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This is Bill, he is my virtual friend. See Bill on his virtual Cell Phone? Boy when I was a kid they kept telling me to live in the real world. But I guess no one gave the gang over at VMWare that talk.
VMWare (an EMC Company) have added another platform to their virtual list. Now they are going to virtualize the mobile phone platform. That is right, you will be able to run multiple OSes on your smart phone now. The new technology is called MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform).
MVP information here
VMware MVP is a thin layer of software that is embedded on a mobile phone to decouple the applications and data from the underlying hardware. It is optimized to run efficiently on low power consuming and memory constrained mobile phones. The MVP currently supports a wide range of real-time and rich operating systems including Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0, Linux 2.6.x, Symbian 9.x, eCos, µITRON NORTi and µC/OS-II.
VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform will help handset vendors reduce development time and get mobile phones to market faster. In addition, end users will benefit by being able to run multiple personalities-for example, one for personal use and one for work use on the same phone
It seems for all of the talk about the iPhone being a toy and not being ready for business it is certainly sturdier than its competition the RIM Blackberry.
Mobile Crunch has some numbers compiled by Squaretrade that show the iPhone is 50% less likely to have problems requiring repair or replacement after one year of ownership.
Read more here
The iPhone is twice as reliable as the Blackberry after one year of ownership, a new study by SquareTrade finds. SquareTrade, which sells extra warranties for cell phones and other devices, looked at the failure rates of 15,000 phones covered under its plans. The malfunction rate for iPhones after one year is 5.6 percent, compared to 11.2 percent for the Blackberry and 16.2 percent for the Treo.
The study projects that the failure rate for the iPhone after two years will be between 9.2 and 11.3 percent, compared to actual two-year failure rates of 14.3 percent for BlackBerries and 21.0 percent for Treos.
It seems that the determined smart phone hacks from the XDA Developers Forum have found a nice way into the file system behind Google's G1 Phone.
Using a small application called PTerminal they have given access similar to the SSH access on the iPhone.
It remains to be seen if this will be as big as the jailbreaking of the iPhone since the G1 is not as locked down.
Read more at ModMyGphone.
Well, it didn't take too long. G1 is jailbroken. Full system access, read and write, has been obtained. And this method is quite easy. A few folks at the xda-developers forum discovered you can start telnet on the device by downloading PTerminal from Android Market, and then you can telnet to the device from your computer.
Details have surfaced on LGs upcoming Prada II, the sequel to their first touchscreen smartphone which hit the market over a year ago.
a press release confirms the phone is coming and should arrive before the year's out. It also makes mention of the extensive feature-set which includes 7.2 Mbps HSDPA connectivity as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth, a 3" touchscreen, slide-siding QWERTY keyboard, 5 MP camera, FM-radio, microSDHC slot and more.
The asking price of 600 Euro seems a little steep, especially considering the phone lacks GPS, but the phones' distinctive styling and all the other bells and whistles might seal the deal for you alone.
You can read the full announcement here.
Seoul, Korea- October 13, 2008 - LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created the PRADA Phone by LG will release its second handset before the end of the year.
Almost identical to the highly successful original, the new telephone has a hidden secret. In one smooth movement the ultra-thin keyboard slides from under the handset. As serenely as it appears it slides invisibly, effortlessly away - a modern icon of mobile style and design with an extra competitive edge.
A Norwegian chap by the name of Erik Kristiansen has managed to create an application for the iPhone which allows the hugely popular phone to run Windows Mobile.
Seen during the myPhone 2008 exhibition in Las Vegas recently, the application boot loaded is still in beta, however even still, it seems to work pretty well loading up Windows Mobile in only a few seconds.
Check out the interview with Erik below.
There is more from the myPhone 2008 exhibition over at this website.
We've seen a lot of repeated information and a gazillion different angled shots of ASUS' upcoming P6T Deluxe motherboard for the Core i7 (Nehalem) platform over the past couple months, but what we haven't seen before is this "OC Palm Edition", spotted over at DonanimHaber.
The obvious (and probably only) difference with this offering is the inclusion of the USB driven OC Palm device, which resembles a similarity to the appearance of typical hand-held PCs. What this device is said to do is allow on-the-fly overclocking via all the important system parameters that you would usually only have access to in the BIOS. The downside is that it's apparently handled by software rather than being a direct link to the BIOS itself.
TmoNews has gotten hold of some pics along with a bunch of specs and info on T-Mobiles highly anticipated G1 phone which officially gets the wraps taken off it at 10:30am EDT tomorrow.
Glancing over the specs, we can see its dimensions of 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63", weighing in at 5.6 ounces. The HVGA display outputs a resolution of 480x320 and its memory is expandable at up to 8GB (no mention of which format yet).
Other confirmed features are a 3.1MP camera, 5 hour talktime and 130 hours in standby, along with both 3G and GPS. A little oddity has been mentioned in regards to purchasing the phone from stores; apparently it will only be sold where the stores are within a 2-5 mile radius of T-Mobile's 3G coverage areas.
More details here.
ASUS hit the news headlines pretty hard yesterday with the release of its AiGuru SV1 Skype videophone.
It left some wondering what the point of it is was since if you have a PC and a webcam, you can do the exact same as this thing which is selling on the Skype website for a rather pocket hurting $300 USD.
Nevertheless, the folks from Engadget managed to track one down and had a bit of a hands-on play with one. The device is pretty funky looking, has a nice enough interface but the let down is the actual video quality.
Check out the gallery of pictures over at Engadget, right here.
HTC today took the covers off its latest phone and this one is a truly a stunning gem of a product. Say hello to the Touch HD - it's packed with features we don't even know where to begin.
Oh yes, starting things off it gets a fancy large 3.8-inch wide-screen 480 x 800 WVGA display. That is a full one inch larger than the original Touch. HTC also packs in its TouchFLO 3D user interface over the top of the installed Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. HTC reckon its interface is much better than what Microsoft came up (and we wouldn't disagree agree with that), making it quicker and easier to call people, access messages and so on.
There are two cameras on this baby - the main one is a 5 megapixel with auto focus and a second VGA level camera for video calls. HTC pack in a fairly generous 512MB flash ROM for storing photos and ringtones and whatever else and there is 288MB of RAM to power the phone, which is more than usual. It uses the Qualcomm MSM7201a 528MHz processor too which will provide plenty of speed.
As far as connectivity goes, you get pretty much the works: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and GPS/AGPS.
At press time there was no details on pricing, however it will be available sometime in Q4 of this year. You can find more details over at the press release we uploaded here.
The beautiful city of San Francisco, CA is hosting Apple's 'Let's Rock' event and as expected, a number of iPods have managed to get a mention in the roll call.
With Apple not forgetting its roots, Engadget first reports on the iPod classic, which at $249, gets a storage capacity upgrade to 120 GB and now bears the sole responsibility for the iPod classic name, on its shoulders.
How about the 4th generation iPod nano? $149 and $199 for the 8 GB and 16 GB flavours, respectively, with nine colour choices on the palate.
Add a wider display and what is apparently, the thinnest iPod ever, and you could overlook the claimed 24 hour battery life for music playback, together with a host of other enhancements.
Now into futuristic mode, the iPod touch features a slimmed down steel case, hardware volume controls and a built-in speaker too. It boasts a claimed 36 hour battery life for music playback and comes in at $399 for the 32 GB, $299 for the 16 GB and $229 for the 8 GB options.
Despite featuring the same display as its predecessor, the UI has got some love and attention and the Environment hasn't been ignored either.