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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.

When the XBox 360 as released long time ago, it was just another console. It was marred by the popularity and prowess of the PS3 and the ingenuity of the Wii.

Wii was the console that popularized the concept of motion gaming going extreme. Soon Sony jumped in by introducing the PlayStation Move, which mimicked the Wii  on a superior and proven console.

What Microsoft did was to introduce the Kinect, the controller without boundaries.

Almost immediately following the launch of Kinect, hobbyists and academics from around the world embraced Kinect possibilities in ways that surprised and delighted. And with the launch of a non-commercial software development kit, we saw even more exciting and creative applications in the areas of healthcare, rehab, education and so much more. As we watched these stories unfold, the term “The Kinect Effect” emerged in hallway conversations at Microsoft as a way to describe the amazing and creative ways Kinect was being used.

What began as pure entertainment had taken a new form altogether. See for yourself

Frank X Shaw over at the Technet blog quotes

Bill Gates once said, “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years, and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10." Last year was an incredible year for the Kinect Effect, and with so many fantastic ideas made real in just the one year, I can’t wait to look back in nine!

Being an avid gamer and having owned a lot of consoles myself, I can vouch that no console is inferior when it comes to gaming and enjoyment, but I must really commend Microsoft and the guys who got this idea to transform the Kinect into something unexpected.

We all have indulged in piracy of some kind or the other at some point in our lives. And to tell that we haven’t is to make a fool of ourselves.

A nice piece of read regarding this is at http://www.abc.net.au, where the author questions the direction copyright has traversed since inception.

Nowadays, copyright barely resembles what it was originally designed for i.e. to protect both parties: inventors and content creators on the one side and the public on the other. Corporate America and government compliance have written out public interests in many instances.

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One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn’t want to conform to the harsh new rules being set.

The article can be read here

Google is extremely fast at launching services – unfortunately, some less successful ones get to bite the bullet from time to time. It now is time for another few services to see the white light.

In particular, the following services will soon be gone:

Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.

Should anyone of you be using one of these services, it is now time to look for an alternative…

There were rumors and reports about a behemoth of memory card in the making. But we never knew who was going to release it. The massive SanDisk 64GB microSDXC memory card. The memory card can hold approximately 30,000 digital photos, more than 2,000 music albums and over 24 hours of 720p HD video footage – so there’s more than enough room! 

sandisk 64gb thumb SanDisk 64GB microSDXC memory card will be available shortly in the UK

Interestingly, you can drop the memory card from ten foot high and it would still work and it has a 5 year guarantee, so you know you’ve got a quality and durable product.

The card will be available with Mobillefun UK who would be selling it form the 3rd October for £139.95. Though the card is a bit pricey but the amount of room you will get for your money is unbelievable.

Also, very few phones at present support external memory beyond 32 GB. Nothing much to add here.

RIM has now announced a promotion which issues free PlayBook devices to developers who create a PlayBook app before the device hits North America:

Developers who create a qualifying application for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet prior to its initial North American release are eligible for a free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The main criterion to qualify for the free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet offer is to have a qualifying application accepted into BlackBerry App World™, subject to certain Terms and Conditions.

You can submit multiple BlackBerry PlayBook tablet apps into BlackBerry App World, but each BlackBerry App World vendor will only qualify for one free BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Apps will need to meet the BlackBerry App World Vendor Guidelines.

Find out more via the URL below:
http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/playbook_offer.jsp

Using hard disks with a capacity of more than 3TB is difficult with Windows XP – the operating system does not support the GPT addressing scheme needed.

Paragon Software has now created an application called GPT Loader, which fixes the issue. It does not allow you to boot, but lets you access the data stored on such a disk.

As an introductory event, Paragon currently gives away free copies of the app. Find out more about the program via the URL below:
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/gpt-loader/index.html

Swedish case maker Krusell has benefitted greatly from the reports on case sales which are released once a month.

