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Telia raised hackles in March when it proposed charging Swedish customers additional if they wished to make use of voice over IP. On top of the net neutrality issues, the proposed rate premium would certainly have been a slap in the face to Skype, the nation’s homegrown VoIP pioneer. While Telia’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo has no issues with such a split, Telia itself have to have had a change of heart: as of now, all routine plans will proceed to treat net telephony as just yet another set of data packets. Just a brand-new, ultra-basic Telia Flex Bas plan excises the choice. Unfortunately, most everyone will need to pay the price for equality– brand-new registrations will certainly have their data plans “adjusted” to remunerate for raising data usage, and those paying daily will see their maximum prices leap from 9 SEK ($ 1.40) to 19 SEK ($ 2.90). As uncomfortable as the price hike may appear, nonetheless, we would certainly still sustain it to prevent carving the mobile web into pieces.
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Mercedes reportedly scraps hybrid plan for B-Class E-Cell Plus EV, going all-in on electrons with Tesla
Mercedes’ strategies for a B-Class E-Cell Plus plug-in crossbreed may headed for a modification of direction. Take this all with a spoonful of NaCl, however resembles an all-electric powertrain made by none beyond Tesla will definitely be installed in the EV. As Autoblog Green notes, an unknown representative has actually apparently claimed that the system switch-up is being made due to economics– greater rebates and motivations are possible for zero-emission cars in the EV’s USA target market. No technical details were given on the brand-new powertrain, however the original concept was to have a Volt-like 138-horsepower electric powered powerplant for the B-Class compact, with a 67-horsepower gas engine backing it up. At the really least, a cooperation between the 2 companies would certainly make sense, because the Stuttgart automaker is successfully a 5 percent stakeholder in Tesla. So if you’ve been holding out for an EV with the Merc touch, examine the source for the details.
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O Meltemi, we hardly knew ye. In fact, we didn’t know ye much at all, since Nokia never made the OS official. Nonetheless, claimed insiders have told AllThingsD that the reputed Linux-running alternative to S30 and S40 won’t ever see the light of day. Nokia’s deep structural cuts are to blame, and we imagine Nokia’s previous drive to whittle down its OS portfolio will have come into play. CEO Stephen Elop and other executives never directly acknowledged Meltemi’s existence during the cutback-related conference call, although Elop did admit that some projects were screeching to a halt behind the scenes — possibly the closest Espoo will come to saying that the platform was ever real. Sad, to be sure, but between the new Asha Touch line and ever-cheaper Lumia models, we’re not too worried about whether or not Nokia has the low end covered.
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We’ve always been interested in the Notion Ink project, which has always striven to be a true alternative to both the iPad and Android masses. Last time, it was through both a Pixel Qi screen and an interesting custom interface, but delays and yield problems more or less buried it and competitors piled up.
The sequel to Notion Ink’s Adam was originally going to have a 10″ screen running at 1920×1200. A post on the company’s development blog has admitted that this is not likely to happen.
What would replace it in the new model isn’t said, though a more common 1280×800 screen or thereabouts would be a likely candidate. They’re common, efficient, and cheap, and the high-resolution panel they were looking at before was none of those.
It says something about the trials of developing hardware as a small company. Someone like Apple has the clout to make the components and materials for something like the new iPad cheap enough to buy in bulk. But if you’re only shipping, say, 10,000 units, the cost per unit starts looking way different.
He notes also that such a high-resolution screen, while it has its benefits, is not really beneficial in the Android ecosystem now. Apple’s high-res screen is being adopted at large by developers (or else), but Android is a more complicated beast and the display engine isn’t locked down quite so tightly.
On that front, Notion Ink’s Shravan says that their next blog post will go over the new Adam’s “Visual Enhancement Engine,” probably a serious makeover of stock Android, and a “Display Power Optimizer,” which is probably what it sounds like. Once they lock down the hardware specs, they have the advantage of knowing what they’re developing for, and final software work can begin.
It may not ever ship as many units as an iPad or Kindle Fire, but the David vs. Goliaths story continues to be worth following.
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Technical complexity and financial naiveté have meant that London’s ambitious plans to cover its underground train network with cellular signal by the 2012 Olympics are hitting the scrapheap. In spite of Huawei’s most generous offer to provide £50 million ($ 81m) of equipment for the project for free, the London Mayor’s wish that UK mobile operators be the ones to foot the installation bill — without a penny coming out of public coffers — has unsurprisingly found little favor. Compounded with the logistical hellride of trying to get everything up and running by next summer, that’s now led to a mutual agreement among all parties concerned to abandon the project. Mind you, the plans to get WiFi up at 120 stations in time for the Olympics are still on track, so at least we’ll be able to pull down some data before diving into those dark, damp tunnels.
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If you needed any further proof that Android in its present form isn’t mature enough to perform tablet duties, here it is. Reuters is citing an unnamed LG official who has categorically written off the possibility of his company producing an Android 2.2 tablet. The LG informer has said that his company wants “the most suitable version [of Android] for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.” This mirrors Motorola’s strategy of holding out until at least the next iteration of Google’s mobile OS before diving into the tablet pool. Still, it’ll be disappointing to those who took LG’s words at face value when it promised its tablet will be an iPad killer — that may still happen, mind you, just not this year.