Nov 082012

According to media reports, a Switzerland design team newly developed a rocking chair to be able to swing the potential energy converted into electrical energy, to charge for the iPad or the iPhone. Allegedly, rocking in the rocking chair for an hour, it will be able to charge 35% for the iPad.

This rocking chair is now named “iRock”, using a built-in generator, to convert potential energy to electricity by slight shaking. The rocking chair is made by the Swedish pine by hand, it has all the characteristics of the traditional rocking chair, but you can get an iPad charging platform on the basis design of rocking chair. At the same time, the rocking chair backrest has built-in speaker.

The designer said, only one hour it will be able to charge the iPad 35%, while it can also be compatible with other Apple devices. This rocking chair uses a clockwork combined with a set of gears, to be able to generate enough power to drive the generator, the research team said, it is a challenge to manufacture sufficient energy suitable for practical applications. Currently, they hope the same device can be used for power generation device installed in the door and the stairs.

The rocking chair is still under development, the Michael Cypriot laboratory who are responsible for the design of this rocking chair expect the sales price to be £1,038, which is a bit too high for retirees.

The iRock is a new design furniture, which is combined with the iPad charging platform, the movement potential energy as energy harvesting will be a major challenge for the future.

Nov 072012

According to media reports, AT&T said on Tuesday that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 820 at a price of $49.99, and a price of $99.99 to sell the flagship model Lumia 920, the HTC Windows Phone 8X price is $199.99.

Nokia bet the company’s future all on the Microsoft Windows Phone. HTC mainly sells Android phones, but hopes to diversify its businesses through Windows Phone 8. These Nokia and HTC three products are crucial for Microsoft, which is hoping to challenge Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Android phones with the help of Windows Phone 8.

Market research firm Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said, the low price of Nokia mobile phone made it clear that, compared with profit, shipments is more important for Nokia. Nokia hopes to obtain a large number of users in the United States. Such low prices of mobile phones, but Nokia mobile phones can not be hot selling, the only reason is that consumers are not interested in Microsoft’s smartphone operating system.

AT&T will also presend an about $80 wireless charger to users who buy Lumia 920. Greengart said, “This is a valuable accessory that AT&T and Nokia donated free of charge to the user. This will cause HTC greater difficulties, its product has smaller display and less features.

The above AT&T announced price is the price for a two-year contract. AT&T will start selling these three phones on November 9, and accept reservations on Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless said last week that the company will sell Nokia Lumia 822 at a price of $99.99, including a $50 discount.

Nov 062012

A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, United States on Monday withdrew a lawsuit by Apple, in which Apple accused Google’s Motorola mobile charge unreasonably high prices for the use of wireless technology patent license fee.

This lawsuit is part of the legal fight between Apple and Google worldwide. This summer, Google acquired Motorola Mobility and controlled its patents and used these patents to rival with Apple in court struggle.

Apple said in this litigation raised last year, Motorola required to receive royalties of 2.25% of the sales price of each device that used its patented technology. This fee is too high. The controversial devices include the iPhone and iPod Touch.

When Wi-Fi and cellular technology patents become part of the industry standard, the standard-setting organizations required Motorola obliged to license these technologies to provide a “reasonable” fee. However, there are a variety of answers to something that constitutes a “reasonable” charge.

The western Wisconsin District Court Judge Barbara Crabb does not provide grounds to revoke this litigation.

Motorola spokesman said the company is satisfied with the judge quashed the case. Motorola still has interest to reach an agreement with Apple.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to comment on this message.

Nov 022012

According to media reports, the U.S. cross-platform media center solution provider Boxee planned to sell a new generation of set-top boxes with DVR functionality at Wal-Mart stores on Thursday and sells for $99. The consumers can also purchase directly on the Boxee website. The most important feature of this product is that users can use Boxee cloud services, which can have the recorded TV programs stored in the Boxee server.

It is reported that the new Boxee TV set-top box has DVR recording function, the monthly fee to use the Boxee cloud storage service is $15. Boxee said, the first batch DVR cloud services are free for three months, thereafter at a preferential price of $9.9 per month. In addition, for the old and new users, Boxee also gives three months free service of Netflix network TV, and also a gift certificate of $ 5.99 per person for VUDU video store users.

