Apple iPad Leads 2012 Thanksgiving, Black Friday Online Sales; Accounts For 88% Of Tablet Shopping

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Apple devices, including the iPad and the iPhone, dominated online buying during this holiday season on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, according to a report by IBM.

As far as data from IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark go, online sales were up 17.4 percent and 20.7 percent from 2011 on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday respectively. But the biggest surge came from mobile consumers, led by the iPad, the report stated.

The Nokia Lumia 920 Sells Out In The US

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In the eyes of the consumer the Nokia Lumia 920 is the premium Windows phone despite the rival HTC 8X device being named as the official flagship model. The specification offered by the 920 is comparable with many leading Android phones and another factor behind its early success. An impressive display measures 4.5 inches and offers a great resolution of 768 x 1280. This has a positive effect on pixel density which is very high at 332PPI. Performance is helped by a powerful chipset which features a 1.5Ghz Krait processor that includes dual cores for excellent multi tasking. When you combine this impressive specification with the new Windows 8 software package it is easy to see why the model has struck a chord with consumers. Compare Nokia Lumia 920 O2 Deals here

The US shortages of the new Nokia Lumia 920 is no great surprise given the Finnish manufacturers excellent reputation for building superb devices and the popularity of the Microsoft Windows format.
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In the eyes of the consumer the Nokia Lumia 920 is the premium Windows phone despite the rival HTC 8X device being named as the official flagship model. The specification offered by the 920 is comparable with many leading Android phones and another factor behind its early success. An impressive display measures 4.5 inches and offers a great resolution of 768 x 1280. This has a positive effect on pixel density which is very high at 332PPI. Performance is helped by a powerful chipset which features a 1.5Ghz Krait processor that includes dual cores for excellent multi tasking. When you combine this impressive specification with the new Windows 8 software package it is easy to see why the model has struck a chord with consumers. Compare Nokia Lumia 920 O2 Deals here

The US shortages of the new Nokia Lumia 920 is no great surprise given the Finnish manufacturers excellent reputation for building superb devices and the popularity of the Microsoft Windows format.

Culled From:cmvlive

Firefox killing 64-bit version on Windows >> Firefox Google Groups

Amazingly, there is still the perception by some Windows Nightly users that the 64-bit MSVC builds are faster than their 32-bit counterparts [8], whereas even before the recent regressions that was not the case [5] [6].

Users of 64-bit versions of Windows may be under the impression that 64-bit builds of Nightly are somehow “more correct” for their platform, especially since http://nightly.mozilla.org displays 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Nightly builds with equal prominence and no indication that the 64-bit builds are experimental/effectively untested.

* Whilst there was a thorough discussion of the Win64 pros/cons [9], a follow-up summary of facts [10], and internally most of us know that Win64 builds aren’t something that we’ll be focusing on near-term – there doesn’t appear to have been any public newsgroup/blog postings communicating the final decision. So it’s not surprising that the average Nightly user is not aware that Win64 builds are pretty much unsuited for public consumption.

Upshot: Mozilla is killing 64-bit Firefox on Windows. But the people who’ve been using it in nightly builds are horrified and outraged.

Culled From:guardian

Boot up: LTE on the Nexus 4, games by platform over time, PS Vita dying?, and more

Plus the real explanation for USB, Barclays goes iPad, Google’s plans for AirPlay-like functionality (and which is the best-selling TV streamer?), and more

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IBM unveils mobile computing focus

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Cape Town – IBM unveiled a suite of new software and services that enables global organisations to build a comprehensive mobile computing strategy.

The software includes securing and managing devices, to creating mobile applications and analysing data.

These new offerings are part of a move by IBM to capitalise on the growing market opportunity for mobile.

As organisations increasingly view mobile computing as the next platform to conduct business, the market is evolving beyond just the device.

Business leaders including the chief information officers, and increasingly chief marketing officers of global organisations such as airlines, retailers, governments and healthcare providers are among the businesses turning to IBM to ensure mobile services and solutions are readily available to constituents and in full compliance with IT strategies.

