Archive for April 27, 2009

Samsung unveils first Android handset

Posted: April 27, 2009 in Tech

Samsung unveils its first Android phone – the I7500 Android cellphone. Tipped over the weekend, the I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, together with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen running at 320 x 480.

Other specs include GPS, WiFi b/g and HSPA, together with 40GB of storage (8GB internal; up to 32GB via a microSD card). There’s also Bluetooth 2.0, a 1,500mAh battery and the usual bevy of Google applications and access to the Android Market. The whole thing measures 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm, and still finds room for a 3.5mm headphone socket and microUSB port.

Apple has been found guilty of patent infringement and charged $19m by a court in Texas.

The patent was held by California-based chip manufacturer OPTi Inc and related to a data transfer method, officially called ‘Predictive snooping of cache memory for master-initiated accesses.’

Facebook to open up to developers

Posted: April 27, 2009 in Tech

Facebook is set to announce a new initiative that will give developers unprecedented levels of information to build games and other such services upon.

The announcement would mean developers could, with user permission, access the photos, videos, notes and comments in order to create more topical and personalised applications.

NEC Electronics Corporation and Renesas Technology Corp are to merge in a major move to consolidate semiconductor operations. The move would create the third largest semiconductor company in the world.

NEC Electronics and Renesas plan to sign an agreement at the end of July, 2009 to integrate their business operations.

Windows 7 comes with XP mode

Posted: April 27, 2009 in Tech

Microsoft is adding a “Windows XP Mode” to Windows 7, in a move to encourage users to make the switch to the software vendor’s forthcoming operating system.

Microsoft has built its XP mode into Windows 7 by using the Windows Virtual PC technology Microsoft acquired in 2003, to make the OS compatible to run apps designed for Vista’s predecessor.

Users can install apps directly into the virtualised XP environment. The applications are then published to the Windows 7 desktop and they can be run from within that OS.