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October 28, 2009 by

C'mon Sony, who is going to pay $600 for a feature phone?

I received a press release today from Sony Electronics regarding the new Sony Ericsson Aino unlocked mobile phone and have to really wonder if there are enough rich people who are willing to pay $600 for a feature phone. The Aino doesn't run any smartphone OS, but Ericsson's proprietary system. It does have an 8.1 megapixel camera and ability to work with a PlayStation3 for media sharing. It was reviewed on CNET UK and they were not at all impressed with the touchscreen interface and functionality of the device.

November 14, 2007 by

News to know: Apple patch; Fusion fun; Quantum computing; ODF; Vista galore

Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: Hacker finds 492,000 unprotected Oracle, SQL database servers. Apple monster update fixes 41 Mac OS X, Safari vulnerabilitiesDan Farber: Michael Dell promises 'Greenprint' reference architectureLarry Ellison: First Fusion apps to arrive early in 2008Ed Burnette: D-Wave demonstrates latest quantum computer prototype at SC07.

October 5, 2006 by

Is the SE P990 too late to the QWERTY phone game?

The SE P990 was announced in 2005, but is just now entering into user's hands. While the device hardware is solid and packs in quite a bit of functionality, it is also quite thick and bulky compared to all the other new QWERTY devices on the market. Will buyers be swayed by the camera and the UIQ OS or will they bypass this latest Sony Ericsson entry?

August 26, 2006 by

Apple WebObjects going open source?

What seems obvious to me is that Apple fears the database market within its OS is under severe threat from open source, and that it needs to give something back to its user base in order to stay in contention there.

March 4, 2004 by

IBM touts smarter mainframe database

IBM on Thursday released an upgraded mainframe database with built-inanalysis software and more self-managing capabilities. The company said DB2 for z/OS Version 8, a mainframe-specific edition of IBM's database, is available and priced based on the processing power of the hardware.

May 21, 2002 by

Why you can't ignore Symbian

Analysis: PDA pioneer Symbian is the force behind next-generation, mobile operating systems. Here's why major backers such as Ericsson and Nokia stand behind this sleeper OS--and why you should care.

February 20, 2002 by

Chip companies to support Symbian OS

Symbian, which makes operating systems for wireless phones, on Wednesday announced that six new semiconductor companies will support its OS. Agilent Technologies, Epson, Parthus, Philips Semiconductors, Samsung and STMicroelectronics will join ARM, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments in integrating the Symbian OS with their chips that use an ARM core, a technology that boosts chip performance. The move, announced at a conference in Cannes, France, is expected to reduce the time it takes to develop mobile phones and get them to market. Symbian's news follows similar announcements from Microsoft on Tuesday. Symbian is an independent company owned by Ericsson, Nokia, Matsushita, Motorola, Psion and Sony Ericsson. Ericsson, Nokia and Psion are already shipping devices using the Symbian OS. --Richard Shim, Special to ZDNet News


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