In what is the first of its kind move, Airtel s Digital TV arm today announced that it would be showcasing forthcoming Telugu movie Minukumanna Minugurulu (The Fire Flies) on the same day as its theatrical release. Though other operators like Videocon d2h and Tata Sky are known to show new movies on their pay per view channels within days of a release, this move by Airtel could be the start of a new trend.
It s not exactly a secret that Windows 8 hasn t been a success by any measure. Microsoft and its PC vendor partners were hoping the refreshed Windows platform would help bolster slowing PC shipments. Instead, the new OS sped the PC market s descent as consumers balked at Microsoft s new tile-based interface. Windows 8.1 doesn t appear to be helping matters at all, so it looks like the upcoming platform refresh that will take place alongside the release of Windows 9 will be Microsoft s next big attempt to reverse PC makers fortunes, and its own. A recent claim from a reliable reporter suggested that Windows 9 will be released in April next year, but a new report from another reliable source states that the new operating system will come much earlier than that.
Apple first unveiled Siri in the fall of 2011, Google took the wraps off Google Now in the summer of 2012 and now Microsoft is at long last about to release its own voice-enabled personal assistant this coming April. One of MSFTNerd s sources claims that Microsoft plans to release its Cortana virtual assistant this spring, just in time for its annual Build developers conference.
In the past couple of months, we have seen BlackBerry s P 9982 Porsche Edition surface online quite a few times in leaked photos and hands-on videos. Now, the Canadian company has officially announced the luxurious smartphone and it will be available at select stores globally from tomorrow onwards. In addition to the Porsche Edition, BlackBerry also announced the limited-edition Crocodile model, which will be available in December.
Apple will release a 12.9-inch iPad with a Retina display at some point in early 2014 to take on bigger rival tablets, The Korea Times has learned from an unnamed supply chain source. Specifically, The Korea Times writes that Apple s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year. This isn t the first rumor detailing a bigger iPad, with previous reports from Chinese newspaper United Daily News and the Wall Street Journal also claiming that Apple is working on a 12- to 13-inch tablet. The device may be launched in March 2014, according to a recent story.
There s been a bit of speculation about Samsung s Tizen OS, with everyone still waiting for the first Tizen-powered phone to hit the market. Now, at the ongoing Tizen Developer Summit, Samsung has reportedly given the gathered developers a glimpse at the forthcoming Tizen 3.0, The Handheld Blog reports.
Ever wondered about who Steve Jobs was, his influence on technology and why he is considered to be the biggest genius of our time? All these questions are answered in Walter Isaacson s book Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography. But for those of us who haven t had a chance to read the book, Joshua Michael Stern s movie Jobs answers many of those questions, if not all.
Google is set to regularly publish Internet security data on malware and phishing scams that infect computers and steal consumer information. The effort by the search engine is intended to throw light on the number of viruses that are infecting Internet users computers, and in helping keep sites that host them accountable.
Finnish game developer Rovio has its hands full with releases and updates and it doesn t look to be slowing down. After updating Bad Piggies and announcing the premier of an animated series called Angry Birds Toon on March 16 and 17, Rovio has now announced its latest game called The Croods launching on March 14.
The LG Optimus G which was launched in Korea back in August last year and only started entering global markets last month is reportedly coming to our shores as early as the end of this month, reports The Mobile Indian. There is currently no word on what price range the South Korean company will sell the phone in. Previously, in October we had heard that the device will come to India in January and February and perhaps this is actually coming to fruition.
RIM has started taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Porsche Design P 9881 in India, which costs Rs 1,30,000. The Porsche Design P 9881 was earlier unveiled last year in October, and finally it has made its way to India. The device shares a lot of features with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and runs BlackBerry OS 7.0.
Apple’s iOS platform seemed to come out of nowhere and take the world by storm in 2007. The introduction of the first-generation iPhone set in motion a chain of events that lead up to the holiday quarter in 2011, when Apple recorded the most profitable quarter in technology history thanks mainly to unbelievable iPhone, iPod touch and iPad sales. No platform is selling as quickly as Apple’s mobile platform right now, but iOS is still in its infancy and the fact remains: as hot as iOS is right now, and as popular as smartphones and media tablets are, no platform installed base on the planet even comes close to approaching the size of Windows right now.
