Apple has begun airing a new TV commercial centering its iCloud cloud storage service, showing how easy it is to enable iCloud and sync your stuff between Macs, PCs, iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. The ad sees not a single word spoken, yet everything beautifully explained, including different iCloud services such as Photo Stream, Automatic Downloads for songs, iBooks, apps, and wireless calendar syncing. You can watch the video below:
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Just when things were getting better for RIM, their luck runs out. BlackBerry services are down again for some users in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina and don’t look like coming back up for at least another few hours. RIM issued the following statement:
Media statement – October 11
Some users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina are experiencing messaging and browsing delays. We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has said that all the services pertaining to BlackBerry, which were down since yesterday in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) owing to a technical glitch, are back again and running as usual. The widespread service outages were faced by BlackBerry users all over the world, including here in India, as people were unable to use BBM, internet, chatting, receive or send email, use instant messaging, etc., though the problems did not appear to be the same for each user, or affect all users.
The Canadian company said in a statement that all services had been restored and apologized again for any inconvenience.
The company did not comment on what caused the problem.
The company’s share price fell 0.56 percent to $23.23 Monday after the outage news, and was down 60 per cent from the beginning of the year. Buck up, RIM!
Nokia seems to be in a mood to bring about changes, as was expected after their partnership with Microsoft. The most recent of these changes, it seems, is the ‘killing’ of Ovi.
Nokia’s Ovi, which includes the Ovi Store, Ovi Maps, and everything else Ovi, will now be renamed to Nokia Services. This change in brand name by Nokia is termed as the “evolution” of Nokia and Ovi by them, one which will begin from July/August of this year and spread into 2012. All new devices from this July/August period will begin to sport Nokia Services instead of Ovi.
Starting with first services on some of the new Nokia devices in July and August, Ovi services will be rebranded as Nokia services in a transition expected to continue into 2012. Each of the services under the Ovi umbrella will simply be rebranded as Nokia, with no planned disruption to the service roadmaps.
As mentioned, all new devices from July onwards will begin to see the change into effect. For older devices, a software update concerning the same will be released in due time.
The transition from Ovi to Nokia will begin in July this year, with the intention of it being completed across all countries and all services by the end of 2012. It’s likely that anybody buying a new Nokia smartphone or mobile phone later this year will start to see the new branding on services included within. However anybody already owning a Nokia phone will see this new rebranding through future software updates.
To make it clear, this is just a change in the name of the Finnish company’s services and nothing else. The service roadmaps will continue exactly as planned. The only difference consumers can expect to see is the replacement of the word Ovi with Nokia, not only on their device software but also in other places such as printed material or online media and advertisements. We, obviously, don’t give a damn!
Japanese giant Sony has begun ‘phased restoration’ of it’s popular services PlayStation Network (PSN) and Qriocity. To get into the groove, you are required to download a mandatory update to your PS 3 firmware (version 3.61). The update will then request you to change your password (for obvious reasons).
“If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security. If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN. This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password.”
Sony’s working hard to get online gaming, Music Unlimited, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.TV functional again for everyone, starting with Europe and North America.
Doing a quick recap, Sony’s money-making services (PSN, Qriocity and Sony Entertainment Online) were attacked by a group of hackers (Anonymous?), forcing Sony to shut down these services. And before they could investigate thoroughly, they were struck by another attack, and then another, completing the hat-trick.
But Sony wouldn’t give in just yet. They tried getting back up. Unfortunately though, every time they were on their way to recovery, they kept stumbling again.
The developers and publishers, on the other hand, were in no mood to sympathize as they blamed Sony for the heavy loses they incurred due to the inactivity of the services. This prompted Sony to write a letter to them, explaining the entire situation. The letter seemed to have done the trick for Sony as the developers and publishers stopped their moaning. And before they could start again, Sony’s PlayStation network was back up for them (developers).
And today, Sony is opening access to all its users.
Apparently, Sony is taking small baby steps in rolling out the services, just to be safe than sorry. They have released a U.S. map for the public to see how Sony is proceeding. They are going to each state individually.
“Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. We’ll be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states. It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3’s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required to get online.”
Sony’s Official Press Release
Restoration of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services Begins
Increased Security Measures Implemented Before Service Restoration; Consumer Data Protection a Full-Time, Company-Wide Commitment
TOKYO, May 14, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will today begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services. The phased restoration will be on a country by country basis beginning in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.
