Nokia Research Center has developed Indoor Navigator to provide precise indoor location information on a handset, without needing GPS. (Image Credit: © Nokia)
Nokia this week announced the new In-Location Alliance that will be working on the innovation and promotion of a new standard-based short-range wireless technology, that will make it possible to locate objects or positions indoors with extremely high accuracy, using mobile devices. The In-Location Alliance includes more than 20 tech companies across different industries, with Nokia being one of the founding members.
Nokia, wanting to become the “Where platform”, already have quite a few positioning services in the works, and have talked about Indoor position for a while. To speed up the adaptation, and with hopes to create a unified standard, Nokia now seek a cooperation with other high profile name from the mobile industry such as Broadcom, CSR, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, and Sony Mobile Communications. Neither Apple or Google is however part of this new Alliance.
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 now available in the U.S. (Image: © Samsung)
Samsung Electronics has finally announced it’s highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The device is available for purchase now across the U.S.at authorized retailers, and extends the GALAXY Note category. Samsung hopes to continue the success of last year’s worldwide popular smartphone with this new 10.1 inch model.
The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 delivers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper, by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display. It also comes preloaded with Adobe’s premium creative application, Photoshop Touch, that is optimized for Samsung’s S Pen to deliver best precision and control possible
Samsung hit new daily record sales of 50,000 Galaxy S III LTE units the first day of its launch in Korea (Image © Samsungtomorrow)
This Monday Samsung launched the Galaxy S III LTE in their own home country of Korea, and it managed to reach record sales on it’s first day of availability. Unlike the LTE version of Galaxy S III with a dual-core processor, previously released in the US and Canada, the Korean version is packing Samsungs own Exynos Quad-core processor.
On it’s first day, 50,000 units of the S III LTE where sold in total via all three major Korean carriers. In comparison these sales figures truly pales the first day sales in Korea of the previous Galaxy models. The Galaxy S sold 10.000 units, and the Galaxy S II sold 24.000 units their first day.
Nokia Lumia 900 in Pink, exclusive for AT&T
The Nokia Lumia 900 already stand apart from the crowd with its the popular and vibrant Cyan colour, beautiful white and also it’s classic black version. Yesterday Nokia announced that the Lumia 900 soon will be available in an eye-catching pink version exclusive to AT&T.
This is not just a Magenta version, a colour previously introduced for the Lumia 800 and the Nokia N9, but a brand new colour for the Lumia series. Combined with the already established polycarbonate construction and the beautiful ClearBlack Display, this new Pink version might just have the potential to reach the same popularity as the Cyan version of the Lumia 900 already has.
Samsung GALAXY Chat
Samsung Electronics just announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Chat, a sleek and compact phone designed for the socially-active user. The new GALAXY Chat will allow its users to connect the people around them more easily. The phone will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point
The phone combines a 3.0 inch touch-screen with a full QWERTY keypad, and is powered by Android 4.0. The design has the look and feel of the Nokia E6 and the classic Blackberry phones, and intends to make it easy to keep up with your social life and turn it into a fast and fun experience.
XQD™ S Series memory card from Sony, the fastest-ever memory card with 168MB/s read-write speed (Image: © Sony)
Sports photographers can rejoice this summer as Sony launch their new XQD™ S Series memory card, allowing the best-ever shooting performance so far. Offering a sustained read/write transfer speed of 168MB/s (actual speed), the XQD™ S Series actually outpaces the maximum interface speed limit of Compact Flash cards (167 MB/s), and is ideal for storing large volumes of data-heavy RAW files.
The blazing speed and large capacity, should make the card ideal for sports photographers who doesn’t want to be held back by eventual lag in the storage media, and at the same time might be triggering the camera’s shutter remotely and cannot conveniently change media cards in the middle of the action they are trying to capture.
A new tablet from Microsoft: The ‘Microsoft Surface’ (Image Credit: Microsoft)
Microsoft just announced the new Microsoft Surface at their Los Angeles press event. It will come in two versions. One running Windows RT on an ARM processor from Nvidia, and a second using an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, running Windows 8 Pro. They use Corning Gorilla Glas 2, got dual 2×2 Memo antennas, a 10.6 inch display, front / rear cameras and a built in stand. The edges are beveled, chiseled at a 22-degree angle, so the tablet feels natural in your hand
Nokia Institute of Technology (INdT) in Brazil suggest Bulk PMIPv6 Binding Updates to improve the operators networks. (Image: INdT)
A research team at Nokia Institute of Technology (INdT) in Brazil have developed a technology that will allow for a more efficient connection when moving between different cell sites, and also at the same time improving the operators networks. On mobile Internet systems such as 3G and LTE, the users mobility is managed by the use of Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6), a protocol standardised by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
To communicate with the outside world, your mobile phone is connected to a particular cell site for both calls and a data connection. At the same time hundreds, thousands or maybe even tens of thousands of people are also attached to that same cell site, at the same time depending on area and population. What the INdT propose is a new way of sending data to the operators cell station, using what they call Bulk PMIPv6 Binding Updates that can greatly reduce the amount of traffic sent to and from the cell station.
STRaND-2 Docking Nanosatellites
Engineers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are developing ‘STRaND-2’, a twin-satellite mission, to test a new in-orbit docking system. The system is based on the novel idea of using Microsoft’s XBOX Kinect technology to assist in the alignment during the docking phase. If successful, the new approach has the possibility to change the way space assets are built, maintained and upgraded.
Usually docking control systems are developed for costly missions to the International Space Station, and it has never been employed on the small scale that the researchers now are attempting. They have a vision of using relatively low cost nanosatellites as intelligent “space building blocks”, that could potentially be stacked together and reconfigured to build larger modular spacecrafts, if combined with low cost docking system.
NTT Docomo Transparant Dual Touch Display. Credit: DigInfo.tv video
NTT Docomo have together with Fujitsu developed a new prototype smartphone running Android, using a transparent display. No only is it using a see-through display, but it also has dual touchscreens, one on the front, and the other on the back. Through newly developed gestures this makes it possible to manipulate and navigate the phone UI in a way never seen before.
“You could hold down an icon on the front, and slide on the back to move an icon, or use the message bar, or create a new application”, explained Masashi Tagaya, Advanced Technology Group, Communication Device Development Dept., NTT DOCOMO R&D.