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Archive for 2012

LinuxDevices acquired…

February 3, 2012

LinuxDevices' publisher, Ziff Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company — as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced …

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Android fragmentation not so serious, says study

February 3, 2012

Android is regularly blasted for fragmentation, but most Android smartphones and tablets use similar builds, screen sizes, and resolutions, according to a study by app analytics firm Localytics. Currently, 73 percent of Android smartphone app sessions use Android 2.3, with 23 percent at Android 2.2, while 41 percent originated from 4.3 inch screens and 22 percent from four-inch screens, says the study.

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SODIMM-sized Cortex-A8 module sports CAN bus, onboard flash

February 2, 2012

EMAC announced a SODIMM-sized computer-on-module (COM) that runs Linux 2.6 or Windows CE 6.0 on a 600MHz TI ARM Cortex-A8 processor and can be purchased with a carrier board. The SoM-3517M offers up to 512MB of RAM, 1GB of NAND flash and 4GB of onboard eMMC flash, and I/O including Ethernet, four serial ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and CAN bus.

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COM Express module has power-saving, soldered-on Cores

February 2, 2012

Congatec announced a COM Express module that offers a Type 6 pinout — for VGA, LVDS, and DDI (digital display interface) display support — and a choice of six soldered-on Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors. The Conga-TS67 offers up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, has eight USB 2.0 ports and four SATA ports, and has multiple PCI Express expansion lanes, according to the company.

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HTC announces fix for Android Wi-Fi security flaw

February 2, 2012

HTC announced a fix for a vulnerability that lets hackers view and access Wi-Fi security information on nine of its Android phones. The fix is available via an automatic software upgrade, though some users will have to update manually.

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Defunct email service offers handhelds to hackers

February 2, 2012

Peek has discontinued its low-cost, email-and-texting service but is challenging hackers to “build something great” with the leftover handhelds, according to The Verge. The Peek devices include a 2.5-inch screen, a QWERTY keyboard, an ARM7-based processor, and a GSM cellular modem, according to the company.

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Openmoko smartphone reborn as hackable GTA04

February 2, 2012

German manufacturer Golden Delicious has begun shipping a hackable open source smartphone that runs a variety of Linux software, including a newly optimized Openmoko distro. The Openmoko GTA04 is available as a finished phone or as a board that slips into earlier Openmoko Neo Freerunner GTA01 and GTA02 cases, providing an 800MHz Texas Instruments DM3730 processor and a full range of sensors and wireless features.

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Eurotech module adopts 32nm Atom

February 1, 2012

Eurotech announced a new member of its Catalyst computer-on-module (COM) family, this time based on Intel's 32nm “Cedar Trail” Atom processors. The Catalyst CV supports clock speeds up to 1.6GHz, DDR3 memory up to 4GB, 10/100 Ethernet, eight USB 2.0 ports, and four PCI Express x1 interfaces, according to the company.

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Ruggedized Atom E600 module ships in EMC-proof enclosure

February 1, 2012

MEN Micro announced a ruggedized, EMC- computer-on-module (COM) that uses the rugged ESMini form-factor and supports Intel Atom E600 processors at up to 1.6GHz. The MM2 offers up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, provides expansion options including PCI Express, CAN, and I2C, and supplies I/O including gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and SATA.

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NTT Docomo’s Android phones have Mickey Mouse user interface

February 1, 2012

NTT Docomo announced a pair of 4.3-inch Android 2.3 smartphones whose styling, user interface, and content all have a Disney theme. Both have dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processors, but the “Disney Mobile on docomo F-08D” is clocked to 1.2GHz, offers HD resolution, and has a 13-megapixel camera, while the “Disney Mobile on docomo P-05D” offers 1GHz performance and a 960 x 540-pixel OLED screen.

