Amazon's entry into the games console market could have a huge impact on Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia and AMD, as well as help to establish Qualcomm as the Intel of the post-PC era.
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With all the major PC players looking to diversify beyond desktops, notebooks, and servers, AMD has hired two engineers who both used to work at the company before moving on to Apple and Qualcomm.
Mozilla has chimed in with its own tips and resources amidst the brewing Java vulnerability scare.
Despite seven of the world's top ten semiconductor suppliers feeling the pinch, Qualcomm has seen a significant increase in revenue thanks to the shift from the PC to post-PC devices.
Qualcomm's CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs predicts that computing environments are going to follow the pattern of smartphones, such as always on and always connected interfaces.
Android smartphones and Facebook are attracting more attention from malware writers, according to the AVG Community Powered Threat Report Q1 2011, which is a sort of "online neighborhood watch". In the PC market, there has been "an explosion in Blackhole Exploit Kits", which are mainly used to attack sercurity flaws in Oracle's Java and Adobe Reader.
At Mobile World Congress, the chips that power mobile devices are getting as much attention as the gadgets themselves. Over the past week Broadcom, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have announced new chips that look more like PC processors.
Google and AMD are the earnings headliners as the Viacom-YouTube suit heats up. Also you should download a Java patch pronto and check out the best PC components.
Mozilla is wrapping up work on its first version of Firefox for mobile phones, bringing the second most popular PC browser to an area where a rival project holds more influence.
The deadline for official comment on Microsoft's latest rendition of the browser-ballot -- the screen the company has proposed to download to PC users in order to appease antitrust regulators handling the Opera vs. Microsoft antitrust case -- is next week. Google, Mozilla and Opera are preparing to weigh in separately with their suggestions.
We missed recording last week due to the Mobilize 2009 event so MobileTechRoundup show #182 is a bit longer than normal as James, Kevin, and I chatted about mobile tech products. James and Kevin had a chance to play with the upcoming T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ Google Android device that will be tough for me to resist. I talked about my new Zune HD and iPod nano and then I learned about Opera 10's Turbo Mode on a PC. Opera Mini 5 beta is out for Java-enabled phones and adds some great new features, all for FREE. James also had a chance to swing by the HP offices and play with the new Envy notebooks that have features you may envy, but at a price you may not.
Looks like several reporters at Computex Taipei 2009 have noticed an Asus Eee PC netbook that had the Google Android operating system installed and a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU under the hood.Qualcomm was behind the system, designed to demonstrate its low-power Snapdragon platform, which can support 720p video, a 12MP camera and 1280x720 WXGA resolution.
Qualcomm said Tuesday that it has acquired "certain graphics and multimedia technology assets" from AMD's handheld business.The acquisition (statement) was only for $65 million so we're not talking a huge deal, but what used to constitute AMD's handheld business is off the chipmaker's books as it focuses on its core PC and graphics semiconductor markets.
Years ago I tried using the ThunderHawk web browser on my Pocket PC to get a better browsing experience. ThunderHawk was developed by Bitstream and is a server-side browser like the new Skyfire browser that is under development. I just read over on CrackBerry.com that Bitstream is working on a new browser called Bolt for Java-enabled handsets. The Bolt browser is in beta right now and CrackBerry.com has 1,000 invites so get on over and sign up for the beta to test on your device.
Here's a picture of Kayak, the "PC alternative" for emerging markets that Qualcomm announced yesterday. It looks pretty much the way the company described it: sort of a cross between the Apple Mac Mini--bring your own monitor, keyboard and mouse--and the OLPC's XO laptop with its rabbit-ear antennae.
Qualcomm on Wednesday entered the Internet device market with a "PC alternative" designed to give netbooks some competition in emerging markets.The device, dubbed Kayak, is designed to use 3G wireless connectivity and be completely free of landlines and other accessories to connect to the Internet.
Benoit Schillings, head of tech for Qt Software, talks about Nokia, Mozilla and going deeper than Java
Sun Microsystems on Thursday will launch the JavaFX preview release as it aims to round up its bevy of Java developers to be a player in rich Internet applications.The preview release gives designers, web scripters and developers a peek at Sun's tools to make RIAs across multiple screens--mobile to PC and other devices.
Mozilla has issued a patch for Firefox that fixes the "jar:" protocol handler issue.In an advisory on Monday, Mozilla said:The jar: URI scheme was introduced as a mechanism to support digitally signed web pages, enabling web sites to load pages packaged in zip archives containing signatures in java-archive format.
The poor performance Sun has had with Java on the full PC client is now coming back to haunt them on the mobile client. If there had been a fuller Java applications community for the PC, perhaps that would have ushered in all those apps (and ISVs) to the converged classes of devices. But alas Java on the client did not storm the world. And ME is too fragmented. And bringing an SE version down to the mobile class is the answer, huh?
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