Long-term followers of this blog are likely to know PackT – the innovative UK-based publisher has thrown out a huge amount of interesting books in the last few years.

Having reached a thousand tomes, PackT has now sent out the following and highly attractive offer:

Packt Publishing has come a long way since it published its first book in 2004, and is now one of the leading technical publishers, renowned among developers for its focused and practical books on a wide range of tools and technologies.

Packt has just published its 1000th book. You are invited to join us in celebrating this milestone with a gift. Access our library, PacktLib, for free for a week, and choose any of our eBooks to download and keep.

To make use of this offer, you simply need to go to www.packtpub.com and log into your account, or register for an account, between the 28th and 30th September.
At Packt, we really appreciate your support in helping us get this far, and hope that you will continue to enjoy our range of books.

Not much to add here except that we congratulate whole-heartedly…

Usually, the folks at iFixit’s tend to tear down cell phones.

When the Apple A6 came out, they changed their program and take their readers on a trip into a semiconductor analysis lab. This is quite interesting to see, and makes a worthwile read for every electronics head – even if he profusely dislikes the iPhone 5.

As quite a few rumors pointing to a quad core processor are around, it is a nice touch to see iFixit debunk that:

* Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!

In addition to that, Apple seems to reduce their technical exposure to Samsung:

* During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6′s 1GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.

Find a bunch of images here:

Note to readers: we will continue with physical and size comparisons and a verdict. The sequence of this review is altered for technical reasons!

After having done two videos of the Galaxy Beam, it is now time to look at the system performance. The device is a middle-class handset – but how fast is it really.

First of all, let’s look at the results of AnTuTu 2.9.2:
galaxy beam antutu benchmark Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks

GLBenchmark also ran without issues:
galaxy beam GL benchmark Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks

The detailed results of the Galaxy Beam are as following:
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Finally, we also ran Vellamo on the device and got the following overview results:
galaxy beam vellamo benchmark Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks

In detail, the situation looks as following:
galaxy beam vellamo benchmark 1 Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks galaxy beam vellamo benchmark 2 Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks galaxy beam vellamo benchmark 3 Galaxy Beam   Benchmarks

With that, we are done with the benchmarks of the Galaxy Beam – tune in soon, the review continues!

So far, SMS spam has been a specialty of Austria and Germany – however, it looks like the folks now start to hit the UK.

Dynamoo brings us the following text:

Hi, we think you may be entitled to compensation of up to £3500 from missold PPI on a credit card or loan.
Reply PPI for more info
Reply STOP to opt out

As of this writing, it is not known how they monetize the “victims”.

Hit the link above to find out how to report it to your carrier – of course, the delete key is invented.

When it comes to innovation in governmental areas, many people spend many hours talking “wise” about things which should be changed – but when it comes to doing them, the group becomes much smaller.

Mark A. M. Kramer, an advocate and researcher in the area of mobile health, has now put his data where his mouth is:
mamk mobile health Mobile Health   a pioneer strips down

Obviously, transmitting health data via the internet is possible – it only is a question of getting the health lobbies to accept that fact. So, kudos once again…

When companies like the mobile advertising pioneer Smaato showed off their product at long-forgotten Symbian Smartphone Shows, the average pundit did not expect ads to become a significant part of the financing of mobile applications.

However, the situation has changed and the voice of the market has spoken. Thus, it should not come as a surprise that the long-running “Cannes lion” advertising festival now has a category of its own for all things related to mobile:
cannes mobile lions Mobile advertising now part of Cannes lion competition

Not much to add here…

LGs booth was strategically placed in between Samsung’s and Intel’s – the company showed off a huge selection of devices in all kinds of form factors.

The LG Optimus Vu revives the 4:3 form factor especially popular with newspapers and other paper based content:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

Even though LG (and some media outlets) pitch it against the Galaxy Note, it is a completely different device. It does not have a stylus and is intended primarily as a consumption device – the Note is intended for creation and interaction:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth  Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

We already mentioned LG’s quad core offering before – so permit me to, once again, mention the excellent integration between LG’s 3D phones and 3D TVs:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

In addition to this, LG renovated its S series. L, surprisingly, stands for style:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

The L3 is the smallest of the bunch:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

Here are its specs:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

It looks very nice, but has a terrible screen:
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 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

The S5 is lightly better off:
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Finally, a look at the S7:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth  Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth  Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

In addition to that, LG was also demoing a “smart dumbphone”:
 Mobile World Congress 2012   LG booth

On the way back from the Congress, I met a manager from LG who I knew for some time. He claimed that a few ten thousand copies of the Optimus 2X were sold, and blamed carriers for pricing it like the SGS II.

If we look back at LG’s past work, it is not easy to understand why they always stand in the limelight of their #1 competitor (aka Samsung). From a technical point of view, LG does many things “better” than Samsung and most definitely is on par otherwise.
Instead, I would locate the issue with carriers and consumers. In the UK, LG is considered a crap brand – and in the rest of the world, very few customers consider LG a “first-rate” smartphone maker.
Sadly, time is running short for LG as Asian vendors like Huawei and ZTE push into the market. Newspapers already make fun of the “revolving doors” installed in the office of the CEO of the phone division – if they don’t get their game on track quickly, it could be game over for LG.

We at the Tamoggemon Team wish our readers a Very Happy New Year 2012.

We would like to thank all our readers who visited our website and participated in the discussions. Without you, we would have been nothing

You Rock People…!!!! Happy New Year 2012.

Looks like the times of CarrierIQ winning awards from agencies like FierceWireless will soon be over – now, the image of the Android OS itself is at stake.

The image below came from the main news broadcast of Austrias governmental TV Station ORF, and was followed up with a tirade stating that “mainly Android handsets are affected”:
orf carrierio Austrian governmental TV slanders Android as shit hits the fan for Carrier IQ

Even though the ranting of a governmental TV station can be ignored, the situation is now getting hot: as the US government investigates and RIM distances itself from the product, it most probably is but a question of time until we will see a situation similar to the Etisalat removal patch offered by RIM some time ago.

By the way: the software is not at all limited to Android. It also lives on Symbian, iOS and webOS, with Windows Mobile classic deployments rumored.

When Google first launched its TV service, LogiTech introduced the first-ever set-top-box for the platform named the Revue. Logically, everyone who was interested in Apps on TV jumped on it – sadly, the press didn’t like it too much.

Some three weeks ago, BroadbandTV reported the following:

Logitech’s Revue set-top box for Google TV was a ‘big mistake’, according to Guerrino De Luca, chairman and acting chief executive of Logitech

Fortunately, it now looks as we will get two new, far larger hardware vendors on board:

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are expected to launch Google TV next year. But only LG will show its models at the 2012 CES in Las Vegas.

Yoon Boo-keun, chief of Samsung’s TV division, said on Tuesday to the Korean press that the company is in final talks with Google about when to release the hot new gadget. “We will announce the launch date at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.”

Samsung already showed a prototype of Google TV at last year’s CES, but did not bring any sets to the market. …

With Microsoft increasing the ad pressure for its XBox all over Europe, we could be in for an interesting fight. What do you think?

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