Nokia links up with Microsoft Nokia and Microsoft have confirmed a widespread rumour of a strategic partnership that will see Nokia adopt Windows Phon...
(Electronics Weekly (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Nokia links up with Microsoft Nokia and Microsoft have confirmed a widespread rumour of a strategic partnership that will see Nokia adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone operating system and Bing as its search engine. Both companies have been losing market share to iPhone and Android in the lucrative smartphone market.
www.nokia.com Android overtakes Symbian Google's Android operating system has overtaken Nokia's Symbian platform to become the world's leading smartphone platform. According to the latest report by Canalys, shipments of smartphones running on Google's Android OS reached 32.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 31 million units shipped with Nokia's Symbian OS.
www.canalys.com Go ahead for Euro phone charger A common European mobile phone charger has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission and Digital Europe. The all-in-one charger will be based on a MicroUSB interface. "Consumers can now safely use a single charger with phones from various suppliers," said Bridger Cosgrave, director general at Digital Europe.
www.digital-eu.org Password fears for iPhone/iPads Passwords are not secure on iPhones and iPads that are lost, says the Fraunhofer Institute. This is the result of tests carried out at Fraunhofer Institute SIT in Darmstadt, Germany. Within six minutes the institute's staff was able to render the iPhone's encryption void and decipher the passwords stored on it.
www.sit.fraunhofer.de/en ADC webcast goes live Farnell and Analog Devices will co-host a webcast called Converter Simulation - Beyond the Eval Board on February 22 at 2pm. During the hour-long webcast, ADI applications engineer for high speed converters Tom MacLeod will discuss ADI's latest ADC behavioural modeling tool ADIsimADC.
www.element-14.com European PC sales decline PC shipments in western Europe totalled 19.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, a decline of 4.4% from the same period in 2009, according to Gartner. Traditionally the last quarter shows growth, but between October and the end of December 2010 the consumer PC market declined 8.1%.
www.gartner.com Dialog snaps up SiTel Semi Dialog has paid $86.5m net of cash for SiTel Semiconductor of the Netherlands, which makes chips for short-range wireless, digital cordless and voice over internet technology. The firm has 140 employees.
www.dialog-semiconductor.com EU wants tighter WEEE rules The European Parliament has said it wants tighter rules for the EU's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE). MEPs have proposed new targets for collecting and recycling waste.
www.europarl.europa.eu Renesas runs MeeGo app Renesas has teamed with Nomovok to offer its first implementation of the MeeGo Linux-based software platform on its mobile application processor, the SH-Mobile APE4. MeeGo is the co-development of Nokia and Intel.
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