Despite claiming that Linux infringes on over 235 of its patents for a number of years now, Microsoft has always promised to deal with competitors that make Linux-based products with a fair degree of restraint. Of course, this only applies as long as such competitors don’t “free ride on our innovations” and refuse to sign licensing deals (case in point: Motorola). Anyways, this approach seems to be producing the desired results as more and more companies are falling in line. The latest company to sign a Linux patent-protection deal with Microsoft happens to be Casio.
Looking for an Android phone that isn't like nearly every other one on the market? One that marches to the beat of its own drum? Then perhaps you've been waiting for Casio's new G'zOne Commando for Verizon Wireless. The Android-powered Commando is the latest entry to the rugged wireless category and is aimed in particular at workers who toil in hazardous environments, such as construction sites, warehouses, and factory floors.
There are several places where you should make sure your smartphone is turned to vibrate, or off completely. The movie theater, for example. You should also silence your phone at the doctor's office, during lectures, and while attending class. But what if you forget? Just tap your watch.
That's part of the idea behind Casio's new watch using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Casio's been showing a prototype version at CES, demonstrating how it communicates with your smartphone by sharing a two-way data link. One of the things you can do with it is stop your smartphone's ring or vibration alerts simply by tapping the watch rather than feverishly fumbling around your pants pocket.
The watch will also alert you to email messages and provide accurate time information from the smartphone. According to Casio, you can do all this and still wear the watch every day without recharging it because it doesn't consume any more battery life than a conventional wristwatch.
Casio first showed off its GPS-equipped EX-10HG digital camera during CES earlier this year, at which point it was considered a prototype that may or may not ever make it to market. No longer a prototype, Casio again had its upcoming digicam on display, this time at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show.
According to Casio, the EX-10HG will be available starting in October of this year and carry a price tag of "around $400." In exchange for 4 C-notes, buyers get a 12.1MP camera capable of geotagging photos, but that's not all. The built-in GPS also serves as a full-fledged navigation system powered by Google Maps.
There's not a whole lot of other details to go on, but based on what Casio said earlier this year, there's a good chance the final version will ship with a touchscreen LCD and SD card slot.
Japanese electronics manufacturers Casio, NEC and Hitachi have decided to merge their mobile phone divisions. The merged entity will be ready to lock horns with local and international competitors by April next year. Casio and Hitachi are already part of a joint venture they constituted in 2004. With NEC joining the existing joint venture, the resulting entity will, immediately after its birth, acquire the bragging rights that belong to the second-largest handset maker in Japan.