Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface coming to Europe this month

Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface coming to Europe this month

Microsoft has announced that they are launching their Surface branded Tablet PCs to several European countries this month.

Schedule:

17 May – France
23 May – The United Kingdom
30 May – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
31 May – Germany

The company also announced a special offer for early-bird customers:

People who purchase a Surface RT from now until June 30, 2013 receive a free cover of their choice, including Type and Touch in black, white, or cyan.

This offer is valid in these countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Kobo Arc Hits Shelves in Canada, United Kingdom and France

IN CANADA at Indigo-Chapters, Best Buy, and Future Shop
THE UK at WHSmith and FRANCE at Fnac Booksellers

The Kobo Arc – 7″ Android Tablet with Amazing Features Now Available at the Affordable Low Price Starting at just $199.99 for 16GB

Discover the Kobo Arc, the best tablet for your holiday gift giving

Kobo, a global leader in eReading with more than 10-million users, today announced that its much-anticipated 7″ Android tablet, the Kobo Arc, has hit shelves across Canada and the United Kingdom today and will be heading to France on Monday. The Google-certified, Kobo Arc gives consumers access to more than 600,000 apps and comes in three storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. With the fastest 1.5GHz processor available in a 7″ tablet, the Kobo Arc provides superior browsing and multi-media features to enhance the user experience including front-facing speakers, a durable high-resolution display, and Kobo’s unique interface Tapestries to easily organize and display content. Starting at just$199.99, the Kobo Arc is the best option for customers looking for a fully-loaded 7″ tablet this holiday season.

Kobo Tapestries interface allows users to easily “pin” their favorite content in dynamic displays helping to keep much-loved content at the surface of the user experience. To further extend the user experience, the Kobo Arc Discovery Ribbon intelligently recommends both free and paid content – including webpages, articles, eBooks, music and movies – based on the content pinned to a Tapestry. The Kobo Arc is the only tablet that learns what its user likes, to recommend more of the content they love. Fully customizable, with colourful, interchangeable Snapbacks in Blue and Purple, the Kobo Arc is the only tablet available on the market today that is a true reflection of its user.

“Finding new videos, websites and articles is something we can all admit to spending hours searching for,” said Wayne White, EVP and GM of Devices Kobo. “With Kobo Arc, we have developed new ways for users to easily and more importantly, quickly, discover new information, resources and entertainment based on their interests rather than their purchase history. We want people to be surprised and delighted by Kobo Arc each time a recommendation is made based on their personal interests and tastes.”

Kobo Arc Fast Facts:
The highly responsive Kobo Arc is driven by a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 dual-core processor to deliver more processing power
It retains more than 10 hours of battery life in a single charge, giving consumers a highly responsive and long-lasting multimedia experience.
Its 7″ high-definition display with 178 degree viewing angles, 215 pixels/inch and 1280×800 resolution with 16-million colours bring video and pictures to life.
In Kobo’s laboratory drop-tests, the Kobo Arc’s ultra-durable glass proved more resistant to damage than any other tablet currently available in the market.
Only 364 grams, the Kobo Arc is also one of the lightest 7″ tablets available and with the new storage configurations, consumers will relish in their ability to store as many songs, movies, eBooks, and pictures as they desire.
Front-facing stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia® sound to bring music to life as well as a 1.3 MegaPixel front-facing camera, built-in microphone, and 802.11 WiFi to easily connect to the web without an expensive data plan.
The fully customizable Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system allows consumers to configure and modify the Kobo Arc and Kobo is already working toward an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade.
The Kobo Arc comes with Google Play to provide hours of entertainment through the Google Play Store’s 600,000 apps including Gmail and YouTube in addition to pre-loaded apps like Facebook®, Twitter®, Rdio®, Zinio® and PressReader®.
The tablet comes in black and white and interchangeable SnapBacks in blue and purple.

With the Kobo Arc, Kobo continues to build on its open philosophy which encourages more people to read anytime, anyplace and on the device they choose. The company’s eReading platform automatically syncs people’s libraries across devices from the Kobo Arc, to its E Ink eReaders, to the free apps for virtually any desktop, tablet, eReader or smartphone. With more than 10-million users across 190 countries, Kobo offers more choice than ever before with its new Family of eReaders, growing catalogue of more than 3-million eBooks, and content in 60 languages.

The Kobo Arc will be available for $199.99 (16GB), $249.99 (32GB) and $299.99 (64GB). Check out Chapters-Indigo,Bestbuy.ca, Futureshop.com, WHSmith, and Fnac for more information or to order online.

Google Play to offer media content on Google TV in UK, Germany, France, Canada and Australia

Google Play to offer media content on Google TV in UK, Germany, France, Canada and Australia

Google has just announced that they are rolling out support for Google Play Store on their Google TV platform in several new markets.

Google TV owners in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia would soon be able to buy/rent music and movies from the Google Play Store.

Users would get access to all their paid for content on the Google Play Store without any additional payments on their Google TV connected television set.

