So the news is that Apple may acquire Cambridge-based chip designer, ARM Holdings for $8 billion.
Chips designed by ARM now feature in nearly every one of the 4bn mobile phones in use around the world. ARM designs are deployed in Apple iPhones and iPads.
Analyst Richard Holway of TechmarketView said. “I have no idea if there is any validity in (the rumours) but makes sense as Apple designed the main chip for the iPad inhouse and doesn’t want to see its technology used in other competing products.” Continue reading →
Like it or not, the notion of a so-called “cashless society” is only a few implementations shy of reality – and we’d bet (which means we don’t know for sure) that future mobile phones – including the iPhone (future version) – will eventually carry RFID chips (or an equivalent technology) to help ensure your identity when making any kind of payment.
There’s been signs of this before, with banks introducing various account management applications for the iPhone. While these stop short at use of these devices as a payment or debit card at least one major force in the banking industry payment solutions world is working on a solution that does just that.
MMS messaging – among the most requested features lacking in the iPhone – seems set to debut on the device starting from next year, as operators choose to employ a third party solution designed to enable the feature.
Since introduction of the iPhone, users and critics have complained at the lack of MMS messaging on the Apple device, a feature that’s widely-used by mobile phone users outside of the US which enables you to send images and video clips to friends regardless of device over the existing mobile carrier network.
The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
Coming at you from Gameloft, Guitar Rock Tour is clearly part of the new wave of music-focused games for mobile, and it’s now available for your iPhone, as well as literally hundreds of other mobile phones.
US officials can now seize your digital gear, searching the computers, iPods and iPhones of foreign nationals visiting the US. Equipment can be seized – without charge, there’s no oversight, and it’s all in the name of ‘Homeland Security’ (like US officials really need to know which album I’ve been listening to this week. Here’s Current TV’s take…