Archive for July, 2009

RIM launches BlackBerry Curve 8250

Posted: July 28, 2009 in Tech

Research in Motion revealed their new smartphone model BlackBerry Curve 8250.

It feature a 2 megapixel camera in addition to support for technologies like Wi-Fi, Video Recording, a battery capable of 4.5 hours of talk time.

It lacks 3G connectivity which makes it a lower end mobile phone. It features a trackpad instead of the conventional trackball.

Palm fixes Pre vulnerabilities

Posted: July 28, 2009 in Tech

Palm has release a security update for the webOS operating system for the Palm Pre. It should stop the system from crashing when a user clicks on over long URLs; greater than 4063 characters.

It may be possible to exploit this flaw by creating a crafted URL that could inject code into the device. Links may be distributed through some email, AIM, SMS and other channels on the device.

AOL Inc. announced that parent Time Warner Inc. bought back a 5% stake ($283 million) in the online unit — originally purchased by Google Inc. for $1 billion in 2006, as AOL seeks to revive its fortunes as an independent entity.

AOL, which is being spun off by Time Warner said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that in 2008, advertising revenue stemming from its search advertising partnership with Google amounted to $678 million — a significant chunk of its $2 billion in total advertising revenue for the period.

The country’s leading computer providers Acer, Microsoft, Intel and Villman Computers teamed up to open the country’s first high-end ‘Gaming Zone’. Located at the SM Cyberzone North Edsa, all 40 Acer computers are powered by Intel Core i7 and running Windows 7 RC1.

Acer Philippines general manager Manuel Wong said the gaming zone will allow consumers to try out the power and versatility of Acer computers – be it for the enterprise, home or for the gaming enthusiasts.

Intel Philippines country manager Ricky Banaag said the newly open Core i7 gaming zone is the best processor on the planet powered gaming zone. “We (Intel) congratulates Acer, Microsoft and Villman for the launch of this new and exciting gaming zone.” said Banaag.

Microsost MNA consultant Lalaine Zulueta for her part said the new Gaming Zone will allow people to see the latest Windows 7 in action. “It is working efficiently and is ready to deliver the computing requirement of consumers” added Zulueta.

On the other hand, Villman Computers President Manuel ‘Boyet’ Villaroman said the objective of the Gaming Zone is really to allow people to get their hands wet on the latest computing innovation the market has to offer.

“The gaming zone will act as our showroom and at the same time a lab in a way. People can come and try the machines. Our fees are very affordable, just enough to cover our operation expenses.” said Villaroman.

Sony will soon include touchscreen functionality to a range of Vaio laptops – plus the upcoming Vaio W laptop will also be integrating PlayStation Network functionality.

Integration with the PlayStation Network will bring movies and TV shows directly to Vaio laptops and netbooks.

Samsung Electronics Co. reported a 5.2% rise in profit for the second quarter on 16% growth in sales driven primarily by improved performance in semiconductor and telecom business segments. Handsets shipments in the quarter rose 14%. Further, the South Korean conglomerate said it projects 5% sequential growth in telecom market demand in the third quarter.

Samsung added that its net profit topped 2.25 billion won (1.8 billion U.S. dollars) during the second quarter, marking a 5.2 percent on-year advance from 2.14 trillion won (1.7 billion U.S. dollars).

The rise in earnings came as the company’s sales was boosted 15.9 percent to 21.02 trillion won (16.8 billion U.S. dollars) during the same period.

The company expected its earnings to further improve in the third quarter

Nokia has announced their latest high profile mobile device the Nokia N86. The highlight of this phone is the 8 megapixel digital camera. This is the first phone from Nokia to feature such a high quality camera.

N86 features technologies like mechanical shutter and Automatic Motion Blur Reduction for better image quality. The camera features a Carl Zeiss wide angle lens along with LED Flash.