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MIPS shows off $99 tablet at MWC
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2/29/2012   8 comments
MIPS Technologies, which makes the processors that power appliances like TVs and DTV boxes has come out with its own $99 tablet running Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Video: Android booth at MWC
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2/29/2012   Post a comment
Google’s Android Booth at MWC 2012 is one of the major hotspots at the mobile show this year, attracting tens of thousands of visitors daily, most on the lookout for Google’s signature Android pins.
Intel's new partnerships and processors for the mobile space
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2/28/2012   2 comments
Intel’s foray into the smartphone space is a “marathon, not a sprint,” according to the firm’s CEO Paul Otellini. Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
Slideshow: Inside the Android booth at MWC
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2/28/2012   3 comments
Google's Android booth on the Mobile World Congress show floor is not to be missed--both literally and figuratively. It's the largest and possibly most fun booth at the show.
Facebook joins W3C to combat browser fragmentation
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2/28/2012   3 comments
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) Facebook said it would be joining over 30 device manufacturers, carriers, and developers in an industry-wide effort to help accelerate the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers.
Orange launches Intel powered smartphone
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2/27/2012   15 comments
Global mobile carrier Orange has announced it will be putting out its own branded Intel Atom powered cell phone, dubbed the Santa Clara.
LG to make Google's next Nexus phone?
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2/27/2012   5 comments
Word on the Barcelona street is that LG is in discussions to become Google’s next hardware partner for Nexus phones.
Intel's Ivy Bridge delayed, says senior executive
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2/26/2012   5 comments
A senior Intel executive has admitted that its next generation Ivy Bridge microprocessor will be delayed by around eight to 10 weeks to be launched in June.
HTC unveils One series with dual and quad core phones
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2/26/2012   4 comments
HTC has announced its One Series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC), including a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 based device and another boasting Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4.
Qualcomm chooses MasterImage 3D for development tablet
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2/24/2012   5 comments
Just ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, MasterImage said its glasses-free 3-D screen had been selected by the mobile chip giant for a 10-inch Mobile Development Platform based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor.
Microsoft begins aggressive new Windows Phone campaign
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2/24/2012   14 comments
Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft has thrown down the ad gauntlet to its Android competition in a campaign it is calling "Smoked by Windows Phone."
Panasonic's waterproof Android Eluga smartphone unveiled
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2/22/2012   10 comments
Panasonic has unveiled a new ultra-thin, waterproof, Android smartphone called Eluga, which works with the firm’s Smart Viera TVs and uses Panasonic’s display technology.
Thermal Diffusivity Sensors: Temperature Sensors that Scale
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
Thermal diffusivity based sensors are the future according to professor Kofi Makinwa of Delft University of Technology, speaking at the ISSCC on Monday.
Nokia pins app hopes on Boston office
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2/18/2012   8 comments
Finnish phone maker Nokia may not have a “plan B” when it comes to operating systems, having put all of its eggs decisively in Microsoft’s Windows 8 basket, but the firm has another sneaky strategy to get back in the game; developing geolocation apps for Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, as well as its own phones.
Industry considers counterfeit risk analysis tool
2/17/2012   11 comments
Obsolescence, market shortages and price hikes are the key motivational factors for counterfeiters to target a part and make a quick buck, according to data compiled by electronic components database firm SiliconExpert Technologies.
Analyst dissects Intel Haswell's transactional memory
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2/17/2012   7 comments
Pushing forward into a new area for computer architecture, Intel is adopting transactional memory in its upcoming Haswell processors, taking the technology from academia into the mainstream, nearly two decades on.
IBM expands its mobile strategy with Worklight acquisition
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2/16/2012   1 comment
After stating its intent several weeks ago, IBM says it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Israeli enterprise mobile app development firm Worklight.
Nvidia beats street but lowers estimates
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2/16/2012   1 comment
Graphics maker Nvidia remained pessimistic in its revenue forecast on Wednesday, despite beating analyst expectations for the fourth quarter.
