Monday, July 12, 2010

Ballmer Says Windows 7 Tablets Are Coming

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke today at the Worldwide Partner Conference telling 14,000 partners to expect Windows 7 slates before the end of the year, according to ZDNet.

Microsoft and its existing PC partners, including Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony, will all be fielding Windows 7 slates in the coming months, Ballmer said. These slates will be available at a variety of price points and in a variety of form factors — with keyboards, touch only, dockable, able to handle digital ink, etc.

“We know you really want to know what’s coming” in the new form factor space, Ballmer told partners.

Interestingly. HP was still on the Ballmer's slide; however, the company was not mentioned by Ballmer specifically. HP recently purchased Palm and is expected to release a webOS tablet in the future.

Microsoft is expected to show off some prototype tablets later in the day.

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Fring Says They Are Being Blocked By Skype [Skype Denies]

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Fring has sent out a press release informing customers that Skype has refused to allow the company to restore connectivity to their messenger. After releasing a video calling update to its popular iPhone application Fring was forced to “temporarily reduce support” to Skype to prevent server overload but was apparently blocked from restoring the service.

[Fring] is being forced to stop its 4 years of Skype interconnectivity following threat of legal action. Skype’s anti-competitive ambush comes in the wake of fring’s mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch, which continues to set the standard in rich mobile internet communication. Since its foundation in 2006, fring’s rich mobile communications have been available to both fring users and open 3rd party networks including GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and, until now, Skype. However, despite fring expanding its network capacity over the last days to serve its enlarged user base, Skype is refusing to allow fring to restore connectivity to Skype.

They continued their statement with a vocal blog posting...

They are afraid of open mobile communication. Cowards. Needless to say, we are very disappointed that Skype, who once championed the cause of openness is now trying to muzzle competition, even at the expense of its own users. We’re sorry for the inconvenience Skype has caused you.

Skype has since responded saying Fring’s mis-use of Skype software was damaging to their brand and reputation.

Fring was using Skype software in a way it wasn’t designed to be used – and in a way which is in breach of Skype’s API Terms of Use and End User License Agreement. We’ve been talking with Fring for some time to try to resolve this amicably.

However, over time, Fring’s mis-use of our software was increasingly damaging our brand and reputation with our customers. On Friday, for example, Fring withdrew support for video calls over Skype on iOS 4 without warning, again damaging our brand and disappointing our customers, who have high expectations of the Skype experience.

We actively encourage developers to build products that work with Skype, acting, of course in accordance with our various API licences. At the same time, Skype will rigorously protect our brand and reputation, and those developers that do not comply with our terms will be subject to legal enforcement.

In this case, however, there is no truth to Fring’s claims that Skype has blocked it. Fring made the decision to remove Skype functionality on its own.

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New iPhone Doodle Style 3D RTS

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EcmaSoft has released a new game for iphone called Tap tanks. Tap Tanks action takes place on the battlefield between small tank formations. The game features "doodle" style 3D graphics, advanced AI and unique units control system.

In the starting set, the player is offered an opportunity to combine chassis and weapons to create up to 16 different types of units. Each combination has its own strengths and weaknesses, which resulted in a good game balance. A player can improve military units, giving them additional features.

Three gameplay modes (Campaign, Skirmish, Multiplayer) provide great replay value. The Campaign mode includes 11 missions. Completing one level gives access to the next one. The Skirmish mode offers to choose a battle map before starting the game. The Multiplayer mode connects another player to the game.

Among the features of Tap Tanks are dynamic gameplay, intense AI (Artificial Intelligence), which keeps players on their toes in the course of action and an interactive guide to the game (tutorial). The game graphics are executed in the cartoon style. A unique game engine hides the edges of objects, which look at the user, thereby creating the illusion of cartoon. The unique control system of units is specially adapted for iPhone - the main know-how of developers. The control system allow a gamer to precisely control every single unit and the entire army with a few simple gestures.

As a result, the game makes a player to think both strategically and tactically, planning research, construction and proper movement of units. Those who effectively use their tanks will come out victorious. We invite you to experience constant action and adrenalin in Tap Tanks world.

Pricing and Availability:
Tap Tanks 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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SBSettings Gets Updated to v3.1.0

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BigBoss has released an update to SBSettings which makes some important fixes and adds global activator launch settings.

SBSettings is a full BossPrefs replacement which lets you move your important toggles directly into Springboard where they are always available instantly even while other apps are running.

What's New In This Version:
- Fix: 3.1.0-1 solves theoretical crash of more app that no one reported, but could in some cases.
- Fix: Fixed the iOS4 3g crashing in hidden icons, dock, and folders.
- Fix: Re-added iOS4 rotation sensing (found another way to do it!). Window rotates again.
- Fix: Redid the more-app GUI to use a standardized apple style interface.
- New: Added global activator launch settings for SBSettings window to more app. You can also get to these in settings app.

You can download SBSettings from the BigBoss Cydia repository.

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Google Announces Interactive Video Ads

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At Allen & Co.'s annual gathering of media moguls, Google promised a new interactive ad formats that would outperform banner and search ads, according to the WSJ.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt championed "interactive video ads," which he said are on the way. Such ads, which could appear anywhere on a Web page, not just inside a video, would be like mini-Web pages. That means they could allow Web users to watch a video, leave a comment and see real-time updates within the ads that are more customized to their interests.

Mr. Schmidt said in an interview Thursday that he has pushed Google's ad teams to think about the potential for such ads, which he suggested would eventually become prevalent. But he didn't comment on any specific plans for them.

Sounds like iAds...

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Only One More Step Until iPhone 4 Unlock

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MuscleNerd has announced that the iPhone Dev-Team only has one more step to complete before the iPhone 4 is unlocked.

Full i4 bars with custom "steve" background task spitting out "One more thing" - all pieces in place:)

@davidamodt It means the "next step" demoed in has been reached, so now there's just 1 final step :)

We'll keep you up to date with their progress...

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