Skype announces acquisition of Qik...

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During their CES conference yesterday, Skype announced that they are in the process of acquiring Qik.
Qik, for those that don't know is a mobile live streaming service that has recently been used in by some companies as a video calling solution. With this purchase Skype will now be able to add the abilities of Qik to its existing video calling services.
You can see the video of the conference here. Fast forward to about to the 7 minute and 50 second mark to see the portion about the acquisition of Qik and how they plan to leverage the service.

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iOS 4 gets Skype video calling

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Skype has released an update to their skype mobile app for iOS 4 that adds video chatting support. Now any iOS 4 device that is an iphone 3gs or higher will be able to participate in a video call. For 2-way calling a front facing camera will be required. Devices without will only be able to recieve video.

Amazon Kindle App on Symbian petition

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Symbian users are not gathering together to petition for Amazon to release the Amazon Kindle app on their platform.
User Smartfonefan has started an online petition in the hops of getting Amazon's attention to get Kindle ported to the most deployed smartphone platform on the planet.
You can see the petition here:

Ovi Store is down for update, whats new? (Update)

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I tried accessing the Ovi Store on my N97 this evening and was presented with the following screen.

The question is, is this update minor or major?
Update: According to Ovi's twitter page, the Ovi Store is down for planned maintenance. So don't expect to see anything new aside from some bug fixes, if any.

Nexus S goes Live, Gingerbread is detailed.

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Today Google did a two for one deal. They put up the page for the nexus S which also details Android 2.3 - Ginger bread, as well as releasing the SDK.

The Nexus S page can be viewed here:
Details on Android 2.3 can be viewed here:

You will find the video presenting Android 2.3 below:

Nexus One updated again...signs of Gingerbread?

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terryjohnson16 has dropped another tidbit of information in my inbox regarding the odd updates on the Nexus One.
He has received yet another OTA update with no change log. This time it changed his firmware version from frg83 to frg83D.

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So far he has noted no noticeable changes to his Nexus One.

Nexus One getting Gingerbread now?

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Yesterday terryjohnson16 got a message on his Nexus One showing the following.

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Is this a sign that the venerable Google flagship phone will soon be getting Gingerbread?

N8 vs Epic 4g AMOLED comparison

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Click on image for a full size view.

Here we have the Nokia N8 on the left and the Samsung Epic 4G on the right.
Read on for a comparison breakdown of the two devices.

Ovi Store = 3 million a day downloads = viable alternative to AppStore?

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Today, Nokia announced that they are seeing 3 million downloads a day on the Ovi Store along with some other statistics. This has been achieved in a relatively short time considering that the Ovi store launched in May of 2009.
At under 2 years old the store is seeing growth in leaps and bounds now that Nokia has streamlined the development process and focus on the Qt development environment.
That being said, they also announced that the Qt development tools have sen a total of 1.5 million times.
In the past 12 months Nokia has seen 400,000 new developers sign on.
Some quotes coming out of Ovi platform developers suggest that they are getting better results on the Ovi store than they are on Apple's AppStore.

The developer of Crazy Hamster had this to say:
"Without any promotion or marketing dollars, in a few weeks we've hit 200 000 downloads in Ovi Store faster than we did with App Store,"
"We're very positively surprised with what we've seen on Ovi, and we're on track to exceed our App Store performance even though we've been there longer."

The original Nokia press release can be viewed here:
Nokia's Ovi Store downloads hit 3 million a day as developer support surges

Palm Pre 2 on Sale now unlocked

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HP now has the Palm Pre 2 available for sale unlocked in their store.
The price is $449 up front or $13 a month on a business lease.
Oddly enough, at the time of writing this, the device was not available for sale through Palm's own website.

    Here are some hardware specs on the device:
  • 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 16GB built in storage
  • 3.1" display @ 320x480 resolution
  • Quad band GSM/EDGE with Dual Band 3G access(AT&T frequencies)
  • 5MP camera with LED flash
  • Web OS 2 - of course

Specifications courtesy of

You can find the HP store page here: GSM Palm Pre 2


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