Archivi giornalieri: 15/04/2011
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Samsung Electronics ha presentato ufficialmente Smart TV, una nuova generazione di televisori con accesso a Internet e numerose applicazioni, in modo simile agli smartphone presenti nelle tasche di molti italiani.
Fra i modelli annunciati troviamo i TV LED D8000, D7000, D6500, D6100 e D5500, una gamma di schermi che partono da 32 e arrivano fino a 60 pollici. Spazio anche per i plasma 3D di grandi dimensioni con il D8000 disponibile nei modelli da 51 e 64 pollici e con il D6900, che si collega al Web senza fili.
La nuova versione di Symbian, Anna, come tutti saprete, includerà una nuova gestione dell’input di testo. Così, insieme alla nuova tastiera, il sistema operativo sarà in grado di gestire il software Swype anche in portrait mode. L’annuncio è arrivato ieri pomeriggio tramite un tweet dei Nokia Beta Labs ed il video che trovate a seguire ne dimostra il perfetto funzionamento:
Android supera iOS a livello mondiale secondo i dati rilasciati da InMobi. In prima posizione rimane Nokia OS, anche se in continua discesa. InMobi, network indipendente di annunci pubblicitari, ha rilasciato i dati del mese di marzo 2011. iOS viene superato da Android a livello globale: 14,5% per Google e 13,8% per Apple. Android si piazza al terzo posto e al quarto iOS.
Google ha terminato oggi i primi risultati finanziari relativi al periodo del Q1 2011 e ha snocciolato alcuni numeri relativi alla propria piattaforma mobile, facendo registrare nuovi record.
Jeff Huber afferma che ad oggi vi sono oltre 350,000 attivazioni Android al giorno che rapportate al numero di applicazioni installate da Android Market si arriva a circa 3 bilioni di installazioni totali, con un aumento del 50% rispetto all’ultimo trimestre del 2010.
Un mercato, quello rappresentato market Android, che vale circa 3 miliardi di euro, con un guadagno lordo per Google pari a 8,58 miliardi di dollari con un aumento del 27% rispetto allo stesso periodo dello scorso anno.
Numeri sicuramente da capogiro che però, a causa delle recenti acquisizioni, sono inferiori a quanto si aspettavano gli analisti con gli utili in leggera flessione ma con una forza lavoro aumentata del 28% rispetto allo scorso anno per l’intero organico di Mountain View.
It’s been over a year since Neonode coyly said some nameless “Asian companies” would use its multitouch zForce displays in future products. Now one of them, at least, is coming out of the woodwork — ASUS said it plans to ship a “series of products” with these optical touchscreens later this year. What does this mean for consumers? Neonode’s screens don’t tack any additional layers on top of the touchscreen, making this line of 5 to 13-inch displays different from more common capacitive and resistive ones. The result, Neonode says, is thinner and — one would hope — more responsive screens. No word on when these products will hit (nor how creative ASUS will get with its designs), but feel to dig for details in the terse press release.
If you didn’t already have enough potential app privacy leaks to worry about, here’s one more — Android Police discovered that that Skype’s Android client leaves your personal data wide open to assault. The publication reports that the app has SQLite3 databases where all your info and chat logs are stored, and that Skype forgot to encrypt the files or enforce permissions, which seems to be a decision akin to leaving keys hanging out of the door.
Basically, that means a rogue app could grab all your data and phone home — an app much like Skypwned. That’s a test program Android Police built to prove the vulnerability exists, and boy, oh boy does it work — despite only asking for basic Android storage and phone permissions, it instantly displayed our full name, phone number, email addresses and a list of all our contacts without requiring so much as a username to figure it out. Android Police says Skype is investigating the issue now, but if you want to give the VoIP company an extra little push we’re sure it couldn’t hurt.
Back at CES we were dazzled by Fulton Innovation’s vision of the future of wireless power, which included an inductively-charged Tesla Roadster. Now, someone’s actually making it a reality. Siemens and BMW are partnering on a field trial for inductive chargers, with the device itself making its debut in May ahead of it being deployed in Berlin in June. In theory these can be installed into parking lots, taxi queues, and of course driveways, sunk right into the ground — out of sight and mind. Neither company is saying which prototype car will be given the ability to catch the waves that these inductive chargesters will be throwing out, but we’d hazard a guess it’ll be one of BMW’s new i cars, which won’t look nearly as futuristic as the invisible wheels above that look to have escaped from the Wonder Woman set.
Our story about MSI’s X370 ultraportable getting a dose of AMD Fusion ended on a cliffhanger — the company stopped short of revealing just how much the thing would cost. Well, now we have our answer: this 13.4-incher comes with a $599 price tag and is up for grabs on Newegg. (Amazon already cut the price to $579, but isn’t shipping it just yet.) For the money, that sub-$600 sticker includes AMD’s new Zacate E-350 APU, 4GB of RAM, integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics, a 500GB hard drive, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, HDMI and VGA output, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an 8-cell battery that MSI claims can last up to ten hours. While it earlier seemed that consumers would get their pick of hard drives and batteries, it’s available in just one configuration for now — not that you would have been tempted to downgrade to a 4-cell, anyway.
No, it’s still not saying anything about the eventual US launch, but Spotify is now causing a minor ruckus across the pond, where it’s just announced some changes to the free version of the music streaming service. The timeline for the changes varies depending on when you signed up, but the short of it is that users will have six months of access to the free service as it is now, after which they’ll face some stricter limits on how much they can listen to. That includes a total of just ten hours of listening time each month, and the ability to listen to individual songs no more than five times. Of course, the obvious goal there is to get more folks to sign up for its Premium or Unlimited services, which the company notes remain unchanged.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it; ASUS has taken this old adage to heart, offering up some moderate, but worthwhile changes to its latest consumer and 3D monitor lines. Retaining the award-winning style of its Designo series, the outfit is launching a trio of new 22-, 23-, and 24-inch IPS and VA panel displays — each vaunting a 178-degree viewing angle, 1920 x 1080 resolution as well as more accurate color reproduction and a higher contrast ratio than previous models. Too bad this change didn’t carry over to ASUS’ 3D line — despite adding an integrated IR transmitter for NVIDIA 3D Vision, the 1080p 27-inch LED VG278H sports a backlit TN panel (boo), same as its predecessor. But hey, at least the integrated transmitter ought to free up some desk space… right? No official price on these just yet, but check out the more coverage link below for a spate of eyes-on impressions.