VIA glib on Nano plans for ‘09: VIA’s Nano was at one time a potential competitor to Intel’s Atom, but undefined company problems interfered with a full retail roll out of the Nano. At CES, VIA was showing off a number of reasonably decent netbooks but was quiet regarding its plans for 2009. VIA will be launching an updated Nano 3000 in the first half, plus a dual-core Nano 3000 before the end of the year. But now there’s another problem–AMD’s Yukon. Nano is suited to the ultra-thin notebook niche where the Yukon looks to be big. Is it too late for the Nano?
Dell smartphone on the way: Kaufman Bros. analyst Shawn Wu is reporting that Dell’s supply chain supports rumors that company is looking to release a smartphone. This rumor has been around for a couple of years already and Dell has never denied it. If this does turn out to be true, Kaufman feels Dell would have to acquire a software firm to give itself a chance with Apple and Research in Motion both offering amazing products, and now Palm’s new webOS showing promise.
Dash ditches INRIX for NAVTEQ: despite the fact that manufacturing and distribution of the connected navigation device Dash Express has ceased, Dash has decided to scrap INRIX and add on NAVTEQ as its traffic information provider. Dash still provides support for Dash Express users, but restructured its business in November 2008 to focus on software and applications.
Apple looking for iPhone GPS engineer: have a good understanding of C coding, GPS technologies, and NMEA experience? Apple is looking for an iPhone GPS engineer.
outside.in launches LBS Radar app for iPhone: hyperlocal media startup outside.in has launched Radar for the iPhone. It’s a really handy app if you’re a media junkie, providing constant news and blog updates, Twitter tweets, Yelp reviews and other new content pertaining to your location. Radar is available from Apple’s app store.
Open Range Communications gets $100 million: originally setup in March 2008 and provided by One Equity Partners, the funding will be used by the Denver-based WiMAX operator to begin deploying its rural network. The company plans on offering a 1.5 Mbps connection for $40 per month.
China Mobile to spend $8.6 billion on 3G: China’s largest wireless operator, China Mobile, says it will spend the equivalent of $8.6 million this year to develop its TD-SCDMA third generation network. The company says it will add 60, 000 base stations in over 238 cities to its current roster of 20, 000.
China Telecom launching 3G at the end of February: China Telecom, a new 3G competitor to China Mobile, will be launching its CDMA 2000 network at the end of February. Speeds will be increased from 153.6 kilobytes to 3.1 megabytes on the downlink and 1.8 megabytes for the uplink. Those with CDMA 2000 handsets will finally be able to watch videos and surf the web on their phones.
Brains make great GPS devices: despite the fact that many PND users manage to get the devices to send them in the wrong direction, new research suggests our brains work perfectly fine as GPS devices themselves. Bet you Garmin and TomTom et al. didn’t want to hear that.