Project Spartan browser renamed as Edge, accepts Chrome, Firefox extensions
The incoming Windows 10 release was teased further at the Build developer conference, with Microsoft showing off more of what to expect from the operating system. New changes to the Cortana virtual assistant were previewed, while the Spartan browser replacement for Internet Explorer has been renamed Edge and given a few neat tricks its predecessor does not have.
New device payment plan to cost more if phone replaced in a year, starts October 16
Verizon's Edge program that allows customers to finance a new device, spreading the cost over the course of 20 months, is receiving some changes soon. Under the terms of the Edge program, users will now have to pay a greater portion of a phone's cost before upgrading, while the payment period is extended. The new terms are said to start on October 16.
Change in promotional terms an attempt to retain subscribers
Verizon has updated its early upgrade program to allow subscribers to upgrade earlier than before, as the carrier attempts to compete with similar offers from other mobile phone networks. Verizon Edge will now permit customers to upgrade to a new device just 30 days after starting a contract or upgrading, rather than the six-month wait it originally launched with.
CSS Regions found in few browsers
Adobe has released minor updates for Edge Reflow CC and Edge Code CC, two of its website creation tools. In both cases the company has added support for CSS Regions, a feature built into the iOS 7 version of Safari. Regions allow designers to separate layout and content, in turn making it possible to produce magazine-style flowable layouts that can resize for any screen. Safari is, at the moment, one of the few browsers to support the technology.
Price drop of Ubuntu smartphone caused through component negotiations
Canonical has adjusted its seemingly-underperforming crowdfunding campaign for an Ubuntu-powered smartphone for a second time, after a significant drop in new pledges. The company has removed the tiered prices of its first change, and now offers the Ubuntu Edge smartphone at a cost of $695 instead of its full $830 price, in an attempt to achieve its $32 million target.
Pricing in smartphone crowdfunding effort an attempt to maintain momentum
Canonical has updated the crowdfunding campaign for its Ubuntu-powered mobile device, after considerable success in its opening days, in an attempt to maintain momentum. After breaking the $4 million barrier and selling out of the 5000-unit allocation at the initial $600 level, the company has updated its Indiegogo campaign to offer a large array of pledge levels for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.
Asking for $32M in funding to manufacture limited run of Ubuntu smartphone
Canonical has launched a crowdfunding campaign a smartphone running on Ubuntu. The company is looking to raise $32 million within 31 days to put the Ubuntu Edge into a limited production run, which could see backers receiving the high-powered smartphone by May 2014 if the IndieGoGo campaign reaches its lofty target.
Verizon Edge to allow six-month upgrades for half cost of phone, trade-in
Verizon has joined the push to provide options for earlier upgrades, following on from similar plans revealed by AT&T and T-Mobile earlier this month. Verizon Edge will allow customers to upgrade their phone after six months of ownership, provided they pay a monthly fee and trade in their existing mobile device at the same time.
Includes first preview version of Edge Reflow
For Creative Cloud subscribers only, Adobe has released updates to several web design tools. The most significant may be Edge Reflow, available in public preview form for the first time. The software lets people create layouts using CSS, a resizable design area, and real-time preview via Edge Inspect. CSS can be extracted for use in apps like Dreamweaver or Edge Code.
Gaming tablet set for first-quarter release, controller separately
Gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer has finalized the crowd-sourced design and specifications list of the Project Fiona gaming tablet. Rebranded the Razer Edge, the Windows 8 tablet PC has been put up for pre-order for a first-quarter release, though the optional extra side controller mount will be made available later in the year, as opposed to being included from the start.
Adobe CS6 ships within 30 days
Adobe began the week early with official launch details of Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. The collection of professional tools are available for pre-order as of Monday and should ship within 30 days.
Flagship quad-core HTC One X shows up online
The first image of the upcoming HTC One X smartphone has now been shared online by PocketNow. The phone, previously known as the Endeavor and Edge, will be a flagship device, said to be sporting a quad-core Tegra 3 chip and large, 4.7-inch HD touchscreen. It should ship with Android 4.0 onboard and be one of the first to have HTC's Sense 4.0 skin.
NVIDIA likely to show HTC Endeavor at MWC
NVIDIA has sent out invitations to a special event at Mobile World Congress that's likely a strong clue of what at least one partner will show at the event. It plans to show more "quad-core firsts," hinting that a Tegra 3 phone will appear at the event. Most likely, the reference is to either the HTC Endeavor or the upcoming Fujitsu Arrows phone.
HTC to bring Tegra 3 phone, tablet to MWC
At the Mobile World Congress show in February, HTC should show off a tablet that uses NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Digitimes reported. At the same time, two new Android-powered smartphones would also make their debut alongside this tablet. One of these phones will get the same Tegra 3 chip, they said, hinting that the Edge will be unveiled at that event.
