Ini dia penerus dari RBT (ring back tone) yang perlahan tapi pasti mulai naik, bahkan akan menggantikan tren dari RBT, siapa lagi kalau bukan Full Track Download. Tidak dipungkiri memang layanan RBT sempat meraup keuntungan besar bagi dunia musik digital maupun ponsel, semenjak kemunculannya RBT sempat menikmati masa jayanya hingga akhirnya sekarang turun jumlah penggunanya.
Mungkin beberapa pengguna layanan RBT telah jenuh, ditambah lagi dengan layanan RBT hanya dapat dinikmati oleh penelpon dan penggunanya sendiri. Salah satu operator di Indonesia malah sudah kehilangan lebih dari 70% pengguna RBT nya dibanding pada saat masa jayanya.
Sedangkan Full Track Download yang jumlah penggunanya masih lebih sedikit dibandingkan RBT, diperkirakan akan tumbuh sebanyak 30% tahun 2010 ini. Beberapa operator juga sudah mulai serius menggeluti bisnis ini sebut saja telkomsel dan bakrie telecom (Btel).
Wakil Dirut Btel Bidang Pemasaran, Erik Meijer mengatakan terdapat lebih dari 70% pengguna ponsel musik yang dibundelnya telah mengunduh layanan berbayar musik digital FTD miliknya. Selain itu, total lagu yang diunduh mencapai lebih dari 1 juta lagu semenjak 200 hari layanan tersebut diluncurkan. Keadaan ini sepertinya dapat menjadi petunjuk akan hadirnya era FTD menggantikan RBT yang sudah mulai dilupakan.
Samsung’s first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, has landed on our desk, and we’re still not quite certain whether the new OS has a future in the mobile market. Designed to bridge the (fast-shrinking) gap between feature-phones and smartphones, bada is envisaged as the Samsung’s way to corner a new generation of handset upgraders tempted by the flexibility of a full smartphone but shy of either their price, complexity or both. Read on for our Samsung Wave S8500 unboxing and some first-impressions.
One of Samsung’s biggest pride points about the Wave is its Super AMOLED display, and while we’ve a soft-spot for the richness of color and crisp detail such panels deliver, we’ve been waiting to see whether the company’s claims for outdoor-visibility pan out. The Wave has an outdoor-specific display mode, which ramps up color saturation in certain apps; it works well, though we’d still like a screen that’s equally visible in all situations without needing tweaking.
Still, the touchscreen is responsive and the onscreen keyboard seems decent. The homescreen is a mixture of fixed icons and a slice of widget-style customization, though lacks the true interactive gadgets you’d find on, say, an Android device. In fact it’s more of a shortcut launching area than anything else, allowing you to pin your favorite apps where they’re easily accessible, rather than navigating to them through the iPhone-styled menus.
That navigation is swift, courtesy of Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and the Wave generally feels high quality and solid. It’s a slim device too, pleasingly narrow, and fits nicely in the hand. When you first power on you’re invited to link up your phone contacts with your Facebook and Twitter friends, though it’s a labored experience rather than the partially-automated approach you’d find in, say, HTC’s Sense. If anything, the Wave seems determined to remind us at each step that it’s not quite a feature-phone and not quite a smartphone.
We’ll be putting the Wave through its paces for the full SlashGear review, to try to figure out whether or not bada is the next big thing or an unnecessary stop-gap. Until then, enjoy the hands-on gallery and video demo!
Unboxing Samsung Wave:
Apple is reportedly prepping a next-gen TV which will be “based directly” on the iPhone 4 and carry a $99 price tag.
According to Engadget, the new set top box was “in the works” long before Google announced its competing television platform.
“The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage – 16GB to be exact – though it will be capable of full 1080p HD,” explainedEngadget’s Joshua Topolsky.
“[It] will do away with its current OS X-lite variation as a operating system…instead adopt[ing] the iPhone OS for the underlying experience.
The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out) and has been described to some as an iPhone without a screen.”
Topolsky also noted that Apple seemed to be “moving away” from a model of local storage to the Cloud.
“[But] for those still interested in keeping their content close, there will be an option to utilize a Time Capsule as an external storage component, [although] the main course will be all about streaming,” he added.
When it was first implemented, the PCI Express 2.0 specifications allowed for newer and much more powerful motherboards and graphics cards to be made. Still, as time moves on, technologies become outdated and unable to handle next-generation products. The PCI Express 2.0 can’t really be said to have reached this stage, but neither is it far from doing so. In fact, in order to avoid issues of insufficient bandwidth, the PCI-SIG executives wanted to release the PCI Express 3.0 specification last year.
Obviously, this did not come to pass. Back then, the standard was delayed because of compatibility issues, and while products based on it were said to be slated for 2011, an exact release date of the specification itself was not given. This piece of information is still unavailable, but PC World reports that it might not take overly long for the launch to take place.