Solutions

They need solutions that can be applied across any mobile environment and device, whether a laptop, smartphone or tablet, and can provide an underlying IT infrastructure that is always available, secure, effectively manages data, and integrates both front and back-end systems.

According to latest reports, more than 10 billion mobile devices are expected to be in the hands of consumers, doctors, sales leaders and the like by 2020. Already, 90% of mobile users keep their device within arm’s reach at all times, and complete many kinds of transactions across these smart devices.
By the end of 2011, there were 1.2 billion mobile web users worldwide, equivalent to 17% of the world’s total population.

“Mobile is fundamentally changing the way we think, work, and act. But the speed at which this shift is occurring is forcing organisations to react, instead of proactively plan for this transformation,” said Phil Buckellew, vice president, IBM Mobile Enterprise.

“We are evolving that approach. Just as IBM helped organisations capitalise on the internet more than 20 years ago, we are also doing the same for mobile computing. We will continue to partner with clients and help them get ahead of this trend by enabling them to become mobile enterprises.”

Challenges

Mobile has shifted from a simple device for keeping in touch, to getting things done. We don’t think twice about making purchases, getting directions, finding menus, monitor our health or conduct banking transactions, all via our smartphone, at anytime, and anywhere.

While the opportunities presented by mobile are significant, there are a number of challenges facing clients when adopting mobile computing.

This includes the management and security of devices and their underlying infrastructures, ensuring a quality mobile application experience for users across operating systems, new devices entering the market almost monthly, integrating data with the cloud, and analysing insights captured in real-time.

From consulting services to software solutions and industry expertise, organic R&D to key acquisitions, IBM offers clients a variety of offerings to quickly adopt mobile technologies throughout the organisation.

Culled From: news24

Switch to Android – Facebook


Social network giant Facebook has been encouraging its employees to use Android phones.

The push comes after years of the company deploying iPhones only, TechCrunch reported, with the Facebook for Android application getting neglected as a result.

Now, the company has been pushing employees to switch to Android and fix errors within the Facebook app.

Facebook has gone so far as to roll out posters to push Android, with the tagline of “Do you ‘Droidfood?” – a portmanteau of ‘dogfood’ and ‘Android’.

The ‘dogfood’ term reportedly refers to eating your own dogfood, or testing your own products.

Culled from iAfrica.com

Unilag Team Wins Google Contest

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Three University of Lagos (UNILAG) students, have won the Google Apps Developer Challenge for the Enterprise/Small Business Solutions category in sub-Saharan Africa.

The students: Bolutife Ogunsola, Michael Adeyeri and Willie Aniebiet, created the Form+ application software; an interface that creates application forms by just dragging and dropping components. The user can create forms – such as curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé submission forms for businesses and coursework submission page for lecturers.
Emeka Afigbo, Program Manager, Google, stated: “Our expectation is that this motivates more young Nigerian developers to develop apps that change the way we live in Nigeria and Africa at large.”

The winners were rewarded with Chromebooks and $20,000. They also won a grant worth $18,000 for their school’s department.

Culled From:informationnigeri

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini available at Amazon.com

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If you were waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini to show up at your local mobile carrier, you might be waiting a while, but that does not mean that you cannot get the phone. The Galaxy S3 Mini has popped up on the Amazon website, unlocked and ready for any mobile carrier in the United States. The listing was noticed this week and apparently there is only a limited quantity, but nonetheless, you can at least purchase it if you have been looking for it. The only bad thing is that it is unlocked, so you are likely to pay close to full retail for the phone.

According to the listing on the website, the Galaxy S3 Mini is $409.95 without a contract and supports T-Mobile USA or the AT&T network. The Galaxy S3 Mini is not the same as the Galaxy S3 handset just smaller, it does have separate features and specs to go along with it. To start out with, the phone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display that sports a 480×800 resolution with a 233ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by a STE U8420, dual-core processor that is clocked at 1GHz and is paired up with 1GB of RAM. It also features 16GB of internal memory and the popular microSD card slot for expansion.

