China Mobile Won’t Carry Apple’s iPhone 5

Earlier there were speculations that Apple’s next-gen iPhone or iPhone 5 will be launched with support for China Mobile. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier. But now there are rumors that it is not likely that China Mobile will support it.

As per a report by The Next Web:

Employees at China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, have indicated that the carrier is unlikely to sell Apple’s upcoming iPhone, Sina Tech reports. The publication spoke to a number of workers at the provincial and city level who said they had heard nothing about Apple’s next-generation iPhone being released on China Mobile.

China Mobile currently serves more than 650 million mobile subscribers. And if rumors are to be true, China Mobile will be the only telco in China, which will officially not carry the iPhone.

It is believed that this decision was taken due to the iPhone’s lack of support for China Mobile’s proprietary TD-SCDMA standard.

As reported by The Next Web, China Mobile and Apple are organizing talks with each other to combine the former’s standard into the latter’s iPhone.

But according to Xi Guohua, chairman, China Mobile, the major hold up so far is the delay in the development of the required chip, which Qualcomm will make.

The iPhone 5 or Next iPhone (name not yet official) is expected to debut on Sept. 12th, which is slated for Apple’s much-awaited event.

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Apple iPhone 5 is Coming Out Soon: Hinting About Features on Event Banners

Even as the world waits with bated breath for the official launch of the iPhone 5, or even information on when it could see the light of day finally, the rumor mills are rife with speculation on what the latest version of the ever popular smartphone can or cannot do. Yes, given Apple’s typical upgrades over versions, we can of course expect the new iPhone to be faster, thinner, and lighter than the older models. But what else can we expect to see in the latest iPhone? As the countdown begins for Apple to make the official announcement on the iPhone 5, there is further speculation that the banners being put up about the event could possibly contain hints about the features we can expect to see.

It all started with MacRumors spotting what it believes to be stretched iOS icons on the banners, including those of iTunes, App and Music Store, and Game Center. Now dropping hints is nothing new for Apple, which has in the past hidden subtle hints about upcoming technologies. Apple fans have surmised that stretched icons on the banner could possibly mean that the iPhone 5 would sport a bigger display than its predecessors, giving users a much better viewing experience. There are ample rumors about the new iPhone being taller and might even have a 4-inch diagonal display.

But we worry if this is just Apple playing tricks on its devoted fan base, or if there really is something viable in MacRumor’s claims. Guess we all just have to wait until we hear straight from the horse’s mouth.… Read the rest

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Stories You Missed last Week Amidst New Launches, Speculations, and Patent-Wars…

September started off on a busy note. The first week of the month, has till now, marked the release of many devices in not only technology, gadgets, tablets or smartphones world but also in the gaming sector. Jam-packed with press events slated to release the latest and most innovative devices, there are few stories as reported in an article by the Venturebeat.com that we could have missed on!

Starting with the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent battle to Amazon releasing its revamped Kindle Fire to Samsung, Nokia, and Motorola Mobility- announcing their latest smartphones- the month has been a witness to a lot of technological advancements and rivalries.

And then there was Facebook-Instagram deal going all official and just recently Google buying VirusTotal. The stories were never-ending.

So here let’s take a quick read at the stories we missed.

Keep your pockets tight, a new iPod might be on the line…. Like really!

Ahead of Apple’s press event slated for Wednesday, there are rumors that 12th is going to be awesome not only iPhone fans for all music buffs! How? There are rumors that Apple might also announce a revamped iPod touch and iPod Nano with Wi-Fi along with a ‘iPad Mini’ and iPhone 5. Isn’t that good news?

So let the announcement come, and Apple stores near you will be filled with colorful iPods in all shapes, colors, and sizes!

No more tweets from Mac? Yes, that’s true!

Maybe it’s time for Apple Mac users to find another source to tweet from other than the Mac. According to MG Sielgler, blogger-turned-investor, Twitter has decided to stop supporting Twitter for Mac. Don’t consider it as bad news! If you see Twitter app for Mac, it’s not been updated since 1st June 2011.

