Archive for September, 2007

Apple disables ‘hacked’ iPhones

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Tech

Apple issued a software update for its iPhones that disables handhelds that some users have hacked so they can operate with non-AT&T phone carriers.  Apple has made it clear that applying the update to a modified or “hacked” iPhone can cause permanent and irreparable harm to the device which will NOT be covered under and Apple warranty.

Firmware version 1.1.1 includes a long list of feature additions, bug fixes, and security enhancements.

3Com Acquired For $2.2B

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Tech

3Com said that it had reached a deal to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital and former partner Huawei Technology for US$2.2 billion in cash. Huawei would gain a minority stake in the 3Com as part of the transaction.

Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders will receive $5.30 in cash for each share of 3Com common stock they hold. This represents a premium of about 44% over 3Com’s closing price of $3.68 on September 27, 2007. The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of calendar year 2008.

Palm announces $100 consumer Smartphone

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Tech

Palm, Inc. and Sprint introduced the Palm Centro smart device, at $99.99.  With voice, text, IM, email, web, contact and calendar capabilities, a full-color touch screen and full keyboard, Centro brings Palm simplicity and organization to customers who want to stay connected with co-workers, friends and family.

Centro will be exclusive through Sprint in the United States for 90 days and is available in onyx black or ruby red.

Microsoft Windows XP Sales Extended

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft has announced it will continue to sell Windows XP for five months longer than it originally expected, because of customer feedback.

Microsoft will extend the availability of Windows XP to June 30, 2008. It previously had planned to be 100% transitioned to Vista in the US by the beginning of next year.

Microsoft also announced that it will extend the availability of its XP Starter Edition to emerging markets to June 30, 2010.

Google’s latest acquisition is Zingku, a tech start-up working on social networking for mobile phones.  Zingku has implemented technology that allows mobile phone users to send photos, friend invites, and conduct polls through a universal platform.

The acquisition comes during a period of speculation that Google is eyeing the mobile market to possibly launch its own cell phone.

Disney shuts down mobile venture

Posted: September 30, 2007 in Tech

Disney has announced that it will stop offering specialized cell phone service by the end of the year.  The Disney service was targeted at children, allowing parents to set very strict safeguards. Parents could keep tabs on their kids with location-tracking software, and could set it so only certain numbers could be dialed out.

Disney said it has been struggling to secure retail partners for the phone and its service, and has announced that it is no longer selling it to new customers. Existing customers will be able to use the service for the rest of the year.

A flaw in Microsoft Excel 2007 was recently found which causes certain numbers to be displayed incorrectly.

The problem occurs when Excel attempts to display 65,535 or 65,536. Rather than displaying the actual number, the cell instead shows the value at 100,000.  The issue occurs when any of six floating point numbers are displayed, and attributes it to changes to the Excel calculation logic.

Microsoft Allows Switch from Vista to XP

Posted: September 28, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft has reportedly begun offering a downgrade option to PC makers who want to allow their customers to have the option of using XP over the pre-installed Vista software.

Computer manufacturers including Fujitsu, Lenovo, and HP now mainly offer PCs exclusively with Vista pre-installed. Customers who would prefer to have XP can request a downgrade disc for computers that come with Vista Business and Vista Ultimate. These two versions allow downgrading as part of the software licensing, but the process is difficult without a specifically coded disc.