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Archive for March, 2010

Google mum on Android split-up rumor

March 31, 2010

Google declined to comment on Engadget's claim that Google will decouple Android components from core code releases, offering them via Android Market, says eWEEK. In other Android news on eWEEK, the Motorola Droid started receiving Android 2.1 updates, and Google denied that it's sharing ad revenues from Android apps.

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COM Express module’s got game

March 31, 2010

Avalue is shipping a COM Express Computer-on-Module (COM) aimed at gaming machines. The ESM-GM45 supports Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron M processors, is equipped with an Intel GM45 chipset, supports up to 4GB DDR2 memory, and offers interfaces including gigabit Ethernet, SATA, USB 2.0, PCI, and PCI Express, says the company.

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Linux-ready Linksys 802.11n router rev’d

March 31, 2010

Cisco announced an updated line of Linksys wireless 802/11/b/g/n routers for the home market, including a Linux model. The E2100L Advanced Wireless-N Router with Linux OS offers four 10/100 Ethernet ports, a USB port, a UPnP AV Media Server, and — like the other E-Series WiFi routers — provides new, more customizable Cisco Connect software.

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Dual six-core Xeons drive ATCA blade

March 30, 2010

Adlink announced an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) networking processor blade that incorporates two six-core Intel Xeon L5638 processors clocked at up to 2GHz. The aTCA-6150 is further equipped with an Intel 5520 chipset, up to 48GB of DDR3 memory, both gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-GbE interfaces, and an optional PICMG-compliant, mid-size AMC bay.

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Linux phone ships with RF-enabled keyfob panic button

March 30, 2010

Italian startup Synaps Technology announced a Linux-based feature phone that ships with an RF-connected keyfob panic button for GPS-enabled security response. The Petra phone is equipped with an ARM9 processor clocked at 266MHz, and offers a 2GB SD card, GSM tri-band cellular service, a two megapixel camera, and a uBlox Neo 5G GPS receiver.

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Compact networking appliance targets small-office UTM

March 30, 2010

Acrosser is shipping a low-power UTM (unified threat management) networking appliance that measures only 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches (210 x 150 x 33mm). The AR-N8601 is equipped with a Via Eden ULV 500MHz CPU, up to 1GB DDR2 system memory, three PCI-based 10/100 Ethernet ports, two USB ports, and CF and SATA connections.

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Hacker vows to avenge Sony’s PS3 Linux cut-off

March 30, 2010

Hacker “Geohot” claims he has a plan to permit PlayStation 3 (PS3) users to continue running Linux on the gaming system, despite Sony's announcement that it will block alternate operating system installs. On Sunday, Sony announced that a 3.21 update due on April 1 will prohibit the installation of alternate OSes due to security concerns.

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Bluetooth 4.0 leads Gartner’s top 10 mobile tech list

March 29, 2010

Gartner has issued a report on the top 10 mobile technologies through 2011, picking the upcoming Bluetooth 4.0, which offers a low-energy mode targeting sensor communications, as having the largest impact. Other emerging mobile trends include the growing use of 4G networks, GPS, touchscreens, M2M communications, and mobile browsers, says Gartner.

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Ziff Davis Enterprise launches product review site

March 29, 2010

Ziff Davis Enterprise, the publisher of LinuxDevices and eWEEK, among other publications, has launched a new eWEEK Labs website to serve as an independent showcase of reviews and technical analyses of the latest computer, Internet, and wireless technologies. The review-focused site will also provide online community features, including reader reviews.

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Italian tablet PC runs Ubuntu Linux

March 29, 2010

Italy-based Ekoore is shipping a tablet PC that runs Ubuntu Linux or Windows on an Intel Atom N270. The Ekoore ET10TA10 offers a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 backlit touchscreen, as well as 1GB of RAM, flash expansion, a 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), and WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB connections, says Ekoore.

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Red Hat soars with fat profits, design wins

March 26, 2010

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat announced fourth-quarter financial results showing a 15 percent increase in revenues year-over-year. In other Red Hat news, the company announced new JBOSS and SOA tools, tipped a collaboration with IBM on cloud technology, and revealed customer wins with the Symbian Foundation and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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IBM, Canonical to sell Ubuntu-ready netbooks in Africa

March 26, 2010
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IBM, Canonical and Simmtronics today announced they will market a low-cost, Intel Atom-based Simmtronics netbook in emerging markets. The Simmbook will be preloaded with the IBM Client for Smart Work Linux distro, based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and will first be made available in Africa for just $190, says IBM.

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All-in-one thin client has 21-inch screen

March 26, 2010

Igel announced a new all-in-one thin client that runs Linux. The UD9 includes a 21.5-inch display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, plus an optional touchscreen, wireless networking, and a smart card reader, the company says.

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Linux tablet plays 1080p video

March 25, 2010

Fusion Garage is shipping a the Linux-based tablet formerly known as the CrunchPad. Rights to the “JooJoo” are still being legally contested by TechCrunch, which claims to have co-developed the device, but the 12.1-inch tablet is available anyway for $500, complete with a 4GB solid state drive (SSD), WiFi, Bluetooth, and a nine-second boot-time.

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Lenovo spins WiMAX-enabled ThinkPads

March 25, 2010

Sprint announced that 3G cellular models supporting its network will be available across Lenovo's ThinkPad product line, with some models supporting 4G (WiMAX) as well. The notebooks will come with SIM cards already installed, and will be able to switch from 3G to 4G via Lenovo's Access Connection tool, the company says.

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Android virtualization platform taps security-enhanced hypervisor

March 25, 2010

Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) announced the availability of a mobile virtualization reference platform for its Android version of the OKL4 microkernel hypervisor (“Microvisor”). The Android “One Core” platform appears to be the first implementation of version 4.0 of OKL4, which offers security and performance enhancements, says the company.

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Nvidia’s next-gen GPUs set for launch

March 25, 2010

Nvidia will launch new GeForce GPU (graphics processing units) tomorrow using its next-generation “Fermi” architecture, The Wall Street Journal reports. It's said the products will include 512 cores and three billion transistors, doubling the amounts in the company's previous chips.

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Serial device server monitors over 3G networks

March 25, 2010

Opengear announced a new version of its Linux-based ACM5000 line of serial device servers, claimed to be the first to offer remote monitoring over 3G cellular network devices. The ACM5004-G is equipped with four serial ports, an Ethernet port, and a USB port, and supports EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDA and HSUPA networks.

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Wind River extends partner validation program to mil-aero

March 24, 2010

Wind River expanded its partner validation program for Wind River Linux and VxWorks to the aerospace and defense market. Wind River announced initial partnerships with AdaCore, Aicas, Alt Software, Atego, Esterel Technologies, Presagis, and PrismTech, all of which will provide software that is integrated and validated with the latest releases of Wind River's embedded distributions, says the company.

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Android phone sports four-inch Super AMOLED display

March 24, 2010

Samsung Electronics announced an Android smartphone with a 1GHz processor and a four-inch, WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen. The Galaxy S GT-I9000 is said to ship with either 8GB or 16GB of flash, and provides 3G HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, a five-megapixel camera, and a front-facing VGA webcam, says Samsung.

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