303w ago - With Microsoft's announcement today to buy cell phone software maker Danger Inc., the deal may not only strengthen the software giant's position in consumer mobile phones and strengthen defenses against Google's Android platform, but also mean a new addition for gamers.
The acquisition will provide more applications to Xbox through existing Danger services, Microsoft said. However, the possibility of a portable Xbox arises from Danger's wide range of software, which can be made capable of playing some Xbox games, with the company's gadgets used as the foundation for a portable gaming device capable of making phone calls.
"Microsoft is a global leader with our Windows Mobile software and expanding mobile services," said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. "The addition of Danger serves as a perfect complement to our existing software and services, and also strengthens our dedication to improving mobile experiences centered around individuals and what they like."
Microsoft intends to combine Danger's applications, including HTML Web browsing, instant messaging, games, multimedia, social networking, and Web email into Xbox, as well as MSN, Zune, Windows Live, and Windows Mobile.
304w ago - Mobile phone use does not raise the risk of brain tumours, a Japanese study suggests.
The research is the first to look at the effects of hand set radiation levels on different parts of the brain.
Tokyo Women's Medical University found no increased risk of the three main types of brain cancer among regular mobile phone users.
The study, comparing 322 brain cancer patients and 683 healthy people, appears in British Journal of Cancer.
The cancer patients had one of the three most common types of brain tumour - glioma, meningioma or pituitary adenoma.
The researchers rated each subject according to how many years they had been using a mobile phone, and how long they spent talking on it each day.
They studied the radiation emitted from various types of mobile phone, and placed them into one of four categories relating to radiation strength.
And they also analysed how each phone was likely to affect different areas of the brain.
Lead researcher Professor Naohito Yamaguchi said: "Using our newly developed and more accurate techniques, we found no association between mobile phone use and cancer, providing more evidence to suggest they don't cause brain cancer."
304w ago - After delays, Nokia has begun to roll-out its N-Gage gaming service and its media sharing site.
The company twice delayed N-Gage's launch last year due to unexpected software difficulties.
The service has now been opened to owners of Nokia's N81 multimedia phones around the world, with the company asking for feedback before opening the service to a wider audience.
"These are the first steps on the long journey towards becoming a competitor in the Web 2.0 services space," CCS Insight research director Ben Wood told The Washington Post.
"It now faces the challenge of building awareness for these and other services with consumers who have already gravitated towards established web brands such as Google."
Nokia released the original N-Gage, a combination phone, handheld gaming device, MP3 player, PDA, and FM radio, in 2003. A year later, a subsequent redesign - the N-Gage QD - removed radio reception and MP3 playback features.
The latest iteration of the N-Gage is an application, built into or downloaded to a supported Nokia phone, that acts as a central hub for content including games.
Nokia's social networking site - "Share on Ovi" - allows people to share photos and videos and is built on technology acquired last year with the US firm Twango.
308w ago - The mylo is back, and this time it's gotten serious. The once humble, even kind of laughable device has been upgraded with specs respectable enough to make former naysayers sit up and take notice. Check it out:
>>> 800 x 480 3.5-inch (resistive) touchscreen display!
>>>1GB internal storage, mini-USB
>>> 1.3 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g, colored info-LEDs
>>> WMA / PlaysForSure DRM, MP3, AAC, ATRAC, and MPEG-4 codec support
>>> Flash Lite 3 (capable of playing back YouTube videos, for example)
>>> Netfront-based browser, AIM / Gtalk / Yahoo IM support
>>> Skype support, podcast and RSS aggregator (!), and an expandable widget panel with access to Google, YouTube, Facebook and other web 2.0 sites
>>> Attachable face plates ($20) and cradle ($30) options
>>> Free Wayport WiFi access at your local participating McDonald's until December 31, 2010
>>> 5.1 x 2.5 x 0.8-inch footprint
Unfortunately you still can't add your own apps to the device, making it far less compelling then, say, the similar but far better equipped Nokia N810 -- which goes for $180 more. It's shipping this month for $300, "BS" key included for no additional charge.