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Los datos del último estudio de IDC sobre la comercialización de tabletas en el segundo trimestre de 2013 muestran que se ha producido un retroceso del 9,7 por ciento sobre el anterior período.

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Sergey Brin, fundador de Google junto a Larry Page ha realizado una inversión en el proyecto de una universidad holandesa que ha creado una hamburguesa sintética.

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El teléfono celular cumple 40 años – Por Ricardo Sametband | LA NACION


Martin Cooper y el ””ladrillo”” original (un Motorola DynaTAC). Foto: Gentileza Arraycomm

Tiene 84 años, pero sigue trabajando, aunque no tanto como antes: “cuando era más joven saltaba de la cama y estaba haciendo cosas antes de desayunar. Ahora me tomo toda la mañana para desayunar y después trabajo. Pero bueno, el golf no me gusta: ¿qué otra cosa podría hacer?” Es ingeniero electrónico, y las comunicaciones lo fascinan desde pequeño. Y estuvo a punto de transformarse en un militar profesional (la Marina estadounidense financió sus estudios), pero finalmente optó por meterse en la industria de las telecomunicaciones.

Y el 3 de abril de 1973, ante la mirada atónita de varios transeúntes (y la presencia de la prensa) Martin Cooper inició una revolución en las telecomunicaciones: en la Sexta Avenida, en Nueva York, usó un teléfono sin cables para llamar a otra persona. No un inalámbrico hogareño, se entiende (no existían entonces): un teléfono que usaba una antena especial en el techo de un edificio para tomar su llamada y conectarla con la red de telefonía fija.

¿Llamó a su jefe? ¿A su esposa? ¿A su madre? No: a Joel Engel, su -en ese entonces- archienemigo laboral. Cooper trabajaba en Motorola; Engel dirigía los míticos laboratorios Bell de AT&T. Ambos buscaban lograr lo mismo, un teléfono celular funcional. Cooper hizo la primera llamada, y le dio el dudoso honor a Engel de ser la primera persona en el mundo que atendió una llamada de ese tipo en un teléfono normal. “No le hizo mucha gracia”, recuerda Cooper, entrevistado por LA NACION.

Cooper no creó el primer teléfono móvil. La pionera más famosa, cuenta la leyenda, fue Hilda, la mujer de Lars Ericsson, el fundador de la compañía de telecomunicaciones sueca que lleva su nombre: a principios del siglo pasado llevaba en el auto (una novedad para ese entonces) un teléfono normal y una jabalina con dos ganchos; cuando se le daba la gana se colgaba, literalmente, del poste telefónico más cercano.

En la década del 50 y 60 ya existían los teléfonos móviles inalámbricos, pero eran radioteléfonos, sólo funcionaban en un auto, eran carísimos y tenían muy poco alcance. 


Cooper en febrero último, cuando fue premiado por la Academia Nacional de Ingenieros de Estados Unidos; segundo desde la izquierda, Joel Engel, el hombre que atendió su primera llamada. Foto: Gentileza Martin Cooper

Cooper tampoco inventó el concepto de las redes celulares, con transmisores de baja potencia que dan servicio a áreas pequeñas (celdas) y que permiten la reutilización de frecuencias, que había nacido a mediados del siglo pasado.

Pero este hombre es el que tomó todo eso y lo transformó en una tecnología y un dispositivo que, 40 años después, usa la enorme mayoría de la población mundial. No hay, dicen, una tecnología industrial que se haya difundido tan rápido, ni que alcance a tanta gente. Hay 6000 millones de usuarios de teléfonos celulares pero, como alertó Naciones Unidas hace dos semanas , sólo 4500 millones tienen acceso a un baño limpio.

LLAMAR A UNA PERSONA, NO A UN LUGAR

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¿Eres adicto a tu smartphone? [Infografía]


 

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Los smartphones son lo máximo. Nos mantienen en contacto con los amigos, socorro con las direcciones cuando estamos perdidos y acceso a las infinitas maravillas de Internet. Pero qué pasa cuando tanta maravilla es demasiado, ¿cuándo la apreciación por algo se convierte en una adicción?

