December 21, 2007

Sony develops thinner multi-touch LCD display

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Sony has unveiled new technology which enables the production of a thinner multi-touch display and helps to ensure input quality.
Multi-touch displays are becoming more popular and are used in devices such as the iPhone.
The company’s new 3.5-inch multi-touch LCD uses optical sensing technology. It features a 640 x 480 resolution screen made of [...]

December 20, 2007

LG Viewty Sales Reach 310,000

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LG has sold over 310,000 Viewty cameraphones since its release into the European market five weeks ago. This represents average sales of 6,300 units a day across Europe, beating LG’s Chocolate and Shine models.
With its touch screen interface, LG Viewty is considered a rival to Apple’s iPhone, although Viewty’s main selling point is [...]

December 19, 2007

SnapTell launches mobile marketing campaign

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US-based SnapTell has developed innovative technology which allows camera phone users to take a picture of an advert and receive money-off vouchers for the product.
The company has launched its first mobile marketing campaign, which gives a discount on wine at Wine Enthusiast’s website.
Camera phone users simply take a photo of the Wine Enthusiast [...]

December 18, 2007

CPIQ Initiative enters second phase

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The International Imaging Industry Association Camera Phone Image Quality (CPIQ) Initiative is entering the second phase of its campaign to develop repeatable, robust, test methods for evaluating the metrics associated with image quality.
The consortium, which aims to improve the image quality of camera phones, includes major companies such as Texas Instruments, Nokia Corporation, Philips Lumileds [...]

December 13, 2007

Nokia camera phone simplifies shopping

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Nokia has taken its barcode reading technology several steps further and is developing a smartphone that can order an item online from a photo taken by the user.
Barcode reading applications are already available on many mobiles, allowing phone users to scan barcodes on advertising posters or in newspaper ads. The codes direct the phone’s [...]

December 12, 2007

5-megapixel, zoom lenses mainstream in two years

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The Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA) in Taiwan expects 5-megapixel camera phones with zoom to become standard within one to two years.
At the moment, most camera phones feature 1.3-megapixel or 2-megapixel non-zoom lenses, although more and more higher spec phones are coming on to the market.
Th LG KU990 Viewty, Samsung SGH-G600, [...]

December 11, 2007

Piczo launches photo and video tools

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Piczo, a social networking site for teenagers, is expanding its service to mobile users around the world in the New Year.
The site, which is fourth largest social networking site in the UK with 12.5 million unique users each month, will allow users to post camera phone photos, videos and messages to their profile pages. [...]

December 10, 2007

SFR and Streamezzo power Vodafone Live! 2.0

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French 3G mobile operator, SFR, has entered into a partnership with Streamezzo, to provide the software infrastructure for the next-gen Vodafone live! 2.0 rich media portal interface.
Vodafone live! 2.0 is an interactive portal which provides access to Vodafone Live!, a WAP-based portal service offered to SFR via an optimized rich media interface.
With Streamezzo’s platform, [...]

December 7, 2007

Nokia E51 smartphone due out this month

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Nokia’s E51 smartphone should be available some time in December.
The phone is targeted at business users, but its sleek design and range of features should appeal to anyone who wants a stylish phone which is very easy to use.
The Nokia E51 is lightweight and thin, without compromising on strength.
It includes Wi-Fi, [...]

December 6, 2007

Nokia promises HD video for cellphones

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Nokia’s Chief Technology Officer, Tero Ojanpera, has told Reuters news agency that he expects video recording on cellphones to reach high definition (HD) quality in just a couple of years time.
Nokia’s recently launched N95 cellphone is the first in its range to have the ability to record television quality video.
HD quality video could drive [...]

December 5, 2007

iPhone popularity prompts free software from SAP

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SAP has announced that its new software for sales-force automation will be compatible with Apple’s iPhone. SAP is launching the software this month.
The software will load business contacts, information on sales prospects and account data onto the iPhone.
The popularity of the device with salespeople has led SAP to introduce versions of the new software [...]

December 4, 2007

Nokia patents swivelling camera design

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Nokia has patented a design that could see mobile phones being equipped with cameras which can be adjusted for different shooting modes. The design could also help improve photo quality.
The design features a bar mounted sideways at the top of the phone, on which the camera rests. The camera can swivel to face [...]

December 3, 2007

DxO provides enhanced depth of field for phone cameras

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DxO Labs has announced the availability of DxO IPE, the first Embedded Image Processing Solution (ISP) for camera phones with built-in Enhanced Depth of Field (EDOF) and Optical Fault Correction.
DxO IPE solutions combine digital optics technology which supports low light lens designs, enhanced depth-of-field designs and low profile lens designs with DSC-class image signal [...]