Archive for the ‘technology’ Category
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
The long anticipated launch of Apple’s iPad 2 arrives today. Apple is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to make the announcement. The hugely successful original iPad was launched in 2010 and re-defined tablet computing.
Table computing has been adopted by business users, and this segment now represents around 15% of Apple’s total revenue. This is something that especially worries RIM, the makers of Blackberry PlayBook, who have been the leaders in mobile devices for business users. So what comes next is important not only for Apple, but for the whole electronics industry in general, as consumers, who now have the choice of a table computer, redefine how they use not only their personal computers, but also their smartphones.
So what today’s presentation might bring is being watched eagerly by apple fans, but especially by all the tablet computer competitors, that have struggled to launch devices that can even come close to competing with the iPad.
What should we expect from the iPad2? What features could possibly make the iPad 2 any better? There has been a lot of buzz about what this updated table will feature. But Apple’s job is not easy, and they will need to surprise us if as consumers we are to be wowed. In many cases some of the features that need to be added to the next generation iPad 2 already exist on other competing tablets that have been launched through out the past year. One of the main features being front and back facing cameras for photos and video conferencing or FaceTime in Apple terms.
So the front facing camera is a must. A back facing camera for taking photos with at least 8 mega pixels and flash would be nice. And we would also be very grateful for the ability to take high definition videos.
With all the new gadgets we are hoping to get on the iPad2, we definitely will need some extra processing power. So please Apple, include a minimum of a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor.
As the Apple iPad is basically a screen with one button, what else can be added that is not software driven? Maybe adding a slot built onto the device where an SD card can be inserted? Presently to be able to read SD cards on the current iPad, you must purchase a small adaptor that plugs into the charge plug. This involves carrying this tiny adaptor everywhere you go, which is not exactly very practical. However, Apple does make an extra hefty profit on every adaptor sold, so maybe when thinking about their bottom line, they will not think it such a good idea to integrate an SD card reader into the iPad 2.
Apple could even surprise us by changing the shape or size of the nex-gen iPad. Maybe the will make it round? They might try making it lighter and maybe even thinner? Although, I would take added battery life before trying to make it any thinner. Then there is the screen. How about improved resolution and improved touch screen capabilities? The possibilities are endless. An upgrade to the iOS would be great as the old iPad user would benefit by downloading the new software.
With all this being said, Apple’s rivals eagerly await today’s announcement, and will be quick to match and even better the features on their competing tables. But will any of them be successful in toppling Apple commanding market share and domination of the tablet-computing sector? Stay tuned on Unlockology for more news.
Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Over the past few years, RIM’s dominance in the smartphone market has been slowly eroded with the introduction of both the Apple’s iPhone and a slew of other devices running on the Android platform.
Blackberry’s currently operate on RIM’s proprietary OS 6 firmware, and through its Apps World store, it sell thousands of different applications that have been specifically designed for the OS platform. However, RIM’s App World is heavy on business tool applications and short on gaming and other categories. Although many successful game applications already exist in the market, they have been written for either the Apple or Android platforms.
In addition to its mobile phones, RIM has now entered the tablet computing market with the introduction of the PlayBook tablet computer. The average PlayBook tablet user is less business oriented than the traditional Blackberry Smartphone user, so the demand for more casual or specialized applications is growing, but the introduction of new applications on the App World store is not keeping up with demand.
Will this supply and demand disparity force RIM into adopting the Android operating platform as an optional operating system on both its Blackberry phones and PlayBook tablet? With more than 120,000 apps available for Android devices, will the positives outweigh the negatives? With Apple’s every increasing dominance in both the Smartphone and Tablet arenas, I don’t see how RIM can avoid making this decision. This might be a decision that may help RIM gain back some of its lost market share and would probably attract a whole segment of new non-business customers to the RIM devices. To date RIM has kept this decision private and have declined to comment.
Stay tuned. More to come on Unlockology.com
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
In a similar move to what the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government did, Indian senior government officials have placed hurdles in relation to the requirements needed for encrypted enterprise information transfer.
RIM the maker of Blackberry’s has been assured, by the Indian government, that lawful access requirement for communication services will be applicable nationwide and will also affect other mobile handset makes such as Nokia, Samsung, Apple, HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson and Google Android, that also sell their products in the Indian marketplace.
Blackberry uses BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server), BIS (Blackberry Internet Service), and BBM (Blackberry Messenger) software to deliver information between networks and across different worldwide platforms. This information flow is encrypted and proprietary to RIM. The Indian government wants the ability to intercept and decipher these communications, but RIM which is based in Canada claims that it is not possible to grant full access.
