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Lumia 830 leaks trump previous rumors, only 10 megapixel camera?

We’ve been crossing some very conflicting rumors with the Microsoft’s Lumia 830. Some of us have speculated that the leaked photos that we’ve seen aren’t of the Lumia 830 because of the 1020-style camera hump, and then there are other rumors that claim that there is a 20-megapixel sensor on this smartphone. Today we get some additional reports that claim that this is just a mid-tier phone in every way.

Sources to WPDang are now saying that the Lumia 830 will only sport a 10 megapixel camera, and they also reinforce the previous claims that it sports a 720p display. Obviously these are mid-tier specs if you compare this to other Lumia offerings in the market, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you compare it to flagships that still exist, like the Lumia 925 or even the iPhone 5s.

We’re expecting to see the Lumia 830 announced at IFA 2014 along with the Lumia 730, which is reported to be Microsoft’s selfie phone. It would be great if both devices sport this selfie capability out of the box, but time will tell as we cover the event live.

Source: WPDang
Via: My Nokia Blog


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Only WP8 handsets can run BBM for Windows Phone

Beta version out in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we were predicting as far aback as March 2014 here that BlackBerry and Microsoft has cosied up so far that a version of BBM for Windows Phone handset was inevitable. Then Then back in June [2014], Blackberry CEO, John Chen told analysts that ‘BBM for Windows Phone will def be out in July‘. Well, he was right but the company left it to the absolute last minute to do so – July 31st! The bad news is that the app will only run on handsets running Windows Phone version 8 [WP8]. Absolutely typical. Not content with leaving all Windows XP users in the lurch, now all of those who went over to Nokia Lumia phones in the very early days like us with the Lumia 800 can’t have BBM. Although there is a glimmer of hope.

There’s a slim chance that BlackBerry has rushed out BBM for Windows so much that support for WP7.8 was dropped as a consequence.

GoMo News is basing its gut feeling on the fact that the app which you can currently download from the Windows Phone Marketplace here is described as ‘beta’.

We’re going to have to borrow a WP8 handset to check this out but from the initial specifications which we have published here, there’s quite a bit of functionality missing.

For starters, there’s no mention of BBM Channels which is a serious oversight for BlackBerry because it is trying to build Channels up as a major social media player.

Readers will probably inform us that other features which non-BlackBerry versions of BBM can offer (we’re talking iOS and Android) can support things like the BBM Shop and photo sharing.

On a completely separate note, here at GoMo Towers we are still smarting at the fact that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP.

We are considering the alternatives and aren’t too impressed with laptops running Google’s Chrome.

However, if we could install a decent version of Android on an Intel based PC – that would be an ideal solution.

Any readers care to recommend a workable way of doing so?

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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Only WP8 handsets can run BBM for Windows Phone

Beta version out in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we were predicting as far aback as March 2014 here that BlackBerry and Microsoft has cosied up so far that a version of BBM for Windows Phone handset was inevitable. Then Then back in June [2014], Blackberry CEO, John Chen told analysts that ‘BBM for Windows Phone will def be out in July‘. Well, he was right but the company left it to the absolute last minute to do so – July 31st! The bad news is that the app will only run on handsets running Windows Phone version 8 [WP8]. Absolutely typical. Not content with leaving all Windows XP users in the lurch, now all of those who went over to Nokia Lumia phones in the very early days like us with the Lumia 800 can’t have BBM. Although there is a glimmer of hope.

There’s a slim chance that BlackBerry has rushed out BBM for Windows so much that support for WP7.8 was dropped as a consequence.

GoMo News is basing its gut feeling on the fact that the app which you can currently download from the Windows Phone Marketplace here is described as ‘beta’.

We’re going to have to borrow a WP8 handset to check this out but from the initial specifications which we have published here, there’s quite a bit of functionality missing.

For starters, there’s no mention of BBM Channels which is a serious oversight for BlackBerry because it is trying to build Channels up as a major social media player.

Readers will probably inform us that other features which non-BlackBerry versions of BBM can offer (we’re talking iOS and Android) can support things like the BBM Shop and photo sharing.

On a completely separate note, here at GoMo Towers we are still smarting at the fact that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP.

We are considering the alternatives and aren’t too impressed with laptops running Google’s Chrome.

However, if we could install a decent version of Android on an Intel based PC – that would be an ideal solution.

Any readers care to recommend a workable way of doing so?

