Monday, March 20, 2006

Gates ridicules $100 PC while Gartner calls Microsoft's UMPC a tweener!

Well it is not a surprise to me. Gates is quoted to as saying "If you are going to go have 30 children share the same computer in poor villages in India, get a broadband connection for Christ's sakes, and have somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you a’re not sitting there cranking the thing while you're trying to type,”. "I think we need at least a hybrid laptop with a overclocked PC and a new power source. Its'"what we really need," said Gates, "but I hear bubble fusion has hit a few bumps lately."
He went further to say ""Hardware is a small part of the cost" of providing a PC, he noted, adding that the biggest costs come from network connectivity, support, and, er, applications." Yes if they were MS applications! This is some funny article I read.
Read more about this saga at the register.
At the same time the much hyped MS ultra Mobile PC seems to be ultra wapor. According Gartnerner, " Microsoft Corp.'s much ballyhooed ultra-mobile PC is more promise than real, as the technology needed to deliver the device envisioned by the software giant is at least two years away, a research firm said."
You can read more about Gartner article here

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

8GB hard disk based Cell Phone, I310

Samsung electronics have released a new hard drive based cellular phone, I310.
Samsung breaks the storage limit in mobile phones by introducing the world's first mobile phone equipped with a 8GB hard disk drive (model: SGH-i310). With the large storage of 8GB, SGH-i310 will change the way people manage and use the mobile phone.

Samsung is the first to adopt a hard disk drive into mobile phones and has launched three models equipped with a hard disk drive; the world's first 1.5GB HDD embedded phone (model: SPH-V5400), the world's first 3GB HDD embedded phone (model: SCH-V7900) and the world's first 3GB HDD Music smartphone (model: SGH-i300).

The i310 works as a perfect platform for users by combining a phone, a digital camera, and a MP3 player with its immense storage capacity. It enables users to carry around 2,000 songs (4MB/song) wherever they go.

The i310 comes with the latest version of Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone which allows users to view files and easily carry their music library with them. This Windows Mobile 5.0 enables users to sync the playlists, songs, and videos from their personal PCs so that the experience with the i310 is identical to the users' personal computer. It also offers USB 2.0 and Plug & Play feature which allows the phone to be utilized as a removable hard disk. Businessmen and students can easily store and transfer files to/from their computers in any format conveniently.