Long-term followers of this blog likely still recall the introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5 – at the Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer and Peter Chou worked together to introduce the new edition of the operating system.

Since then, Microsoft has ganged up with Nokia as HTC shifted its focus on Android. However, Windows Phone 8 seems to renew the friendship – the video below was made at a press event in New York:

While Nokia has to keep its Lumia brand, HTC is now allowed to call its phones just “Windows Phone” (around 10:30 in the video) – likely a way to compensate HTC for the extra attention Nokia has received.

What do you think?

We at the Tamoggemon Team wish our readers a Very Happy New Year 2012.

We would like to thank all our readers who visited our website and participated in the discussions. Without you, we would have been nothing

You Rock People…!!!! Happy New Year 2012.

When the XBox 360 as released long time ago, it was just another console. It was marred by the popularity and prowess of the PS3 and the ingenuity of the Wii.

Wii was the console that popularized the concept of motion gaming going extreme. Soon Sony jumped in by introducing the PlayStation Move, which mimicked the Wii  on a superior and proven console.

What Microsoft did was to introduce the Kinect, the controller without boundaries.

Almost immediately following the launch of Kinect, hobbyists and academics from around the world embraced Kinect possibilities in ways that surprised and delighted. And with the launch of a non-commercial software development kit, we saw even more exciting and creative applications in the areas of healthcare, rehab, education and so much more. As we watched these stories unfold, the term “The Kinect Effect” emerged in hallway conversations at Microsoft as a way to describe the amazing and creative ways Kinect was being used.

What began as pure entertainment had taken a new form altogether. See for yourself

Frank X Shaw over at the Technet blog quotes

Bill Gates once said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years, and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10." Last year was an incredible year for the Kinect Effect, and with so many fantastic ideas made real in just the one year, I can’t wait to look back in nine!

Being an avid gamer and having owned a lot of consoles myself, I can vouch that no console is inferior when it comes to gaming and enjoyment, but I must really commend Microsoft and the guys who got this idea to transform the Kinect into something unexpected.

We all have indulged in piracy of some kind or the other at some point in our lives. And to tell that we haven’t is to make a fool of ourselves.

A nice piece of read regarding this is at http://www.abc.net.au, where the author questions the direction copyright has traversed since inception.

Nowadays, copyright barely resembles what it was originally designed for i.e. to protect both parties: inventors and content creators on the one side and the public on the other. Corporate America and government compliance have written out public interests in many instances.

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One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn’t want to conform to the harsh new rules being set.

The article can be read here

Google is extremely fast at launching services – unfortunately, some less successful ones get to bite the bullet from time to time. It now is time for another few services to see the white light.

In particular, the following services will soon be gone:

Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.

Should anyone of you be using one of these services, it is now time to look for an alternative…

There were rumors and reports about a behemoth of memory card in the making. But we never knew who was going to release it. The massive SanDisk 64GB microSDXC memory card. The memory card can hold approximately 30,000 digital photos, more than 2,000 music albums and over 24 hours of 720p HD video footage – so there’s more than enough room! 

sandisk 64gb thumb SanDisk 64GB microSDXC memory card will be available shortly in the UK

Interestingly, you can drop the memory card from ten foot high and it would still work and it has a 5 year guarantee, so you know you’ve got a quality and durable product.

The card will be available with Mobillefun UK who would be selling it form the 3rd October for £139.95. Though the card is a bit pricey but the amount of room you will get for your money is unbelievable.

Also, very few phones at present support external memory beyond 32 GB. Nothing much to add here.

Google has finally broken it’s silence on the on-going patent wars against Android manufacturers by Apple, and MS. Eric Schmidt, in a keynote at the Google’s Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo, said that companies like MS and Apple hide behind lawsuits because they simply – can’t innovate..!!! This statement was in response to HTC being recently hammered by both MS and Apple.

Schmidt said that Apple and MS could no longer innovate and hence have nothing else to hide behind except lawsuits. He added that

We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations

…I’m not too worried about this.

While Apple’s patent wars do not seem to end and it has virtually filed at least one patent dispute against every major organization out there, MS has recently taken the heat by extorting money out of Android manufacturers, in the name of royalty.

Practices like these not only hamper innovation and progress, but it breaks the back of smaller organizations. Schmidt hinted at giving HTC full fledged support, if need be, in this patent trolling war.

What comes to my mind after writing the article is that the lawyers at Apple and MS need to justify their salaries, and hence they leave no stone upturned to find even the teensiest of the bit of opportunity to harass other organizations.

Stay tuned for more…!!!

Well lo, what do we have here…???? While Mango flavour of the WP7 was set out to be released this Fall (read as post September), Fujitsu has surprised everyone (even us) by announcing to launch a Mango based phone this August.