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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Malaysia only made 2 attempts to contact flight MH370

We still  think that cellular records might hold the key

could kranti shirseth’s cellular records hold a clue?

A report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 only serves to raise more questions than it answers. However, one of its most important revelations is that after their final contact at 1.22am on March 8th [2014], Malaysian ground staff made only two attempts to reach the missing aircraft by calling the plane’s satellite phone. The second call was made at 7.13am Malaysian time, after the flight was supposed to have landed. A Quantas pilot, Captain Richard Woodward told news.com.au [Australia] that,”Five hours is a long time (not to call) if you’re trying to search for the airplane.” GoMo News still thinks that cellular phone records might hold some clues.

Woodward told the news site, “You’d be trying every available means. I’m absolutely surprised there’s only two attempts to call on the satellite phone.”

“If you’d lost contact with an airliner you’d be calling them on every frequency,” he continued.

“You’d definitely be trying to call them on the satellite phone (as well as VHF and HF and by data link, similar to SMS).”

However, we are convinced that a large number of the passengers and crew turned their mobile phones on as they were aware that something was seriously wrong onboard the plane.

It seems that the Chinese and Malaysian mobile phone companies are reluctant to release mobile phone call records.

But there were other nationals onboard who might be able to persuade their national cellular operators to look at their records.

One of these is French – Ghislain Wattrelos, a French business executive, whose wife and children were onboard.

Another is Pralhad Shirseth, whose wife, Kranti, was on her way to visit him. He was working for an Irish based NGO.

Of course, GoMo News has received some strange suggestions as to what happened.

One of them is that the aircraft was landed at the US air base in Diego Garcia (see here).

This theory was originally discounted as the island was supposedly too far away for that flight.

However, the ATSB report says that the Australians are now searching further south. Suggesting that the plane is now thought to have travelled further than originally calculated.

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Amazon giving away $100 worth of apps today and tomorrow only

Amazon-summer_bundle

Good guy Amazon is offering up one heck of a deal this weekend for its Free App of the Day program. Starting today and running through tomorrow (June 28), you can take advantage of the Summer App Bundle which comprises some 31 apps and games. All told, the group is worth $ 100.

You can download any or all of these titles so don’t feel obligated to pick up apps you wouldn’t normally consider. We see some really fun games here as well a few awesome utilities; look around and tell us your favorites!

Travel and Weather Apps

  • AccuWeather Platinum ($ 2.99)
  • Travel Interpreter ($ 9.99)
  • MobiLearn Talking Phrasebook, English-French-German-Italian-Spanish ($ 9.99)
  • Pho.to Lab PRO ($ 2.99)

Productivity and Utility Apps

  • Jump Desktop ($ 9.99)
  • Root Explorer ($ 3.99)
  • Notepad+ ($ 0.99)
  • 2Do: Todo List | Task List ($ 6.99)
  • Pocket Informant 3 ($ 9.99)
  • Business Calendar ($ 4.99)
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop HD ($ 8.99)
  • MyBackup Pro ($ 4.99)
  • Acalendar+ ($ 3.99)
  • EZ Money Manager ($ 9.95)
  • Plex ($ 4.99)

Fun & Games Apps

  • Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek ($ 2.99)
  • League of Heroes Premium ($ 2.99)
  • CrossMe ($ 4.95)
  • Real Shanghai Mahjong ($ 2.20)
  • CLARC ($ 2.99)
  • Pinball Deluxe Premium ($ 2.99)
  • Wedding Dash Deluxe ($ 0.99)
  • Sudoku 10,000 Plus ($ 2.49)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ($ 2.99)
  • Dungeon Village ($ 4.50)
  • The Room Two ($ 4.50)
  • Card Wars – Adventure Time ($ 3.99)
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands ($ 6.99)
  • Loco Motors ($ 1.99)
  • Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver ($ 2.99)
  • PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) ($ 14.99)


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Get an Amber Gold HTC One (M8) for $99 today only

goldm8

In need of a new smartphone and want to make a bold statement? For one day only, today, you can get the all new HTC One (M8) in Amber Gold for just $ 99.

The deal started at 12:01 a.m. CST today and runs until supplies last, so if you’re interested, you better hop on this deal quickly.

Note that this is $ 99 on-contact and you can purchase the device on either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

HTC is also offering up to 65GB of Google Drive storage for free for 2 years, plus there is free shipping and the ability to trade in your device for credit towards the new phone.

