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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Motorola to axe 3,500 jobs

The result of Razr thin profits? Hope their Scpl can cut through the bleeding margins. :P

Motorola, the world's number two mobile phone maker, will shed 3,500 jobs in an effort to stem falling profits. The fall in profits reflects price cuts in mobile phone prices and tougher competition among premium products. Motorola blamed "an unfavourable geographical and product-tier mix" for the decline in profits.
Read more: BBC, Bloomberg

Friday, January 19, 2007

Going mobile with Opera Mini and GMail

It is getting easier to get on the web with your mobile phone thanks to great connectivity software that will allow you to surf the web and check email on your Java-enabled phone. You don't need any fancy high-end expensive smartphone to do it as most new phones come with Java support out-of-the-box. Now all you need is to install Opera Mini by Opera and GMail app by Google by simply loading the following URLs into your phone's webbrowser. It will check your phone's make and prompt you to download the correct version for your phone.

Best thing of all, the apps are free.

Opera Mini by Opera - http://www.operamini.com/
The default phone browser on your cheap phone is usually horrid. It is slow and navigation is a pain. Opera mini is an excellent browser for viewing on the tiny screen of your mobile phone as it reformats the webpages via its server. It also cuts down the unnecessary bits of code usually required to render on a standard web browser on your PC and this can save you time and money if you are on a data plan that charges by time or volume.

GMail app by Google - http://gmail.com/app
It is actually not necessary to have the GMail app but it is especially useful if you have a GMail account(Everybody should have one. :) ). The Opera mini browser is still able to access the GMail Mobile site or any of your favourite web emails easily.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple iPhone revealed

Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs unveils its highly anticipated mobile phone named iPhone at MacWorld Expo 2007. It incorporates a 3.5" wide touchscreen with multi-touch capability, auto-rotation for screen orientation, built-in iPod features for music and videos, widget integration and running on the robust OSX architecture which are among its many features with over 200 patents filed for it.

MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO—January 9, 2007—Apple® today introduced iPhone, combining three products—a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod® with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching and maps—into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting users control iPhone with just their fingers. iPhone also ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, which completely redefines what users can do on their mobile phones. “iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device—our fingers—and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse.”
Press Release Apple iPhone Product site

Availability is expected in June 2007 for the US and 2008 for Asia.

It looks like Apple sets a new benchmark for other the major phone makers to strive for, especially for those with smartphone products.