O2 UK has announced its first devices with embedded SIM cards. Although the concept isn't new – Vodafone UK has offered netbooks with SIM cards for over a year, while Datawind's UbiSurfer and PocketSurfer devices also have built-in SIMs – these are the first O2 laptops with their own SIM cards.
Technology company HP has agreed to purchase smartphone manufacturer Palm for a total of approximately $1.2 billion. It's a 'friendly' takeover that has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors. Palm shareholders will receive $5.70 in cash for each Palm share they hold when the merger is completed. The transaction is expected to close by the end of July.
James Rosewell writes:
Back in January 2010 I wrote a brief review of the Google Nexus One that included my thoughts on the not-so-accurate voice dictation feature. From the marketing hype, I had expected to simply speak into the phone and a few seconds later my words would appear as a perfectly formed text message. The reality was somewhat disappointing. For all but the simplest short phrases it struggled to produce the intended words, making it inferior to even the touch-screen keyboard.