HTC Ville due for unveiling at MWC 2012?
A new HTC smartphone, the Ville, will be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress, BGR learned. The phone, which is currently running under its codename only, will reportedly be out in April and likely be the first to sport HTC Sense 4.0 laid overtop Android 4.0. Major specs are believed to include a 4.3-inch, 540x960 Super AMOLED touchscreen and a 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor, making it roughly as fast as the Rezound.
HTC Edge to carry 720p LCD, Tegra 3, Beats
HTC's most ambitious Android phone ever may have been unveiled in a sighting that matched both a press shot and details. Just called the Edge, the device would be the first phone with the upcoming Tegra 3, PocketNow heard. The AP30 chip would clock in at 1.5GHz on its four cores and possibly double the speed of a phone like the Rezound.
Lenovo intros desktop, monitors for businesses
Lenovo has just introduced three new products aimed at small and medium businesses. This includes the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop PC and two desktop displayss in the new LS series. The PC is available in either a tower or small form factor and gets a choice of Intel's second-generation Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
Lenovo intros slim ThinkCenter Edge 91z all-in-one
Lenovo set out to liven the world of high-end all-in-ones Monday night by bringing the look and feel of the ThinkPad Edge to its ThinkCentre desktops. Its 21.5-inch Edge 91z moves the power brick to the outside and keeps the desktop just 2.5 inches deep, giving it both a slicker look and reducing the footprint it needs on the desktop. Performance still keeps up with as much as a quad Core i7 and the option of 1GB Radeon HD 6650 video for pro 3D or gaming.
Mapping for either on or off road
Garmin has unveiled the Edge 800 GPS for bicycle riders. The new system, which will show at Interbike and Eurobike, has mapping capabilities useful for road riders or those that prefer to hit the trail. It centers on a 2.6-inch touchscreen color display, is waterproof, and includes new mapping options such as Basecamp route planning and BirdsEye imagery.
eDGe delays simplified, to offer 16-hour reading
More information has been gleaned about the Entourage eDGe we had a chance to play with at CES thanks to an interview with the company's President and CEO as well as the VP of Marketing. Speaking to E-ReaderInfo, President Asghar Mostafa and Doug Atkinson have revealed that their device, which has both an E-Ink screen and a traditional LCD, has a 16-hour battery life when operating with the paper screen itself.
Entourage eDGe gets slight delay, price hike
The Entourage eDGe we tried first-hand at CES has been slightly delayed, while its price also ballooned slightly. Previously expected this month for $490, the device is now said to ship in March for $499. The device runs on Android and has two screens, with a 9.7-inch E-Ink display on the left side and a 10.1-inch LCD on the right side.
Dual screen Android e-book reader tested
Entourage put out final launch details of its eDGe dual-screen e-book reader at CES, and we managed to get hands-on time with the device this afternoon. We consider it pleasantly advanced: it's more a true tablet computer that includes e-book reading than a pure reader. It uses Android 1.6 and still supports browsing, a front camera and other features even as it handles text. Spokespeople at CES tell us that it should receive an upgrade to Android 2.1 around April and get the benefits of the newer OS as a result.
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin on Tuesday brought the price of its cycling GPS downwards through the Edge 500. The blue-and-white unit is pitched as the best of both worlds and tracks all the core features, including actual positional and speed data as well as the estimated calories burned and amount of climb or descent. It can similarly pair with wireless sensors either specific to Garmin or which support the ANT+ format, such as cadence or heart rate monitors, and will use that information to improve the calorie rate and other data already being tracked.
More iPhone antenna tests
Further testing of the antenna in the iPhone 3G appears to back up claims of its quality, writes the Gothenburg Post. In the wake of earlier comparative testing which found the iPhone within normal values, the newspaper says it received complaints, on the basis that the test unit may not have been representative of people having problems. The Post thus got in touch with two people reporting poor 3G connections, and had their phones brought to Bluetest's evaluation facility.
Fix for iPhone 3G drops
Unusual reception problems with the iPhone 3G are indeed attributable to Infineon's 3G chip, say two anonymous sources. Described as "well-placed," the individuals claim that approximately 2 to 3 percent of iPhone traffic is suffering from connection troubles, which may also include continual shifting between 3G and 2.5G networks. By comparison, the normal rate of dropped calls for AT&T is about 1 percent.
Aki Mahjong for iPhone
Ambrosia is currently adapting its first iPhone game, Aki Mobile Mahjong, and is running a closed beta test as it works to release the game. Little is revealed on Ambrosia's development page, but it has already said that it is making use of Core Animation to select between levels, as well as EDGE and WiFi to download new levels. Aki Mobile Mahjong will also allow players to pause the game to take a call, and when the game is relaunched, they will be right where they left off.
