Archive for May 26, 2009

Best known for its laptops, Acer introduces its latest smartphones in the Philippine market. Collectively known as the Acer Tempo series of smartphones, all of the handsets run Windows Mobile and are equipped with powerful processing and memory capabilities.

The four models are as follows:

The M900 sports a Qwerty keyboard, a 3.8-inch screen,with HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access) support, built-in GPS and a 5-megapixel camera.

The F900, comes with 3.8-inch screen. It has a 3.2-megapixel camera, and HSUPA for faster uploading and support for Wi-fi, GPS, FM Radio, voice recorder, voice command, and expandable memory.

The X960 has a smaller 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen, embedded GPS, a VGA 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash.

The DX900 is the first Dual-SIM Smartphone to support both 3.5G (HSDPA) and 2.75G (EDGE) SIM cards It sports a 2.8 inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and expandable memory.

Acer smartphones are distributed in the Philippines by TopStrasse Global Inc. headed by Mr. Christopher Uyco.

Intel Philippines recently outlined some information on its next Atom platform, code-named “Pine Trail” and introduced a new beta version of its Moblin 2.0 operating system.

From an architecture standpoint, there will be a shift to a 2-chip architecture which will enable four-layer PCB routing. This is versus the current 3-chip setup consisting of the CPU, chipset (graphics, RAM, etc.), and the I/O.

With Pine Trail, the CPU, graphics, and memory controller will now all be in the “north” complex, while I/O will be in the “south” complex. This new configuration allows for a move from a six-layer board to a four-layer board. That means slimmer designs, fanless (in nettops), lower costs, better battery, better performance, etc.

Moblin is an optimized Linux operating system project that delivers a visually rich internet and media experience on Intel Atom Processor based devices including MIDs, netbooks/nettops, in-vehicle infotainment, and embedded systems. The main goal of Moblin is to unify a Linux-based OS across Atom-based platforms.

Acer Philippines is now aiming for growth in the competitive notebook market with the launch of their Aspire Timeline laptop.

The new line of Acer Aspire notebooks are designed to be power efficient and offer up to eight hours of battery life in a thin and light package. The series consists of a 13.3″, 14″ and 15.6″ notebooks, and an affordable price.

Nokia Ovi store open for business

Posted: May 26, 2009 in Tech

Nokia has entered the mobile applications business with the official opening of the Ovi Store. The portal will offer a variety of applications to around 50 million customers worldwide, and users in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the UK will be able to get billed by their network operator.

The Ovi Store is accessible via a downloaded application, and users will have to create a profile at the Ovi web site to use the service.

Ovi Store is an evolving media service that consolidates Nokia’s existing content services into a one-stop-shop for free and paid content. Thousands of the content industry’s biggest names along with independent application developers are distributing their media, applications and games through Ovi Store.

Asus will unveil the latest addition to its laptop portfolio very soon, with the new model widely touted as a rival to the MacBook Air.

The new model will be the flagship for the slim U and UX series and will form a new ultra-thin brand for Asus.