The research firm Distimo has now joined the fray, offering the figures below. It shows which price ranges are popular on which platform:
Mobile Apps Average Prices Mobile app pricing across platforms

The chart below provides additional information:
Paid Applications Brackets Mobile app pricing across platforms

Get the full report here:
http://www.distimo.com/report/download-latest

Developers doing business with PalmGear should already know about their excellent bookkeeping – they had insane issues paying out royalties in the past. Handango, on the other hand, were known to be moronic but pay on time. Murphy’s law states that minus and minus is more minus – and it looks like the merger brought out the worst sides of both companies.

According to insider information, Handango has suspended payments. A group of developers are fed up with this situation, and are planning to gang up on the boys:

We de-listed everything from Handango as soon as we heard about the PalmGear take-over. Too late though. Handango immediately implemented a freeze on all developer payments as per PalmGear’s mo. That was back in March IIRC.

At this point we have had multiple email requests for final payments ignored or answered with template text that all dev payments are suspended until the restructuring is completed. We threatened to sue but HD couldn’t care less. Obviously.

So – seems we’re not alone in this boat and even small claims court costs money. Hence the question – maybe pool a bunch of claims? Is that even possible?

Should anyone of you be interested in joining in on the action, please leave a comment with your email address here – we will then put you in touch!

Legal disclaimer: Tamoggemon Ltd has no active business relationship with any of the companies mentioned above. We are reporting the story above only to inform our readers on the happenings, and are thus covered by the Austrian constitution. However, we would welcome a statement from Handango or PalmGear and would publish it unchanged immediately.

We’ve heard our fair share of rumors and statements about RIM OS 6 in the past – the operating system has just been made official.

The three-minute video below can serve as a first introduction:

The release is scheduled for Q3 – stay tuned for further info as we get it!

ARM is an extremely interesting company: this spin-off of a former hardware manufacturer called Acorn doesn’t have a single chip fab, yet its processor technology is used in almost all mobile devices (including apple’s mobile offerings).

Apple has always been good for rumors – and the latest one hits us via a web site called thisislondon. Their report reads as follows:

“A deal would make a lot of sense for Apple,” said one trader. “That way, they could stop ARM’s technology from ending up in everyone else’s computers and gadgets.” Traders reckon a bid would come in at around 400p a share, valuing ARM at more than £5.2 billion.

I personally consider this highly unlikely – keep in mind that such a deal would not only be unlikely to find regulatory approval, but that ARM’s licensees most probably have protected themselves from such a situation in their licensing contracts…

AMD hasn’t had the easiest time recently – Intel’s Core processors are faster, and also more power efficient. However, the folks at AMD’s seem to have found a niche of their own: Upgradeability.

All those of you who currently have an AM2+ or AM3 motherboard are in for a major speed boost. AnandTech just uncovered new hexacores from AMD:
amd six core processor AMD to reveal six core CPUs

Developers will be especially happy about the new Turbo Core feature, as it overclocks the CPU if most of its cores are idle. This can give a nice speed boost on various developer-related things like emulators (which happen to be difficult to paralellize), and makes these chips a more than worthwhile investment if your system is compatible.

P.S. CPU buffs: hit the link above for further information on the Turbo Core technology…

When it comes to tablets, most users think that they are mostly used for entertainment purposes. According to a consulting company called SyBase, this is untrue – the real reason is productivity applications.

The key quote reads as follows:

The role of new tablet devices such as the iPad has been a subject of great debate recently, and while the study shows that entertainment activities such as watching video and playing games are some of the tasks for which consumers might choose an iPad over a smartphone, work-related activities unexpectedly ranked at the top:
With the imminent introduction of the Apple iPad, more than half of smartphone users polled claimed that they are most likely to use a new tablet device like the iPad to conduct work (52.3%).
Surprisingly, the idea of using an iPad or tablet device for work garnered the most interest from smartphone users, while watching movies and television programs, and playing games placed a close second and third respectively (48.2% and 35.4%).
Three-quarters of smartphone users surveyed believe that smartphones and forthcoming devices like the iPad make people more productive at work, with one-third of those feeling that the productivity impact is significant.

Further information via the URL below:
http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1069007&contentOnly=true

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