HTC might have rekindled its old romance with Microsoft for its 8X and 8S Windows Phones, but Nokia is still the closest partner to Redmond. In an interview with Pocket-lint, Microsoft’s senior Windows Phone marketing manager, Casey McGee, has revealed exactly how close the pair are. Describing how Microsoft brings Windows Phone to life, McGee notes “it feels like our child too” in the process. “Especially with Nokia,” he adds, as both companies work so closely together.
“Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed,” explains McGee. “I am very happy with the relationship and the ability to influence what they are doing.” Microsoft may have pumped most of its marketing dollars…
While BlackBerry 10′s final build has yet to be seen by the masses, its hardware has arguably received more views than PSY’s Gangnam Style. After sporting the codenames London and L-Series, RIM’s upcoming full-screen handset appears to have settled on the recently leaked “Z10” branding. Spicing things up is an alleged inventory screenshot from Carphone Warehouse obtained by N4BB displaying a product listing for a BlackBerry Z10. Sure, this could be nothing more than a placeholder for things to come, but at least now we have a new frontrunner in the Name RIM’s next smartphone game. One thing’s for sure, BB10 will officially be revealed to the world on January 30th and of course we’ll be there to bring you the play-by-play.
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You, the consumer, probably don’t care too much about Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013. But businesses and OEMs, they’re pretty psyched. The next generation of Microsoft’s light-weight OS offerings will bring the improved touch and gesture support of Windows 8 to low power platforms like car computers and kiosks. In all five versions of Windows Embedded 8 will be available: Standard, Pro, Industry, Automotive and Handheld. The latter of which is built around Windows Phone 8 as opposed to the desktop system. The Industry and Handheld editions are expected to land in January, with Pro and Standard to follow in March. Compact 2013 doesn’t have a solid release window yet beyond Q2 of 2013. If you’re an impatient builder of connected devices you can download a release preview of Windows Embedded 8 Standard at the more coverage link.
Well, this has got us scratching our collective heads. Yesterday, Samsung was fairly certain that its latest and greatest Chromebook would be a WiFi-only affair. Today, however, and a listing has appeared on the company’s official website and Amazon that shows a 3G-enabled option for the only marginally higher price of $ 329.99. While it’s not mentioned in either listing, presumably you get the same allocation of roaming data from Verizon (100MB a month for two years) that its brethren receive — and given that we described it as being “80 percent of the MacBook Air experience for a quarter of the price,” a built-in 3G modem seems well worth the extra $ 80.
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With Windows 8 finally launching in less than four weeks, it’s only a matter of time before the web is flooded with prices of upcoming PCs, the first among which this month hail from Sony VAIO’s Japan branch. Starting with the Duo 11 slider PC, it’s expected to go for about ¥150,000 ($ 1,930) when it launches in Japan on October 26th (alongside Windows 8), and it’ll come with a 1080p display, 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM and WiMAX. Then we have three flavors of the Tap 20 portable all-in-one which will range from about ¥140,000 ($ 1,800) up to about ¥180,000 ($ 2,310) come November 3rd, with the main differences being the CPU (1.8GHz Core i3-3217U, 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U or 1.9GHz Core i7-3517U) and the RAM (4GB or 8GB), but all three will feature the same 20-inch 1,600 x 900 display and 1TB hard drive.
Also announced at the Tokyo event are Japan prices for three more existing VAIO models that now feature a touchscreen: ¥130,000 ($ 1,670) for the T Series 13 laptop with Core i5-3317U, ¥150,000 ($ 1,920) for the VAIO E Series 14P laptop with Core i5-3210M, and from ¥210,000 ($ 2,700) to ¥240,000 ($ 3,080) for the VAIO L Series 24-inch all-in-one with Core i7-3630QM and 1080p display. The two laptops will be available in Japan from October 26th, whereas the all-in-one will join in from November 3rd.