On the back side you are going to find a 5MP camera with LED, auto focus and other camera features. The camera is also able to record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, with the VGA front side web cam that works for video calling. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software is on the device when you power it up, as well as, the Samsung TouchWhiz user interface placed neatly right over the top of the stock Android interface.

The phone does support Bluetooth accessories, Wi-Fi connections and the popular mobile hotspot feature allowing you to connect up to 5 more devices to your internet connection. NFC, DLNA and OTA syncing are also supported on the handset. The phone was announce back in October of this year as the little brother to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and would be a perfect upgrade for those looking for advanced software, hardware and features in a smartphone, but cannot handle anything that is larger in size.

Culled From: technobloom

Nokia Lumia 920 review – so near, and yet so far

nokia_luma_920_1nokia_luma_920_2nokia_luma_920_3Alongside the HTC Windows Phone 8X, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is the flagship handset for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system. Finnish mobile giant Nokia has bet big on Windows Phone, being the only major operator to solely use the software on its smartphones since the launch of the Lumia 800 last year.

We liked the Windows Phone 8X pretty much across the board, but Nokia’s latest top-end Lumia is in many ways even better; bringing an arguably superior camera, wireless charging and a range of additional software features. But the elephant in the room remains the Windows Phone ecosystem. Until Microsoft’s software can truly get the app factor, it is a poor relation to Apple iOS and Google Android.

Design

The Lumia 920 is a hefty handset. At 130mm in length and 70mm width, it is pretty standard for a new phone, but the 10.7mmm girth is not what you would call slim. Weighing 185 grams, this chunky slab feels like a Samsung Galaxy S3 if it put on a few pounds, but the Lumia 920 is also not an ugly beast either.

The phone follows the design of previous Nokia Lumia devices; featuring a tactile one-piece polycarbonate body. Available in black, white, red and yellow, the device feels very much like a premium product that has been made with care and quality materials. The front is dominated by the display, coated in Gorilla glass for extra protection, and the corners have been toughened for extra strength. Whilst the Lumia 920 lacks the finesse of the Apple iPhone 5, it certainly feels like it could cope with whatever life throws at it.

The power, camera and volume buttons on the side have a shiny coating, and there is a headphone jack and SIM card port on the top, and micro-USB and speakers on the bottom. The rear is completely clear apart from the stylish dark silver stripe bearing the Nokia and Carl Zeiss lens branding around the camera.

There is no micro-SD slot included in the phone for additional storage, meaning users are left with just the 32GB on-board, which might feel a little stingy for some – although you do get 7GB of free cloud storage via SkyDrive.

Display

With the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced support for high definition screens to its operating system. Nokia has taken full advantage by fitting the Lumia 920 with a display measuring 4.5-inches on the diagonal and a resolution of 768×1280 pixels. That gives a pixel density of 332ppi, beating the iPhone 5’s 326ppi, although it is doubtful most people will notice the difference.

Text on web pages or eBooks appears sharp and crisp, while images and video are displayed in sumptuous detail. Nokia has also fitted the screen with ClearBack technology, which makes blacks even deeper. To see the benefit of this, just switch the Windows Phone 8 Start screen theme to ‘dark’ and see the excellent contrast against the bright live tiles.

Nokia has also fitted the phone with super-sensitive touchscreen technology that allows the display to still be used while wearing gloves. This does indeed work with most materials, although we found that touch with heavier woollen gloves did not always register.

Performance/battery life

Nokia has arguably missed a real opportunity to release the first quad-core Windows Phone device, instead fitting the Lumia 920 with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. However, that is better than Windows Phone 7 devices which were limited to just a single core.

The smartphone competition has moved on, including the recent Android-powered Google Nexus 4 boasting a 1.5Ghz quad-core chip with 2GB of RAM, and a cheaper price than the Lumia 920. But Nokia’s handset still performs admirably at most tasks. The most demanding apps, such as Real Racing 2, would stretch the Lumia 920, but most of them are not available on Windows Phone anyway.

