December 12, 2008

Palm Could Preview New OS and Phone At CES 2009

Palm has been working on a new Linux based smartphones OS for more than two years. And, Palm needs the new OS now more than ever, as phones based on its own OS are looking outdated and Windows Mobile OS is not helping anyone in mobile phone industry. Palm has announced an event at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where many believe that it will showcase the new Nova operating system for smartphones and a new smartphone along with it. Read More

December 11, 2008

Netbook Sales Overtakes iPhone Seriously…

Numerous blogs have posted a report stating that netbook sales have overtaken iPhone. Now the thing that I don’t understand is how can anyone compare a single product sales to sales of whole product category. The data in the articles points to 5.6 million sales for netbooks compared to 4.7 million for iPhone in Q3 2008. To compare sales of products across two different categories they could have just compared sales of Acer Aspire One Netbook with iPhone sales, which was around one third of iPhone sales. Read More

Apple Working on Multi-Dimensional Mac OS X Interface

Many believe that after multitouch user interface, multi-dimensional (3D) user interface is the next frontier for personal computer space. Many companies have talked about 3D user interface for computers and Apple doesn’t wants to be left behind. According to the recent patent applications filed by Apple, the company is working on “Multidimensional” user interface and true 3D desktop environments. Read More

December 10, 2008

No ZunePhone At CES in January

There have been various rumors going around about Microsoft’s plan to launch a Zune based mobile phone at CES in January. But Ina Fried is reporting that a source close to Microsoft’s plan has informed her not to expect a Zunephone at CES. There will be a bunch of stuff that Ballmer will show at CES keynote and instead of ZunePhone, Windows 7 will be hog the limelight. Read More

Intel Says Development of 32nm Manufacturing Process Complete

Following its own “tick-tock” strategy Intel announced today that they have completed development of next generation 32nm manufacturing process. The 32nm process will use transistors based on Intel’s second generation high-k metal gate technology that will switch 22 percent faster than current 45-nm Penryn chips. Read More

HP Plans to Offer Environment Friendly Sonata Lithium-ion Batteries with Laptops

HP has announced that starting early next year it will offer Boston Power’s Sonata lithium-ion batteries that will last longer and be more environment friendly. The new batteries will be available as an option for around $20 or $30 more. HP and Boston Power have been testing, the new Sonata batteries that are designed specifically for laptops, for over three years. Boston Power claims that the new batteries will be able to keep 80 percent of their initial charging capacity after three years of use. Read More

December 9, 2008

Sony Ericsson and 14 Others Join Google Android’s Open Handset Alliance

The Open Handset Alliance that monitor development of Google Android platform has added 14 more members. The new members are AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba and Vodafone. The interest in the Android platform has increased, as there are no other decent smartphone OS alternatives to fight against the growing popularity of iPhone. Read More

Acer One Overtakes Asus Eee PC As Top Selling Netbook

Asus has been the torchbearer in the netbook market and both Asus and Acer have claimed that they want to grab more than 30 percent of the netbook market as well as the number one position in 2009. But the numbers for Acer’s third quarter shows that Acer has overtaken Asus by a wide margin. Acer sold 2.15 million Aspire One netbooks for 38.3 percent market share whereas Asus sold 1.7 million Eee PC netbooks for 30.3 percent market share. Read More

LG Develops LTE Based 4G Mobile Phone Chip

Though 3G networks are just becoming prevalent in US, but everyone is already talking about 4G cellular networks. LG today announced that it has developed world’s first 4G mobile chip based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. The new chip is small enough at 0.51-inch (13mm) square to fit in slim cellphones like iPhone and power enough to reach peak speeds of LTE networks. LTE based networks will offer peak download speed of 100Mbps and peak upload speed of 50Mbps. Read More

HP Demos Flexible and Unbreakable Plastic Display

HP along with Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center (FDC) have demoed the first prototype of affordable, flexible and unbreakable electronic display. The new displays were created using technologies from HP, FDC, DuPont Teijin Films and E Ink. The display is made using Teonex Polyethylene Naphthalate as the base plastic on which stacks of semiconductor materials and metals are imprinted using self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL). Read More

December 8, 2008

Intel Develops Fastest Optical Chip Using Silicon

Intel has talked about bandwidth requirement in massive multi-core processors and how bandwidth can be the biggest bottleneck in development of processor with hundreds of cores. Intel has been working on various solutions for the above problem and one of them was silicon photonics. But, till now, silicon photonics with complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) have suffered from performance shortcomings. Read More

Is Greenpeace Just Targeting Apple for Publicity

Arik Hesseldahl of Business Week has posted a very compelling argument about Greenpeace’s ever changing rules when it comes to all things Apple. He compares the ranking Greenpeace give to HP and Dell with Apple. He points out that even though Dell backed away from its commitment to eliminate the harmful chemicals BFRs and PVC from its product lineup by 2009 their score dipped only slightly. But, on the other hand, Apple scored a zero in principle of environmental policy just because they didn’t use the right word “the precautionary principle” in its environmental statements. Read More