Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is nothing new as a technology, of course, but so far it's been regarded merely as an add-on to America's regular, analog-based copper and cellular voice networks -- networks that are currently maintained as a matter of legal requirement. The FCC isn't necessarily such a stickler for tradition, however, as it is now encouraging phone networks to explore what would happen if VoIP replaced everything else. In other words, how would the system cope if the only phone numbers were Internet Protocol addresses; if even emergency calls were transmitted over the web; and if remote rural communities became dependent on VoIP, with no other type of network as a backup? Companies that want to participate in the experiment have until late February to submit their ideas, with approvals expected to be granted as early as March -- but don't fear, the tests will only be permitted in "discrete geographic areas or situations," which is the FCC's way of politely reminding telecom providers not to get ahead of themselves.
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Data compression isn't the sexiest of subjects, but after Facebook pledged to slim down its digital footprint, it's suddenly hot news. You might be interested to know, then, that Apple has reportedly snapped up Swedish startup AlgoTrim, which specializes in lossless compression algorithms. TechCrunch believes that AlgoTrim's know-how will slim down iOS device data usage -- as the outfit's JPEG files are apparently six times smaller than the average. CultOfMac, however, believes that the deal may hint at a move towards computational photography -- hinting that we may see Apple's version of Nokia's pixel oversampling tech pop up in future devices. While the thought of a PureView iPhone would set plenty of hearts aflutter, there's probably more chance that Elon Musk will build you your own private Hyperloop.
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Research in Motion
is thinking ahead, while the Blackberry 10
is about to hit the market. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins told Die Welt that they are examining the possibility of selling their hardware to other hardware manufacturers in the future.
RIM and T-Mobile have announced the release of BlackBerry
Curve 9315, a brand new smartphone, which is ideal for those that don't spend a fortune for a phone, but are still looking for a decent choice.
After all the speculation regarding the release of the Blackberry 10
finally made an official announcement, informing us that they will introduce BlackBerry 10 on January 30.
seems to be very excited about the forthcoming release of the Blackberry 10
and it decided to present the phone to developers, by exhibiting some Dev Alpha devices to a series of "Blackberry Jam" events. It is a way to get the first impressions on Blackberry 10, until its final release for consumers during the first months of 2013.
RIM has announced their plans about BlackBerry
Enterprise Service 10, hoping that businessmen will stick to Blackberries and buy their new BB10 devices. Research in Motion does not seem to lose hope, despite the fall in Blackberry's sales the last years. Although iOS and Android have conquered the market, RIM
knows that they still have part of the businessmen on their side.
Research in Motion, Blackberry
's company, is trying to find a way to recover and one of their thoughts was to turn into Android. Blackberry used to be a very popular smartphone, but Apple's domination has significantly affected their sales. The popularity of iOS and Android
did not leave any space for other operating systems.
According to Nielsen
's research, 51.8 % of US users that own a smartphone are choosing Android
as their operating system. Apple
comes second with the 34.3% of the market share.
maker Research In Motion
(RIM) has announced it aims to reduce operating costs by one billion dollars per year, a plan that includes significant layoffs.
, the maker of the popular BlackBerry
smartphone today said it was postponing its earlier scheduled disclosure of the latest company financial figures, preferring to go ahead first with the release of its awaited new BlackBerry 10
Bosses of http://smartphone.biz-news.com/news/tags/en_US/Microsoft and http://smartphone.biz-news.com/news/tags/en_US/Nokia have carried out several discussions in the recent months with the Canadians from http://smartphone.biz-news.com/news/tags/en_US/RIM (Research in Motion), the manufacturer of BlackBerry phones, in an attempt to build extensive partnerships regarding the future of RIM, company whose shares have reached the minimum value of the last eight years.
Prime, the fourth smartphone from Google
after HTC Dream, Nexus One and Nexus S, will be launched on market next month, with the Android 4.0 operating system (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich).
offered to help the police in Great Britain to identify the protesters in the main cities of the Kingdom, after several days of violence that produced, on Tuesday, the first victim.
Canadian manufacturer Research in Motion
has introduced on Wednesday three new Blackberry
models: Torch 9810
, Torch 9860
and Bold 9900
. The new phones, along with an upgrade of Bold unveiled just few days ago, are part of what the Canadian company calls "the biggest global launch of the company”.
Research in Motion
, the company producing Blackberry
devices, has announced yesterday that is to fire 2000 employees. The measure taken by RIM represents another proof of the delicate situation of the Canadian company. RIM has also announced yesterday on Twitter that today will post new about the two Blackberry smartphones running on the OS 7
mobile phone market share dropped from 30.6% to 25.1%, reaching its lowest level since 1997, selling in the first quarter of 2011 107.6 million units, according to a study made by the research firm Gartner
Research In Motion
(RIM), the manufacturer of the popular Blackberry
phones, has recalled from the market 1,000 copies of the new-released tablet, PlaybBook
, because of problems with the operating system that could pose difficulties in the initial installation of the gadget, writes Reuters, citing overseas media.
Worldwide smartphone sales will reach 468 million units in 2011, a 57.7 percent increase from 2010, according to Gartner
. By the end of 2011, Android
will move to become the most popular operating system worldwide and will build on its strength to account for 49 percent of the smartphone market by 2012.
has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending November 2010. After several months of strong growth, Google Android
captured the #2 ranking among smartphone platforms with 26.0 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers.
In Q3 2010, the worldwide smartphone market grew an impressive 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units, according to Canalys
retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33% share of the market. Apple’s
healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17% share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM
, which held a 15% share this quarter.
The worldwide mobile operating system market will be dominated by Symbian
, as the two OS
s will account for 59.8 percent of mobile OS sales by 2014, according to Gartner
Today, Research In Motion
launched the BlackBerry Torch 9800
– RIM's first slider smartphone. It features a capacitive touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and the new BlackBerry 6 operating system, which includes a WebKit browser.