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Although Research in Motion's BlackBerry smartphones continue to top the list of the most purchased and desirable handhelds in the corporate world, Apple is making unusually strong gains in the field, according to a new study by ChangeWave. The research group notes that while a large split exists between the marketshare of the BlackBerry line and the iPhone -- each used by 73 percent and just 5 percent of responding business users in February, respectively -- the situation is likely to continue to change in favor of the smaller player in the future based on planned purchases. RIM is expected to remain comfortable with 77 percent of these sales but faces roughly 11 percent of workplaces buying iPhones.
Umbrella technology company Gigabyte has offered a brief peak at a new cellular modem, the MD800. Buyers will have the option of three different interfaces -- ExpressCard, mini-USB or PCMCIA -- and gain access to 3.5G-level broadband, likely some form of HSPA. The card should also be the first to combine this with both GPS and assisted GPS abilities, expanding the functions of phones and/or computers.
One final victory has been granted before the temporary ceasefire begins between Nokia and Qualcomm. The US International Trade Commission has affirmed a ruling it issued in December, which said that Nokia had not violated three patents relating to GSM, GPRS and EDGE technology. The case in fact backfired for Qualcomm, as the ITC determined that one of the patents was invalid.
Yahoo has said in a report filed with U.S. regulators that Microsoft's recent bid to purchase the company is a distraction, and warned investors of such. Microsoft offered to purchase Yahoo for $44.6 billion on February 1st, but Yahoo officially rejected the bid just 10 days later. Yahoo's annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Microsoft's proposed deal could continue to distract the company as well as its management, according to Reuters.
Google today said it would make donation of phone service to Project Homeless Connect, an effort dedicated to providing ordinary services to the very poor. The search engine giant says it will supply any homeless person with both a phone number as well as a voicemail inbox, giving them an opportunity to communicate both with possible employers as well as with family that might otherwise never hear back. While the voicemail is accessible from any phone, the phone number is local and is treated like any number; the homeless do not have to feel pushed into a special service, Google explains.
A trio of new LG phones will be announced at next week's CeBIT expo, leaks suggest. All three devices are said to be a part of a new fashion series; the high end is represented by the KF750, a slider which is extraordinarily thin and uses a glossy touchscreen display. Unlike most such phones the touch technology extends to the navigation pad, where glowing rings highlight buttons. Other specifications are said to include a five-megapixel still camera, a VGA camera for video calls, and 160MB of internal memory supplemented by microSD cards. A pre-release version of the 750 is already said to be on a Romanian auction site.
Following the return of the 80GB PS3 to the US through a Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle, Sony is set to supply Europe with its own custom editions, according to a French site's leak. Since confirmed by Sony's European gaming branch, a special version of the 40GB system will ship with Gran Turismo 5 Prologue when the racing game ships later in the spring; pricing should be unchanged at €399 ($604) on the mainland and will likely keep its existing UK price.
Microsoft knowingly lowered the requirements for Windows Vista to help Intel sell more low-cost chipsets, disclosed company e-mail has revealed. Further searches as part of an investigation into misleading Vista Capable stickers has revealed a message by executive John Kalkman which complains of bending the minimum specifications to allow certain budget mainboards to earn the criteria despite missing out on key features. Despite a lack of support for Vista's Aero Glass appearance and other features considered selling points for the OS, the Intel 915 mainboard chipset was allowed to qualify for the Vista Capable logo solely to satisfy the close hardware partner, even though it effectively allowed companies to ship sub-par hardware and delay efforts for more capable equipment.
Along with the M6300, Dell has updated two other Precision notebooks, the 14.1-inch M2300 and 15.4-inch M4300. The systems now have the option of Intel's new 45nm Penryn processors, with specific chips rated anywhere between 2.1 and 2.6GHZ. These cost the same as earlier equivalent Merom chips. Both the 2300 and 4300 have the option of 32 or 64GB SSD drives, but RAM can only scale up to 4GB, unlike the 6300. Video in each case is limited to a Quadro FX 360M. Prices for the M2300 and M4300 start at $1,379.