PC World received an invitation to an event that will take place on June 23. There, details on the technology and the publication will be presented.
“Here you will receive a comprehensive update on PCI technologies, including information on the PCIe 3.0 specification publication coming in the second half of this year,” a spokeswoman reportedly said in an e-mail.
The benefits of the next-generation interface started being hinted at as far back as 2008. The most relevant detail was the transfer rate of 8.0 gigatransfers per second (the bandwidth will depend on the bit width). For mainstream PC users, this won’t be particularly relevant, mostly because graphics cards won’t need any sort of new connectors. On the other hand, enthusiasts that multitask or those that perform video-intensive tasks like graphics design will no longer be restricted by the interface’s bottleneck. The spec should be made public later this year and motherboard and graphics cards with support for it should start showing up in 2011.
Computers are easier to use and more dependable with each new generation of hardware and operating system update, but that doesn’t mean they’re problem-free. Here’s a look at the five most popular tools for troubleshooting your computer problems.
Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite diagnostic tool. Below, we’ve rounded up the top five answers, and now we’re back to highlight the most popular computer diagnostic tools among Lifehacker readers.
SIW (Windows, Free)
If things haven’t gotten bad enough that you’re forced to take refuge with a Live CD, SIW is a Windows-based diagnostic tool that can help you get to the bottom of things. SIW is incredibly detailed in its analysis, next to nothing is left uncatalogued from the timings of your memory modules to the DLL files loaded to what applications you have set to autorun at startup. Even if you’re not currently experiencing any computer issues, SIW gives you a really interesting peek inside your computer.
Hiren’s BootCD (Live CD, Free)
Hiren’s BootCD is an impressive toolkit rolled into one packed DOS-based Live CD. Sporting over a hundred separate diagnostic and repair tools, Hiren’s BootCD can help you do everything from diagnose a memory problem to clone a disk to speed test your video card. If you can’t find out what is wrong with your computer after running through all the tools on Hiren’s BootCD the diagnostic answer you may end up at is “Time to buy a new computer.” A note about Hiren’s BootCD: many of the diagnostic tools gathered on the disc are abandonware or older versions of still produced commercial software. The legal status of Hiren’s BootCD is murky so Hiren doesn’t directly host the disc image himself. You’ll need to search Google to find locations like here and here where the disc is hosted. If you’re not comfortable with murky areas of Hiren’s method for assembling the boot disc, you’ll find plenty of other excellent boot discs in this Hive Five that contain only freeware and open-source software.
Google/Search Engines (Web-based, Free)
Your first reaction to the phrase “computer diagnostic tool” might not be “Google!”, but every computer diagnosis begins with the user wondering what the error code or chain of events leading up to the error means. We’ve solved countless problems around the Lifehacker office by simply plugging in an error code or describing the problem in common terms and letting Google do the heavy lifting. Google tirelessly kicks back thousands of web pages, forum posts, and even old Usenet postings to help you drill down to your specific issue. Your favorite search engine isn’t necessarily a diagnostic tool in the traditional sense, but it should be the first place you stop whenever you have a computer issue. Many of the solutions we’ve found over the years using Google were extremely specific and pointed us towards using a just-for-that-problem application or tweak we would have never found otherwise.
Ubuntu Live CD (Live CD, Free)
You’ll find no shortage of Live CDs for Linux distributions, but Ubuntu has a particularly user-friendly Live CD and many people have experience with Ubuntu outside of diagnostic work, both make an Ubuntu Live CD extra appealing. You can use an Ubuntu Live CD to test your computer’s memory, recover data, or scan your computer for viruses among other tasks. Live CDs are great for giving you a platform to work off of independently of your troubled system and an Ubuntu Live CD has the benefit of an enormous community of Ubuntu users and all the accompanying how-to guides and information.
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4Win) (Live CD, Free)
If you’re a Windows user and you’re not comfortable going back to your roots with a DOS-based boot disc and you definitely don’t feel comfortable with a Linux one then UBCD4Win is just what you’re looking for. UBCD4Win’s strongest selling point is the stripped down version of Windows XP—Windows PE—which makes it dead simple for Windows users to jump in and start using the numerous diagnostic tools on UBCD4Win. When your version of Windows is flaking out on you, it’s comforting to jump into a Live CD version of Windows to continue your diagnostic work without having to mess around with the nuances of using a Linux Live CD.
The video above, which we believe will be shown to publishers to promote the newDigg, gives a never before seen look at the new version of Digg, version 4, that the company has been working on for over a year – founder Kevin Rose firstspoke about it in April 2009.
The new version of the service is designed to get publishers, currently enamored with the viral spread of content on Twitter and Facebook, to start focusing on Digg again. As Rose says in the interview, only the top headlines on Digg – 100 or so stories a day – actually get much traffic. So publishers, including us, have focused more on promoting sharing on Twitter and Facebook, where it isn’t an all or nothing outcome.
