Archive for February, 2010

Chip maker Intel has announced that it was a victim of a ‘sophisticated’ hacker attack this year at about the same time when Google was attacked. Intel disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing late on Monday. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Intel was infiltrated or that the attackers were the same ones that targeted Google.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said that the attack on Intel wasn’t broad-based like the one that hit Google. He said Intel isn’t aware of any intellectual property being stolen. Intel, like other major corporations, faces constant computer attacks. Mulloy said the company was only pointing out there was a connection in terms of the timing of the Google attacks as part of a disclosure to investors about the company’s risks.

The disclosure comes amid increased fears of state-sponsored espionage targeting corporate computer networks. Google revealed last month that its network was attacked from inside China and that the intruders stole intellectual property – an attack that Google says could cause it to leave China. Google said at least 20 other companies were targeted as part of the attack, but those companies weren’t identified. Software maker Adobe Systems and Rackspace, a Web hosting service, have acknowledged being targets.

Vodafone has announced the release of its most affordable ultra low cost handsets to date, intended to give millions of people in emerging markets the opportunity to share in the benefits of mobile technology for the first time. The Vodafone 150 will retail unsubsidized at below $15 and the Vodafone 250 will retail unsubsidized at below $20, depending on the local market. Nokia has been planning to launch a $10 phone for a long
time but the product has still not seen the light of the day.

Launching in the first instance in India and six markets in Africa – The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania – it is in emerging markets such as these that the potential of the mobile phone as a powerful social enabler is most apparent. For example, more than 11 million registered customers across Vodafone’s footprint now rely on their mobile phones for money transfers and bill payments. Vodafone is enfranchising its customers both by extending the countries offering such services and by rolling out more devices which give access to them.

To maximize the availability of the handsets across countries with sizeable and isolated rural populations, the launches will be supported by an extensive logistics infrastructure, reaching deep rural segments where mobile penetration typically remains low. In India, it is expected that device availability will reach 60 percent of the population.

Patrick Chomet, Vodafone’s Group Director of Terminals, said, “The cost of mobile handsets can be one of the most significant barriers for people in accessing and benefiting from the growing number of socially valuable mobile services. The lives of people who use these phones – the Vodafone 150 and Vodafone 250 – will be changed and improved as they become part of the mobile society. I am proud of the work we have done and will continue to do in this critical area of customer empowerment.”

The Vodafone 150 and Vodafone 250 both offer excellent voice and SMS services, as well as support for mobile payment services. The two devices share most specification features, the main differences between them being that the Vodafone 250’s screen is both color and slightly larger, and it has an FM radio.

By focusing on a custom-built feature set and packaging design – without any compromise to user experience, quality or safety – and by successfully leveraging vendor and partner relationships along the supply chain, Vodafone and handset manufacturer TCL have been able to significantly reduce the usual manufacturing costs and, therefore, the retail price.

Trying to make Outlook more users friendly, Microsoft plans to include social networking services into its latest generation Outlook email program, to be released with an Office 2010 set of applications later this year.

In a video posted at the U.S. software firm’s website, Dev Balasubramanian, Outlook Office Group Product Manager said, “It really is about bringing friends, family, and colleagues into you inbox. As you communicate with them you can see their social activities; you can see all of the folks in your social network and it updates as you are reading your email.”

Software that channels LinkedIn updates to Outlook inboxes was available online on Wednesday at linkedin.com/outlook for people dabbling with a test version of the popular email program. Now Microsoft is talking to Facebook and MySpace to do the same with content from those online communities. The LinkedIn connection to Outlook will allow people using the email program to stay in tune with any changes in job status, contact information, or affiliations being shared by friends at the career-focused online community. Elliot Shmukler, Product Management Director, LinkedIn said, “LinkedIn is all about your professional network. Outlook powers the professional inbox so the match is very clear.”

Microsoft’s announcement came shortly after Google fell into trouble with Electronic Privacy Information Center filing a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into whether the original Buzz wrongly disclosed too much information about people. Google Buzz was launched with a feature that automatically created public social networks based on the Gmail contacts people most frequently sent messages to. Electronic Privacy Information Center on Wednesday filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into whether the original Buzz wrongly disclosed too much information about people.

Mobile application developers are working day and night on developing applications on different platforms.  Some are developing on JAVA, some on blackberry, windows, iphone, symbian.  Even users are confused on which platform are supported by their handset and application that thay are going to download would it work on their mobile(handset).

A MITR which recently has been launched by (spicelabs.in) is supporting most of the platform for Eg. – JAVA, symbian, windows, blackberry and they are working on rest of the platform hopefully they it will support rest of them in coming month.

Even they have developed some good application in which you could get Mobile chat, social networking sites, games, news and many more…

Java is the most popular platform around the world, but should not we move one more step ahead because apace in technology giving rise to new platforms everyday and this is raising the doubt on future of java enabled applications.

Uh oh Microsoft, this can’t be good news. HTC, the premier manufacturer of Windows Mobile cellphones is rumored to be shifting half of its handsets to Google’s Android OS in 2010. To put this in perspective, HTC lists 28 devices on its European website and of those, just 2 run Android, the rest are WinMo. DigiTimes‘ sources also claim that HTC is on track to make 30% of its 2009 handsets Android-based which means that several of Andy Rubin’s 15 to 20 Android handsets coming this year would have to be HTC branded for this to be true. DigiTimes also claims that HTC will launch a handset that’s simultaneously a “high-profile 3G handset” and “entry-level model” with touchscreen and TouchFlo 3D / Sense UI. HTC is said to achieve this seemingly contradictory feat by basing the handset on Qualcomm’s BREW Mobile Platform when it launches in September or October. Of course, none of this is confirmed, but will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion when HTC reports earnings on July 30th.