Archive | October, 2010

VLC for iOS might be taken off the App Store as Videolan notifies Apple of copyright infringement

31 Oct

All good things have to come to an end and it seems good days for iOS device users are about to become slightly boring and dull. Apple might toss out VLC Media Player for iPhone/Pod touch and iPad, after Videolan formally notified Apple of copyright infringement regarding the way it is distributed in the App Store.

Here’s an excerpt from the mail sent by Rémi Denis-Courmont, who is one of the primary developers of VLC Media Player.

Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its mobile devices. At the time of writing, the infringing application is still available. However, it is to be expected that Apple will cease distribution soon, just like it did with GNU Go earlier this year in strikingly similar circumstances: Thus, users of iOS-based devices would be deprived of VLC media player, as a consequence of the intransigently tight control Apple maintains over its mobile applications platform. In any case, while the rules for distribution of open-source or “free” (as in speech) software are extremely relaxed, they do exist and have to be abode by. VLC and open-source software in general would not have reached their current quality and success if it had not been for their license. Therefore, blatant license violation cannot be tolerated at any rate. Concerned users are advised to look for application on more open mobile platforms for the time being.”

Snap the app up while Apple still permits it to be there. Check out our review of the VLC Media Player.

SOURCE: Macstories

RCom starts talking about 3G, might offer download speeds of up to 21 Mbps on a HSPA+ network

31 Oct

After Tata DoCoMo, Vodafone and Airtel, it is now RCom’s turn to talk about flipping on the 3G switch. The carrier has added a section for 3G services and can be expected to make an official announcement as early as next week. The page does not talk about 3G tariffs but claims of providing up to 21 Mbps download speeds, which are consistent with an HSPA+ network. India might be one of those few countries where multiple carriers will offer HSPA+ speeds. RCom has licence to offer 3G services in 11 circles – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, North East and Jammu & Kashmir. However, like other carriers can be expected to be finalising 3G roaming agreements to provide a seamless, Pan-India 3G experience.

Micromax loses its 'Bling'

31 Oct

Micromax, India’s largest domestic handset vendor, can no longer use the word ‘bling’ to sell its Swarovski crystal studded Q55 phone. The model is quite popular, especially among the fairer sex, but its bling campaign has fallen foul of trademark regulations. Bling Telecom, another local player which sells its phones under Movil brand, had filed a complaint with the Delhi High Court to restrain Micromax from using ‘Bling’ to sell the product. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for February 8, 2011.

While there is no doubt that the Q55 had been a hot selling phone for Micromax, we believe that the order will have limited (if any) impact on the handset vendor considering that the product is already nearing its end of life and has anyway become so popular that it need not advertise it any more.

SOURCE: Economic Times

Facebook hosting a 'mobile event' on November 3

30 Oct


Facebook has sent out invites to the press in the US for a ‘mobile event’ on Wednesday. The event is being held barely a month after rumours of Facebook launching its own phone. So will we really see Facebook releasing its own hardware or will it be just a tie-up with a handset vendor like INQ? Or is this not about hardware at all and we are simply looking at some new mobile-centric feature? All will be revealed on Wednesday, that is if someone does not leak it earlier. We are counting on the latter.



Sony Ericsson finally starts rolling out Android 2.1 update for its XPERIA X10 family

30 Oct

Come Sunday and the first Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 family of Android smartphone (XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro) will start receiving updates that will bring them to Android 2.1. The updates are expected to begin in Nordic countries from Sunday and will continue throughout November to cover other markets.

Some of the key points that the update will bring:

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab launched in India (compared in pictures with OlivePad)

30 Oct

As expected, Samsung today launched the Galaxy Tab in India. Priced at Rs 38,000, it is currently available for pre-order at select retail stores and will be available to buy from November 10. While we are still awaiting to get hold of a review unit, you can check our first impressions about the Galaxy Tab here or simply hit the break below for some live pictures as well as a visual comparison with the OlivePad, which is expected to be available within a fortnight.









Nokia updates social networking app on the N8, adds much needed sharing option

28 Oct

Nokia has released an update for the Ovi social networking app on the N8. The new version (V 1.2) does not ask for login details every time one opens that app any more. The homescreen widget has also been tweaked, which now keeps auto-scrolling rather than having the user click repeatedly to see individual updates. The most important addition, however, is the share option in the media gallery about which we have been cribbing all this while. Now users would be able to post their pictures on Facebook or share it on Twitter directly from the camera menu or from the media gallery. We give our thumbs up to this update, how about you?

The Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone is real, poses for the camera

27 Oct

We are crying tears of joy. A dream everyone of us had for the past couple of years is finally about to come true. A dream to fuse Sony PSP with a cellphone to get the PlayStation Phone. Yeah, rumours about such a device have existed for a long time but today, Engadget brings the first live shots of the PS Phone.


The PS Phone is expected to run on the latest version of Android called Gingerbread and will sport a Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset with a 1 GHz processor. It will also have 512 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM and a display that would range between 3.7 and 4.1-inches.


The controls are very PSP-like and the pad in the centre is said to be a touchpad with multi-touch support. It is unknown when the device will be launched, but considering that the Gingerbread Man has arrived at Googleplex, it should not take long. We can expect an announcement latest by the first quarter of next year if it is not made before the holiday shopping season itself.


What is really unknown at this point is the kind of games we will get to see on this device. Well, for that we will have to wait for some more time. Till then head over to Engadget Mobile for more pics.


SOURCE: Engadget Mobile

Barnes & Nobles launches NOOKcolour, a flawed Android e-book reader of sorts

27 Oct


Barnes & Nobles has announced its latest e-book reader, which it calls the NOOKcolor. Priced at $249, it features a 7.0-inch touchscreen (1024×600 pixels) and runs on Android OS with a custom UI. The NOOKcolor is Wi-Fi only and has 8 GB of internal storage, which can be increased by another 32 GB with a microSD card. While it runs on Android, B&N has decided to make it a closed ecosystem and it does not come with any of the Google goodies (not even Android Market) and the bookseller would like to have its own application store instead.


Where the NOOKcolor scores over the plain-old NOOK (and probably even the Kindle) are certainly the colour display and a better browsing experience. It will come with a MS Office suite as well as a media player. However, where it seriously lacks is its battery performance – 8 hours of reading with the wireless turned off.


So here’s the deal, the NOOKcolor won’t give you the complete Internet Tablet experience (remember, no third party apps from the wild, only those that B&N let’s in) and it won’t give you the battery life one has come to expect from e-book readers thanks to their e-ink displays. So if a colour display is so crucial, I might just drop another $200 and get a proper Internet Tablet like the iPad (16 Gb Wi-Fi only) and install the NOOK app on it. And if having a longer lasting battery is more important than a colour display, i would rather save money and pick up the ol’ school NOOK or Kindle instead.


Without having even seen the NOOKcolor, my gut feeling says that it is neither a proper e-book reader nor an Internet Tablet. Then again, I like to be proven wrong and hope to get a review unit sometime soon.

Video: BlackBerry shows off PlayBook's multi-tasking capabilities

26 Oct

RIM co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis showed off the BlackBerry PlayBook and its multi-tasking capabilities for the first time. The demo took place at Adobe’s MAX event. We would leave it up to the video to do all the talking and showing.


SOURCE: Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog