Mozilla Seabird: the first smartphone that could overcome the mighty iPhone!


Take a look at Seabird showcase in 3D

It’s just a prototype for now … but what a prototype! Conceived by Billy May in early 2009, the Seabird is an Open Web Concept Phone.

Take a look at -what we call – the most interesting / beautiful / smart / outstanding mobile phone concept we’ve seen so far! This is Seabird in their own words:

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances.

The Seabird introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market.

First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time.

The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control.

The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is the most influential man in the world

The first place is the famous founder of site Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg, followed by the father of Apple, Steve Jobs.

Moreover, the top ten of Vanity Fair is dominated by people from the new generation of Internet.

In third place were Google founders, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, in fifth place – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the ninth – the founders of Twitter, Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

If actor Johnny Depp and singer Lady Gaga were on 20th place, 23th respectively in the top, other stars included in the rank was actor and producer Tom Hanks, on 25, followed by stand-up comedy actor Jon Stewart, on 29, and famous television star Oprah Winfrey on 34.

Also, U2 frontman Bono came immediately after Oprah, and Canadian director James Cameron, who had record revenue this year with “Avatar”, came in 36th position.

Rapper Jay-Z ranked 58th, followed at short distance by the actor, director and producer George Clooney, on 66, while the couple Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt ranked No. 75.

The best ranked designer in the top was Ralph Lauren on the 16th place, followed by Karl Lagerfeld – the 39, Prada (56) and Burberry owners (61). John Galliano from Dior was ranked 91st.

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Motorola ally with Verizon to win Apple

There were rumors saying that the Finnish manufacturer, Nokia, is planning to launch a tablet this year.

Motorola’s new product will also enable users to watch TV, according to Financial Times.

The new Tablet PC will have a 10-inch screen, will use the Google Android operating system and users could access programs like Adobe Flash.

Thanks to the TV broadcast application, Verizon customers could use FiOS service.

The new product will be thinner and lighter than iPad, sources say, quoted by Financial Times. Sources haven’t disclosed however, information about Motorola’s new Tablet PC’s name.

Although both Verizon and Motorola’s officials haven’t made any comments yet, in the past, Motorola discussed for several times the possibility of launching a new product to compete iPad.

Adobe moves on in dispute with Apple

“They’ve chosen to keep their system closed and we’d rather work with partners who are interested in working with us.

“We believe in open systems. We believe in the power of the internet and in customers making choices and I think a lot of the controversy was about their decision at that point. They’ve made their choice. We’ve made ours and we’ve moved on.

“It’s a business decision. With the energy and innovation that our company has, we’d rather focus on people who want to deliver the best experience with Flash and there are so many of them.”

The dispute between the two companies came to a head in late April when Apple CEO Steve Jobs posted an open letter describing his “Thoughts on Flash” and outlining the controversy from his point of view. Narayan quickly responded in his company’s defense, attempting to contrast Apple’s “closed” ecosystem with the multi-platform, “open” stance taken by Adobe.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission are currently pursuing an investigation of Apple over its business practices with respect to Flash technology.

Mark Papermaster fired by Apple due to iPhone 4 technical problems

Papermaster worked at Apple since 2008 after a 25-year career at IBM who sued him to prevent even to work for Apple, citing a clause in the contract stated he cannot work for competition.

Subsequently, the two sides reached a settlement. Apple spokesman, Steve Dowling, confirmed Papermaster departure and indicated that his position will be taken by Bob Mansfield, vice president of Macintosh hardware segment.

Apple released iPhone 4 on June 4 but… there were severe critics regarding its reception. Find out more about iPhone 4 reception.

Critics for Apple iPhone 4 of 16 GB in its first sales day

Until now, 27 iPhone 4 owners reported some yellow areas on display, despite any adjustment of brightness. 

It seems that another problem that some users reported refers to a signal error, meaning that if the iPhone is held in hand it has a really bad reception.