Hit up the source link to grab your discounted HTC One (M8) now.

Via HTC


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Project Tripod starts out – worldwide time lapse, but on Windows Phone only

Published by at 9:02 UTC, April 28th 2014

I’ve lost count of the number of mobile ‘projects’ like this which have started, with absolute dependence on user submissions to populate the databases and achieve critical mass, and have ended up abandoned and unloved. And, while having something as a Windows Phone exclusive sounds like a good thing from an ecosystem point of view, it may be that the hundreds of millions of iOS and Android users are actually needed here, lest Project Tripod suffer the same fate.

Here’s the project’s mission statement:

Project Tripod allows you to easily take photos of things that change over time with your phone – no need for specific camera equipment or a physical tripod to be setup.

We use our API to stitch together the images taken of the project so they are aligned, it doesn’t matter if the pictures are taken by one or many people or over intervals that can be days, weeks or even years.

This makes it really easy to visually monitor progress of projects and create things like long term time lapses and more.

With Project Tripod it is simple to take photos of things that change over time.

Using a simple ‘align things by eye with an overlaid image’ UI (based on the first photo to be taken at any specific scene – this becomes the ‘alignment image’), Project Tripod, with enough love and attention, could grow to become a valuable global time lapse tool, watching cities, gardens and nature scenes grow (and in some cases) die.

It’s extremely early days though – only ONE existing tripod in the whole of the UK, and that was just from a Microsoft campus office, plus most other available tripods seem to be ‘test’ shots like my own below. Still, best to stay optimistic here.

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

I really like the trend in modern apps for a slick one-time intro – Project Tripod does this really well….

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

Hmmm…. good news and bad news. The bad – there’s only ONE tripod in my country. The good – it’s only two miles away! The bad – it’s taken from inside a Microsoft office, so there’s no point in me going there! Early days, etc.

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

This, and most other tripods currently up, do seem to be ‘test’ images….

Screenshot, Project Tripod

Step one in creating a new tripod is to use the built-in camera interface to take the establishing/alignment image…

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

Step two is to sign into Project Tripod using MS, Google or Facebook credentials…

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

Fill in some details and then you’re ready to upload, for others to see. Note that ‘private’ tripods are a premium feature – presumably for commercial use, since most users are expected to be consumers partaking in the worldwide public project…

Screenshot, Project Tripod

Revisiting the scene at a later date, you (or others) align the image by eye – in theory standing in the exact same spot…. Here I’m just working out the right position and angle…

Screenshot, Project TripodScreenshot, Project Tripod

After uploading, there’s a short server-side processing cycle and then your tripod is live to the world; (right) once you have multiple images for a tripod, creative options like this become possible.

One worry (other than coverage and critical mass) is that the images produced are necessarily of low resolution because of the way they’re aligned, by eye, on a phone screen. Such approaches are limited to the resolution of the screen and to the capability of the user’s eyesight – the Project Tripod team does say that their server “runs over the images to ensure they are fully aligned“, but some reassurance about the algorithms used and higher resolution capabilities would be nice.

From the Project Tripod app description:

The world is constantly changing, but to the naked eye it’s imperceptible. Project Tripod enables anyone to capture and visualise this change. 
Trying to take a series of photographs of something again and again over time is incredibly difficult. 

You’d need to go back to the exact same spot as you’ve taken a photo from previously and hold the camera in exactly the same place to re-take that photo again so you can see the differences. Short of having left a physical tripod in that spot (which the authorities don’t tend to let you do) it’s nearly impossible! 

Well, that was before Project Tripod and its Virtual Tripods.

Project Tripod will make Physical Tripods Extinct by giving everyone:
• Ability to take perfectly aligned snaps over time – be it seconds, weeks, months or years – without needing a physical tripod!
• Anyone with the app can add to these Virtual Tripods
• Which means they are adding to and viewing a living history – an endless book with endless chapters
• You can Chronicle milestones – man made (buildings, damns, infrastructure) or natural (flora and ecosystems)
• With the images that are collected, you can create beautiful art using the in app tools
• And use the social Sharing aspects to share your creations & tripods with the world.

Project Tripod is currently free and the team says in its FAQ: “The app will be free to download and install. There will be options to upgrade and also buy additional add ins as we build them but our intention is to keep this as a free product for consumers“.