Siegler of techcrunch tweeted on Thursday. He wrote, “They won’t kill it outright, but no further updates.” There were also rumors that Apple was in plans to buy Twitter Inc, which is going to be big, if it ever happened.

In a war of most tweets per minute record, Obama wins the race!

The President Barack Obama surely knows how much impact he has on people. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Obama generated 52,757 tweets per minute.

Mitt Romney’s speech, however, didn’t get quite the same response. The Republican nominee generated 14,000 tweets per minute. This set a new record political movement on Twitter, good news for Obama, especially as the race for President heats up.

Now it’s Google vs. FBI. The fight to unlock pimp’s phone!

A legal battle is brewing between the FBI and Google as the former is trying to force the latter to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone.

Now even with a search warrant, Google has refused to unlock the smartphone of the suspect. Sorry, no pimp data for you, FBI.

Google’s refusal sparked a story in the WSJ, where it mentioned how muddy legal standards are linked with third-parties unlocking smartphones on behalf of the government. In case the federal agents won’t get access to a suspect’s phone, they’ll turn to software makers for help, and sometimes they’ll come with a warrant. Whether the law actually requires companies such as Google and Apple to comply with these warrants isn’t all that clear.

Kindle Fire HD integrates Bing and not Google

Amazon recently announced its latest Kindle Fire HD. Going on a head-to-head competition with Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad, Amazon will now direct mobile searchers to Microsoft’s Bing search engine instead of Google. Epic!

Bing remains the search engine for the Kindle Fire HD device. Looks like Amazon and Google are no longer friends!

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Is the Age of Streaming Music Finally Here?

First there was Pandora – a beautiful creation that let us discover brand new music through online streaming. And then, quite a few other websites followed suit, some of the bigger successes among these including Spotify, iHeartRadio and Songza. But with faster mobile browsing features, music streaming turned into apps, both free and paid. However, the world of music streaming just got a whole lot bigger with none other than Apple dropping hints that it could enter the arena too.

Even though confirmation is yet to come by, this news caused Pandora’s shares to take a hit of 16 percent. But just how big of a playing field is the music streaming business? Of course, Nokia tried to get in on the action through Nokia Music features on its smartphones, but its exclusivity limits its business potential. The latest version lets users stream music from over 150 Nokia-created playlists, create their own playlists, and even listen to music offline.

And then there was the recent announcement by prepaid carrier Cricket about including unlimited music from Muve as part of its plans for Android users. Starting from $50 and going up to $70, these plans even offer unlimited talktime and data connectivity options to users. The company states its move came after surveying its users on what they felt was the most vital experience they expected from their smartphones, to which the users indicated the need for music.

Although music streaming for web browsers and more recently, smartphones by way of apps, is ever increasing in popularity as of now, we wonder what will happen once Apple enters and changes the game, just like it has done to so many other aspects of our lives.… Read the rest

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Is The Low-priced Amazon Tab a Big Deal? India Offers Aakash @ $35!

Of lately, Amazon has been in news for all good reasons. The giant Internet retailer has recently announced the launch of its latest and innovative the new Kindle Fire HD, made with better clarity, improved usage, faster processors, and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. It’s not only the latest features; but also the price of these devices that is creating even more excitement.

You can easily grab a 7-inch Kindle Fire for just $199 and an 8.9-inch 4G LTE-enabled model for just $499!

Millions of consumers will certainly buy these devices as the price they offer is much lower than what Apple has set for its iPad.

But is the new Kindle Fire HD worth the entire hullabaloo? We have Aakash tab for just $35!

Well, there are some analysts who believe that these tabs, which will make Amazon earn profits via advertisements, won’t be a catalyst for the revolution of cheaper tabs that the Internet retailer hopes will take place.

