W.G.T. Fernando is currently a freelance writer and Managing Director of Gihan Book Shop and GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. Afterwards, he was selected into the University of Liverpool in the UK. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science. During his time in the UK, he has worked as an analyst for a Regeneration company (Innercity solutions) working on numerous projects focused on improving the standard of living in the Liverpool community.He worked as an IT consultant for an engineering company (Grand Engineering) to produce an efficient user-friendly electronic system for manipulating client contacts. He also had the opportunity to hold the post of 'Hall Tutor' and 'Network Assistant' at the University of Liverpool. He successfully completed an MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.

Hardware to look forward to

11/27/2009 4:25 am By W.G.T. Fernando | Articles: 56

Nokia introduces 6700 slide and 7230 3G Phones
By Shawn Oliver (Hothardware.com)

Nokia's been focusing pretty intently on the high-end, smartphone market with its most recent offerings. Between the Maemo 5-powered N900 and the X6, it's easy to tell that the company is striving to stay relevant in a market that's being increasingly dominated by HTC and Apple. But that said, Nokia still has quite a few customers on lower tiers, so it makes sense to see a new pair of mid-range handsets for those not quite ready to take the plunge on a smartphone.

Both of these fashionable sliders sport 3G modules, and both of them are certainly made for those who place a high value on design. Both the Nokia 6700 slide and Nokia 7230 are available in a variety of colors, and both are expected to become available in the first quarter of 2010, and the retail prices before taxes and subsidies are anticipated to be EUR 160 for the Nokia 6700 slide, and EUR 100 for the Nokia 7230.


Nokia 6700 slide - Capture and share quickly and easily

With a choice of six fresh and vivid colors - pink, red, petrol blue, aluminum, lime and purple - this slimline slider is sure to turn heads. Its compact size, modern design and aluminum finish feels great in the hand, and fits perfectly even in the smallest pocket or bag.

The smart capabilities of the Nokia 6700 slide are beautifully easy to use: The 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics is perfect for capturing and sharing moments as they happen. Favorite images can be edited on the go and uploaded to the web directly from the camera menu. The device's high speed 3G connectivity ensures your favorite communities are always as close as your Nokia 6700 slide.


Nokia 7230 - Share in style

Being connected has never looked so good. The Nokia 7230's compact slide design, colorful looks and solid set of features are a package that offers great value for money.

Sharing special moments and joy with friends and family is effortless, thanks to the 3.2 megapixel camera, large 2.4" display and fast 3G connectivity. With the Nokia 7230 in your pocket, you also have quick access to email, instant messaging and social networks on the go, and the subtle illumination indicates if you have missed calls or messages from your friends.

ARM Expects Mobile Phones with Dual-Core Processors Next Year

By Anton Shilov (Xbitlabs.com)
Dual-core central processing units (CPUs) were considered a breakthrough in the personal computer industry back in 2005. In 2010, dual-core chips, albeit powered by processors with different micro-architecture, are set to enter the market of mobile phones, according to ARM, a leading developer of processors for portable electronics.
"We don’t need silly GHz speeds. With our dual-core A9, we can get two times the performance, without the speed draining the battery, so by the time you get home your phone is dead,” said Rob Coombs, director of mobile solutions for ARM.
Mr. Coombs added that ARM hopes that actual implementers would introduce dual-core processors for mobile phones sometime in 2010, but still, delays to 2011 were possible.
Dual-core processors will not only increase overall performance of mobile devices, but will enable new functionality, for example, speech recognition. In addition, multi-core chips will eventually allow mobile phones to do tasks like running productivity or even multimedia applications (when plugged to larger screen and keyboard).
“They will allow user interfaces to be a bit more reactive, with some cool and weird options. For instance, if future mobiles rely on speech recognition, which is a processor hogging application, we can deal with that,” added Mr. Coombs.


Wii HD coming in 2010, claims mole

By James Sherwood (reghardware.co.uk)
A seemingly well-connected gaming executive claims to have discovered that Nintendo will launch its long-rumoured HD Wii next year, in addition to a Netflix-for-Wii film and TV streaming service.
Dan Rayburn – self-styled “voice for the streaming and online video industry” and Executive VP of streamingmedia.com – said on his blog that “Nintendo is also considering holding off on the Netflix service until the release their next generation Wii HD unit in early 2010”.
Rayburn hasn’t revealed his source, but analysts have long predicted the possibility of an HD Wii.
For example, Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan, predicted back in May that Nintendo will launch the Wii HD at some point in 2010.
Nintendo has never confirmed the HD Wii’s existence, of course, but “multiple sources in the game development and publishing community” claimed in October last year that the firm had already begun showing off a second-generation Wii.



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