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Clip of ‘jOBS’ gives first glimpse of Ashton Kutcher taking on the role of Steve Jobs

[From Stephen Trew] I have to say Ashton Kutcher does a great job in this clip. A must watch! “In a minute-long segment set in Hewlett Packard’s parking garage, we find Jobs in the midst of an intense conversation with Steve Wozniak (actor Josh Gad) as he attempts to convince Woz that his “profound” operating system invention could revolutionize computing. “

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Imagining a 5-inch iPhone

[From Stephen Trew] iMore is a great resource for iPhone rumours. Worth reading.”Never mind rumors of an awkwardly named 4.8-inch “iPhone Math”, the concept of a much larger iPhone has been floating about ever since the realities of early LTE chipsets — and the batteries that came with them — forced Android and Windows-based competitors to break the size barrier.” Read in full

Twitter officially announces Vine

[From Stephen Trew] Twitter officially announces Vine. A major move from Twitter. “Twitter has just officially announced Vine, a new way to share video directly through tweets. This comes less than one day after Twitter CEO Dick Costolo teased the new service on his Twitter feed. ” Deets after the jump

How iPhones make our job easier

[From Dan Mulchay] Working in the PR industry means that I must be contactable and connected at all times. I find it vitally necessary that I have access to my emails for any urgent deadlines and tenders that come my way. Luckily with my duo of iPhone and iPad keeping up to date when I am out of the office, doing this is easier than ever. I am able to easily sync all my work emails to come directly into my personal mail inbox on both devices.

This is extremely convenient for me – meaning I can work as effectively away from the office as I can whilst I am there. The ease at which I can access my work from my mobile devices literally allows me to work from anywhere in the world. Add to this the processing speed at which I am able to download any attachments and documents I receive means my iPhone and iPad are essentials for me when I am on the go.

From my experience I can’t recommend the operating systems of the IOS6 highly enough for anyone who needs to be connected to the office at all times. The devices are extremely user friendly; navigating through your emails couldn’t be more straightforward. As previously mentioned, the speed and accessibility of downloading attachments is brilliant – you can easily save PDF’s or photo’s in your book or photo library and these will seamlessly sync with your other apple devices allowing you to access them everywhere. I wouldn’t be able to do my job without them now!]

Enjoying my Windows 8 phone

[From Paul Mooney, Melbourne, Australia] Hi Sammy After being an iPhone 3GS user for over three years, I recently made the switch and I’m now the very happy owner of a Nokia Lumia 820 running Windows Phone 8.  And I am loving the experience too!  I was out of contract and ready to upgrade to a new phone.  I was also ready to upgrade to the iPhone 5, however I just could not get past three things that were holding me back:

1.       The lightning connector:  why continue to go proprietory?  If you are going to change connectors, which is not a good move anyway since we were all used the original one, then why not choose an open standard.

2.       A bigger screen: Come on?  The only ‘benefit’ was to add another row of icons. The retina screen is beautiful though but still not compelling enough.

3.       More expensive! An iPhone 5 meant I had to commit another two years for another extra $20 per month.  This was for no significant improvement in functionality over what I currently had. The iOS is the same interface that launched with the original iPhone – and the task switching that pretends it’s multi-tasking!?!  Come on Apple, it’s a gloried shortcut to previously running apps.  I NEVER used it!

I had been reading a lot about Windows Phone 8 and also Windows 8 for the PC, and the more I investigated the more I thought I should give it a go.

What I like about the Nokia Lumia 820 running Windows Phone 8:

1.       Vibrant screen:  It’s not a retina display, but it’s bright, clear and vivid.  Love it. It’s AMOLED and photo’s really ‘pop’!

2.       Nokia applications: The bonus included Nokia applications are fantastic.  The Nokia drive application is an excellent GPS navigator and has spoken commands.

3.       SD cards!: The Nokia 820 takes up to 64GB Micro SD cards.  Now I can add all my music PLUS movies and still have plenty of room. 

4.       Windows Phone 8: Love the interface and the way the screens flip across. It’s refreshing and different showing there is another way to interact with a device. The live tiles are a novel way to show updated application info without opening the app!  I love the way you scroll screens within an app – much like a rolodex but across rather than up and down; hard to describe how this works but visually very appealing.

