Bluetooth 3.0 prepped for launch on April 21

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

The Bluetooth 3.0 spec is ready to hit the streets, with the Bluetooth SIG preparing for an official release later this month. The updated specification will enable the transfer of larger files thanks to the incorporation of 802.11n.

Right on schedule, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is preparing to launch the Bluetooth 3.0 specification on April 21. A list of chip-makers who are on board with the updated spec has not yet been made public, but it’s expected to be available when the formal announcement is made later this month.

Bluetooth 3.0 will bring with it dramatically-improved file transfer speeds by using 802.11 technology (not technically WiFi, which is a certified version of 802.11 standards) that will enable the transfer of much larger files. The previous spec was fine for the transfer of more bite-sized data, like contact info or calendar items, but as mobile devices evolve to become our entertainment centers on-the-go, a speed improvement will certainly be helpful for transferring things like video and music collections.

For those curious, the Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed standard works by using two compatible Bluetooth modules that coordinate a switch to 802.11 (without having to join a WiFi network) to move the bulk files. Once a file-transfer is complete, the devices coordinate a switch back to the slower and backwards-compatible 3.0Mbps rate of earlier Bluetooth releases, which consumes less power and bandwidth.

Once the new standard is announced by the Bluetooth SIG, it likely won’t be long before we see devices with Bluetooth 3.0 built-in. Of course, when you have battery-sucking phones like the iPhone that need to be plugged in and synced every day already, there seems like less of a need for such high-speed file transfers, but everyone else using Bluetooth to sync files will no doubt be happy with the improvements.

Intel developing world’s fastest OS

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir 1 comment »


Wouldn’t it be great if your OS booted in just 2 seconds? There will be no need for sleep modes and hibernating. Intel is working on Linux based OS that would boot in 2 seconds with the Intel atom. The OS which is already in its beta testing phase has been named Moblin.

If Intel pulls out this one then Moblin would be the fastest booting OS in the world.  “We think that two second boot is possible.” says Imhad Sousou, director of Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. The 2 seconds booting OS will be ideal for Netbooks and MIDs.

A 2 sec booting for a OS would be faster than what it takes for a SMS to open on my Nokia (takes 30-40 secs). This should please Netbook owners running Linux OS, but faster loading time isn’t a luxury that will make me switch from WinXP unless it supports Ms-office and other basic utilities well enough.

via [MaximumPC]

Drunk? Lost? Call Police! They would track you with your mobile’s GPS chip

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »


Is technology bad or good? Read this short incident and then decide

This young man just decided to booze out with his friends on a dark night. He didn’t want to drink and drive so the dude decided to go on a bicycle. While returning from the party, the guy got lost and slept near the Mississippi River. After finding himself all muddy and still lost in the morning, he called up the Police. The tech-savy police located this guy using the GPS chip built inside his cellphone. The 21 yr old must really be thanking the moment when he bought that GPS mobile, but we are unsure if he was booked by the Police under something or not…

So, technology bad or good? Let us know in the comments.

Via TechCult

Nokia Could Upgrade 5800 XpressMusic With Capacitive Touchscreen

April 19th, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

Judging by the huge success that the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been so far worldwide, word has it that Nokia will be introducing a capacitive touchscreen upgrade to the same handset in the near future. This is different from the resistive touchscreen that the 5800 currently enjoys, where pressure is required to navigate, making a stylus the preferred choice of input at times compared to a finger. The whole switch is meant to help the 5800 keep up with the iPhone as well as newer touchscreen phones from Korea including the LG Arena and Samsung Omnia HD. Nokia has lined up around 2 million of upgraded handsets to be shipped between May and June, with word of the upcoming N97 receiving a similar treatment as well. No idea whether the final price will be affected though with this upgrade.

Yahoo Messenger for iPhone and iPod Touch Coming Soon!

April 3rd, 2009 by Tanbir No comments »

yahoo messenger ipod touch

Yahoo! announced that they will be soon releasing the much awaited Yahoo Messenger for iPod Touch and iPhone, they have also provided a video demo of Yahoo Messenger App in action. The interface is cool and intuitive and the app will be free to download via App Store.

via Yahoo Messenger blog