In order to make a change and make its tabs impactful in the market, Amazon must sell the units for $100, as then only they will reach millions all over, who would then afford it much more easily.

Let’s take the example of mobile phones. In India and China, there are billions of people who use mobile phones owing to the cheap cost and wide availability.

As per a report by Cisco, it is estimated that by the end of this year, there will be more mobile-connected devices than number of people on the earth. Also by 2016, it is speculated that there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices or 1.4 mobile devices per capita.

Mobile phones have connected everyone all over the world including villages in most remote parts of the world.

The same is thought of Internet-enabled tablets, which is hoped to take connectivity to the next level.

Billions in the world will then get access to the same online learning tools, engage in discussion groups, and participate more equally in the global economy if they get cheaper tabs.

There are many in the US, who have already revolutionized the market.

Occasionally it is seen that when prices of iPads drop, iPad are everywhere, same as what happens with iPhone and Android devices.

India has already revolutionized the market of tabs and launched a product known as the Aakash tablet, which is hoped to change the education process on a whole. The first model of Aaksah tab came out in Oct. 2011, priced at just $35!

However, Kapil Sibal has also announced the launch of a newer version called Aakash 2, slated for October release.

Sibal announced that the latest version will have a four-point, multi-touch projective capacitive display and a Cortex A8 – 1 Ghz processor. It will run on the latest version of Android, provide Wi-Fi and cell phone connectivity, and will be offered in India for just $63.

The government has also offered a version of this for $40 that it plans to subsidize for schools.

Cheap, yet innovative tabs are a necessity that all countries need to embark on for a revolution.

Amazon or Apple, do not seem to be willing to lower down its prices, as both the firms focus on high-end, high-profit customers that can earn them profits.

But what they need to understand is that there is a lot bigger market, which is at the bottom of the pyramid, hoping and waiting for a cheaper tab that they can easily afford!… Read the rest

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No Apple TV This Year, or Near Future

Apple is not going to launch any television set this year. At least this is what recent report indicates. This report puts an end to the speculation of Apple venturing into the market of television sets anytime soon.

Andy Hargreaves, analyst, Pacific Crest has taken out an update, which says that Apple officials have made it clear that there won’t be any TV set or service, at least for now. The news comes as a rather disappointment for those, who were waiting for an Apple TV.

The new Apple TV was expected to offer the innovation, mixed with Apple’s App Store for iOS services. Recently in August, there was a report that indicted Apple’s interest in venturing into the business of television sector. The Cupertino Calif.-based company wanted to make its Apple TV as a set-top box.

However, for that, Apple had to build partnerships with both the media companies that offer popular TV content and also had to form an alliance with a cable TV provider to let Apple’s new device be used in place of a regular cable box.

Maybe, Apple wasn’t successful in its negotiations with media and cable companies, which has put its plans on hold to come up with a revolutionary TV device.

Apple wanted to sell its device directly to consumers via its online store, and its retail locations. Whereas, cable companies wanted to sell it with a TV service agreement, and that could have led to the disagreement. There were also rumors of Time Warner Cable being Apple’s partners to launch the Apple TV, just the way the firm launched iPhone with AT&T.

Despite all reasons, the fact that negotiations didn’t work out, concludes that there won’t be any Apple TV foreseen in future. Apple fans will have to wait until another report comes out to dream of getting the sleek, smart, and stylish Apple TV in their living rooms.… Read the rest

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility.

First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race?

For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath these 3 tablets.

Screen Size: If you’re all about the screen size, then the iPad 3 should be your obvious choice. Sporting a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Nexus and Kindle Fire’s 7-inch screens, you can view text and images much better without doubt. However, to go up against the iPad, Amazon has even launched the Kindle Fire HD in an 8.9-inch screen model, which can definitely change the game with regards to this category.

