Acer Announces Four New Smart Phones

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 17, 2009 1:30 PM CST

With the Mobile World Congress going on in Barcelona it is no wonder much of the news this week is about phones.

Well here is some more for you. It seems that Acer has just announced four smart phones of their very own. The phones show up on the heels of their purchase of Eten and while one was announced by Eten before the purchase the others appear to e new projects.

All four phones offer some very good features and show promising specs.

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nVidia demos Android on Tegra

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 17, 2009 12:12 PM CST

nVidia may have found a new market to work on. It seems the Tegra SoC (system on chip) is quite the performer. It is not just capable of running windows but can handle Google's Android OS as well.

At the Mobile World Congress nVidia was seen to be showing off Android running on the Tegra while trumpeting about their new Tegra 600.

This new version of Tegra will run around $99 and can deliver an MID (Mobile Internet Device) capable of an HD quality experience while giving days of battery life.

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Internet Explorer will RTM in March

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 17, 2009 11:00 AM CST

The gang over at TechARP has gotten a hold of information relating to the release candidate of Internet Explorer 8.0.

While this is good news all by itself, TechARP also thinks it means that Windows 7 might be ready much sooner than Microsoft has previously stated.

As it stands now Windows 7 is expected to be released in early 2010, but with IE8 already being pushed out to OEMs this could mean the 7 launch schedule has been pushed up.

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Half of the Charges Against Pirate Bay Dropped

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 17, 2009 9:33 AM CST

In a pretty funny win for the scurvy crew at the Pirate Bay the charge of Assisting Copyright Infringement has been thrown out.

It has been commented on that RIAA, the MPAA and most of the lawmakers and interpreters around the world do not really understand the technology and way that P2P and Torrent works. This lack of knowledge is often seen as a hindrance and has been used by the copyright police to go after file sharers.

Today that lack of knowledge worked against them. While trying to tie several torrent files to the Pirate Bay tracking servers, Fredrik Neij had to point out that the prosecution was not quite correct. The evidence used did not show Pirate Bay trackers being used and the Prosecution failed to explain DHT (Distributed Hash Table) which can be used for trackerless torrents.

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Skype and Nokia strike up a deal

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Feb 17, 2009 8:38 AM CST

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.

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Thecus to show off new NAS servers at CeBIT 2009

Zac O'Vadka | Computer Systems | Feb 16, 2009 6:55 PM CST

With CES out of the way, Thecus Technology has announced some of their plans for the upcomming CeBIT in Hannover. First up are their new N7700 and N8800 NAS servers. The N7700 houses 7 SATA drives for massive storage and can be stacked with an additional five N7700's. If you have room for the NAS in the rack, the N8800 comes in a 2U form factor and ups the ante a bit with an eigth drive. Both support iSCSI making it easy to centrally manage and deploy storage for an entire network.

Thecus Lineup

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Micrsosoft announces old news at the MWC

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 16, 2009 2:25 PM CST

More news from Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, unfortunately the announcements from Microsoft have almost all been leaked out weeks ago.

Most have seen the leaked pictures of Windows Mobile 6.5 and some have even seen the next version Windows Mobile 7. The Windows Mobile App store is old news as is the cloud computing service that will allow for syncing contacts and photos. There was nothing about an nVidia based phone, or anything else overly exciting.

So what was new in the MS announcement? Well they are going to call the new Phones "Windows Phones"; looks like we will have to wait to see any real competition for the iPhone, G1 and Palm Pre from Microsoft.

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MS and Red Hat sign Interoperability Deal

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 16, 2009 1:28 PM CST

Microsoft and Red Hat signed an interoperability agreement that signals the end to some of the MS Open Source fighting.

I would not go so far as to say this opens a new chapter but things will certainly be different at least as far as virtualization is concerned.

The agreement only covers the ability to run MS Guests on Red Hat's virtualization and Vice Versa.

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Sparkle launches DLC cooling Enhancement

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 16, 2009 12:49 PM CST

Sparkle is introducing a new type of cooling. This new cooling technology has been dubbed DLC or Diamond-Like Carbon.

DLC by itself is not a new cooling material; it is also not a thermal paste. What it is; is a new coating material that enhances the cooling properties of other metals (Aluminum or Copper).

Sparkle's testing has shown that by applying DLC to a stock heatsink you can reduce temperatures by as much as 5c. DLC also appears to harden the material and make it more resistant to scratching and bending.

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Intel and LG team up for Mobile Internet Devices

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 16, 2009 11:34 AM CST

Intel and LG are teaming up for some next generation internet device love.

LG is looking to get ahead of the game and is working with Intel's latest SoC product named Moorestown. They will also be one of the first companies to implement Intel's Linux based Mobline 2.0 software.

LG stated that they were impressed with the Atom Based netbooks and felt that MIDs based off of the Moorestown (which is an Atom Based CPU complete with GPU and IMC) will be very popular in this and future years.

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