Buildings get taller, and people get used to driving in fast cars and airplanes with new technology—but everyone forgets about elevators. Except Hitachi, which is soon to open an elevator research facility that's the tallest ever.
With news that LG's first Android smartphone is a pretty basic gizmo, and recalling the recent debut of the Motorola Cliq, an interesting thought's just occurred: Could the upstart Google OS corner the whole entry-level-smartphone market?
You may think Wimbledon, with its exquisitely manicured grass courts, royal family attendees, and strawberries and champagne is an old-fashioned affair. You'd be wrong. This year, along enjoying a retractable roof, the audience is using an augmented reality app to enhance the game.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google will release the successor to its G1 phone next week, and they may well be calling it the myTouch 3G. Thankfully the new device—which has also been dubbed Ion or Magic in other countries—isn't a sentient being, so it won't be able to hear all the mockery it'll endure for having such an unfortunate name. Seriously: how far can we go with "touch" names before things start getting perverse?
It's clear that smartphones are going to pull market share away from dumbphones, and that Google's Android operating system is going to appear on many more handsets in the months ahead. But a new report is predicting 900% growth in Android smartphones—and it's kinda believable.
iSuppli recently published an estimate of the build-cost of the Palm Pre. Given iSuppli's pretty reliable history of similar estimates, the comparatively low price of the Pre raises some interesting questions. Is it in fact a sign that the Pre has a hardware Achilles heel?