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Archive for May, 2009

Smartbooks: The New Netbook?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 31st, 2009

British chip designer ARM said on Monday four to five PC makers will introduce a total of 6 new netbook models using its processors this year. The company claims its ARM-based netbooks will make up 20-30 percent share of the netbook market next year. Intel’s Atom processors, running Windows XP, currently dominate the netbook market. […]

SkyPilot Bought by Trilliant for Smart Meters

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2009

Smart meter developer Trilliant has announced today that it is buying SkyPilot, the Santa, Clara, Calif.-based wireless mesh network company used by defunct municipal WiFi company MetroFi. Trilliant plans to use SkyPilot’s municipal access points as aggregation points for smart meters. Trilliant has used cellular data in the past for their smart meter technology, but […]

Android: 18 Phones this Year

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2009

Google’s Android mobile operating system could be running on 18 to 20 devices by the end of 2009, according to Andy Rubin, Google’s senior director for mobile platforms. The Android OS is also expected to be on netbooks, soon, reports E-Week. Speaking at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco, Rubin said eight or […]

Palm Pre: Exclusively at Sprint?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2009

This week, both Verizon and AT&T said they would offer the Pre in the future. Sprint doesn’t have a breakout phone like AT&T’s iPhone or Verizon’s Blackberry. Right now, Research In Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry, is easily commanding the enterprise space while the iPhone dominates the consumer space. The confirmation from Sprint came […]

E-ink — With Color

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2009

Pixel Qi says their new new color LCD displays combine the best of B&W e-ink with color and use far less energy than typical LCD screens. The screens offer two different modes, a backlit mode with full color saturation, and an ePaper mode that doesn’t require a backlight. The ePaper mode is much easier to […]

Ford Sync Dials 911

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 27th, 2009

Ford has GM’s OnStar service in their sights after introducing a software upgrade to the Ford-Microsoft Sync system that automatically calls 911 in the event of a crash, reports Wired. Dubbed 911 Assist, the program was first announced in 2008 but is now appearing on brand new Ford vehicles equipped with Sync. The program uses […]