SEOUL, 28 Dec. 2011 — LG Electronics (LG) made its highly anticipated PRADA phone by LG 3.0 available to the public today in South Korea. The phone is now available to Korean customers and scheduled for the release in most European countries and other parts of Asia in January.
The phone, its existence announced only last month in Seoul during the joint signing ceremony, was unveiled for the first time at a showcase event in London two weeks ago. The stylish new device has been attracting significant attention for being the only smartphone with premium branding on the market currently.
The PRADA phone by LG 3.0 is the third handset from the PRADA and LG collaboration following the highly
successful PRADA phone by LG 1.0 and 2.0 phones. The latest offering continues in the same tradition combining PRADA’s trademark chic simplicity with LG’s leading technology, including one of the brightest 800-nit NOVA display and a PRADA themed UI for truly unique mobile experience.
Following PRADA’s renowned design philosophy, the handset features a full glossy touchscreen on the front and PRADA’s signature Saffiano pattern on the back. Impressively thin at only 8.5mm, minimal hardkeys and a classic black finish complete the phone’s sleek look. Read More
In the first quarter, Samsung plans to update the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note to the new mobile OS. After that, the Galaxy R, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will follow suit, the company said in a blog post.Samsung confirmed last month that the Galaxy S II would receive ICS, but had not yet provided a timetable.
“For upgradable models, Samsung will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements,” Samsung wrote. It’s been more difficult to nail down exact ICS release dates for other handsets, however.
Earlier this month, Motorola said in a blog post that it was “currently assessing this source code, and over the next month we will be determining which devices will get the upgrade and when.”
In late November, LG said ICS will initially be available for the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black, the Optimus 3D and the Optimus LTE, but did not provide details on when that might happen.
Nokia attempted to breach into the smartphone and received a jolt with the company admitting its recently-launched model – Lumia 800 – has battery problems.Nokia had launched two high-end Windows Phone 7.5 powered handsets, Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, last week.The Finnish company admitted that Lumia 800 has a poor battery which will require users to charge their phone more frequently than normal.
According to a Nokia statement, the problem facing with the software of the smartphone and not with its battery. The software in some variants is not allowing the phone to access its full battery capacity,
Nokia has promised to fix the problem with a software update in “early 2012″ which will enable the affected phones to access the total battery capacity. The company also plans to include other performance enhancements with the promised update. Nokia has also offered to replace the handset for those who don’t want to wait for the software update.
Nokia has also given out how users can find if their phone is affected with the battery bug. To check, a user needs to run the battery status test from the diagnostics tool already installed on the phone. Dialling ##634# opens the diagnostics tool. By accepting the disclaimer and then selecting ‘Battery Status’ from the list of options, users will be able to see their available battery charge capacity. If the full charge capacity reads less than 1000 mAh, then your phone is affected with this issue.
In the latest round of Apple Vs. Everyone lawsuits that seem to be dominating the news of late, the iPhone maker has successfully managed to get HTC’s Android hardware banned after the U.S. Trade Commission ruled in its favor. As of April 19th 2012, a ban on HTC’s Android hardware will come into effect across the United States unless things change between now and then, of course.
Apple is currently fighting a number of global legal battles over technology rights, and had initially claimed that HTC was ignoring 10 patents. According to the Reuters news agency, HTC called the ruling “a win” for the firm as it impacted only one patent, rather than the 10 as initially claimed.
“We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it,” HTC said in a statement.
The ban includes some of HTC’s best selling devices, including the Sprint EVO 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible, AT&T Aria, and T-Mobile G2.The ruling comes after it was agreed that HTC does indeed infringe upon one of Apple’s patents, namely patent number 5,946,647. The patent itself is a system level patent which dates back to 1999 and could potentially be linked back to Google’s Android mobile operating itself. This would mean that all Android hardware would potentially be at risk of falling foul of the patent, meaning HTC could just be the tip of the iceberg for Apple’s legal eagles.
HTC is the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker, and most of its smartphones run Google’s Android operating system, although the firm recently launched a series of phones using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 software. Read More
Shopmium – A Mobile shopping service has boosted $2.1 million from Accel Partners and ISAI. Launched in September 2011, France-based Shopmium enables large consumer brands to engage directly with users through special offers and coupons pushed to their Smartphone’s. The service allows users to discover new products that are either free or with a significant discount and buy them in their usual retail stores.
