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Intel Cuts Quad-core Chip Prices by 40 Percent

Intel on Monday announced price cuts across a wide range of chips used in mobile and desktop PCs, including cuts of up to 40 percent for its quad-core chips.

Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q9650 processors are now priced at US$316, a 40 percent drop from December. Other Core 2 Quad chip prices were cut between 16 percent and 20 percent. The quad-core chips are used in high-end desktops like gaming systems.

Intel’s move could be a response to increasing price pressure exerted by rival Advanced Micro Devices, which recently announced the Phenom II quad-core chips for high-end desktops. AMD has priced its Phenom II quad-core chips between $235 and $275.

Intel also cut prices of its Xeon chips for servers and Celeron processors for mobile devices by up to 48 percent. The quad-core Xeon 3370 is now priced at $316, a 40 percent drop from December, while the Celeron 570 chip was cut by 48 percent from $134 to $70.

Amid the price drops, Intel also introduced three power-efficient quad-core chips with the “s” moniker. The Core 2 Quad Q9550s processor includes 12MB of L2 cache, runs at 2.83GHz and draws 65 watts of power. The chips are priced at $369. The chip is power-efficient version of the Core 2 Quad Q9550 chip, which draws 95 watts of power.

Intel also introduced the Core 2 Quad Q9400s processor, which runs at 2.66GHz, and the Core 2 Quad Q8200s, which runs at 2.33GHz. This chips are priced at $320 and $245 respectively.


Apple Execs Stay Mum on Jobs’s Health

Apple executives offered no new information about the health of CEO Steve Jobs during the company’s first-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, which came as a report surfaced that U.S. regulators are reviewing Apple’s public statements about his medical issues.

Jobs said last week that he would take a leave of absence until the end of June for medical reasons. He said his condition is “more complex” than he thought when he revealed on Jan. 5 that his recent weight loss was the result of a hormone imbalance. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is managing Apple’s day-to-day operations in Jobs’s absence.

“Steve is CEO of Apple and plans to remain involved in major strategic decisions, and Tim will be responsible for day-to-day” operations, Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, said during Wednesday’s conference call, essentially repeating what the company said last week.

Asked whether he would take over permanently should Jobs become unable to do his job, Cook said a strong company culture at Apple means it could do well under many of the current executives.

“The values of our company are extremely well-entrenched. We believe we’re on the face of this earth to make great products, and that’s not changing,” he said. “Regardless of who is in what job, those values are so embedded in this company that Apple will do extremely well.”

Jobs had surgery in 2004 for pancreatic cancer. Last year, his gaunt appearance spurred rumors that the charismatic CEO might have had a recurrence of ill health. The intense speculation has generated debate over how much detail public companies should disclose about their leaders’ medical issues to shareholders.

According to a Bloomberg report Wednesday, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission is examining Apple’s public statements about Jobs’ health to determine whether the company misled investors. The report, which cited an unnamed source “familiar with the matter,” said the review does not mean the SEC has seen evidence of wrongdoing. The SEC declined to comment on the report.

It is unclear how much detail others in the company know about Jobs’s condition, but he sought to reassure employees and shareholders that the board is behind him. “As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out,” he wrote in last week’s letter to employees. “Our board of directors fully supports this plan.”


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Nokia N97

Nokia N- 97 review

Nokia n97 is an Nseries handset, but the N97 carves a new space in the otherwise blurred realm between smart phone and laptop – a product built on a foundation of rock solid mobile principles, Nokia innovations, and tangible new technologies, pushed to the extreme and embodied in a slimline pocket shell.

The feature list about the phone is as follows

The most stand-out feature of the N97 is its full QWERTY keyboard, hidden behind a 3.5-inch wide screen 16:9 touch display that tilts smartly above the keys. Both control methods neatly coexist and are tailored to ensure every experience, be it messaging, social, entertainment-focused or otherwise, are manageable via the most instinctive physical tool set available. The touchscreen promises to be exploited to full effect, even when inactive, courtesy of a new home screen that automatically sucks in live information via custom widgets sat on a S60 5th Edition backbone.

The N97 has a 32GB of on-board storage, double that of any mobile device currently in existence, and can take up to another 16GB via microSD, enabling it to become a portable multi-media computer with 48GB memory. Use this for music, movies, photos and N-Gage games or whatever you like. And an important point which should be kept in mind with multimedia mobile devices is the battery life. Nokia N97 promises to kick out up to 37 hours of music and 4.5 hours of video.(WOW)

Using A-GPS, N97 is automatically senses where it is at any given time. The benefit being that you’ll be able to tap into local services with ease and share your social location with friends minus any extra fiddling or fuss.

A 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash, GPS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack are other features of the phone.

It’s expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 with a €550 ($693) price tag attached to it excluding tax and subsidies.