The phone supports wireless charging by placing it on a special matt that is connected to the mains. This is a pretty good feature as you don’t need to constantly tangle with wires and can create a set charging point, such as on a desk or by a bed. But if you want to move the charging apparatus then it is pretty much the same as using a normal charger.

Ever since the Lumia 920 was released earlier in the month, users have reported issues with rapid drain of its 2,000mAh cell battery. Indeed, our test handset was very thirsty and drained around 50% in a matter of just a few hours. The Lumia 800, Nokia’s first Windows Phone flagship handset released last year, was also hit with similar complaints. Nokia later issued a software patch to fix the problem, and so it will probably do the same here.

Culled From: digitalspy

Samsung wins U.S. court order to access Apple-HTC deal details

htc_apple-300x187A U.S. judge has ordered Apple Inc to disclose to rival Samsung Electronics details of a legal settlement the iPhone maker reached with Taiwan’s HTC Corp, including terms of a 10-year patents licensing agreement.

The Korean electronics giant had earlier filed a motion to compel its U.S. rival — with whom it is waging a bitter legal battle over mobile patents across several countries — to reveal details of the settlement that was reached on November 10 with HTC but which have been kept under wraps.

In August, the iPhone maker won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung after a U.S. jury found that certain Samsung gadgets violated Apple’s software and design patents.

Now, legal experts say the question of which patents are covered by the Apple-HTC settlement, and licensing details, could be instrumental in Samsung’s efforts to thwart Apple’s subsequent quest for a permanent sales ban on its products.

The Asian company has argued it is “almost certain” that the HTC deal covers some of the same patents involved in its own litigation with Apple.

The court on Wednesday ordered Apple to produce a full copy of the settlement agreement “without delay”, subject to an Attorneys-Eyes-Only designation.

Representatives for the U.S. company could not immediately be reached for comment.

Samsung also requested the California court to add three newly released Apple products — the iPod Touch 5, the iPad 4 and the iPad mini — to the list of devices that it claims to have infringed on some of its patents, according to court documents.

The settlement of Apple and HTC ended their worldwide litigation and brought to a close one of the first major flare-ups in the global smartphone patent wars.

Apple first sued HTC in 2010, setting in motion a legal conflagration that has since circled the globe and engulfed the biggest names in mobile technology, from Samsung to Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit.

Culled From: channelstv

Scientists ‘Undiscover’ Island That’s On World Map

An international scientific expedition has revealed a South Pacific island roughly the size of Manhattan and clearly marked on online maps and marine charts does not, in fact, exist.

The ‘undiscovery’ of the island – which until now was midway between Australia and New Caledonia – highlights how much there still is to learn about the oceans, scientists say.

“We saw this mysterious island on all the scientific maps and weather maps but not on this one navigational chart that was on our ship,” Ph.D student Sabin Zahirovic, part of the research team on board the RV Southern Surveyor, told CNN. “So we decided to go see if it was actually there.”

The island, identified as Sandy Island by Google Maps and Sable Island on others, was supposed to be quite large in size – 156 square kilometers (60 square miles) – but the ship sailed right through the area where the island was supposed to be. “The captain was actually quite nervous because the island was showing up on all the maps,” Zahirovic said.

The undiscovery was made during the ship’s voyage this month. Although the team had originally planned to check out the existence of the island during the day, they had arrived at the location of the island at night due to a navigational error.

“We were watching all of our depth-sounding equipment. Luckily for us the sea floor turned out to be very deep there,” said Zahirovic, who is studying tectonic evolution of the eastern Coral Sea.

Although the undiscovery of the island was not part of the original research mission of the international team of scientists led by University of Sydney’s Dr. Maria Seton, the implications of the wrong maps are significant.

“All the scientific cartography relies on these maps, and numerical simulations of waves and currents depend on size of these land forms,” said Zahirovic. “It just goes to show the oceans are so underexposed. It’s actually really shocking that we haven’t not found more islands.”

When asked about the Google Maps mistake, a Google spokesperson told CNN that keeping on top of changes is a “never-ending endeavor,” and that Google will continuously explore ways to integrate new information from users.

Culled from Naija.com