SD cards to store from 64 GB up to 2 TB

June 13, 2009

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Memory cards based on a new specification will boost storage of consumer electronics to as much as 2TB, according to the SD Association.

Secure Digital memory cards based on the new SDXC (extended capacity) specification could be out as early as next year with a capacity of 64GB, with 2TB available at some future point.

Companies including Panasonic have announced plans to develop memory cards based on the new specification. The SD Association has about 1,100 member companies, including Toshiba and SanDisk, involved in the design, manufacture and sale of products using SD technology.

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Japan: NEC exhibits compact WiFi router for Mobile WiMAX

June 13, 2009

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NEC Access Technica Ltd has developed a compact router featuring Mobile WiMAX and wirelss LAN capabilities and exhibited it at Interop Tokyo 2009, an exhibition taking place in Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The router can create a wireless LAN network anywhere in the area of Mobile WiMAX. Equipped with a Li-ion secondary battery, it can be used outdoors too.

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Digital TV switch-over underway in the US

June 12, 2009

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The US will officially begin its transition to purely digital TV by shutting down all analog over-the-air broadcasts. Such moves come after a last-minute delay from the government from its original February 17th date after concerns that too many viewers, particularly in poor or rural areas, would lose all access to TV under the original timeframe.

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TeleNav benefits as Palm Pre sales soar

June 12, 2009

Launched last week-end in the United States in exclusivity on the Sprint network, sales of the new Palm Pre seems to have started successfully. Wireless analysts have mentioned 50,000 to 100,000 units sold within the first week-end.

This is not only good news for a struggling Palm, but also for TeleNav. Indeed, the Californian company is the provider of Sprint Navigation, the turn by turn navigation solution which is not only pre-installed but also bundled for free with all Sprint plans offered for the Pre.

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Apple buying stake in TomTom – unlikely?

June 12, 2009

Apple has about $20 billion in cash, that Investors seem to think it will spend on TomTom. In terms of strategic advantage, it’s not clear what buying TomTom would bring to the table for Apple.

TomTom may certainly be interested in moving into the mobile-phone space but there is no obvious reason to believe Apple would want to make a move into the navigation space. If anything, the technology sector’s view of navigation has been severely chastened after the wild sums of money spent by TomTom and Nokia on buying digital map companies; demand has not grown enough to justify the premiums paid.

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