India gave RIM until Jan 31st, 2011 to meet the new government standard of providing lawful interception of these highly encrypted consumer services. RIM in a company statement has said that it has provided the Indian government with a solution that can intercept and decipher BBM and BIS messages. It has yet to provide a solution for BES.
As always we will keep you posted here on Unlockology.com.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
The long awaited release of the Blackberry Storm 3 might soon be over. The buzz on the street is that it will be released sometime in the fall of 2011. There have already been sightings of demo models.
The Storm 3 is Blackberry’s head on competitor to the iphone, because of its keyboard-free design. With Apple getting ready to release the iphone 5, the pressure on RIM to deliver a game changing Blackberry Storm 3 has never been higher.
The new Storm 3 is supposed to come with a track pad and a 3.7inch 480×800 display. It will be compatible on CDMA and EVDO 3G networks as it is destined to be released on the USA Verizon wireless network. The biggest noticeable change will be the touchscreen. It will no longer be the SurePress click-down screen. It will be loaded with the latest Blackberry 6.1 firmware.
NFC technology is also scheduled to be included. This is beginning to be standard in most high-end smartphones as the trend to use cellphones instead of credit cards to make wireless payments grows.
All in all, this is a long anticipated release and a very important one for RIM Blackberry if it to keep pace with the invasion of the iPhone and other Android cellular phones that have invaded the marketplace and eroded RIM’s overall market share.
Here at Unlockology.com we will keep you posted of any new developments.
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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Research In Motion (RIM) and its Blackberry brand have a lot riding on the launch of the new Blackberry 9800 Torch. With the battle for Smartphone supremacy in full heat, and Apple’s iPhone sales showing no signs of a slow down, Blackberry has its work cut out for it. Google and it’s Android operating software is also a hot contender.
The new Blackberry 9800 Torch is a touchscreen slider. In other words, the phone looks like a full screen smartphone, like an iPhone. However, it has a bottom part that slides down and reveals and full QWERT keyboard and an optical trackpad.
The touchscreen on the 9800 Torch is a lot more responsive than its predecessor, the blackberry storm. There are two options for typing. It can be done on the on-screen keyboard or on the slide out keyboard. The slide out keyboard is probably the best blackberry has made to date. The keys are wide enough to provide enough room to type comfortably. Have the combination of a touchscreen and a full sized slide out keyboard is what makes the 9800 Torch stand out from the competition.
The Blackberry 9800 Torch also comes loaded with RIM’s new OS 6.0 operating system. The layout is somewhat different to what Blackberry users are used to, but there are plenty of new additions and it is quite easy to get used to. Similar to an iPhone, you can finger swipe through (more…)
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
If you have ever tried to unlock a Blackberry, locked on a network carrier with operations in different countries around the world (ie. MoviStar), then you know how important it is to have the handsets MEP number. Having a reliable MEP Reader is the key to successful Blackberry unlocking.
Sometimes you think you are unlocking a Movistar Venezuela Blackberry Bold, when in fact it really is a MoviStar Spain Blackberry Bold. If this is the case, then you are guaranteed to get a wrong unlock code. And if your Blackberry only has a few attempts left to enter a correct unlock code, having the correct MEP can be the difference between successfully unlocking a Blackberry or becoming the proud owner of a brand new hard-locked paperweight. Confusing the network origin is becoming more common, with carriers like Vodafone, Digicel, Claro, MoviStar, Orange, T-Mobile, Three, Lime, TIM, and Zain expanding into new countries.
Nobody likes to end up with the dreaded zero attempts (more…)
Monday, May 31st, 2010
Integrating social media channels such as: FaceBook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and My Space, as a component of a companyâ€™s marketing mix, is no longer a choice. Weather you agree with social networking or not, the critical mass that has adopted this new form of media has become a force to be reckoned with.
If you are looking to build brand awareness and sales, how can you ignore the 400 million users on FaceBook? It is not just the sheer volume of users this social networking site has, making it one of the top website on the Internet, (more…)
Monday, April 19th, 2010
The buzz continues as the race for wireless supremacy heats up. In late March, Apple unveiled the iPad to rave reviews, taking everyone by surprise and posing the big question: Is there room in the marketplace for a tablet based device that can squeeze in profitably in a niche between a Smartphone and Laptop? Is there room in this niche for more than one player?
So what is RIM Blackberry waiting for? Are they just going to sit around and watch, or are they going to play the game? Well, according to our sources, it will be something like the second coming of Moses. The 10 Commandments came down on a tablet, but at Blackberry they were waiting for co-CEO Jim Balsillie to come down with something else. And from what we have been told, (more…)