fishing attempts. Plus a bird try to steal a fish from a bear. I thought the bear was gonna eat the bird too! “Please, we’re civilized,” the bear turned to the camera and said to me. “Jesus — what the hell are you on, GW?” I dunno, but I’m liking it!
Note: My buddy Terry said he was having trouble loading the feed in Chrome, so I dunno, that might be an issue. Or he could just be a spaz. I’m kidding, he’s definitely a spaz, but Chrome might be an issue as well.
Hit the jump for a couple more screencaps I took of the action.
As iPhone season amps up — and make no mistake, the rumor mill is already spinning at full speed — we’re bound to see “leak” after “leak.” The latest comes by way of a site called KitGuru.net, which claims to have a “test unit” of the device. That’s about where the post lost me, not to mention the fact that the image looks Photoshopped.
But let’s just set that aside for a moment. The images shown actually take into account most of what we’ve seen/heard before. The iPhone 5 is expected to have a larger screen with the same 640px width, and we also expect a new 19-pin mini connector instead of the usual 30-pin port.
So while 97 percent of me believes this isn’t the real deal (I’m not a total cynic), it’s still valuable to have a clearer look at what’s expected, even in blurry form. The real value is seeing the “iPhone 5 test unit” alongside an iPhone 4S. This should give fanbois a nice comparison look at what’s expected to be a 4.08-inch display.
Again, I would be heart-attack-style surprised to find out that KitGuru was playing around with an early iPhone 5 unit. That just doesn’t happen. But it’s somewhat strange that the site pulled the post. Trusted Reviews speculates that the pull-down has something to do with Apple’s involvement, whereas I’m thinking the site is trying to get a little extra credibility by acting like Apple requested the post removal.
In either case, the images are in line with the more dominant rumors out there so I suggest getting comfortable with the new size and ports. Whether this image is real or a hoax (and methinks it’s a hoax), those new features are likely to be true.Related Posts:
Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio channels, catch-up and on-demand services, as well as the ability to record programs.
But with a pricetag that will begin at £299 ($ 469) without the required broadband thrown in, and competing against a host of existing services, is this a case of too-little, too-late?
At the launch event earlier today, Lord Alan Sugar — a self-made entrepreneur in the UK who is the star of the UK edition of The Apprentice — called the event “a great moment in British television,” but some of the reactions online have been quite to the contrary:
The service will first launch as a standalone product selling at major retailers like John Lewis, Dixons, Comet, Currys and Richer Sounds — as well as Amazon and the supermarket giant Tesco. The price for the set-top box is likely to go down when BT and TalkTalk, two of the investors in the service, start to bundle it with their own broadband offerings — where it will be part of a subscription package, much like carriers do with mobile devices.
The service sounds good enough, but for a set-top box pay TV service, it’s hard to see why consumers would choose this over something like Sky’s, Virgin’s or BT’s existing TV offerings, which already come bundled with broadband and offer all of these features and more.
YouView first came to life years ago as Project Canvas, a hopeful-looking joint venture between broadcasters, infrastructure players and broadband service providers to offer digital TV and on-demand services that would have, at the time, been a disruptive and probably welcome presence against the dominant pay-TV players Sky and Virgin. However, regulatory and technical hitches, coupled with other delays and management changes, have been an almost constant presence on the project from the start. In all, it has been estimated that the project will cost £115 million ($ 180 million) over four years from April 2010. (Some might argue that this, in fact, was the problem: not nearly enough money put into this to create something truly groundbreaking.)
Fast forwarding to 2012 and the final launch of the product, the whole industry has moved on: not only are there more pay-TV providers out there (including BT itself with its Vision service) but the existing services have become a lot more encompassing — for example BBC’s catch-up service iPlayer can be accessed via Virgin and BT’s services. On top of that, there are a host of other ways to get your TV fix now via OTT plays from Netflix, Amazon/LoveFilm, Google and more.
Moreover, YouView’s basic offering — 100 digital TV and radio channels, seven day catch-up and on demand programmes from the content libraries of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 — lacks something else that has been the clincher for many a household prepared to invest in pay-TV in the UK: exclusive content rights, specifically around sport. (Although the lesson of ITV Digital was that even this does not guarantee success.)
And yet, and yet… even if the initial signs do not look good, there is still some potential for how this might develop. YouView says it has had “interest” from over 300 potential content partners — with the “formal enrolment process” for them to join the platform also launched today. (Why YouView didn’t get these potential partners on board before launch, however, is not clear.)
Richard Halton, CEO, points out that in a trial of the service covering 2,000 homes, the feedback has been “very encouraging.” “It confirms that YouView is easy to set up and use and different to what has gone before,” he said. “In many ways we’ve only just begun.” Time will tell if YouView’s beginning was actually it’s end, too.Related Posts:
You still like turtles now, Zombie Jonathan?!
This is a pair of recently discovered 47-million year old fossilized turtles who were *kids, cover your eyes* boning when they died, which is exactly how I wanna go. No word if my special lady intends to go at the same time, but expect her to come out of the whole thing pretty scarred if she doesn’t.
They were found as male-female pairs. In two cases, the males even had their tails tucked under their partners’ as would be expected from the coital position.
Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.
The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.
*eying picture* That…looks like a weird position. “Pfft — it’s called turtlestyle, you should try it sometime.” Okay, but if I try it and it things turn out as bad as the time you told me jump on the bed flapping a bedsheet like a pterodactyl, it’s gonna be the LAST time I take sex advice from you. “How did that go anyway?” I stopped the ceiling fan with my face and had to go to the hospital.
Thanks to Side Effect and Pogonophile, who also wanna go out with a bang.
Question by : What will the price probably be on the second generation ipad? What would the price drop to on a refurbished 1st generation ipad when the second one comes out?
Answer by whatsuploserPrice drop probably won’t be much maybe 50 dollars
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Hopes of a cross-network LTE standard were dashed months ago, when Verizon confirmed its 4G band won’t overlap with AT&T’s. What we didn’t realize, though, was just how globally fragmented this technology is likely to become. A report by Wireless Intelligence predicts there’ll be 200 LTE networks around the world by 2015, running on as many as 38 different frequency combinations. Moreover, the most common 700-900MHz spectrum range could account for just 16 percent of these networks. This stands to make carrier locking and band incompatibility on handsets even bigger hassles than they are today. And that’s what’s botherin’ me.
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