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HTC Walks From Palm Bid, Will Lenovo Step Up?

Blazarov Maybe Palm's state is worse than it seemed (97 comments)

There were some speculations that HTC has interest in Palm mainly due to Palm's patent portfolio. Given the upcoming court fight with Apple, it would probably have been nice for HTC to have as much patents as possible in order to get more leverage in the case. HTC's decision most certainly comes after looking at Palm's books, and since they have decided to pass the offer, maybe this means it's not all rainbows and butterflies at the Palm HQ? Coincidentally, yet another Palm exec left (the VP of carrier marketing), and there was also a rumor that even Robinstein himself was abandoning ship (although he allegedly denied this). This all kind of points that Palm may have a very serious problem. I'm not sure what will happen if Lenovo walks away too... On the technical side, it would have been interesting to see WebOS on some of the high-end hardware HTC has released lately. On the other hand, I'm not sure that yet another OS to support is the best thing for HTC, with WM, Android, and the emerging Brew thing...

more than 4 years ago

Twins' DNA Foils Police

Blazarov What worries me... (209 comments)

What is troubling for me to understand is why was their DNA already in the police's database? Have they committed other crimes? Or is the answer as simple as "This took place in the UK"? I don't know about you, but I would be rather pissed if I'm on some database for no reason...

more than 4 years ago

What you get when you buy a $40 iPhone in a bar

Blazarov To be honest (1 comments)

Ummm if everything on this thing works OK, and if it conforms with radiation standards etc. I wouldn't mind having one for that price, even if it doesn't say iPhone on the back...

more than 4 years ago

Verizon CTO Says 4G Service Is On Track

Blazarov I'm jealous (74 comments)

Having worked on LTE and LTE Advanced these last two years of my university degree, I can't wait to see and use the actual network... Well, guess I'll have to wait a bit longer to see it in Europe...

more than 4 years ago

Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?

Blazarov Will have to wait and see (427 comments)

There are still a lot of questions to be answered, before I can say if I like it or not... Does it support multitasking? How are notifications handled? How efficient is the down-scrolling action compared to the sideways swipe in a real world usage? How would apps look with this spill-over-the-side text philosophy? I agree that the fact that they have started completely from scratch is rather exciting, and also the minimalist design approach is rather bold, but until the above questions are answered it is hard to tell if this will end the "iPhone Domination"

more than 4 years ago

When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

Blazarov Umm... (979 comments)

I, for one, welcome our Turing-test-passing, working-for-pennies super-intelligent overlords?

more than 4 years ago

IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

Blazarov Cool... (428 comments)

Does it keep wanting cheezburgerz all the time?

more than 4 years ago

Tesla Roadster Breaks Distance Record For Electric Car

Blazarov That's nice... (392 comments)

What the summary fails to mention is also that the average speed was at about 55 km/h, which is pretty decent...

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?

Blazarov Will... (416 comments)

it blend?

more than 4 years ago

Windows Mobile 6.5 Launched, Panned

Blazarov Re:Great (202 comments)

Actually, HTC did a pretty good job in making Windows Mobile more touch-friendly with their TouchFLO interface. The more recent HTC devices can be used rather well even without the stylus, at least for most daily task. The Diamond2 is also pretty decent when it comes to speed and responsiveness, and touch sensitivity is good even though it uses a resistive display. Sadly, when it comes ti typing, you have to flip out the stylus, unless you have one of the devices with a hardware keyboard. This is also true if you have to dig in any of the WinMo settings. I have an older HTC device with hacked 6.1 on it, with a TouchFLO-like interface. In this form, the phone is much more useful then with the original Windows Mobile 5 that came with it. I can usually a whole day without using the stylus, unless i have to type a SMS or an e-mail. I admit though, that I'm not a heavy typist...

more than 4 years ago

Fatal Explosion At Russian Hydroelectric Dam

Blazarov Re:It is not the volts (336 comments)

Yes, but there are also other factors that play a significant role - for example the frequency of the AC current. If the frequency is too high, then the skin effect comes into play, and the effects on your body could me minor. This is how some tasers work, they are in the range of 50 to several hundred kV and are considered (mostly) harmless...

about 5 years ago

Open Source GSM Network At Dutch Hacker Convention

Blazarov Re:what it means (141 comments)

True, but the IMEI only identifies the phone (the handset), not the user itself. The user is identified by the IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity), which, after the initial login to the network, is replaced by the temporary valid TMSI. The IMSI itself is stored in the SIM card, along with the symmetric encryption key. In order to participate on any network, you need to provide both valid IMEI and IMSI. The GSM operators should maintain records of the IMEIs used in the network. There are also so called black lists, where banned IMEIs are stored. In theory, if your phone is stolen and you report it, the operator can ban it from being used on the network (and the black lists are supposedly exchanged between operators). However, in my experience, most operators don't care - probably due to the mentioned before easy IMEI change on most handsets.

more than 5 years ago



HP Buys Palm

Blazarov Blazarov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Blazarov writes "After speculations about HTC first, then IBM, Palm finally found new owners in the hands of HP. The deal is planned to be closed by July 31, with HP stated to pay $1.2 billion, or around $5.70 per share. This could very well mean that there will soon be a new player in the mobile phone market, as it seems that WebOS is one of the reasons for this acquisition. From HP's press release:

"The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications. "

Full release available at the source link."

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Microsoft's browser choice screen starts next week

Blazarov Blazarov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Blazarov writes "The widely discussed "Web browser choice screen" that should resolve the competition law issues that Microsoft had with the European Commission will roll out next week. First it will only be available to users in France, UK and Belgium, with a Europe-wide roll-out starting March 1. Current Internet Explorer users will be greeted with an announcement that an "important decision" is to be made, followed by the choice screen, which will present the available browsers in random order. The screenshot in the linked blog entry shows Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera among the possible alternatives to IE 8.

Could this result in a change of the browser market share figures, once the update hits Europe?"

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HTC brings the heat with Desire, Legend, and Mini

Blazarov Blazarov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Blazarov writes "After Microsoft shook the mobile world yesterday with the announcement of Windows Phone Series 7, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC responded today by unveiling three new phones at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. Among them is the new, top of the line Desire, which is basically a Nexus One with HTC's Sense UI and a slightly revised design sporting a new optical trackpad instead of the trackball. The second phone is the longly rumored Legend, the successor of the HTC Hero, featuring an all-aluminum body, faster processor and 3.2 AMOLED touch screen. Last but not least, HTC presents the HD Mini, a smaller version of its Windows Mobile flagship, the HD2.
After this second day of WMC, it seems that the competition for the best smartphone on the market would get even more stiff...

First hands-on of the Desire available at Engadget:"

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