Apr 132012

Slashtop has released a $25 remote desktop client, called the Win8 Testbed, that brings the Windows 8 experience to the iPad. Though aimed at developer community at the moment, the Win8 Metro Testbed app offers support for Windows8 Metro UI gestures in a flawless manner on the iPad.

Windows 8 Metro touch gestures are supported, so you can take advantage of all the underlying touch capabilities of Windows 8 as you build your app:

  • Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu
  • Swipe from the left to switch apps
  • Pull down from the top to close an app
  • Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")
  • Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with Semantic Zoom
  • And more

Win8 Metro Testbed is a must-have app for anyone who’s trying to build a great Metro style app without incurring the high cost of a Windows tablet!

Experience it for yourself in 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Download and install Win8 Metro Testbed on your iPad
STRWIN8 50 Getting Windows 8 on the iPadappstore Getting Windows 8 on the iPad

Step 2: Download and install the FREE Splashtop Streamer on your Windows 8 PC
              *Windows 8
              *1GB of RAM
              *1.6 GHz or faster dual-core CPU
Get the streamer Microsoft

Step 3: Set up the connection
              Both devices need to have a network connection.
3 steps to get your devices connected

If you need help, please visit Splashtop customer support at http://support-remote.splashtop.com/.

Though the only drawback is that being a *remote* app, an internet connection is needed to keep it up and running.

So what are you devs waiting for? You can really make use of this app without having the need to purchase a high $$ worth Windows 8 Tablet.


Apr 112012

Microsoft and Nokia have been pretty busy pushing the Windows Phone. With AT&T coming into the picture, the game was quite clear – Lumia 900 was to be AT&T’s new flagship.

We all know that a flagship is something which the carrier/store pushes with all it’s might. But this is not the case with AT&T. As an article points out on CNET, who conducted a secret shopper survey of 5 AT&T stores in Manhattan. They did not find the Nokia Lumia 900 high on the list of recommended handsets. Here is what happened

…But when I asked for advice on buying a new smartphone, sales associates in five different stores in Manhattan actually recommended the Apple iPhone and not the carrier’s latest "hero" device.

Even when I prompted them to tell me more about the Lumia 900, none was willing to recommend it to me for purchase.

"Windows Phone is alright," said an associate in a store on the Upper West Side. "But it’s no iPhone."

This became clear to me when I walked into the AT&T stores and told each associate I encountered that I had never owned a smartphone but was looking to buy my first one. I explained I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about which device I wanted to buy. I told them I was a PC user, who knew little about cell phones and was looking for something easy to use. My main objective for owning a smartphone was to access email, surf the Web and check Facebook.

While all these activities could be easily achieved with a Windows Phone, associate after associate first pushed me to toward an iPhone and then suggested an Android device as my second option.

"For your first smartphone, you should get an iPhone," an assistant manager at an AT&T store told me. "When you get bored with that, you should try an Android phone."

When I asked him about the Lumia 900 and the Windows Phone OS for someone such as myself who had never had a smartphone, he told me he thought it was too complicated. He admitted he hadn’t used the Lumia 900 much. He had only gotten the device a couple of days before the launch on Sunday.

No wonder we will see competition on the east coast between Android and iPhone only.

Apr 112012

If you bought a car, and the gear shift assembly went bad, you wouldn’t blame the assemble manufacturer. You would blame the car manufacturer since the assembly came fitted in the car.

Similarly, Apple has accepted a flaw in the security of Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion.

According to KB Article HT5244

A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs.

Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware.

Flasback Malware

This is something that makes us laugh and frown at the same time, because the  well known KB HT1222 mentions

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

Since Java is an official Apple add-on for 10.7, this means that one can not apply Oracle’s updates to Apple products. While Oracle may be the manufacturer, but Apple is the vendor. Hence we have to wait  for Apple to release a fix.