- All Digg users will go through an “onboarding process” that asks them to follow friends, tastemakers and publishers.
- Users will be asked to import their social graphs from Facebook, Twitter, etc. There’s also a suggested user list for users.
- Their home page will no longer show just top stories by total votes. Instead, it will show links from people and publishers you follow, called My News.
- Hugely popular stories on Digg will still be shown on a Top News channel.
- If a user diggs a story, all followers of that user will then see it in their feed, too, which is sort of like a retweet. This can create a “chain reaction,” says Rose, and can drive significant traffic.
- Publishers will now be able to auto-publish their content via RSS feeds to Digg, eliminating the need for someone to add a story for the first time. Each story will start off with one Digg.
- The process for adding a story manually is also much simpler – a user simply pastes the URL into Digg and the an image, title and summary are automatically generated.
Users will only see links to stories that are popular and that their friends are promoting, says Digg, and there’s no clutter from status updates and other content you see on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a pure place for linked content that people and entities you follow are promoting.
True juice sippers will want a 15W CULV, however, and it seems more of those exist than Intel initially let on; Q4 will see a high-end Core i7-680UM that starts at 1.46GHz and turbos up to 2.53GHz and a 1.33GHz / 2.13GHz Core i5-560UM, plus a 25W 2.26GHz Core i7-660LM low-voltage chip will also join the fray. All these new dual-cores will have on-die Intel HD Graphics in one form or another, but all are also stopgaps until Intel’s 32nm “Huron River” platform debuts in the first quarter of 2011. Then, we’ll get WiMAX, WiDi and Intel Bluetooth alongside an intriguing new concept dubbed Zero Power ODD, which promises a power-saving sleep mode for our noisy optical disc drives (see more coverage link) and the promise of enough battery life to play two full Blu-rays on a single charge. Don’t believe us? See the slides below for more.
Remember Applegirl? Now she has some serious competition. Using what looks to be aSamsung Galaxy A this young lady shares a beautiful rendition of Take a Bow by Rhianna. From the YouTube comments it appears that someone other than the artist uploaded the video, anyone know who this gal is? I know we’re interested, and maybe Samsung would be as well. In the meantime, enjoy! Thanks, NickF227!
The iPhone and Android ecosystems are growing rapidly, withGartner estimating the two platforms combined to sell 25% of smartphones worldwide in Q1. At their developer conference last week, Google stated they are activating 100,000 Android devices a day. Apple has sold an amazing 85 million iPhones and iPod touches over the past three years.
Despite these figures, it is difficult to determine the number of active devices in various markets. Devices shipped can be very different from the installed user base on a platform. For example, Apple does not break out how many of the 85 million iPhone OS units are no longer in use, what the overlap is between iPhone and iPod touch users, or the geographic distribution of the devices.
In the April Mobile Metrics report we take a look at unique Android and iPhone devices in our network. The numbers represent the unique devices that requested at least one ad from the AdMob network in April 2010. Please note these are not market estimates, rather data from our network that could be used to inform relative comparisons between the platforms.
The chart below compares unique Android and iPhone devices for the US and worldwide. In the US, there were 10.7 million iPhone devices compared to 8.7 million Android devices. If you include the iPod touch, the gap between platforms increases to 2 to 1 in the US.
Internationally, the iPhone platform has significantly more unique devices than Android in the AdMob network. The ratio of iPhone OS devices to Android devices was 3.5 to 1. The report breaks out the geographic distribution of the devices in more detail; 75% of Android devices are in the North America, compared to 49% of iPhone OS devices.
Keep in mind that these unique device numbers are from the AdMob network only and reflect the adoption of our products and business operations. We don’t know what percentage of the total universe of iPhone and Android devices AdMob reaches. However we believe the data is useful on a relative basis given the large sample size of devices in our network.
It looks like Apple’s international iPad supplies have taken another knock; the company had updated their UK, Canadian and other online stores from estimating a June 7th delivery of new iPad models to merely “June”. The move follows a previous change in delivery date for online preorders, which saw estimated shipping shift from May 28th – this coming Friday – to June 7th.
Apple themselves have made no official statement with regards the change in availability, but it looks like strong preorder demand has meant that those buying an iPad for home delivery shouldn’t necessarily expect it in time for June 7th. We’re guessing Apple will update the shipping estimates when they have a better handle on their stock levels after the in-store debut of the iPad WiFi and iPad WiFi + 3G at the end of this week.
The company have promised that there will be in-store stock available, though strictly on a first-come, first-serve basis. We’d be interested to hear from anyone ordering an iPad online (outside of the US) as to what their order confirmation says they should expect for delivery; let us know in the comments.
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