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Microsoft, Yahoo Agree on Partnership

by on Jul.29, 2009, under Computer, News, Technology

Blackberry Curve 8520

Microsoft and Yahoo’s deal musings have been talked about and chewed a lot since last year. Finally, Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc have agreed to an online search and advertising partnership, in an attempt to rival Google Inc, as per reports, the deal would be officially announced sometime today.

Microsoft will not pay an upfront fee to Yahoo, and sources stated that Yahoo would keep 110 percent of all revenue till two years and in the third year, Yahoo would keep 90 percent revenues stated BoomTown column at AllThingsD. But there isn’t any detail about upfront payments from Microsoft to Yahoo. Microsoft and Yahoo declined comment.

Microsoft tried to buy Yahoo last year but its $47.5 billion bid was rebuffed and Yahoo's attempt to seal a search advertising deal with Google Inc fell apart under regulatory scrutiny. Under the expected deal, Microsoft's new Bing search engine will power Yahoo's searches, according to AllThingsD, while Yahoo will handle the advertising sales, using Microsoft technology.

With Yahoo embracing Microsoft’s search technology, it would quite interesting to see if any changes in search market shares takes place for either Yahoo or Microsoft. If Bing’s search engine technology is being used for powering Yahoo Search then pressure on Bing to get better might escalate. Also, Microsoft would be happy to get more Yahoo Search to Bing switching audience. Those using Yahoo search as a second option after Google would be considered as target audience as well. It’s win-win situation for Microsoft.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 Now Official

by on Jul.29, 2009, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

We have been hearing about this one for quite a while now. After what seems to be an eternal wait, Research In Motion (RIM) has finally decided to take the covers off the BlackBerry 8250 Curve, a new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, with availability expected in August.

The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is designed to be an “approachable” handset that comes in two attractive colors. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable typing. It also features multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

Blackberry Curve 8520

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 features –

  • 2.6-inch TFT Touchscreen with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution
  • Wi-Fi
  • a touch-sensitive optical trackpad
  • feature dedicated media keys (first BlackBerry smartphone to have these keys)
  • 256MB Flash memory and, microSD/SDHC memory card slot, a 512Mhz next generation processor
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth (2.0)
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • DivX, XviD video support

Other key features also include voice activated dialing, BlackBerry Media Sync, which makes it easy to quickly sync music from iTunes or Windows Media Player with the smartphone and access to BlackBerry App World.

This one also comes with the trackpad instead of the standard BlackBerry trackball. The device is claimed to be Mac Ready. This is obviously owing to the recent announcement by BlackBerry to bring the BlackBerry Desktop software support to Macs.

Expect the 8520 to hit the North American landmass in about a month on T-Mobile. We have no idea about an India specific launch. We hope soon it will land in Indian markets with a affordable price tag.

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Philips' First Android Phone Leaked

by on Jul.29, 2009, under Gadgets, Mobile, Technology

Philips's Anaroid Phone

Still wondering, Yes, Philips makes phones even now. And they sell quite well. In fact, its Xenuim line-up has a nice set of regular users who still swear by it. The Xenium line up has also been in the past known for innovations like the conceptualizing and then making the first phone to run on normal AAA batteries.

Philips's Anaroid Phone

And now in 2009, when war of smartphones is going on, iPhones and the Androids, here’s Philips latest contraption, it’s first ever Android based phone! Now, this one looks quite cool and as expected, does not offer anything revolutionary over the current crop of Android handsets. In fact, the only thing revolutionary, in case you buy this one, would be the fact that you actually bought a Philips handset. The phone was leaked on a Chinese website, which claimed that they had just received the phone and that they would be reviewing it soon.

The phone is switched off so that we do not get a glimpse at the UI. A 3.2 megapixel camera which features video recording. The display is cool however. It’s a 320×480 affair and will support widgets. Soon we’ll get you more on this. Stay tuned.

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