Mobile Handhelds

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When will my Smartphone be as smart as a fifth grader?

By Emeka NwaforMobile mania is upon us. In recent days, we've been introduced to the awesome looking Palm Pre. The Pre is Palm's attempt to share some of the spotlight with Apple's innovative and popular iPhone. Apple has had a big role to play in feeding the Mobile mania frenzy and it too was in the news this week. I…

Multicore and Unicore Virtualization

By Mark HermelingSometimes I get a chance to browse the web a bit, trying to find interesting tidbits. I ran into the following post from Hollis Blanchard. Hollis is an active participant in the world of virtualization, particularly on the Power architecture. Hollis makes a point that I have been trying to get out as well: virtualization is clearly technology to…

The Mobile Device Investor and the Bubblegum Theory

By Jason WhitmireWhile we still don't know the impact of Ovi, iPhone, or Android on the dynamics of tomorrow's device landscape, we know that "End Users" have evolved into sophisticated buyers of new devices, especially as subsidies gradually decline.  Although I don't think anyone quite knows where the value is going in the new mobile ecosystem (is it migrating to…

POWERVR goes MP

By Doug SchaeferI was just reading up on the news that Imagination Technologies has launched a new generation of their architecture that drives POWERVR. What's POWERVR, you ask? It's a good question, but chances are, if you have a mobile device that has 3D accelerated graphics, it's driven by this hugely popular silicon IP. The big news is that even…

Will the Software Stack Make the Market for Mobile Internet Devices?

By Jason WhitmireI love the mobile industry because everyone, even my cat, has somehow turned into an industry sage, predicting that just about anything can and will happen in mobile as the dark clouds collect on the economic horizon.  Are there any bright spots (to use an overused analogy this week) left in mobile after we hear of precipitous drops…

TV’s are small, plus a little Clutter

By Doug SchaeferSo I was sitting watching my 40" HDTV the other day, and started thinking about why web browsing on a TV pretty much sucks, even with all the pixels you get at 1080i or what have you. And trust me, I tried it with our PS3 and other than watching YouTube videos, it's not a good experience.But while…

Operators return to Barcelona, (this time) armed with Open Source

By Jason WhitmireScene Setter26 years after GSM was created to design a pan-European mobile technology, Mobile World Congress number 13 is set to take place in Barcelona in February. This time around, as they did when GSM World Congress was first held in Madrid in 1995, mobile network operators will dominate the scene.  Next month, however, the topic of discussion…

J2ME? Why?

By Doug SchaeferI was just reading the slides presented from the kick-off meeting of the Eclipse Mobile Industry Working Group. I believe this is the first working group at Eclipse and I think it's a great concept. Bring groups of companies together that are interested in the same or similar technologies and do some planning. Hopefully that will result in…

Palm Pre and WebKit

By Doug SchaeferI've been following the Palm Pre story a bit the last few days. While the technical details are still pretty sparse, it appears that one of my predictions for 2009 is already starting to happen.My understanding, and I hope it isn't coming from sources who are also using the same technique to guess at the architecture of this…

A busy day for Khronos

By Doug Schaefer My Khronos.org News feed filled up all of a sudden today. Looks like they've been busy and had a couple of announcements to make.They released a new version of the 2D OpenVG spec. They added some APIs for text glyphing to make it easier to draw good looking text. I'm not sure anyone really uses OpenVG, especially…