Considera esto: hace un par de meses te contamos sobre una encuesta que decía que un 15% de los usuarios prefieren renunciar al sexo, antes que a sus iPhones. Y un 4 % de las personas había usado su celular mientras tenían sexo. El 65% dijo que no podía vivir sin su dispositivo de confianza. El cuarenta por ciento de los encuestados dijeron que prefieren vivir sin bañarse que sin su iPhone.

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It’s Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it’s time to question these methods.

Admittedly, continuous improvement once powered Japan’s economy. Japanese manufacturers in the 1950s had a reputation for poor quality, but through a culture of analytical and systematic change Japan was able to go from worst to first. Starting in the 1970s, the country’s ability to create low-cost, quality products helped them dominate key industries, such as automobiles, telecommunications, and consumer electronics. To compete with this miraculous turnaround, Western companies, starting with Motorola, began to adopt Japanese methods. Now, almost every large Western company, and many smaller ones, advocate for continuous improvement.

But what’s happened in Japan? In the past year Japan’s major electronics firms have lost an aggregated $21 billion and have been routinely displaced by competitors from China, South Korea, and elsewhere. As Fujio Ando, senior managing director at Chibagin Asset Management suggests, “Japan’s consumer electronics industry is facing defeat. “Similarly, Japan’s automobile industry has been plagued by a series of embarrassing quality problems and recalls, and has lost market share to companies from South Korea and even (gasp!) the United States.


Ron Ashkenas


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KaizenLean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence from Japan and elsewhere suggests that it’s time to question these methods.

Admittedly, continuous improvement once powered Japan’s economy. Japanese manufacturers in the 1950s had a reputation for poor quality, but through a culture of analytical and systematic change Japan was able to go from worst to first. Starting in the 1970s, the country’s ability to create low-cost, quality products helped them dominate key industries, such as automobiles, telecommunications, and consumer electronics. To compete with this miraculous turnaround, Western companies, starting with Motorola, began to adopt Japanese methods. Now, almost every large Western company, and many smaller ones, advocate for continuous improvement.

But what’s happened in Japan? In the past year Japan’s major electronics firms have lost an aggregated $21 billion and have been routinely displaced by competitors from China, South Korea, and elsewhere. As Fujio Ando, senior managing director at Chibagin Asset Management suggests, “Japan’s consumer electronics industry is facing defeat. “Similarly, Japan’s automobile industry has been plagued by a series of embarrassing quality problems and recalls, and has lost market share to companies from South Korea and even (gasp!) the United States. Leer más “It’s Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement”

The Elephants in the Room at MWC 2012

Recently Fast Company ran a lengthy piece on the four companies that will dominate the tech economy in the next ten years: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google. All four are tremendously powerful companies that each started in one category (book selling, search engine, etc.) and are branching out to disrupt adjacent categories. Because of this, they are all coming into conflict with one another. And they are all strong forces in mobile.

So it is strange being at Mobile World Congress where these brands have minimal, if any, presence. Apple has no official presence, but its products are everywhere either in reality (almost all attendees have iPhones) or by proxy (the iPhone is what triggered the smartphone revolution that is driving most of the business here). Amazon seems completely absent, and Facebook was involved in a talk and has a nondescript booth in one of the less trafficked halls.


By Adam Richardson – http://designmind.frogdesign.com

Recently Fast Company ran a lengthy piece on the four companies that will dominate the tech economy in the next ten years: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google. All four are tremendously powerful companies that each started in one category (book selling, search engine, etc.) and are branching out to disrupt adjacent categories. Because of this, they are all coming into conflict with one another. And they are all strong forces in mobile.

So it is strange being at Mobile World Congress where these brands have minimal, if any, presence. Apple has no official presence, but its products are everywhere either in reality (almost all attendees have iPhones) or by proxy (the iPhone is what triggered the smartphone revolution that is driving most of the business here). Amazon seems completely absent, and Facebook was involved in a talk and has a nondescript booth in one of the less trafficked halls.

The last of the four is Google. Google is here via Motorola and Android of course, though the Google name appears nowhere on their Motorola booth or the massive (and very fun and crowded) Android booth. Android is everywhere – in many ways I see this show as Android World, analogous to Macworld but on a massively larger scale. Last year at MWC I asked “Will Android rule the world?” A year later, that hasn’t come to pass fully, but the expansion of Android’s footprint even in the last 12 months is astonishing.

