Breakfast Briefing: Nokia phone apology, Chromebook rentals, fresh Raspberry Pi
Posted on 6 Sep 2012 at 08:50
In this morning's top stories, Nokia's sorry about mocked up video, Google rents Chromebooks out, Raspberry Pi gets an upgrade, Apple distances itself from the FBI-linked UDID hack, Motorola promises better battery life.
Nokia apologises over video fake
Nokia has been forced to apologise for "simulating" a video showing off the capabilities of its new Lumia 920 handset. A video shown during the launch yesterday made great claims of the camera's capability, but the footage turns out not to have been shot on the handsets at all.
"Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but we should have posted a disclaimer stating this was a representation only," the company said in a post on its site. "This was not shot with a Lumia 920. At least, not yet. We apologise for the confusion we created."
Don’t buy a Chromebook - rent one
Not very many people have bought Chromebooks, so Google is trying a new tactic: rentals. Google is trialling a scheme to allow businesses to rent Chromebooks for $30 a month and Chromeboxes for $25.
"Imagine you’re setting up shop for a local political campaign and will have an influx of new, temporary workers," wrote product manager Divya Agarwalla in a post on the Google blog. "You can rent a Chromebook for each worker for the next few months, and return them when the campaign is over."
Raspberry Pi gets a refresh
Raspberry Pi is set to release an update to its home-brew computer, but said most people can ignore the upgrade. The popular education-focused device will be upgraded over the next month as stocks of the previous model run dry. Key enhancement include power through USB and additional connections.
"We don’t believe that the changes are large enough to make it worth 'holding on' for revision 2.0," the company said in post detailing the changes.
Apple: FBI didn’t get UDIDs from us
Apple has finally spoken up on the UDID leak, which AntiSec said came via an FBI agent’s laptop - which the investigative body denied yesterday. Apple made its point pretty clearly to AllThingsDigital, saying if the FBI had the user device data, it didn’t get it from the tech firm.
"The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said.
Motorola boasts on batteries in new handsets
Motorola has added three new handsets to its Razr range, promising improved power and battery life. The Motorola Razr M packs a wall-to-wall screen, the RAZR HD is pitched as a mobile entertainment device, while the MAXX HD boasts of a "live-forever" battery.
"We’re talking 32 hours of performance, with the longest-lasting LTE smartphone," the company claims. "You can literally get through an entire Hollywood trilogy with 13 hours of straight video playback, up to ten hours of YouTube HD content or surf the day away with up to eight hours of web browsing."
Motorola’s new phone to land with Intel chip in UK
Motorola’s new Droid Razr M will arrive in the UK, but it will have one major difference to its US counterpart: it will run an Intel chip, says Pocket-Lint. The form-factor will largely stay the same otherwise, and will be officially launched 18 September.
Amazon to release a mobile phone
Amazon is set to announce something today - it would cruel of the tech giant to drag journalists all the way to LA only to reveal nothing - and the latest rumours suggest it could launch a mobile phone to go with its Kindle Fire tablet. Sources told The Verge that the Android-variant phone is still being developed, so if it is announced, don’t expect it to land on shelves anytime soon.
With 10 months rental, you could have bought a better notebook with Windows on it... :-S
For 1 - 2 months, it might work.
By big_D on 6 Sep 2012
> For 1 - 2 months, it might work
I'm not even sure about that. We are in that exact position (needing a laptop for a couple of months). We went on eBay and got a refurbed Asus with an SSD and Windows XP for £90 + £6 P&P. For that price, we'll probably end up keeping it but, if not, we'll flog it on eBay and I'd expect to get most of my money back.
By Bassey1976 on 6 Sep 2012
"You can literally get through an entire Hollywood trilogy with 13 hours of straight video playback, up to ten hours of YouTube HD content or surf the day away with up to eight hours of web browsing."
After all that, is there power to actually make a phone call :)
By chapelgarth on 6 Sep 2012
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