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Asus P750
Following the previous information of a new Asus Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphone, I’m happy that I can provide you some more information today including a real photo of Asus’ latest smartphone which is called P750.
Just as a reminder, the Asus P750 sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a Marvel 520 MHz PXA27x CPU, 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM and GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps as well as WiFi and Bluetooth are confirmed as well. Furthermore this devices features a SiRF III GPS receiver and an FM radio. Last but not least, it also includes a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera and will look like this:+
According to our trusty sources, a release can be expected in in October time frame. So far it’s not clear where the Asus P750 will be released (first) but let us hope it’s coming to Europe and the US as well since it’s definitely a promising device.
Many thanks to “cinia_tungtung” for the update.
from theunwired

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2007 in IT

 

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
Intel’s latest high-end, quad-core chip, the Core 2 Extreme QX6850, nudges past its QX6800 predecessor rather than taking a significant a leap forward. Moving from a 2.93GHz clock speed to 3.0GHz didn’t result in tremendous performance gains on our benchmarks, nor did the switch to a faster front-side bus. Instead, the major appeal here is the price drop. For $999, Intel’s new chip delivers performance that’s on par with its older, much pricier QX6800. Just know that AMD and Intel each have new product lines coming out by the end of the year that might prove worth waiting for.
The 3.0GHz QX6850’s progenitor, the 2.93 GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6800, was actually not that widely available as a standalone product. If your PC has one, chances are it’s because you purchased a complete system from a high-end system vendor. Still, with a suggested price of $1,200 and a street price of $1,350 at the time of this review, Intel’s previous top-dog chip sat in a new category of expensive for high-end CPUs.
For motherboards, the QX6850 uses the same LGA 775 design as its current generation of dual-core and quad-core CPUs, which means that you don’t necessarily need a next-generation motherboard to use it. But unless you go with certain Intel G33, P35, or X38 chipset-based motherboards, or a BIOS-updated Nforce 600-series board from Nvidia, you won’t get support for the faster 1,333MHz front-side bus. We used both Asus P5K and P5K3 motherboards for our testing, both based on Intel’s P35 chipset, but the latter using the newer (and much pricier) DDR3 RAM.
from cnet

 
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Posted by on 19/07/2007 in IT

 

HP remains No. 1 in PCs
ewlett-Packard continued its sprint ahead of the competition in the second quarter of 2007, remaining the No. 1 PC vendor in the world. While Dell has continued to struggle, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba showed positive signs, each outpacing the worldwide PC market growth rate of 12.5 percent, according to IDC.
HP continued its successful run of strong quarters, leading all PC makers by shipping 11.3 million units, good enough for 19.3 percent of the overall market. Dell’s global shipments were down almost 5 percent–to about 9.5 million PCs–from a year ago, but remained in second place behind HP.
Dell has taken a hard fall, though it’s at least taken steps to recovery. The Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker, in trying to reclaim its momentum with consumers is now offering a line of its PCs in Wal-Mart stores, a fairly bold move and a departure from its traditional sales model. On the other hand, adding color to its notebook lineup, announced last month, is a bit of a me-too effort. In both cases there hasn’t been enough time to see whether pink laptops or Wal-Mart’s pull with shoppers have had any real effect on demand for Dell PC products.
Meanwhile, HP has experienced “rapid growth, and they have room to run,” according to IDC analyst Loren Loverde. “If you look at where they’re growing, making big strides in the U.S. despite a relatively soft market. They’re clearly taking advantage of Dell’s misfortunes.”
Lenovo has also rebounded well. The Chinese PC maker made good strides in the second quarter, taking back its third-place mantle from Acer, which slipped down to fourth. Lenovo made up a lot of ground outside of Asia/Pacific.
“Since acquiring IBM’s PC (business), Lenovo shipments outside of Asia have been declining and weren’t able to get any growth,” he said. “So the last couple of quarters they’ve been able to grow, and that’s a really excellent turnaround.”
In the U.S. market, Dell still leads the pack–for now. With 28.4 percent of the market, its shipments were down more than 10 percent. HP is nipping at its heels with a 23.6 percent share, followed by Gateway and Apple (both with 5.6 percent) and Toshiba with 5.3 percent, according to IDC.
Rival PC analyst firm Gartner places Acer in fourth place in the U.S. and knocks Apple down to sixth. Gartner shows Acer, which has only recently re-entered the U.S. market, with 163.9 percent growth over a year ago, shipping almost 900 million units, an astounding increase for the U.S., a market that just a few months ago was generally discouraging.
from cnet

 
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Posted by on 19/07/2007 in IT

 

