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Software company Digia announced today that it is purchasing the Qt development platform from Nokia. Digia will acquire the Qt software technology and all related businesses from Nokia, and plans to continue development efforts and port it to other mobile platforms.
The Iconia Tab A700 is Acer's latest Android-powered tablet and a follow up to its earlier A500 and A510 models. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a new, high-res display, but is that enough to make it worthwhile option when shopping for a new tablet?
Android device users have long been able to use the official Spotify app, but those that own an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet have not been able to join the Spotify party - until now, that is. Amazon is now offering the official Spotify app in the Amazon Appstore on the Kindle Fire tablet, giving Kindle Fire access to all of the goodies that Spotify offers, including its new ad-supported free radio service. Kindle Fire owners can grab the app for free from the Appstore now.
Following last year's release of its app for the iPad, The New Yorker has now launched an app for Apple's smaller iOS devices. The New Yorker app for the iPhone offers subscribers full issues of the magazine delivered automatically every week. The iPhone version uses a new paginated HTML format that lets each issue take up much less storage space than before. Conde Nast, the publisher of The New Yorker, says it plans to bring the paginated HTML technology to the iPad version of the app as well. Print subscribers have free access to The New Yorker's mobile apps, while others can purchase digital-only subscriptions. Non-subscribers also have the option of purchasing each issue individually, and Conde Nast is offering this week's issue for free so new users can check out the app. The New Yorker app for the iPhone is compatible with devices running iOS 4 or later and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store now.
Apple confirmed today that the default YouTube app will not be available in iOS 6, the latest version of the platform due this fall. YouTube has been a default app on the iPhone since its release in 2007, but Apple now says that its license to include the app by default has expired.
Sony has revealed through its official channels in India that it plans to release the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P smartphone later this month. According to Sony Mobile India's Facebook page, the update will be available to users during the week of August 19 through 25. It is not clear if this information only applies to India or all of the markets where the Xperia P is sold. We really liked the Xperia P in our review - except for the fact that it ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box - so hopefully the update to Android 4.0 will only make the phone better than it currently is.
Sharp has revealed that it will begin shipping displays for the next iPhone to Apple this month. Sharp has long been a supplier of displays for Apple's smartphone, and Apple is expected to launch a new version of the iPhone in either September or October. Sharp did not provide any more details about the screens, though rumors have long said that the next iPhone will feature a larger display than previous models, perhaps in the 4 inch range. LG Display and Japan Display are also suppliers of displays for Apple's iPhone.
AT&T announced today that it has agreed to purchase NextWave Wireless. NextWave owns licenses to spectrum in the Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands, which AT&T plans to use for its 4G LTE network. AT&T has already petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for permission to use the 2.3GHz WCS spectrum for LTE. This 2.3GHz WCS spectrum is currently used for satellite radio services. The FCC has yet to approve AT&T's request. As part of the transaction with NextWave, AT&T will acquire all of the company's equity for $25 million, plus a contingent payment of another $25 million. Additionally, AT&T will acquire all of NextWave's outstanding debt, worth a total of $600 million. The purchase is subject to review by the FCC and other regulatory bodies.
RIM has revealed that the long-awaited 4G LTE version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will finally be available starting this month. Breaking landfall in Canada first, the LTE PlayBook will be available for purchase from a variety of Canadian carriers starting on August 9.