Sony Computer Entertainment To Launch PlayStation®Store For PlayStation®Mobile On October 3

Official Version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK Will Be Available in November

FUJITSU AND SHARP TO JOIN PLAYSTATION™CERTIFIED LICENSE PROGRAM

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will start to deliver dedicated content for PlayStation®Mobile, delivering the world of PlayStation® on open operating system-based devices*1, through PlayStation®Store on October 3. In the dramatically evolving smartphone and tablet market, SCE will offer appealing PlayStation-like content to a variety of popular mobile devices.

The service will start in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow. At launch, users will be able to enjoy approximately 30 new titles from a variety of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, Sports, and Simulation, at an affordable price point of between 50 yen and 850 yen (including tax)*2, created by third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios. Further content will be released frequently for PlayStation®Mobile as new titles become available.

SCE also announced Fujitsu Limited and Sharp Corporation will join the PlayStation Certified license program*3. By collaborating with Fujitsu and Sharp which not only have the significant share in the Japanese smartphone market but also offer a wide range of devices across the globe, SCE will deliver the unmatched PlayStation experience to even more smartphone and tablet users around the world.

“Fujitsu’s ARROWS series smartphones and tablets feature “Usability” realized by human-centric technology, and “High Spec” represented by Japan’s first quad-core CPU adopted model” said Takahiro Matsumura, Senior Vice President, Ubiquitous Business Strategy Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “We are excited to be partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment, and offer PlayStation-like gaming experiences for ARROWS users.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer exciting PlayStation-like gaming experiences through our products to the customers all around the world” said Itsuki Kouchi, Division Deputy General Manager & Marketing Department General Manager, Global Product Development Center, Communication Systems Group, Sharp Corporation. “Sharp will continue shaping its smartphone development philosophy, “Feel Logic”, and one of its elements, “Feel Creation”.

Furthermore, the PlayStation Mobile Developer Program which includes the official version of PlayStation Mobile SDK will become available to the development community in November. This will be rolled-out in a phased manner in 11 countries and regions including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Program will allow developers to easily distribute their content through PlayStation Store on a commercial basis and market their games to millions of dedicated gamers with PlayStation™Certified devices and PlayStation Vita. The license agreement for the SDK is US$99 annually*4.

SCE will further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices and continue to collaborate with content developers to drive the delivery of compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStation Mobile.

About PlayStation®Mobile

PlayStation®Mobile marries fun, engaging PlayStation-style gaming with the convenience of PlayStation™Certified mobile devices and offers mobile users a superlative store navigation and purchase experience. It allows a wide range of developers to produce PlayStation-like game experiences in an easy, time-efficient development environment. PlayStation Mobile content is also compatible with PlayStation®Vita.

*1 As of September 19, Android based PlayStation™Certified devices and PlayStation®Vita.

*2 Prices in Japan based on the information as of September 19.

*3 The license program to expand PlayStation Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support. As of September 19, 2012, the line-up of PlayStation™Certified devices include the HTC One series of smartphones, HTC One™ X, HTC One™ S, and HTC One™ V and Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ S, Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ acro S, Xperia™ TX, Xperia™ T, Xperia™ V, Xperia™ SL from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and “Sony Tablet” S, “Sony Tablet” P and Xperia™ Tablet S from Sony Corporation. Model name may vary by region. Sales model may vary by area.

*4 The fee is for the US market. The fee differs by countries and regions.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.

PlayStation and PS3 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB. “Sony Tablet” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Google Maps expands biking direction data for Australia and Europe

Google Maps expands biking direction data for Australia and Europe

Google has added tons of data related to biking directions for Australia and European countries.

Google Maps expands biking direction data for Australia and Europe

Google said:

Helping cyclists navigate the bike trails throughout those countries proved hugely popular, so we’re wheelie excited to announce that starting today, we’ve also added extensive biking data to Google Maps for Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In many of these countries we are also enabling biking directions in beta mode.

To start off, we’ve added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly to the map through the updated biking directions legend. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or easily find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you’re zoomed into a city, use the widget at the top right of the map to turn on the “Bicycling” layer.

Facebook App Center launches in seven new markets

Facebook App Center launches in seven new markets

Facebook has announced the launch of their app center in seven new markets.

The company has also launched a localization product to enable future rollout in other markets where English is not the primary language.

Facebook App Center is now fully launched in these markets:

United States, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

The company added:

In the coming weeks, we are launching the App Center to users in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. To have your app included when we launch in those next markets, please submit translated app detail pages as soon as possible. We are reviewing all high-quality apps and will prioritize those that submit translations by Friday, July 13, 2012.

App Center Now Available in More Countries

The App Center is now available to everyone in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. People in these countries will now see the App Center bookmark on the left side of their home page on Facebook.com and in the Facebook apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Approximately 80% of people active on Facebook each month are outside the U.S. and Canada. The global rollout of the App Center will continue over the coming weeks so that more people can discover high quality games and apps with friends.

In the month since the App Center initially launched, it has helped millions of people discover new mobile and web apps. Specifically, game developer Kixeye has seen a lift in the quality of organic installs, and found that App Center traffic produces better than average revenue per user for its games War Commander and Battle Pirates. Similarly, a growing percentage of new players in Disney’s Marvel: Avengers Alliance are originating from the App Center, and those users are more engaged than those who come through other channels.

