AzoftSpotlight

A new gadget by HP stays in the middle of the evolution curve

By Emma Brem on September 15, 2009

dreamHP comes up with DreamScreen 100: a next-gen innovative gadget that combines functions of a connected screen, web browser, media player and more, and allows mobile social networking, wireless media sharing, and data storage. This device brings the concept of a connected screen to a new level by introducing non-precedent functional while being simple, intuitive, and stylish.

Sprint & Verizon: And then there was Wi-Fi… Too late?

By Emma Brem on August 30, 2009

Sprint & Verizon have made a decision to enable Wi-Fi in all their future handhelds, after BlackBerry Tour.

According to Jeff Clemow, director of business product marketing for Sprint, «Sprint will “embrace” Wi-Fi in all its “major devices”, and the feature is a requirement for all of Sprint’s equipment suppliers now».

While Sprint & Verizon are making promises, their competitor, AT&T is expanding its presence on the Wi-Fi market: last fall AT&T bought Wayport, a Wi-Fi service provider, for more than $200 billion. That helped AT&T to gain 10 000 new access points (which makes about 20 000 in general), and to become the nation’s largest Wi-Fi operator.

Azoft becomes available through Google Wave

By Emma Brem on August 25, 2009

wave 150x150 Azoft becomes available through Google WaveThe way people communicate has been evolving since the first man made his first step. At first there were only plain shapeless sounds, but as conditions and ways of life were becoming more and more complex, eventually broadened and flourished human language and its ability to provide more accurate and specific information. Finally, it blossomed into the beautiful harmonious speech that we hear nowadays. Alongside of verbal evolution, the way people transfer information to each other was also changing with time. In those great battles of Ancient history only those could win who got the latest battle-front news faster than opponent. Minutes or even pure seconds could make or ruin the day of the whole empire. This led people to thinking of how to speed up the word transmission, and since that moment first messaging systems count their days in the history of a mankind. Later, the industrial age was a major breakthrough in all aspects of human life and communications was not an exception. Two amazing inventors: Alexander Graham Bell with invention of telephone in 1876 and Alexander Popov with invention of radio in 1885 forever and for always changed lifestyle of the entire planet. Nowadays, in the era of PC and Internet, business increasingly demands for even faster and more flexible communications. E-mail was the answer at first, but later entirely new class of messaging systems rose. ICQ, AIM, Skype, and other applications are widely known and used today, and are generally referred as Instant Messengers. They have flexibility that e-mail lack and are widely used by service companies to provide customers with additional level of service and possibility to get in touch. As a part of modern world, Azoft is continually researching on how to apply the latest innovations and communication technologies in order to be closer to its customers and operate as a truly next-door office. And, we are proud to announce that from now on we are available through the brand new Google Wave. Google Wave is a messenger, but a completely refined one by Google’s awesome out-of-box vision on what communications can be:

A new search engine won’t be a Google killer

By Emma Brem on August 9, 2009

The name is Blekko. Blekko will be a search engine. That’s basically all we know about a new project, that would probably attempt to become one more “Google slayer”. Too many other “killers” achieved nothing despite of being promoted as “the SE of the future” even before they were launched. This was the destiny of Guil, Wikia Search, SearchMe, and some others.

The new one, Blekko, wisely decided not to repeat the mistake of “selling ground on Mars” and decided not to communicate with press, bloggers, or any other media at all. Probably that would save the project from fiasco within 2 weeks after it will be launched.

iPhone Dev Center introduces iPhone SDK 3.1 Beta

By Emma Brem on July 12, 2009

This is a new event in the world of iphone software development: Apple releases its iPhone OS 3.1, and here we will briefly look at it to find out what is really new in this one. The new OS is compatible with iPod Touch and iPhone, and SDK is only available for Leopard and Snow Leopard users.

According to Apple, “These versions are for development and testing only and should be installed on devices dedicated to iPhone OS 3.1 beta software development.” Well, yes, we can say that this stuff is pretty much only about development.

It is not so easy to say what is new in this version at a glance, but here we can list some major, obvious changes:

Alienware M17x is a gamer’s dream

By Emma Brem on July 2, 2009

Alienware had just released the world’s most powerful laptop: Alienware M17x. This one definitely has the right to be called the new word in mobile computing. Its performance makes it ideal for such purposes as gaming, video/audio editing, works on designs and others.

M17x goes with multiple hardware variants (which are listed on the official alienware’s website), and one can say that the top configuration is the monster. Here it is:

  • Video: SLI Dual 1 Gb DDR3 Nvidia Ge Force MX 280 M
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300 (3 Ghz, 12 (!) Mb Cache)

Apple Netbook Becomes a Bestseller

By Emma Brem on June 30, 2009

On June 8 Apple announced notebooks’ prices lowering, and, as a result, 13” Mac Book has become a top best-seller on Amazon since it actually was released. It has easily overcome its rivals, e.g. Acer & Asus, and by now 3 out of 10 top selling netbooks, as well as 5 out of 20 top selling laptops are Mac.

As netbooks are becoming more and more popular due to their high mobility and convenience, Amazon has made a decision to divide the Laptops category into 2 subcategories: Notebooks & Netbooks. And, despite of the price range from $1000 to $2000, both of these sub-categories are now occupied by Apple.

J2ME Application for mCentric

By Emma Brem on December 1, 2008

Azoft is happy to announce the successful completion of a J2ME mobile application development project for its Spanish customer mCentric. The aim of the project was to work out a mobile and server application together enabling a user to create custom avatars using the templates built in his/her cell phone.