Connectivity Options: Here’s where the competition begins to heat up and consumers get a variety of options. If you’re looking for a tablet with only Wi-Fi connectivity, all these tablets can be considered, including the 2 versions of Kindle Fire HD, the iPad and the Nexus 7. But go beyond the Wi-Fi access, and your choices narrow down to the iPad, which offers GSM and CDMA connectivity, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which gives you LTE connectivity options for much faster browsing speeds.

Storage: In terms of storage, we have to say that unfortunately the Nexus 7 takes a beating with a limitation of only up to 16 GB space, while even the Kindle Fire HD 7 gives you up to 32GB of space. Want more? The iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 go up to 64GB of storage space, which we think is far more than just ample.

Cameras: Now, this is where the Kindle Fire HD becomes the surefire winner, with its HD front facing camera, as opposed to the Nexus 7’s 1.2MP and iPad’s VGA equivalent. However, if you’re going to need a camera in the back as well, consider only the iPad 3 with its 5MP camera.

Weight: Not surprisingly, the Nexus 7 is the lightest among these tablets at just 0.75lbs, with the Kindle Fire HD 7 coming in second, weighing 0.87lbs. Between the larger screen options, however, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 takes a narrow lead, weighing 1.25lbs when compared to iPad 3’s 1.33lbs.

Applications: While the iPad and Nexus 7 respectively lets you download apps from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, the Kindle Fire users can download apps onto their devices from Amazon’s Appstore.

Price: This is of course the one category that everyone’s most interested in, and boy, do we get a wide variety of choices here. The 7-inch version of Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 come in 2 price variants – $199 and $249, while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $599. Definitely more value for money than the iPad 3, we must say, which starts at $499 and goes up to $829.

So now, that you know pretty much all that there is to know about these tablets, which one do you think you would go for?… Read the rest

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Launched, A Challenge for iPad?

The world’s largest internet retailer Amazon on Thursday took covers off its latest offering- a 4G tablet that’s designed with HD and is a lot cheaper than the Apple’s iPad.

Amazon uncovered four new tablets and a new e-reader: the light-up Kindle Paperwhite e-ink reader, which is an innovative and latest version of the Kindle Fire. The company also launched three versions of an enhanced tablet that it named the Kindle Fire HD.

Offering devices with price tags ranging from $159 to $599, these new tabs designed by Amazon make a great buy as they offer some features just as Apple’s iPad, but at a much lower costs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD is designed with ads called ‘special offers’, which has helped the firm keep the prices low.

The announcement by Amazon included a 4G LTE-enabled, 8.9-inch, 32GB tablet that’s priced at $599, whereas if you see Apple, a 32GB iPad with a 4G connection costs $729. Quite a difference!

However, if you compare, there are also some differences between the two tabs. The iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and comes with iCloud storage and a lot more variety of applications as compared to the latest Kindle Fire HD.

Amazon offers a $50 per year data plan for its tablet for the plan that comes with just 250 MB of data whereas AT&T’s plan is $14.99 per month for the same amount.

The Kindle Fire HD is great for some light e-mail and Web surfing.

Jeff Bezos, chief executive, Amazon said, “We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy our devices,” at the conference in California.

With such low prices, it’s going to be a good tab race and beating the price Amazon offers is going to be tough for all rivals.

Amazon’s new e-reader is $69 and has a built-in, adjustable light, which will make users read e-ink in the dark.

With twice as much RAM and an improved battery life, the new Kindle Fire will cost $159, which is $40 less than its predecessor.

The Kindle Fire HD line that got the attention is launched by Amazon with two options. The model with a seven-inch screen is priced at $199 with a choice of 16 GB or 32 GB storage and 3G connectivity. This model will also have the dual-WiFi antennas and speakers. Then there is an 8.9-inch version, which is made with the same specifications as the other model but will come with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Launching a 4G tablet has made it clear that Amazon is taking a direct stand in the tab market, with its main competitor being Apple.

Now only time will see if Amazon Kindle Fire HD becomes a preferred tablet of users to access media over the Internet, read books, play games, watch movies, and do Skype chatting with friends and family!

