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April 16, 2010

Wireless Week: Google to Take on iPad with eReader

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor

Early in the New Year, Google released its very own Android (News - Alert)-based "Nexus One" smartphone.

And now, it looks like the Mountain View, Calif., Internet search behemoth is looking to rekindle its competitive streak. Just one week after Apple launched the much-hyped-about iPad, Google (News - Alert) is took headlines in Wired, with news that it will soon be launching its own tablet device.

According to the New York Times, Google's device will be an "e-reader that will function like a computer." The slate-like computer will run Android, unsurprisingly, and anonymous sources say Google is already at work with publishers to put books and magazines on the device.

That's just the beginning. Lots of other wireless news crossed the wires this week, or rather, the networks.

RingCentral, a cloud computing based business phone system provider, announced the results of a survey that indicates smartphone have become an integral part of daily life for many of its customers.

According to the survey, an increased number of mobile workers said they would rather give up their morning cup of coffee than their smartphones.

But for prisoners trying to use smartphones, the luck has run out, as the U.S. Senate this week passed the Cell Phone (News - Alert) Contraband Act (S. 1749) which prohibits the possession or use of cell phones by Federal prisoners and stiffens penalties for violations of this rule.

The S.1749 bill, introduced in October by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), will enact strong measures to prevent inmates from using cell phones to commit crimes from inside prison walls, TMCnet reported.

Additionally, it closes a loophole in federal law by prohibiting the use or possession of cell phones and wireless devices in federal prisons, according to Feinstein representatives. Under the bill, anyone who provides, or attempts to provide, an inmate with a cell phone could face imprisonment of up to one year.

In lighter news, Cisco unveiled its latest camera sidekick -- the Flip SlideHD -- designed to make it even more fun to capture, watch and share HD videos anytime, anywhere. 

Consumers can record up to four hours of HD video, or store up to 12 hours of content, and then view it instantly.

And in other good news, Sony Ericsson (News - Alert) on Friday posted its first quarterly profit in nearly two years. The Stockholm handset manufacturer credited a good portion of its success to its latest high-tech smartphones, including the Xperia X10 touchscreen model.

So whether competition will come from phones or tablets, one thing is certainly clear: It's gonna be a hot, gadget-filled summer! 

Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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