The first phase of restored services for these countries and regions will include:
- Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
- Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
- Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
- Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
- ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
- PlayStation Home
- Increased Security Measures
As the result of a criminal cyber attack on the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services on April 20, in order for the company to undergo an investigation and make enhancements to the overall security of the network infrastructure. Working closely with several respected outside security firms, the company has implemented new and additional security measures that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity, and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information.
The company has made considerable enhancements to the data security, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls. The company also added a variety of other measures to the network infrastructure including an early-warning system for unusual activity patterns that could signal an attempt to compromise the network.
“I’d like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you’ve shown as we worked through the restoration process,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, company wide commitment.”
“During the past 18 months, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the volume of cyber attacks, their sophistication and their impact on businesses. Thwarting cyber-crime requires an evolutionary approach to security that is well integrated, reduces risk exposure and improves efficiencies,” said Francis deSouza, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec. “Today’s cyber crime attacks are proving to be more covert, more targeted and better organized than those we’ve seen in years past. In working with Sony on the move of their data-center, it’s clear they’re implementing measures to reduce security risks moving forward.”
As an additional measure, Fumiaki Sakai, president of Sony Global Solutions Inc. (SGS), has been appointed acting Chief Information Security Officer of SNEI. In addition to his current role at SGS, Mr. Sakai, in his role at SNEI, will work to further reinforce overall information security across the company’s network infrastructure. Mr. Sakai will lead the recruiting effort in finding a new and permanent CISO for SNEI. As CISO, Mr. Sakai will report to Tim Schaaff, president, SNEI, as well as to Mr. Shinji Hasejima, CIO, Sony Corporation.
“While we understand the importance of getting our services back online, we did not rush to do so at the expense of extensively and aggressively testing our enhanced security measures. Our consumers’ safety remains our number one priority,” Hirai continued. “We want to assure our customers that their personal information is being protected with some of the best security technologies available today, so that everyone can feel comfortable enjoying all that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer.”
The restoration of the services across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East are beginning, and consumers will be able to enjoy some of the online functionality provided by both the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. Phased restoration in Japan and other Asian countries and regions will be announced in due course. The company expects to have the services fully restored by the end of May 2011.
The company will be offering customers a “Welcome Back” package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity account services. The details of this program will be announced in each region shortly.
For more information about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services intrusion and restoration, please visit http://blog.us.playstation.com or http://blog.eu.playstation.com/
Well we have news coming in that Nokia and Microsoft have joined hands to come together to form a “broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.”
Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.
Aim of this partnership
|•||Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.|
|•||Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.|
|•||Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.|
|•||Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.|
|•||Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience|
|•||Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.|
|•||Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.|
|•||Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.|
This coming together of Nokia and Microsoft will mark a new beginning for both these companies who have struggled to keep pace with the growing popularity of Apple and Google in the smartphone market. While Apple have a stronghold on the market thanks to the iPhone, running on Apple’s iOS, Google is quickly capturing majority of the market with their Android OS running smartphones, making it a two-horse race between Apple and Google. But now, things might change:
“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”
“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”
Tata Docomo Launches 3G service in India. This is the first company apart from MTNL and BSNL and the first private company to start 3G services in India. 3G services can bring about mobile TV, High speed internet,Online Mobile gaming and a lot more.
Tata Docomo has announced that its users get to use the 3G services for free for 7 days and the tariffs for the 3G services will launch on November 11.
Just can not get to start off with the 3G services on Tata Docomo.
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Tata DoCoMo is all set to become the first private carrier to get 3G services in India after state owned MTNL and BSNL started the trend. This comes as a very good news for all Indians, and is the right step forward technologically for India.
The Economic Times reported that Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West), Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will be getting the 3G service by Diwali (November). And today, Tata has given us a date: November 5, 2010.
“Japan’s NTTDoCoMo has provided technical inputs to make our 3G network world-class. Progressively, NTT will bring various 3G products and services that it offers in Japan, such as i-modeTM, location based services and mobile payment and give our customers a flavor of tomorrow,” said Deepak Gulati, Tata DoCoMo executive president, mobility business division.
The coming of 3G service via Tata DoCoMo will bring in lots of advantages in India. Few of the benefits are: faster internet browsing, unlimited downloads, live TV, video-conferencing, video calling, etc.
3G services are being promised by many more carriers by the ending of 2010 but the arrival of 3G by Tata, who also specialize in CDMA handsets, could be a secret sign that Apple is indeed going for a CDMA iPhone in India. We just hope its true!
3G service will start in January 2011 in India. This is the news we have got as of now. There is nothing official as yet. You can call this a rumor.
3G service will start in January 2011 in India- Here it excludes BSNL,MTNL who already have 3G services in India.
Hope everyone will enjoy the 3G services in India.
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