Archive for December, 2008

Samsung planning WiMAX & LTE chipsets to avoid royalties

Samsung planning WiMAX & LTE chipsets to avoid royalties

Samsung is reportedly developing its own in-house WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) chipsets in an attempt to reduce the royalties it pays to third-party manufacturers.  The move will come as a blow to Qualcomm, currently the number one wireless chipmaker, who have seen rivals Texas Instruments and Freescale withdraw from that aspect of the industry.  While its wealth of intellectual property (IP) surrounding the 3G CDMA standard has seen Qualcomm profit greatly in recent years (Samsung themselves use Qualcomm chips in some devices), the company holds less WiMAX or LTE IP and as such is in a more tenuous position.

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Casio Exilim NX9250 ‘Spy-Shot’ reveals a 5.1 megapixel cameraphone

Casio Exilim NX9250 ‘Spy-Shot’ reveals a 5.1 megapixel cameraphone

A snaphot of the much-speculated Casio Exilim NX9250 has turned up and revealed its exact megapixel count yesterday. Fewer details have we learned about the incoming Casio Exilim camera phone NX-9250. Casio and Verizon were up to release a new Exilim cameraphone from the hunch of an FCC draw-up. It would be a dualband CDMA (800/1900MHz) device with EVDO Rev. A support and was speculated to carry megapixel count digital camera function from its Exilim P&S camera line-up or perhaps to spare parts of its much-advanced W63CA 8MP AMOLED cameraphone. Not by much, the chubby Exilim doesn’t look as sleek as the W63CA from the spy photo. Though out of focus, it’s not hard to tell the 5.1 megapixel imprint from the picture. If anything more to be disclosed, it’s likely a swivel-flip design cameraphone.

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Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft have attempted to patent a pay-per-use computer model, wherein users would receive a free (or heavily subsidized) PC and be charged ongoing fees depending on tasks it was used to complete.  The patent, titled "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience", was filed on June 21st 2007 and published on December 25th; it describes a machine with "scalable performance level components and selectable software and service options" including throttled processor, memory and graphics controller, the speed of which could be balanced against the cost per use. 

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DIY Net Gun: video demos

DIY Net Gun: video demos

If you have trouble getting dates, or find your vegetable patch is frequently raided by credit-crunch victims, this DIY Net Gun may be the answer.  Constructed from PVC piping, four soda bottles, a 90-foot-square net and liberal quantities of compressed air, it's capable of launching a net 15 to 25 feet to ensnare your uninvited visitor/future wife.

Check out the video demos after the cut

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