Acer to launch first non-Windows smartphone this year

From InfoWorld: Acer plans to launch its first non-Windows smartphone in the second half of this year, according to company representatives.

The world's third largest PC vendor last month announced its first ever family of smartphones, called Tempo. All of the handsets use Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS.

Officials at the announcement event hinted at future Acer smartphones using other OSes, including Google's Android, but provided few details.

Toshiba Names Power Systems Chief as Next President

From PC World: Toshiba's board of directors has nominated Norio Sasaki, the head of its nuclear power and infrastructure business, to become its new president from the middle of this year.

The proposal requires shareholder approval but comes with the recommendation of Atsutoshi Nishida, Toshiba's current president. Nishida has been in Toshiba's top job since 2005 and said at that time he planned to be around for about four years.

Sun's new mantra: Call us the 'cloud company'

From CNET News.com: During the Internet bubble era, Sun Microsystems profited as one of the big suppliers of networking computing technology to IT. Now it's hoping to similarly benefit from another tech trend as the computer industry slowly migrates toward cloud computing.

Discovery Hits Amazon.com With Patent Lawsuit

From DailyTech: Discovery Communications has filed a patent lawsuit against Amazon.com regarding Amazon's extremely popular Kindle e-book reader. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, accusing Amazon of violating a patent Discovery registered in November 2007.

ATI Radeon HD 4890 Comes Closer as Chips Passes Certification

From X-bit Labs: PCI special interest group has certified compatibility of the yet-not-announced code-named ATI RV790 graphics processor with the PCI Express 2.0 bus. Such certification indirectly confirms that the graphics card currently known as the Radeon HD 4890 is about to be released commercially.

HTC to launch 'at least' three Google phones this year

From InfoWorld: High Tech Computer (HTC) will ship "at least" three smartphones this year that use Google's Android software, HTC's CEO said Tuesday.

HTC, already the largest maker of smartphones that use the Windows Mobile OS, was first to the market with an Android-based smartphone last year, when it teamed up with Google and T-Mobile to launch the G1 in the U.S.

Intel Dispute Won't Choke Supply of AMD Chips

From PC World: Intel Corp.'s threat to pull its cross-licensing deal with AMD Inc. is unlikely to result in a shortage of AMD processors in the market, experts said Monday.

"Gosh, I'd worry more about a meteor slamming into the Earth," said Nathan Brookwood, a longtime analyst with Insight64, noting that very few patent lawsuits in Silicon Valley result in either party being forced to halt production.

Yahoo to streamline redesigned home page

From CNET News.com: After getting an earful from disgruntled testers of its revamped home page, Yahoo is working on a new incarnation that will dramatically speed up access to e-mail.

Mac, iPod Sales Drop 16 Percent in February

From DailyTech: It’s been a fast paced start to the year for Apple. The electronics superpower has rolled out a new laptop, new desktops, and even a new iPod Shuffle -- priced for the recession at $79. However, what would normally make for another record setting start of the year for Apple is fast turning south as fears of the recession has sent customers fleeing from Apple's pricey luxury lineup.

EVGA Promotions Offers NVIDIA 3D Vision, SLI Motherboard on Loan

From DailyTech: With times tough economically, and sales of both personal computers and PC components down, manufacturers and board makers are turning to creative promotions to try to jump start sales. One such intriguing promotion was launched this week by EVGA, maker of motherboards and graphics cards.

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