Archive for February 14, 2008

SE W910Sony Ericsson announced that its W910 Walkman phone has been awarded Best Handset at the GSM Association’s 13th Global Mobile Awards 2008.

The W910 Walkman phone is designed for entertainment; whether music, 3D games, video, or high-speed Web access. It’s also geared to let consumers choose their music just the way they want it.

Applications such as Shake control enable them to flick the phone to control games or skip and shuffle between music tracks while SenseMe lets them discover music to match their mood and tempo.

With its 1GB Memory Stick Micro provided in box, the W910 Walkman phone can hold over 900 songs* with room for plenty more thanks to its expandable memory.

Apple to release 3G iPhone soon

Posted: February 14, 2008 in Tech

Apple iPhone with 3G technology could be released within a matter of months.

Apple will likely release the 3G iPhone in order to allow them to reach their target of shipping 10 million iPhones in 2008.

Yahoo and News Corp. Discuss Deal

Posted: February 14, 2008 in Tech

News Corp. has offered to merge with Yahoo, which also includes social-networking site MySpace.

Under the proposal, Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang and President Sue Decker would run the combined company, which would include Yahoo, MySpace and other Web properties owned by News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Media.

Google releases new Android SDK

Posted: February 14, 2008 in Tech

Google has updated its Android software developer’s kit (SDK) today with a new user interface and new developer tools.  The update provides enhancements to the original SDK announced in November and gives open-source developers a feel of the Android platform.

Android is a project of the Open Handset Alliance, a group of more than 30 companies headed by Google Inc. to provide an open operating system and related functions for wireless devices.

Cisco announced key findings from its annual global study on remote workers’ security awareness and online behavior, indicating how they can inadvertently heighten risks for themselves and the companies they work for.

According to the study, IT respondents believe their remote employees are becoming less disciplined in their online behavior: More than half (55 percent) believe their remote workers are becoming less diligent toward security awareness, an 11 percentage point increase from the year before. This perception shift may be a result of the threat landscape’s evolution from overt to covert attacks.

Although today’s threats are more dangerous because they sabotage personal identities in addition to corporate intelligence, their invisible nature creates a false sense of comfort among employees that can result in a loss of discipline around online behavior, particularly when they work remotely.

Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement

Posted: February 14, 2008 in Tech

Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft’s previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!:

It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.

We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.

A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. Furthermore, the combination will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.

The Yahoo! response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.