Handset maker Nokia unveiled the latest smartphones operating on the Windows 8 platform. According to reports, Nokia said that the Lumia 920 comes equipped with new lenses on its camera shift to compensate for shaky hands, resulting in sharper images in low light and smoother video capture. The company also revealed a mid-range phone in Lumia 820 without the advanced camera lens. The phones are expected to be available for sale in the fourth quarter.
However, the investors didn’t seem to be pleased with these smartphones causing Nokia’s shares to decline by 13 percent. Investors claimed that the new phone did not have the wow factor to engage users.
The Finland based device maker has been struggling to gain market share with rivals Apple and Samsung dominating the handset segment. CEO Stephen Elop was hoping for a turnaround with the new Windows 8 platform, but industry analysts are skeptical whether smartphone users would choose Nokia over iPhone and Anroid phones.
Dunkin’ Donuts, the American stop for coffee and baked goods, launched its first-ever mobile application for payment and gifting for iPhone, iPod touch and Android smartphones. The new Dunkin’ App, brings in ease and simplicity in paying for food, beverages, and merchandise at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the U.S. Additionally, with the App’s mGift feature, Dunkin’ Donuts becomes the first national coffee retailer to enable people to send virtual gift cards three ways – text, email, and Facebook Connect. Dunkin’ Donuts Cards can be sent in denominations between $2 and $100.
The Dunkin’ App, available for free from the App Store and Google Play Store, connects guests to the brand with an exciting array of new tools and information to make any Dunkin’ run easier and faster, including:
Guests can purchase a new mobile Dunkin’ Donuts Card (selecting from multiple designs for many occasions), add money to an existing card, and view all previous card transactions. The Dunkin’ Mobile App supports American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal. Further, guests can purchase Dunkin’ Donuts products with the Dunkin’ App by simply tapping the mobile Dunkin’ Donuts Card and presenting the screen to the crew member to be scanned. Balances are updated immediately after purchase.
A detailed restaurant locator makes it easy to find directions to and information about local Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, including store hours, in-store Wi-Fi, drive-thru availability, and more. Also, the Dunkin’ App makes nutritional facts available for guests’ favorite Dunkin’ Donuts menu items.
Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ Donuts President, U.S. said that Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to developing and delivering technology that supports growth and distinguishes their brand for offering the very best guest experience
According to John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Global Marketing and Innovation Officer, the new Dunkin’ App enhances the Dunkin’ Donuts in-store experience for the brand’s on-the-go guests. With the new mobile app, they are enabling an entirely new level of speed and convenience for guests that will further distinguish their brand throughout the country.
Apple’s latest iPhone which is expected to release next month may include the much awaited LTE (Long Term Evolution) service. Korean telecom operators SKT and KT are said to be in discussions with Apple to offer LTE connectivity on the iPhone 5, as per a report by the Koreatimes.
The report reveals that KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone. Further, the company is reportedly been trying to persuade Apple to have its new iPhone support LTE connectivity.
Korea boasts of nationwide LTE connectivity with mobile users eagerly awaiting LTE enabled handsets. In the event that the new iPhone does not include LTE connectivity, industry analysts have hinted that it may affect the sales volume of the phone.
As highlighted in the report, the number of LTE subscribers in Korea reached 8.4 million by the end of July, boosted by the popularity new smartphones and nationwide coverage. SK Telecom has over 4 million LTE subscribers, KT some 1.4 million, and LG Uplus more than 3 million.
Apple is offering $8 a share in cash to AuthenTec’s shareholders, as per a report by FT. For Apple, which holds $117bn in cash, it is the largest purchase since January’s $500m takeover of flash-memory provider Anobit.
AuthenTec is widely recognized for its fingerprint security technology which enables instant response to a fingerprint. As per the report, the firm offers technology solutions in both security and personalization features. The solutions offered include verifying a person’s identity, more precise touch-control for editing text or scrolling, and personalisation features that enable use of different fingers to open specific apps or make calls.
The industry is abuzz with the news that the latest iPhone and iPad will include advanced security features from AuthenTec.
Singapore’s leading telecom operator StarHub Ltd. plans to roll out 4G services to offer consumers a better internet experience on their smartphones, as per a report by BN.
Users will be able to get on the fourth-generation network in the central business district, where major banks have offices, and Changi Airport starting later this year as handset makers start unveiling 4G handsets, Chief Executive Officer Neil Montefiore told BN in an interview. He said that the cost to roll out throughout Singapore in two years will be marginal, supporting the company’s stable profitability.