Moreover, the iPhone 4 was also tested in order to see how durable it is. Therefore, when it was dropped on the ground, the screen flourished as a frozen winter glass.

On the other hand, this may be only a way to make a bad image against Apple, given that today the iPhone4 started being sold in stores.



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Apple and AT&T pre-order iPhone 4 – a nightmare

Apple’s new iPhone was released for sale Tuesday for pre-orders – and, again, the company had big problems.

Online systems and telephone systems from Apple and AT&T, Apple’s exclusive partner in the United States, were blocked. Many consumers have complained that they can’t order the new iPhone 4 through the ordering systems of the two giants, just like in the previous iPhone pre-launches.

“Given the extremely high volume of calls we are unable to answer your call right now,” said the recording on the Apple’s phone line to buyers. “Please call back.”

The situation wasn’t better either with the online sales, where the sites appeared to be in a perpetual state of crashing, or long waits.

“The good news for Apple: Lots of people want to buy product,” says Van Baker, analyst at Gartner. “The bad news: all system errors that block the system.”

The price for the new iPhone 4 starts at $ 199, with a new contract for two years or upgrade, and includes a thinner body, higher-resolution display and two-way video calling.

iPhone 4G in stores starting June 24


Starting June 15, we’ll be able to do pre-orders for the new iPhone, and from June 24 appears in the Apple stores in the U.S., France, Germany, Britain and Japan.

From July the iPhone 4G will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and from August (24 countries) and September (44 countries) will have it ready in stores for potential buyers.

Also, as Steve Jobs told in the official announcement, the iPhone 4G will have over 100 new features, besides its revolutionary design that we learned when the new phone prototype was lost in a bar a few months ago.

Jobs claimed also that it has the most beautiful thing ever Apple made and that the new iPhone glass that covers both front and rear is very solid. In addition, only 9.3 mm thick, being the thinnest smartphone in the world and integrated antennas, “something that was never ever made,” said Apple’s chairman.

iPhone will be available in two colors, black and white, and will have a special screen, called Retina Display, which has a significant increase in the number of pixels. “The phone’s display has 326 pixels per inch. No other phone has such a display.”

This time, Apple focused heavily on battery which is much improved over previous versions, lasting up to 300 hours on standby and talk time up to 7hrs.

To have an idea of the price of this new device, the new iPhone will cost U.S. $ 199 for the 16GB version and $ 299 for the 32GB.

Obviously, 3GS iPhone price will drop after the commercial launch of the iPhone in April, and the phone’s 3G version will be removed from the market.

A list of technical specifications of the new iPhone can be found on Apple’s official website.

Lots of rumors for Apple’s WWDC

“Topping the list of purported new features is Safari Reader, which will “will make web page reading easier by extracting and organizing the text,” reports 9to5Mac.

Bing is also set to make an appearance in version 5. This development, if you’ll remember last week, is not real surprise given all the talk about the search engine joining the iPhone alongside Google search.

Rounding out the news are claims that Safari 5 will render Javacript “25% faster” so that the browser is more Chrome- and Opera-like. HTML5 support, unsurprisingly, is primed to get polished and improved.

So there are a few updates, yes, but what we do not see, again, is any indication that a Safari extensions API will be made available at WWDC or within Safari 5. Maybe that’ll be “one more thing…”

according to Gizmodo

There are also some reports that some MobileMe users are seeing their account type switch from “individual” to “Full Member”, the hope being that a WWDC announcement will make everyone a “Free Member” by default.

Of course it could amount to nothing, but there have been rumors that this might happen, and in any event it’s certainly something we’ve been hoping would happen.

MobileMe’s services aren’t really a luxury anymore, and users are increasingly growing to expect that type of seamless, automatic syncing on their devices. Announcing a free, basic MobileMe service at WWDC would go a long way to getting Apple’s head in the cloud and fulfilling that expectation.

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