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Archive for June, 2011

IBM’s 90nm phase-change memory tech unveiled

June 30, 2011

IBM says it has produced 90-nanometer-size processors that can store multiple bits of data per cell over time without the data becoming corrupted. The multi-level phase-change memory (PCM) technology should lead to solid-state chips that can match NAND flash disks' 1TB capacities, but are about 100 times faster and feature a much longer lifespan, claims the company.

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Microsoft scores again with Onkyo Android patent deal

June 30, 2011

Directly following Android-related patent agreements with General Dynamics Itronix and Velocity Micro this week, Microsoft announced a similar agreement with Onkyo regarding Android tablets. In other Android-related legal news, Oracle announced it is demanding $2.6 billion in payments from Google in its Android patent lawsuit, but the total amount could swell to over $6 billion if Oracle wins triple damages.

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Atom-based COM Express module loaded with expansion options

June 30, 2011

Adlink announced an entry-level COM Express module based on recent Intel Atom processors, including the 1.8GHz, dual-core Intel Atom D525. The Express-LPC offers up to 4GB DDR3 memory, as well as: PCIe, PCI, and LPC bus expansion; SATA and IDE storage; plus gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0 I/O, says the company.

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HP negotiating WebOS licenses

June 30, 2011

As Hewlett-Packard prepares to ship the WebOS-based Touchpad tablet July 1, CEO Leo Apotheker dropped further hints his company will license the Linux-based mobile operating system to other vendors. The company is apparently negotiating over licensing WebOS to several manufacturers, including Samsung, according to a new report.

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Rugged AMC module taps dual-core 1.2GHz QorIQ

June 30, 2011

Kontron announced its first AdvancedMC (AMC) processor module equipped with Freescale Semiconductor's QorIQ processors. The single-width, Linux-ready AM4120 module incorporates: a dual-core, 1.2GHz QorIQ P2020 processor with extended longevity support; up to 4GB soldered DDR3 SDRAM; four SERDES lines; three gigabit Ethernet channels; flexible boot options; and under 17-Watt power consumption, says the company.

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Microsoft corners another Android manufacturer on patents

June 29, 2011

Microsoft has entered into its second Android-related patent agreement this week, with tablet maker Velocity Micro. The deal, involving unspecified royalties, follows others with General Dynamics Itronix and HTC.

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White space nets get access devices, pique investor interest

June 29, 2011

White space networking received a vote of confidence June 29 in the form of a $12.8 million investment in Cambridge, U.K.-based Neul. The company — which is participating with Microsoft and others in ongoing tests — also announced “NeulNET,” said to be the world's first production white space radio system.

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Atom-powered CPU card has PISA connectors

June 29, 2011
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Ibase announced a half-size CPU card that combines Intel's popular Atom N270 processor with seldom-seen PISA connectors. The IB825 includes up to 2GB of RAM, two SATA ports, two gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports, and a Mini PCI Express slot, the company says.

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iRiver preps Android tablet, HD e-reader

June 29, 2011

iRiver has reportedly unveiled a seven-inch MX100 Android tablet in China, sporting a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, and is expected to soon ship its six-inch, Cortex-A8-based, 1024 x 768 resolution “Story HD” e-reader. Meanwhile, the Android-based Entourage PocketEdge e-reader has been heavily discounted to $120 as the unique, dual-screen device glimpses the white light of oblivion.

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As 4G version goes on sale, Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets ‘Tabuntu’ hack

June 29, 2011

The 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now available for pre-order on Verizon, but won't ship for four to six weeks. Meanwhile, hackers have loaded a version of Ubuntu Linux they call “Tabuntu” onto the Tab 10.1, enabling users to access both this and Android simultaneously.

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Cisco spins enterprise-oriented app stores for Android tablet

June 29, 2011

Cisco Systems has announced an app ecosystem for its Android-based Cius tablet. Marking the company's entry into a crowded landscape, “AppHQ” will focus on IT managers and professionals, according to the company.

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Sprint’s HTC tablet draws it up right, says review

June 29, 2011

HTC's Evo View 4G is now available on Sprint's 4G WiMAX network, and it's a dandy device for taking notes, says this eWEEK review. The Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” tablet is only seven inches, but it's fueled by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon, offers zippy 4G, and features a versatile stylus interface that's nicely integrated throughout the tablet.

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Google+ Facebook rival pushes private sharing

June 29, 2011

Google launched its long-anticipated foray into the social networking world with a Facebook alternative that focuses on more nuanced social sharing. Available initially as an app on Android Market, Google+ offers features that lets users sort friends into separate “Circles,” set up “Sparks” discussion forums, and “Huddle” to quickly set up a group date.

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Half million Android activations a day pave way for Google Nexus Prime

June 28, 2011

Google's Andy Rubin says Android is now being activated on 500,000 smartphones and tablets each day, with 4.4 percent week-to-week growth. Meanwhile, new rumors claim Google's next Samsung-built Nexus device will run “Ice Cream Sandwich” on a TI OMAP4 processor and be called Google Nexus Prime.

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Linux 2.6.38 power problems confirmed, but workaround appears

June 28, 2011

Phoronix has identified the Linux power regression problems it previously noted in Linux 2.6.38 as being related to Active-State Power Management (ASPM) code for PCI Express — and has published a workaround. The problem, which can result in low battery life with Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15, have been confirmed by Tom's Hardware Guide.

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AMD touts ‘TDP Power Cap’ for forthcoming chips

June 28, 2011

In its upcoming “Interlagos” and “Valencia” Opteron chips for servers, AMD will offer a feature called TDP Power Cap. The technology, designed to let users reduce power usage while minimizing the performance consequences, could find a home in future AMD-powered embedded devices too.

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Sony notebook taps Thunderbolt for external discrete graphics

June 28, 2011

The Thunderbolt technology created by Intel and Apple received a stamp of approval from Sony, whose svelte new Vaio Z notebook uses it to add discrete graphics externally. Meanwhile, Apple has begun selling a six-bay RAID system manufactured by Promise, along with a $49 Thunderbolt cable.

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Acer Chromebook goes on sale for $350

June 28, 2011

Acer began accepting pre-orders for its Wi-Fi only AC700 Chromebook for $350 on Amazon.com. Following Samsung's $430 Series 5 Chromebook — and again based on Google's Chrome OS — the AC700 notebook offers the same dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, a slightly smaller 11.6-inch display, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB solid-state disk, a multi-card reader, and a webcam.

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MyTouch 4G Slide focuses on the camera

June 28, 2011

T-Mobile unveiled an Android 2.3-based 4G slider phone with an advanced camera. HTC's MyTouch 4G Slide is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch, WVGA touchscreen, and an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, “zero” shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, and a wide aperture f/2.2 lens, says the carrier.

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White space networking tests will kick off in U.K.

June 27, 2011

Microsoft says it has joined nine other partners in a U.K.-based consortium that will test “white space” networking in and around Cambridge. The wireless broadband technology will initially be trialed by streaming audio and video content to mobile devices in a variety of locations, the company says.

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