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Apple exec page has changed, Jony Ive missing

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 17 Feb 2014 5:46

Apple exec page has changed, Jony Ive missing The design guru of Apple Jonathan Ive has disappeared from the Executive Profiles page on Apple website. The profile of Apple Senior VP of Design is still available via a direct link and the Google cache shows him on the Executive Profiles.

Last summer missing went the technologies executive Bob Mansfield who had been transferred. Therefore the removal doesn't necessarily mean that Jony Ive has left the company.

It seems that there are also other errors on the website currently so we'll be waiting for confirmation or correction by Apple.

Jony Ive has been an Apple executive since 1997 when he joined to lead the company's design team. After iOS boss Scott Forstall left the company Ive totally revamped the design of the mobile operating system as well.

Edit: Jony Ive is back on the page.





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Google buys AI company DeepMind

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 27 Jan 2014 5:09

Google buys AI company DeepMind The search giant Google likes to buy companies – Wikipedia lists a total of 143 acquisitions during 14 years. The most recent acquisition is now an artificial intelligence company DeepMind.

According to website Re/code, Google has bought the London AI company DeepMind for $400 million. The Information however says that Google had to shell out $500 million. Neither of them is a lot when you compare to Nest, a locations company bought for 2.3 billion just a couple of weeks ago (or a billion dollar Waze), but for a more niche segment and not being a household name it's quite a price tag.

DeepMind website describes what it does as "building learning algorithms for simulations, e-commerce and games". Re/code's sources say that in the AI community DeepMind is considered a "formidable player" and competed against the likes of Google for talent. They also said that it has secured more than $50 million in funding.

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Exclusive: Nokia's formerly owned LTE business to be sold to Broadcom

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 04 Sep 2013 7:15

Exclusive: Nokia's formerly owned LTE business to be sold to Broadcom Just after Nokia has sold its phone business to Microsoft, AfterDawn has learned that Renesas Mobile Europe Oy will be sold to Broadcom. Renesas Mobile Europe was formed after Renesas' acquisition of Nokia's modem business in 2010.

According to the documents we have received, Renesas Electronics has decided to transfer all the shares of Renesas Mobile Europe Oy and Renesas Mobile India Private Limited to Broadcom. Also certain assets related to the LTE Modem technology will transfer to Broadcom.

The expected purchase price will be approximately USD 164 million. Nokia's modem business was sold to Renesas three years ago for 200 million US dollars.

In July, Renesas announced that it will shut down the operations of Renesas Mobile Europe. According to AfterDawn's sources this will mean that previously announced mass terminations have been canceled.

Update: Broadcom's press release is here.





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Hands-on: $99 Android game console OUYA

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jun 2013 9:48

Hands-on: $99 Android game console OUYA The crowd-funded Android-based console, OUYA, was launched yesterday.

Raising over 8 million dollars in funding via Kickstarter, the company called BOXER8 (since renamed to OUYA) has been maufacturing the low-cost ($99) and open home console, and since AfterDawn was a part of the crowd funding, we got the console a bit beforehand. So let's take a look.

OUYA is an Android based gaming console that is packed into a tiny 3-inch cube. Underneath the shiny cover, it is powered by the quad-core 1,7GHz Tegra 3 T33-P-A SoC, and packs 1GB DDR3 SDRAM.

OUYA outputs to a display via HDMI (v1.4), up to full 1080p with stereoscopic 3D support. For connectivity, it sports a USB 2.0 port, and a microUSB port. For network/wireless connectivity, OUYA has a standard Ethernet port, Wi-FI (802.11 b/g/n) and support for Bluetooth 4.0 (which provides controller connectivity).

One controller is bundled with the OUYA, powered by double A batteries. The controller is wireless and uses Bluetooth. You can have four controllers attached to OUYA.

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Nokia Lumia 920 vs 808 PureView: Camera shootout

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 13 Nov 2012 11:02

Nokia Lumia 920 vs 808 PureView: Camera shootout We received the latest, greatest, and most hyped Nokia phone for a review and decided to take the camera for a spin. In addition to the super sensitive HD+ touch screen and wireless charging, the most important selling point of Lumia 920 must be the camera. Nokia has branded it PureView like the 41 megapixel monster on Nokia 808 PureView but does it deliver like a PureView camera should?

