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Facebook smartphone may come by 2013

Facebook is being reported to launch its own smartphone by next year. The newly public social networking giant looks to boost its revenue in the mobile Internet market by releasing a smart phone of its own.

How Facebook is going to launch smart phone

Facebook has hired more than half a dozen software and hardware engineers who have the experience of working on Apple’s bestselling iPhone, and one engineer who has iPad experience, reported New York Times, citing employees and other unnamed sources. The company has also expanded a group working on a partnership with Taiwan’s HTC to create a smartphone code-named “Buffy” – a project first unveiled last year by technology blog All Things Digital.

What Facebook has to say on launch smartphone

The social networking giant refused to comment on this. Facebook neither confirmed nor denied the report. “Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social,” it said in a statement e-mailed to AFP.

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News source: New York Times

Nokia® Lumia 900 Batman edition smartphone coming to UK

The Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 900 will go into Batman-mode for the UK citizens this week. The Nokia Dark Knight Rises Lumia 900 Windows Phone is expected to arrive in the UK on June 1st.

Features of Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 900 special edition

According to Pocket-lint, the special edition of this Windows Phone 7-powered smartphone will be available in black color and have the Batman logo laser etched into the polycarbonate body of the handset. Besides the branded logo, you get limited-edition packaging, the official Dark Knight Rises movie app, character wallpapers and ringtones. It comes with a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display.

How you can book Nokia Lumia 900 Batman edition

Nokia has not disclosed how limited the new smartphone will be. But according to Pocket-lint, there won’t be many – so if you are interested, you need to be quick to book your smartphone. Click here to pre-order Nokia Lumia 900 Batman edition. With your pre-order you also receive 12 months of free unlimited Wi-Fi and free cinema tickets to The Dark Knight Rises.

After UK, the new phone is expected to go on sale in Germany, France and a few other European destinations in the coming weeks.

News and image source: Pocket-lint

Pebble Smartwatch – A wristwatch that raised US $10 million as funds

Can a wristwatch help any organization in raising funds? Yes, it can. Pebble Smartwatch is such a wristwatch that has raised more than US $10 million on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform. The watch can connect wirelessly to a smartphone and alerts the user whenever a text message is received.

Success of the project

The project, which is the most-financed project of Kickstarter in its history, has managed to attract 85,000 buyers and raise US $10.3 million as funds. The project has been so success that the founders have decided to stop the fund-raising.

From where to buy Pebble smartwatch?

The company has decided to sell the watches through an online shop. But their first priority will be getting the first shipment of watches to their fans who financed the creation of the device through Kickstarter.

News and image source: www.kickstarter.com

Portable USB fuel cell to charge smartphone up to two weeks

Soon a USB fuel cell is going to be launched in the market that will charge power-hungry devices like smartphones and portable gaming devices without the need of an electrical outlet. The fuel cell is being developed by Lilliputian Systems, which is not a well-known name in portable power making devices.

The USB fuel cell will be able to generate enough power on one cartridge of butane to charge a smartphone up to 14 times. When the cartridge is completely drained, just pop in another one and you are fully charged once again.

Availability of USB fuel cell

The portable power source will be available to end-users by the end of this year for an undisclosed sum. The fuel cell will be capable of charging anything that can plug into it with a USB cable.

According to Lilliputian Systems’ VP of business development Mouli Ramani, “The pricing of the actual fuel cartridges will be about the same as coffee from Starbucks.” That likely positions the fuel cartridges somewhere between US $3 to US $5 each and the device will likely be priced between US $100 to US $200.

Nokia® Lumia 610 showcased at Mobile World Congress® 2012

Fulfilling all the speculations about the release of its smartphone, Nokia finally formally announced the launch of Nokia Lumia 610. This is first of its kind that will run on Windows Phone 7.5 aka, Windows Tango.

This smartphone will cater the needs of first-time Windows phone users. The best part of this phone is that it is one of the cheapest Windows Phone by Nokia. The smartphone comes in various vibrant colors like white, black, magenta, and cyan.

The smartphone is equipped with 8GB internal memory and 256 MB RAM storage. The phone features fast and secure Internet browsing and social media access. Apart from its technical aspects, Nokia Lumia 610 boasts of 3.7 inches LCD screen with a resolution of WVGA 800×480 pixels, 5 MP camera with LED Flash, and enables video format of MPEG-4.

Nokia Lumia is supposed to be available in the second quarter of 2012, at a cost of US$ 250 or 189 Euros.

Half of Verizon Wireless® smartphone users may switch to iPhone®

According to a research report regarding Verizon Wireless and AT&T customers, fifty four percent of the present BlackBerry and Android users on the network of Verizon Wireless are most probably to switch over to the Verizon compatible iPhone 4. The same research report also reveals that twenty six percent of present users of AT&T iPhone will switch over to Verizon. The news became available as Verizon declared sales for first-day handset exceeding over earlier records within a day of the availability of pre order. Data was obtained from the highly profiled panel of more than seven hundred smart phone users presently on Verizon or AT&T conducted between January 28 and January 31 prior to present customers of Verizon were permitted to pre order iPhone. Amongst the Verizon users having BlackBerry and Android device, twenty five percent are likely to switch over to iPhone 4, when another twenty nine percent falls in the group of “somewhat likely”. Particularly, seventy five percent of BlackBerry customers are somewhat likely or very likely to switch over as per the research report projects.

The report also disclosed that eight percent of present AT&T users of iPhone may switch over to Verizon while another eighteen percent were found to be switching over in somewhat likely manner. Main reasons for switching over being coverage area and dropped calls, while those kept their affiliation with AT&T because of the reasons such as other costs for conversion and ETFs, possible dilapidation of network for Verizon and network speed.

These numbers  seemed excessively optimistic, but as per Verizon, the iPhone 4 has exceeded expectations for sales already. The iPhone 4 Verizon-compatible became available for online pre order in respect of Verizon’s current customers.

Neither Verizon nor Apple responded to the queries regarding the number of pre orders they took, although the rumour spread that it might be twenty five million iPhones. However, a spokesperson of Apple, Natalie Harrison, informed that Apple is really thrilled for the response received so far, and is expecting to deliver the iPhone 4 to more customers.

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