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Acer Announces Four New Smart Phones

Sean Kalinich | Feb 17, 2009 1:30 PM CST

First up is the DX900 which was announced by Eten before the Acer takeover. This is a dual SIM model which has one 3G radio with HSDPA support, tri-band 3G (850, 1900 and 2100MHz) and quad-band GSM as well as a tri-band GSM radio with 900, 1800 and 1900MHz support. This should be a great handset for those that do a lot of travelling, as it would allow you to purchase a local pre-pay SIM card for cheap calls.

The DX900 is powered by a 533MHz Samsung SC3 6400 processor, it has 128MB of RAM and 256MB of ROM. The screen measures 2.8-inches and it has a 480x640 resolution. Other features include a 3Megapixel camera, built in GPS, an accelerometer, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and a microSD card slot.

It's a bit chunky at 17mm thick and 147g, but the dual SIM functionality might be enough to make this a good seller for Acer. You can find the product page here

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Skype and Nokia strike up a deal

Sean Kalinich | Feb 17, 2009 8:38 AM CST

Skype and other VoIP services offer users a more cost-effective alternative. And Skype on a mobile phone, when accessed on a low-cost data network, could help people who travel frequently or make lots of international calls save tons of money.

Of course, the two smartphone makers Skype has announced as partners here are manufacturers that are already struggling to get their high-end devices on American mobile networks. And my guess is that adding Skype won't do much to convince these operators to offer these phones and subsidize them so that American consumers will buy them.

The reason is pretty simple. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA know that a wide-scale deployment of Skype on their phones could cannibalize their international voice services and potentially hurt their domestic voice service.

So if by chance, Nokia or Sony Ericsson manages to win approval from a U.S. operator to get these phones on their networks, I wouldn't be surprised if the Skype feature is stripped from the device in the U.S. version.

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Apple Sued over iPhone screen rendering

Sean Kalinich | Feb 16, 2009 10:39 AM CST

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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Apple might release a low-end iPhone

Sean Kalinich | Feb 11, 2009 12:26 PM CST

The troubled economy might have Apple rethinking things, as they might now believe that they can make decent money on the low cost model, as many consumers want to own the iPhone but the price is the barrier to their buying one. Also, with the recent success of the BlackBerry Storm and other upcoming lower cost touch screen units, Apple may now feel that they have to be in this market space after all.

Our sources suggest that we should know more about Apple's actual plan in the next month or so once the additional tooling is in place to get the phones manufactured.

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Tegra to debut in Microsoft Smart Phone

Sean Kalinich | Feb 6, 2009 11:10 AM CST

Tegra is the result of Nvidia's efforts to incorporate as much PC functionality onto just one small piece of silicon, much like Texas Instruments' OMAP processors or Qualcomm's Snapdragon.

Tegra is something of a 'get-out-of-jail-free' card for Nvidia if the firm manages to pull it off, with Nvidia hoping the platform could generate a sorely-needed $100 million in the second half of 2009. This would mean a phone (or phones) sporting the chip should be out within the next six months.

With the economy tanking and the high-end graphics card market becoming an ever smaller niche, Nvidia is doing its utmost to branch out, but instead of thinking big, the company is thinking small. And by that we mean form-factor small.

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Garmin and Asus team up to build a Smart Phone

Sean Kalinich | Feb 5, 2009 8:39 AM CST

The companies didn't provide details on their alliance, other than to say they will share profits from the phone sales, split research and development costs and be responsible for distributing devices in their respective territories.

The companies have already developed the nuvifone G60, which they will unveil at the Mobile World Congress trade show, beginning Feb. 16 in Barcelona, Spain. Additional products will be unveiled throughout the rest of 2009, the companies said.

The nuvifone G60 is a touch screen device that includes many of the features of Garmin's nuvi line of navigational devices, including driving directions, weather and traffic information and connections to social networking Internet sites

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New software to secure Smart Phones

Sean Kalinich | Feb 3, 2009 10:28 AM CST

Currently, the most popular way to secure a smartphone is using a four-digit PIN. But all hackers have to do is watch someone punch in their PIN to learn the pattern.

PINoptics software allows users to set a pass code using images rather than numbers. The images are randomly placed on different numbers or letters each time someone logs in. Users push the correct image sequence to get access to the device, rather than the same number pattern. This makes it more difficult for anyone watching a user log in to figure out the PIN simply by watching which keys are pressed.

In fact, PINoptic claims that a hacker would have to watch someone enter their login at least 10 times before being able to crack the code.

Several banks and credit card companies have also beefed up security to their Web sites by using pictures as a way to verify identity. Some Web sites require users to click on an image after they've signed in with a username and password to authenticate access.

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Google Execs face criminal charges in Italy

Sean Kalinich | Feb 3, 2009 6:59 AM CST

The investigators are upset that Google allowed the posting of a video showing a disabled teen being bullied by other kids. Google executives could be banged up for 36 months if convicted on the charges.

The move is believed to be the first instance of a privacy executive being held accountable for his outfit's actions.

A spokesGoogle moaned that bringing the case to court was "totally wrong" and has said that it has repeatedly expressed its sympathy for the victim and his family. Google co-operated with the authorities to find out who the bullies in the video were and they have been identified and punished," she said.

However the company cannot be held responsible for everything that appears on the World Wide Wibble, she added.

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Apple fears Flash on the iPhone

Sean Kalinich | Feb 2, 2009 8:32 AM CST

HoweverIn late September and early October lots of tech sites reported comments from Paul Betlem, Adobe's director of engineering, who said that Adobe had stuck Flash on the iPhone. However he pointed out that more work was needed with Apple "beyond what is available through the SDK, its emulation environment and the current license around it to bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone."

Apple has a good reason why it does not want Flash on the iPhone. It would lose control of both it and the iPod Touch as a mobile platform. Apple is even more of a legendary control freak than Microsoft and this is something it just does not want to do.

Certainly there appears to be few places that Flash developers cannot stick their software, so what is it that makes the iPhone is a "hard technical challenge". We can only guess, but the dark satanic rumour mill suggests that it might be that Apple have issued demands to Adobe that mean that it will only install Flash when it does not break the rest of Apple's controls.

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