The new Boxee TV replaced hundreds of old-fashioned Boxee applications with the current popular streaming video services, including Pandora, Spotify, Netflix, VUDU, “Wall Street Journal” and Cloudee etc.. For users who are not familiar with the Boxee TV set-top boxes, the device operation is very similar with the Apple TV and Roku streaming TV set-top boxes. In addition, users can watch regular cable channels through the device.

In the initial stage, the Boxee TV DVR cloud storage feature is only available in a number of cities in the United States. After users recording TV programs and storing to Boxee server, these programs will not only be played again on the Boxee TV, but also can play on laptops, iPad, iPhone mobile phones, Android phones and other mobile devices.

The industry believes that, for users who have not yet installed cables, the Boxee TV might be very attractive. Boxee DVR cloud storage service cost is almost the same with the user paid to Time Warner Cable or Comcast record a program cost, but the Boxee TV’s user interface is much better, at the same time, the device has integrated a variety of popular streaming video services together.

But for existing cable TV users, if they want to seek a DVR equipment alternatives, then the Boxee device may not be a good choice. The Boxee TV can not record programs such as AMC, ESPN and other pay-TV channels. But in any case, Boxee TV is an excellent equipment used to watch Netflix and other streaming video show.

Nov 022012

According to media reports, Apple’s new iOS devices sales is more impressive in shopping season, which involves at least four new products: the iPhone5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch, fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

In the past, there is a huge gap between the 3.5-inch Touch and the 9.7-inch iPad. Now the screen size involves four inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.

iPad Mini


It’s price is from $329, with a memory of 16GB (Wi-Fi version), the 4G LTE version is $130 higher than the regular edition.

Advantages: the right size; as portable as Kindle; fully compatible with all iPad and iPhone applications; good battery life; fairly low price.

Disadvantages: This is the only new iOS device without Retina Display, whose speed is not as faster as the updated and larger iPad.

Who should buy the iPad Mini? Obviously those who want to save money, because the cost of the equipment is less than the fourth-generation iPad. If you do not mind to have Retina Display, or are considering a second-generation iPad, or if you have children, or if you often take a commuter car, then the device is a good choice for you.

The fourth-generation iPad


Sales price is from $499, 16GB memory (Wi-Fi version), LTE version is also $130 higher than the regular version.

Advantages: fast speed; beautiful Retina Display and impressive game graphics.

Disadvantages: heavier; larger (relatively speaking), nearly the same with the previous generation iPad.

If you’ve never owned iPad, then the fourth-generation iPad is a good choice. This is an excellent portable device, a Tablet PC which is an easy to read and watch, also can become a “game machine”, in short, it is a multi-functional device. However, if you have a third-generation iPad, then there is no need to buy the fourth-generation iPad.

Recommended storage: Given the size of many high-definition video and gaming, 32GB or more memory.

Fifth-generation iPod Touch

Starting at $299, 32GB memory (Wi-Fi Edition), no LTE version.

Advantages: 4-inch Retina Display; camera with LED flash; good battery life, similar to the iPhone’s functions; 32GB memory; slim and small.

Disadvantages: speed not as fast as iPhone 5, no LTE version.

Who should buy the fourth-generation iPad? The iPhone users do not need to buy. It’s for those who are music lovers, like ultra-portable devices, large screens, large storage space, and want to buy the cheapest iOS devices. The device can be used as electronic readers and web browsers, but not as versatility as the iPad.

Recommended storage: If you want to play games or watching video, 32GB can. If used as a video camera, you need to 64GB.

To sum up: If you’re a Windows user, curious about the iOS, if you have a MacBook Air and iPhone, or if you want to use the best e-reader on the go, and then you can select the iPad Mini. If you already have an iPad, then also buy the iPad Mini. If you value speed and performance, or if you have a desktop and want a laptop, or you want to buy the first iPad and want to buy the best, you can select the fourth-generation iPad. If you want to save money, then select iPad Mini or consider the iPod Touch. If you are a melomania, but don’t have the iPhone, consider to buy the iPod Touch. If you only use for music, video and photo, considere the fourth-generation iPod Touch. If you want the best camera,  or you have a smart phone then buy the iPod Touch. If you want the Retina Display, but do not want to pay a lot of money, then you can consider the used third-generation iPad.

Nov 012012

According to media reports, Apple disclosed in the 10-K file handed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the 2012 fiscal year, the company’s investment in research and development is $ 3.4 billion, about $ 1 billion more than the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 34%. Apple also disclosed in the 2012 fiscal year the number of employees increased by about 12,400.

