Motorola to ship Linux-based cell phones

Motorola have announced they are going to ship Linux based cell phones including color screens, an MP3 player, a digital camera, a Java VM and a movie player (as well as being a phone 🙂

This would seem to be a blow to Microsoft’s ‘Stinger’ PocketPC Phone Edition based platform, especially coming from a large manufacturer such as Motorola.

Motorola is expecting to ship millions of units, and plans to eventually base even the low-end phones on the Linux platform.

No details on price, but theres more information here.

Borland Announces Bundling of JBuilder and TogetherSoft products

According to an article on today, Borland will be bundling a JBuilder specific version of TogetherSoft’s modelling tools with the latest version of JBuilder for $6,999.

I can’t find any confirmation of this on Borland’s site, but this would seem the logical route to take since they purchased TogetherSoft last year.

Have to wait to compare the functionality with other IDE/Modelling integrated tools such as Oracle’s JDeveloper (which originated from JBuilder source code, but has now been totally rewritten in the latest 9.0.3 version), which only costs $999.

EA uses Oracle 9i on Linux for The Sims Online

An interesting customer success story on Oracle’s site.

The backend server platform for EA’s online version of The Sims Online is running on Oracle 9i Real Application Clusters, on RedHat Linux boxes (Intel).

The article doesn’t give any exact details of the hardware being used, but mentions it is capable of processing 30,000 SQL calls/sec, per cluster.

CNet Radio now gone…

CNet Radio ended their broadcasts in the SF Bay Area on 910AM at the end of last month.

Although I thought their content was tamed down slightly for the average Joe in the street, it was still a good source for tech headlines.

Will anyone else be stepping into their shoes to offer a similar radio service? Or has the market for this type of radio station in the Bay Area now disappeared?

Instead of their live radio broadcast they will be offering a twice daily mp3 based news download – I wonder how long they will keep this going?

Does anyone know if they are still broadcasting on XM Radio?