It looks like mobile phone industry and all the top leading mobile phone companies are up with the competition for leading in smart phones segments, few Months back we have seen that Apple Inc. Launched IPhone 3G, Than it was Blackberry Bold’s turn to spread the E-business Solution, and later on Palm Centro and AT&T HTC Smart Phones were introduced. Now we have seen Samsung even launched their New Smart phone “OMINIA” in the competition with Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1. So the market is quite a bit on high, as Nokia Unveiled their new touch screen which will be launched as Nokia N97 Touch screen. It is expected to be the greatest release from Nokia’s N series mobile phones. Mobile Critics are describing it as it’s a follow up release of Nokia 5800 Xpress Music touch Screen phone. One of the Major features of Nokia N97 will be having is the 3.5 inch wide touch screen and a slide-out QWERTY

Nokia N97 Touch Screen Overview: 

Nokia N97 Design:  Only one word come out, when we describe and talk about the design of N97 is “Brilliant”. It seems a bit similar to Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA X1, but has a lot different design elements which can clearly make it a different one all together. Nokia N97 looks like it is inspired from many smart phones like apple’s IPhone, Samsung’s Omnia,  Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1, and HTC touch Smart, or even Google’s G1 as far as comparison is concerned on the basis of design inspirations. The Most Impressive element of Nokia N97 design is the 3.5 inch wide touch screen, makes it a perfect looking smart phone which suite best to make it an advance mini laptop smart phone on the go. It’s a Brilliant 3.5 inch sliding Tilt display, nourished by nice live personalized screen with many widgets. The keypad of Nokia N97 is designed to keep the computer keyboard element in mind, as it has easy typing interface with QWERT keyboard for the wide screen to make it useable as a laptop. Colour kit wise we are not sure, because its early previews have only silver white edition, which is really looking good and adapting to its design and structure, as well as with the slide touch Screen and QWERTY Keyboard.

Features & Performances: I’m really impressed with these new exciting features of Nokia N97, even though its demo that we have been gone through, but still it really looks promising. The newly launched refined Symbion OS is worked on, & upgraded to make it work perfectly with the Nokia N97 touch screen interface and widgets. When we Compare Nokia N97 with the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music demo version, the Nokia N97 interface is quite fast and responsive. You can barely see any waiting signs when you’re navigating the Symbian OS. The user interface on the Nokia N97 is also quite new but is still very user-friendly. They have also included lots of new widgets with which you can play around. On the other way, when we talk about internet connectivity, its inbuilt browser is pretty handy as its user friendly and has really good improved fast navigation features. The Nokia N97 also supports TV Out so you guys can watch you videos and movies on your home theatres and LCD Screens. Nokia n97 also has WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, GPS, FM radio, and a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

Messaging and Connectivity:  Nokia N97 is designed to suit your E-business and Multimedia needs and ready to go connectivity environment to send your messages and access to your emails. As we mentioned key layout is made to keep in mind the Business factor and quick typing of messages and emails. It provides quick access to your email accounts, and users can also create their own excel, word or PowerPoint Documents for Nokia N97 to send them through mails. Now talking about its internet connectivity abilities and speed factor, Nokia N97 is power packed with 3g connection, for your ready to go online access, with inbuilt excellent Nokia browser support, which includes almost all features like bookmarking, websites feeds move back and on etc, which really makes it easy to navigate and access online.

Camera and Multimedia: Nokia N97 has a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, which is pretty nice as well as Picture and image quality is good enough as it resolution is good for quick snap shot. Now about Multimedia features, the Nokia N97 is power pack multimedia house. its speakers are able to produce great quality sound which is quite good enough for those people which love music on the go. It has windows media player with Video playback MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,

Technical Details of Nokia N97:

WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA),
EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

User Interface:
S60 5th Edition

117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm* mm (L x W x H)
*18.25 mm at camera area

Approx. 150 g

3.5 inches TFT with up to 16 million colours HD 16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)

Nokia Battery BP-4L

Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory card slot)

Video playback:
MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,
RealVideo up to QCIF @ 30 fps
Windows Media (WMV9) up to CIF @ 30 fps
Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video in internet

Music playback:

Camera Lens: Carl Zeiss Tessar™

Image capture:
Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938)
JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)

Video capture:
MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps


Focal length:
5.4 mm

Dual LED camera flash and video light

Operating Times

Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
Video playback: Up to 4,5 hours (offline mode)
Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode)

Connectivity & Data Services

• WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support
• World-class game titles with N-Gage
• Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
• 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and TV-out support (PAL/NTSC)
• Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 with A2DP stereo audio, enhanced data rates (EDR)
• GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)


Acer TM2355 Laptops


Features:  Based on 1.4GHz Celeron M processor 360
It has a 14″ display screen
256Mb RAM and a 40Gb HDD
A combo drive is standard on this laptop
The OS is Linux
Has a 1-year warranty
The TM2355 weighs 2.65 kg

Product Review :

The TM2355 is from Acer’s 2350 series of laptops. It has a Celeron M Processor 360, operating at 1.4 GHz. It’s features includes 256 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard disk.

This laptop comes loaded with Linux and a combo drive.

Its display is a 14″ TFT screen. The TM2355 comes with a standard 1-year warranty, which includes the battery.


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