Apple’s 2012 fiscal year, R&D investment growth is impressive, because the R&D investment growth is far more than Apple ever had before. For example, in the 2011 fiscal year, Apple’s R&D investment growth was $ 600,000, and $ 500,000 in fiscal year 2010. The substantial growth of Apple’s R&D investment may be related to a number of factors.

Firstly, Apple introduced the A6 chip, which is Apple’s first fully independent design chips, and need to invest a lot of time and resources. Secondly, Apple introduced the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro and iPad mini and iPhone 5 this year, whose development work could have started before the 2012 fiscal year, but it will certainly have a significant impact to R&D investment increase of $ 1 billion in fiscal year 2012. In addition, although lighter and thinner, iPad mini battery life is nearly the same with the iPad, which surely means daunting challenges.

Substantial growth of R&D investment in 2012 fiscal year may also mean that Apple will introduce more new products next year.

Oct 232012

According to media reports, Google has quietly updated its mobile payment service Google Wallet website, to promote the upcoming new version Google Wallet.

Users can apply for an invitation code in Google Wallet website. Google Wallet supports iPhone, Android and other devices. This indicates that Google will give up its early reliance on special hardware on the Android phone, to expand the popularity of Google Wallet in consumers and businesses.

Google has put a lot of advertising on buses and billboards, but Google Wallet is not favored by consumers, part reason is that it only supports some models of Sprint and Virgin Mobile mobile phones, and the reliance on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

Google also provides web version Google Wallet for online payment, including Google’s own Google Play store buying digital content and applications. Over the years, Google has been providing a similar service called the Google Checkout.

A source revealed that Google pay business head Osama Bedier will speak in Money2020 meeting, but he will not disclose the details of the new version Google Wallet. Bedier is the former executive of payment service PayPal.

Oct 192012

According to media reports, the 20-year-old Nicholas Allegra is a student at Brown University, was also a hacker on the jailbreak community JailBreakMe website, last year he was employed by Apple. This employment relationship ended at the end of last week.

Allegra had a pseudonym Comex and he regularly published security vulnerability of Apple’s iOS software in JailBreakMe. JailBreakMe simplified the process to delete the Apple-installed protection features from the iPhone. Apple hired Alegra in August 2011 as a remote intern, but last week, Apple ended the employment relationship with Allegra.

“As of last week, after working for Apple for about a year, I no longer have an employment relationship with them,” Allegra said on Twitter: “As for why, because I forgot to reply to an e-mail.”

Allegra said in an interview with Forbes, it is an email to extend the employment, Apple would like to ask him to continue as the remote intern. As forgetting to reply the email, and he now has no chance.

“I am also not very pleased, but I do not want to make up, “he told Forbes and said: “So, so be it.”

The hacker now is very popular with high-tech companies. The hacker Charlie Miller famous for cracking the iPhone and MacBook Air was hired by Twitter last month. And the famous PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz was on short-term appointment with Facebook last year.

Oct 182012

According to media reports, online advertising network Chitika said various models iPhone accounted for nearly half of the smartphone Web traffic, the iPhone 5 accounted for 3% and the other models iPhone accounted for about 43%.

In contrast, Samsung’s products accounted for 17% of the smartphone Web traffic, among which the Galaxy S3 accounted for 2%.

Chitika said earlier this month, the Web traffic iPhone 5 generated has exceeded the Galaxy S3.

Chitika today’s data shows that the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 Web traffic has exceeded all BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry smartphone accounted for 2% in all smartphone Web traffic. Windows Phone accounted for 1% in all smartphone Web traffic.

Apple and Samsung basically control the smart phone market, the two companies are in fierce competition and try to expand their own advantage, RIM, Microsoft and other Android handset makers are just competing for the third place.

Chitika’s data also shows that other Android phone except Samsung accounted for 34% in the smartphone Web traffic.

Oct 172012

The latest news from the Chinese Forum WeiPhone that the Apple is authorized to produce a thinner iMac AIO desktop computer.

This iMac has brand new industrial design, which is not only slimmer, but also with a similar drop-type curved design, completely different from the current four-square design and the thickness almost can not be seen from the side. The process is also very special, it uses a special glue to stick the screen on the panel and affix with a special glass on the surface, which looks very beautiful.

The message also said that Apple will be the fastest to officially announce this product in the conference held this month, the price is increased compared to the previous products.