Long-term followers of this blog are likely to know PackT – the innovative UK-based publisher has thrown out a huge amount of interesting books in the last few years.

Having reached a thousand tomes, PackT has now sent out the following and highly attractive offer:

Packt Publishing has come a long way since it published its first book in 2004, and is now one of the leading technical publishers, renowned among developers for its focused and practical books on a wide range of tools and technologies.

Packt has just published its 1000th book. You are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone with a gift. Access our library, PacktLib, for free for a week, and choose any of our eBooks to download and keep.

To make use of this offer, you simply need to go to www.packtpub.com and log into your account, or register for an account, between the 28th and 30th September.
At Packt, we really appreciate your support in helping us get this far, and hope that you will continue to enjoy our range of books.

Not much to add here except that we congratulate whole-heartedly…

Usually, the folks at iFixit’s tend to tear down cell phones.

When the Apple A6 came out, they changed their program and take their readers on a trip into a semiconductor analysis lab. This is quite interesting to see, and makes a worthwile read for every electronics head – even if he profusely dislikes the iPhone 5.

As quite a few rumors pointing to a quad core processor are around, it is a nice touch to see iFixit debunk that:

* Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!

In addition to that, Apple seems to reduce their technical exposure to Samsung:

* During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.

Find a bunch of images here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-A6-Teardown/10528/1

As you might have noticed, the GSM standard has become 25 years old on the 25th of September. If it would not be invented, we would be using CDMA – from a tech point of view, I can imagine worse things.

Strand Consult, a Danish consulting company, has now compiled the following and rather funny list of reasons why GSM is absolutely essential to some individuals:

1. Who would be the world’s richest man today if Carlos Slim had not invested in mobile telephony in Latin America? What would have happened to all the other wealthy people if they had no mobile technology to invest in?

2. What would all the Apple fans have done for an icon if there were no iPhones?

3. How would the world look like if Motorola, Nokia, RIM and other mobile technology companies never had their ups and down?

4. How else might we have learned about all the stupid and embarrassing stuff that celebrities do, if we had no SMS or MMS which later ended up in the press?

5. How else would have so many corrupt politicians and officials have made fortunes if not by issuing mobile licenses?

6. How many journalists would be out of a job if they did not have mobile technology to write about?

7. With all the court cases about mobile patents, how else would judges, lawyers, and patent experts have a made a living with the advances in mobile technology and its intellectual property spinoffs?

8. What would it have meant for the camera industry had there been no mobile technology? Would Kodak and Agfa still be dominant players? Would there be a market for digital cameras?

9. What would it be like to ride in a train or bus or be in public place if there were not cell phones ringing? How much more cumbersome would it be if we still had to use phone booths?

10. How many romantic relationship would never have blossomed because shy men and women could not flirt with SMS?

Anything to add?

If a government funded agency makes you laugh, it is usually in a sad way – think along the lines of “how the f### do they waste my tax money…”.

However, the BBC’s comedy show recently ran a lovely spoof on the fruit and food names used in mobile and console markets.

Definitely hit the player below for three minutes of classic British humor – it is more or less work safe:

Big thanks to Nathan Bliss for sending it in!

When the first Angry Birds toys showed up, many a developer considered this to be a passing fad – after all, mobile games are rarely targeted at the lovers of plush toys.
20120516 222336 Toy makers look at apps

A story in the Wall Street Journal now contains the following passage:

The entertainment industry is getting serious about smartphone applications, elevating what has been an arena for dollar-a-game novelties into the ranks of real business for some standouts.

Not much to add here…

When it comes to innovation in governmental areas, many people spend many hours talking “wise” about things which should be changed – but when it comes to doing them, the group becomes much smaller.

Mark A. M. Kramer, an advocate and researcher in the area of mobile health, has now put his data where his mouth is:
mamk mobile health Mobile Health   a pioneer strips down

Obviously, transmitting health data via the internet is possible – it only is a question of getting the health lobbies to accept that fact. So, kudos once again…

When companies like the mobile advertising pioneer Smaato showed off their product at long-forgotten Symbian Smartphone Shows, the average pundit did not expect ads to become a significant part of the financing of mobile applications.

