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 Tuesday, 30-December-2008  21:45:29 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

LG is set to release a new dual sim KS660 mobile phone sometime in Q1 2009. Most obviously, those sharing home and work mobiles will likely be chuffed to see the large 3in WQVGA (240 x 400) display and positively giddy to hear it is backed up by a 5MP camera with autofocus, flash and 720 x 480 video recording. An accelerometer should also help make navigation rather intuitive and the microSDHC expansion slot means the somewhat piffling 50MB of native memory won't prove a problem.

January's 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going to see Samsung, Toshiba, and other companies showing off their new TVs running Intel's new media processor CE 3100 and Yahoo's Widget Channel software. Yahoo and Intel are trying to bring a new way to provide information and ads to TV. The Yahoo Widget Channel will be the first piece of software to take advantage of a new processor that Intel hopes to see integrated into the vast majority of TV sets being called the Intel Media Processor CE 3100.

New information has come to light regarding a patent taken out by Microsoft back in July 2007 relating to "a type of pay-to-play computing". We've seen pay-as-you-go systems before, particularly from certain big iron vendors, but Microsoft's would-be nickel-and-dime system may run into many of the same snags that affected the "free PC" business. Skip back ten years, and the idea of handing over a no-cost PC system was an idea that drew considerable interest from press and consumers alike.

Intel has launched a new low cost mobile quad core processor as well as added more mobile Core 2 Duo processors to their line up. The Q9000 processor is listed at US$348, significantly less than the existing QX9300 mobile quad-core processor, which is listed at US$1,038; and the Q9100, listed at US$851. Both processors have 12MB of cache memory — twice the amount of the cheaper Q9000, which integrates 6MB of cache.

RIM, the company behind the well known Blackberry smart phones apparently has filed with the US Patent office a design for a fold out keyboard that will feature on their smart phone(s). As you can see from the image above it looks as if the keyboard pops out from the existing keypad on the handset. It appears to be activated by pressing a button on the phone itself, all very James 007 Bond. Although we’re sure this is only a preliminary design at the moment, as things do tend to change a lot from a R&D concept to fruition.



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