It seems that the Mac App Store, which was launched on January 6, has been cracked already. The crack will not be available until February 2011 though, according to Dissident, the hacker who created the hack – Kickback.
We don’t want to release Kickback as soon as the [Mac App] Store gets released. I have a few reasons for that.
Most of the applications that go on the Mac App Store [in the first instance] will be decent, they’ll be pretty good. Apple isn’t going to put crap on the App Store as soon as it gets released. It’ll probably take months for the App Store to actually have a bunch of crappy applications and when we feel that it has a lot of crap in it, we’ll probably release Kickback.
So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers.
It has already been widely reported that the security of the Mac App Store is very easy to circumvent. The team that developed Kickback is a part of the Hackulous community that cracked Apple’s DRM system for iOS.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was announced just yesterday at CES 2011, and is truly a magnificent phone. It has some really good hardware specifications and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least according to the official spec sheet. However, it turns out that the Xperia Arc actually has Android 2.4, which is still called Gingerbread.
It seems that Android 2.4 doesn’t add many features or improvements to Android 2.3, hence both share the same name. There is some performance improvement as well as better visual animations. It also has a noise reduction option and video calling features.
This won’t be the first time that Google has launched two Android versions with the same name – Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both called Eclair. Before the launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the tablet version of Android, we should see the launch of Android 2.4 Gingerbread.
It’s still a few hours before Sony’s press event starts at CES 2011, but details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, previously known as the Anzu have already been leaked.
It is an impressive device which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It sports a very stylish design and is quite slim at just 8.7 mm.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It will also have an 8 MP camera with a back illuminated sensor, autofocus and LED flash and can also record HD videos.
Here’s the official promotional video of the Xperia Arc.
At AT&T’s press event in CES 2011, they launched a series of mind blowing devices including the HTC Inspire 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G. Another very impressive device that they showcased is the Motorola Atrix 4G. It is a very interesting concept which combines your smartphone and netbook into one device.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with 1 GB RAM. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and a 1930 mAh battery. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI shell, possibly MotoBLUR.
Now for the awesome part: it comes with the Motorola Webtop app which converts your Atrix 4G into a netbook. The Atrix 4G comes with a netbook dock. When plugged into the dock, the Atrix 4G functions as a netbook and drives the netbook’s 11.6 inch display. As a netbook, the Atrix 4G offers 8 hours of battery life on a 36 Whr battery.
It’s a very interesting concept. Knowing that an ARM version of Windows is in the works, it might be the only device you need to carry around.
Acer has just revealed a new Android tablet – the Acer Iconia Tab A500. It’s a 10 inch Android tablet which likely runs Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom Acer UI shell (Acer UI 4.5) on top.
It has a 10.1 inch multitouch touchscreen display and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with a dual core 1 GHz processor. It also sports a gyroscope as well as HDMI out.
At just 13.3 mm, it’s quite slim and looks great. It comes with 4G LTE connectivity and will be bundled with a Verizon Wireless 4G data plan. Acer is targeting it at gamers, touting the gyroscope and the 3D gaming capabilities.
The pricing details aren’t out yet and we also don’t know when it will be launched. Keep checking this post, we will soon update it with images of the Acer Iconia Tab.
AT&T and Samsung have just unveiled the Samsung Infuse 4G at CES 2011. It is AT&T’s first HSPA+ phone and has some really impressive hardware specs.
It comes with a huge 4.5 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which supposedly comes with “50 percent more sub-pixels” for better contrast and outdoor visibility. Most phone manufacturers have been offering a maximum display size of 4.3 inches (except the Dell Streak, but that can hardly be called a phone), but Samsung is offering a slightly bigger one.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 1.2 GHz processor and an 8 MP camera with autofocus and flash. It looks gorgeous and sports a very sleek design.
Just a week back, we had introduced you to the rumored HTC Thunderbolt, an Android phone with 4G LTE connectivity. It was to be released on Verizon’s network, but the specs seemed a bit unrealistic. Well, it turns out that it was real, but we still cannot confirm the specs.
Along with the Thunderbolt, HTC is launching another phone – the HTC Inspire 4G. It will be available on AT&T and will be unveiled with the Thunderbolt at CES 2011.
We don’t know what the “4G” means as AT&T’s network doesn’t support LTE, only HSPA+. We don’t have any details about the specifications of the HTC Inspire 4G, but by the looks of it, it seems quite impressive. It will also run Android, probably Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI.
Keep check out Techie-Buzz in the coming days, we will be posting more details as well as other CES scoop.
RIM has released yet another video of their tablet, the Blackberry Playbook. It has been launched right before CES 2011 starts, before all the Blackberry Playbook buzz is drowned out by the slew of tablet launches.
It showcases the Blackberry web browser which has both Flash and HTML 5 video capabilities. They have also demonstrated how well Flash works on the Playbook, using Flash games on Facebook.
It is way better than the iPad, atleast as far as Flash content is concerned. The web browser seems great and is very fast and responsive.
Check out the Blackberry Playbook Web Fidelity video here.
Dell is apparently planning to showcase a new 7 inch Android tablet at CES 2011. It will be called the Dell Streak 7. It will be a bigger, better version of the Dell Streak and will compete with the Galaxy Tab by Samsung and the Motorola Android tablet which will be launched at CES too.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with the Stage UI, the same as the original Streak, but with some improvements.
