Tesla has released yet another preview video of its upcoming Model S electric sedan. This time, rather than a single Model S blasting down a back road, a trio of camouflaged Alpha sedans have a go at a track to collect data for the Beta sedan, which is the next step in the Model S' development. Normally one of the coolest parts of checking out a track testing video is hearing the roar of the engine, but the Model S is all electric and all silent, so you'll have to make due with the sound of wooshing wind and … Read more
For a company with an $8 billion market cap, we really don't hear too much about BMC. And yet, when I met CTO Kia Behnia this week, I couldn't help but be very impressed by the company's focus on the cloud and its vision for where much of enterprise IT is likely to be heading.
According to Behnia, BMC currently has more than 85 customers for its cloud services products, primarily large companies looking into both public and private clouds as ways to enhance their environments.
From Behnia's perspective, the primary opportunity for the private cloud … Read more
File this one away in the "rumors that won't quit" section, because there are more rumblings of Apple doubling up with two--count them two--new iPhone models this fall.
In a report on China-based Sohu.com, which is making the rounds this morning by way of AllThingsD, the site says carrier China Telecom has reached a "preliminary agreement" with Apple to sell the iPhone some time before the end of October. Furthermore, it won't just be the much-expected iPhone 5, it will also include a lower-cost variant of the iPhone 4.
The report, which was … Read more
Look, it's a phone that makes calls! U.S. Cellular has not forgotten the lowly basic flip phone with the LG Envoy, which went up for sale today for only $9.99. It doesn't have too many features going for it aside from dual displays, a VGA camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, simple WAP browsing, and that's about it. Hey, sometimes that's all you need from a phone, especially if you're trying to save some cash.
If you act fast, you may be able to get a free Samsung Nexus S smartphone. Google is promoting the deal--today only--from its well-trafficked search page, Google.com. In order to get the phone with one of three participating carriers--Sprint, T-Mobile, and most recently, AT&T--you'll need to sign up for a new two-year contract.
If you follow links from the Google search page, you'll eventually arrive on Best Buy's Web site, where you can add one of the three Nexus S versions to your check-out basket. You can order it in person at the store … Read more
According to information obtained by Boy Genius Report, the handset will not be called the Samsung Within. Instead, as BGR's source tells us, we should expect the moniker of Epic Touch 4G when the smartphone touches down in September.
The Galaxy S II has yet to make a debut with a U.S. carrier; however, a Samsung official indicated that it would be arriving at some point in August. And considering that recent rumors suggest that Verizon's iteration might … Read more
CNET has learned some new details on Sony's upcoming S1 and S2 tablets.
A source familiar with the company's plans for the Android devices tells us that four versions of the S1 will be available at launch: 16GB Wi-Fi only; 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G; 32GB Wi-Fi; and 32GB Wi-Fi and 3G. The S2 will come in 16GB and 32GB models that have both Wi-Fi and 3G, but no separate Wi-Fi-only variant like the S1, the source says. Those desiring more capacity will be pleased to know that the S1 tablet has a full-size SD memory card reader onboard for additional storage.
The source also pointed out that the S1 features an 9.4-inch IPS display with TruBlack and Bravia display technologies.
We weren't able to confirm the battery life of the S1 tablet, but our source did mention that it's "comparable to the iPad 2." The battery life of the S2 is unknown, but could possibly suffer from the dual-screen setup. Several accessories will also be made available for the S1, including a dock and at least one Bluetooth keyboard. The top of the BT keyboard described to CNET curves slightly, which may allow it to clip onto the bottom of the S1 when not in use, the source adds. … Read more
Samsung Electronics has agreed to halt sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Australia until it resolves its patent fight against Apple.
Bloomberg reports that Apple and Samsung came to an agreement during a hearing in a federal court in Australia today. Samsung agreed to stop advertising the tablet and won't sell the device until it wins court approval or the lawsuit is resolved. Apple, meanwhile, agreed to pay damages if it loses the infringement lawsuit.
It's the latest development in the rapidly escalating legal battle between the two consumer electronic giants. Apple claims Samsung's … Read more
During these lonely nights of wondering what will happen to America's vast indebtedness, I am sure that several of you have been wishing that Steve Jobs would sort out this mess.
It seems clear that he might be very direct, tell everyone just how it's going to be and even ensure that the economy doesn't merely function, but also looks good.
You might think I am not being serious. But consider that, thanks to my regular reading of the Financial Post, you might now learn that Apple has more cash than the U.S. government.
The U.S Treasury told the world on Thursday that it has $73.768 billion stashed away in various shoes and socks. Apple, on the other hand, in its latest and most fascinating quarterly earnings disgorgement, casually mentioned that it has $75.876 billion lying around.
I am not entirely sure how these figures compare with, for example, the Mafia. However, it seems that Google, which seems like the ultimate cash business, merely has $39.1 billion to spend on, um, new ideas about social networking.
Microsoft used to have more than that. At the end of 2010, its nest egg seems to have numbered $40.23 billion. But its $8.5 billion emotional commitment to Skype may have cut into that.
I am told that the U.S. government's figure is a little less descriptive than Apple's. After all, the government can just print some more dollars using old machines whenever it feels like it. Apple has to make new machines in order to add to its coffers.… Read more
Samsung will no longer provide sales data and forecasts on its mobile phones and tablets.
Announcing the new policy today, the company said that revealing such information may present risks to its business in the face of increased competition. However, analysts believe the move is also related to the company's legal skirmish with Apple, says today's Wall Street Journal (subscription required).Releasing its second-quarter earnings today, Samsung said that its mobile sales rose 43 percent year over year. The company also reported selling 70 million mobile devices for the quarter, but that figure included its Galaxy Tab tablet, … Read more