Garmin and Asus Together for Mobile Phone

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Garmin-Asus Introduces nüvifone M20

The Garmin-Asus alliance deserves more press. Look at the nüvifone M20, an all-in-one phone, mobile web browser and top-of-the-line navigation system with Windows Mobile.

This device combines a dual-band 3.5G/tri-band GSM phone with Wi-Fi connectivity, desktop-like internet browser, push email, document viewing, multi-media capability, Bluetooth and Garmin sat nav.

But the dual-barrel branding is what sells us the most. Like Sony Ericsson…

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Circuit City Closes Its Doors, Who Benefits

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Circuit City Closes Its Doors, Who Benefits?

After 60 years in business in USA, Circuit City is gone. Billions of dollars in sales are up for grabs as Circuit City liquidates.

Circuit City closes

Approximately 55% of consumers who have purchased tech products at Circuit City say Best Buy is where they will shop now. Walmart was a Circuit City alternative for only 11% of consumers. Price, product selection, and store location convenience are the top three criteria for choosing a new store (40%, 29%, and 22%, respectively.)

Global manufacturers will need to consider the future if volume potentially re-concentrates in just the two largest retailers. For more insight on how Circuit City’s closing will impact the industry.

Go NPD on Circuit City Closing

OnLive Makes a 5th Game Platform

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And OnLive Makes a 5th Game Platform…

But this one could threaten to kill the other four…It’s a thin-client box that streams HD games in real time over the Internet. Pay a subscription fee and it can run the latest games at reasonably high resolutions on your TV, PC or Mac. It's called OnLive.

The box fits in the palm of your hand and comes with USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth support, optical audio and HDMI out jacks. OnLive lets you play at 720p on HDTV with minimal hardware. It's ultra-fast Cyberdyne systems-type servers (currently set to launch in late 2009) uses cloud computing so you can play your games anywhere you can log in.

OnLive could be the future of video game distribution. And it could cost Game Group (and other retailers) much of their revenue…If you can’t beat them, join them?

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PC Makers in Handset Business?

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Acer and Handset Market; Dell Needs an Acquisition

Acer wants to “establish Acer as the world’s leading mobile solutions company,”and be “one of the top five in the smartphone market in the next five years”.

At the top end of the range, the Acer M900 has a 3.8” touchscreen with a slide out keyboard, a five megapixel and a fingerprint sensor. Some of the devices also feature a “widget based” interface, which will allow users to customise their devices.

The first eight devices feature Windows 6.1, while more will be launched in Q3-Q4 with Windows 6.5. And rumors of Android abound…

Dell meanwhile found its attempt rejected by carriers as…well, too Dell-like. Time to buy some expertise, guys…

Go Acer Mobile Handsets

Universal Charger

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Mobile Phones to Standardize Power Supply

Connections on mobile phone networks passed 4 billion worldwide, says GSMA who forecast further growth to 6 billion by 2013. One user may have two mobile phones and in W. Europe about 1 out of every 5 connections is estimated to be due to one user having more than one device.

So a universal charger would make life much simpler for many consumers, who could then use the same charger for multiple handsets, as well as charge their mobile phone from any available charger.

Now the mobile phone industry will fit phones with the same power socket by 2012. By 2012, a universal charging solution (UCS) will be widely available in the market worldwide and will use Micro-USB as the common universal charging interface.

GSMA says energy-efficient chargers will reduce standby energy consumption by 50%, eliminate of up to 51,000 tonnes of duplicate chargers and help consumers by simplifying charging.

Too bad computer laptop makers won’t have the sense to do the same.

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