We took quite a few photos and videos in different situations but decided to have emphasis on the most noted feature of Lumia 920's camera, the optical image stabilization. This feature faced controversy after Nokia admitted to have faked the OIS video footage on their promotional video. We wanted to see if the low light pictures and shaky video really benefit from the floating lens technology.

We tried to use identical settings for each batch of photos but due to resolution and technology variance there might be slight differences. Most of the photos were shot by hand and the proportions of objects may differ as well. The flash settings were identical in each comparison and no zoom of any kind was used. The videos were recorded with each device held in a simple homemade stand to maintain a consistent amount of movement from one to the next.

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Netflix launches in the Nordics, CEO Hastings looking to excel and expand

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 22 Oct 2012 12:58

Netflix launches in the Nordics, CEO Hastings looking to excel and expand Netflix announced the launch of their service in the Nordics last week. The on-demand streaming service is now open in four new countries: Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

During the launch event in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, we briefly met with the CEO and founder of Netflix Reed Hastings and discussed a little bit about launch in the Nordic region and future plans.

Netflix launched with an expected monthly price of 7,99 euros sporting a broad device support that is their trademark.

Reed Hastings confirmed that having broad device support is one of the most important aspects. However, in the bigger picture, it is important to offer an easy-to-use experience, which comes down to more than device support.

Talking about the competition and entering the Nordic market, Hastings said that it's not important to think about the competition. They have more experience in the field than anyone else and they trust what they've managed to build.

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450,000 Yahoo passwords leaked -- check if yours is amongst them

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 12 Jul 2012 8:57

450,000 Yahoo passwords leaked -- check if yours is amongst them Today more than 450,000 login details for Yahoo have been leaked. A hacking collective that calls themselves D33Ds Company has taken responsibility of the breach.

D33Ds Company told Ars Technica that they used SQL injection technique for one of the Yahoo's subdomains. Their intention was to bring up the security concerns on subdomains.

The hackers posted all of the 453,492 plain text usernames and passwords for all to see. We won't be linking to the leaked list with passwords for obvious security reasons. However, we have gathered the list of affected email addresses and made a search that you can safely use to find out if your account is amongst the leaked. We do NOT store any of the passwords in the searchable database.

To see if you should be changing your passwords visit:
http://www.afterdawn.com/yahoo_password_leak.cfm





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MWC: Nokia unveiled six new phones

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 27 Feb 2012 8:47

MWC: Nokia unveiled six new phones Nokia has revealed new mobile phones in Barcelona. Nokia's Mobile World Congress event brought us three new affordable Asha phones, two new Windows Phones and a new Symbian powered camera phone.

Starting with the three affordable Asha phones that have been designed mainly for the emerging markets. The models are Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302. All of them have estimated retail price (before taxes) of less than 100 euros and have 2,4 (202, 203) or 2,6 inch (302) touch screen. The Asha 302 has a QWERTY keyboard and the other two come with an alphanumeric keypad.



Nokia's new Lumia phones are as expected the HSPA+ version of Lumia 900 and the more affordable Lumia 610. The first is a copy of the LTE version, only dropping the LTE for HSPA+ connectivity. Lumia 610 on the other hand is a totally new handset. It comes with 3,7 inch touch screen, 256 mb of RAM, 800MHz processor and a price tag of 189 euros before taxes. Both Lumia phones are expected to launch in second quarter.

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Nokia introduces their high-end Windows Phone -- Lumia 900

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Jan 2012 18:48

Nokia introduces their high-end Windows Phone -- Lumia 900 Nokia has today announced their third Windows Phone and the first ever LTE Nokia device. Lumia 900 follows the design path of Lumia 800 and N9. The main difference in the design is the size you get with the 4,3 inch AMOLED display.

As with the the previously announced Nokia Windows Phones you get a 1,4 gigahertz single-core processor but they've increased the display size to 4,3 inches. The AMOLED display relies on the Nokia's own ClearBlack technology. Battery is said to be 1830 mAh which is quite a bit more than with Lumia 800 (1450 mAh) or Lumia 710 (1320 mAh).

The phone also packs a Carl Zeiss camera with large aperture (F2.2) and wide angle focal length (28mm). It produces 8 megapixel stills and 720p/30fps video.

