Stories by Dan Nystedt

Apple lawsuit fails to slow HTC smartphone sales

Taiwanese smartphone vendor High Tech Computer (HTC) fared better than expected in the first quarter and forecast a record-breaking second quarter on Wednesday, showing that a patent lawsuit from rival Apple failed to harm its business.

Apple's iPad selling well outside US ahead of launch

The iPad appears to be selling well in Asia despite the fact that Apple's official overseas launch isn't until the end of May, as specialty stores obtain them to resell at premium prices and travelers to the US bring them home.

Report: Google TV is coming to your living room

Google is working with Intel, Sony and other partners to develop Google TV, a service aimed at putting the Internet search giant's Web offerings in people's living rooms, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Android appears in set-top box, netbooks

MIPS Technologies continues its push to use Google's Android mobile OS in a range of products with plans to show off the first Android-based set-top boxes and netbooks at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

NEC, Casio, Hitachi to merge mobile phone operations

Japanese technology companies NEC, Casio Computer and Hitachi plan to merge their mobile phone businesses by next April to reduce costs, boost technological expertise and expand market share, the companies said in a joint statement.

New Intel technology may sap SSD demand

People expecting Solid State Drives (SSDs) to become more popular may have longer to wait, according to a new report from Objective Analysis.
The research company, which specialises in chips, says a new technology coming from Intel called Braidwood, will likely stifle demand for SSDs next year.
Intel showed the technology off at Computex Taipei in June. Braidwood is a NAND flash memory technology built onto a module made to fit onto computer motherboards. The technology speeds boot-up times, makes applications launch more quickly and improves overall speed on a system. It is essentially the next generation of Intel's Robson technology, which was designed to provide similar speed improvements.
"NAND has a role in the PC platform and Braidwood promises to be the right implementation at the right time," says Jim Handy, analyst at Objective Analysis.
Braidwood accelerates input/output in computers by saving some data on the NAND flash memory chips, including oft-used programs, for quick launches. Braidwood will work with Intel 5-series chipsets, which are due out soon, and Intel's Clarkdale line of microprocessors.
Objective Analysis says Braidwood has the potential to be a game changer.
"The move to NAND in PCs will boost the NAND market, soften the SSD and DRAM markets, and pose problems for those NAND makers that are not poised to produce ONFi (open NAND flash interface) NAND flash," Handy suggests.
SSDs, which are also made of NAND flash memory chips, have battled for years to replace hard disk drives (HDDs). SSDs transfer data at faster rates than HDDs, and are more power efficient and durable. HDDs remain the most widely used storage device because they are cheaper than SSDs and offer greater storage capacity. Braidwood would be paired with storage such as HDDs or SSDs in a computer, though more likely HDDs due to the cost savings and because Braidwood already offers some of the benefits of SSDs.

Undersea cables being repaired after typhoon

Some undersea fibre-optic cables that carry internet and communications traffic to parts of Southeast Asia and China have already been repaired while officials continue to assess damage to others, a spokesperson for Chunghwa Telecom said on Friday.
Six of the important fiber-optic cables were damaged by undersea landslides caused by Typhoon Morakot as it passed Taiwan. One was knocked out on August 9 as Morakot hit the east coast of the island, and the others were damaged after the typhoon passed to the other side.
Internet and telecommunications were disrupted between Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and parts of Southeast Asia, including Singapore and the Philippines. However, Chunghwa Telecom of Taiwan restored service quickly by using backup systems and rerouting traffic to other cables.
The APCN2 (Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2) was damaged in at least two places, said Chen Hui-yen, a deputy director at Chunghwa's network management division. One part, which runs between Singapore and Malaysia, was fixed on Friday morning, she said, while a portion of the cable near Taiwan has not been repaired yet, although a team has been dispatched to the location.
Chen did not know the cause of the problem with the cable section between Singapore and Malaysia. She said some voice traffic and Internet traffic has been affected by the outages but rerouting has alleviated most problems.
The five other undersea cables damaged near Taiwan by Morakot were the SWM-3 (Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 3), the APCN (Asia-Pacific Cable Network), C2C Cable Network East Asia Crossing (EAC), C2C Cable Network, and Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe North Asia Loop (FNAL).
One factor complicating repairs of the undersea cables has been trying to coordinate the various groups invested in the cables, Chen says. She was unable to offer a time frame for when repairs might be completed.
Undersea fibre-optic cables carry the bulk of the world's internet and communications traffic. Natural disasters such as earthquakes and deep-sea landslides can disrupt the cables.

Microsoft opens mobile app store to developers

Microsoft officially opened its Windows Marketplace for Mobile application store to software developers on Monday as the giant software maker moves to catch up to the success of Apple's iPhone App Store.