Archive for July 10th, 2009

Netbook Video Co-Processor from Broadcom

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2009

Liliputing explains that most Intel Atom based computers have enough oomph to handle 720p video, but not 1080p video. One solution is NVIDIA’s Ion platform, which bundles an Atom CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU to provide enhanced video playback. Another is the Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator, which is basically a co-processor […]

WiMAX Profiles: Open, Open, Open

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2009

Ken Wieland, editor of the excellent WiMAX Vision magazine, says in that WiMAX Profile C is Not a Slam Dunk. Barry West, who now heads up the international interests of Clearwire, said one of his priorities in the coming months was to persuade operators to adopt an open approach to WiMAX hardware. Profile C, […]

Amazon Opens Wireless Store

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2009

Amazon has announced the beta launch of AmazonWireless (, a new Web site offering cell phones and service plans. A broad selection of phones from AT&T and Verizon Wireless are offered with Sprint and T-Mobile expected soon. AmazonWireless currently offers more than 120 phones, including smart phones and the latest models for shoppers on a […]

TerreStar Successfully Launched

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2009

TerreStar successfully launched the world’s largest satellite, TerreStar-1, on July 1, 2009, and looks to become a leader in the communications industry with an innovative terrestrial/satellite phone service with partner AT&T Mobility on a pocketable satphone (spec sheet). The satellite, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, will unfurl a 60-foot-diameter mesh antenna reflector and activate some 500 […]

Navigation: There’s an App for That

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 10th, 2009

Consumer GPS newcomer Navigon, today announced an iPhone version of its MobileNavigator LITE application. The free software, now available in the Apple App Store, displays the user’s position on a map and allows to search for nearby points of interest, although no active route guidance with GPS support is available. A full version of the […]