There is lots of iPhone inventory activity in Europe. Recent and
unexpected price drops for the 8 GB iPhone in Europe indicate hint that
the company may actually be killing the 8 GB model in June and
introduce a 32 GB iPhone, next to the much anticipated 3G iPhone.
Asustek has officially announced the specs of its next generation Eee
PC 900 mini-notebook computer. The 900 will feature a larger 8.9-inch
wide screen capable of displaying 1024 by 600 pixels and dual
solid-state drives capable of storing 12 GB in Windows XP and 20 GB in
Linux. Available in either Pearl White or Black, the computer will
also feature a new FingerGlide touchpad that can recognize two finger
gestures for zooming and scrolling (think iPhone).
Welcome to the next round of rumors and leaks about the “next” iPhone:
The latest iPhone firmware hints provide some information on Apple’s
iPhone global expansion plans, with Russia and Asia-Pacific being the
prime targets. A MacNN reader claims to have found evidence for a GPS
module in the next-generation iPhone and Gizmodo revealed a new feature
to save web images in the iPhone photo library.
Listening to music on the go always has to do with increasing the sound
quality you can squeeze out of low bit-rate audio files. But the mobile
results so far can be called just adequate at best. Run the same files
through Creative's X-Fi Crystalizer for example, and what you hear on
an iPod is suddenly disappointing. Many mobile audio devices also lack
an equalizer, which adds up to a forgettable music experience. However,
there is a new player on the market: Dolby is making its way into this
segment and has compelling answers.
A number of mobile phone companies, including Nokia and Ericsson, have come together to join in a new initiative to work on a new mobile framework. They are setting the path for a new mobile network plan called "Long Term Evolution." The enhanced service will improve on over-the-air content like games, music, and Internet.
Thailand’s new year festival and world’s
largest water fight has started and I was told that it would be stupid,
no actually insane, to carry my digital SLR and good lens through
hordes of crazed kids with water guns, drunk adults with buckets of ice
cold water and smiling old ladies smearing talcum powder on my face.
But don’t you dare tell any self-respecting photographer that he can’t
get a shot because of a little bit of water.
Apple may be developing a new feature for the iPhone that would allow
users to create an illusion of positional audio within conference
calls. The result: Conference calls would much more sound like a real
face-to-face communication in a room. Media sharing features pick up a
concept originally promoted by Microsoft for its Zune player and create
a path for Apple into social networking.
Gateway introduced its third 17” FX notebook, bridging the gap between
the $1600 entry model and the $2700 flagship laptop. The company has
also a new 15” FX laptop that will be sold through Best Buy stores.
There is an incredible amount of speculation about the new iPhone
generation out there, lots of rumors and retractions from rumors. But
thankfully, there are some hard facts and conclusions as well: Hackers
already have analyzed substantial portions of the iPhone 2.0 software
update, which not only provides further evidence that the 3G iPhone
launch in fact is imminent, but reveals new features as well.
Analyst Opinion - Last week, I was in China and witnessed the launch of
the first generation Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform products
based on Intel’s new Atom processor. This got me thinking back to what
we had before the MID and why some of those products were successful
and others were not. Of course, now we can speculate who will be
successful with the MID.
We just came across a few more interesting 3G iPhone details. Industry
sources told TG Daily that the device in fact will launch at WWDC 2008,
in two or possible three different configurations, and prices starting
at $399. There are a few other tweaks, which, however, may be less than
you would expect from a next-gen iPhone.
Opinion - The upcoming iPhone 2.0 software is just around the corner
and we all may be surprised how Apple’s unified communication solution
could merge mobile communication with VoIP, PCs, Macs, iPhones and even
Apple TVs. We took a hard, long look at the information that is
available right now from reports as well as patent filings to give you
an outlook what Apple might be up to, why we are quite certain that
VoIP and videoconferencing will be the iPhone’s new killer applications.
We have heard about Apple’s iPhone lately, especially about the
upcoming 3G iPhone. It seems that US mainstream media just can’t get
enough of Steve Jobs, but we should not forget that there are other and
much more successful cellphone manufacturers out there. For example
Nokia: And what will world's largest manufacturer do when a smaller
company comes up with a good idea? Copy it, of course.
A 3G iPhone debut suddenly has become much more credible, as of two
additional sources that are now participating in the general rumor
mill. AT&T’s chief executive confirmed that a 3G iPhone will be
available "in months" and WSJ's Walt Mossberg narrowed that expectation
down to 60 days, pointing to a WWDC introduction. Are there any doubts