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Red Hat unveils 10-year support plan

February 1, 2012

Red Hat has extended the life cycle of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6 from seven to 10 years. Meanwhile Linux kernel insider Greg Kroah-Hartman has left Red Hat rival SUSE to join the Linux Foundation as a new fellow, where he joins a select group that includes Linux creator Linus Torvalds.

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‘Low power’ server packs 64 Xeon processors

January 31, 2012

SeaMicro says it has packed 64 Intel Xeon processors into a device it says “uses half the power, takes one-third the space, and delivers twelve times the bandwidth of today's best-in-class servers.” The SM10000-XE has up to 2 terabytes of DDR3 memory, up to 64 SATA hard disks or solid state drives (SSDs), and up to 16 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) or 64 1GbE ports, the company says.

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Linux multiseat solution advances to Ethernet with HP thin client

January 31, 2012

Userful Corp. announced a new version of its multiseat Linux PC sharing software, now Ethernet-ready and bundled with a $99 HP t200 thin client. The “Userful MultiSeat with HP t200 thin client” solution turns one Edubuntu-based Linux PC into up to 15 computer stations, enabling faster networking than the previous USB-only release, says the company.

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Mini PC can use SSD as cache, supports Sandy Bridge CPUs

January 31, 2012

Shuttle announced a mini PC that includes multiple expansion slots and is designed so that an SSD (solid state drive) can augment its hard disk speed. The SZ68R5 supports Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core processors, accepts up to 32GB of RAM in four DIMM slots, has three drive bays (one 5.25-inch, two 3.5-inch), and includes 12 USB ports, according to the company.

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Review: Razr Maxx boasts best Android smartphone battery

January 31, 2012

Motorola's Droid Razr Maxx is a power-packed follow-up to the company's Droid Razr handset, says this eWEEK review. Now available on Verizon Wireless, the 4.3-inch RazrMaxx zips along with a 1.2GHz, dual-core processor and 4G LTE, and positively astounds with its 3300mAh, all-day battery.

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Samsung’s Android tablet/smartphone hybrid will debut in mid-February

January 31, 2012

AT&T says it will begin pre-sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note mini-tablet/smartphone on Feb. 17 for $300 plus contract. To be hyped during the Super Bowl via video shot on its own eight megapixel camera, the Android 2.3-based gadget features a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor, and a stylus.

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Linux-based home energy gateway supports ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0

January 31, 2012

Digi International announced a ZigBee-based home energy gateway that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX28 processor. Compliant with the upcoming Smart Energy 2.0 standard, the “ConnectPort X2e for Smart Energy” enables ZigBee devices on a Home Area Network (HAN) to communicate with an energy service provider, says the company.

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Tilera ships 36- and 16-core RISC processors

January 31, 2012

Tilera announced the general availability of its RISC-based 36-core Tile-Gx36 and 16-core Tile-Gx16 system on chips (SoCs), clocked up to 1.5GHz. The Tile-Gx36 delivers more than 40Gbps of L2/L3 packet forwarding performance while using 25 Watts, and both it and the Tile-Gx16 are supported with Linux-ready PCI Express evaluation systems, the company says.

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Qseven module sports a TI ARM-plus-DSP chip

January 30, 2012

MSC Vertriebs announced a Qseven module powered by the Texas Instruments (TI) C6A8168 chip, which combines a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A8 core with a 1.5GHz digital signal processor (DSP). Designed for “demanding image processing” applications, the Q7-TI8168 includes 1GB of DDR3 memory, up to 8GB of flash storage, two SATA ports, six USB ports, and an HDMI/DVI interface, according to the company.

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Samsung spins another S phone, and Motorola announces unlocked Razr

January 30, 2012
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Samsung announced a 1GHz “Galaxy S Advance” phone running Android 2.3 on a dual-core 1GHz processor and featuring a four-inch Super-AMOLED screen — slated for Russia in February. Meanwhile, Motorola announced a Europe-targeted, unlockable “Razr Developer Edition” and is preparing a similar Android device for the U.S. “in the coming months.”

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