Archive for January, 2010

Apple launches iPad, a big version of the iPhone, with iBooks

Today Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, revealed its long-awaited tablet device, the Apple iPad.

Steve Jobs revealed the Apple iPad today, its much-awaited tablet computer (see  live notes on TechCrunch). Jobs positions it as a third computing device between a laptop and a smartphone. It is geared towards the “key tasks” of Web browsing, email, sharing photos, watching videos, playing games, and reading digital books. All current iPhone apps will run on the device, as well as new games and digital books designed specifically for it. An enhanced iPhone SDK released today will support both the iPhone and the iPad.

Some info about the device which looks like a big iPhone: it has a 9.7 inch display, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half-an-inch thick. It is powered by new chip made by Apple itself, a 1 GHz A4 and will come with 16Gb to 64 GB of storage. It supports WiFi (3G connectivity is an option), has an accelerometer, compass, and built-in speaker and microphone, just like the iPhone. The screen is a full capacitive multi-touch screen with LED backlighting. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours. In addition to WiFi, it will have a 3G option from AT&T.

The Wifi-only version, with 16GB of memory, will cost $499. A 32GB version will be $599, 64 GB will be $699, and with 3G from AT&T it will cost $829. Plans for distribution in Europe have not been unveiled by Jobs.

In parallel to the launch of the iPad, Apple also announced the launch of the iBook store.  The books will be displayed on a bookshelf and the pages inside the books are displayed on an off-white background. Page turns are handled simply by tapping on the right or left sides of the screen and showcase a nice page-curling effect.

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Radio 1212 collects 227.258 EUR via SMS donations on 4666

Radio 1212, the joint action of the 5 major Flemish radio stations JoeFM, MNM, Q-Music, Radio2 and Studio Brussel, has marked a historical record in mobile fundraising in Belgium.

On Friday January 22nd 2010, between 8.00 and 20.00hr,  exactly 227.258 SMS have been sent to the shortcode 4666, equaling as many euros for the victims of Haiti.

SMS 4666 is a joint initiative of MobileWeb and the mobile operators KPN Belgium, Mobistar and Proximus. Every SMS of 1 euro is entirely transferred to the not-for-profit associations supporting the victims of Haiti. More info www.sms4666.be.

Radio 1212 supports ‘SMS 4666’ campaign

Five Flemish radio stations are joining forces to support Haïti.
Tomorrow January 22nd between 8.00 and 20.00, Radio2, Studio Brussel, MNM, Q Music and Joe FM will broadcast together as Radio 1212.  Main goal is to give visibility to the different campaigns to support the victims of the Haïti earthquake.  The listeners will be stimulated to donate through our ‘SMS 4666’ campaign.

Listen live here and join the action! 

Apple to replace Google Search by Microsoft’s Bing

We’ve all noticed how the competition between Apple and Google has grown more intens over the past few months. 
Especially with the recent launch of Google’s own smartphone, the Nexus One, it has become very serious.  Now it seems that other web giant Microsoft is considered as the ‘lesser evil’. 

According to the magazine BusinessWeek, Apple is in talks with Microsoft to integrate Bing as the default search engine on the popular iPhone.  At the moment, the smartphone uses Google Search. 

BusinessWeek adds that the negociations are only in an early stage and that it’s even possible that Apple wants to develop its own search engine and only talks to Microsoft to win some time.

SMS action for Haiti: already more than 100.000 euro collected

Press release

On Monday January 18th at 10.00, the customers of mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus have already donated more than € 100 000 to the victims of the earthquake in Haïti. Until January 31st at midnight, customers can donate 1 euro by sending a sms message to the number 4666, containing the message “yes” or the code of the organisation they wish to support.  The revenue of the action will be donated in its entirety to help the victims. All information about the participating organisations can be found on the website www.sms4666.be and www.smshaiti.be developed by the technical partner MobileWeb.

 On Friday January 15th, the three mobile operators KPN Group Belgium/BASE, Mobistar and Proximus, in collaboration with MobileWeb, have launched a sms action to help the victims in Haïti. The customers of the three  operators have already sent more than 100.000 SMS messages by Monday morning 10 o’clock.

 The shortcode 4666 is available for all humanitarian organisations that wish to participate to this action. The Belgian Consortium for Urgency Situations and the Red Cross have already joined in.  To support the Consortium, people can send a SMS with the message “1212” to 4666. Donating to the Red Cross is possible by sending a SMS with the message “HAITI” to 4666. All information regarding the participating organisations can be found on the website  www.sms4666.be and www.smshaiti.be.

 Until January 31st at midnight, customers can send a SMS message at 1 euro to the number 4666 with the code of the organisation they wish to support. The mobile operators and MobileWeb will donate the entire amount to the different humanitarian organisations that participate to the action.

SMS 4666: MobileWeb and operators join forces to help Haiti earthquake victims

MobileWeb.be and the Belgian mobile operators Proximus, Mobistar and Base have joined forces to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Tuesday January 12th, a severe earthquake with a magnitude of 7 on the scale of Richter has hit the poor western province of Haiti, a region of 2,2 million inhabitants.  The disaster has caused several thousands of victims, many severily wounded and an enormous material damage.  Several humanitarian groups and organisations have rushed to the disaster area to give support.

What can we do?
For every SMS message, containing the word JA or OUI sent to the shortcode 4666, you donate 1 euro to this action.  MobileWeb.be and the mobile operators have offered their services free of charge, so all donations will be entirely funded to the humanitarian organisations.
The action will run until January 31st.

Act now and help Haiti:

> send YES to 4666 (1 euro/sms)
> stuur JA naar 4666 (1 euro/sms)
> envoyez OUI au 4666 (1 euro/sms)

More info in the press releases (NL version/FR version) of the mobile operators.

Mobile Internet use increases with 148% in 2009

In 2009, the use of the mobile internet has increased with 148% worldwide. 

Mobile devices now represent 1,3% of all web pageviews in North America, with Apple’s iPhone operating system accounting for 65,1% of mobile web traffic in the region.  Google’s Android OS is second at 12,4%, followed by Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS at 8,7%. 

These numbers come from a study of Quantcast, who predicts that the mobile web consumption the US will further increase towards 2,3% by the end of 2010.

Full report here