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Finnish ISP forced to block The Pirate Bay

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Jan 2012 6:47

Finnish ISP forced to block The Pirate Bay The district court of Helsinki has ordered one of the Finland's largest internet service providers to seize access to the popular filesharing site The Pirate Bay. Extending the original ruling in October last year the court has specified the domain names and IP addresses that are to be blocked.

Block has only been forced on the ISP Elisa which is said to be the most frequently used ISP amongst TPB users in Finland. In the press release by Elisa, the company calls the block temporary and has already appealed.

The ISP refused to block the filesharing sites under the original ruling because of not specific enough terms. Now that the domain names and IP addresses have been named the block is in effect.

Included in the blocked addresses are most of the domain names and IP addresses owned by The Pirate Bay as well as at least one URL which now redirects to Electronic Frontier Finland (EFFI) foundation. The domain in question (piraattilahti.fi) has previously redirected to thepiratebay.org but is operated by an individual not connected to The Pirate Bay.





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Nokia unveiled the first MeeGo phone

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 21 Jun 2011 5:34

Nokia unveiled the first MeeGo phone Nokia unveiled ealier today the company's first MeeGo touting handset. As previously leaked in the pictures the phone comes in a slate form factor and is called Nokia N9. The phone features a 3,9 inch AMOLED display with 854 by 480 pixel resolution, a single-core one gigahertz CPU, up to 64 gigabytes of storage, and runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan.

The slate previously dubbed as codename Lankku was indeed released under the name N9, even though rumors from months and months back had N9 in a QWERTY slider form factor. Adding to the 1GHz CPU the MeeGo phone comes with gigabyte of RAM memory, pentaband WCDMA and quadband GSM, 8 megapixel AF camera with dual LED flash, and all the necessary connectivity features including NFC.

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It's a boy!

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 16 Jun 2011 6:18

It's a boy! On behalf of the whole AfterDawn staff congratulations to our very own web designer Teemu and his wife Katariina who just became parents of a newborn boy!





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Nokia adopts Windows Phone 7

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 11 Feb 2011 9:57

Nokia adopts Windows Phone 7 Nokia has officially announced partnership with Microsoft and will adopt its smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. According to the press release, Nokia has selected Windows Phone 7 as the primary platform for its upcoming smartphones.

Nokia says partnership between the companies will combine the strengths of the companies. They believe that Nokia's strengths in manufacturing and the software prowess of Microsoft will "jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity."

The software side of the joint cooperation will now largely fall into Microsoft's hands. However, Nokia's Ovi Store will be integrated with the WP7 Marketplace and Microsoft's Bing will get location and map data from Nokia-owned NAVTEQ. Marketplace will also benefit from Nokia's operator billing platform.

Despite the shift towards Windows Phone 7, Nokia will continue to develop Symbian and MeeGo. Lower end smartphones will likely have Symbian in the future as well and MeeGo will remain as a test platform for future developments. Nokia still has plans to unveil its first MeeGo handset during 2011.





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Next gen iPhone, iPad to have double the power

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 17 Jan 2011 9:04

Next gen iPhone, iPad to have double the power The next generation iPhones and iPads are rumored to have Apple's new System on a Chip, which will feature the much more powerful dual core SGX543MP2 graphics chip. It is also said that the chip would enable four times the pixel count of previous iPad. The new iPad 2 Retina display would have a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

The more advanced SoC will also add support for HDMI as well as 1080p Full HD video playback. However, it is not yet certain in which iOS devices you will see these, if any. According to AppleInsider, there will be multi-core ARM Cortex A9 CPUs in the SoC quite like in Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip.

It certainly does sound like the new iOS devices will have a ton more horsepower than the predecessors.





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RIAJ raids in Japan, 18 arrested

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 17 Jan 2011 6:29

RIAJ raids in Japan, 18 arrested The Japanese police carried out raids all over the country last week. They managed to arrest 18 people who have allegedly uploaded copyrighted movies, music, games, and software to the Internet.

Anti-Counterfeiting Association (ACA) which consists of many of the influential trade groups had been monitoring the Internet use in Japan for weeks to spot the possible copyright infringements. They handed out the information to police who started the operation last Tuesday.

The police searched a total of 50 locations and found 18 individuals who are waiting to be prosecuted. One of the ACA partners, Recording Industry Association of Japan, has released details of the arrested.

Even though the operation was quite a large one, none of the accused pirates are big time crooks. Even the worst of the bunch shared only a couple games or music tracks.






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