Sep 282012
 

Long-term followers of this blog are likely to know PackT – the innovative UK-based publisher has thrown out a huge amount of interesting books in the last few years.

Having reached a thousand tomes, PackT has now sent out the following and highly attractive offer:

Packt Publishing has come a long way since it published its first book in 2004, and is now one of the leading technical publishers, renowned among developers for its focused and practical books on a wide range of tools and technologies.

Packt has just published its 1000th book. You are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone with a gift. Access our library, PacktLib, for free for a week, and choose any of our eBooks to download and keep.

To make use of this offer, you simply need to go to www.packtpub.com and log into your account, or register for an account, between the 28th and 30th September.
At Packt, we really appreciate your support in helping us get this far, and hope that you will continue to enjoy our range of books.

Not much to add here except that we congratulate whole-heartedly…

Sep 262012
 

Usually, the folks at iFixit’s tend to tear down cell phones.

When the Apple A6 came out, they changed their program and take their readers on a trip into a semiconductor analysis lab. This is quite interesting to see, and makes a worthwile read for every electronics head – even if he profusely dislikes the iPhone 5.

As quite a few rumors pointing to a quad core processor are around, it is a nice touch to see iFixit debunk that:

* Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!

In addition to that, Apple seems to reduce their technical exposure to Samsung:

* During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.

Find a bunch of images here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-A6-Teardown/10528/1

Jul 182012
 

When it comes to innovation in governmental areas, many people spend many hours talking “wise” about things which should be changed – but when it comes to doing them, the group becomes much smaller.

Mark A. M. Kramer, an advocate and researcher in the area of mobile health, has now put his data where his mouth is:
mamk mobile health Mobile Health   a pioneer strips down

Obviously, transmitting health data via the internet is possible – it only is a question of getting the health lobbies to accept that fact. So, kudos once again…

Mar 312012
 

When companies like the mobile advertising pioneer Smaato showed off their product at long-forgotten Symbian Smartphone Shows, the average pundit did not expect ads to become a significant part of the financing of mobile applications.

However, the situation has changed and the voice of the market has spoken. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the long-running “Cannes lion” advertising festival now has a category of its own for all things related to mobile:
cannes mobile lions Mobile advertising now part of Cannes lion competition

Not much to add here…

Jan 012012
 

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.

Dec 032011
 

Looks like the times of CarrierIQ winning awards from agencies like FierceWireless will soon be over – now, the image of the Android OS itself is at stake.

The image below came from the main news broadcast of Austrias governmental TV Station ORF, and was followed up with a tirade stating that “mainly Android handsets are affected”:
orf carrierio Austrian governmental TV slanders Android as shit hits the fan for Carrier IQ

Even though the ranting of a governmental TV station can be ignored, the situation is now getting hot: as the US government investigates and RIM distances itself from the product, it most probably is but a question of time until we will see a situation similar to the Etisalat removal patch offered by RIM some time ago.

By the way: the software is not at all limited to Android. It also lives on Symbian, iOS and webOS, with Windows Mobile classic deployments rumored.

Nov 282011
 

When Google first launched its TV service, LogiTech introduced the first-ever set-top-box for the platform named the Revue. Logically, everyone who was interested in Apps on TV jumped on it – sadly, the press didn’t like it too much.

Some three weeks ago, BroadbandTV reported the following:

Logitech’s Revue set-top box for Google TV was a ‘big mistake’, according to Guerrino De Luca, chairman and acting chief executive of Logitech

Fortunately, it now looks as we will get two new, far larger hardware vendors on board:

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are expected to launch Google TV next year. But only LG will show its models at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas.

Yoon Boo-keun, chief of Samsung’s TV division, said on Tuesday to the Korean press that the company is in final talks with Google about when to release the hot new gadget. “We will announce the launch date at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.”

Samsung already showed a prototype of Google TV at last year’s CES, but did not bring any sets to the market. …

With Microsoft increasing the ad pressure for its XBox all over Europe, we could be in for an interesting fight. What do you think?

Nov 252011
 

Christmas always involved sending out season’s greetings. Microsoft Austria has now performed a research checking how European citizens send and receive greetings.

When it comes to receiving greetings, users responded as following:

Venue Percentage
SMS 50%
Voice Call 48%
Post card 45%
E-Mail 23%
Social Networks 19%
Video chat 5%

For sending, data looked slightly different:

Venue Percentage
Post card 61%
Voice Call 52%
SMS 44%
E-Mail 26%
Social Networks 16%
Video chat 7%

How do you send your season’s greetings?

Nov 032011
 

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.

Oct 282011
 

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.

and

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

Oct 182011
 

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…

Oct 182011
 

Carriers change their policies all the time. But when the largest US carrier changes its policy, it IMHO is worthy of a PSA here.

In particular, the boys in red want to be able to share your personal data with advertisers in an anonymized form. The Boy Genius was given the following statement:

Protecting data and safeguarding privacy are high priorities at Verizon. Verizon Wireless recently introduced a new program that involves the creation of new types of aggregate business and marketing reports. For the business and marketing reports offered by Verizon Wireless, records about websites visited, cell phone locations and other consumer data will be combined (or aggregated) to compile reports that provide businesses with insights about their customers. In addition, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Telecom also introduced new ways to advertise to mobile users and wireline broadband customers.

For example, these insights may include the demographics (age ranges, gender, etc.) and interests (such as “pet lovers” or “tennis enthusiasts”) of visitors to a Web site, or commuters who might pass an outdoor billboard. These aggregate reports could be used by web publishers to help provide content that is more appealing to users, or to help advertisers better select the ads they will display on outdoor billboards or at other venues.

Use the URL below to prohibit the sharing – after all, the carrier doesn’t want to give its customers the right to “special termination”:
http://www.vzw.com/myprivacy

Oct 062011
 

The Good folks over at Beta Labs once again present to us an updated version of a great app. This time, Soundtracker for S60 5th Edition and Symbian devices has been updated to version 1.6.

According to Beta Labs,

We are happy to share release 1.6 of Soundtracker Radio for S60 5th edition and Symbian devices. In addition to further improving the musical experience and fixing a number of issues signaled to us but the Nokia Beta Labs community it also brings the Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle devices to the list of compatible devices.

We recommend to install Java Runtime 2.1 beta for S60 5th edition devices before installing Soundtracker. We also recommend to remove any previous build of Soundtracker and install this new build.

There is no changelog at the moment. The app can be downloaded at http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/soundtracker.

Do let us know what you feel about the app…!!

Sep 252011
 

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.