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Samsung Electronics : has announced the launch of the flagship 4” chic smartphone Wave 3, the social-powerhouse Wave M and the smart-start Wave Y. These all wave smartphones will be on display at Samsung’s Stand at IFA 2011 in Berlin.


All three devices, borne of Samsung’s heritage in innovation, are powered by Samsung’s own new Bada 2.0 platform which brings together a wide variety of new capabilities including multi-tasking, Wi-Fi Direct, voice recognition and Near Field Communication.
ChatON is Samsung’s proprietary mobile communication service that works across all major mobile devices. A global cross-platform communication service links all your friends and contacts instantly. Micro-communities can be set up through group chat, while a web client allows the sharing of content and conversations between mobile and PC.

Samsung Apps, an integrated application store for Samsung smartphones, is also available. With an improved UI and enhanced store features, Samsung Apps offers a wide variety of applications from globally well-known content to locally-customized applications.

“Smartphones are gaining popularity by the day. The new additions to the Wave portfolio are the first to benefit from the power of our bada 2.0 platform; the full extent of our commitment is clear to see in each device. We’ve produced easy-to-use smartphones that will inspire the market,”
- JK Shin, President and Mobile Communications business

Smarts meet style, the Wave 3


The Samsung Wave 3 is a beautiful and chic smartphone that crams a market-leading 4” Super AMOLED display. Building on the Wave series’ style heritage in full metal design, the Wave 3 is the perfect device for the style-conscious consumer. Excellently constructed of anodized aluminum, the slim yet solid unibody design supports your active, on-the-move lifestyle. With smarter multi-tasking, seamless push notification and Wi-Fi Direct, the Wave 3 has the capabilities to keep you connected and entertained at all times.


The first ChatON equipped smartphone, the Wave M


The Samsung Wave M allows users to keep up-to-date with their hectic social lives with ChatON and Social Hub. With a wide 3.65” HVGA screen made from tempered glass and a metallic body, the Wave M lets users stay socially connected from everywhere. ChatON, streamlined messaging feeds, enhanced on-the-go web browsing and Wi-Fi applications deliver a seamless mobile experience. Wi-Fi Direct and NFC (optional) add further functionality.


A smart-start, the Wave Y


The Samsung Wave Y is the perfect device to introduce new users to the world of smartphone experiences. With a stylish metallic hairline body and large 3.2” HVGA screen, new users can take their first steps to mobile social networking with Social Hub and ChatON. Simple personalisation is enabled via the Live Panel, Lock Screen and Folder management, while Music Hub, a portable music manager, gives users a jukebox in their pocket.
 
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NEW YORK -- Phone service often cuts out when it's needed the most – when disaster strikes.
That applies to cellphones too, even though they seem independent of power and phone lines.
Here are some tips for communicating with emergency services and loved ones as Irene sweeps up the East Coast:
_ Cellphones may work even if the power goes out, but you can't count on them. The phones themselves, of course, have batteries. And the cell towers that relay your calls and other messages are often equipped with backup batteries and some have generators. Verizon says all its sites have at least eight hours of backup power.
But tower batteries run down, and refueling generators with diesel can be difficult if roads are flooded. If hurricane recovery drags on for days, cell service may go out due to a lack of "tower power." This is what took out the cellphone network in southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, complicating rescue and recovery efforts.

After Katrina, federal regulators wanted to mandate that all cell sites have at least eight hours of backup power. But much of the wireless industry objected to the rule, claiming it was illegally drafted and would present a huge economic and bureaucratic burden that would divert resources from the most disaster-prone areas. The requirement was tossed out.


Power loss isn't the only threat to a wireless network. Calls are carried from the towers by landlines, which are also susceptible to damage, and they connect to communications networks that also need power to function.
Wireless carriers have a menagerie of backup equipment to deploy in areas where their infrastructure has been destroyed, or where emergency responders need extra capacity. Towable cell towers are called Cells on Wheels, or COWs, while Cells on Light Trucks are called COLTs. AT&T calls generators on trailers GOATs.
_ Even if cellphones work, wireless networks may be overloaded by people calling to check in on each other or surfing the Web. Tuesday's earthquake on the East Coast triggered such an overload, even though there was no physical damage to towers or lines.



