by George Heymann

BlackBerry Bold 9790 versus Sony Xperia S

by Simon Drew

As the growth of the smartphone market in the UK continues, and devices get faster, more powerful and better looking, it is inevitable that manufacturers will see 2012 as an opportunity to improve their position in the market. Smartphones increased their grip over the UK consumer in 2011 with headline-grabbing devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Apple’s iPhone 4S generating excitement and enthusiasm. Though while there is growth for some manufacturers, others might lose out.

Research in Motion, the makers of Blackberry and Sony, while both still incredibly influential and successful in the market, have lost out to more popular competitors. Both manufacturers have started 2012 with new devices aimed at launching new ranges which can be seen as an injection for both brands. At RIM it is the Blackberry Bold 9790 which leads the way as the latest handset in its Bold series. It is due to be released at the end of this month At Sony it is the newly launched Xperia S which is the first in a new NXT Xperia range. That handset is due to be launched at the end of January and then released in early March. So which one is best?

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Sony to acquire all of Sony Ericsson

by Mai Tao

Technology Market

Sony and Ericsson have announced that Sony will acquire Ericsson’s 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson, making the mobile handset business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

The transaction gives Sony an opportunity to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices – including tablets, televisions and personal computers – for the benefit of consumers and the growth of its business.

The transaction also provides Sony with a broad intellectual property (IP) cross-licensing agreement covering all products and services of Sony as well as ownership of five essential patent families relating to wireless handset technology.

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Things that make you go hmmm – “Brainy” quotes from the late Apple founder

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.
 Steve Jobs

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. 
Steve Jobs

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.
 Steve Jobs

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
 Steve Jobs

And one more thing.
 Steve Jobs

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Time is nigh for smartphone security boost

by George Heymann

Mobile security software soon will be essential for smartphone users.
It’s unfortunate but the time is rapidly approaching where installing some type of mobile security software will be essential to the operation of a smartphone. Several recent security breaches — including attacks on Sony,
Citibank and Discover — have security and malware on the radar for many consumers.

Hacking risk increases as devices proliferate

On the mobile side, Google has had to remove dozens of malware applications that were introduced to the Android Market. iOS has been affected to a lesser degree but hasn’t been immune from malware.
Security experts Stonesoft and McAfee both are forecasting that sophisticated malware attacks to iOS will increase as mobile continues to grow and additional attention is focused on popular smartphones.
I’m troubled that many of the pitfalls that users must guard against on the desktop will also be hurdles to overcome in mobile. It’s puzzling to me why many of these very creative, talented individuals don’t apply their considerable skills to something beneficial to the user community and ultimately more profitable for themselves

This story featured in the business section of  todays Pueblo Chieftain click to read more.

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Skullcandy Ear Bud Headphones $6, limit 3 (includes shipping.)

Today’s Groupon deal : for $6, you get a pair of SkullCandy Ratio ear bud headphones (a $9.99 value) including shipping (an average $4 value) from 2XL, a division of Skullcandy (a $13.99 total value).

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Hack attacks on Sony continue as subsidiary So-Net suffers data theft

by A. Montaqim

Technology Market

The April 20 hack attack on the Sony PlayStation Network which affected as many as 100 million people is accelerating to the point where reputable media are asking whether the company has entered a downward security spiral.

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Sony ICD-PX820 Digital Voice Recorder

Looking for a digital voice recorder? The Sony PX820 may be the perfect compromise.

I was looking for a digital voice recorder for use during interviews. I wanted something compact, easy to use and inexpensive. After doing some research, I settled on the Sony ICD-PX820.The PX820 measures 4.3 x 1.4 x 0.7 inches and is a slight 2.2 ounces, which makes it very easy to pack in a gear bag, or to throw in a pocket in a pinch.

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