Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Apple to Launch 5.6-inch and 7-inch iPads?

Apple reportedly plans to launch its second-generation iPad, using 5.6-inch and 7-inch OLED panels, according to a DigiTimes report.

The new devices could come as soon as the fourth quarter of 2010 with Compal Electronics possibly receiving the order.

The sources noted that Apple has recently placed new iPad orders to Taiwan-based component makers for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 with 9.7-inch, 5.6-inch and 7-inch models all included.

DigiTimes says the 9.7-inch model will get some minor changes and could add Chimei Innolux as a panel supplier. They believe the smaller iPads will mainly target the e-book market, separating from the larger multimedia based iPad.

Although their sources say Compal has won the order over Pegatron Technology. DigiTimes believes the company would be unlikely to chase after Apple orders considering they can make more profit off the netbook market.

They also suggest that despite the large amount of resources being poured into OLED, Samsung and LG may not have the capacity to supply new Apple devices until 2011.

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WhatsApp Messenger Adds iOS 4 Multitasking Support

WhatsApp Messenger has been updated to support multitasking in iOS 4

WhatsApp messenger is a smartphone to smartphone messenger currently available for iPhone and BlackBerry. The application utilizes push notifications to instantly get messages from friends, colleagues and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages at no cost. All features are included in our base price without the need for extra in-application purchases.

What's New In This Version:
- iOS4 multitasking support
- Fix "Share Location" for iOS4
- Fix image thumbnail orientation
- Allow up to 2 minute of audio recording
- You can now export up to 7500 last entries of chat history via 'WhatsApp Settings: Chat Settings:Email Chat History'
- Fix issue when recording and sending video from inside the application

You can purchase WhatsApp Messenger from the App Store for $0.99.

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AT&T Says They 'Will Move Heaven and Earth' To Improve Network

AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan says the company 'will move heaven and earth' to meet its customers' growing data needs, according to a Venture Beat report.

At MobileBeat 2010 the site had the opportunity to ask Donovan what issues were holding back network quality. He blamed the flood of new chipsets, phones, and applications which caused the break down of traditional device testing and rollout methods. In addition, he said that AT&T recently faced a shortage of the components needed to improve its network.

“I’ll tell you the things it’s not been,” Donovan said. “It’s not been capital, it’s not been conviction and commitment.” AT&T “will move heaven and earth” to meet its customers’ growing data needs, he said.

Speaking of the future Donovan said, data needs will keep increasing over time. We’re only at the beginning of the growth curve, he said. Donovan broke down mobile data usage into three phases — we’re still in phase one, which is the “traditional data world,” and we will soon enter phase two, which Donovan described as “application readiness,” followed by phase three in 2014. By that point, Donovan predicted, we will see point-to-point video, and the amount of data usage in 2008 will basically round down to zero in comparison, he said.

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