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Fourth Generation 100Mbps Cellular Internet Tested Successfully

Submitted by lalit on November 7, 2007 - 6:09pm.

Nokia and several other cellular electronics firms announced today that the first tests for Long Term Evolution (LTE) service has met its peak speeds both for connections fixed in place and mobile users such as those traveling by car. The 4G cellular service will provide as much as 100 megabits in download and 50 megabits in uploads that is more then 10 times the speed offered by present 3G wireless technology. Commercial LTE services should start appearing by 2010. The two major benefits of LTE are low latency and increased bandwidth, which would help in improving the video and gaming services to mobile handsets.

Samsung Launches SyncMaster 245T The Enhanced Color Spectrum LCD in US

Submitted by lalit on November 7, 2007 - 11:15am.

Samsung today announced the availability of SyncMaster 245T, a 24” computer LCD. The LCD is designed for consumers looking for accurate color reproduction, as the panel can reproduce 97% of the NTSC color gamut. The dynamic contrast ratio of 1500:1 helps in producing deeper black levels. To eliminate ghosting artifacts Samsung uses active motion compensation and 6ms average pixel response times. The LCD comes with component inputs, HDMI, DVI and four USB ports and it will cost you $800.

Google Announces Open Handset Alliance and Android

Submitted by lalit on November 5, 2007 - 1:53pm.

Google along with T-mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and twenty-nine others companies have joined hand to form Open Handset Alliance. The alliance has jointly developed Android, a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. Android Software Development Kit (SDK) will be released on November 12th. Android is built on Linux Kernel and like Linux it will also be an open source platform for mobile application development. Very little information is available about the user interface and other technical details but Google’s CEO said that a 200MHz ARM9 processor will be the minimum requirement to run the software. You can get more information about the alliance and Android on Open Handset Alliance website.

LG Releases KS20 (LG Prada 2) in Europe

Submitted by lalit on November 5, 2007 - 12:37pm.

LG today announced the availability of KS20, a touchscreen smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6 Pro. The phone features HSDPA (3G), GSM (900/1800/1900MHz), WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot and 128MB internal memory. The 2.8” touchscreen (240X320) can be operated by fingertip or stylus and the phone also has handwriting recognition. On the software side the phone comes with Google Maps, Myspace, Ebay and the usual applications bundled with windows mobile pro. The phone has 2 cameras, the VGA camera in front is for video calls and the 2-megapixel autofocus camera in the back is for video recoding and photos.

Walmart’s Secret In-Store Specials Website

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 8:12pm.

Walmart has launched a secret in-store specials website for this holiday season. The website shows what will be going on sale soon. The website will be updated throughout the holiday season with new in-store specials. At present the website is showing Friday November 2nd 8 a.m. specials, $98.87 for Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player, $14.96 for HD DVD’s, $348 for Acer Laptop, $998 for Sanyo 50” Plasma HDTV and $144.72 for Fisher-Price NASCAR Ride-On. Keep checking this website for latest information about what is going on sale at your local Walmart.
Walmart In-Store Specials

First Known Mac Trojan Hits the Internet

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 7:36pm.

The Trojan appears to be originating from several pornography sites. On the website that have the Trojan, when you click to view a video, you are led to a page with the following prompt:
Quicktime Player is unable to play movie file.
Please click here to download new version of codec.
If you click the link browser starts to download a DMG file. Browser will warn you that its a DMG file containing an application and ask you to click continue or cancel. If you click continue even after browser warning the DMG file will be executed and the Trojan will ask you to provide the admin password to install. If after these warnings you still type in your admin password the Trojan will install and allow external Root level access. The most important thing to know is that you shouldn’t download DMG file without knowing the source or eligibility of the website.

Apple Updates Macbook to Santa Rosa Platform

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 5:41am.

Apple has quietly updated the Macbook to Santa Rosa platform. Now the White model is available with 2.0 and 2.2 GHz processor and the black model is available with 2.2GHz processor. All the models have 1GB RAM, 4MB L2 cache, 13.3” 1280 X 800 resolution screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and built-in iSight camera. The biggest improvement is addition of Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor that has 144MB shared memory and will definitely improve graphics performance of the Macbook. The 2.0GHz white Macbook pried at $1099 comes with 80GB hard drive and combo drive (CD writer). The 2.2GHz white Macbook priced at $1299 comes with 120GB hard drive and double layer Superdrive (DVD writer). As always you will be paying a $200 premium for the black Macbook, that has a 160GB hard drive.



Time Magazine Choices iPhone as The Invention of Year

Submitted by lalit on November 1, 2007 - 1:54am.

The most talked about gadget of the year is also Time’s “Invention of the Year”. iPhone topped many other creations like environmentally friendly technology, molecular science and robotics. Lev Grossman, a Time staff writer who covers technology said “ Intel’s 45-nanometer (CPU chip)- that’s a serious deal, but it’s a lot less glamorous than the iPhone even though it’s important.” Grossman further said “The wide-ranging impact of the iPhone - on the cell phone industry and how it will evolve into an ever more useful handheld computer - is only beginning.”  iPhone’s design, features and functionality has shake the mobile phone industry by its roots and after almost 11months since it was announced in January no mobile phone manufacturer has a answer for the iPhone.

[Via Mercury News]

Google in Talks With Verizon and Sprint

Submitted by lalit on October 31, 2007 - 2:23am.

Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google is expected to announce software and services enabling handset makers to launch mobile phones based on Google operating system. Today WSJ and Reuters reported that Google is in serious talks with Verizon wireless and Sprint Nextel to put its mobile Operating system on cellphones offered by the carriers. Deals with major wireless carriers in US will be a great boast for Google’s mobile phone plans. It is believed that T-mobile has already signed on with Google.
According to WSJ’s post Google plans to make the software open source enabling software developers to build additional applications for the Gphone. But it is a well-known fact that Verizon loves to live in its own walled garden. So what is Google trying to sell to Verizon?

AT&T Releases Two New Cell Phones

Submitted by lalit on October 30, 2007 - 10:21pm.

AT&T today released Pantech Duo smartphone and Samsung SGH-A737 Slider. The new Pantech Duo is a dual slide smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6. Pantech duo comes with a microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, 1.3megapixel camera, QVGA display and Bluetooth. The phone supports 3G HSDPA and all four major GSM bands. It is available now at AT&T stores for $199.99 with two years contract. The second Samsung A737 is a thin slider phone, which comes with microSD card slot, 3G HSDPA, GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and Bluetooth with A2DP support. The phone is available in four colors red, blue, orange and line for $49.99 with a two years contract.