Olive Telecom today announced the launch of the world’s first multi-mode, multi-band modem that can latch on to any network currently deployed globally. The modem was launched in Russia with Skylink earlier this week and is expected to be introduced in India early next year. Running on Qualcomm’s MDM6600 chipset, it supports frequency ranges from 450MHz to 2100 MHz and supports GSM / GPRS / EDGE, CDMA,HSDPA,HSPA (up to 14.4 Mbps) and EV-DO (up to 14.7 Mbps).
It is only a matter of time before such solutions are embedded in notebooks, netbooks, Internet Tablets and other “non-telecom” hardware to enable users to stay connected irrespective of the country or the carrier. We are today hearing rumors that the iPad 2 will come in three flavours – UMTS, EVDO and Wi-Fi only. Probably, Apple could have launched just two versions – a UMTS+EVDO+Wi-Fi and a Wi-Fi only.
Hopefully, the year 2011 will see more ‘global’ products than we have ever seen before, enabling companies to produce just one version that can be launched in any country. Yup, many carriers (especially the American carriers) often like to dictate custom industrial designs apart from other software-related terms, I’m sure that we will make the first steps towards globally connected devices.
Now you won’t have to drag out your Android smartphone from your pocket or your handbag each time it rings. Instead, you can view your incoming calls, messages, tweets and Facebook updates on LiveView, a portable Bluetooth accessory by Sony Ericsson. This LiveView has a 1.3-inch coloured OLED display and it connects with your Android mobile phone (supports Android 2.1 OS and above) once you download an app on your phone and consequently, users can read their messages, play music and find out who’s calling them.
Now that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 line up is about to receive an OS update this October, this portable Bluetooth device will be worth a buy this Diwali and if in case, you lack the patience of waiting till then, you can try it out with those ‘haute-arse’ Moto and HTC devices running on Android 2.1.
Protective case maker, Otterbox, has launched a new case for the iPhone 4. Branded under its Commuter series, this case has three layers – a screen protector, a silicone covering and finally a sturdy plastic cover. We have used the company’s Commuter series cases for the iPhone 3GS, the Nokia E72 and the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and can vouch that it is among the better options out there. The triple-protection not only saves the device from scratches but also provides protection against accidental falls and bumps. If you have an iPhone 4, this is one case that we would recommend. The case is available for $34.95 and can be ordered here.
It was only a matter of time, we guess. Hot on the heels of the Farmville app on the iPhone comes its spoof, Farmvillain. Designed by Jolt Online Gaming, the app is a merciless spoof on the gathering and animal caring ways of Farmville with jokes and anecdotes that are so risque that the app was allegedly turned down three times by Apple (including once because it appeared “to include features that identify Chuck Norris”) before it finally made its way into the official download zone of iPhone/iPod touch users. The game costs $0.99 and as to what it contains, well, we will let the game description on iTunes do the talking:
“Sick of cutesie FamrVille posts on your Facebook page? Fight back with Farmvillain. Send hilarious dark and humorous posts to yourself and your friends’ walls. Want to give your friends some mad cow disease? Allow animal testing on your farm?…Farmvillain is most assuredly not a game, nor is it affiliated with any part of FarmVille. We’re much funnier than that.”
What can we say to that? We are downloading, folks. No offence meant to Mr Norris.
Tata Teleservices has launched its new wireless internet access device – Tata Photon Wi-Fi Pocket Router, which enables multiple users to share wireless internet connectivity on various devices which are Wi-Fi enabled like laptops, desktops, iPads and mobile phones.
The Tata Photon Wi-Fi Router allows broadband internet access speed up to 3.1 Mbps. It also sports an ethernet port and provides a battery back-up of 2.5 hours. The device has been launched in four major cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore and is available at an introductory price of Rs 4,999 for a limited period, post which it will be available for Rs 6,500.
Ever since Apple announced that it would be offering free iPhone 4 cases to all owners, we felt for third-party case sellers who have spent millions of dollars manufacturing a variety of cases for the world’s most loved/hated (take your pick) smartphone. Now Marware has launched a Bumper-like case for the iPhone 4. Considering that Apple won’t be able to make enough Bumpers for its 3 million or so customers, in all probability, it will offer a choice of silicone slips to choose from once it runs out of Bumpers.
If that really isn’t your thing, you should look at this SportGrip Edge from Marware. Priced at $19.99, it is similar to Apple’s Bumper – it is a band that covers the edges – and it also comes with two sheets of screen protector for the front and the back of the phone. Not only will it eliminate call drops caused by the “death grip” but it will also protect the front and the back from getting scratched.
Gresso has launched its latest iPhone 4 casing, made of 200-years old African Blackwood, the signature material which they have used for the iPhone 3GS casing as well. The Gresso iPhone 4 Black Diamond casing has an 18-K gold Apple logo embedded on the backside with an inlaid glittering black diamond.
This $10,000 case for the iPhone 4 not only makes the device look pretty but also solves the ‘death grip’ problem that many users are facing. The antenna strip around the perimeter of the iPhone 4, which is the known culprit for the problem, will be covered by the steel frame along the edges of the Gresso case. The steel frame has a titanium black PVD coating which being dielectric in nature will nullify the reception issue and consequently, there will be no loss of signal, according to Gresso.