Cellphone companies recommend text messaging rather than calling in any disaster, because text messages use much less network capacity. They also don't use much battery power. Using Facebook and Twitter can be tempting, but try to keep usage brief and use the apps rather than web browsers if possible, to minimize network use and battery drain.
If you have a battery-powered radio, use it to get your news updates rather than taxing the wireless network and your phone battery.
_ Keep your phones plugged in so that they're fully charged if the power goes out. There are various products available that can recharge a cellphone from a larger rechargeable battery, AA batteries, or through a car adapter.
_ Corded landline phones may work even if the power goes out, because they're powered from the phone jack, which in turn is powered from the phone company's facilities. These are usually equipped with generators or backup batteries.
Cordless phones won't work if your home loses electric power, nor will Internet phone services like Vonage and Ooma.
Even if the phone company's facilities have backup power, the phone lines themselves are susceptible to wind and water damage. Luckily, a strike at Verizon Communications Inc., the largest local-phone company on the East Coast, ended last weekend, so repair crews should be fully staffed.
_ Phones hooked up to cable lines or Verizon FiOS lines aren't powered by those lines, but the modems in the home usually have backup batteries that will last about eight hours. That means corded phones will work without your home's electric power with these services. Again, cordless phones will be useless.
_ Vehicle emergency systems like General Motors Co.'s OnStar rely on a wireless network (OnStar uses Verizon's), so they're susceptible to network outages, just like cellphones. However, OnStar says customers report better luck connecting with their car systems than with cellphones, probably because the car has a much larger antenna, allowing it to reach more distant towers.
_ For true disaster preparedness, only a satellite phone will do. Unfortunately, both the phones and the service are expensive. AT&T sells an $800 smartphone called the Genus that can switch between the regular wireless network and routing calls through a satellite. The satellite option costs $25 per month, plus 65 cents per minute of calling. Iridium Communications Inc. sells similarly-priced dedicated satellite phones.
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AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report.



Emergency Radio (Police Scanner)

iOS ($1.99)

Emergency Radio makes tuning into the police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, NOAA weather, and coast guard effortless. Whether you’re in Los Angles, and you want to listen in on the LAPD, or New York, and you want to follow the FDNY, this app will keep you in the know. While Emergency Radio is iOS-only, Android users can use the comparable Scanner Radio (Free) or Scanner Radio Pro (2.99) to listen in.

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Hurricane/Hurricane HD

iOS ($3.99)

Hurricane, for iPhone and iPod Touch, andHurricane HD, for iPad, are the definitive mobile apps for tracking Hurricane Irene. Both apps grant access to loads of data on past storms (against which you can compare current conditions) as well as video updates, courtesy of a partnership with HurricaneTrack.com. The Hurricane app is even on sale right now for $2. Alternatively, Android users can try SeaStorm to track Irene using the same NHC data.



NOAA Radar US

iOS ($1.99)

Billed as the “fastest loading animated radar app,” NOAA Radar US will help you quickly retrieve the latest NOAA data. Furthermore, because it updates every five minutes with combined data from over 150 NEXRAD radar stations, you’ll never be left behind. Although NOAA Radar US is iOS-exclusiveNOAA Radar and Alerts provides much of the same functionality, and access to the same basic data, for Android users





RadarScope

iOS and Android ($9.99)

If you prize granular detail over sheer speed, RadarScope, available for iOS and Android, warrants its hefty price tag ($10). You’ll gain access to feeds from the NOAA, detailed precipitation data—as well as the speed at which Irene is moving—and storm alerts galore. Now you’ll just may need a degree in meteorology to understand all that data.






Nixle

iOS (Free)

If you get tired of always seeking out new data on Irene, Nixle will let you take a step back and allow new information to come to you. No matter your mobile platform, you can sign up for free SMS alerts from police and other local municipal agencies. That said, iOS users can download Nixle’s free app to view local alerts in either a list or map view.






Global Alert Network

iOS, Android, and Blackberry (Free)

For more alerts, and more platform support—including iOSAndroid, and BlackBerry—download the Global Alert Network app. With the service you’ll have access to 100+ advisories, watches and warnings of national weather alerts as well as traffic alerts for 120 cities. Because those traffic alerts transmit to your phone as you approach a bottleneck, this app could save you a parking space the interstate.








EDINBURGH, Scotland (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch its TV service in Europe early next year, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said on Friday, despite teething problems that had led some observers to question how committed the company would remain to the project.
Google TV, which allows viewers to mix Web and television content on a TV screen via a browser, was launched in the United States in October but received mixed reviews and was swiftly blocked by three of the top U.S. broadcast networks.
Large parts of the television industry, like the news and telecoms industries, view Google with suspicion and accuse it of stealing their advertising revenues without contributing to the costs of making programs.
Schmidt sought to allay the fears of Britain's broadcasting elite in a speech to the Edinburgh television festival, the first time a non-TV executive had been invited to give the keynote MacTaggart lecture at Britain's premier industry event.
"Some in the US feared we aimed to compete with broadcasters or content creators. Actually our intent is the opposite," he told an audience who quickly warmed to his friendly style and liberal compliments to the quality of British television.
"We seek to support the content industry by providing an open platform for the next generation of TV to evolve, the same way Android is an open platform for the next generation of mobile," he said.
"We expect Google TV to launch in Europe early next year, and of course the UK will be among the top priorities."



