Microsoft about to acquire Skype

May 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Desktop Apps, Mobile Apps, News, Software

According to a rumor shared by Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is on the verge of buying Skype, a company which offers Internet based voice/video call service.


The Redmondians are willing to pay a hefty sum of 7 to 8 billion dollars to get hold of Skype. Sources close to the matter have revealed that even though the talks are in the final stages, the deal is not yet done and could fall apart.

If the deal comes through, Microsoft would benefit a lot from it as it will do a world of good to its brand name in the Internet world. This acquisition will be the biggest Microsoft has done in its long history of 36 years. Will it prove to be the most profitable one? Only time will tell.

Samsung overtakes Nokia in its hometurf

May 9, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Not a good read if you are a Nokia lover but the facts must be told be it bitter or pleasant. According to the research firm IDC, Nokia has lost is top rank to Samsung in the smartphone market in the Western Europe.


This comes as a big shock since we are talking about Western Europe, which is like home soil for the Finlanders. Samsung reached the top of the cell phone mountain by having a higher market share of 29 percent. Nokia saw its market share dropped by 10 percent and currently stands at 28 percent.

According to the IDC analyst, Samsung reached this landmark simply because they were fast enough to understand the emerging trends. Can Nokia get back the spot which it had held since 1990? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

[via Reuters]

HTC Kingdom leaked

May 6, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Pocketnow has leaked out an image of HTC’s upcoming Android phone, HTC Kingdom. Does the rumored specs sheet justify the HTC Kingdom monicker? Let’s find the answer in the coming paragraph.

HTC Kingdom isn’t a dual core processor powered device. Instead, it has a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm processor, 4 inch qHD screenwith a resolution of 960×540 pixels, 768 MB RAM and a 5 MP camera. Gingerbread aka Android 2.3/2.4 will run on top of this gigantic smartphone.

One thing that is evident from the speculated specs sheet is that it isn’t the high end smartphone. Having said that, HTC Kingdom is still powerful enough to perform most of the smartphone related tasks. How will the smartphone enthusiasts react to this device? Let’s wait and watch.

[via Pocket Lint]

Amazon Tablet coming in 2nd half of 2011

May 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Laptops, News, Tablets

According to a report from Digitimes, Amazon’s rumored Honeycomb Tablet will be available for purchase starting from the second half of 2011.

Amazon Tablet

Citing sources from upstream component makers, the report reveals that Quanta Computer is offering the OEM duties and has received orders from the internet retail giants to start preparing their yet to be named Honeycomb Tablet or should I say Amazon’s iPad killer.

Amazon seems to be confident in its Tablet offering as the company expects its monthly orders to reach about 700,000 – 800,000 units during the peak season. Quanta Computer has an impressive portfolio as it is already serving as OEM partner for Sony and RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook. Will Amazon be able to offer some resistance to the constantly growing iPad? Share your predictions with us in the comments box.

iOS 4.3.3 to fix the location tracking bug

BGR, who seems to have a golden Apple source when it comes to iOS related news, has put forward a claim according to which Apple will launch iOS 4.3.3 in the coming two weeks or even earlier.

The tech blog who has gotten their hands on the iOS 4.3.3 ipsw file reveals that the upcoming update will address the following issues :

  • No longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

The technology blogosphere went all vocal when a rather shocking discovery of Apple tracking the location of its iPhone and iPad users was made. This incident was followed by rumors that Apple will fix this issue with an iOS update. Given BGR’s recent iOS track record, one can see this claim near the reality.

TweetDeck sold to Twitter

May 3, 2011 by  
Filed under News

A reliable source of TechCrunch has revealed that Twitter has acquired the very popular third party Twitter client, TweetDeck. The microblogging network is believed to have paid an amount in the range of 40 to 50 million dollars which includes both cash and stock.

This is not the first time that TweetDeck has been offered an acquisition money. Back in February, UberMedia attempted to purchase this innovative Twitter startup. All matters were decided until Twitter decided to intervene and made TweetDeck folks an offer that resulted in UberMedia not getting what they wanted.

The question that arises here is this – why is Twitter so interested in TweetDeck? Well, folks familiar with the matter see this as a defensive move from the microblogging founders in an attempt to stop UberMedia from getting a huge market share in the Twittersphere. UberMedia already has a large number of Twitter startups which includes UberTwitter, EchoFon and others.

What’s your take on this acquisition which will be made official in the coming day?

Nokia N8 now available in Pink

May 2, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

One thing we know about Nokia’s mobile phones and smartphones is that they are available in a variety of colors, a freedom which we don’t get when we go with the likes of Android phones and iPhones.  Nokia N8 up till now has been missing one important color, Pink. But that is no longer the case as the Finlanders have announced the Pink edition of their multimedia sensation, N8.

Specs wise, the smartphone remains the same, something which we didn’t see with the white iPhone 4. Nokia N8 has a powerful 12 MP imager which does high quality HD video recording, a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and other usual bells and whistles that one has come expect from a smartphone these days.

Guess what there a couple of pink themed apps to support the color as well. These are the Little Pink Diva Theme which adds some colour into your menus and the Pink Neon Clock apps which makes sure you don’t miss your important appointments.

According to the conversation I had with one of Nokia’s representative, the launch of the phone will take place gradually. China already has the Pink Nokia N8 up for grabs. No idea when the UAE will get the said phone. Pretty soon is what we hope.

Gingerbread for HTC Desire HD leaks out

May 2, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Firmware leakages have become part and parcel of the Android world not that we complain. What has leaked out this time is the obvious question. And here is the pleasant answer. Final version of Gingerbread intended for the proud HTC Desire HD owners has escaped from HTC’s safe house and is now in the wilds of the Internet ready to land on the gigantic Android phone.

The best thing about this leak is that it’s an unbranded one meaning you don’t need to worry about the useless bloatware apps that you get from your carrier with each update. Before you try to mount this ROM on your handset, bear in mind that you need to take the backup of your important phone data and apps. Flashing this ROM means you will lose the root status of your HTC Desire HD. But you can always get it back using Gingerbreak.

Remember this flash ROM is risky business and is not for the faint hearted. Proceed only if you know what you are doing. If this is too risky for you, wait for the official release which seems to be just around the corner.

Apple starts selling the white iPhone 4

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Apple, News

The title of the post says it all doesn’t it? Apple after having us wait for what seemed liked years has finally started selling the white iPhone 4.

white iPhone 4

As always, you have two options to purchase the white uniform wearing stainless steel phone. You can get it online or if you want you can pay visit to one of Apple’s authorized retail stores and get it there and then. The price as well as the specs sheet remain the same. You get a 1 Ghz processor, 5 MP camera,retina display enabled 3.7 inch touchscreen and surprisingly iOS 4.3.1 and not iOS 4.3.2.

Currently the white iPhone 4 is available in US, UK, China, Australia and other countries which sadly doesn’t include UAE. But that won’t be the case for long. So, do you intend to buy the white iPhone 4 or are you waiting to get your hands on the new iPhone 5 whenever it becomes available.

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