Archives for September 2010

Google Music Might not have Any Labels Signed Yet – Rumor

Google [GOOG] is looking to employ somebody to head up it’s music launch this year.

As well as looking for someone to lead the project, it appears that Andy Rubin (Android guy) is in talks with record labels to get them signed up.

Reuters is reporting that Google has yet to sign up any labels to the service which indicates they need to work rather quick if they plan to launch by the end of this year. [Read more…]

Sharp 3D Camera Phone Spotted at IFA

Sharp is launching a number of devices with glasses free 3D screens over the next few months. The new range of concept products had screens ranging from 3 inches to 10 inches in size.

One particular was the mobile phone pictured above that has a 3D screen on the front as well as a couple of cameras on the back allowing it to capture 3D images whilst on the move.

It is expected that the screen will work like those of the Nintendo 3DS which requires users hold the device in a certain place in front of them to get the 3D effect to be visible. [Read more…]

Gmail Calls: 10 Million Calls Placed in 1st Week

Recently, Google [GOOG] rolled out a new feature to Gmail users called Gmail Calls. The service allows those in the US to make calls to any phone direct from the Gmail interface.

We reported last week that within the first day of Gmail Calls going live that there were 1 million calls made.

In the first full week of being live, 10 million Google Gmail Calls have been made which is a very impressive number. The first 1 million was thought to be high due to many people testing the new service out. However, the number per day continues to grow as even more people find out about the service. [Read more…]

Samsung Galaxy Tab Rooted

The Samsung Galaxy Tab hasn’t even been launched yet, but someone has managed to already root the new tablet.

It isn’t clear how root was achieved, or how the team behind it managed to even get hold of a Samsung Galaxy Tab to root it. Either way, that’s quite a quick achievement. [Read more…]

Samsung Galaxy Tab Price – £679.99 – Not Official

Expansys has revealed the Samsung Galaxy Tab price as being £679.99. This price tag is for the 16GB model of the new Samsung tablet. It currently has a launch date October 12.

It isn’t clear if these price points are correct. When compared to the iPad the same 3G 16GB model costs £529 which makes it quite a bit cheaper than the Samsung offering.

Samsung has confirmed to Engadget that no pricing has been made available yet and indicates that any prices revealed on sites are just speculation. [Read more…]

Google Chrome 6 Browser Arrives

Verson 6 of the Google Chrome browser has landed. The launch of Google Chrome 6 comes two years after the original launched.

Now, on its second birthday, Google (Google) has released a stable build of Chrome version 6. Heralding itself as “The Modern Browser,” Chrome (Chrome) 6 does indeed boast a number of improvements, but as with previous updates, the focus remains on speed and simplicity.

[Read more…]

iPhone 4 Germany Moving to Vodafone and O2

The iPhone 4 in Germany could be moving to more networks after the holiday season. WSJ is reporting that T-Mobile in Germany is about to lose it’s iPhone 4 exclusivity agreement towards the end of this year.

This indicates that both Vodafone and O2 could be getting an iPhone 4 as early as next year. [Read more…]

Twitter for iPhone to get Push Notifications

It seems that Push notifications are coming to the official iPhone Twitter application. The image above shows the app being tested at Twitter internally where an option to enable notifications is presented on screen.

For those users (developers) who are running iOS 4.1, the option is already available from what we understand. When iOS 4.1 is released next week, it should allow those who run the Twitter app to enable push notifications once the OS is updated. [Read more…]

Facebook Blocks Apple Ping Service

When iTunes 10 with Ping was demonstrated at the Apple [AAPL] special event a few days ago Facebook integration was included. Steve Jobs could be seen on stage demonstrating it.

However, it has now disappeared. All Things D has reported that the reason for it missing is that Facebook has blocked Apple from using the API that was used to interact with Facebook. [Read more…]

Skype 5.0 Beta Allows Group Video Calls for 10 People

Skype has released a new Beta update numbered version 5.0. The new Skype 5.0 Beta download (for Windows), allows users make group video calls with up to 10 people.

As well as allowing for more people on a group video call, the update also gets a new fresh look in Skype’s own words. Also stability has been increased as well as increased quality when making video calls to a group.

To make a group video call, each users on the call needs to be running the latest Skype Beta (available for download here). Right now the service is free although the blog post announcement hints at a possible charge in the future.

We’ve made improvements to call quality when making group video calls, as well as fixed a number of bugs affecting stability, so your calling experience should be smoother than before. This version also includes automatic call recovery, which should help automatically reconnect Skype calls that are interrupted due to network problems. We’ve also made a number of other housekeeping fixes since the first beta – but please bear in mind that this is still a beta version, and so there may be the odd bug remaining.

Toshiba Folio 100 Android Tablet

The Toshiba Folio 100 was on display at IFA today. The Folio 100 is an Android based tablet that will be launching soon.

Technical specs reveal it has a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The touchscreen uses capacitive touch and also supports multitouch.

Inside is an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core chipset. A 1.3 megapixel camera can be found inside and for storage it has 16GB. The version of Android running on the Toshiba Tablet is Android 2.1. [Read more…]

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Gizmodo managed to spend some time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab earlier today. The Galaxy Tab is an Android tablet that will be launching soon. It runs TouchWiz, has a 7 inch screen and has 3G/Wireless connectivity built in.

It’s well made, and doesn’t seem as plasticky as the Galaxy S range of phones—or indeed, most Samsung phones. Just like with the iPad, the bezel around the display is possibly too large for its own good, but the touch-sensitive buttons (menu, home, back and search) almost don’t have a purpose with that large 7-inch display.

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