Continuing along with the previously leaked images and specifications on upcoming Blackberry devices, the Torch 2 is next on the list. As you would assume, the form factor and overall design are the same, but the real changes are internal. The Torch 2 is rumoured to have a faster processor, NFC capabilities and be lauching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Torch 2 Specifications
Tri-band HSPA 14.4Mbps
3.2-inch VGA 640 x 480 capacitive display
8GB built-in memory
5-megapixel camera with flash
1300 mAh battery
It would seem that RIM either has a slight issue with keeping things under wraps or is trickling out some of their new upcoming devices. In addition to the previously leaked Blackberry Dakota, a successor to the current Curve has been outed and detailed as well. Moving away from the squared off and angular design of the 8520, the Blackberry Apollo adopts a slightly curved body with a nice taper at the top and bottom. Internally, the new Curve bumps specifications and aligns RIM with some of the competitors offerings and should be launching with OS 6.1.
Blackberry Apollo Specifications
Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
512MB of eMMC’512MB of RAM
5 megapixel camera with flash
HVGA 480Ã—360 display
Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
BlackBerry OS 6.1
New information about a U.S. case against WikiLeaks has recently been revealed. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a secret subpoena to Twitter on December 14th. The subpoena orders Twitter Inc. to release private messages and other information about accounts owned by Julian Assange and others involved with WikiLeaks.
The subpoena wasn’t public knowledge, because Twitter was ordered not to reveal it, since it was “relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation“. On January 5th, the subpoena was unsealed due to legal pressure by Twitter.
Twitter declined to say much on the matter, except that its policy is to notify its users of government requests for information, when it can do so.
In a statement, Assange is quoted as saying If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out.
Twitter is based in San Francisco California, and it’s not likely that they would have responded to an information request from Iran. However, the U.S. DOJ has the legal authority to make Twitter cough up this data. It’s clear that Twitter will do so, despite their efforts to open it up to public review.
Google and Facebook have very likely received similar requests, but have not responded to reporters asking about this topic. It’s speculated that they’ve also gotten gag orders to remain quiet, but didn’t fight them as well as Twitter.
Facebook is huge. There’s no doubt about that. It’s also obvious that Facebook Ads have been bringing in significant amount of revenues. However, because Facebook is yet to go public, there has been debate about exactly how much money Facebook has been making. Well, thanks to one loudmouthed Goldman Sachs customer we now know.
According to the leaked information, which was sourced from a private document delivered by Goldman to some of its wealthy customers, Facebook’s total revenue during the first nine months of 2010 was $1.2 billion. The social network, which was valued at $50 billion in the recently closed funding round, made a net profit of $355 million. Since the financial statements weren’t audited, they didn’t provide specifics regarding the sources of revenue.
Goldman Sachs will be raising at least $1.5 billion through investments from its customers, who have until Friday to confirm their investment. Facebook is expected go public in 2012, and getting in before that might prove to be extremely lucrative.
Google is working hard to get Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb out to manufactures. The next generation Android OS which will be used to create and run tablets will be released in the next few months.
However, it looks like someone at Google slipped a bit and posted a video on YouTube, which showed the Honeycomb UI in action. TechCrunch writer Devin managed to watch the video before it was taken down. However, the video is now all over the internet.
Here are some of the screenshots of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. From the looks of it, it is definitely something worth waiting for.
Looks like the results of CAT 2010, one of the world’s most competitive exams that lead to the admission in to the Indian Institutes of Management, have been leaked. The results were supposed to be declared on Jan 12, 2011. Initially these were supposed to be rumours, but not after a MBA related website Pagalguy.com published the leak on their website.
And, now even Twitter is buzz with the leak of the CAT results. At the time of writing this, the official website of CAT – http://www.catiim.in was still unavailable. However the leaked results page is still visible in Google cache. Prometric, the agency that is responsible for conducting CAT exam has issued a statement saying that it has been investigating reports that IIM’s CAT web site www.catiim.in has been displaying warning messages on certain browsers. A malware was discovered and removed overnight.as
They also said that if users are unable to access the official website – www.catiim.in then they could visit the alternative website at https://iim.prometric.com. The agency has also confirmed that candidate information on the website is protected with enterprise-class security and is completely segregated from the www.catiim.in website.
