Archive for February 11th, 2012
Aston Martin has pulled back the sheets on the first images of its production V12 Zagato. The road car is headed for an official debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March.
Following in the tradition of the automaker’s ultra-exclusive One-77, the V12 Zagato will take more than 2,000 man-hours to manufacture thanks to hand-hewn body panels, including the hood, roof and doors. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin has committed to building just 150 examples. The V12 Zagato will also make extensive use of carbon fiber, with the front and rear fenders, trunk lid and door sills all constructed from the composite.
This year has not been a kind one for Kodak. Last month, the photography pioneer announced that it was filing for bankruptcy (and suing Samsung, incidentally), and now the company has let it be known that it will be dropping out of the digital camera business — and then some — marking an end to its line of digital point-and-shoots, pocket camcorders and digital photo frames. Production will end the first half of this year. The future for the company will hold printers, brand licensing, enterprise services and photo labs. Kodak will, however, continue to honor warranties on existing products.
SOURCE via Reuters
Symantec said that folks running its pcAnywhere utility were at an “increased risk” when it revealed that the company had been hacked and its source codes pilfered, and advised customers to stop using pcAnywhere for the time being. Sage advice, as a hacker with the handle YamaTough — who’s affiliated with Anonymous — helped do the deed and has now published the code for all the world to see. Apparently, the hacker and hackee had attempted to broker a deal for $50,000 to keep the code private, but neither side negotiated in good faith — YamaTough always intended to release the code, and law enforcement was doing the talking for Symantec to catch him and his hacking cohorts. The good news is, Symantec has released several patches to protect pcAnywhere users going forward. As for the stolen code for Norton Antivirus, Internet Security and other Symantec software? Well, the company’s expecting it to be disclosed, too, but because the code is from 2006, customers with current versions can rest easy.
SOURCE via Reuters
So this is where the road ends for the Nokia Astound. After getting a hearty helping of Symbian Anna in November, owners of T-Mobile’s first (and only) Symbian^3 device became hopeful that — despite the fate of the OS being sealed — the US counterpart to the C7 would remain relevant throughout the course of their contract. Sadly, it was not to be: the phone maker tweeted that the Astound won’t receive an update to Symbian Nokia Belle. What of the original C7, you ask? Oh, the latest refresh is already rolling out to users worldwide, but the Astound doesn’t appear to be invited to the party. Why? It would need to undergo an additional bout of carrier testing, which involves precious time and money that T-Mobile simply appears unwilling to dole out. This is speculation, of course, but we wouldn’t find it surprising in the least to see a US carrier shun a ten-month-old device running an OS with a less than promising future.
SOURCE via Nokia (Twitter)
Apple’s legal team has been dealt another blow in Germany, where a court today shot down the company’s requests for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N. In a statement issued this morning, the Dusseldorf Regional Court said it found “clear differences” between the 10.1N and Apple’s iPad, affirming a preliminary ruling handed down in December, and a similar decision announced in Munich this month. It’s certainly not the news that Cupertino wanted to wake up to, but we’re also a long way from this drama being over.
SOURCE via Reuters
Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly trickling out to the masses, but we’re still waiting on the major phone vendors to come out with their own tweaks of the latest Android dessert. We’ve known that HTC’s busy plugging away at its Sense-ified version of Android 4.0, but the company’s finally ready to start discussing specifics.
According to the outfit’s UK Facebook page, the update will begin rolling out to the HTC Sensation, Sensation XE, Rezound, Vivid, Amaze 4G, and EVO Design 4G by the end of March, with the Sensation XL following suit. Additionally, owners of the EVO 3D, Incredible S, Desire S and Desire HD still haven’t been forgotten, but their long-awaited upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich will come sometime “later this year.”
That sure narrows down the timeframe. Hopefully we won’t have to wait until the end of March to officially cast our eyes on the new Sense, as we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll see some ICS love in new devices at Mobile World Congress later this month.
SOURCE via HTC (Facebook)
Dell’s teamed up with Fongo to offer Dell Voice, a VoIP app that’s available exclusively in Canada. It’s currently available for Android, iOS and Windows (Desktop), enabling everyone to shoot the breeze about Dustin Penner without charges. You’ll get a local phone number that’ll let you call all the big cities (and most of the smaller ones), caller ID, voice-mail, 911 service and long-distance calling for no additional charge. Call credit costs 2c per minute, with each call averaging out to 1MB of data. Canadians clutching to their BlackBerries will be relieved to know that the app will roll out on RIM’s handsets next month. And we just shrug off that sour grape and walk away.
SOURCE via Dell
Is the long, treacherous wait for the iPad 3 nearly at an end? That’s what anonymous sources tell All Things D. The site caught wind that an Apple event next month will host the announcement of the company’s latest tablet. The event is said to be slated for the first week of March at that popular Apple haunt, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco — and seeing as how last year’s event was held on March 2nd, that timing doesn’t seem all that crazy to us. As for an actual release date, said sources are a bit less chatty.
SOURCE via All Things D