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Archive for November, 2010

French mini-PC upgrades to Intel Atom

November 30, 2010

Linutop released a new version of its small, fanless Linutop 3 PC, moving up from a 1GHz Via C7 CPU to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 while dropping to under 16 Watts of power consumption. The Linutop 3 ships with 1GB or 2GB of RAM, 2GB of flash, gigabit Ethernet and serial ports, six USB 2.0 ports, and dual SATA ports.

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Dual-core Android phones from LG and Samsung break cover

November 30, 2010

More photos have been posted of an “LG Star,” rumored to be the first Android smartphone to offer a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor. Meanwhile, a more imminent LG Androider called the LU3000 has been tipped in South Korea, and the FCC has posted details on two Samsung Android phones, one of which appears to be the rumored Nexus S.

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x86 servers move forward despite power concerns

November 30, 2010

Enterprises looking for more energy-efficient server platforms shouldn't look to AMD's upcoming “Bobcat” architecture — at least not yet, according to an AMD executive blog. Meanwhile, x86 servers are increasingly being adopted instead of high-end RISC- or Itanium-powered alternatives, says Gartner.

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Fast-boot OS offered in free browser-only version

November 30, 2010

Splashtop Inc. (formerly DeviceVM) released the first downloadable version of its Linux-based Splashtop instant-on companion operating system for Windows, and also signed a deal with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on all Splashtop products. Based on the Google Chromium browser, Splashtop OS (beta) is billed as a lightweight, web-centric OS optimized for notebooks and netbooks.

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Refrigerator features Linux touchscreen computer

November 29, 2010

The Brazilian subsidiary of Electrolux has joined with ProFusion Embedded Systems to develop a refrigerator that includes a Linux-based touchscreen computer. The Infinity I-Kitchen's computer is based on a 400MHz Freescale i.MX25 processor, offering a 800 x 480 display and an Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) user interface.

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Tablets putting a drag on PC sales, Gartner says

November 29, 2010

Tablets and smartphones are hampering worldwide PC sales, as is a lack of innovation, Gartner has announced. PC shipments are now expected to reach 352.4 million units in 2010 — a 14.3 percent increase over 2009 figures, but down from the research firm's original expectation of 17.9 percent growth.

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Advantech moves up in the industrial PC league

November 29, 2010

Advantech has surpassed Kontron to become the world's number two manufacturer of industrial PCs (IPCs), according to a report by the China Economic News Service. The company enjoyed year-on-year growth greater than 50 percent during the first ten months of this year, the report adds.

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Linux e-reader ships with 2450-dpi pen input

November 29, 2010

Asus launched its Linux-based Asus Eee Note EA800 (previously Eee Tablet) e-reader, available now in Taiwan for about $230 and due in the U.S. in 1Q 2011, according to various reports. The Eee Note has an eight-inch, 1024 x 768 monochrome display with Wacom touchscreen technology, permitting 2450 dots per inch (dpi) pen input.

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Secure NFC platform supports Android, Linux

November 29, 2010

French near field communications (NFC) chip manufacturer Inside Contactless announced an Android- and Linux-ready NFC system-in-package for short-range wireless transactions. SecuRead integrates the company's MicroRead NFC controller and open source Open NFC protocol stack with an Infineon Technologies security controller and a GlobalPlatform-compliant Java Card OS from Giesecke & Devrient, says the company.

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Continuum phone’s secondary display isn’t much use, says review

November 29, 2010

Samsung's Continuum has a lot going for it, but the phone is essentially the same as the previously released Samsung Fascinate, but with screen size sacrificed for a largely useless secondary ticker display, says this eWEEK review. The Continuum is said to be the latest example of Android phone manufacturers taking iteration to the extreme.

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Walmart offers $200 Black Friday notebook deal

November 24, 2010

Walmart says it will be offering a 15.6-inch notebook for under $200 in its post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sale. The eMachines eME528-2325 includes a 15.6-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive, an HDMI output, and a DVD drive, according to the reseller.

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Mini PC has dual-core Atom, Ion 2

November 24, 2010

Habey USA announced an “Apple TV-style” PC that includes a dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor and an Nvidia Ion 2 GPU (graphics processing unit). The “EPC-6568” is offered today for approximately $260, but will be the subject of a Newegg.com “Black Friday” deal later this week, the company adds.

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Linux touchscreen computer runs on dual-core Atom

November 24, 2010

Philadelphia-area start-up Telikin has started taking orders for a “crash-resistant” computer with an 18.6-inch touchscreen and a custom Linux stack aimed at computer novices. Apparently based on the MSI Wind Top AE1920 all-in-one PC, the $700 Telikin computer incorporates a dual-core 1.8GHz CPU, 2GB of SDRAM, a 320GB hard disk drive, and four USB drives.

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Verizon ships faster, global roaming version of Droid 2

November 24, 2010

Verizon Wireless has begun selling a new version of the Droid 2 Android slider with a faster 1.2GHz processor and quad-band GSM global roaming. Otherwise identical to the previous Droid 2, the Motorola Droid 2 Global is also said to offer an improved keyboard and lower battery life.

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SBC adopts Atom E6x5C CPUs, featuring integrated FPGA

November 23, 2010

Kontron announced a PCIe/104 SBC (single board computer) featuring Intel's new Atom E6x5C processors, which include Altera FPGA (field programmable gate arrays). The Microspace MSMST has PCI Express and HSMC (high speed mezzanine card) expansion interfaces, two SATA ports, up to 2GB of soldered-on RAM, plus LVDS and SDVO video outputs, the company says.

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Programmable ARM9 SOC available in Profibus version

November 23, 2010

Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new member of its industrial-focused, ARM9-based Sitara AM1x system-on-chip (SoC) family that adds an integrated Profibus interface. The AM1810 Sitara is clocked to 375MHz, includes EtherCAT support, and ships with a Linux-ready development module, says the company.

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Acer unveils Android smartphone, two Android tablets

November 23, 2010

Acer announced three Android tablets due in April 2011, as well as a “Clear-Fi” media-streaming service and an “Alive” app store. The Android tablets include a Dell Streak-like 4.8-inch, telephony-enabled “smartphone” model with 1024 × 480 resolution, a dual-core, seven-inch, 1280 × 800 tablet, and a 10.1 inch model with 1080p video playback.

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Skyfire 3.0 for Android integrates Facebook into browser

November 23, 2010
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Skyfire has added more social networking content to its mobile web browser, which is available for Android and uses the company's servers to render web pages complete with Flash. Skyfire 3.0 with Facebook Connect adds a new content-sharing “SkyBar” toolbar and a Fireplace Feed Reader that offers a filtered view of a user's Facebook feed, says the company.

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Seven- and 10-inch tablets run Android 2.1 on 1GHz chips

November 23, 2010

Internet Connectivity and Networking (ICAN) has launched both a seven-inch and a 10-inch tablet running Android 2.1 on a 1GHz processor. The $400 ICAN! 7 and $500 ICAN! 10 ship with 16GB of internal storage, plus SD expansion, Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, dual USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI ports, says the company.

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Nvidia upgrades toolkit for GPU programming

November 23, 2010

Nvidia announced the availability of the production release of its CUDA (compute unified device architecture) Toolkit 3.2. This provides performance increases, new math libraries, and advanced cluster management features for developers creating next-generation applications accelerated via GPUs (graphics processing units), the company says.

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