As per the report, StarHub, competing with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. for mobile-phone and pay-TV customers in the city-state, will also use a new fiber-optic grid to get clients in commercial buildings in the suburbs, Montefiore said. Smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy models, used to access social media and stream videos, have increased demand for capacity and prompted carriers across Asia to upgrade networks.
The next generation of wireless networks use a standard called long-term evolution, or LTE, which offers higher up- and download speeds and latency, or response time, that’s three times quicker on average than previous technology.
The report reveals, Montefiore said that StarHub’s corporate-data services are available in about 1,100 office buildings in the business district, where the company has built its own fiber-optic network. The new broadband platform will allow the operator to get new clients in 20,000 commercial buildings across the island. Potential revenue from these is about $788 million. He added that the rollout of the next generation broadband network to more buildings will give them access to a market that’s still a monopoly.
iPhone maker Apple Inc will pay China based firm Proview $60 million to settle its issue with the company regarding the rights to the name “iPad”.
Winning the ongoing case since 2010, Proview claimed that it had rights to the name iPad in the Chinese market since it got registered in 2000, countering the statement Apple said that it had acquired world rights for the name in 2009. Apple said that it bought the rights to the name from Proview’s Taiwanese affiliate for $55,000, in return of which the firm argued that it had no rights to sell rights for China. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took a personal visit to China to discuss the Trademark case with the senior Chinese politicians but there are no specific feedbacks regarding its impact on the case.
Apple’s iPad’s sales have been largely hampered in the manufacturing country because of the ongoing dispute. The case closed when Guangdong High People’s Court made a statement that said that the iPad dispute resolution is ended, Apple Inc. has transferred $60 million to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter.
Apple had to launch two new stores in China in Chengdu and Shenzhen which were delayed due to the ongoing dispute.
A specific date for the release of iPad3 in China is yet to be announced by Apple but the country’s telecommunications equipment certification agency approved the tablet in May. Apple’s iPads are made in China by Foxconn Technologies Group, employing more than 1 million people. Brazil’s government says Taiwan-based Foxconn plans to open factories there to produce iPads and other products.
Google moves another step forward with its internet browser Chrome, as rival Apple Inc. agrees to offer the search engine app on its iPhone and iPad.
According to reports, company executives announced their success at Google’s annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday. Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai said that no matter which device one is using, they are working really hard across all important software platforms. They want to make sure it’s about the user. Pichai added that Chrome has 310 million active users.
Apple has been working to eliminate the competition from its smartphones and tablets. As reported earlier, in attempt to reduce the dominance of Google Maps, Apple plans to launch its own mapping software in its next version of iOS.
Chatty Solutions and KitASP have entered into a partnership to build a strong distribution channel in Japan and assist Japanese companies to run the innovative Chatty Apps mobile application development and mobile form development platform on cloud platform.
Centered at power users Apple iOS, Google Android and Windows Phone use Chatty Solutions for rapid and code-free deployment and development of mobile Apps as it is an easy-to-use, 4GL hosted development platform.
Chatty Solutions is going to be largely benefited by this association as KitASP maintains a very strong position in the Japanese market with major network carriers and communications companies and this will surely help Chatty to associate with major companies that have direct access to the fast growing mobile application market.
Chatty Solutions goal of establishing a worldwide partner reseller network by 2012 will soon be accomplished as after North America and Latin America it has successfully associated itself with Japan. Chatty Solutions and KitASP have designed a comprehensive strategy to build a network of SaaS distributors and resellers.
The venture seeks to integrate its services with major communications companies, cloud service providers and system integrators, and offering the rapid mobile app development capabilities to the companies and their enterprise customers creating applications for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.
As per reports, Founder and CEO of Chatty Solutions, Rashid Khan said, they were pleased and honored that KitASP had chosen to offer Chatty Apps to their customers and partners as core offering. KitASP’s significant experience and excellent reputation will be instrumental in expanding the growth of iPhone, Android and Windows Phone application development platform in Japan. Chatty Apps will enable KitASP’s expert integrator and developer partners to offer a new level of easy-to-use, rapid development capabilities that can accelerate their customers’ time to market and time to revenue for mobile applications.
The people at KitASP are confident that the partnership with Chatty Solutions will enable them to help customers generate new revenues more quickly as consumer mobile patterns shift increasingly towards consumption of data-rich services through the usage of mobile applications on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone, said Prof. Toshio Matsuda, President and CEO of the company.
This new partnership is in line with their recently announced partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN to offer business services using the SaaS model to small and medium-sized companies in Japan.