I don’t know what is with Sony/Sony-Ericsson. Almost all of their new products get leaked weeks before their official update, and for the most part, there is no fun in their official updates (which are tediously written and rather slow).
However, the folks over at Sony Ericsson have been up to promising things with their PlayStation Phone (the Xperia Play) up and coming with some rather nice features. The smaller cousin of the X10, the X10 Mini (and Mini Pro) packs quite a tight punch with its tiny screen and processor and is quite a popular phone. Thus, SE decided that it just needs to notch up the processor, run it off Gingerbread (Android OS 2.3), add some wicked fast graphics chips and let it run amok with Neocore and Quadrant to see just how fast a tiny computer can be.
It is extremely fast (if the leaked photographs are to be believed) with a Neocore framerate of 42.5fps and a Quadrant score of 1,533. The original leaker on the SE.it168.com forums says that it sports a 3-inch (320×480) multi-touch display, a 1GHz CPU and an Adeno 205 GPU. The pictures seem legit as the unofficial X10 blog rightly points out that the overall hardware layout seems similar to the previously previewed ANZU with regard to the button layout.
Is that excessively exciting? You bet! I personally use an X10 Mini Pro since I’m averse to large-screened phones (I have to take extra care of them) and really like a QWERTY solution. If this phone has a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, I know what my next phone will be the mini version of the PlayStation Phone!
The PlayStation Phone from Sony Ericsson is already one of the most anticipated handsets of 2011. We also know that Sony Ericsson will be launching the Anzu/X12 next year. However, the guys over at Blog Of Mobile, have managed to get their hands on leaked pictures of a never seen before Sony Ericsson handset. Along with this, they have also found tons of images shot from the phone and the phone seems to be sporting an 8MP camera.
From the leaked picture shown above, it is clearly visible that the microUSB connector and the 3.5mm jack are located at the top on this mysterious handset. The handset also sports a very large front facing camera, possibly for HD video calls. The handset also seems to be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s Mediascape UI on top of it. The company will be announcing a slew of new Android handsets at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in 2011.
Earlier, Sony announced that they aim of becoming the largest Android handset manufacturer in 2011. Looking at the current state of Android offerings from Sony – the Xperia X10 family all I can say is that the company needs to come up with some really good Android handsets to backup its statement.
With CES 2011 right around the corner in January, it should come as no surprise that HP/Palm are gearing up to release a slew of new devices; included in that list should be the PalmPad. Detailed to have a 9.7screen, USB 3.0 port and an HDMI-out port, the PalmPad is one of many new tablet-style devices running WebOS. The sketch image shows off an optional docking station can that be attached to the device, as well as what looks to be an SD card slot, volume toggles and a multi-function switch.
Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon for tablet devices, and WebOS is sure to be a big hit with better hardware. Let’s hope that HP/Palm really do make this official for CES.
Earlier today, at Reddit.com, a person by the nickname HelloKevin11 posted the following thread.
Paypal shut my account today because my business donated money to wikileaks.
I go to log into my business account, and it’s locked. The girl on the phone told me it’s because my account handles a large amount of money (it’s a biz account), I recently sent a lot of money ($4000) overseas, and I also sent money to wikileaks. My account is being investigated for illegal activities and I have to account for what the money was used for. They want invoices and such â€¦
We’ve covered many topics about WikiLeaks in the last few months. We’ve also posted plenty of stories about problems with PayPal accounts. However, this one might potentially impact the most internet users. I have not been able to confirm that this is the truth yet, but if it is, I have to ask this question.
Is PayPal an instrument of the United States’ war on terrorism?
Does any user of PayPal now have to worry that big brotheris watching over their shoulder as they buy and sell products online? How far does the reach of the US State Department extend? Will people in France, England and India have to worry about their accounts being frozen? What charitable causes will be targeted next? Can I safely donate money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation?
HelloKevin’s post already has nearly 1000 comments. The comments are ranging all over the map, with most of them containing at least a hint of outrage. According to Kevin, he’ll be contacting PayPal by phone on Monday to ask for a verbal explanation. He intends to record the conversation.
Until then, all we have are lots of unanswered questions.