You can grab it here in the Windows Phone Store.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Platforms: Windows Phone 8
Categories: Apps
 

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Cellular only 32% of data consumed on smartphones saysobidia

However, 4G users are buying larger data plans

comprehensive global view of LTE – hill

4G subscribers consumed dramatically larger amounts of data than 3G subscribers for the 100 plus MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] who have already installed LTE. However, Wi-fi continues to be a primary means of connectivity for smartphone subscribers, both 3G and 4G. Only 32 per cent of data consumed on smartphones is via cellular. These are some of the crucial findings revealed in a White Paper entitled ‘Understanding Today’s Smartphone Users‘, created by Mobidia Technology,  a leading provider of mobile usage data, in collaboration with Informa, a leading London-based analyst firm. The research indicates a positive impact for LTE ready MNOs. Despite the growing Wi-fi usage, 4G subscribers are buying larger plans.

The research found that in January 2013, 61 per cent of 4G smartphone users have plans larger than 1GB compared with only 31 per cent of 3G smartphone users.

Whilst the percentage declined slightly by the end of 2013, the data clearly shows 4G users are buying and utilizing larger data plans.

It also showed that 4G subscribers consumed 1.9GB in December 2013  versus the 894 MB consumed by 3G subscribers.

in January 2013, 61 per cent of 4G smartphone users had plans larger than 1GB compared with only 31 per cent of 3G smartphone users.

More 4G subscribers are exceeding data plan limits relative to 3G subscribers.

This trend increased throughout 2013, suggesting users are more likely to upgrade to larger plans – a big benefit to mobile operators.

Nonetheless, Wi-fi continues to be a primary means of connectivity for smartphone subscribers, both 3G and 4G.

Globally, Wi-fi usage represented 78 per cent of all data consumed on smartphones for all data subscribers in the markets studied.

The list includes the USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the UK.

According to Chris Hill, a senior vp for marketing with Mobidia, “Mobidia’s mega-panel of LTE subscribers offers the most comprehensive global view of LTE usage trends and provides insights that are just not available anywhere else in the industry.”

Read the full Press release here.

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Nokia is only real player in WP8 market

HTC & Samsung’s WP8 phones account for >5% of sales says Tamoggemon

samsung &htc aren’t bothered – hanna

Microsoft’s buy-up of Nokia turned quite a few heads in the mobile industry. Consequently, pundits expected rival manufacturers Samsung and HTC to both be ired by this announcement. This can not be father from the truth because their Windows Phones simply don’t sell in meaningful numbers, according to Tamoggemon Holding‘s CEO, Tam Hanna. So they aren’t bothered. These shocking stats were obtained by analysing the purchasers of Tamoggemon’s scientific calculator -TouchCalc. Even more reason for Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, to ditch the manufacturing bits of Nokia like Google has done with Motorola Mobility.

The stats provided by Tamoggemon (see below) show that the most favoured WP8 device was by far and away the Nokia Lumia 520 with 33.4 per cent of new users.

Sadly, the line designated as “Rest” (with 18.7 pr cent) is actually mostly made up of even more obscure Nokia WP8/WP7 devices.

The most successful Non-Nokia device is the ATIV S from Samsung which managed a user share of barely 1.35 per cent.

According to Hanna, these numbers give credence to the rumour that Microsoft is investing millions of dollars into keeping HTC and Samsung on the WP8 (Windows Phone 8) track.

TouchCalc is a scientific calculator for WP7/WP8 (Windows Phone 7 and 8), but unlike most of its competitors, Tamoggemon Holding offers the product to its users at no cost.

Besides WP7/8, the product is also available for Firefox OS, webOS,
bada OS and Symbian.

We couldn’t find TouchCalc for Symbian on the official Nokia Store – so we’ve no idea if it runs on the Nokia N73. Yet.

However, we did find it on Symbian-Freeware here. The Windows Phone client can be downloaded from here.

From now on, TouchCalc users can expect frequent updates with new code for Firefox OS, Windows Phone 8 and other platforms.

Now for those stats. Over the Xmas period, new TouchCalc users showed up with the following handsets: –

Lumia 520 33.4 per cent
Lumia 710 8 per cent
Lumia 505 6.2 per cent.
Lumia 610 6 per cent
Lumia 620 5.5 per cent
Lumia 625 5.1 per cent
Lumia 720 5 per cent
Lumia 920 4.6 per cent
Lumia 521 4 per cent
Lumia 800 3.5 per cent
Rest 18.7 per cent

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


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