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junko.yoshida
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Re: Mediatek aster
junko.yoshida   1/25/2014 9:15:58 AM
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Hi, Alex. I saw Aster at CES, but there isn't a whole lot of info at MTK's website. Let me get back to you.

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Mediatek aster
alex_m1   1/25/2014 5:44:25 AM
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Junko, is there more information about aster, the mediatek chip , hopefully including price range? It sounds interesting.

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Re: Gee, looks like a remote control...
junko.yoshida   1/25/2014 2:52:15 AM
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@LarryM99, um, i must confess that "bluejacking" isn't something I have given a lot thought about, but yes, that's entirely possible, isn't it? Imagine what we can do with that!!!

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Re: Gee, looks like a remote control...
junko.yoshida   1/25/2014 2:47:04 AM
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@DMcCunney, you wrote:

Depends on what you mean by convergence.  We are seeing the same functions, but where they are performed and what performs them changes.

I think you are onto something here.

In other words, once we start carrying such a powerful portable device (aka smartphone) in our pocket or purse, we can just pick and choose a different user interface unit (keyboard, remote controller, glasses, watch, etc. ) of our choice -- and suddenly morph that powerful portable device (CPU) into something else... 

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Re: Gee, looks like a remote control...
LarryM99   1/24/2014 7:41:35 PM
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First thing that came to my mind is that we actually built that for a customer about 15 years ago. Maybe I should be doing a patent search here...

The second thought is that there are hackers who would like to get their hands on that. Add a little Bluejacking capability and it would be a great way to make calls on other people's phones...

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Re: Irony
Bert22306   1/24/2014 5:02:56 PM
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I agree these pendulum swings are ironic. I actually remember the first time I saw someone using an iPhone for a voice call, how huge it looked. Now iPhones don;t look so big anymore. However just the other day, I saw someone making a voice call over something quite gargantuan. It looked downright uncomfortable.

So I too, am not surprised. Although the idea of this new device having to be a slave to another gadget you must have with you seems less than "good engineering."

Evolution in action.

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Re: Nothing New...
Tunrayo   1/24/2014 10:43:08 AM
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I feel it may still take a while before wearables catch on with the mainstream.

A lot of work still needs to be done with aesthetics. I wouldn't wear the Google Glass with it still looking like safety goggles for welding. 

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Tunrayo   1/24/2014 10:35:37 AM
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I had an old feature phone that could last 3 days without charging. And this included talk time as well. But then it was just basic phone calls and text.

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Re: Gee, looks like a remote control...
DMcCunney   1/24/2014 10:34:29 AM
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@junko.yoshida: I'm amused" is exactly the reaction I was hoping for when I wrote this piece,

I'm happy to be of service.  :-)

But as I said, it looks like a remote control, and essentially is.  It's a one-handed interface to specific functions of a device that would require two hands for other use.  (It does assume the user will be carring that larger device, in a handbag, briefcase or the like.  It won't sell to those who like smartphones for everything because they don't want to carry a larger device.)

As much as 'convergence' has been a much touted trend, the pendulum could always swing back. No?

Depends on what you mean by convergence.  We are seeing the same functions, but where they are performed and what performs them changes.

Current smartphones have multi-core CPUs and GPUs with 3D acceleration and multiple GB of RAM.  They have more power than older desktops.  I can see carrying something the size of a cell phone on my pocket that will be my main computer.  Out and about, it will be my smartphone.  Plugged into a docking station, it will have keyboard, mouse, large monitor, and connections to things like an NAS, and become my workstation.

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Re: Yes! Yes! more feature phone, please
Sheetal.Pandey   1/24/2014 8:12:56 AM
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@sixscrews..so much with your views. I remember buying a tablet that can be used as smartphone too. Enjoyed a lot in starting but soon it became difficult to hold, my daughter would drop it many times..and it was gettting difficult for people to reach me as the phone always use to be not reachable. Atlast when I was juggling to get my daughter from school the tablet fell down and its power key broke and it never got started. I thought I just want a simple phone to call and receive. And went and bought a low cost Nokia low end phone. It falls manytimes a day..and notheing happens. Got tablet repaired but use it only for androd apps.

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