HTC P4550 “Kaiser 100”
Paul from MoDaCo has our envy today, having recently taken possession of HTC’s pièce de résistance — the HTC “Kaiser” — which looks to make a self-branded debut bearing the model number P4550. As he points out, HTC left virtually nothing out of the P4550 as Windows Mobile-based QWERTY sliders go; the 256MB of onboard Flash, 128MB of RAM, 3 megapixel cam, HSUPA, and trick flip-up display all set new marks for lustworthiness in the category. What’s more, the device is said to be really snappy with Windows Mobile 6 and a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7200 core, picture quality from the camera is superb, and voice quality is apparently top notch.
— SPECIFICATION —
Predecessor Model: HTC TyTN P4500
Dimensions: 59 x 112 x 19 millimetres
Mass: 190 grams (battery included)
Software Environment
Operating System: Windows Mobile 6 Professional AKU 0.2.2
Microprocessor
CPU: 32bit Qualcomm MSM7200 Chipset
CPU Clock: 384 MHz
Memory, Storage capacity
ROM capacity: 256 MB (accessible: 145.24MB)
RAM capacity: 128 MB
Hard Disk capacity: Not supported
Display
Display Type: color transflective TFT , 65536 scales
Display Resolution: 240 x 320
Display Diagonal: 2.8 “
Sound
Microphone: mono
Speaker: mono
Audio Output: Proprietary jack
Cellular Phone
Cellular Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
Cellular Data Link: CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
Call Alert: 72 -chord melody
Vibrating Alert: Supported
Control Peripherals
Positioning Device: Touchscreen
Keyboard: Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard, 41 keys
Directional Pad: 5 -way block
Jog / Scroll Wheel: Pressable rotary scroll wheel
Interfaces
Expansion Slots: SDIO, microSD, TransFlash
Serial: RS-232 , 115200bit/s
USB: USB 2.0 client, 60Mbit/s , USB Series Mini-B (mini-USB) connector
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0
Wireless LAN: 802.11b, 802.11g
Multimedia Telecommunication
Analog TV: Not supported
Analog Radio: Not supported
Satellite Navigation
Built-in GPS: NMEA 0183 , 20 channels GPS Chipset SirfStarIII
Built-in Digital Camera
Main Camera: CMOS sensor, 2.8MP
Autofocus (AF): Supported
Built-in Flash: Not supported
Secondary Camera: CMOS sensor, 640×480 pixel
Power Supply
Battery: Lithium-ion , removable
Battery Capacity: 1350 mAh
from engadget

 
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Posted by on 18/07/2007 in IT

 

Cisco, Microsoft, EMC form alliance
Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft Corp., and EMC Corp. said on Tuesday they have formed an alliance to develop technology for protecting and sharing sensitive government information.
The technology, called the Secure Information Sharing Architecture or SISA, will allow government agencies to better communicate while protecting content from being lost or stolen, the companies said.
Technology to protect information has historically been enforced system-by-system, the companies said. SISA will allow agencies to set up networks that enable users of different computer systems to access the same information.
An example is data on pandemics, which is stored by different agencies and by the private sector, Cisco, EMC and Microsoft said in a statement.
The partners are providing the core commercial off-the-shelf technology for the project, they said. Cost estimates were not disclosed.
Three other companies in the alliance are Liquid Machines, Swan Island Networks Inc. and Canada’s Titus Labs. Addx Corp. will manage the alliance.
from cnn

 
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Posted by on 16/07/2007 in IT

 

Apple plans cheaper, Nano-based phone
Apple Inc. plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on the ultra-slim iPod Nano music player, according to a JP Morgan report. art.iphone.hand.afp.gi.jpgKevin Chang, a JP Morgan analyst based in Taiwan, cited people in the supply channel he did not name and an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for his report dated July 8. Apple filed a patent application document dated July 5 that refers to a multifunctional handheld device with a circular touch pad control, similar to the Nano’s scroll wheel. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris declined comment. Long lines of people turned out on June 29 when U.S. sales began for the iPhone, a mobile phone with a music player and Web browser. Analysts have estimated that sales in the first weekend were as high as 700,000 unitsChang said a way to follow up the iPhone with a cheaper version would be to convert the Nano into a phone and price it at $300 or lower. The iPhone sells for $500 and $600, depending on storage space. “We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it’s probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano,” he said noting that the new phone could have “rather limited functionality.” Another analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said he expects Apple to bring out iPods that resemble iPhone, which features such as a touch-sensitive screen, later this year. Such products would help stop iPhone eating into iPod sales. “We believe the iPhone reveals much of what the iPod will soon be,” Munster said in a note to clients, “iPods with some of the touchscreen features of the iPhone should lessen the impact of cannibalization.” Kerris also declined comment on Munster’s note. Because of the anticipated lower price for the Nano-based phone, 2008 sales of 30 million to 40 million units “is achievable,” according to JP Morgan’s Chang. This would be a much larger volume than is expected of the first iPhone, Apple has targeted sales of 10 million units in 2008, which would give it a 1 percent share of the global market. Sales of the iPhone are expected to be limited to a small percentage of the market due to its high price tag, particularly in the United States where 85 percent of consumers tend to spend $100 or less on cell phones. But analysts forecast that a cheaper phone from Apple, which leads the digital music player market, could pose a much bigger threat to long-established phone makers such as Nokia, Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Sony Ericsson, owned by Sony Corp and Ericsson. Taiwan’s Catcher Technology will be the “major source of metal casing” for the new phone, according to Chang, who cited an unidentified channel source.
from cnn/tech

 
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Posted by on 16/07/2007 in IT

 

Apple iPod 6th generation
There are some rumors on the net about 6th generation iPod is prepared in Apple labs, one of main add-ons that will differs it from 5th generation will be full size touch screen, here is some unofficial mock-up pictures that can be found on-line.
Probably its to early to speak about new generation of iPods, till now Apple have constant dynamics presenting new iPods models on one one year basis. These rumors about new generation is likely caused by Apple move to patent new touchscreen Click-wheel areechnology. Apple CEO Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on or around April 1, Apple’s 30th anniversary as a company. But we have to have in mind that 5th Generation was released on October last year, and demand is still very high, so in my opinion we will have to wait until next christmas shopping madness to see the heir of current iPod.
Source: Previewgadgets

 
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Posted by on 15/07/2007 in IT

 
 
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