Apple on Tuesday circulated invitations to a press conference on March 7th where the Cupertino-based technology giant will unveil its next-generation iPad tablet. The event will be held in San Francisco rather than in New York, as had been reported earlier on Tuesday. Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to feature a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel
We reported on RIM’s 2012 release schedule earlier this week and now we’re back to paint a more complete picture with RIM’s full 2012 roadmap, which is loaded with information. The deck provides details on everything from the company’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook with built-in 3G, to the new Curve lineup including the BlackBerry Curve 9220
Apple’s iPhone 4S is set to launch in China and 21 more markets on January 13th. The popular smartphone was previously rumored to be scheduled for release in the region on January 23rd, but Apple announced on Tuesday that the launch of its latest smartphone will occur 10 days sooner. “Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.” China is seen as a key growth market for Apple’s mobile devices as well as its MacBook line of notebook computers. Apple announced in October that it sold more than 4 million iPhone 4S handsets during the phone’s debut weekend alone, and the smartphone has launched in dozens of additional regions since that point in time. Apple’s full press release follows below.
Apple reportedly has plans to launch two new iPad models next year according to a recent report. Set to be unveiled at a press conference in January, the two new iPads will join Apple’s iPad 2 to create an iPhone like tablet lineup. The iPad 2 will remain available at an entry-level price point, DigiTimes claimed citing unnamed industry sources, while new mid-range and high-end iPad models will launch early in 2012. Both new iPads will feature dual-LED backlit 9.7-inch displays with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. It is unclear what features might distinguish the new mid-range iPad from the high-end model. The report also claims that Apple’s rumored 7.85-inch iPad will not be among the models to launch early next year. Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair recently said in a note to investors that Apple would continue to sell the iPad 2 at a lower price point following the launch of its next-generation tablet model.
UPDATE: Loop Insight’s Jim Dalrymple noted that according to his sources, Apple has no plans to unveil an iPad 3 at the iWorld expo in January as noted in DigiTimes’s report.
Is Apple planning to launch the iPad 3 on Steve Jobs’s birthday next year? The idea might sound more like a conspiracy theory than a rumor but if you’re looking for an update on when Apple might be launching its iPad 3, a new report says late-February. According to Focus Taiwan, Apple’s component suppliers and manufacturing partners are hustling to build enough devices in time to get the tablet on store shelves by February 24th Steve Jobs’s birthday. Foxconn, which is reportedly building between 9.5 million and 9.7 million units, has allegedly asked its workers to work through the Lunar New Year holiday. While anything is possible at this point, the date doesn’t quite match up with earlier rumors that suggested Apple will launch the device in March or April. The new iPad 3 is expected to offer a slightly revamped design and a high-resolution Retina Display, but Apple may have some competition right out of the gate this time around BGR exclusively reported earlier this month that Samsung is planning to unveil a tablet with a Retina-like resolution in February.
BGR has learned from a trusted source that HTC is preparing to switch up the company’s strategy a bit in 2012. In order to focus getting quality products to market, we have heard that HTC’s release schedule is going to be shockingly quiet for most of the first quarter next year. HTC will also release fewer phones overall in 2012 compared to 2011, we’re told. We’ve also been given exclusive details surrounding several upcoming phones from the Taiwan-based vendor, including HTC’s first 4G Windows Phone for AT&T and its flagship Android handset for the first half of the year. Hit the break for more.
Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that its next-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphones will not launch until “the latter part of 2012.” RIM on Thursday reported third fiscal quarter earnings that beat its lowered guidance, but the firm projected a bleak fourth quarter that will likely fall well short
LG’s first Prada phone set a precedent. It won design awards even before it was officially revealed to the public and it was among the first cell phones to feature an elegant full touchscreen form factor. Its launch was eclipsed by the announcement of another full touch phone, however the Apple iPhone though it did go on to be a popular option in some markets. According to images and specs published Wednesday by mobile blog BestBoyz, the LG Prada and QWERTY-packing Prada 2 are about to be joined by a third addition to the sleek cell phone line: the LG Prada 3.0. Read on for more.