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If you live in Germany or plan on moving there soon, you're going to want to kiss German Vodafone CEO Friedrich Joussen when you're there.  He and his company just obtained a court order that forces rival, T-Mobile, to sell iPhones without contract to those that want it.“For its part, Vodafone -- which at one time was in the running for its own exclusive contract to sell iPhone to parts of Europe -- claims that it took the matter to court out of fears that other handset makers may follow Apple's example and begin tying their handsets to specific providers, further shredding the German wireless market.Vodafone Germany chief executive Friedrich Joussen in a statement said his firm's goal is... Read more...
For months there has been wild speculation about Google getting into the mobile phone business or getting into the OS game, strangely enough both rumors are actually true.  Even stranger is that they're actually the same rumor: Google and partners are developing a completely new mobile device platform: Android.So what have Google and their partners managed to come up with?  A completely open OS with a lot of promise:“Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers, developers and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. Handset manufacturers and wireless operators will be free to customize Android in order to bring to market innovative new products faster and... Read more...
Today Skype and UK wireless carrier 3 announced the 3 Skypephone, a new mobile phone that allows Skype users to make free Skype to Skype calls while at the same time also functioning as a normal cell phone."Skype is now truly mobile. This new handset is incredibly easy to use and lets you make free mobile Skype calls to other Skype users all over the world no matter where they are," said Michael van Swaaij, acting chief executive at Skype. "Skype began by offering free PC-to-PC calling and now we are doing the same for mobile calls with 3."The phone will be available in stores on November 2, but is currently available for pre-order.  The phone will be free with a contract.... Read more...
It seems like a never-ending debate.  One study will say cellular phones do not cause cancer, another says they might.  This is the latest study, and it shows a "hint" of a connection between cellular phones and possible long-term effects such as cancer.  The good thing is they seem to have ruled out short-term effects.Programme chairman Professor Lawrie Challis said it was now up to the government to offer advice. The team found that there was a slight excess reporting of brain and acoustic neuroma (ear) cancers. Researchers said this was on the borderline of statistical significance. Professor Challis said... Read more...
It may not have the history of the caber toss, but who among us has not wanted to toss his cell phone at one time or another.  It's only fitting that the 8th Annual Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships shoudl be held in Finland, given that Finland is the home of Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.  It's also appropriate that Finns should dominate the events, winning 3 out of 4 of them. Taco Cohen of the Netherlands, who was celebrating his 19th birthday, used acrobatics and juggling in his performance which was judged on aesthetics and artistic impression. Finnish domination in the distance event continued when Tommi Huotari took gold with a throw of 89.62 metres,... Read more...
The AGEIA PhysX hardware accelerator has been a solution in search of a program.  Meaning, there's just not enough software available to really make it worthwhile.  That said, they have announced a mobile version for notebooks. Today, the company announced the PhysX 100M mobile processor, aimed at adding hardware-accelerated physics to high-end desktop replacement gaming notebooks. According to the press release, this new mobile part is designed to operate, "with power dissipation of nearly 10W under gameplay conditions." It also includes power management features not seen in the desktop version, to throttle down the clock speed if things get too hot or if the chip is idle.Judging... Read more...
Contracts with the carriers and Apple were signed in the last few days.  Of particular interest, however, is that the contract requires the carriers to give Apple 10% of iPhone revenues derived from phone and data calls.  This is something the carriers have strongly resisted in the past, and shows just how much they wanted the latest must-have Apple gadget. The contracts with T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O{2 }in the UK were signed in recent days, according to these sources. T-Mobile, Orange and O2 declined to comment. "These are not negotiations among equals. Apple clearly had the upper hand," one industry expert told FT Deutschland. The deals mark... Read more...
South Korean DRAM giant Hynix has recently crafted the world’s fastest and smallest chip for cell phones and other portable devices. The Incheon-based company said that the chip is the first 1 GB mobile DRAM, built on 66nm process technology, to be commercially available in the industry. “The finer processing geometry reduces die size and improves the speed and power efficiency of the device. The new chip consumes very low power, under worst case conditions, extending battery life in a wide range of portable electronic devices.” Mobile DRAM chips are commonly used in handheld and wireless devices, including cell phones, digital and video cameras, portable game consoles, and navigation systems.... Read more...
According to a story published on DigiTimes, 45nm notebook processors derived from the upcoming 'Penryn' core will account for 50% of Intel's total shipments by the second quarter of next year.  We've known for quite some time that Intel's 45nm parts were slated to arrive this year with production ramping up in '08, but information claiming that the company plans to ship 45nm mobile CPUs in such quantity is a new development. "45nm-based Penryn processors for Santa Rosa Refresh will launch in first quarter of 2008 and are expected to account for 20% of total notebook CPU shipments for the quarter. In the second quarter, CPUs supported by the Montevina platform will launch and account for... Read more...
By now you've probably noticed that Intel launched a new family of desktop processors today, featuring a new core stepping and support for a 1333MHz front side bus speed; you can check out our evaluation of the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 with more information regarding the launch right here. Intel, however, has also just announced a brand new flagship mobile processor, dubbed the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800.  This new mobile CPU is very similar to other Merom-core based mobile processors, but the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800 sports a number of features that set it apart from the rest of Intel's mobile offerings.... Read more...
Intel’s Centrino (Santa Rosa) mobile chipsets, the GM965 and GL960s, and Intel's G35 integrated graphics chipset, which are all scheduled for launch in Q3 of 2007, will not be granted DX10 support until Q1 of 2008. Originally, the G35 chipset was supposed to come with DX10 support at its commencement. However, due to DX10 driver delays, Intel now has a new agenda, which is to release DX10 (alpha) in Q4 of 2007, and the final version in early 2008.... Read more...
NVIDIA's ever-potent line of 3D Graphics processors for Notebooks has been added to today, with the introduction of the new GeForce 8700M GT.  While details are still a bit sketchy, this variant of the mobile GPU is most likely a ramped-up clock speed version of the GeForce 8600M GT that has 32 stream processors, is DX10/Shader Model 4.0 and HDR capable and infused with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD video processing technology. "SANTA CLARA, CA—June 12, 2007— NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce® 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users. The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning... Read more...
AMD recently disclosed a few details regarding their upcoming mobile platform technologies, codenamed "Griffin" and "Puma".  We've been given some preliminary information regarding these plans and thought we'd share a few of the more salient details with you here.  The "Griffin" codename pertains to an upcoming mobile processor that incorporates a number of features designed specifically for the mobile segment, with the intention of increasing performance and battery life.  And "Puma" is the name given to the new platform as a whole. According to AMD, Griffin will be manufactured at 65nm and it will feature a new mobile optimized, on-die Northbridge with a power optimized DDR2... Read more...
NVIDIA is unveiling a new line-up of GeForce 8 class mobile GPUs today, aptly named the GeForce 8M Series  The GeForce 8M series will initially consist of five devices, the GeForce 8600M GT, 8600M GS, 8400M GT, 8400M GS and the 8400M G.    We’ve got all the pertinent details and specifications available right here.... Read more...
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