Find out about Kindle obsession here:

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Amazon and EPIX Deal, A Competition to Netflix and Apple

Amazon Inc. and Hollywood studio consortium EPIX recently struck a deal for three years, which would now add around 3000 movies to Amazon’s video streaming library. This has heated up the tablet wars, getting Amazon in direct competition to Netflix Inc and Apple Inc.

Now the competition starts as to who will offer better streaming video content to users via tablets.

The deal was announced by Amazon on Tuesday, which involves Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate’s online streaming partnership called EPIX. It will now bring new releases such as “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 2,” classic movies and original programs to the Kindle tablet maker’s Prime Instant Video service.

This multi-year licensing deal comes after the end of Netflix’s deal with EPIX.

The news, which came two days before Amazon is expected to launch its latest Kindle Fire, pushed the shares of Netflix down 11 percent.

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service now comes in direct competition with Netflix, iTunes and Google Play.

Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX said in a statement, “We are excited to be working with Amazon and to bring our compelling content to Amazon Pirme and Kindle Fire customers.”

Currently, there are many tablets available in the market, which are all set to offer users better, faster and sleeker user experience.

Apple’s iPad stays in the lead. It accounts for 70 percent of sale in the US market in the 2Q this year. Samsung comes next with about 10 percent of the market. Amazon stands at the third spot with just 4 percent of the tablet market in 2Q.

Amazon recently announced selling out all of its Kindle Fire devices, and taking it off the shelves as it is expected to release an upgraded version of the Kindle Fire tablet this Thursday.

Google has also entered the tablet wars with its Nexus 7, which it advertized on its main search page last week.

Now with major releases coming in next few days, which tablet would really hit off with users would be interesting to watch.… Read the rest

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New iPhone Coming Soon? Watch Out for Sep. 12th!

Apple has set an official date, 12th September for a press release. And it is natural on our part to speculate if it’s the new iPhone or iPad Mini that is going to hit the shelves near us soon. Lately, there have been lot of rumors that the Cupertino Calif.-based company is in plans to launch its latest next-gen iPhone.

Slated to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the event is most likely to unveil the new iPhone- one that might not be called iPhone 5!

The invitation sent out by Apple has a white background with 12 number written in black, which casts a faint, shadowy number 5 so maybe it is called iPhone 5 or it just emphasized the fact that it is the 5th iPhone by Apple. We can’t really comment much. However, it can also be called the ‘New iPhone’, just like the ‘New iPad’!

Now let’s take a look at some of the features (what is rumored it might have) of this much anticipated smartphone.

New iPhone is expected to have a slightly bigger screen than iPhone 4S, but it will be thinner and faster. The phone might have a display of 4-inch diagonally with a wider aspect ratio and a Retina qualifying 320 ppi pixel density.

There are also rumors that the device will be compatible with 4G LTE, which will offer users faster mobile browsing.

It is also expected that the new iPhone will use a smaller dock connector of either 19 or 9 pin port, which will be foolproof in design and will be based on faster I/O tech. So I guess, Apple is going to offer a light and easier way to charge its latest smartphone.

New iPhone might also have Apple’s newest mobile OS, which includes features such as Facebook integration, a Do Not Disturb mode, a completely upgraded maps app, redesigned stores and iTunes apps, and a magical color-changing status bar.

Some features might also be changed a little bit from beta to beta however, including the appearance of App Store search results.

The design of new iPhone is rumored to get a fresh coat of paint. The overall look will be sleek and stylish as with all Apple devices, which do make a statement.

There’s bound to be other new things about the next iPhone, including maybe a beefier processor, a true A6 maybe! It might also have better graphics processing capabilities and expanded storage options. There’s also a chance to see redesigned earbuds.

Whatever speculations might be, but just in case Apple’s iPhone turns to be true just as guessed, I think all of us will just have to keep out pockets a little tight, until its release!… Read the rest

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