There’s no indication as to whether the US prices will match their Japanese counterparts (the former are usually a lot cheaper), but hey, stay tuned here and you’ll know as soon as we do.
Don’t think Qualcomm is limiting its quad-core processors to superstar phones. The Snapdragon S4 Play line is growing to include the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q, parallels to the existing two Play chips that bring four cores to entry-level devices. Besides the speed improvements that you’d expect from all that extra parallelism, the Q variants support the extra bandwidth of low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) memory and can handle both 720p displays and movie-making. Neither is quite an all-encompassing solution, although the two will cover the bases for much of the starter demographic: while local wireless such as Bluetooth, FM radio and WiFi have to remain separate from the main processor, the two newcomers manage to pack either single-mode UMTS 3G (in the 8225Q) or dual-mode CDMA and UMTS (in the 8625Q) for their cellular fix. Along with the already promised, China-focused S4 Plus MSM8930, test samples of the faster S4 Play editions will be ready before the end of the year, with shipping phones on the way in early 2013 — just in time to go head-to-head with a similar push by MediaTek to make quad-core the norm for a much larger slice of the population.
At Tesla’s event, CEO Elon Musk has finally taken the wraps off of its Superchargers, which it has already set up in four California cities and expects to cover the US with nationally in the next two years. According to Musk, the solar powered systems will put more power back into the grid than the cars use while driving. Oh, and for you Model S owners? You will always be able to charge at any of the stations for free. According to Musk, the economies of scale developed while building the Model S have helped it get costs down on the chargers, although he did not offer specifics. During the event we also saw video of drivers charging their vehicles at stations today that Tesla apparently constructed in secret. GigaOm reports they’re using technology from (also owned by Musk) SolarCity, and can charge a Model S with 100 kilowatts good for three hours of driving at 60mph in about 30 minutes.
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Twitter has ruffled a few feathers recently, so when CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, he took the opportunity to put some minds at rest. First he dismissed the idea that the service would become a media company by forcing users to the site or official app for content, before reasserting his belief in syndication. Costolo then went on to imply that the reason behind the tighter (and unpopular) API controls was ensuring quality — stating that Twitter would reach its full potential now there’s more control over how tweets are delivered. With boots strapped, we can look forward to some new features, such as the option to curate messages that are published (such as during live events) plus tweets with interactive features like polls during live sports games. The famous 140 character limit is to remain, but will also serve as a “caption for additional functionality.” Perhaps of most interest to disenfranchised developers, however, was the mention of application functionality in tweets, where short messages could contain small interactive apps. Something for devs to get potentially get back on board with? We hope so. But until further details unfold, we’re still left considering our options.
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Though the GH3 has yet to be formally introduced to the world, a video has just appeared on an official Panasonic YouTube channel that has either been posted accidentally or is deliberately intended to build hype in the run-up to Photokina. It mainly shows off the GH3 in a range of picturesque shooting situations, but the clip also spills a few key specs, including the presence of a 16-megapixel sensor, a new version of Panny’s Venus Engine processor, a splash- and dust-proof magnesium alloy build and high-definition filming at up to 72Mbps and 60p — although it’s not clear if it handles full 1080 at that high frame-rate. We also see a a flip-out LCD that looks much the same as the GH2‘s, an f/2.8 12-35mm lens attached instead of the 14-42mm or 14-140mm glass that came bundled with that predecessor, and so far only evidence of a traditional black color scheme. Click onwards for the video!
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A recently granted design patent may have revealed one of the two handsets we expect to see from Nokia and Microsoft at their upcoming Windows Phone 8 event. Filed with the US Patent Office on August 21st, the drawings show a slate device that resembles the Nokia Lumia 610 and is somewhat consistent with a prototype bezel that surfaced earlier this month. Illustrations of what appears to be Nokia’s “Lumia Phi” showed up last week, making this handset a possible candidate for the mid-range “Lumia Arrow” or even the Lumia 719. Either way, we’ll know exactly what both companies have up their sleeves next week in New York City.