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Orange Announces The Intel Medfield Powered Santa Clara Smartphone

Earlier today, the Indian manufacturer Lava unveiled the Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 smartphone. On the same day, we have another smartphone which runs on the same Intel Medfield processor. Yes, we are talking about the rumored Orange Santa Clara. Intel and Orange recently announced the new Santa Clara smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

The Orange Santa Clara is basically a codename of this device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. This handset will be exclusively available to the Orange subscribers in the UK and France. The Orange Santa Clara will feature a number of locally-relevant and unique services including Orange TV, Dailymotion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays, Your Orange and Orange Gestures.

Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President of Mobile Multimedia and Devices, Orange, said,

“For ten years, Orange has pioneered a successful own-branded approach to delivering to its customers high quality, affordable handsets in all price ranges, packed with locally relevant and unique services and features. We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to add such an exceptional device to our portfolio.”

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The Orange Santa Clara features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixel, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), and 14 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 123 x 63 x 9.99mm and weighs 117 g.

Orange UK and France customers will have to wait till summer, to get their hands on this device. The price and commercial name of Orange Santa Clara will be announced during the launch.

France Bans Facebook, Twitter (Just Names)

France has banned the names of social networking giants, Facebook and Twitter from being spoken on TV or radio, unless the terms are part of a news story. This stops the anchors from asking their audience to “follow us on Twitter” or “check out our Facebook page”

A spokesperson for France’s Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), explains:

Why give preference to Facebook, which is worth billions of dollars, when there are many other social networks that are struggling for recognition. This would be a distortion of competition. If we allow Facebook and Twitter to be cited on air, it’s opening a Pandora’s Box– other social networks will complain to us saying, ‘why not us?’

French government decree issued on March 27 1992 states that, promotion of commercial enterprise on new programs is forbidden.

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British-Canadian journalist, Mathew Fraser points that this type of regulation is absurd, especially when Facebook and Twitter have become a part of everyday life.

What possibly could have possessed the French regulator to impose such a ridiculous rule is not entirely clear — at least when the test of common sense is applied. Perhaps the officials inside France’s Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel don’t quite grasp that television and radio shows around the world now routinely urge their audiences to connect and follow events via online social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook and Twitter are, of course, American social networks. In France, they are regarded, at least implicitly, as symbols of Anglo-Saxon global dominance — along with Apple, MTV, McDonald’s, Hollywood, Disneyland, and other cultural juggernauts.

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