All the major announcements save for one (Nokia/Windows) here have revolved around Android: HTC, Asus, Sony, LG, Huawei, Panasonic, Samsung. Android has become almost a separate brand, and is easily Google’s best branding success since, well, Google. Android chief Andy Rubin boasted that 850,000 new Android devices are being activated daily, up from 700,000 last December, and 500,000 in November. They’ll hit the magic one million a day very soon I’m sure. (But it does beg the question: if everyone I see at the show, and almost everyone I see in the San Francisco bay area has iPhones – who’s buying Android devices?)

But Google itself is ironically next to Facebook with an even smaller “booth”:

AVP of Marketing Strategy Adam Richardson is the author of Innovation X: Why a Company’s Toughest Problems are its Greatest Advantage. His book is the manual for leaders looking for clarity about the emerging challenges facing their businesses. You can follow Adam on Twitter @richardsona.

Descarga la actualización a Ice Cream Sandwich para Motorola Droid RAZR

La actualización, que se ha filtrado en eternityproject.eu sólo puede ser instalada en la versión GSM del terminal —absteneos de intentarlo los usuarios de Verizon— y para hacer uso de la misma tan sólo debéis seguir los siguientes pasos:


Droid RAZR ICS

Continuamos con la ración de dispositivos que van, poco a poco, recibiendo su ración de Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. En esta ocasión le ha tocado el turno al Droid RAZR de Motorola, su terminal estrella por el momento.

La actualización, que se ha filtrado en eternityproject.eu sólo puede ser instalada en la versión GSM del terminal —absteneos de intentarlo los usuarios de Verizon— y para hacer uso de la misma tan sólo debéis seguir los siguientes pasos:

  1. Descargar este archivo.
  2. Copiarlo a la SD del teléfono
  3. Iniciar el terminal en modo recovery. Para ello hay que encender el terminal con el botón de encendido y mantener pulsados los botones de Subir volumen y Bajar volumen hasta que aparezca el menú correspondiente.
  4. Localizar y ejecutar la opción Install zip from sdcard

listo, ya podréis disfrutar de Ice Cream Sandwich en vuestro Droid RAZR.

Fuente http://www.android.es/descarga-la-actualizacion-a-ice-cream-sandwich-para-motorola-droid-razr.html#ixzz1kwD0OIu7

Mobile Web Design: Best Practices

The explosion in user adoption of mobile devices has revolutionized the web. Though designing for the Mobile Web follow similar principles to designing websites, we must consider some notable differences.

For one, current mobile device networks don’t run in the same speed as broadband devices.

In addition, there are also a myriad of ways our mobile web designs are displayed in, from touch screens to netbooks, which make even the smallest desktop monitors look like giants.

Some might argue that going mobile isn’t necessary yet, however, what no one will disagree with is that it’s an inevitable turn in the profession of people who make and run websites.

If you’re considering developing mobile web designs (or pushing an existing one onto the Mobile Web), this article should help you get to grips with the growing trend of mobile design.


by Alexander Dawson

Mobile Web Design: Best Practices

The explosion in user adoption of mobile devices has revolutionized the web. Though designing for the Mobile Web follow similar principles to designing websites, we must consider some notable differences.

For one, current mobile device networks don’t run in the same speed as broadband devices.

In addition, there are also a myriad of ways our mobile web designs are displayed in, from touch screens to netbooks, which make even the smallest desktop monitors look like giants.

Some might argue that going mobile isn’t necessary yet, however, what no one will disagree with is that it’s an inevitable turn in the profession of people who make and run websites.

If you’re considering developing mobile web designs (or pushing an existing one onto the Mobile Web), this article should help you get to grips with the growing trend of mobile design. Leer más “Mobile Web Design: Best Practices”

Designer’s Guide to Supporting Multiple Android Device Screens

Author Nick August
Unlike iPhones, Android devices do not have the same company developing both the software and hardware.

This leads to different combinations of screen sizes, resolutions and DPIs and creates quite a challenge when designing and developing for these devices. While the iPhone 3G/S and iPhone 4 have different resolutions and DPI, they share the same screen size and the resolutions follow the same aspect ratio. Therefore, an image can be created to fit the iPhone 4’s specifications and be nicely down-scaled to the iPhone 3G/S. Credit to Steve Jobs for planning ahead and designing his phone with developers in mind.

