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Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Integrated 3G to overtake external modems by 2012

Will flexible data contracts like Apple have negotiated for the iPad - and Spring Design are planning for their Alex ereader - drive adoption of integrated 3G/4G data connections rather than external modems?  That's certainly one interpretation of DigiTime's latest statistics; they're quoting industry sources who reckon global sales of built-in 3G modules will exceed sales of external data cards by 2012.

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ST-Ericsson U8500 Cortex-A9 smartphone platform debuts [Video]

ST-Ericsson U8500 Cortex-A9 smartphone platform debuts [Video]

The ST-Ericsson partnership between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson may only be young - the two firms founded the wireless semiconductor development project in February 2009 - but they're already showing off some interesting wares.  The ST-Ericsson U8500 uses an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore SMP dual-core processor paired with the ARM Mali-400 OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG1.1 GPU; together, they're capable of outputting 1080p HD video in a smartphone form-factor.

Video demo after the cut

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Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson.  The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 12 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 12 2009

Headlines this week were a tussle between Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 announcement and the launch of the Dell Adamo luxury ultraportable.  We were pleased to see SlashGear readers in their thousands join us for our Apple liveblog and, while there may have been no new hardware, the features hitting the iPhone over the Summer - MMS, A2DP Bluetooth, copy & paste, and Spotlight, to name but a few - could keep the smartphone well ahead of the competition.  That's not what Palm wanted to hear; we ran through the key differences between the iPhone OS 3.0 and Palm Pre at our sibling-site My Pre.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2009

We kicked off the week with our review of the Sony VAIO P, the company's "don't call it a netbook" companion ultraportable.  It's interesting to contrast it with Acer's just-confirmed 10-inch Aspire One, which will likely offer greater performance at less than half the price.  Elsewhere, Sanyo took the wraps off of their 2009 Xacti camcorder range, including a very tempting 1080p 60fps model, and HTC announced the Touch Cruise smartphone with an integrated GPS-tagged memory app.  In other smartphone news, everyone got surprisingly agitated about President Obama's super-secret messaging phone.

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Ericsson & Bose announce job losses

Ericsson & Bose announce job losses

Tech job cuts continue to spread throughout the industry, with both Ericsson and Bose today announcing significant staff losses.  Ericsson has revealed plans to axe 5,000 jobs, despite making a stronger-than-expected profit of $1.1 billion in the last quarter, excluding restructuring costs, and has worried investors by withholding any business outlook for the new financial year.  Meanwhile Bose is cutting 10-percent of its workforce, amounting to 1,000 jobs, claiming to have been "staffed for a growing economy, not a global recession".

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OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has announced fourteen new members, including ASUS, Sony Ericsson and Garmin, together with carrier Vodafone.  While the specific intent of the new members is unknown, they will all either "deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices." 

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