Nokia and Symbian appear to have finally come up with a respectable response to smartphone competition from Apple and Android in the shape of the N8, announced on Tuesday.
The handset is the first to adopt Symbian’s latest ^3 operating system and will be available in the third quarter in “select markets”. Read more
There’s further evidence today that Google’s Nexus One has so far been a flop.
The phone barely registers in a comparison of the amount of internet traffic generated by the 11 handsets that use Google’s Android operating system:
(Nexus One is the narrow green line barely noticeable at bottom right). Read more
It is not often that a results conference comes complete with a lecture on the future path of semiconductor development should Moore’s Law reach its limits, but then Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is not like many other companies – few other chipmaker produce as many different types of chips for as many different applications.
Among the highlights of the 20-minute talk by Chiang Shang-yi, TSMC vice president of research and development:
Schoolchildren can safely spill water on the keyboard and even drop a new ruggedised version of Intel’s Classmate PC, but they may be tempted to take more care of it anyway.
The Classmate is no longer cheap in looks or price and has features that would not shame a $600 laptop. In fact, according to an Engadget review , that is precisely the cost of the version they tested, running Windows 7 Professional. Read more