For some reason, manufactures using the Android OS on their phones did not give us the same luxury. This leaves businesses with two choices – they can either choose not to develop for Android, and willfully miss out on a quarter of the market, OR push forward and learn. Sounds like a necessary evil, doesn’t it? But don’t worry! There is common ground when designing & developing for the extremely versatile world of Android.


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Author Nick August
Unlike iPhones, Android devices do not have the same company developing both the software and hardware.

This leads to different combinations of screen sizes, resolutions and DPIs and creates quite a challenge when designing and developing for these devices.  While the iPhone 3G/S and iPhone 4 have different resolutions and DPI, they share the same screen size and the resolutions follow the same aspect ratio.  Therefore, an image can be created to fit the iPhone 4’s specifications and be nicely down-scaled to the iPhone 3G/S.  Credit to Steve Jobs for planning ahead and designing his phone with developers in mind.

For some reason, manufactures using the Android OS on their phones did not give us the same luxury.  This leaves businesses with two choices – they can either choose not to develop for Android, and willfully miss out on a quarter of the market, OR push forward and learn.  Sounds like a necessary evil, doesn’t it?  But don’t worry!  There is common ground when designing & developing for the extremely versatile world of Android. Leer más “Designer’s Guide to Supporting Multiple Android Device Screens”

iFive: Google History, TV Tablet, Flickr Makeover, BP Progress, Tree Fight

BY Jenara Nerenberg

1. Google news dump! The search giant is letting all of us forgetful people now rely less on our memories to recall recently searched items and websites. “History” is the tab to look out for. Plus, Google’s keywords business opens up copyright restrictions to allow competitors’ results in searches. (Looking for Chevy info? Expect ads for Ford to pop up, too.) And finally, you can sign into multiple Google accounts at the same time in the same browser.


BY Jenara Nerenberg

1. Google news dump! The search giant is letting all of us forgetful people now rely less on our memories to recall recently searched items and websites. “History” is the tab to look out for. Plus, Google’s keywords business opens up copyright restrictions to allow competitors’ results in searches. (Looking for Chevy info? Expect ads for Ford to pop up, too.) And finally, you can sign into multiple Google accounts at the same time in the same browser. Leer más “iFive: Google History, TV Tablet, Flickr Makeover, BP Progress, Tree Fight”

Android Phones Go to War

Reports this week revealed that U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, maker of the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software for soldiers that runs on Google’s Android operating system. The software, called the Raytheon Android Tactical System, or RATS, has already been tested by some members of the U.S. Special Forces. It involves a social-networking type of display where soldiers interact as “buddies” and track each others’ movements on the battlefield.
There’s an App for That! Social Networking for Soldiers, Military-Grade Satellite Images


Reports this week revealed that U.S. defense contractor Raytheon, maker of the Patriot missile defense system, is developing software for soldiers that runs on Google‘s Android operating system. The software, called the Raytheon Android Tactical System, or RATS, has already been tested by some members of the U.S. Special Forces. It involves a social-networking type of display where soldiers interact as “buddies” and track each others’ movements on the battlefield.

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Transfer Contacts from one Cell Phone to another


Did you just buy a new cell phone? The first thing that you’re probably looking to do is copy all the phone numbers and other contact information from the old phone to your new one.

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Motorola Droid Upgrading to Android 2.2 Next Week

We had actually heard rumors that the original Droid would be updated to Froyo at the end of July, so this isn’t all that far from the case. And, while the HTC EVO 4G is getting updated to the same version number on August 3rd, we expect the roll out for the original Droid to happen right around the same time. There’s no exact date, but considering the competition, we wouldn’t be surprised.

So, we’ve got confirmation from HTC, Samsung, and now Motorola that existing devices in the market right now are getting updated to 2.2. This is great news for all the Android fans out there, especially those who have been waiting patiently for their official upgrade. Now, the Motorola Droid X is next on the list — so hopefully that happens before the end of the month of August. Any word on that, Motorola?


We’ll just go ahead and say it: Android 2.2 is just about to be on everything. And it looks like, unlike the previous updates to the Android version, every major carrier and manufacturer out there is taking the update to Android 2.2, or Froyo, very seriously. And that’s perfectly fine with us. This time around, we’ve got official word from Verizon that the Motorola Droid is getting updated to Android 2.2 next week.

