There are rumors that HTC and T-Mobile are planning on the T-Mobile G2, and apparently it won't have a physical keyboard. We discuss that, as well as the Samsung Instinct's new calendar syncing, LG's breakthrough sales in 2008, plus a few new phones. And, of course, we tell you about the latest reviews and answer your e-mail too. Listen now: Download today's podcast
I must admit, I never really saw the point in having TV on my cell phone. That was until Tuesday.
I was one of the lucky people who was able to get to my ticketed-spot on the National Mall to see Barack Obama become the 44th president of the United States. I trekked more than two hours through a sea of people along the streets of Washington, D.C., to make it to the "Silver" gate for a standing-room view of the inauguration. And I withstood the freezing temperatures throughout the rest of the day to watch the … Read more
Wilson's back and feeling mellow after yesterday's inauguration, so we take advantage of his good spirits to ream him for taking the day off. He gives us an in-depth review of his party at the Apollo and the movie Gran Torino. We also cover a superwide range of hilarious stories today, including Google crimes, the Razzies, school bus stories, the Phantom Bathroom Smearer, and Phacebook Phishers.
According to this article, Australians apparently have terrible manners when it comes to using cell phones and other tech gadgets in public. Some of the statistics listed are: 48 percent of Australians … Read more
HTC and T-Mobile are readying a new version of the G1 Android phone, according to the gadget blog Gizmodo.
On Wednesday, Gizmodo posted pictures of what is supposed to be the new Android "G2," which the blog says is expected in May. The new device is much thinner than the previous G1 because its slide keyboard is gone. Instead, HTC has taken a page out of the Apple iPhone playbook and will only offer a virtual keypad.
Pictures of the new G2 also show that it will have a 3.2 megapixel camera. The new phone will operate … Read more
For your next spy mission, consider the F-01A phone from Fujitsu.
It's a sleek-looking phone with some serious, sophisticated technological and rugged credentials. It's submersible--it will still work if dunked in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes--and also functions as a fingerprint-scanning device.
The phone uses AuthenTec's TouchStone technology, which is a fingerprint scanner that is utilized to navigate the device's controls, and TrueFinger, which is security software from AuthenTec, which matches fingerprint patterns. It's the first phone to use the software/hardware combination, according to AuthenTec.
The F-01A also functions as … Read more
There hasn't been much Web chatter around Open Kernel Labs, but late last week, the Chicago-based Open Kernel Labs, a spinout from Australia's NICTA, announced a $7.6 million investment from Chrysalis Ventures, Neo Technology Ventures, and Citrix Systems.
This follows a $2.5 million grant Open Kernel Labs recently received from NICTA.
Not much noise is made about Open Kernel Labs because it operates in the embedded-virtualization market, providing microkernel technology to manufacturers of electronics such as mobile handsets.
Importantly, while based on the open-source General Public License 3, the company is able to segregate differently licensed … Read more
The concept of workload mobility came up again recently in a discussion about the network requirements required to achieve that vision. My colleague Doug Gourlay recently posted several observations of what exactly networking in the cloud represents--and doesn't represent. In that discussion, he makes the following observation about the role of bandwidth in moving compute workloads around the Internet:
It's not all big pipes. I know, I wish the world were all 10Gb Ethernet too. I also wish I had 100Gb here today so we didn't have to focus so much on elegant link-bundling technologies. (this is a major area of network improvement in general in my opinion by the way, and may be worth another blog post on how to improve these...) Video is neat - it drives 5-10Mb/s, 15Mb/s for a big Telepresence. But moving a virtual-machine from one place to another may move up to 40GB of data, or 320Gb (sic). This would mean that in the course of an hour each VM movement is equal to about six concurrent TelePresence sessions in network demand. Compound this with VM sprawl, Dynamic Resource Scheduling, and data center consolidation and yes, there will be a heck of a lot of data moving between servers, between data centers, and with cloud computing from enterprises to service providers.
More than bandwidth though, which we can make the case for, how will the data move? Does the Internet itself have enough bandwidth and traffic management to support this data movement? And how will the addressing statefully move from one autonomous system to another? How will the security policy bound to a particular object (re: VM) stay consistent and coherent as the VM moves across the network and from one network to another. This is the longer term problem much more so than just the bandwidth issue, and one that is not currently being served by the hype-machines.
His observation about the immense bandwidth required to meet an open cloud with free workload mobility is a very interesting one. The live motion you know today typically bypasses moving data by leveraging shared network storage which is attached to a given VM regardless of which host it lands on.
The future is a bit different, however.… Read more
Helio, the "virtual" wireless operator that was bought by Virgin Mobile USA last year, is about to launch the next rendition of its flagship smartphone called the Ocean 2, Silicon Alley Insider reported Friday.
The Web site cited a company representative who said that the new phone could go on sale as early as next month.
Several blogs mentioned the existence of the new phone back in May. At the time, Engadget reported the devicewould have a 3-megapixel camera, a dual-slider design like the first Ocean, 1GB internal storage, Flash support in the browser, 30fps video recording, a touch-sensitive pad, a microSD card slot, plus PC sync capability. … Read more
Sony Ericsson's latest quarterly results, which show a significant drop in revenue, have prompted analysts to suggest this year will be make-or-break for the mobile-phone manufacturer.
The company's results for the fourth quarter of 2008 were published on Friday. Sony Ericsson lost 187 million euros ($248 million) in that quarter--it lost just 25 million euros in the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2007, Sony Ericsson made 373 million euros.
Just in time for this troubled economy, Boost Mobile (one of the few MVNOs still standing) (a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel), has announced a new unlimited monthly plan.
It costs a flat rate of $50 a month, and it includes unlimited daytime, evening, and weekend calls; unlimited texts; unlimited wireless Web; and unlimited use of Boost Mobile's walkie-talkie network. If you're into Boost Mobile's products, this sounds like a pretty sweet deal.