Counterfeit parts putting military at risk
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2/15/2012   18 comments
Counterfeit parts are increasingly finding their way into mission critical military and healthcare equipment, with the number of fake electronic parts soaring dramatically over the past couple of years, according to market research organization IHS iSuppli.
Broadcom brings 802.11ac to enterprise space
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2/14/2012   1 comment
Broadcom is extending its push for 802.11ac (“5G WiFi”) into the enterprise and carrier space with the launch of its 3 x 3 BCM43460 system-on-chip, which it claims is three times faster and six times more power efficient than previous generation 802.11an devices.
TI announces five radio combo chip
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2/13/2012   8 comments
Texas Instruments has announced the next generation of its WiLink combo chips, the WiLink 8.0 product family; a collection of 45-nanometer single-chip offerings integrating up to five radios on the same piece of silicon.
New 9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire due out in summer
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2/10/2012   13 comments
Analysts have fueled rumors of an upcoming addition to Amazon’s Kindle Fire family, with the new 9-inch model set to launch later this year.
Imagination technologies to see big royalty uptick
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2/10/2012   6 comments
Exponential mobile computing growth and major upgrades to graphics chips are aligning to give Imagination Technologies’ royalties a huge boost, according to Arete Research Services.
Microsoft: Windows 8 on ARM to be "no-compromise" experience
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2/10/2012   23 comments
Using Windows 8 on ARM devices “out of the box” will feel the same as on x86/64 PCs, and both versions will be released at the same time, Microsoft has said.
Nokia: No "Plan B" should Windows Phone fail
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2/8/2012   15 comments
Nokia is placing all of its bets on a Windows Phone strategy with no “Plan B,” according to the firm’s European manager, ahead of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
Nokia shifts assembly to Asia, plans to lay off 4,000
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2/8/2012   14 comments
Finnish phone maker Nokia has announced it will be cutting down on its manufacturing operations in Hungary, Mexico and Finland in order to move device assembly work to its Asian factories instead. Nokia said the move would cause approximately 4,000 workers to be laid off.
VC Kleiner Perkins launches engineering student fellowship
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2/7/2012   6 comments
Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has announced the first class of recruits for its engineering internship program, which aims to place selected students in Kleiner-funded startups over the summer for work experience and mentoring.
Comment: re: Google poaches Apple exec - 2/7/2012
Comment: re: Google poaches Apple exec - 2/7/2012
Google poaches Apple exec
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2/6/2012   10 comments
Seemingly putting to rest any rumored “no poaching” agreement between Silicon Valley’s tech giants, Google has hired away a senior Apple director for work on a secret project.
BlackBerry PlayBook sees further price cuts
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2/6/2012   12 comments
The Blackberry Playbook has seen yet another price cut, as Research in Motion Inc. (RIM) tries to sell off its remaining stock in the face of fierce competition from its rival and twin, the Amazon Kindle Fire.
New IBM CEO sees her salary doubled
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2/4/2012   13 comments
The new CEO of IBM has had her salary doubled from $800,000 to $1.5 million according to a regulatory filing.
IBM SmartCamp startups attempt to solve world problems
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2/4/2012   2 comments
With tech start-ups taking the world by storm, industry heavyweight IBM is plowing venture capital into seedling companies it believes can best solve the analytical challenges and public infrastructure problems of what it’s calling the “smarter planet”.
Discipline key to engineering innovation, says Microsofts Ilan Spillinger
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2/1/2012   2 comments
The convergence of technical trends are creating an environment full of innovative ideas, but delivering great products to market takes flexibility, focus, and discipline, said Microsoft CVP Ilan Spillinger during a DesignCon keynote on Tuesday.
iFixit blasts Apple for tiny torx screws
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2/1/2012   9 comments
During a teardown at this year’s DesignCon 2012 in Santa Clara, CEO of iFixit, Kyle Weins, blasted Apple for switching out its Phillips screws for new tamper-resistant screws. Parts Search

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