Motorola Droid

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Antennas: Jobs Was Right. They’re Still a Challenge

For most of today’s basic voice and data cell signals, the right antenna length is about three inches or seven inches. FM radio and broadcast TV antennas are longer, though antennas can be bent to fit inside tiny phones. The optimal length is half the frequency the antenna is designed to receive divided by the speed of light. Any longer or shorter, and the reception can suffer. Furthermore, “the [human] body has a major effect on the antenna because at different frequencies it acts differently,” says Stuart Lipoff, an electronics consultant.


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As phones continue to shrink, fitting antennas in and making them work correctly often comes down to trial and error

By Amy Thomson

Whatever you think of Steve Jobs‘ defense of the iPhone 4 and its reception issues, the Apple (AAPL) boss was right about one thing: Antennas are a technological challenge, one that engineers have wrestled with since before Gordon Gekko barked orders into his Motorola (MOT) DynaTAC from a beach in the Hamptons. And as phones continue to shrink, fitting antennas in and making them work correctly often comes down to trial and error, says Stephen Temple, a retired engineer who helped plan Europe’s GSM technology. “It would be fair to say that antenna design is a little bit of a dark art,” Temple says. Leer más “Antennas: Jobs Was Right. They’re Still a Challenge”

Testing the Android Waters

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News and Nati Harnik/Associated Press Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google, holding an iPhone in 2008 and an Android phone in 2010.

I’ve seen it a thousand times: Sit down for coffee or a meeting and those in attendance automatically reach for their cellphones and place them on the table. It’s almost like a subconscious signal that says ‘I’ll be sitting here for a while.’

Several years ago, the phones splayed out in front of me tended to be a mishmash of shapes and sizes: flip phones, clamshells, candybars and sliders. But then these phones started to be replaced by something else, a slick phone with a glossy screen, curved black or white back and the precise incision of an Apple logo: iPhones.

Recently, the mobile buffet has been changing again. This time, some iPhones are being replaced by a family of cellphones running Google’s Android operating system.


By NICK BILTON

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Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News and Nati Harnik/Associated Press Eric Schmidt, chief executive of Google, holding an iPhone in 2008 and an Android phone in 2010.

I’ve seen it a thousand times: Sit down for coffee or a meeting and those in attendance automatically reach for their cellphones and place them on the table. It’s almost like a subconscious signal that says ‘I’ll be sitting here for a while.’

Several years ago, the phones splayed out in front of me tended to be a mishmash of shapes and sizes: flip phones, clamshells, candybars and sliders. But then these phones started to be replaced by something else, a slick phone with a glossy screen, curved black or white back and the precise incision of an Apple logo: iPhones.

Recently, the mobile buffet has been changing again. This time, some iPhones are being replaced by a family of cellphones running Google’s Android operating system. Leer más “Testing the Android Waters”

La guerra de los celulares: el avance de Samsung amenaza el liderazgo de Nokia

Sancionada a fines del año pasado, la aplicación de la nueva ley de electrónicos produjo un tembladeral en el mercado de los celulares. El notorio avance de Samsung y LG, ambas de capitales coreanos, puso en jaque el liderazgo indiscutido que la finlandesa Nokia mantuvo durante el último lustro. Como contrapartida, Motorola descendió abruptamente del segundo al quinto lugar del ranking, indica un estudio elaborado para iEco por la consultora MRT (Market, Research & Technology).


En lo que va del año, la firma coreana ya se puso a la par de Nokia. También avanzan LG y Sony Ericsson y cayó fuerte Motorola.

PorDamián Kantor
dkantor@clarin.com

Celulares: Top Five de las importaciones

Celulares: Top Five de las importaciones

// Sancionada a fines del año pasado, la aplicación de la nueva ley de electrónicos produjo un tembladeral en el mercado de los celulares. El notorio avance de Samsung y LG, ambas de capitales coreanos, puso en jaque el liderazgo indiscutido que la finlandesa Nokia mantuvo durante el último lustro. Como contrapartida, Motorola descendió abruptamente del segundo al quinto lugar del ranking, indica un estudio elaborado para iEco por la consultora MRT (Market, Research & Technology). Leer más “La guerra de los celulares: el avance de Samsung amenaza el liderazgo de Nokia”