MacBook Air Intel processor heading to other notebooks

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Jan 312008
 

One interesting story behind the MacBook Air is how Apple asked Intel to design a much smaller Core 2 Duo processor package to allow it to fit into the ultra-thin notebook. Intel succeeded and managed to reduce the footprint necessary by about 60 percent.

CNET is now reporting that both Lenovo and Fujitsu are working on notebooks that will use the same Core 2 Duo processor and 965GMS chipset. Specific details on the upcoming notebooks were not revealed but CNET indicated that they might not be ultra-thin notebooks. Instead, we could see notebooks sporting optical drives and user-replaceable batteries. The benefit of using the new chips would be the improved performance that the chips have over the low-voltage or ultra-low-voltage Intel’s Core 2 Duo versions used so far in ultraportables.

Much of the technology will also trickle down into the forthcoming Montevina platform that will be released later this year. The Montevina platform will consist of a Penryn processor, a new chipset, and an optional integrated Wi-Fi/WiMax radio.

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Screenshots of next version of HTC TouchFLO leaked?

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Jan 312008
 

This could be nothing more than someone playing with Photoshop or it could be some legitimate screenshots of an update to HTC’s TouchFLO user interface which is codenamed Manila.

The::unwired did some digging and found that the source of the leak is a blog called “The HTC Insider”. The blog provides a file called manila.1.0.0103.0.release.cab that seems to be an early version of Manila. This is primarily aimed at you hacker types out there as it’s unlikely to run on your device out of the box, but nonetheless feel free to try.

Rumour - Manila
Rumour - Manila

More screenshots are available at the Swiss site Mobile-Devices.ch.

Note: The ‘More information’ link is in German.

Source: the::unwired

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Lenovo to exit mobile device market

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Jan 312008
 

Did you know that Lenovo sold mobile handsets? Neither did I. After seeing its shipments fall 31 percent in compared to the same quarter a year ago and recording a loss of 134 million yuan in 2007, Lenovo has decided to sell its mobile division to a private-equity group for USD$100 million. The deal is expected to close this quarter.

Lenovo sells its Windows Mobile PDAs and smartphones primarily in mainland China, explaining why this side of its business is not better known across the world.

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New HTC devices coming in second quarter 2008

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Jan 312008
 

HTC

Details are slim but HTC CFO Huei-ming Cheng revealed that HTC will release some new devices in the second quarter of 2008. The announcement was made during an online investors conference where he indicated that the company expects revenues to grow between 20 and 30 percent in 2008 (over 2007).

The new products will differentiate from the current Touch-series lineup, focusing on models supporting the 3G standard initially and then followed by EDGE-compliant models for emerging markets, Cheng indicated.

During the call, Cheng also revealed that HTC shipped 9.92 million units in 2007, just short of the target of 10 million it had set for itself.

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White HTC Touch lands at Bell Mobility

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Jan 312008
 

HTC Touch in white

Bell is now offering a white version of the HTC Touch to its customers. Aside from the new coat, this latest Touch is the same as the one that Bell launched at the end of last year on its EV-DO high speed mobile network.

The HTC Touch is available for as little as CAD$99.95 (with a 512MB SD card) with a three-year contract directly from Bell Mobility. Like its sibling, it can be bundled with unlimited access to the Internet and email for just CAD$7 a month. Without a contract, it is available for CAD$399.95.

Interestingly, Verizon was long rumoured to be the first North American carrier to get the white version (as the Verizon XV6900). It might still be coming but it won’t be a first for Verizon anymore.

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FCC approval for North American Nokia N95 8GB

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Jan 302008
 

Nokia N95 8GB

Nokia announced the North American version of the N95 8GB NAM earlier this month but an important step was still pending: The FCC certification. You can now check that off as complete.

Aside from the support for the 850/1900MHz HSDPA bands used in North America, the N95 8GB NAM (or N95-4) is identical to the European version: 2.8-inch display, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus and integrated A-GPS. And like its European cousin, it lacks the microSD slot of other N95 models.

The North American N95 8GB will sell for USD$749 and is expected to be available as early as mid-February.

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Dell to work with Google on mobile phone?

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Jan 302008
 

Dell

MarketingWeek is reporting that Dell and Google will partner to launch a mobile phone. An announcement could come as early as next month at the Mobile World Congress according to some senior industry sources. Google insiders though suggest that the announcement (if there is one) will be made later in the year.

Details are slim but such a partnership suggests that Dell would release an Android-powered device. Getting Dell on board would certainly be a strong endorsement for Android as it gets ready to move into a very competitive market.

Rumours of Dell moving into the smartphone business have been around a long time although most suggest that the device would run Windows Mobile. Has there been a change of heart?

Source: CrunchGear

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GIGA-BYTE to unveil HSPDA mobile TV Windows Mobile phone at Mobile World Congress

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Jan 302008
 

Msmobiles.com got an invitation from GIGA-BYTE to the Mobile World Congress where the company will unveil some new devices. GIGA-BYTE Communications warmly invites you to a whole new experience on HSDPA mobile phones featuring digital TV and GPS at the Mobile World Congress 2008. This year, GIGA-BYTE Communications proudly presents the world’s first and only 3.5G TV phones with DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB, and GPS with GeoTag enabled tracking features.

