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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to “Meet the new members of the Xperia family”

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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Sony Ericsson invites for MWC 2011 ask you to "Meet the new members of the Xperia family"

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The Mobile World Congress is taking place next month in Barcelona, Spain. A lot of companies use this as a time to showcase their next wave of devices to come out in the following year, much like CES (except it’s global). Sony’s mobile department, Sony Ericsson, will be making an appearance and as the invite above states, showing you “the new members of the Xperia family.” The Xperia family already includes the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, Mini Pro X10 and the X8. It is predicted that the new children will include the famously mysterious Xperia Play/Zeus Z1/Playstation Phone as well as a slew of probable WP7 handhelds.

For more on the Xperia Play, take a peak at the following articles:

Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168
Zeus Z1 + PSPhone + Xperia Play = The Playstation Phone
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Microsoft wouldn’t mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

Microsoft wouldn't mind Geohot on their side

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

ChevronWP7 recently gained popularity in the press with their famous “jailbroken” shirt as well as the “jailbreak” tool that bought them a meeting with WP7 reps to discuss homebrew on the mobile platform. But as of late, a new hacker has been baited by Microsoft. George Hotz (aka Geohot) is known for his ability to unlock both the iPhone and the Ps3. He has earned some popularity of his own, but not quite as positive (Sony sued him for 8 counts of DMCA violation).

Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with a stab at Sony:

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

This light-hearted comment piqued Microsoft’s interest. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot –

If there is one thing that Microsoft is doing right with their revamped mobile OS, it’s supporting the underground dev community.

[Source: WinRumors]

Microsoft keynote at CES 2011: Kinect social, Hulu Plus, IE9, New Surface

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced Avatar Kinect tonight during their CES presentation. Simply enough, the Kinect will follow your facial features as far as talking, mouth gestures, eyebrow movements and more as you are represented in a visual chatroom of sorts. The trailer that Microsoft played showed the option of picking from different settings (sports event, doodle city, forest and a few others) and sitting around just hanging out with friends… Very Second-Life ish. They did not go into great detail as far as the extent of Avatar Kinect but Microsoft did announce it will be released in the Spring for Gold LIVE Members for free.

A slew of new Kinect features were presented in addition to the Avatar Kinect including Netflix (finally), Hulu Plus services and a new interactive ESPN interface that includes trash talking and voting on your picks for the big game.

Besides talking up the next update for the Xbox 360 console and its Kinect peripheral, Microsoft took time to brag on its own successes stating that they were aiming to sell 5 million Kinect units and have so far sold 8 million, reminding everyone of the 30 million Xbox LIVE users, and going into lots and lots of detail about how friggin’ awesome Windows Phone 7 is. A quote from CEA Ballmer himself:

We pulled together the best of Office, Windows, Xbox, Xbox Live, Bing, and more to focus on building a great phone. The reaction to the product has been great. We launched 9 phones across 60 countries. In the past few weeks alone, we’ve added great new titles: Kindle, Bank of America, Fruit Ninja — there are already 5500 apps in the Marketplace. 100 apps a day. 20,000 devs have registered with us.

In a word? Wow. Truly spectacular for such a new mobile platform. (They want us to forget how terrible the previous Windows Mobile OS was… and so far they are succeeding with WP7.) The only release information for WP7 is the minor update “NoDo” (which is a stab at Android 1.6 codenamed Donuts) that will include Copy/Paste and speed up general performance. The first substantial update has been dubbed “Mango” and will essentially be Windows Phone 7.5 when it is released in the Spring.

Beyond the Kinect and Windows Phone 7, which are two very hot topics these days, the next installment of Internet Explorer was mentioned, although brevity plagued this part of the presentation. Simply, Ballmer stated the fact that 20 million people had downloaded the beta of IE9. The official release will include HTML5 and hardware accelerated graphics.

The last object of interest during Microsoft’s keynote I shall quote from Engadget’s liveblog:

7:32PM New Surface is out now — this is the version that we saw earlier with the crazy PixelSense tech which is able to use each pixel as an individual camera, which means you can put a piece of paper on the display, and it will read the text you’ve written on it. The screen also uses infrared sensors for touch input.

Now I personally have no idea what this is, and the demo at the conference only revealed the fact that the Surface knew 20 “digits” were being pressed against it. It reminded me of the fact that we are getting closer and closer to Minority Report-esque navigation. And… as a side note Microsoft noted this is staying commercially exclusive. No New Surface on consumer tablets 😦

[Sources: WinRumors, Engadget, Gizmodo, PC Magazine]