It’s a Weird, Wireless World: Why Nvidia Wants Icera

If you didn’t think computing’s future was both visual and mobile, then Nvidia’s decision to buy wireless radio startup Icera clinches it. The $367 million cash deal is setting Nvidia up for a competitive battle with Qualcomm in the mobile application processor market.

Poll: Friends Don’t Let Friends Buy AT&T’s iPhone

UPDATED: Ever since I broke up with my iPhone, not a day passes without me hearing from someone who shares the same sentiments about AT&T’s network. AT&T, of course, has done little more than hem and haw about the problem, which is much more widespread than we think.
This week at our Green:Net conference, a number of people came up to me to share their frustration with the iPhone/AT&T 3G network; most said they switch to the slower EDGE and/or Wi-Fi in order to use their iPhone. So in an attempt to gauge the extent of the problem, we have created a poll/survey. Update: To be clear, we have issued this in an effort to understand the extent/nature of the problems that folks are having with the AT&T iPhone. If you are happy with it, please fill out only the questions that reflect that and skip the ones that don’t apply to you. We will present the results in context.
Poll is now closed.

MacBook 3G: Ringer or Red Herring?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between professional industry analysts and Apple fanboys coming up with dream specs for their ideal notebook. Such is the case with the most recent prediction by Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics. His call for the (immediate) future of the MacBook? 3G HSDPA connectivity.

Cellular broadband connectivity built-in to notebooks is no revolutionary move, but what does Apple specifically stand to gain from including it in their own machines? According to Mawston, the chance to take advantage of network operators frothing at the mouth to cross-sell the notebooks to existing iPhone 3G customers. But are they really so eager?
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Making Sense of Mobile Broadband Options

For people who work on the web, getting access to the Internet is vital. If we can’t connect to our colleagues and projects online, we can’t earn a living. However, we can’t always stay attached to our home base and therefore we need a way to stay online while we’re on the go. Let’s give you a breakdown of the options for getting online on the go.

Cellular Options:

Mobile phone operators in the United States have been investing billions into building out their mobile broadband networks. Of the four major mobile carriers, three (Sprint/Nextel, Verizon and AT&T) provide high speed mobile broadband to their customers. The little brother of the bunch, T-Mobile, is still only delivering a slow EDGE network to subscribers but are rumored to be rolling out a 3G network soon.

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MobileTechRoundup 129: maximum Q&A on HP’s Mini

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MoTR 129 is 35:30 minutes long and is a 32.6 MB file in MP3 format.

INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)
HP introduces the Mini-Note. Thoughts, questions and comments.Dell plans to join the low-cost, small notebook market. Do they need to differentiate their product?Does Matt pull the trigger on a Mini-Note while “on-the-air”? 🙂QWERTY or T9 on a handheld? The answer requires more thought than you’d think. 😉

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Mobile Broadband Competition is Good News for Web Workers

cell phone tower Last week, AT&T Mobility announced a major expansion of their 3G broadband mobile network (as covered by Om). In summary, they are planning on expanding their 3G network to 80 new cities, are going to a technology called HSUPA this year, and are looking at Long-Term Evolution (LTE) in long term planning for their wireless network.To sort out all this alphabet soup, lets take it one point at a time… Read More about Mobile Broadband Competition is Good News for Web Workers

P2P voice on the PSP: Skype arrives

SkyeponpspDid you pick up one of the slimmer and lighter Sony PlayStationPortables, aka: the PSP-2000? If you did, there’s a present for you in the form of a firmware upgrade. Version 3.90 adds Skype to your Network options which can be paired with your PSP headset for voice calls on the P2P network. The timing is dead on since we saw Skype on this and many other devices at CES: the word from the Skype folks was that we’d see this upgrade in late January and here we are.(via Engadget)

Is Web Video Ready for an HD Upgrade?

Anyone who has watched YouTube — and who hasn’t — knows that the short-form video that currently breaks up the monotony of a work day simply sucks. The quality of the video shown in tiny windows is maybe okay for giggles, but can get quite tiresome after a few minutes.
Enter HD web video. While some companies, like DivX, have tried to their hand at offering higher resolution web videos, it is still an exotic curiosity. However, that will soon change, mostly due to technical progress being made either in the labs or by some start-ups.
Over the weekend, the news broke that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Clear Communications co-founder Red McCombs invested in a start-up called HotSwap. For now full of car videos, the site was started by UC Berkeley students, and demonstrates their digital compression technology for boosting the quality of online videos.
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New To Mac: App Install and Uninstall

I’ve got a lot of friends who have recently purchased their first Macs. I’m always more than happy to help them get up and running and answer questions whenever they have them – I mean, I do that here for you people and I don’t even know most of you! But I’ve found that quite often I’m asked by Mac Newbies, about installing and uninstalling programs.

Over at Noodlesoft, Paul Kim has penned some interesting thoughts on the topic, and it’s clear he sees the problem that ‘Switchers’ are up against. It’s worth a read if you’ve got some minutes to burn. But until Paul’s ideas take the OS X software world by storm, here’s a rundown of how you handle the installation and uninstallation of programs if you’re new to the Macintosh platform.
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