Mossberg 3G iPhone
Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg is claiming that his previous comments indicating that a 3G iPhone would debut in the "next 60 days" were based on the same, widely reported speculation to which other pundits have access, and that he has "no idea" when Apple will release the new device. Silicon Alley Insider reports that Mossberg said "If I knew when this date was, why would I announce it in the middle of a sentence at the Finnish embassy, rather than report it in the Wall Street Journal?" The veteran writer made the comment while discussing the limits of cellular broadband in the US, noting that third-generation access in the country is still slow compared to other areas of the world.
iPhone in New Zealand?
An expansion to New Zealand's cellular networks may open the way for the iPhone, a research firm observes. TeleGeography says it has learned from Telecom New Zealand's director of mobile operations, Martin Butler, that it is a "good inference" that the company will bring over the iPhone. It is in the middle of building a new, $300 million NZD ($241.2 million US) GSM/EDGE network, which should support the 850MHz frequency of the iPhone. Commercial rollout of the network is expected sometime in November, and should reach 97 percent of New Zealand's population.
Nokia Siemens EDGE Evo
In an unusual break from its emphasis on 3G and 4G cellular data, Nokia Siemens Networks today said it had developed a method to improve the speed of 2G networks. Called EGPRS 2, the subset of the future EDGE Evolution format adds a second carrier to the data path and promises to dramatically improve the practical speed of the connection in both directions. Downloads can run as quickly as 1.2Mbps downstream while historically slow uploads jump to 473Kbps, according to estimates.
Wozniak criticizes iPhone
The iPhone is still a flawed device in spite of achievements, according to Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founder made his comments at the Broadband and Beyond conference in Sydney, Australia, where he specifically took his former company to task for not incorporating 3G broadband into the iPhone at launch. The device instead uses EDGE technology, often described as "2.5G" or "2.75G," and even by Apple CEO Steve Jobs as too slow.
ITC hands victory to Nokia
One final victory has been granted before the temporary ceasefire begins between Nokia and Qualcomm. The US International Trade Commission has affirmed a ruling it issued in December, which said that Nokia had not violated three patents relating to GSM, GPRS and EDGE technology. The case in fact backfired for Qualcomm, as the ITC determined that one of the patents was invalid.
3G iPhone in mid-year?
The 3G iPhone is coming in the middle of 2008 with technology supplied by Infineon, says an analyst with the investment bank UBS. Nicolas Gaudois claims his statement is based on various checks, and particularly an HSDPA design win by Infineon set to ramp up during the second quarter of the year. This might not be of concern except that Infineon is said to also be ramping down EDGE chip production for the current 2.5G iPhone, with the intention of clearing out inventory.
EDGE outage, iPhone GO
An EDGE network outage that seems to be based around pre-paid AT&T iPhone GO clients is on its fifth day today, leaving many without mobile internet access. According to Scott Kleinberg of iPhone, Therefore I Blog, users have been experiencing intermittent success surrounded by failure to access the EDGE network. Several have reported switching to the billed service and are back on the network. AT&T has not officially commented on the matter, other than to say they are working on a solution to the problem.
Launch2net for 3G networks
Nova Media today unveiled Launch2net, an application designed to provide wireless data settings for over 400 networks in 157 countries. The software can use many Bluetooth, USB, PCMCIA, or ExpressCard connection methods to give mobile users internet access wherever they travel. Nova Media highlights the application for use with the MacBook Air, saying that it compliments the mobility of the device and the user's lifestyle. Launch2Net requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 Tiger or higher, while Leopard users are required to update to 10.5.1. The software is available for 75 euros, with an applicable VAT charge of approximately $110 US.
Italian iPhone, US EDGE
Telecom Italia Mobile is the leading candidate for the Italian iPhone carrier, according to extrapolations based on evidence in the iPhone software package, while a vast EDGE network outage is affecting a significant portion of iPhone users in the US. Italian news site Macity has pointed out that the TIM_Italy.bundle introduced in the v1.1.2 iPhone updater is still there in the current v1.1.3. In firmware v1.1.1, Apple had introduced Italian as an operable language.
Nova GlobeSurfer Icon2
Nova Media today unveiled a new USB modem for use on EDGE, GPRS, HSUPA and 3G UMTS compatible networks, allowing for up to 7.2Mbit per second. The GlobeSurfer ICON HSUPA functions on 850/1900/2100MHz HSUPA and UMTS networks, with 850/900/1800/1900Mhz functionality for EDGE and GPRS. Over 300 preset connections are included with Nova’s Launch2net software, and features instant connectivity on a Mac. Nova Media’s GlobeSurfer Icon HSUPA is currently shipping, and is available from the company’s website for approximately $450.