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NVIDIA CEO: Tegra 3 almost done, Tegra 4 on the way, expect a new Tegra annually

NVIDIA CEO: Tegra 3 almost done, Tegra 4 on the way, expect a new Tegra annually: "

Though NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference is primarily about the applications of GPU computing, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang hasn't shied away from revealing new silicon, and he just promised something quite unexpected to attending press: new Tegra chips. Though the Tegra 2 has yet to leave a single dent on the consumer marketplace -- the Boxee Box famously tossed it out -- Huang told us that not only is a Tegra 3 almost done and a Tegra 4 currently underway, but that we should expect a new Tegra SOC 'every single year.' Forgive us for being a mite skeptical of the company's ability to attract customers, but the only notches we see on Tegra's belt are the Zune HD... and Microsoft's failed Kin.

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BlackBerry unveils 'PlayBook' tablet computer

BlackBerry unveils 'PlayBook' tablet computer: "SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is taking on iPad in the table computer game with a 'PlayBook' aimed to capitalize on its strength -- the trust of business users keen on secure communications."

Nokia Considering Win Phone 7?

Nokia Considering Win Phone 7?: "Rumours are par for the course when you cover the tech industry and every once in a while you come across a real humdinger that you just have to report on. This is just such a rumour. Basically the story goes that Nokia's new CEO, Stephen Elop, has been given permisison by Nokia's board to explore every option in his attempt to roll back the years of decline. Part of 'exploring all options' is apparently considering using Windows Phone 7. All of this comes from VentureBeat by the way, who are citing an undisclosed source.

It's certainly conceivable that Elop could be exploring a range of options, indeed that would be a highly sensible move, but could this really mean Nokia finally shifting its software strategy? At the time of writing this is highly doubtful, not least of all because of the massive amount of resources Nokia have invested in Symbian and MeeGo. Hell it was just the other day that the outgoing CEO was saying that using Android would be akin to Nokia peeing itself to keep warm!

Some might argue that Elop's background at Microsoft makes using Windows Phone 7 a no brainer, but it just doesn't stack up. Take Nokia's Ovi Maps, for example, which they've recently been using to bash Google. Would they really give that up to use the default mapping services installed on Windows Phone 7 handsets? What about theOvi Store? It looks like too much for Nokia to give up."

Sony Ericsson not planning any new Symbian phones

Sony Ericsson not planning any new Symbian phones: "

Sony Ericsson is not going to produce any new products running on the Symbian platform, a Sony Ericsson spokesman confirmed, indicating that the company has clearly shifted its support to Google's Android platform.

'We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,' Sony Ericsson spokesman Aldo Liguori told Bloomberg. He was confirming comments made by Sony Ericsson CTO Jan Uddenfeldt to Swedish technology newspaper Ny Teknik.

The joint venture is still going to be a member of the Symbian Foundation, which was set up by Nokia (NYSE:NOK) in 2008 to share Symbian's source code. Sony Ericsson uses Symbian in its Vivaz phones, and the company said it does not comment on products that are already in its pipeline. The company uses Android for its Xperia family of phones. The use of Android is 'not exclusive, but it will certainly continue to be an important platform for us,' Liguori said.

Symbian, still the world's leading smartphone platform, has seen its share of the global smartphone market drop to 41.2 percent of the market in the second quarter compared with 51 percent in the year-ago quarter, according to Gartner. Nokia is still backing the platform, and the company just released new devices running on the Symbian^3 platform.

Interestingly, Nokia shot down a rumor that appeared in VentureBeat that the company might adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform.

'As we've stated before, our platforms are Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo,' Nokia spokesman Joseph Gallo told FierceWireless. "That stance was reinforced strongly by our management during Nokia World, and we have no plans to use other operating systems."

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article
- see this VentureBeat article

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HTC HD7 Specs Revealed

HTC HD7 Specs Revealed: "

The specification sheet for the HTC HD7 has been supposedly been discovered by an editor over at While seeing some information on the HD7 is fantastic, the specs are decidedly less interesting. The specs appear to be (as previously rumored) almost exactly like those of the HD2. In fact, if this spec sheet proves correct, the HD3 will prove to be less impressive than the HD2. The HD7 spec sheet shows T-Mobile's US 3G frequencies, a 4.3' 480x800 screen, 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM, a 5MP camera with dual led flash, and a 8gb non-removable microSD card. While these specs would have been excellent in late 2009, in late 2010 they seem merely commonplace. In addition, one has to hope that the advancements in operating system will compensate for the small 1230mAh battery. The general reaction to the spec sheet has been disappointment, and I can only hope that HTC surprises us all with something more impressive.


Tri-Core 1.5 GHz processors for smartphones: A Marvell

Tri-Core 1.5 GHz processors for smartphones: A Marvell: "A new three-core processor from Marvell, the Armada 628, is a 1.5GHz processor with three CPUs on one chip. Designed for powering smartphones and tablets, this tri-core processor can purportedly deliver dual stream 1080p 3D video to your mobile device."

BlackBerry PlayBook - Preview

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