Intel repudiates execs' criticism of the iPhone

From InfoWorld: Intel distanced itself from criticism of Apple's iPhone made by executives at the company's Intel Developer Forum conference in Taipei, saying the comments were not appropriate. The chip maker also acknowledged its own products weren't yet suitable for such a product.

Samsung Profits Slide on Economic Slowdown

From PC World: Operating profit for the period was 1.5 trillion won (US$1 billion), down 38 percent on the same period a year earlier, while sales were off 4 percent at 30.3 trillion won. Profitability declined across the board with its semiconductor sector recording a 78 percent drop in operating profits and its digital media business recording a loss for the three-month period.

Google launches Gmail for Mobile 2.0

From CNET News.com: Google on Thursday announced that it has launched Gmail for Mobile 2.0 for J2ME-supported devices such as the Nokia N95, as well as BlackBerry phones.

NVIDIA Grabs for 30% of Integrated Graphics Market

From DailyTech: NVIDIA, the leader in discrete graphics, has its eyes on Intel's integrated market and its latest integrated GPU -- the 9400M -- may be just the chip to grab share from Intel. NVIDIA's Nick Stam believes that the 9400M could grab 30% of the existing integrated graphics market.

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Intel, IBM open up switch specification for blades

From InfoWorld: Intel and IBM have agreed to open up IBM's BladeCenter switch technology for more server makers to use, part of an initiative to spur adoption of a specification for low-cost blade servers.

Ericsson Takes LTE to the Street

From PC World: Ericsson has managed to achieve rates in excess of 100M bps (bits per second) with next-generation mobile technology LTE (Long Term Evolution) during recent field trials.

LTE is pitched as a successor to the 3G (third generation) mobile services such as the European UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) and similar wide-band CDMA (W-CDMA) services.

Office, Vista getting new service packs

From CNET News.com: While most of the excitement around Windows and Office is around the next full versions of the products, Microsoft is also working on the next service pack updates for each product.

In a blog posting on Wednesday, Microsoft said that Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will come sometime between February and April of next year. It also listed many of the features in the update, which includes previously announced support for the Open Document Format.

Intel Criticizes iPhone's ARM Processor, Forgets All About XScale

From DailyTech: Intel is picking on what it calls the slow iPhone, but is fast to point out that the slowness isn’t Apple's fault. This caveat is no doubt to placate Apple and its iPhone business, which Intel undoubtedly covets. According to Intel's Shane Wall, the problem with the iPhone is its processor which is based on ARM technology.

Intel's future Atom plans sound a lot like AMD's Fusion

From InfoWorld: Next year, Advanced Micro Devices plans to release the first of its Fusion chip family , which combines processor cores and a graphics engine on the same chip. But AMD isn't alone in its efforts: Intel also plans to combine graphics capabilities with its processors, including low-cost Atom chips for laptops and desktops.

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