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Rumors regarding cheaper Apple® iPhone®

Recently, there were rumors regarding the plans of Apple to  launch low cost versions of the iPhone 4 targeted at the middle level spending group. According to the rumors doing rounds one of the models is actually half of the size of iPhone 4 and weighs much lesser with a full touch screen, a virtual keyboard  and voice commands. It is being targeted as a low end version of the Apple iPhone 4.

It does not sound good for a brand built on delivering quality and innovation at a high price, instead of average stuff at low prices. However it could also be an attempt by Apple to actually take a stand against the competition brewing from the mid range smartphone manufacturers that are flooding the market with low priced yet good enough products aimed at low to mid range income groups. Bloomberg has inside information on a version of the iPhone that is supposed to be one third the size of the current version of the iPhone without a home button which is supposedly proposed to be sold at a price of about $200 without any contract. Also Bloomberg claims Apple has also been working on a low cost iPhone capable of working in tandem with either of the two major wireless standards thus allowing users portability to shift between carriers according to their convenience without any contractual obligations and also freeing them for additional financial burdens.

Apple seems to be taking a bigger risk with a lower-end version of the iPhone than it was with the iPod Nano in that a smartphone is a more complicated device than an MP3 Player. An MP3 Player isn’t a vital communication tool for both personal and professional purposes, it doesn’t need to provide reliable voice and mobile computing service, and it doesn’t need to reliably run apps from various developers. Whether these are rumors or not, remains to be seen.

New Greenpeace Report Ranks Nintendo and Microsoft Last

Greenpeace is the biggest environment oriented organization in the world. It has released the latest edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics companies and has ranked them in order to influence the purchase choices of potential customers.

Greenpeace is a non government environmental organization with the offices across 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam and Netherlands. Greenpeace states its goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nature life in all its diversity and focuses its work on worldwide issues such as Global Warming, over-fishing, commercial whaling and anti-nuclear issues.

In few years, Greenpeace spread to several other countries and started to campaign on the other environmental issues like commercial whaling and toxic waste. The different regional Greenpeace groups formed Greenpeace International to oversee the goals and operations of the regional organizations globally. Greenpeace has received intonation attention during the 80’s. This Organization has raised environmental issues to public knowledge influenced both the private and the public sector. Company has also started to evaluate the IT sector recently and recently ranked Nintendo and Microsoft last in the list.

These companies are judged to have increased its carbon emissions, despite whoop it up to limit them, and is criticized for having no actual policy on the electronic waste.

Microsoft is just one position ahead of Nintendo. Microsoft has lost one position since the last report because it has failed to abide by a commitment to eliminate, BFRs and PVC by the end of 2010.

Microsoft Corporation was judged on its Zune mp3 player and Xbox game console. Microsoft lost points for its pledge to eliminate toxic chemicals only in 2011 and for having no voluntary take back program for electronic waste and was ranked 16th place in the list.

Greenpeace judges companies on their mechanism for collecting and used hardware and on their timelines for eliminating vinyl or PVC and fire retardants that can be dangerous when released into the environment.

Sony, which is also into handheld and home consoles, was able to score much better than its rival companies. Sony raked sixth with Motorola and Panasonic.

The company got points and praise for the fact that they were able to eliminate dangerous chemicals from all the products.

With increasing threats to the global warming and greenhouse emission, it is necessary to mange such standards to keep the environment and earth save.

So far Nintendo and Microsoft are not able to maintain the standard but they need to improve in future.

Minput Method Developed by Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a name that is renowned for its inventions as the institute has produced many researchers and inventors over the period of time. Here comes another discovery from the same institute where researchers have found that if you install two inexpensive optical sensors at the back of any mobile phone or MP3 player device, you can make it work like a computer mouse. This whole research has been named as Minput method which is a new input method that allows the user to browse through galleries, zoom in or out. It simply works in the same manner as the conventional computer mouse works. Chirs Harrison who is Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon University is the brain behind this new invention. He has developed an ingenious way of installing the small optical sensors, which are not particularly expensive; you can easily treat your smart mobile phone or MP3 player as another form of Smartphone.

The Minput method not only works in Right, Left, Upward and downwards direction but also enables the user to do flicking and twisting which is yet another outstanding feature of this new technique. Although Chirs Harrison was not alone doing this research, his professor Scott Hudson was supervising and helping him in this new invention. So when flicking the device, you can also zoom in and out while you are viewing your pictures in your cell phone or even MP3 player. Harrison has recently presented a paper on the Minput device, which explains its working and how the world is going to benefit from this new invention. The best part of this research is its effectiveness which enables you to implement the Minput method; as you do not need any new sensor technology for this. Harrison explained that optical sensors were already being used in a much fantastic way, but our motive was to develop such an invention, which is cost effective and easily available, so he developed the Minput method by using the same optical sensors in a different and smart way. National Science Foundation supported this Minput method in parts for further grants also.

The paper from Harrison and Hudson has been published and is available for download also. The technology has become so popular in a short span of time that people are now experimenting this method in their own way. The main idea behind this Minput method is yet simple but innovative which can simply be done by planting two optical tracking sensors on mobile device or MP3 player. This allows both of the devices to manipulate for input and also enables some extremely appealing interaction which is cost effective. Furthermore, this also opens horizon to develop a small matchbox sized media player with all screen on its front side. Since the Minput method enable devices to operate just like another computer mouse, it can be used on any surface like a table or even in your own palm. Harrison has also uploaded the research paper on the Internet along with pictures and videos that can be watched on YouTube

Zune HD Changes Face of MP3 Player Market

Zune HD the new MP3 player in the market from Microsoft has changed the world of MP3 players. The Zune HD is a power packed gadget that delivers an amazing experience. The MP3 Player from Microsoft is a complete example of quality hardware combined with the user friendly interface. The platform, on which Zune HD has been made, has opened new possibility for developers to create games for Microsoft’s new MP3 player. The only bad thing about the Zune HD is that the third party games are restricted on Zune HD. Microsoft’s .NET based XNA Framework, delivers high performance, Direct 3D graphics however the XNA on Zune HD only supports simple 2D graphics and also there are not hardware accelerated 3D.

Although the new MP3 player from Microsoft, Zune HD comes bundled with the NVIDIA Tegra but because of the absence of hardware accelerated 3D, it lacks in graphical performance. Also the device’s Wi-Fi blocks third party applications from accessing the Internet. The capabilities of the NVIDIA Tegra chip can be exploited if the programs use the widespread OpenGL ES 2.0 API. The OpenGL ES 2.0 API is a 3D application that is used by the Apple iPhone. With the OpenZDK or the Open Zune Development Kit, it is possible to run native or third party applications on Zune HD and that too in the same quality as of Microsoft’s own Zune games. With the ZDK, the first-rate gaming experience delivered by the Microsoft published games will now be available to third party applications as well. Also it will be easier for the developers to create the native applications for the Microsoft’s Zune HD. The operating system of Zune HD is based on Windows CE 6 is widely supported.

Just like Apple allowed the jailbreak to fix the exploits on the iPhone, Microsoft might choose the same way to fix the exploits and can officially allow the development of the native applications for Zune HD.

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