Shopmium says its value is in providing a premium advertising space for brands that also drives traffic to retail stores with sales that can be measured by the redemption of coupons.The startup saw 100,000 downloads of its iPhone and Android applications in the first few weeks following its launch in France. And Shopmium has run deals for brands such as Minute Maid, Pepperidge Farm, Colgate and Evian. Customer acquisition, to increase its commercial outreach internationally and expand the service to new retail verticals are the focus for Shopmium with the new funds available.
SAN FRANCISCO SAY Media announced it has acquired ReadWriteWeb, one of the most popular and influential technology publications in the world, to anchor its growing Technology channel that reaches more than 75 million global consumers each month. Founder and editor-in-chief Richard MacManus will continue to lead ReadWriteWeb as part of SAY Media’s rapidly expanding editorial team. In addition to ReadWriteWeb’s current staff, new star writers will contribute to the renowned technology publication, starting with Dan Frommer, founder and editor-in-chief of SplatF, who will serve as editor-at-large.
“ReadWriteWeb has established itself as a leading news and analysis source for the tech community, reaching high-level business influencers and decision makers. Its editorial team is frequently sourced and considered to be one of the best in the business,” said Matt Sanchez, CEO, SAY Media. “As we looked to acquire a property that would further strengthen our technology channel, ReadWriteWeb naturally rose to the top of the list. Richard and his team are extremely passionate about the content they create and have worked very hard to develop a deeply engaged and informed community of tech enthusiasts.”
As part of SAY Media’s portfolio of owned and operated media properties, ReadWriteWeb will take advantage of the company’s proprietary technology platform, experienced ad sales team, and world-class design expertise to scale its business to reach more technology enthusiasts and decision-makers. Under SAY’s guidance, the site will continue to evolve through design and user experience innovations that align with SAY’s Clean Campaign vision, and also expand its editorial scope to appeal to a wider array of technology consumers. Read More
Company Raises Additional $2.4 Million to Give Kids a Home Page to Call Home
SAN DIEGO, CA (December 14th, 2011) – KidZui Inc, the innovators in internet solutions for families that created the award winning KidZui browser and the kid-safe content aggregator and search engine Zui.com, announced today the launch of Zui Studios. The studio division will create original video content to be distributed on Zui.com and KidZui. The first production out of Zui Studios is Buzz, a daily update for kids about what is trending on the net including the best videos, sites, games, and more that will air on the homepage of Zui.com. The audience for KidZui properties continues to grow rapidly, receiving 1.8 million unique users in November.
Buzz is hosted by Lia Marie Johnson and Ty Desharnais, teens uniquely positioned to be the voice of what kids like. Lia Marie Johnson has over 100,000 loyal subscribers, over 20 million views, and is featured in third most viewed video on YouTube. More kids with massive YouTube draw will be featured as “Zui Stars”, passionate kids with talents they want to share with the world. Jordan Jansen is the first male Zui Star with over 200,000 subscribers and 17 million views. Zui Stars gives kids the viral video stardom they seek without the exposure parents fear. All comments and video replies are screened by the teachers and parents on the KidZui content curation team. The Buzz hosts will invite viewers to upload and safely share their own videos in the kid-centric YouTube experience offered on Zui Stars.
In the creation of Zui Studios, KidZui hired Adam Jacobs as Executive Producer. Jacobs, who was nominated for two Emmy awards for direction, headed On-Air promotions for Time Warner Cable, and wrote for the HBO hit series Tales From the Dark Side, will oversee all content creation for the studio. Plans for additional original content include on-location segments that appeal to kids’ interests. Read More
Missed the happening technical startup updates; here are some feeds direct from Plug and Play Winter EXPO held on December 8th 2011, Featured angels and founders such as Ron Conway, Omid Kordestani and Stephen Herrod. Plug and Play Winter EXPO presented by Plug and Play Tech Center aims to help startups grow. Plug and Play tech Center is a flourishing Silicon Valley community of over 300 startups from all over the world. In addition to offering a professional working environment a number of networking events, various educational programs and seminars, are also being offered.
With the unanimous decision of 90 judges i.e. a panel comprising of VCs and Corporate representatives, the top three Winners chose from Winter EXPO at Plug and Play Tech Center are Mavizon, Repost.us and Gizmo.com. The top on the list is Mavizon which has also won People’s Choice Award, develops a broaden portfolio of technologies and intellectual property with a focus on software and software as a service.
Mavia from Mavizon is a user-friendly way to connect with your car, your friends and family, and the world around you. Mavia integrates your car with your mobile lifestyle. Find your lost car or get notified of needed maintenance. Alert family members if you are in an accident. Save on the thing you need most via location based offers. All you need is just plug it in the car and sync it with your Smartphone, and all that at zero monthly fees. Read More