Today we are accepting submissions from developers with translated apps for the App Center. (More information on our Developer Blog here.)

Some of the most popular apps and games on Facebook were built by developers based outside of the U.S., such as Diamond Dash (Wooga, Germany), Bubble Witch Saga (King.com, U.K.), Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick, Australia), Angry Birds Friends (Rovio, Finland), Ninja Showdown (Noritown, South Korea), Soundcloud (Germany), Spotify (Sweden), and Deezer (France). The App Center makes it easier for people around the world to discover the best apps and games for them, wherever they are.

Once the App Center is available in your country, you can access it via the bookmark or by going to www.facebook.com/appcenter.

Amazon Opens Portal for International Mobile App Distribution

Developers around the world are invited to start submitting apps today for international distribution later this year, beginning with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

Change in developer agreement simplifies revenue share model and increases flexibility for developers

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that developers can now submit apps for distribution this summer in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with plans for further global expansion in the near future. Developers can get started by visiting the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal.

The Amazon Appstore in the U.S. has grown to tens of thousands of apps and games in just one year. As a result of features like 1-Click purchasing and Test Drive (which allows customers to try apps before purchasing them), developers report strong monetization from the apps they offer through Amazon. Amazon recently introduced an In-App Purchasing service that is simple for developers to integrate and helps monetize their apps and games even better than before, while still offering customers a seamless and secure 1-Click purchasing experience. Many developers have seen revenue skyrocket as a result of Amazon In-App Purchasing and are excited to offer their apps to even more customers outside the United States.

“We’ve seen that Amazon gamers are hungry for great content and are willing to open up their digital wallets to pay for it,” said Niccolo de Masi, CEO and President of Glu Mobile. “Our latest title launched on Amazon, Frontline Commando, has seen both revenue per daily active user and lifetime value metrics exceed averages as compared to other devices and platforms. Taking a successful platform like Amazon’s and expanding it across the globe is going to give us an even broader customer base and create an opportunity to generate even more revenue–something we are very excited about.”

“We are delighted with the strong relationship that we’ve cultivated with the U.S. Amazon Appstore since its launch, and Kindle Fire has been hugely successful for our titles,” said Peter Vesterbacka, CMO and Mighty Eagle of Rovio. “As a strong global brand with an international fan base, we are very excited to expand our offerings to Amazon’s customers worldwide.”

“With fan-favorite games like Plants vs. Zombies and SCRABBLE topping the charts, the U.S. Amazon Appstore has been a fantastic avenue for EA to reach an entirely new segment of consumers,” said Bernard Kim, Senior Vice President of Global Social & Mobile Publishing for EA. “Amazon’s international expansion marks an exciting opportunity to bring our interactive entertainment experiences to even more consumers around the world.”

“Amazon is a key distributor for us, delivering users who prove to be loyal and prolific in their usage,” said Evan Conway, OneLouder Apps President. “International adoption is critical to our business and we are excited to broaden our reach through Amazon’s new global channel providing great mobile experiences for customers around the world.”

“Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner is the #1 cooking app for the U.S. Amazon Appstore and Kindle Fire, and our community engages with our apps 45 percent more on Kindle Fire devices than any other device, so we know they love and trust the Amazon app platform,” said Lisa Sharples, President of Allrecipes.com. “Allrecipes is a trusted global brand with successful international apps and we are very excited to have Amazon help us connect with new international home cooks.”

“We are thrilled at the success our developers have experienced on the Amazon platform in the last year,” said Jim Adkins, Vice President of the Amazon Appstore. “Some developers have seen revenue double since the launch of In-App Purchasing. We’re excited to open the door to even more opportunity by expanding app sales outside the U.S. We see tremendous potential for current developers in our distribution program to grow with the international expansion. We also encourage new developers to join and participate in the platform’s growth.”

Developers should visit the distribution portal to learn about localizing apps with localized resource files for different regions, as well as other tips on how to prepare their apps for international distribution. Developers have the ability to select the countries where they would like to sell their apps. They can also set their list prices by marketplace. Those already participating in the program will automatically have their apps made available for sale internationally by default. And developers can easily change international availability for their apps via the distribution portal if they don’t wish to sell in select countries. Developers who are new to the program can sign up at the Amazon Mobile App Distribution Portal.

Apple iPhone 4S preorders begin in 22 more markets

Apple iPhone 4S preorders begin in 22 more markets

Apple is now accepting preorders for their iPhone 4S model in 22 more nations. These are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Apple iPhone 4S is likely to go on sale in these markets in the coming days.

Apple is already selling 4S in around 7 countries: Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

We are still waiting for an official announcement related to the iPhone 4S launch here in India. Reports online claim that the device could launch before the end of the current year.

eBay mobile apps now available internationally

eBay mobile apps now available internationally

eBay has announced that they are now making available their mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iPhone/iPad platforms internationally.

eBay mobile app for iPhone is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store in 77 markets.

eBay for Android is also now available in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The online retailing giant is betting big on the mobile apps which enable their users to shop on the move.

The company has seen massive activity by their users who have conducted transactions worth millions in the last couple of months using the mobile app.