MOBILE NEWS

July 3rd, 2012, 2:04 PM

August 15 Will Be The End of Flash on Android

The reports of the death of Flash on the mobile web have not been greatly exaggerated. Late last week Adobe said there would be no certified implementations of Flash onto Android 4.1. “Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be [...]

June 28th, 2012, 5:48 PM

RIM’s Quarterly Update Shows a Company in Dire Straights

RIM’s quarterly report released late Thursday painted a stark and depressing picture of a former technology titan taking its last gasps of air. The embattled smartphone manufacturer said it had lost $518 million this quarter, or 99-cents a share. The company says revenue dropped by 33 per cent from the last quarter, to $2.8-billion; BlackBerry [...]

June 28th, 2012, 11:51 AM

ASUS: Building the Nexus 7 was “Torture”

By all accounts ASUS is an experienced OEM used to a demanding production schedule. In a recent interview, however, the company’s chairman admitted that working with Google on the Nexus 7 tablet proved to be, at times, beyond taxing. “Our engineers told me it is like torture,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih told AllThingsD in an interview. “They ask [...]

June 27th, 2012, 5:21 PM

Acer Iconia A700 Tablet Now Available in Canada

Acer is launching its high resolution Iconia A700 tablet, its competitor to the iPad 3 and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, this week in Canada. The Iconia A700 comes with a mighty 1920 x 1200 resolution screen that doesn’t quite match the pixel depth of the iPad 3, but provides a vast improvement over the usual [...]

June 27th, 2012, 7:04 AM

Updated: Google Unveils Tablet to Rival Kindle Fire at I/O Conference

As predicted, Google unveiled the ASUS-manufactured Nexus 7 tablet today at its I/O conference in San Francisco. Available at the $199 price point – with a $25 credit for Google Play – for the 8GB version, and $249 for the 16GB edition, the tablet is currently available for pre-order and will ship mid-July. The Nexus [...]

June 27th, 2012, 6:30 AM

Court Injunction Bans the Sale of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablet in U.S

In an unexpected turn of events a judge in California has sided with Apple in its ongoing patent war against Samsung, granting an injunction to block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 Tablet in the United States. The ruling, handed down late Tuesday in San Jose by U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh, prohibits Samsung from [...]

June 25th, 2012, 1:13 AM

RIM Split Rumors Intensify

To the armchair analyst, RIM splitting itself into two separate business units – a move that for the longest time management has decried – was the only way the company could survive in a shifting mobile landscape. Now, The Sunday Times (subscription required), is reporting that RIM’s management is seriously mulling that option. The Times didn’t [...]

June 22nd, 2012, 2:25 PM

Samsung’s S-Voice Also Retains Audio on Server

As Apple’s Siri voice command system grows in popularity, so have the privacy concerns stemming from the fact that Siri retains commands on Apple’s servers. IBM, for instance, banned its employees from using Siri for official business over corporate espionage fears. Apple doesn’t hide this fact, as it is fully disclosed in the software’s license [...]

June 22nd, 2012, 11:35 AM

Is Microsoft Working on a Phone Handset?

In the aftermath of the announcement that Microsoft plans to manufacture its own tablet, an analyst who has been closely following the company for nearly two decades believes the company could be working on its own phone handset as well. “Our industry sources tell us that Microsoft may be working with a contract manufacturer to [...]

June 21st, 2012, 5:47 PM

Windows 8 Phone Will Have DirectX Support

Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 will feature Direct X support at the Windows Mobile Phone Summit yesterday in San Francisco. Owing to their proliferation, and recent increases in graphics processing power, mobile devices have become an increasingly popular gaming platform; the critical success of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery at this spring’s Canadian Video Game [...]