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Comment: The race to idle (Score 1) 336

by Dienyddio (#35757632) Attached to: Quad-Core Mobile Chips Wasted On Mobiles?

Quad core processors will primarily provide better battery life. Most designs will feature cores of mixed processing power allowing most of the chip to be fully powered down when idle or just doing baseband event handling.

When there is real work required firing up the rest of the chip will allow for tasks to be completed very quickly. Once complete the processor can again be ramped back down to a low power state.

Linux

+ - Nokia and Intel merge high-end Linux software

Submitted by oxide7
oxide7 (1013325) writes "Nokia, the world's biggest maker of mobile handsets, will merge its Linux Maemo software platform, used in its flagship N900 phone, with Intel's Moblin, which is also based on Linux open-sourced software. "This makes a good challenger to (Google's) Android (operating system), allowing the platform to go across devices and making it much more appealing for developers," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi."
Linux

+ - Intel and Nokia launch MeeGo, a new Linux platform

Submitted by andylim
andylim (1618383) writes "Today Nokia and Intel announced that they are combining Moblin and Maemo to create MeeGo, a new mobile platform. According to Nokia, MeeGo is a unified Linux-based platform that will run on multiple hardware platforms across a wide range of computing devices, including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, phones, connected TVs and in-vehicle systems."
Linux

+ - Nokia to Make GPS Navigation Free on Smartphones->

Submitted by mliu
mliu (85608) writes "In what is sure to be a blow to the already beleaguered stand alone GPS market, Nokia, the global leader in smartphone market share, has released a fully offline-enabled free GPS navigation and mapping application for its Symbian smartphones. Furthermore, the application also includes Lonely Planet and Michelin guides. Unfortunately, the N900, which is beloved by geeks for its Maemo Linux-based operating system, has not seen any of the navigation love so far. With Google's release of Google Navigation for Android smartphones, and now Nokia doing one better and releasing an offline-enabled navigation application, hopefully this is the start of a trend where this becomes an expected component of any smartphone."
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+ - Nokia sues Apple for iPhone patent infringement

Submitted by YouWantFriesWithThat
YouWantFriesWithThat (1123591) writes "Nokia filed suit Thursday against Apple for patents infringed by the iPhone Details from a Reuters article:

"By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation," Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President for Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, said in a statement.

Nokia has ten patents that cover different technologies that the iPhone uses and stated that they include: "wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and affect all Apple iPhone models shipped."

The story is developing, but is confirmed by multiple sources."

Apple

+ - Nokia sues Apple for patent infringment in iPhone->

Submitted by
AVee
AVee writes "Engadget (amonst many others) report that Nokia is sueing Apple because the iPhone infringes on 10 Nokia patents related to GSM, UTMS and WiFi. The press release doesn't contain much detail, it does state that Apple didn't agree "appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property", which sounds like there have been negotiations about those patents."
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Portables

+ - Nokia's "not-a-netbook" is... a netbook->

Submitted by
Barence
Barence writes "Nokia has revealed details of its "not a netbook" Booklet 3G — and it looks very similar to a netbook. Having called it "a mini-laptop — it offers a great deal more spec-wise than the average netbook," the 10.1in display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1GB of RAM and 120 GB hard disk are a little underwhelming. True, it comes with an accelerometer, 1,280 x 720 display and A-GPS, and Nokia claims it will last 12 hours away from the mains, but it's still essentially a netbook. An expensive one at that."
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Cellphones

+ - Hands-on video of Nokia's Linux Phone->

Submitted by andylim
andylim (1618383) writes "Last week Slashdot reported the launch of the Nokia N900, Today Nokia showed off its N900 handset that runs Maemo, the Nokia mobile Linux platform. Recombu.com manged to film the N900 in action. The video also includes footage of the N900's browser that can handle flash and shows how Maemo handles multitasking."
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Nokia/Trolltech to License Qt as LGPL 1

Submitted by CarpetShark
CarpetShark (865376) writes "Following their acquisition by Nokia, Trolltech have added an LGPL licensing option to Qt. Qt (pronounced "cute", not "Q.T."), the main widget and OS abstraction layer used by KDE and many other Free Software projects, is roughly equivalent to the GTK+ library within GNOME. However, GTK+ has been LGPL from the beginning, which has, arguably, led to increased support from corporations such as Sun etc. This raises interesting questions on the future of Qt (increased contributions?), the future of KDE (more corporate contributions and sponsorship?), and also the future of interactions between KDE and GNOME (since they'll be using more compatible licenses)."
KDE

+ - Qt goes LGPL

Submitted by Balinares
Balinares (316703) writes "Nokia announces today that the cross-platform Qt toolkit, which is the foundation of many open sources projects such as the KDE desktop environment, will be available under the LGPL license as of the next version, Qt 4.5. The former GPL/commercial dual licensing of Qt had been a source of controversy in the open source community for many years."
GUI

+ - Qt becomes LGPL!

Submitted by Aequo
Aequo (923926) writes "Qt, the highly polished, well documented, modern GUI toolkit owned by Nokia will be available under the LGPL starting with version 4.5! It was previously only mainly available under the GPL and a commercial license. Selling licenses was an important part of Qt under Trolltech as it was the company's main source of income, but Trolltech is a fruit-fly compared to Nokia, who want to encourage and stimulate the use of Qt Everywhere [PDF]. This is fantastic news for all commercial developers looking to create cross-platform applications without the need to buy a $4950 multi-platform license per developer."

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