Google TV has gained little traction so far in the United States, and its set top box provider Logitech International SA slashed prices to $99 in July from an initial price of $299.
Schmidt also included a warning to British television regulators, who he said were far more stringent than their U.S. counterparts and threatened to throttle the development of British television companies in an increasingly global market.
"Stifling the Internet -- whether by filtering or blocking or just plain turning the 'off' switch -- appeals to policy makers the world over," he said. "Instead, policy makers should work with the grain of the Internet rather than against it."


OPPORTUNISTIC
Google has long held ambitions in the television arena, hoping to extend its online advertising business, which made $28 billion for the company last year, to the big screens that still command the lion's share of global advertising budgets.
"If his ambition was to go there and convince the TV people he wasn't a big threat, I don't think he achieved it," said Keith McMahon, an analyst at research firm Telco 2.0/STL Partners.
"The message I got was that TV is such a big market that Google can't ignore it. They're never going to give it up."
So far, Google has had little success breaking into the TV market, despite its ownership of the world's most popular online video site, YouTube.
Last week, however, Google agreed a deal to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc for $12.5 billion, handing it the world's leading set top box business which delivers content for many of the top cable TV companies in the United States.


The headline attraction of the deal was Motorola's huge portfolio of wireless patents but the set top box business could help Google transform its TV project by giving it insights into pay-TV.
Google has not spelled out its plans for the set top box business, and many analysts expect it to divest the unit at the first opportunity, having no experience or previous interest in running a hardware business.
Others believe Google could change tack under CEO Larry Page, Google's co-founder who took back the reins from Schmidt in April and has already started a social network to compete with Facebook while ditching other projects.
"Google describes itself as an opportunistic company. So while it may not have wanted to buy Motorola's operations, it may now assess whether retaining these assets can compensate for the risk of owning them," New York-based Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey wrote in a note this week.
Schmidt made no mention of the Motorola acquisition or its implications on Friday, but will hold a question and answer session in Edinburgh on Saturday.
 

Features

 

Search – It is GOOGLE TV, so there has to be search feature. This feature will allow you to search your TV channels, programs, applications and the entire web on your TV. Pretty handy, if you don’t know where you saved your last episode of Two and a Half Men.
Web – Probably the most exciting feature about Google TV. Aren’t you curious about how it would feel to be able to watch TV and surf the web on the same piece of technology? No more going to your bedroom to check the program listings. Just relax in your living room and enjoy your new Google TV.
Apps – They are everywhere these days and they make the existing technology even better. What would your iPod be without all those apple apps? Currently, you can download apps like twitter, pandora, netflix and many more. Wait few more months and you will have tons of more options.
Remote Control – The TV comes with a QWERTY remote control which you can use to both change channels and surf the web. You can also use your phone as the remote!
Dual View – Torn between watching TV and surfing the web? Well, no need to worry. Google has taken care of that problem for you by enabling dual view. You will now be able to do both at the same time!
DVR enhanced – If you have this service, you can find and record your favorite TV shows (like The Big Bang Theory) and watch them at a later time.

Retailers

Google TV technology can be bought as a standalone TV from Sony or you can buy the Logitech Revue and use it with your current HDTV.
The standalone TV comes in four sizes: 24″, 32″, 40″, 46″ with prices starting from $599.00.

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Additional reporting by Alexei Oreskovic in San Francisco; editing by David Cowell, Tim Dobbyn and Andre Grenon

BBM-Music-app
 We were lucky enough to be given access to the closed beta of BBM Music, the latest venture buy RIM to expand the reach of BBM6 and its third-party integration. At its core, BBM Music is a natural extension of the BBM social network. For $4.99US per month, you have access to 50 songs in a library of millions. But each friend of yours who also uses the service gives you access to their 50 songs. The more BBM friends you have using Music, the more songs you can listen to.
So, I have 30 BBM friends, which I think is on the low side, but let’s say it’s average. If every person in my list paid the $4.99/month for BBM Music, I could theoretically have access to (50×30) songs, or 1500 tracks. While that doesn’t seem like much, to the average music consumer who listens to a few songs a day, often the same ones, will find a lot to like about the service. “The 50 song profile is a way to describe oneself,” says Alistair Mitchell, RIM’s vice president of BBM platform and integrated services.
“It creates this distillation of what music really matters to that person, which is a benefit to the collective. Your friendship circle gets the benefit of everyone having put in their best effort to create their distilled favourite collection of music.”




