Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club formed

Evan Blass
E. Blass|04.17.06

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Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club formed
Generally we're not the type to engage in wild and baseless speculation, but we imagine that if the just-formed Silicon Valley Homebrew Mobile Phone Club produces even a fraction of the wealth-producing talent of its namesake, the area's venture capitalists would be wise to show up to a few meetings and press some flesh. This new club, an homage to the Homebrew Computer Club that included Apple founders Steve and Steve, was organized by Matthew Hamrick and Larry Cohen as a first step in turning cellphones into the configurable platforms that PCs have become. Hamrick and Cohen envision hackers and modders worldwide (but no cloners, thank you) sharing information on their disparate wireless tinkering, meeting both virtually on the 'net and face-to-face at regular gatherings, with the goal of creating more feature-filled, individually-tailored convergence devices. Our first request for the members? We want a Motorola MPX-styled handset running Vista for Tablet PC on a 1.xGHz dual core processor with 4GB of RAM, 30GB hard drive, SLI-enabled graphics (good luck with that!), eight megapixel camera, and of course, 802.11a/b/g/n, WiMax, Bluetooth 2.0, and, just for fun, both HSDPA and EV-DO Rev. B.

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