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Skype has been striking deals with mobile phone makers. In fact they just announced a deal with Nokia to have Skype bundled on Nokia phones.
The first phone to see the new Skype will be the N97 Nokia's flagship Smartphone. Skype will be integrated heavily into the phone, including being part of the address book so that you will be able to see which of your contacts are online with Skype straight from there.
Skype and Nokia are also going to allow the service to work over both the 3G and Wifi networks. This would mean messaging and VoIP calls even when you are not at a hotspot.
There is some concern that Nokia phones sold in the US would have this stripped from them as Skype on a mobile is a large fear for US cellular providers.
Shuttle has unveiled a new flagship in their popular Prima series. Designated the SX58H7, it features the Intel X58 chipset and Core i7 processor, 3+1 channel DDR3, a 500W 80PLUS BRONZE power supply, dual Gigabit LAN w/ Teaming, and 2x PCI-E X16 slots which support both CrossFire and SLI. The new I.C.Evo is said to loawer CPU temps by up to 7° C.
Shuttle boasts that the SX58H& is "meant to offer highest performing value." You can read the full press release here.
Most of the Press has been speculating that Apple might take Palm to court for Palm's new Pre Phone. Most of this speculation comes from Apple's recent Patent on Multi-Touch.
However while some of us expected Palm to counter Apple with the many patents they already have that relate to touch screens etc. what none of us expected was for a different company to file a patents infringement suit against Apple.
The new suit claims that Apple has used a vital part of a technology created and patented by Picsel Technologies and Picsel Research. The technology allows for rapid refresh of content on mobile phones.
Piscel is claiming that Apple used this in its iPhone and iPod touch.
If they win Picsel could be looking at a substantial payoff.
Read more here at iPhone Central.
In the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Picsel Technologies claims that the rendering process Apple uses on the iPhone violates Piscel's patents. Specifically, Picsel said its technology accelerates the process of updating the display on a device.
In the lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody LLP on behalf of Picsel, lawyers said users would experience long screen update delays if it weren't for the use of the patented technology. Zooming and panning documents, Web sites, and images would not work on the iPhone as fluidly, according to the lawsuit.
Picsel says its technology has been included in more than 250 million units worldwide. The company counts KDDI, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Palm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Sharp as customers.
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More Apple news this morning, this time we see what may very well be a new back for the future iPhone.
The pictures popped up on MacRummors and appear to show a next gen iPhone with a matted and slightly textured back plate. Although no one can verify the authenticity of these images they appear to have come from China where the iPhone is assembled.
The initial image was posted by iPodObserver, they were responsible for showing the early back plate images of the iPhone 3G.
With all of the rumors about the new iPhone I am not sure what to believe, but based on the number of times I have to clean mine per day I do hope this new back plate is real.
We told you before that Asus and Garmin were going to be launching a GPS-Centric Smart Phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Well it seems that is not the limit of their collaboration.
Asus plans to launch an Eee Phone, based off of the popular EeePC line.
The new Eee Phone will be a low cost smart phone and may possibly be loaded with Google's Android OS.
There are no official dates for launch and no pricing was given. Asus and Garmin should launch an additional Phone at the Mobile World Congress but no details have surfaced about this new device.
It has been called "the rumor that wouldn't die" at least that is how some are referring to the repeatedly denied entry level iPhone rumors.
But according to some new information over at Fudzilla it looks like the stagnant economic times coupled with entry level touch and multi-media phones by rivals like BlackBerry might change Apple's mind.
If the David Stellmack has his information correct a new $99 (US) iPhone could hit the market soon.
This phone would be little more than a Low-Res 8GB iPhone 1.0 but would still fill in a gap that Apple is currently missing.
It looks like the rumors we reported on a few days ago might have a nugget of truth in them. Earlier in the week we pointed to an article stating that Microsoft would be partnering up with nVidia to make its next generation of smart phones.
Today we see another story indicating that Tegra (nVidia's SOC ARM officering) will be used in MS' next gen smart phone. This is possibly where all the nPhone rumors have their basis.
nVidia has been hard at work on Tegra and needs a success with this while Microsoft desperately needs a makeover for its boring Windows Mobile OS.
Combining the visual computing power of Tegra with an updated Win Mobile could give MS a real competitor to the iPhone.
Of course it looks like Tegra might pop up in the next Gen iPhone too.
With all the new players and new technology the Smart Phone market is looking to be very interesting in 2009.
Asus and Garmin have joined forces to launch a new smart phone.
The new phone will be called the Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 and will be the first mobile phone that is Location-Centric.
I am sure you are wondering what that means exactly, well in simple terms it means it is a GPS device at heart and a smart phone 2nd. This is in contrast to most GPS enabled phones where the GPS functions are secondary or an afterthought.
The G60 will be launched in Barcelona, Spain during the Mobile World Congress trade show which kicks off on February the 16th.
While details of the agreement are mostly confidential, it is known that Asus and Garmin will share profits from the device as well as distribution.
Just the other day Toshiba announced its latest TG01 smartphone which brings a whole host of new features and GUI improvements to the table. It is aimed to directly take on the HTC Touch HD and iPhone 3G.
The Toshiba TG01 is a 9.9mm thick Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, with a 4.1-inch WVGA 800 x 480 384k pixel resistive touchscreen, 3G HSPA, WiFi, GPS and A-GPS. It also features Toshiba's own 3D user interface, and is the first device to use Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon QSD2850 chipset.
While at the London launch yesterday, Slashgear were able to get some live footage of the TG01 in action which you can view below:
A day later and now Toshiba have their own promotional video of it on the web.