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Archive for December, 2010

One in five U.S. adults will buy a tablet by 2014, survey finds

December 23, 2010

One in five of U.S. adults surveyed said they plan to own a tablet by 2014, giving Apple, Android and the latecomers plenty of time to duke it out over market share.

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MeeGo tablet specializes in audio recording

December 23, 2010

Trinity Audio Group is now selling a MeeGo Linux-based tablet bundled with version 5.0 of its Transmission audio platform for musicians. The $700 Indamixx 2 offers a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM and 260GB of storage, plus the Renoise tracking and sampling application, according to the company.

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Mot acquisition targets MotoBlur makeover

December 22, 2010

The oft-maligned MotoBlur UI “skin” that Motorola adds to many of its Android phones may get a makeover, thanks to a holiday acquisition. Motorola has acquired Zecter, a startup with assets for syncing and streaming content, and says it will apply the technology to MotoBlur.

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Tri-core SoC aims for 3D/HD Android cameraphones

December 22, 2010

Ambarella is sampling a Cortex-A9 based system-on-chip intended to bring Android phones 1080p60 resolution and 3D video capabilities. By combining a dual-core, 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a 533MHz ARM11 processor, image and video DSPs, and a 3D graphics engine, the iOne SoC offers multistream encoding for live video streaming, simultaneous still photography and HD video recording, and HD telepresence, says the company.

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Reference design for Snapdragon Android phone ships

December 22, 2010

Bsquare says it is now shipping a smartphone reference platform for developing Android applications using the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. The Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) for Android is built around the 1GHz MSM8655 Snapdragon, and offers a 3.8-inch WVGA multitouch screen, a 12-megapixel camera, plus a full array of wireless radios and sensors, says the company.

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Most Linux devs do non-work-related open source projects on company time, study says

December 22, 2010

Research and Markets has released an Open Source/Linux Development report claiming that 67 percent of open source developers spend at least part of their time working on non-work-related open source projects. Other results from the report, based on a recent Evans Data survey, include the finding that 65 percent of open source developers earn under $100 per open source project.

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Google dings carriers, phone makers over Android lockdowns

December 22, 2010

A Google Android engineer publicly defended the relative ease with which Android phones can be rooted, arguing that the loopholes used by modders do not reflect flawed Android security defenses. Besides, carriers and handset makers who lock down their devices are begging for rooting exploits, writes Nick Kralevich in his blog post.

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New ZigBee standard’s ready for multitouch remotes

December 22, 2010

The ZigBee Alliance announced a new standard touted as a milestone in allowing IR (infrared) remote controls to be replaced by more modern RF (radio frequency) equivalents. “ZigBee Input Device” includes native support for multitouch and gestures, the ability to define special functionality, and mechanisms for updating devices that are already in the field, the group says.

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Verizon tweets up some Android 4G phones for CES

December 21, 2010

A Verizon Tweet suggests that several Android smartphones optimized for its 4G LTE network will be unveiled at CES Jan. 6. Meanwhile, Sprint's WiMAX-based 4G network is expanding to several more cities, the WiMAX Forum claims WiMAX will reach more than a billion users next year, and AT&T is buying spectrum from Qualcomm for a planned LTE rollout.

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Kunlun platform aims for sub-$100 Android phones

December 21, 2010

Wind River announced a partnership with Chinese telecommunications firm Via Telecom to develop low-cost Android phones using Wind River Platform for Android. It's said the “Kunlun” reference platform will enable OEMs to offer sub-$100 CDMA phones using Via Telecom's 3G EVDO Rev. A and 1xRTT modem, phone board, and telephony software.

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Linux IP phone offers seven-inch touchscreen and TV projection

December 21, 2010

Grandstream Networks is readying a Linux-based IP phone with a seven-inch touchscreen. The GXV3175 offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, 802.11n, dual Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports, and the ability to project videoconferencing sessions on an attached TV.

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NEC to show dual-screen Android tablet and notebook at CES

December 21, 2010

NEC announced a few details about Android-based products it plans to show at CES 2011 on Jan. 5-9, including a notebook as well as single and dual-screen “Cloud Communicator Tablet.” Meanwhile, Staples has already pulled ViewSonic's new 10.1-inch, Android-based G-Tablet due to problems the manufacturer blames on Android, says a report.

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Fanless LAN appliance has six gigabit ports

December 21, 2010

Axiomtek announced a fanless, desktop network appliance that uses Intel's Atom D510 processor and provides six gigabit Ethernet ports. The NA-320FL includes both hard disk and CompactFlash storage, accepts up to 2GB of RAM, and has a PCI Express Mini Card expansion slot, the company says.

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Linux shows name dates, ask for papers

December 20, 2010

O'Reilly has opened up a call for participation for its Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2011, to be held on July 25-29 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Meanwhile, the Linux Foundation's Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) announced that its Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) will be held April 11-13 in San Francisco.

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Intel’s 11 tech predictions for ’11

December 20, 2010

Intel released a list of 11 tech predictions for next year, including “tablet mania,” more smart TV offerings, the spread of “context-aware” devices, and “Minority Report”-like digital signs. Meanwhile, the chip giant's 2011 “Sandy Bridge” Core processors are reportedly already on sale in Malaysia.

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Mot teases with tablet video as Honeycomb rumors buzz

December 20, 2010

Amid rumors that “Honeycomb” will be released in February as Android 2.4, not Android 3.0, Motorola released a teaser video about a Honeycomb tablet due for an unveiling at next month's CES show. Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray projects that Android tablets will comprise 39 percent of the tablet market by 2012, closing in on the iPad's 44 percent share.

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Free schematics offered for Atom-based four-wheel drive robot

December 20, 2010

Robot controller manufacturer Roboteq is offering free mechanical CAD drawings, wiring diagrams, software, and detailed assembly instructions for a four-wheel drive robot. The 2.0 x 1.5-foot WiFi Robot design platform combines Intel's D510MO Mini-ITX mainboard with Roboteq's AX3500 DC Motor Controller, Wi-Fi, a video camera, and other components, says the company.

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Stallman blasts Google over Chrome OS privacy

December 20, 2010

Free Software Foundation (FSF) founder Richard Stallman criticized Google's cloud-oriented Chrome OS for placing too much legal control over data in Google's hands. Google fired back with a spirited defense, but industry analysts say that Stallman raises valid questions about privacy and legal rights in a cloud regime.

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Google Maps goes 3D as Amazon, Chumby, and LinkedIn release Android apps

December 17, 2010

Google released Google Maps 5.0 for Android, featuring dynamic 3D vector graphics and offline capabilities. Other Android app debuts this week include LinkedIn for Android, a Kindle for Android 2.0 release that adds periodical support, plus a Chumby app that brings the company's push-content service to Android.

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Set-top SoC supports 3D TV, future HD standards

December 17, 2010

Broadcom says it is now sampling a new SoC (system-on-chip) for STBs (set-top boxes) that includes a multithreaded, 1.3GHz MIPS applications processor. The BCM7422 supports full-resolution HD 3D TV, is compatible with 1080p60/50 content distribution, and offers an OpenGL ES 2.0 3D GPU (graphics processing unit), the company says.

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