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Patricia Dunn, a former board chairman of Hewlett-Packard, has died at age 58 after a long battle with cancer, The Wall Street Journal reports. During her time on the board, the company was embroiled in controversy after it emerged that it had hired private investigators to identify the source of board-level leaks to the media.
Google’s press package for its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility included a surprising accompaniment: a list of supportive quotes from HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG.
The Samsung Infuse is the thinnest 4G phone to appear, with the biggest screen and deserves membership of this year’s superphone category of more advanced smartphones. Qualifications for entry into those ranks can be 4G, dual-core processors, bigger, better screens or the debut of major new features. This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at the Infuse’s qualities and those of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play and the Motorola Atrix 4G.
The iPhone and iPad have made Apple a mobile gaming leader in smartphones and tablets, but Android is now getting more firepower with the help of Sony and chipmakers Nvidia and Qualcomm. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first PlayStation-certified smartphone, Nvidia has been showing off the gaming capabilities of its new quad-core processor at Computex this week and Qualcomm today introduced a game pack optimised for devices using its Snapdragon mobile processors.
Tonight at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Sony Ericsson has finally unveiled the Xperia Play – colloquially known as the ‘PlayStation phone’ after months of leaks and rumours online.
HTC, Motorola and then Samsung have successively stolen the Android smartphone limelight, but it could be Sony Ericsson’s turn in 2011. The handset maker is planning a big push, starting with the Xperia arc Android smartphone launched at CES, with several more models including a PlayStation phone on the way.
The trend for mobile phones these days is for lots of functions - internet, music, radio, social networking. Its all about being young, fun and dynamic, with mobile phone companies vying to produce the trendiest adverts usually featuring a driving dance beat and beautiful people with cool haircuts.
In this context, Sony Ericsson has come up with a surprise. On Thursday it unveiled the “Pureness”, which can only be described as the “anti-smartphone”.