Apple Reveals It Intentionally Crippled Bluetooth in iPod touch 2G

From DailyTech: When the iPod touch 2G first came out, one feature that was the subject of numerous rumors was Bluetooth compatibility. The addition of Bluetooth would allow wireless stereo headphones and other cool gadgets to connect to the device.

Instead, users got Nike+, a curious joint venture from Nike and Apple which used the same 2.4 GHz spectrum. Apple insisted at the time that Bluetooth was not on the iPod touch and that Nike+ didn't use Bluetooth.

Mobile Firefox Reaches Beta, Only Out for Nokia N810

From DailyTech: Mobile browsers generally are lacking in features and compatibility. Some independent browser makers like Opera seek to conquer the low end, pushing lightweight browsers like Opera Mini across more of the market while other seek to conquer the high end smartphone market.

Mozilla's new mobile effort, Fennec, falls into the latter category. The new browser is aiming to be the most full-featured touch screen browser yet.

Via design targets first-time Netbook makers

From CNET Via Technologies has released a new Netbook reference design aimed at PC manufacturers that want to start selling Netbooks for the first time.

Google project promotes Chrome, JavaScript

From CNET Ever since Google launched Chrome in September 2008, Google has been touting how fast its browser can run Web-based programs written in JavaScript. Now the company has launched a site called Chrome Experiments designed to show off what fast JavaScript can enable and to encourage adoption of the browser.

Report: Atom to be 62% Cheap PC Sales by Q4 '09

From Tom's Hardware: When it comes to computers, the trend is always headed straight towards making things faster and power capable. But now the low-cost, low-power (in both senses of the word) Intel Atom processor could end up in more than half of entry-level desktop sales at the end of the year.

Intel Develops “Breakthrough” Graphics Accelerator for Small Mobile Devices

From X-bit Labs: Intel researchers have developed a special accelerator that may eventually allow creation of high-performance very low power graphics accelerators for mobile computers. Theoretically, similar accelerators may eventually be used for processing of non-graphics data in some other equipment.

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 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 With Patent Lawsuit

From DailyTech: Discovery Communications has filed a patent lawsuit against 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.


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