Apr 022012

You heard it correct sirs and madams. A recent report published by Flurry points out how Amazon “forking” of Android led to an overwhelming toppling of Google Play when it came to revenue generation.

Flurry found that the in-app purchase revenue model generates the majority of revenue for apps.  Combined, these apps average 11 million daily active users. The did a survey over a 45-day period, from mid-January through the end of February 2012 on the revenue generated. The results were surprising

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The chart above compares revenue generated per user across iOS, Amazon and Android app stores. 

According to Flurry

We start by taking the revenue generated per user in the iTunes App Store and setting it to 100%.  We then compare the relative revenue generated from Amazon and Google to the amount of revenue per active user generated by the iTunes App Store.  Doing so, we find that Amazon Appstore revenue per active user is 89% of iTunes App Store revenue, and Google Play revenue per active is 23% of iTunes App Store revenue.  Another way to interpret the results is that for the same number of users per platform, every $1.00 generated in the iTunes App Store, will also fetch $0.89 in the Amazon Appstore and $0.23 in Google Play. 

…Amazon’s bet to fork Android in order to put consumers into their own shopping experience on Kindle Fire appears to be paying off.  Showing its commerce strength, Amazon already delivers more than three times the revenue in its app store compared to what Google generates for developers.

No Matter which app store loses the battle of revenues, the winners will surely be developers.

Mar 182012

When Brooke Crothers stopped at two Apple stores at two different locations, he was looking to sort out his inner conflict on – “should I update my iPad or not”. But here is what he found out

After attending a meeting in Hollywood on Friday, I stopped by an Apple store down the street in Century City (aka, Beverly Hills) and another in Santa Monica. I estimate I spent more than two hours total in those two stores.

My intention was not only to try to gauge the level of interest in the new iPad but also to form (I hoped) a bulletproof rationale for upgrading from my iPad 2.

During the course of comparing my iPad 2 with the new iPad (see photos) one numbingly consistent (as in "here we go again") query to Apple staff by prospective buyers–and I’ll paraphrase–was: "Hey, I really don’t see any difference between this new iPad and my iPad 2. Can you show me what’s different?"

The Apple staff was quick to rattle off 4G, better camera, dictation, and, of course, the Retina display. But the improved camera and dictation was of little interest to the buyers I stood next to. 4G was important to a few but not material for others.

You can read on the rest of the article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-57399321-64/some-people-dont-have-a-clue-as-to-why-they-need-the-new-ipad/

Mar 132012

It’s that part of the month when we post the data for top selling smartphones for the previous month, courtesy of Krusell. The winners for February 2012 are

1. (1) Apple iPhone 4/4S
2. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
3. (5) Samsung Galaxy Nexus
4. (3) Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc/Arc S
5. (-) Samsung Galaxy Note
6. (-) Nokia Lumia 800
7. (6) Nokia C2-01
8. (9) HTC Sensation
9. (10) Sony Xperia S
10. (-) Sony Xperia Neo/Neo V
() = Last month’s position.

Ulf Sandberg, CEO at Krusell quoted

…the most interesting news are not shown in the top three, where normally all focus is…

…I would like to point out Nokia Lumia 800 which is new on the list and goes straight into 6th place which is an indication that Nokias new smartphone is well received in the market. I also would like to address Samsung’s Galaxy Note, that is representing a new segment for smartphones. Note’s size opens for interesting discussions on how phones and work tools will be designed size wise for the coming years. I can see that there is a lot of demand from the market for carrying solutions when the devices become larger, and that it also demands new innovative ideas.

Seems like Nokia is all up for a fight. Also, the Note, the strongest smartphone of em all is giving a tough fight to the top dogs. In my opinion, the Sammy Android lineup will occupy most of the positions in the coming months.

Stay tuned..!!

Mar 012012

Its official, Nokia Lumia 800 is outselling the iPhone 4S in Finland, report Finland’s largest carrier – Elisa.

