John Blau

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Details emerge on new Palm Treo 500 smartphone

Treo 500 appears to be targeted at the consumer market and doesn't support touch-screen functionality

Vodafone's new handset lineup to include iPhone rival

High-end, touch-screen 'iPhone killer,' based on technology developed by Samsung, offers a pull-down QWERTY keyboard and 3G support

Microsoft, Siemens VDO team on car navigation, entertainment

The new communication and multimedia systems will include in-vehicle video entertainment and Internet connectivity

Germany implements security plan to protect IT infrastructure with

Move follows reports about continued efforts by Chinese hackers to plant Trojan programs on government computers

Debate rages over German government spyware plan

Proposed law gives police wider surveillance powers, including allowing authorities to install Trojans on suspects' hard drives

Oracle buys Bridgestream for employee role mapping

Addition of Bridgestream will help Oracle strengthen its suite of Identity Management products

Exhibitors show off little, large and 3D displays

Products at IFA span the gamut from cell phone memory sticks to a 3D display that does not require glasses

Sony Ericsson president Miles Flint resigns

Company names Hideki Komiyama as replacement

HD DVD vendors drop prices

In an effort to top Blu-ray as the format of choice to replace DVDs, HD DVD makers are cutting prices on their hardware to gain more adopters

Acer, China Huala Group join Blu-ray Disc camp

At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, the Blu-ray Disc Association touted an increase in hardware partners as evidence that Blu-ray acceptance is growing

Samsung launches video MP3 player, Blu-ray/HD DVD player

Company touts its first duo HD disc player

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