Stories by John Blau

Vodafone launches consumer-targeted Palm smartphone

As part of a strategy to generate greater revenue from mobile data services, Vodafone Group PLC has collaborated with Palm Inc. to launch a smartphone modeled after the Treo 750v but at a fraction of the price and with a newly designed user interface.

IFA exhibitors on innovation trail

As in previous years, the IFA international consumer electronics show in Berlin has been a platform for manufacturers to launch innovative gadgets aimed at tech-savvy consumers. This year's event, which runs through to Wednesday, is no exception.

IFA: HD DVD trench warfare on pricing

Vendors supporting HD DVD are cutting prices to boost their products, which are vying with Blu-ray disc technology to replace current DVD movie discs.

Acer, China Huala Group signup to Blu-ray

On Thursday at a news conference organised by the Blu-ray Disc Association at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, announcements included new Blu-ray Disc releases, a decision by Acer and China Huala Group to join as hardware partners and the establishment of a Blu-ray Disc authoring centre in China.

Sony Ericsson phone packs high-end camera

With the launch of its K770 Cyber-shot phone, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications hopes to narrow the quality gap between dedicated digital cameras and mobile phones with integrated cameras.

German government funds Web 3.0 project

German high-tech heavyweights SAP and Siemens are among the companies that hope to benefit from a government-funded programme to develop new semantic web technologies.

RealPlayer beta allows video downloading

The growing popularity of video on the Web has prompted RealNetworks to launch a beta version of its RealPlayer software that allows users to easily record and download videos to their PCs.

Nokia rolls phone groups into single division

Nokia plans to fold all its mobile phone development efforts into a single new business unit, reflecting the growing importance to its business of multimedia and internet-enabled devices.

Sony Ericsson unveils 9GB Walkman cellphone

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has released six new phones, including a high-end, Walkman-branded handset with around 9GB of internal Flash memory, according to a company spokeswoman.

Siemens tests 1G bps polymer optical fibre

Researchers at Siemens have transmitted data over polymer optical fibre cable at around 1G bps, opening up new possibilities for the technology, including easy-to-build home networks linking PCs and high-definition TVs