The open source pioneer will take on Apple's iOS and Google's Android with a Firefox OS for mobile devices, supporting open web standards, especially HTML5. The first devices will appear mid-year, but not in the US, at least initially.
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Sony and Pentax are finally getting a crack at the Sigma APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM optically-stabilized lens, set to become available very soon.
After hitting retail markets in April, Sony Ericsson has already made the announcement that the entire Xperia X10 mobile phone family will be getting a major face lift later this year, including the upgrade to Android OS 2.1.
A PlayStation 3 owner from California has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony for the removal of the "Install Other OS" feature.
Sony releases news that the next software update for the PlayStation 3 games console will disable the "Install Other OS" option that was present on PS3 systems before the launch of the slimline model.
The New York Times is reporting that Google TV, long one of those empty vessels into which people place their techno wishes (like every rumored Apple product), is actually going to happen, thanks to some fellow big names: Intel, Sony, and Logitech.As expected, the new platform will be based on Google's Android OS and will be opened up to outside developers to create apps that combine the Web with your HDTV via Google's Chrome browser.
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.
Frugal Networker Ken Hess and I talk about the new SONY e-book reader launch, Apple's Snow Leopard Mac OS X Update, The status of the UNIX copyrights and speak with Jeff Ready, CEO of SCALE Computing, which sells commodity hardware for clustered scalable storage using open source software.Click Here to Listen to the August 28, 2009 Frugal Friday Podcast.
I never thought I would leave T-Mobile since we had the five phones on the family plan, but as I said in MobileTechRoundup show #177 we decided to switch everyone to AT&T and save ourselves about $85 a month by reducing my service to a single carrier. James, Kevin, and I discussed the Google Chrome OS announcement, myTouch 3G, iTunes App Store first birthday and tethering with the iPhone. We briefly talked about the Sony Vaio W too. Kevin shared a freeware of the show for the iPhone called RunKeeper that is perfect for those working out this Summer.
With Mac OS X Leopard's improved support for Boot Camp and other Windows-centric standards, Apple hopes to keep "switchers" happy. However, longtime Mac users point to some Windows-like features creeping into the Mac interface. Is this progress or is Apple kowtowing to this growth segment?
I started using Palm OS devices back in 1997 and went through several Palm and Sony CLIE models. The last Palm OS device I used was the Treo 650, which I used for about a year (almost a record for me) and gave up on it almost 2 years ago. While the Treo devices released over the last year have had some nice improvements (rubberized casing, loss of antenna, and better cameras) there hasn't been much departure from that same Treo 600 form factor we saw back in 2003. Early rumor photos of the Palm Centro did not look too great, but I changed my mind quickly after receiving a 30-day evaluation unit from Palm. The Palm Centro is a very sleak smartphone and at US$99.99 with a two-year agreement and service plan I hope it brings more people into the smartphone world.
Sony Ericsson announced they were purchasing UIQ Technology and will then be in the position to license the user interface built on top of the Symbian OS to others. SE is the main user of the UIQ interface and this move is seen as evidence they are committed to continuing to build devices sporting this powerful operating system.
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?
Sony Ericsson, Panasonic and Siemens raise stakes in smart-phone OS maker, ensuring Nokia's share stays below 50 percent mark.
commentary Palm OS certainly took a blow this week when Sony decided to dump its Clie handhelds, but is Sony planning to release handhelds under a different banner?Sony's decision to exit the personal digital assistant (PDA) market by discontinuing its Clie line of handhelds in all countries except Japan wasn't surprising.
Consumer-electronics giant, Sony is expected to announce today that it will no longer sell its Clie handheld anywhere except Japan - a blow for Palm OS supplier PalmSource Sony plans to run down stocks in Europe and the US, only launching new models in Japan, according to sources close to Sony France. Sony France refused to comment on the news, although it is expected to make a formal announcement this afternoon.
The Near Field Communication (NFC) radio frequency technology jointly developed by Sony and Royal Philips Electronics has received standards approval, the Japanese company announced on Monday. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) approved the NFC technology for the ISO/IEC IS 18092 standard.
Several high-tech companies including Sony and Sanyo set up a consortium to create technical and safety standards for bringing 3D displays to desktops, laptops and cell phones.
Sony upgrades the high-end device with a faster chip, voice recording abilities and the new version of the Palm OS, according to an internal document.
Sony is dropping some hints about the product's likely shape--it's looking into installing an OS that could run game programs in various home appliances.
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