Thursday, September 27, 2012

Breaking News: Packt finished publishing its 1000th Book

Aloha,

Packt is celebrating and I have been a part of this success story. Particpate in the celebration and get a free eBook to mark this occasion.

Just go to Packt's web site and register yourself if you are not already registered. The rest is simple.

If you are looking for jump starting your SQL Server / Applications you search for eBook versions of my books shown here:



Good luck
Mahalo

Thursday, September 20, 2012

HTC launches Windows 8 (NFC) phones 8x and 8c

Competition is heating up. HTC launched two NFC supported phones Phone 8x (for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon) and Phone 8S with Windows 8 with screen resolution of 1280x720 (8x) and 800x480(8c).

Both use the Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcom's system on a chip (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)#Snapdragon_S4). Some say that 8x almost indistinguishable from Lumia 920,http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57516060-94/htc-windows-phone-8x-vs-nokia-lumia-920-specs-and-more/ (competition heating across the board at all levels!).

HTC is third behind Apple and Samsung in the market share in North America (http://www.hartware.de/news_55910.html).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BlackBerry licenses Microsoft's exFAT

This deal will be one of several that Microsoft signed with others such as, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon (all Japanese). The motivation for RIMM (http://us.blackberry.com/) is to be able to face Apple and Google squarely in the face and of course it aligns with Microsoft's wish as well.

exFAT created for flash drives has better specs than the FAT system (which is not all that fat, could not stiffle the pun) in terms of file sizes (32 exabytes vs 32GB), formatting size, files in a directory limits all eliminated. Vista was not popular but exFAT was made its debut in Vista SP1. You may ask why not NTFS but NTFS has overheads for its special structure not suited for a small footprint.

exFAT is not just for Microsoft windows you can use it on MAC as well for models later than with SnowLeopard (https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2790170?start=0&tstart=0)

Well, good luck to you RIMM.


Get a some more tech info here:
http://www.on-time.com/rtos-32-docs/rtfiles-32/programming-manual/in-embedded-applications/

Of course there is a lot on Wikipedia as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Why no NFC on iPhone5?


Looks like Apple is satisfied with Passbook for now and has not gone for NFC. What are they thinking? Do they want to shore up passbook against a more useful NFC Technology. Despite Apple not choosing NFC, it will be a thing that is sure to come and stay. Apple says NFC adoption is slow but how long did it take to go from desktop to smartphone? Proxama (http://www.proxama.com/products-and-services/)has taken upon itself to provide an interface to NFC from iPhone5 could only be a temporary fix. Follow the full story here. here:http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9231257/iPhone_5_Why_no_NFC_



SmarterPhones than Apple such as those from Google,Microsoft,Nokia have accepted to support NFC including many wireless carriers.


Read previous posts on NFC here:


http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2012/05/will-nokia-bundled-with-nfc-steal.html

http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2012/07/e-komo-mai-windows-8-phone.html

Friday, September 7, 2012

Samsung is covering all the bases starting with ATIV S


Here is some brief  info gathered from Samsung's site: http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/


ATIV S with Windows 8 debutted recently is just the tip of the iceberg and soon more of it will be visible and available. A rather serious contender for the Apple's hegemony.


ATIV Tab, a tablet that runs a great marathon with Windows RT and what its makers call 'outstanding mobility'



ATIV Smart PC - a tablet and a notebook PC combo that morphs easily from one to the other.

ATIV SmartPC Pro designed for Windows 8 with Full PC Experiecne with Intel Coe i5/i3 processor, clam shell design with a full qwerty.

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