Elisa’s top 10 list for business as well as consumer devices is as follows

Elisa’s top 15 for February 2012:

  1. Nokia Lumia 800
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Nokia C2-01
  4. Samsung Galaxy Gio
  5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover
  6. Samsung Galaxy S II
  7. Nokia 300
  8. Nokia 500
  9. Nokia C5-00 5MP
  10. Nokia 7230
  11. Samsung Galaxy S+
  12. Nokia Lumia 710
  13. Nokia E7-00
  14. Apple iPhone 4
  15. Nokia N9-00

And the same list, but for business users:

  1. Nokia Lumia 800
  2. Nokia C2-01
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Nokia E7-00
  5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover
  6. Nokia C5-00 5MP
  7. Samsung Xcover 271
  8. Samsung Galaxy Gio
  9. Nokia E5-00
  10. Nokia C6-00
  11. Samsung Galaxy S II
  12. Nokia Lumia 710
  13. Nokia E52
  14. Nokia E6-00
  15. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10,1

According to the press release (read as rough translation)

Elisa’s February sales figures confirmed Snow Nokia 800 phone foreseen by the success of thousands of reservations. Both private and corporate customers bought Lumiaa raising its number one on both lists. This is a long time for a phone that has hit so well through both customer groups. Lumian and Elisa Office 365′s strong demand for companies’ needs to show a more flexible work possible, solutions.

Lumian sale has been remarkable by the fact that it was not just a sale to home, located in tine, but the sale has been going steady for a good month. Elisa has been able to prepare for high demand, and the phone’s availability has been very good with the exception of a momentary warehouse is empty, the very first days in advance due to the supply of reserves.
Was not until the end of February sales become less expensive, less than 300 euro priced Nokia 710 is Snow also attracted interest from both private and corporate customers. It is now in both customer groups, ranked 12, and it is expected to continue to rise to the list. Next summer will arrive in Finland for sale in Snow 900, where the family is the most powerful and biggest display and 4G support (Dual Carrier). In addition, family of the least expensive model, the compact Snow 610 comes in late spring sales of over EUR 200 price.

- We hold a positive Lumian product line expansion in different price categories. Elisha is important to be able to provide a wide range of phone to meet customers’ different needs so the price, as the character of the operating system. Lumian sales to date supports the fact that Windows Mobile will be one of the key operating systems, assesses customers’ personal voice accession Director Jan Virkki.
Elisa Entertainment Service Windows phone smartphone application has already been downloaded to date, significant amounts. Elisa Entertainment application with the TV program information and the provision of a video store browsing and recording opportunities are always there. Windows Phone platform will soon be published in the popular My Saunalahti self-service applications, which are expected to equally large bandwidth and active use. The application can access data will be able to manage their own phone.
Henkilöasiakkaissa iPhone 4S is back again after a short break close to the top and was placed second in the list. The tip of smartphones caste remain strong in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and the Nokia N9. Samsung’s strong position is based on three different-end phones. Meanwhile, Symbian phones still being sold a lot, and the most recent updates have brought clearly to the new improved features.
Opportunities for smartphone power use in companies <

Strong demand for both small and large companies also raised the Lumian Elisa’s corporate customers top-selling phone in February. Sized enterprises is particularly interested in integration with Microsoft’s back-end systems and the ability to use Microsoft’s cloud services directly from your smartphone.
Lumian contribute to the rapidly proliferating in the Office applications in the cloud. – Snow brings office in your pocket safely. Elisa Office 365′s introduction has been reflected in a clear spike Lumian time. For example, Lemminkainen took Elisa’s agreement in February with 3 000 on your purchase of a service and will make use of Microsoft programs, opportunities for mobile working. Smaller companies to facilitate nomadic calendar and e-mail applications, network drive sharing working documents SkyDrive, and OneNote notes of tasks with different devices, Anssi Okkonen says.
Developing a mobile work also reflects the increase in tablet computers to the list. They are going to step up its part, the use of video-conferencing mobiilipäätelaitteilta.
- Samsung has introduced a number of tablet models, which correspond to the needs of businesses. The operating system and user interface are the same as the phones, so their implementation is easy. For example, Vidyon through video conferencing is easy to start and the comfort is much better than on the phone, Okkonen continue.