Non surprisingly, as with Fujitsu, phone will be rugged and waterproof (The legacy continuesWinking smile). The Phone is expected to cost around 30,000-40,000 Yen.

Stay tuned for more…!!!

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We all love and hate our smartphones at one time or the other. But we are too occupied to recollect what we love and hate in our smartphone.

Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal, has portrayed very beautifully (sarcastically..hint hint) the love and hate for a smartphone, here’s a glimpse:

1 Loving and hating a smartphone

 

10 Loving and hating a smartphone

 

11 Loving and hating a smartphone

There is lot more than these above pics that constitute the comic. Head over to The Oatmeal (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/smartphone) and have yourself a hilarious read.

Thank you Matt for the funny riots…!!!!!

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We always like to share good ads with our readers. This time we have a fun little ad on Vimeo called the Nokia walk of life, by Boomtown Productions.

Nokia Walk of Life from Boomtown Productions on Vimeo.

Though it is not official, but is truly good. Enjoy…!!

Using hard disks with a capacity of more than 3TB is difficult with Windows XP – the operating system does not support the GPT addressing scheme needed.

Paragon Software has now created an application called GPT Loader, which fixes the issue. It does not allow you to boot, but lets you access the data stored on such a disk.

As an introductory event, Paragon currently gives away free copies of the app. Find out more about the program via the URL below:
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/gpt-loader/index.html

It’s market share time once again – the large analyst firms have just begun to release their data on their perceptions of the first quarter.

IDG, a large US-based firm, has just stated that they see a year-on-year growth of over 50% in the smartphone sector. According to them, smartphones now make up 18.8% of phone sales in total.

As usual, they also shared their top-vendor list – it looks as follows:
idg market share IDG: smartphone sales grew in Q1 2010

via MBB

AMD hasn’t had the easiest time recently – Intel’s Core processors are faster, and also more power efficient. However, the folks at AMD’s seem to have found a niche of their own: Upgradeability.

All those of you who currently have an AM2+ or AM3 motherboard are in for a major speed boost. AnandTech just uncovered new hexacores from AMD:
amd six core processor AMD to reveal six core CPUs

Developers will be especially happy about the new Turbo Core feature, as it overclocks the CPU if most of its cores are idle. This can give a nice speed boost on various developer-related things like emulators (which happen to be difficult to paralellize), and makes these chips a more than worthwhile investment if your system is compatible.

P.S. CPU buffs: hit the link above for further information on the Turbo Core technology…

jendrassik turbine TSA: leave netbooks and the iPad in your pocket at the x ray stationFlying with a bunch of gadgets is terrible – yours truly has had loads and loads of eekers (and a few nice chats with gadget heads working the XRay station) when traveling to events.

One special nuisance is the obligation to remove your laptop or netbook from your rucksack -> this requires an annoying pack and unpack process, and furthermore increases risks of theft. The TSA now stated the following:

E-readers, Net Books and other small gadgets are becoming more and more popular for travelers to bring along in their carry-ons.

Electronic items smaller than the standard sized laptop should not need to be removed from your bag or their cases. It’s that simple.

It’s important to remember, however, that our officers are trained to look for anomalies to help keep air travel safe, and if something needs a closer look, it will receive secondary screening. The key to avoiding bag searches is keeping the clutter down. The less clutter you have in your bag, the less likely it will be searched.

Only electronics the size of a standard laptop or larger (for example Playstation®, Xbox™, or Nintendo®), full-size DVD players, and video cameras that use video cassettes must be removed from their carrying cases and submitted separately for x-ray screening.

For now, this is relevant to US airports only – the airports of the European Union are theoretically independent. However, rest assured that they will follow suite soon, which should speed the security process up by a fair bit…

P.S. Unless you have an extremely high frequent flyer status (HON, multiple million miler), arguing with security is pointless. If they want you to unpack your netbook or iPad, do it…

When it comes to tablets, most users think that they are mostly used for entertainment purposes. According to a consulting company called SyBase, this is untrue – the real reason is productivity applications.

The key quote reads as follows:

The role of new tablet devices such as the iPad has been a subject of great debate recently, and while the study shows that entertainment activities such as watching video and playing games are some of the tasks for which consumers might choose an iPad over a smartphone, work-related activities unexpectedly ranked at the top:
With the imminent introduction of the Apple iPad, more than half of smartphone users polled claimed that they are most likely to use a new tablet device like the iPad to conduct work (52.3%).
Surprisingly, the idea of using an iPad or tablet device for work garnered the most interest from smartphone users, while watching movies and television programs, and playing games placed a close second and third respectively (48.2% and 35.4%).
Three-quarters of smartphone users surveyed believe that smartphones and forthcoming devices like the iPad make people more productive at work, with one-third of those feeling that the productivity impact is significant.

Further information via the URL below:
http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1069007&contentOnly=true

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