5.       PLUS because it’s Microsoft, it integrates so easily with my corporate email accounts, as well as personal email accounts.  I thought my iPhone was easy to setup, but my Windows Phone 8 was even easier.  My iPhone would not connect to one of my personal email accounts not matter what I tried, my new Windows 8 Phone had no problem.  Also, at home I have two wireless routers; when moving from one end of the house to the other, the iPhone would lose it’s wireless connection.  So I would have to stop and start the wireless on the iPhone so it would pick-up the closer router.  My Windows phone does not lose the connection and moves seamlessly between router connections.

Based on my experience with my Nokia 820, I’m really excited about what Microsoft is offering now and looking forward to trying the Surface Pro and also Windows 8 for PC.   I know iOS and Android have the smartphone market pretty much to themselves, but it’s great to see an alternative and Microsoft have a different but compelling alternative.

Thanks for letting me share my experience Sammy!

The Samsung Galaxy 4 is coming in April apparently

The Samsung Galaxy 4 is coming in April apparently. “There’s new information about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, an upcoming iteration of the Galaxy S.
The handset is expected to be revealed at Mobile World Congress next month, and could be released on or around April 15. Once it is on the market, this model will likely be introduced by all of the top wireless carriers around the world.” Read in full

Press Release Round Up

As you can imagine PalmAddict receives many press releases daily so if you can take advantage then make the jump. Here are releases that I’ve been sent in the last 24 hours.
[From Amanda] As you’ve likely heard, Green Dot Corporation (NYSE: GDOT) made headlines in the banking and tech communities last week with the unveiling of GoBank™, the first bank account designed from scratch to be opened and used on a mobile device. GoBank™ members have full access and control of their money from their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device, and can withdraw cash from over 40K fee-free ATMs in the U.S.

[From Proporta] Luxury gadget accessories brand, BRUNSWICK ENGLAND has extended its already popular collection and released iPhone 5 cases in a selection of rich shades. Read in full

Google’s Q4 2012 earnings

[From Stephen Trew] A pretty good year for Google, but not great growth. “The company earned $14.4 billion in revenue, up 36 percent over last year. $5.99 billion of that revenue came from the US, with the remaining from international markets. Motorola Mobility revenues worked out to $1.51 billion, or 11 percent of total revenue for the quarter.” Read in full

Canonical Enters Smartphone Market with Ubuntu Linux for Phones

[From Peter Arts] Interesting news. “Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system,this week announced Ubuntu for Phones.This is a hotly contested segment and we’re very mindful of the caliber, scale and capacity of some of the incumbents in the phone market,” Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu said in a press briefing. “But we think our vision is somewhat unique and we think we have some real advantages in reaching developers who are a key audience and a source of allies for us.”” Read in full

‘What It’s Really Like Working With Steve Jobs’

[From Stephen Trew] Another great insight into the life of Jobs. “Not only did he know and love product engineering, it’s all he really wanted to do. He told me once that part of the reason he wanted to be CEO was so that nobody could tell him that he wasn’t allowed to participate in the nitty-gritty of product design.” Read in full

An unusual stylus

An unusual stylus as reviewed by the-gadgeteer. “The Nomad FLeX is the newest capacitive paintbrush stylus to be offered by Nomad Brush. I reviewed their original Compose Dual Tip paintbrush stylus a couple years ago and found it to offer a better painting experience when compared to a normal stylus.”

iPhone to space

I saw this stat yesterday and I never knew this, “Wow, my iPhone has more computing power than Apollo 11.” Surprising, cool fact.

The iPhone still trails Android

[From Hans] The iPhone still trails Android in all markets but the US and Japan according to the Register. "The US remains Apple’s global heartland, and Christmas sales stats from consumer group Kantar World Panel saw iPhone retain its smartphone crown in the US - but this year it edged up a healthy 6 per cent to take 51.2 per cent of the market. Android mobes lingered at 44.2 per cent of the market share, down a sliver of a percentage point from 44.8 last year."

Windows Phone makes gains in EU, passing BlackBerry in late 2012 

[From Stephen Trew] A milestone reached by Windows phone, but a short mile it was. “Windows Phone hasn’t quite been the success story that Microsoft may have hoped, as Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone scene. Two recent news bits offer some positive news however.” Read in full

Keep track of delayed flights on my iPhone

[From Luke Doyle] I was unlucky to be caught up in the UK snow chaos however thankfully I was able to browse the flybe mobile website and check my flight status, it also meant I wasn’t wasting my time getting to the airport and having to wait hours hanging around for my flight without any information to keep me informed.

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