RIM boss Thorsten Heins has said that the forthcoming launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform in January will mean “you will not carry a laptop within three to five years”. Speaking to the New York Times, Heins said that "whenever you enter an office, you don't have your laptop with you; you have your mobile computer power exactly here." Those are pretty big claims for a company who has seen 90 per cent of its share price vanish in the last few years, as it has struggled to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market.
Google product manager Timbo Drayson has shared details about the company's plans to create a wireless streaming service akin to Apple's AirPlay. The content-sharing feature will be set apart from competitors by offering universal compatibility with third-party devices, as it will be based on open standards. Drayson pointed to recent developments in content-sharing, including new functionality that was recently added to the YouTube app in a recent upgrade and innovations mined from the stalled Nexus Q, as the foundation for this proposed technology.
Among the wealth of news and features served up on ITProPortal today is this review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. Not only does the device belong to the much sought-after Windows 8 line, it’s a hybrid Ultrabook, giving you Microsoft’s ‘modern’ user interface experience in laptop and tablet form. The IdeaPad is deemed suitable for both work and play and “stands out from the rest of the competition with the best hinge mechanism we've seen on a hybrid”. Sounds promising, but will it impress in both laptop and tablet guises? Follow the link to find out.
According to tests conducted by data company RootMetrics, only 40.2 per cent of Manchester city centre is able to access EE’s 4G network. Perhaps more worryingly, no 4G coverage could be found beyond the city centre. However, this stands in line with early 4G performances recorded in some areas of the US, which, upon rollout, proved patchy. Despite this, Manchester’s average 4G data speed measured in at 17Mbps, over five times quicker than the 3.1Mbps 3G service provided by Vodafone, the area’s second fastest mobile network operator.