Archive for January, 2009
Google Android has already created a bundle firsts, coming onto the scene as a specially designed mobile operating system. And now it looks s though it may set another first, by being included on the General Mobile DSTL1.
The new handset, which is still largely speculative to outsiders, will be unveiled in Barcelona next month at the Mobile World Congress. With two SIM cards, a phone is able to maintain two completely different phone numbers, something which could be very useful for people who spend a lot of time on the road. One SIM could be used for business, and the other could be used for personal uses.
There is some concern over whether the current design of the DSTL1 is suitable for Android, since it lacks the five button configuration expected by the OS. This could mean that the handset design may change, or we may see a patch for the Android OS which offers greater compatibility.
In other regards, the phone is pretty average. It has Wi-Fi and GSM/EDGE support, and is fronted with a 3 inch display. The 5 megapixel camera is actually manufactured by sharp, and the total weight is less than 5 ounces.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The world’s No. 2 maker of PCs, which has been designing prototypes for over a year, is focusing on smartphones — the class of high-end devices that encompasses Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s Blackberry, the newspaper cited people familiar with the matter as saying.
If launched, the phones will be based on Google’s Android operating system and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software, it said. One model will even feature a touchscreen, not unlike the iPhone’s, the Journal reported.
However, Dell has not finalized its plans and may still abandon them, the Journal added without elaborating.
Shares in Dell climbed 1.4 percent in after-hours trade, barely denting an 8.6 percent dive during the regular session to $9.95. Microsoft stock was up 1.3 percent, and Google shares were holding steady.
Representatives for Dell and Microsoft declined to comment, and Google representatives were not available for comment.
Smartphones — high end mobile devices that can assume many of the functions found traditionally on PCs, such as playing videos and music — are the fastest growing segment of the cell phone industry.
IT consultancy IDC expects smartphone shipments to climb 8.9 percent globally in 2009, far outstripping a decline in the overall worldwide cell phone market.
U.S. PC giant Dell, which lost its mantle of world’s largest PC maker to Hewlett-Packard about two years ago, has toyed with the idea of selling cell phones since early 2007, the Journal said.
Chief Executive Michael Dell, who returned in 2007 to the firm he founded, has explored new markets, but earlier attempts to diversify into new areas, including a plan to sell digital music players, were dropped.
Dell hired Ron Garriques, Motorola’s former cell phone chief, to re-energize its consumer products division. But, under a non-compete agreement, Garriques was barred from working on mobile phones until February 2009.
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Dish Network begins transition to new security encryption method known as nagravision 3 today.
The next generation in Dish Networks satellite security,Nagravision 3(N3) has been reportedly implemented.Dish Network has been using two security methods,n2 and n3 during the transition,so as to allow their subscribers who have not yet received their new smart cards,to be able to continue viewing uninterrupted.Once the smart cards have been sent,it was only a matter of time before Dish Network would stop using the old encryption nagravision 2.Thus leaving only the new encryption protocol,nagravision 3 active.Dish Network will slowly stop using nagravision 2 in sections according to Charlie (CEO of Dish Network).They have reportedly begun with internationals.
Channels reported down with use of 3rd party software in fta receivers,are as follows:
Geo News 902
Ary Digital 621
Aag TV 903
Ary One World 651
(along with some others)
In hopes to Thwart off satellite piracy,Dish Networks introduction to nagravision 3 has begun.
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The Senate approved a bill Monday that would delay the transition to all-digital television transmissions in the U.S. until June, according to media reports.
Barring congressional action, all TV stations are required by law to stop broadcasting in analog format by Feb. 17.
However, there has been mounting criticism of the digital TV transition, alongside concern that those who stand to lose their TV signals due to the move won’t be properly compensated in time to acquire the necessary converter boxes.
Without such boxes, people will be required to subscribe to satellite or cable TV service.
President Obama has also weighed in on the digital TV transition, calling for it to be delayed.
Similar legislation on the digital TV transition date is expected to receive a vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee later this week, according to a report in the online edition of The Wall Street Journal.
That legislation would extend the transition date to September, according to the report.
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