It will be interesting to see how the GIGA-BYTE device(s) compare to the upcoming E-TEN Glofiish V900.

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ASUS Eee PC family to grow in 2008

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Jan 302008
 

ASUS Eee PC

ASUS is planning to build on the success of the ASUS Eee PC by launching new Eee product families. Among the new Eee products will be the E-DT (a desktop PC), E-TV (a set of 42-inch or greater TVs) and an E-Monitor (an all-in-one PC).

The first version of the E-DT desktop PC will run an Intel Celeron processor but future generations will use the Intel Shelton’08 platform with Diamondville processors and the 945GC chipset. Set to launch in April or May, prices should range from USD$200 to USD$300. The E-DT will be showcased at CeBIT 2008.

The E-TV will feature an over-42-inch display. Unlike most TVs, it will integrate Linux-based PC functionality. Prices should be no more than about USD$200 more than a comparably-sized TV without the added functionality. The E-TV should launch in September.

The E-Monitor will be an all-in-one device (like an iMac or Dell XPS One). Also launching in September, they will feature the Intel Shelton’08 platform and a display somewhere in the size of 19- to 21-inches. It will also come with a built-in TV tuner. The E-Monitor should sell for about USD$499.

On the Eee PC front, Jerry Shen, president of Asustek, said that the next generation of Eee’s will not include a touchscreen option. Asus instead is tackling the issues of small panel size, longer battery life and shorter battery recharge times. To achieve some of these goals, a new elite level of Eee PCs will be added to the current line up.

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Weekday fun: Nanobotz

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Jan 292008
 

Nanobotz

Nanobotz is an artillery game that takes place at a nano level. Have your heard about the nano-world? This is a place where one nanometer is a pretty large distance. Usually, people tend to think that there are only molecules, atoms and other such boring things. But no, they are all wrong! In this other-world conflict exists at a nano-level. Control your team of nanobots, fight versus AI, human opponents, or both together.

The game features a physics engine where each piece of land has its won gravitational settings which change as the land is destroyed. There are six worlds to choose from, over 30 types of weapons, VGA graphics and support for square-sized screens. It is compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 devices.

Nanobotz is available for USD$19.95 exclusively from our affiliate Clickgamer. A trial version is also available.

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Future MWg devices to charge wirelessly

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Jan 292008
 

MWg announced today that it will soon release mobile devices that charge by wireless induction. This announcement is part of a new agreement with UK-based Splashpower Ltd., a Cambridge, a developer of wireless power technology.

With inductive charging, you simply place your device on a special pad that plugs into the wall. The device’s electrical battery will then charge wirelessly using electromagnetic induction. The benefit is that the device itself does not need to be plugged in to charge. For example, you could simply leave a charge pad by your door and simply drop and pick up your device on it as you come and go.

There are no details about what devices with this feature MWg will release but they are aiming to have them out around mid-2008.

Source: jkOnTheRun

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Motorola to exit cellphone business?

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Jan 292008
 

Motorola

Motorola may be considering leaving the handset business. The suggestion comes from Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, after Motorola saw its marketshare drop about 38 percent in the last year. He suggested that Chinese vendors could also be looking at buying the company but that they would face the same challenge of then turning the company around.

If it does so, Motorola would focus on enterprise and government sales.

It’s not clear how quickly Motorola would make this move.

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VITO updates FunContact

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Jan 292008
 

VITO FunContact

VITO Technology has released an updated version of FunContact, their touch-driven contact manager. It has been optimized to start up as much as eight times faster and uses a smaller memory footprint. Now you can have FunContact running safely in background without having to worry how much memory is left for other applications.

Version 2.1 also comes with the ability to add a new contact or update an existing contact with a new number right from the call log. The alphabetical rule also now appears on the left side of the screen and minor bugs have also been fixed.

VITO FunContact is available for USD$19.95 from our affiliate Clickapps. A trial version is also available. Current 2.0 users can upgrade for free.

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E-TEN confirms some Glofiish V900 details

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Jan 292008
 

E-TEN Glofiish V900

E-TEN has confirmed that the upcoming TV-supporting Glofiish V900 smartphone will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona from February 11 to 14, 2008.

Hwang Shan-rong, company chairman, also confirmed some previously revealed details about the V900. It will be powered by a 667MHz Samsung processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It will come with 3.5G connectivity, a 3.2MP camera and support for DVB-H, DVB-T, T-DMB and DAB broadcast reception.

Details about availability and pricing are still not available.

E-TEN also plans to release another five handsets in 2008.

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Nokia to acquire Trolltech

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Jan 282008
 

Nokia announced today that it will acquire fellow Norwegian company Trolltech which develops mobile software. The acquisition of Trolltech will enable Nokia to accelerate its cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices and desktop applications, and develop its Internet services business.

Nokia will continue to develop both desktop and mobile Trolltech products. It is also planning to license Trolltech technology under both commercial and open source licenses.

Nokia will pay NOK 843 million (over USD$150 million) for Trolltech and the offer should be completed in the second quarter.

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