Presenting at Mobility Summit 2008, Intel has revealed fresh details on its upcoming Diamondville CPUs, intended for low-cost notebooks and compact desktops. The design is only single-core, but supports technologies such as hyperthreading, and is being built with a 45nm process like Intel's more powerful Penryn chips. This helps the processor achieve an incredibly low thermal design power rating, at a mere 4W. Heat is dissipated passively.
Typically associated more with notebooks, motherboards and videocards, ASUS has announced a new soundcard, the Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1. The company claims the card produces audio 35 times cleaner than that of motherboard chips, with a 116dB signal-to-noise ratio in front output. As it name implies, the card is also capable of 7.1 surround sound, though only through Dolby codecs such as Digital Live and Pro Logic 8x.
Sony-Ericsson's K850i phone has just landed at the Electronista offices, and it promises to be one of the most powerful phones tested here to date -- and likely one of the most powerful phones of its type in North America. For those unfamiliar with the device, the K850i is one of Sony-Ericsson's few phones that supports North American 3G. This translates to very fast downloads, and in our initial experiences the performance is genuinely quick enough to be usable; it feels tangibly faster for downloads than EVDO on rival CDMA networks. The 5-megapixel camera is welcome, especially with the addition of a sizeable flash.
Apple has squeezed its way onto the top ten list of worldwide wireless phone suppliers, according to a recent report published by Gartner Consulting. The Inquirer didn't mention at which spot Apple sits, but noted that accompanying Apple into the top ten were China's ZTE, and Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM. The author for The Enquirer questions whether Apple can maintain its position as the first quarter of the year is underway.
A new, previously unspecified phone running Google's Android mobile OS has been spotted, courtesy of a new BBC video. The British news organization was told that the early, prototype device was manufactured by one of Google's partners in the project and veers away from the button-driven form seen in the initial example. The mystery device is almost entirely driven by a touchscreen and includes just a minimal set of physical controls for taking calls and jumping to familiar hotspots in the interface, such as the home screen.
Sprint saw one of its worst quarters in recent history late last year, the company reported this morning. The phone provider drew a nearly $29.5 billion loss for the calendar quarter ended in December and noted that it had lost 683,000 customers over the same period versus gains from nearly all its rivals. This is only set to worsen as another 1.2 million are expected to drop subscriptions by the end of the current quarter, according to the carrier's guidance. The news is said to have surprised even new CEO Dan Hesse, who noted that Sprint had borrowed $2.5 billion and that it would take a long time to recover from its recent history.
O2 today revealed that the iPhone is its fasting selling device for the UK, noting that the device has helped it achieve 9.5-percent revenue growth during the final quarter for 2007. While O2 did not provide specific sales numbers for the device alone, it said that the iPhone led its strongest quarter on record, adding 483,000 customers and 276,000 contracts to its roster. These latest results are the first to show the effects of the iPhone on the company's UK sales, according to Pocket-lint.co.uk.
Corsair this morning released a small but important update to its Flash Voyager rugged flash drive line. A new, GT version of the Voyager offers 16GB of storage without the usual speed sacrifice associated with the extra capacity; through an advanced memory controller and hand-picked flash chips, Corsair claims an approximate four-fold speed boost over similar drives. The gain is enough to transfer just over 1MB in less than two seconds (versus five on other designs) and to transfer a full 1.6GB movie in 98 seconds compared to nearly six full minutes on older designs.
Creative may finally be launching into touchscreen media players with its rumored ZEN Share player, say tips from alleged insiders. While the name is no longer certain, the device is claimed to be the first to rely on touch navigation. The new player would also break ground as the first Creative player to sport the company's X-Fi sound processing hardware, which helps restore missing detail from the compressed music files most likely to be used on a portable device.
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