The guys at Engadget have gotten their hands at some promotional material for the Dell Streak, the treatment of its television commercial, which seems to quite interesting.
The Samsung Galaxy S is undoubtedly the most popular Android smartphone yet. It is available worldwide and has had record sales since its launch, eclipsing any other Android phone. In fact, the Galaxy S was such a huge hit that Google launched the next phone in the Nexus series – the Nexus S, with Samsung as a partner, and not HTC which has been the most staunch Android supporter since years.
The Galaxy S is now reaching the 10 million milestone. Earlier this week, Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy S and its variants have already sold 9.3 million units since launch. With about 10 more days since the announcements, and the Christmas shopping season in full swing, Galaxy S may end this year with 10 million sales. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab may sell 2 million units by the end of 2010, making it a very good year, for both Samsung and Android.
It seems like CES 2011 is going to be dominated by tablets. The prospect of Motorola and scores of other manufacturers planning to showcase their tablets at CES was already very enticing for techies like us. Today, JKK reported that even Viliv, which makes some of the best UMPCs, is planning to launch its Android and Windows tablets at CES 2011.
It will be showcasing three tablets:
Viliv X7 Android Tablet
A 7 inch tablet, roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will run Android, probably version 2.2 Froyo. Its tagline – “the leadership of Anywhere Connectivity” suggests that it will probably have 3G connectivity.
Viliv X10 Android Tablet
A 10 inch tablet powered by Android which will compete with the likes of the Apple iPad and the Motorola tablet which is also to be launched at CES.
It should have a very long battery life, as claimed by Viliv – “Longest battery life powered 10.2 inch Android”.
Viliv X70 Windows 7 Slate
The Viliv X70 is what many Windows fans have been waiting for. It is the “Most slim and light Windows 7 based tablet in the world”. Sounds interesting, right?
What makes it even more interesting is the rumor that Microsoft may be planning to launch a ARM based version of Windows at CES. This might be one of the first devices to run it.
Intel leads the processor market in terms of sales by a huge margin. With the success of the Core 2 Duo, and then the Core i7, Core i3 and Core i5 line of processors, AMD has been completely relegated to the sidelines.
However, when it comes to mobile, Intel is still trying to get a foothold in the processor market. The majority of mobile processors are based on the ARM platform, mainly because its architecture is much more power efficient, which is a very important requirement in smartphones. ARM based platforms are also being increasingly used in tablets, a relatively new market which Intel is desperately trying to corner.
With Microsoft’s latest move though, the fight may get even tougher for Intel. Microsoft may be planning to launch an ARM based version of Windows at CES 2011, according to a report by Bloomberg. Such a move would be very beneficial for Microsoft which is trying to make a dent in the tablet market, as well as ARM which will cement its position in the mobile processor segment.
Many, including me, believed that Windows Phone 7 hadn’t been selling as much as it was initially expected to. I even mentioned in my last post, that Windows Phone 7 sales hadn’t been very encouraging. With no official word from Microsoft, we had every reason to believe so. But now it seems that I (and many others) will have to eat my words. Today, Microsoft released some sales statistics for Windows Phone 7 devices, and the numbers are looking really good.
Microsoft had launched 10 Windows Phone 7 phones with different launch partners in October. It seems that 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold already, in the first six weeks since its international launch.
Even the developer support has been great, with Windows phone 7 now offering over 4000 apps in the WP7 Marketplace. If the Nokia-Microsoft deal does turn out to be true, Microsoft may be on its way to becoming the third most popular smartphone platform in the US after Android and iOS.
Both Nokia (Symbian) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have been hit hard by the rise of Android as a smartphone OS in the last 2 years. Symbian has been continuously losing marketshare to Android, even in the budget category of smartphones. Even Windows Phone 7 hasn’t seen very encouraging sales, thanks to Android’s domination. Android is probably in the smartphone world what Windows is in the PC world. However, Android has one huge advantage – it’s free and open. And everyone knows that you cannot beat “free” unless you offer a very compelling product which is better in every way, which Windows Phone 7 is definitely not.
Nokia has already stated that it won’t be using Android as the OS for its smartphones anytime in the near future. It is relying on MeeGo to give a boost to its lagging sales in 2011. But MeeGo is still not ready for a final release.
Eldar Murtazin at Mobile Review has commented in his weekly editorial piece that Nokia is planning to team up with Microsoft and launch smartphones running with Windows Phone 7 under the Nokia brand. While it may sound ridiculous at first, given Eldar’s track record, I can’t help but think that it might turn out to be true.
Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, I doubt that their alliance would be successful in curbing the growth of Android.
According to the latest auction on the private secondary marketplace SharesPost, Facebook stock sold at $25 a pop, which takes Facebook’s valuation to an all time high of $56 billion.
The total amount of outstanding Facebook shares is 2.24 billion. The recent SharesPost auction sold 165,000 shares at a price of $25. This is significantly higher, almost 77%, than the price of Facebook stock just 3 months ago.
The actual valuation of Facebook might be much lower if its stock were being traded on the open market. Apparently, many investors still think that Facebook is worth much more, and SharesPost is going to conduct another auction soon, because this auction was “significantly oversubscribed”.
At this rate, Facebook could be worth more than Google ($190 billion) by as early as 2015.