Dear Readers,
we are deeply sorry for the huge delay in updating the Content Network – our head editor Jatinder Singh has fallen deeply ill, and was in hospital for a few months. However, he has now recovered – and we are planning to relaunch the sites for real.

From now on, we will once again provide you with industry coverage in a timely fashion. Due to this, we have performed some structural maintenance operations and have also implemented some changes to content policy.

In addition to coverage of events like BlackBerry Jam Amsterdam and the Mobile World Congress, the following improvements have been carried out network-wide:

Improved layout
Our original layout dates back to the initial launch in 2004, and has only seen slight enhancements (and one colour change) ever since. Given that the pace of the IT world has accelerated since that time, we have now decided to make a small change again.

From now on, our homepage will list stories in a more compact fashion. Interesting content can be read by clicking the “Continue Reading” link – this saves traffic and time.

More staff
A total of three people are now dedicated to supplying you with content. This means that we are less susceptible to loss of staff – and should have new stuff for you every day like in the old days.

Discontinuation of legacy sites
In order to make the operation of the network more sustainable, we have had to reduce the number of sites. Due to dwindling market interest, some of our venues have been shuttered – information relevant to these platforms will, from now on, be featured on the remaining sites as part of the “industry-wide coverage”.

With that, we hope for your continued loyalty and remain

With cordial regards
Tam Hanna/Jatinder Singh/Annette Bosbach
-editorial team

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:
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Apple-A6-Teardown/10528/1

As you might have noticed, the GSM standard has become 25 years old on the 25th of September. If it would not be invented, we would be using CDMA – from a tech point of view, I can imagine worse things.

Strand Consult, a Danish consulting company, has now compiled the following and rather funny list of reasons why GSM is absolutely essential to some individuals:

1. Who would be the world’s richest man today if Carlos Slim had not invested in mobile telephony in Latin America? What would have happened to all the other wealthy people if they had no mobile technology to invest in?

2. What would all the Apple fans have done for an icon if there were no iPhones?

3. How would the world look like if Motorola, Nokia, RIM and other mobile technology companies never had their ups and down?

4. How else might we have learned about all the stupid and embarrassing stuff that celebrities do, if we had no SMS or MMS which later ended up in the press?

5. How else would have so many corrupt politicians and officials have made fortunes if not by issuing mobile licenses?

6. How many journalists would be out of a job if they did not have mobile technology to write about?

7. With all the court cases about mobile patents, how else would judges, lawyers, and patent experts have a made a living with the advances in mobile technology and its intellectual property spinoffs?

8. What would it have meant for the camera industry had there been no mobile technology? Would Kodak and Agfa still be dominant players? Would there be a market for digital cameras?

9. What would it be like to ride in a train or bus or be in public place if there were not cell phones ringing? How much more cumbersome would it be if we still had to use phone booths?

10. How many romantic relationship would never have blossomed because shy men and women could not flirt with SMS?

Anything to add?

If a government funded agency makes you laugh, it is usually in a sad way – think along the lines of “how the f### do they waste my tax money…”.

However, the BBC’s comedy show recently ran a lovely spoof on the fruit and food names used in mobile and console markets.

Definitely hit the player below for three minutes of classic British humor – it is more or less work safe:

Big thanks to Nathan Bliss for sending it in!

When the first Angry Birds toys showed up, many a developer considered this to be a passing fad – after all, mobile games are rarely targeted at the lovers of plush toys.
20120516 222336 Toy makers look at apps

A story in the Wall Street Journal now contains the following passage:

The entertainment industry is getting serious about smartphone applications, elevating what has been an arena for dollar-a-game novelties into the ranks of real business for some standouts.

Not much to add here…

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.

Long-term followers of this blog probably know that I have an eye on the Apps on TV market for quite some time – even though there have not been any large successes so far, this definitely is a future field of growth. This sentiment was shared by the organizers of the JSDay conference, who invited me for a talk.

For all those of you who could not attend, the video has now been released:

Apps on TV – Tam Hanna from GrUSP on Vimeo.

Not much to add here – are you interested in Apps on TV?

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…

One of the things which truly make me happy every day are the long-term readers of this blog network – even though we currently go through troubled times, expect a lot of positive changes very soon.

Phil Drummond, one of our long-term readers, has now sent in a question why we no longer break down the top lists provided to us by Krusell – in the past, we had these nice pie charts showing the distribution.

Sadly, this no longer makes sense – blame Apple. The Cupertinians, having but two or three products in the market at any given time, would usually end up with but one slot in the pie.

Visually, this would be totally misleading as the iPhone tends to outsell most if not all “individual” Android devices and would thus need a significantly larger part of the pie to make the chart proportional once again.

With that, I hope to have answered that question – stay tuned!

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…

When it comes to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, you must always expect some organizational eekers. This time, the fun started on day one – fiest your eyes on these:

Building collapse
While taking by the VodaFone pavilion, a large crowd watched hectic evacuations:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

The reason: the building was not stable, and had to be reinforced. As if one couldn’t have known THAT in advance:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Security, my a$$
But the real GAU came later. The Congress takes great pride in pestering everyone who enters the venue, to check ID, etc etc.

But it looks like the security was not good enough – Microsoft, for sure, didn’t place this ad for exotic services into its giveaway basket:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Stay tuned – further funny stuff comes as it is witnessed!

Dear Readers,
I am unhappy to inform you that we have had a minor break-in into our systems – an attacker of unknown provinience exploited the software used to host the Tamoggemon Content Network, as to insert content to “spam” the Google search engine with ads for his own products.

As this was a purely Google-targeted attack, no post data was damaged and no user data was stolen. We have been able to remove the hack fully from all sites already.

This disclosure is made only to satisfy our legal obligations. The following sites were affected:

  • TamsS60
  • TamsBlackBerry
  • TamsIJungle

Should you recognize any oddities, please let us know immediately!

With best regards
Tam Hanna / Jatinder Singh

This one goes out to all true Tam Hanna fans who happen to be in Germany in February – you can meet yours truly at the Mobile Developer Conference.
mdc europe Meet /me at Mobile Developer Conference

I will be speaking about data persistance on Windows Phone 7 – and most definitely, attendants can expect a few surprises!

Find out more via the URL below:
http://www.mobile-developer-conference.de/

© 2013 TamsBlackBerry - the BlackBerry blog Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha