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Archive for 2010

A CES preview for the enterprise

December 30, 2010

Next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is, as the name implies, targeted at consumers, yet there are plenty of products that will end up in enterprises as well. This enterprise-focused preview of CES includes everything from new HP laptops and touchscreen technology to Android tablet PCs from Cisco and Technicolor to iPont 3D TV technology.

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Bot-like Geinimi Trojan targets Android games

December 30, 2010

A super-sophisticated piece of Android malware that has botnet-like capabilities was discovered attached to a number of Android games. The Geinimi Trojan appears to be limited to third-party Chinese app markets — for now.

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Universal mobile phone chargers head for Europe in early 2011

December 30, 2010

Fourteen tech firms, including Apple, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, and Samsung, have made good on a promise to collaborate on a universal phone charger, now headed to Europe in early 2011. The universal chargers are touted as reducing environmental waste, shipping weight, and price while making the “lost charger” nightmare a distant memory.

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Verizon preps Motorola Droid Xoom tablet, HTC Thunderbolt phone

December 30, 2010

Motorola's first Android tablet will be called the Droid Xoom, and will ship in February with an external 4G LTE modem, say industry reports. Meanwhile, photos have leaked of a purported HTC Thunderbolt 4G phone due to be announced by Verizon next week at CES, and more evidence piles up for Honeycomb being Android 2.4 instead of 3.0.

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IT job market to improve, but hiring questions get trickier

December 30, 2010

Applicants looking for IT jobs should have better luck in 2011 than they did this year, says CareerBuilder, yet small business hiring is likely to lag, according to a Discover Small Business Watch survey. Meanwhile, tech companies lead the way in asking job applicants tricky, sometimes bizarre, questions, says Glassdoor.com, with query topics ranging from basketballs to elephants.

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MSI netbook has AMD’s dual-core Zacate processor

December 29, 2010

MSI has unveiled a netbook using AMD's 1.6GHz E-350 (“Zacate”) processor. The MSI U270 features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, up to 4GB of RAM and 500GB of hard disk storage, plus both VGA and HDMI video outputs, according to NetbookNews.com.

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Intel SSD uses two-inch mSATA form factor

December 29, 2010

Intel Corp. announced a solid state drive (SSD) in 40GB or 80GB capacities, claimed to be an eighth the size of the company's 2.5-inch X25 SSDs. Measuring only 2.0 x 1.18 x 0.2 inches (51 x 30 x 5mm) and weighing less than 10 grams, the Intel SSD 310 Series is Intel's first mSATA form factor SSD.

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IBM: Five innovations that will change lives by 2015

December 29, 2010

IBM has delivered a series of predictions for technological innovations it says will have broad impact and change lives by 2015. They range from 3-D and holographic technology in cameras and cell phones, to batteries that will power devices by “breathing” air, to recycling the energy produced by the world's data centers.

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Android PMP plays 1080p video on AMOLED display

December 29, 2010

Cowon announced an Android 2.1 portable media player (PMP) with 1080p HD video playback. The D3 Plenue ships with up to 64GB of flash memory, and provides a 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 AMOLED display, plus Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g, T-DMB, and FM radio, says the company.

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Russia’s latest five-year plan calls for switch to Linux

December 28, 2010

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed an order yesterday calling for the federal government to switch to Linux from proprietary operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, starting in 2Q 2012. The move to Linux is the most significant change in an edict encouraging a transition from proprietary software to free alternatives throughout the Russian government through 2015.

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Android music player hints at Honeycomb UI highlights

December 28, 2010

A test build has been posted of a new music player that may appear in Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”). In other year-end Android developments, Honeycomb is said to be coming in March, the open source VLC media player is heading for Android in early 2011, and a hacker has published a technique for forcing Android system updates.

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Fanless PC accepts Core 2 Duo CPUs

December 28, 2010

Axiomtek announced a fanless embedded computer intended for automation, digital signage, and kiosk use. The eBox630-850-FL supports Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.66GHz, accepts up to 4GB of RAM, and includes both CompactFlash and 2.5-inch hard disk storage, the company says.

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Tablet reference platform builds on new Cortex-A8 SoC

December 28, 2010

Intrinsyc Software International announced a software reference design platform designed for tablets and other consumer devices based on Freescale Semiconductor's ARM Cortex-A8-based i.MX53 system-on-chip (SoC). The product will support capabilities found on the 1.2GHz i.MX53, including 1080p video decode and 720p video encode, via Intrinsyc's RapidRIL telephony stack and other software components, says the company.

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10.1-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 on Tegra 250

December 27, 2010

Onkyo announced an Android 2.2-based tablet that comes with a 1GHz Tegra 250 processor. The TA117 offers 512MB or 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of flash storage, a 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

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Top seven Java stories of 2010

December 27, 2010

We take a look at seven of the biggest stories to impact or raise the interest of the Java community in 2010. The drama started last January with Oracle's acquisition of Sun, continued with Java creator James Gosling leaving Google, and, among other things, concluded this month with Apache quitting the JCP (Java Community Process).

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Linux-based NAS supports 45TB of storage

December 27, 2010

Synology announced a high-end model in its line of NAS (network attached storage) devices targeting small- and medium-sized business. The DS1511+ has a 1.86GHz dual-core processor, room for up to five hard disk drives and 15TB of storage, two gigabit Ethernet ports, and compatibility with two external storage units, according to the company.

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IBM announces solid-state memory breakthrough

December 27, 2010

IBM announced what appears to be a breakthrough in its development of “racetrack” memory, which stores data by manipulating the magnetic state of regions — magnetic domain walls — within nanowires. The “radically new” storage technology could result in storage devices with the speed and reliability of flash memory, along with the low cost and storage capacity of magnetic disk drives, the company says.

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Samsung releasing Android-based iPod Touch fighter, report says

December 27, 2010

Samsung will announce a new Android-based PMP (portable media player) at next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), according to an illustrated report by the Samsung Hub website. Running Android 2.2 (“Froyo”), the device will have a four-inch screen and other specs similar to the Galaxy S line of phones, but without cellular connectivity, the website says.

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Module runs Linux on Texas Instruments SoCs

December 23, 2010

CompuLab announced an ARM Cortex-A8 COM (computer on module) with up to 256MB of RAM, 512MB of flash storage, 10/100 Ethernet, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Linux-ready CM-T3517 comes with Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara AM3505 or AM3517 CPUs clocked at up to 600MHz, has a touchscreen controller, and includes a camera interface, according to the company.

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Google offers Android tips and tricks

December 23, 2010

Google released a list of ten tips for those using Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) on its Nexus S. The tips, some of which may work on other devices, were accompanied by a list of four keyboard tricks and 14 interesting applications.

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