However, the situation has changed and the voice of the market has spoken. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the long-running “Cannes lion” advertising festival now has a category of its own for all things related to mobile:
cannes mobile lions Mobile advertising now part of Cannes lion competition

Not much to add here…

Some time ago, Fujitsu captured the attention of the press by demoing a dual screen phone concept. Sadly, we never heard again from this handset.

However, the booth of the Japanese ACME company NEC contained the following surprise:
1 NEC Medias W – double screen phones never die

It is described as following:
2 NEC Medias W – double screen phones never die

Given that NEC handsets almost never make it to Europe, I am not too positive re ever getting this handset into my hands – stay tuned for further info as we get it!

As always, we try to give you information on the scheduling of next year’s Mobile World Congress – as we have stated before, it will remain in Barcelona.

As can be seen from the picture below, it will be held from the 25th to the 28th of February:
 Mobile World Congress 2013   save the date

So, good booking!

In the last few years, Access Co (the owners of ALP and PalmSource) always had a pretty large booth – exhibiting, among other stuff, ALP.

This year, the booth Access used to occupy was held by IBM:
access 0 Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Instead, Access moved into a small hospitality suite. They were in HS18 – but werent even listed on the floor plan:
access 1a Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012 access 1b Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Finally, a look at their “booth”:
access 2 Accesss booth at Mobile World Congress 2012

Not much to add here…farewell, ALP!

When it comes to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, you must always expect some organizational eekers. This time, the fun started on day one – fiest your eyes on these:

Building collapse
While taking by the VodaFone pavilion, a large crowd watched hectic evacuations:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

The reason: the building was not stable, and had to be reinforced. As if one couldn’t have known THAT in advance:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Security, my a$$
But the real GAU came later. The Congress takes great pride in pestering everyone who enters the venue, to check ID, etc etc.

But it looks like the security was not good enough – Microsoft, for sure, didn’t place this ad for exotic services into its giveaway basket:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Stay tuned – further funny stuff comes as it is witnessed!

Looks like the times of CarrierIQ winning awards from agencies like FierceWireless will soon be over – now, the image of the Android OS itself is at stake.

The image below came from the main news broadcast of Austrias governmental TV Station ORF, and was followed up with a tirade stating that “mainly Android handsets are affected”:
orf carrierio Austrian governmental TV slanders Android as shit hits the fan for Carrier IQ

Even though the ranting of a governmental TV station can be ignored, the situation is now getting hot: as the US government investigates and RIM distances itself from the product, it most probably is but a question of time until we will see a situation similar to the Etisalat removal patch offered by RIM some time ago.

By the way: the software is not at all limited to Android. It also lives on Symbian, iOS and webOS, with Windows Mobile classic deployments rumored.

When Google first launched its TV service, LogiTech introduced the first-ever set-top-box for the platform named the Revue. Logically, everyone who was interested in Apps on TV jumped on it – sadly, the press didn’t like it too much.

Some three weeks ago, BroadbandTV reported the following:

Logitech’s Revue set-top box for Google TV was a ‘big mistake’, according to Guerrino De Luca, chairman and acting chief executive of Logitech

Fortunately, it now looks as we will get two new, far larger hardware vendors on board:

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are expected to launch Google TV next year. But only LG will show its models at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas.

Yoon Boo-keun, chief of Samsung’s TV division, said on Tuesday to the Korean press that the company is in final talks with Google about when to release the hot new gadget. “We will announce the launch date at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.”

Samsung already showed a prototype of Google TV at last year’s CES, but did not bring any sets to the market. …

With Microsoft increasing the ad pressure for its XBox all over Europe, we could be in for an interesting fight. What do you think?

Christmas always involved sending out season’s greetings. Microsoft Austria has now performed a research checking how European citizens send and receive greetings.

When it comes to receiving greetings, users responded as following:

Venue Percentage
SMS 50%
Voice Call 48%
Post card 45%
E-Mail 23%
Social Networks 19%
Video chat 5%

For sending, data looked slightly different:

Venue Percentage
Post card 61%
Voice Call 52%
SMS 44%
E-Mail 26%
Social Networks 16%
Video chat 7%

How do you send your season’s greetings?

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