Jan 262012

The iPhone dev blog has revealed their stats on how many A5 devices have been jailbroken.

According to the blog

Here’s a quick breakdown of how many A5 owners have jailbroken their devices since Friday morning.  The numbers as of Monday afternoon are:

  • 491,325 new iPhone4,1 devices
  • 308,967 new iPad2 devices
  • 152,940 previously jailbroken (at 4.x) iPad2 devices

Total: 953,232 new A5 jailbreaks in a little over 3 days

The reason these numbers can be so precise is that one of the housekeeping activities that happens when you launch Cydia is a query to @saurik’s server for the list of available SHSH blobs.  (Even if you have none on file, the query is still made).

Welcome to the jailbreak family!

P.S. Remember the cardinal rule of jailbreaking: never update your firmware until a new jailbreak is available.  This is especially true for A5 owners, who currently have no way of restoring to 5.0.1 once the 5.0.1 SHSH blob signing window is closed.

Apple tries hard to contain jailbreaks but hacker are L33t. they always find a way to outsmart the highly paid technical team of Apple. Carry on fellas, we salute you Smile..!!!

Jan 262012

The patent wars are raging in full swing, and there is no winner in totality. Recently,  Samsung filed a petition in a US Court that access to certain contracts and correspondence between Apple and Qualcomm should be granted in order to show those documents to foreign courts.

While it is noteworthy that Apple has won a similar injunction where Samsung was ordered to give a Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Apple to be dissected for patent infringement claims (The drama that followed is history now).

According to Foss patents

On January 20, 2012, Samsung had amended the motion, and its proposed order, which the court ultimately signed, stated that Apple didn’t oppose the motion.

The amended motion included, in addition to a request for certain business documents, a request for "a specific portion of the source code related to ETSI 3GPP Technical Specification (section and of TS 25.322 V6.9.0) and used in Qualcomm’s chipsets that were incorporated into the iPhone 4S", claiming that "[t]his source code is critical for Samsung to prove its infringement claim against Apple in the Apple/Samsung Litigation". Patent exhaustion can indeed depend on technical details.

It should be noted here that Qualcomm can bring a motion to quash this discovery request. It was given an option to do so in the earlier injunction but it never took such a step.

Jan 262012

Steve Jobs might have left the world for his heavenly abode, but his legacy still brings nice cash into Apple’s pockets. The quarterly results strongly prove this.

For its fiscal Q1 (the 14 weeks ending 31 December), Apple reported record net profit of US$13.06 billion, more than double from US$6 billion a year ago, on best-ever revenues of US$46.33 billion, up from US$26.74 billion. It was the first time sales had surpassed the US$30 billion mark and was way ahead of the US$39 billion average forecast by analysts.

The iPhone was the main driver of results, shifting 37.04 million units in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth year-on-year. Sales were lifted by the introduction of the new iPhone 4S model in October. iPhone sales accounted for over half of total revenue – US$24.4 billion, a rise of 133 percent over the year.

Apple also sold 15.43 million iPads (up 111 percent), 5.2 million Macs (up 26 percent) and 15.4 million iPods (a 21 percent decline).

On a regional basis, the Americas remained Apple’s largest market generating revenues of US$17.7 billion, up 92 percent year-on-year. Sales were also up in Europe (+55 percent), Japan (+148 percent) and the Asia Pacific (+54 percent).

While these numbers are a direct result of the holiday season, Apple is forecasting a less spectacular set of results for the current quarter, guiding for revenue of US$32.5 billion and diluted EPS of US$8.5 (compared to US$13.87 per diluted share last quarter).