Just like the Xperia Ion, the Xperia TL supports access to Sony's own multimedia storefronts, called the Sony Entertainment Network. A Music Unlimited app will either stream custom radio stations, playlists, or specific tracks and albums for a $9.99 monthly fee. You can also store tunes locally for offline playback, which is very helpful for surviving long subway trips. Sony's Video Unlimited service, similar to services from other phone makers like Samsung and HTC, lets you rent or own movies and TV shows. For new releases, prices run about $4 to rent and $15 to keep.
Citing "people familiar with the situation", the Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is working with suppliers in Asia to test a new smart phone, but isn't yet sure whether the device will go into mass production, The phone is rumoured to measure between 4 and 5 inches, which would put it in line with, er, almost every other smart phone, Microsoft's decision to make its own Windows 8 tablet was a controversial one, that's recently seen Acer take its ball home queen starring of mandala-gold sunflower i iphone case in a huff, delaying its Windows RT tablets until at least April next year..
Wading into the world of smart phones could equally rile manufacturers who've taken a gamble on Windows Phone 8, notably ailing firms Nokia and HTC. On the other hand, a Microsoft-branded mobile could be cheaper than the competition, which would be good for shoppers. The Surface has been met with lukewarm reviews, with our review concluding that a relatively low-res screen, occasional sluggishness and a lack of apps spoil an otherwise tempting tablet. Meanwhile, Microsoft has admitted that it "ran out of time" on building a notification centre for Windows Phone 8, the Verge reports. Android and iOS both offer swipe-down screens that collect alerts from texts, emails or apps, but Microsoft's platform is lacking.
"I promise we're thinking very very hard on that one," Microsoft's Thomas Fennel reportedly said, suggesting we'll see a notification centre cropping up with a future update, Would you buy a Microsoft-made mobile? Or should Ballmer and buddies leave the hardware to more experienced companies? Tell me in the comments or on our queen starring of mandala-gold sunflower i iphone case Facebook wall, Image credit: Jonas Daehnert on DeviantArt, Microsoft is already putting an own-brand through its paces, according to the Wall Street Journal, Rumours persist that Microsoft is cooking up an own-brand smart phone to go with its Surface tablet, with fresh reports suggesting the mythical mobile is already in testing..
Sandy's damage forced the closure of most shops in Lower Manhattan, including Apple's SoHo and West 14th Street stores. Both cited the extreme weather and posted signs that they were closed until "conditions improve."CNET's crew of reporters and photographers were on hand in New York, San Francisco, and beyond to cover the launch. 8:25 a.m. PT, San Francisco store: Well that was quick. Apple got through the whole line in about 15 minutes, and there's not a single person queued up outside now. Shortly after the first shoppers went in, the store got rid of all the line gates and coffee. From my trip inside the store, the fourth-generation, full-sized iPads were practically untouched by curious shoppers, however there was a healthy crowd around the table full of Minis. That should do it from us here in San Francisco, where the "Mini" in the name seems to have matched the scale of its launch compared to Apple's other big product launches in recent years.