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Bluetooth SIG Adopts New Low Energy Specification

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

bluetooth_tmThe Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the adoption of Bluetooth® low energy wireless technology, which is the hallmark feature of the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0.

As an enhancement to the specification, Bluetooth low energy technology opens entirely new markets for devices requiring low cost and low power wireless connectivity with this evolution in Bluetooth wireless technology that will enable a plethora of new applications – some not even possible or imagined today.

Many markets such as healthcare, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment will be enhanced with the availability of small coin-cell battery powered wireless products and sensors now enabled by Bluetooth wireless technology. “With today’s announc... .. .

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ARM Delivers the Internet Everywhere With Most Power-Efficient and Cost-Effective Multicore Processor

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

armARM today announced the launch of the ARM® Cortex-A5 MPCore processor – the smallest, lowest power ARM multicore processor capable of delivering the Internet to the widest possible range of devices, from ultra low cost handsets, feature phones and smart mobile devices to pervasive embedded, consumer and industrial devices.

Available as an extremely area- and power-efficient uniprocessor or up to a 4x multicore processor, the Cortex-A5 processor unleashes the outstanding performance and power scalability required for the compelling usage scenarios demanded by each of these markets. This extraordinary combination of performance, functionality and efficiency reinforces ARM’s clear leadership position in the highest-value and highest-volume application segments.

The Cortex-A5 uniprocessor provides a high-value migration path for the large number of existing ARM926EJ-S™ and ARM1176JZ-S™ processor licensees. By delivering better performance than the ARM1176JZ-S processor within the raw pow... .. .

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CEATEC: KDDI's Latest Fuel-Cell Prototype Cellphone Charge in Seconds!!

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

fuelcell_tmKDDI had been in co-development with Toshiba and Hitachi since July, 2004 on next-generation fuel cells for use in mobile devices such as cell-phones and the latest prototype cell phone based on a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) made its debut on Tuesday at the KDDI booth at CEATEC show in Japan.

The modified Toshiba T002 handset is being shown by Japanese carrier KDDI as a research and development device and shows some improvements in technology based on previous prototypes, but there's still no word on when a phone based on the technology will be available.

Although, we don’t have any firm dates for commercial availability of this fuel powered device, Japan's biggest newspaper, (Nikkei) reports that Toshiba will begin with mass production of compact direct methanol fuel cells for mobile devices such as mp3 play... .. .

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Immersion Makes TouchSense Available to Maemo Developers

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

multitouch_tmImmersion Corporation, the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that its TouchSense haptics technology is now available to developers wishing to seamlessly integrate touch feedback into applications on the new Nokia N900 mobile computer, based on Maemo software.

Immersion’s TouchSense technology improves efficiency and intuitiveness by providing confirmation of touchscreen presses, and adds improved accuracy, depth and fun to content such as ringtones, videos, games and music.

At the Maemo Summit 2009, Oct. 9 – 11, in Amsterdam, Immersion will demonstrate various applications of its technology for Maemo on Nokia N900 handsets, including a haptics-enabled version of the popular ga... .. .

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Nokia Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

wireles_consortiumThe Wireless Power Consortium (the Consortium) announced today that Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer, has joined the Consortium.

"As the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and leader in mobile telecommunications, Nokia brings a new dimension to the Consortium. This significantly expands the potential market traction of the Qi wireless charging standard," said Menno Treffers, Chairman, Wireless Power Consortium,

"Wireless charging technology carries significant potential to enhance consumer experience of battery charging," said Markku Verkama, Director, Devices R&D, Nokia. "Consumers expect ease of use and general compatibility of mobile devices. By joining the Wireless Power Consortium, Nokia contin... .. .

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ARM Unveils 2GHz Dual Core Processor For Smartphones and MIDs

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

armARM announced today the development of two Cortex-A9 MPCore hard macro implementations for the TSMC 40nm-G process, enabling silicon manufacturers to have a rapid and low-risk route to silicon for high-performance, low-power Cortex-A9 processor-based devices. The speed-optimized hard macro implementation will enable devices to operate at frequencies greater than 2GHz.

The dual core hard macro implementations are the result of ARM’s significant investment in advanced physical IP development in unison with processor and fabric IP technology, and leading-edge implementation flows from the EDA industry.

Advanced physical IP techniques have enabled critical circuits within the design to be replaced with highly tuned logic cells and mem... .. .

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New Technology To Integrate Smartphones Into Car Infotainment Systems

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

car_tmNAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data together with Nokia and automotive systems and components specialist, Magneti Marelli, are demonstrating for the first time technology which seamlessly integrates smartphones into an in-vehicle infotainment system.

Once connected the full range of smartphone features, services and applications are available through the high resolution screens and audio systems embedded in the car. It also enables an information exchange between the smartphone and the car as well as information retrieval through GPS functionality.

Connectivity between the smartphone and the car may provide key information such as fuel levels and engine status and combined with GPS information from the smartphone or car, could enable location based services. These services might include the near... .. .

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Nokia Booklet 3G brings all day mobility to the PC world

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

nokia_3g_bookletYeah, I know, I know, it's not a Smartphone, it is not even Symbian powered but this is kind of news that deserves to be covered here on Symbian Freak’s front page!

After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.

Powered by the efficient Intel Atom processor, the Nokia Booklet 3G delivers impressive performance with up to 12 hours of battery life, enabling people to leave their power cable behind and still be connected and prod... .. .

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Linked Internet UI Concept Video Demo and Explanation

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

touch_tmLinked Internet UI Concept has been created to help those who are keen on keeping in constant touch with friends on Flickr, Twitter, OviShare, and several other online services. It introduces an innovative mobile UI paradigm to facilitate multiple service usage.

The concept aggregates content from multiple services, associates the content through links, and recommends the content most relevant to the users. All these innovations aim to help people keep in touch with their contacts on the go.

Nokia Research Center Helsinki has developed a functional demo of our research UI concept that runs on a Nokia Maemo development device. It consists of a custom-built web runtime on top of QTWebKit, the Linked Internet UI Platform, written using HTML5, JavaS... .. .

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Qt 4.6 To Bring Multitouch & Gestures Support To Maemo and Symbian Smartphones

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

qt_tmNokia announced today the availability of Technology Preview of Qt 4.6, a major update of the popular cross-platform application and UI framework which now includes the port to the Symbian platform with integration of the S60 framework, previously known as "Qt for S60".

This release also marks an important milestone for the open source community and another significant milestone in Qt’s life. Qt 4.6 is the first step in process of turning all of the great new Qt features you’ve been reading about on Labs into a coherent, stable and polished product that will power a new generation of applications.

Qt 4.6 extends Qt and introduces a range of new features and optimizations but unfortunately, it will be hard to go in details about all new features that are making their debut in latest QT release, so I’ll only highlight couple of new featuers that are set to bring mo... .. .

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VIDEO: Nokia's Vision Of Mobile Mixed Reality

Thursday, 31 July 2014 05:21

iris_tmAs our lives become increasingly digital, and information about our environment becomes both more contextual and readily available, we will soon want to interact with the ever-growing amounts of information and expect capabilities provided by mobile technology to be delivered in more intuitive and convenient ways.

Rather than having to actively initiate a request for information or a service, we will want it to seamlessly blend into our daily routine, providing immediate feedback to us, as we need it, without disrupting our current activity. Smart phones are bringing about a new realm of "augmented" reality, where digital data can be visually overlaid into real life environments in real-ti... .. .

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