Ever since Apple first showed its iPhone in January of 2007, cellphone
makers appear to have accelerated their innovation efforts to create
new types of phones or at least phones that offer the same appeal as
the iPhone. This year’s CTIA tradeshow revealed that the iPhone will
remain the benchmark of a mass market smartphone, while all other
manufacturers are still catching up. But they are learning and are
Chip-level wireless radios are an integral part
of Intel’s ‘Carry Small, Live Large’ campaign, but what exactly does it
take to design a digitally enhanced radio receiver, power amplifier and
transmitters onto a single chip? Intel Fellow Krishnamurthy
Soumyanath, Director of the Communications Technology Lab, gave an
interesting (at least to technical geeks) talk about the process at the
Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. View the video for all the gory
Microsoft has unveiled a new update to its mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.1. The improved version of the platform designed for mobile phones and PDAs brings a handful of enhanced features, most notably a new tailored Internet browser. A full custom version of Internet Explorer 6 is now included with the operating system, allowing better control of Web pages using mobile controls.
Ok, we got it: Stylish and especially ‘stunning’ notebooks are the
trend in the notebook industry this year. Following the MacBook Air,
the Lenovo Thinkpad X300 and Acer’s Gemstone notebooks, Toshiba now
also has ‘stunning’ notebooks that provide a “premium blend of modern
style, performance and affordability.” But then, design is really a
matter of taste and we may be stretching the meaning of ‘stunning’
The high-definition war is over and it suddenly appears that Blu-ray is
becoming much more affordable, with more products supporting the
technology surfacing every day: Dell is the first major notebook vendor
to offer Blu-ray capability for less than $900 in one of its notebook
models. But a closer look reveals that Blu-ray is still very expensive
and you have to be cautious about what you are actually purchasing.
Opinion - Who would have thought that Ronald McDonald
would have the fastest Internet in town? As I type this blog, I’m
uploading at a decent 50 kilobytes per second, popping my email, eating
a Big Mac and unfortunately getting eaten alive by mosquitoes in
Pattaya Thailand. While the Internet speeds now may seem decent, the
story was much different earlier in the day.
Motorola announced today that it will spin off into two separate publicly traded companies - one for its mobile phone division and one for its other operations, like broadband and TV. It did not announce what new name or names will be used when Motorola splits into two companies. The firm currently refers to the two operations as the "Mobile Devices" unit and its "Boradband & Mobility Solutions" unit. Most of Motorola's work outside the mobile phone sector deals with corporate and government products/services.
The trend of touch-screen mobile phones is getting bigger everyday. Samsung today launched its latest iPhone competitor, the Anycall Haptic handset, which combines a complete touch-screen interface with standard phone buttons. Samsung said this device is unique in the kind of touch-sensitive technology it uses. The phone is able to simulate various sensations of using traditional electronic controls. For example, when moving your finger on the screen to change the volume, it will feel like you are turning an old-school volume knob, says Samsung.
Opinion - American mobile phone buyers endure pushy sales
people, multi-year contracts and high prices, but it’s a completely
different story in Thailand and the rest of the civilized world. Here
cash is king and I’ve just snagged a nice Samsung E250 phone, case and
SIM card for a mere $138. But even more amazing is the time it took –
or, more accurately, didn’t take.