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New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

New numbers from Microsoft and Instagram and Vine hit Windows Phone

WMPoweruser reports the latest figures from Microsoft on the Windows Phone store.

Currently, according to Microsoft figures, there have been 3 billion downloads from the store so far since it was launched. Each day they get 10 million transactions which is a step up from the 9 million in September and 6.6 million in June.

These numbers are only around 5% of the iOS store however it shows strong growth for the platform that is quickly cementing it’s place as the third platform in the smartphone market.

Since Windows Phone 8 was released Microsoft have seen an increase of 181% in app revenue and downloads have increased by 209%.

With the release of the long anticipated Instagram and Vine, these figures are bound to grow and bring the gap between Android and iOS much closer.

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

Have you considered coding for Windows 8.1? Well this may help!

In the Appreneur Challenge Microsoft are giving away some amazing prizes simply for making some apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.

Prizes include 25 Xbox One console and a major prize of a Surface Pro and “Money-can’t-buy experiences”.

With higher conversion rates and some awesome hardware and these awesome prizes, there really is no excuse for not having a go at making some awesome apps for the Windows platform.

Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

Optus rolls out 4G Plus TD-LTE

This is a little old but it links to a new trial of Optus 4G for fixed wireless service. Telstra announce a little while back that they are looking to this new extended LTE but once again Optus have beat them to it.

The technology allows very high transfer speeds and is the full LTE rather than the cut down LTE rolled out an inoperation by Telstra and now Vodafone.

This should prove for some very fast transfer speeds on phones that can support the technology as well as use for wireless hotspot and fixed wireless services where some may not have the option of installing fixed lines.

The service is on in 4 capital cities and has 55 sites in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra as of September 2013.

 

Gizmodo Small tablet test

Gizmodo Small tablet test

Gizmodo have tested three top contenders in the ~7 inch tablet market. Apple fans will be surprised to hear that the iPad mini comes in a distant last, with the Kindle Fire HDX coming in at one and closely matched by the Nexus 7.

See below for details:

The Best Small Tablet Display (Hint: It’s Not The iPad Mini) | Gizmodo Australia.

Nokia Lumia 1020 is officially a game changer

Nokia Lumia 1020 is officially a game changer

The lumia 1020 has won Laptop magazines 2013 game changer award for it’s amazing camera and features.

For the back story on how Nokia came up with the idea of changing imaging on smartphones, read below:

Nokia Lumia 1020 – Most Innovative Products of 2013 – LAPTOP.

Self healing batteries could change mobile power

Self healing batteries could change mobile power

Scientists have developed a polymer that heals itself and have invented a way to coat battery electrodes with it to create a battery that self heals. The technology is said to inmprove the Lithium Ploymer batteries in use today by extending the life of current cells.

The team at Standford University and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory led by Chao Wang and Professor Zhenan Bao have been working on the technology and say:

“Self-healing is very important for the survival and long lifetimes of animals and plants,” said Chao Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford and one of two principal authors of the paper. “We want to incorporate this feature into lithium so they will have a long lifetime as well.”
“We found that silicon electrodes lasted 10 times longer when coated with the self-healing polymer, which repaired any cracks within just a few hours,” Bao said.

“Their capacity for storing energy is in the practical range now, but we would certainly like to push that,” said Yi Cui, an associate professor at SLAC and Stanford who led the research with Bao. The electrodes worked for about 100 charge-discharge cycles without significantly losing their energy storage capacity. “That’s still quite a way from the goal of about 500 cycles for cell phones and 3,000 cycles for an electric vehicle,” Cui said, “but the promise is there, and from all our data it looks like it’s working.”

Find out more at the phys.org article.

Panasonics Toughpad 4K Tablet

Panasonics Toughpad 4K Tablet

Panasonic recently previewed their new 4k Tablet at NAB this year and ever since the industry has been keen to know when it may be avaiable.

The tablet is a 20 inch monster that has been ruggedised for commercial use. The tablet delivers Ultra-HD+ to Windows 8.1 to assist photographers, video professionals, architects, artists and more who demand the highest quality imaging from thier devices. Panasonic have released the pricing for the US market at $5999 and a release date of Jan 2014.

The full specs are available on the Panasonic blog and will be soon releasing some hands on coverage of this beast.

 

Asus planning new devices in 2014

Asus planning new devices in 2014

ASUS has been releasing great hardware for many years now but have been struggling recently with the shift in sales away from the PC market.

The company’s net profit dropped by 26% year on year this quarter (Q3 2013) and the company’s CEO Jerry Shen has spoken to The Taipei Times about how they intend to combat this.

He told them that ASUS intends to release a slew of new products in 2014 including Chromebooks, new smartphones and wearable devices.

ASUS have not made Chromebooks before although they have made quite a few Netbooks and also make devices for other brands such as the Nexus 7.

The Verge has more below:

Asus plans to introduce new Chromebooks, smartphones, and wearables next year to fight shrinking profits | The Verge.

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