The Service:
As I said, it’s a pretty simple service. You download the application (there is a one-month free trial for anyone in a supported country), connect it to your BBM6 (which you must have already installed) and begin searching. The interface is well organized with four tabs on the top: Home, You, Friends, and Search. Home is basically like your feed, where you will see your latest activity and the activity of your friends. When you download a song, add a tune to a playlist, or a friend does the same, it will show up on this feed.




The You column contains all the music you’ve downloaded. You have access, like in iTunes and most other services, to 30 seconds of any song, but once you’ve decided to “purchase” or “own” the song for the money it will show up in this column.



The music playing interface is very similar to the one found in the BlackBerry media player: currently sparse but functional. You can randomize or repeat, and you can choose to ignore a tune, which will skip it from the main rotation or any playlists that it’s in unless explicitly clicked on.
You can comment on a song, which your contacts will see, or share it via BBM, BBM Group, Email or PIN. The share will link back to the app, not an outside application like Amazon; RIM is trying to keep user interaction to within its own services, which is smart.



The Social:
Due to the heavy social aspect of BBM Music, if users don’t catch on the who entire service will become stagnent very quickly . It is very easy to add contacts, though at the time of testing I had only one person available to add. Presumably in the Sharing tab any songs shared by your contacts will appear under their name, as well as in a consolidated list under All Songs.
Comments are a very interesting aspect to the service, though I’m not sure how often they will be utilized. I can imagine a few interesting conversations coalescing around a group-beloved track, or a suggestion for tracks similar to the one being listened to. You can actually see all of your comments, and the comments of your friends, under their profile. This makes it easy to discover songs that they have taken time to tag.



Once there is more activity on the Home tab, and more comments on individual songs, I can see it being a lot of fun to scroll through my friends’ choices, picking out my favourites and starting conversations. Music says a lot about a person and it’s often an ice breaker when you’re just getting to know them. Much of the success of this feature will rest on how many people actually sign up for the service; a barren social network makes for some lonely sharing.










The Music:
Music, after all, is the main attraction, so I’d hope that the interface was easy to use and intuitive. Laid out much like the App World, I found that I had to do a lot of scrolling on my Bold 9900 due to the landscape-only nature of the screen. That there are six sections is great, and it’s nice to know there will be lots of curated content from RIM itself. At the moment the catalogue is a bit empty, RIM promised millions of songs when it officially launches, but there are some notable selections.
I was able to pick out some Beastie Boys, Bon Iver and Black Keys (perhaps I was in a B mood?). The selection process is fairly easy: just find an album you like, and next to the song under the album title is a Plus sign (+). Click on that and it starts downloading the song, syncing it to your device. Unfortunately you need a microSD card to actually download the song for offline playback: the internal storage on your device will not suffice. If you do have an SD card installed, you can manually Cache Song via the BlackBerry menu to store it for offline playback.



I found sound quality to be about average for one of these services, though maximum volume on my Bold 9900 is definitely above average for a smartphone, and I was able to enjoy the music through either headphones or the speaker.
From the time you download the song, depending on your 3G connection it takes very little time to start playing the full track. On average it took less than 10 seconds to fully cache song.
Some genres are underrepresented at the moment, but that’s in line with who RIM is aiming the service at. Lots of hip-hop and R&B from artists like Common and Flo Rida; tons of pop from Lady Gaga and Beyonce; plenty of alternative like Foo Fighters and Coldplay. At this time the genres are: Alternative; Dance & House; Pop; Rap; R&B; Rock.
Conclusions:
It’s hard to say from my initial interaction with the service whether it will be a success. For that you’ll have to ask me in a couple months, when more of my BBM contacts are using it. I’d imagine that once the service gets going users will begin seeking out other people, often randoms, to buttress their defences and add more songs. Your enjoyment of BBM Music is going to be directly linked to the people in your life, so there is incentive to seek out others who not only have similar tastes in music, but those who don’t, opening up new sonic doors. At least that’s what RIM wants it to be.



As long as the catalogue keeps growing along with the user base, I don’t think RIM will have any problems finding success.
A couple quibbles: though unconfirmed, it is believed that you will only be able to switch out 25 out of your 50 songs every month. Whether or not this is a licensing issue or a user experience issue remains to be seen, but it’s a strange limitation nonetheless. The inability to save songs to internal storage is also a bit of a pain, since new Blackberry’s like my Bold 9900 come with plenty of internal storage that isn’t being used.
When the service comes out of closed beta and everyone in Canada can try it free for a month, I’d recommend you give it a go. If nothing else, you’ll discover some new music, or be able to make fun of your friend for liking that really awful track. More than anything, remember like BBM, BBM Music is a social network first and a discovery engine second. Its success, and your enjoyment of it, will be directly linked to how much time you put into it.

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