Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Deal of the Day - Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle, includes AngularJS, Python, HTML5, Ruby, and more. ×

Submission + - First Africa - Designed smartphone launched (

Taco Cowboy writes: A smartphone said to be the first designed by an African company has been launched.

The phone, called "Elikia", which means “hope” in the local language, has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 512 megabytes of RAM and a 650-Mhz processor, and runs Google's Android software.

The phone, although designed in Africa by Africans, will be manufactured in China

It will be retailed at $170.

Additional source from BBC —


Submission + - Microsoft collects $10 royalty per device from Android vendors (

Taco Cowboy writes: Back in 2011 it had already rumored that Microsoft was aiming to collect $10 per device from vendors who sell Android-based handsets — see

Now the rumor turns out to be true.

Approximately 70% of branded hardware vendors with Android products, including HTC, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Wistron, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, and ViewSonic, are making royalty payments to Microsoft, with each vendor paying up to US$5-10 per device sold, the sources revealed.


Submission + - Firefox Mobile OS powers ZTE's upcoming phone (

Taco Cowboy writes: ZTE, the world's fifth-largest maker of mobile phones by volume, and China's best selling mobile phone, will use Firefox's mobile OS to power its upcoming phone, which will debut early next year.

He Shiyou, executive vice president of the Shenzen-based company, cited the recent patent battles between Apple and Samsung (see "Apple-Samsung: The Verdict on Innovation") and said: "We will avoid relying too greatly on one single operating system."

The OS allows the phone's functions, such as making calls or determining location, to run in any Web-based HTML5 application, not just in applications written specifically for that phone's onboard operating system.

Though the theoretical advantages are clear, it's a fairly radical step. "It's not been tried except by Google, this idea of basically creating your entire user experience in a browser," says Carl Howe, vice president at Yankee Group, an analyst firm in Boston. "Google did this in Chromebooks, but nobody has tried it with a smartphone."


Submission + - HTC has no intention to settle with Apple (

Taco Cowboy writes: The recent lost by Samsung in a court battle against Apple apparently does not put a dent to other parties determination to fight Apple, inside and outside of the court system

HTC's Chairperson, Ms. Cher Wang, has publicly re-iterated her belief that the $1 billion jury verdict against Samsung in the U.S. "does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem."


Submission + - Android Smart-Watch from Sony (

Taco Cowboy writes: This submit unfortunately gonna looks like yet another slash-advert, I know

So, we have Android Smartphone, Android Tablet, are you ready for Android Smart-Watch?

According to the official page, this gadget can "track incoming call", "display messages", "run apps", and yes, it also tells you the time

Disclaimer: I haven't bought one yet, and I haven't tried one out yet, and Sony ain't gonna give me one to try out either


Submission + - The word "ToDo" has been trademarked ! (

Taco Cowboy writes: An iOS app developer is threatening to sue an Android app developer over the word "ToDo"

Apparently, according to the iOS app developer, he "owns the trademark for the word “ToDo”"

As if the patent trolls haven't given us enough headaches, now we have trademark trolls


Submission + - Windows-on-Arms tablets are not competitive (

Taco Cowboy writes: The WoA (Windows on Arm) tablets may doomed to fail due to the cost of Windows 8

The BOM (Bill of Material) costs for WoA tablets, are U$300-350 for 10" version and U$150-200 for 7* version, and they can't go any lower because of the additional US$90-100 fee for Windows 8

The average price of tablet PCs has been dropping rapidly since the launch of Amazon's Kindle Fire. But PC brand vendors, who are used to price wars, are nevertheless struggling to compete, because unlike Amazon, they do not see additional revenues from post-purchase content sales.


Submission + - The BYOD Threat - the internal threat (

Taco Cowboy writes: The acronym "BYOD" stands for "Bring Your Own Device" — a common practice in many corporate setting whereby employees are allowed to 'bring your own device' to work and IT will allow it to access the corporate network.

BYOD can also be known as Bring Your Own Disaster

“Consumer devices were never intended to be highly secure,” says Steve Durbin, global vice president of the Information Security Forum (ISF)

“Unless you’ve thought through your BYOD strategy, unless you’ve put in place some real good governance around it and you get your users to sign up to acceptable use policies, there’s very little you can do to enforce some of these things,” he adds

Another source is at

One picture is worth 128K words.