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Archive for January, 2012

‘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

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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Review: Verizon’s LG Spectrum offers speed, long life — and weird UI customization

January 30, 2012

Verizon's LG Spectrum phone — equipped with 4G LTE, a great 4.5-inch screen, and a dual-core, 1.5GHz processor — provides speed and impressive battery life, according to this eWEEK review. However, author Clint Boulton adds, the touchscreen was sometimes unresponsive, and the customizations LG has layered on Android 2.3 aren't much of a success.

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Embedded PC moves up to Cedar Trail chips

January 30, 2012

Habey announced a fanless embedded PC equipped with Intel's new dual-core Atom N2800 (1.86GHz) or D2700 (2.13GHz) “Cedar Trail” processors and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. The BIS-6630 features an SATA bay and dual Mini PCI Express slots, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 2.0 ports, dual serial ports, and both VGA and DVI-D video ports, the company says.

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It’s a new Android Trojan — or at least ‘aggressive advertising’

January 30, 2012

Symantec has warned of “a new Trojan horse” called Android.Counterclank, which attaches to applications in the Android Market and may be used to run malicious code on users' smartphones and tablets. Taking a slightly different view, Lookout Mobile Security says Counterclank is merely “an aggressive form of ad network” but nonethless “should be taken seriously.”

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Open source Linux tablet showcases KDE Plasma Active technology

January 30, 2012

[Updated: Feb. 2] — Members of the KDE Plasma Active community announced an open source tablet platform that runs the mobile-oriented version of KDE's Plasma UI layer on a MeeGo Linux-based “Mer” operating system. The seven-inch “Spark” tablet features a 1GHz AMLogic ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a Mali-400 GPU, offers 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, an SD slot, and a projected price of about 200 Euros ($262).

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America’s first ‘WhiteFi’ network goes live

January 27, 2012

America's first public “WhiteFi” network, leveraging spectrum previously occupied by analog TV channels, has been launched in North Carolina. Running at 1.5 to 3.1 MB/sec., the service will initially be used mostly for municipal functions such as surveillance cameras and transmitting water quality data, according to reports.

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ZTE Android tablets popping up everywhere

January 27, 2012

ZTE is readying a number of seven-inch Android tablets, starting with a dual-core, Android 3.2-based ZTE Optik tablet heading for Sprint Feb. 5 and a similar, but 4G LTE-equipped V66 tablet headed for Verizon, reports say. Meanwhile, a seven-inch ZTE V9A Light Tab 2 just went on pre-order in the U.K, and we're still waiting for two tablets ZTE showed at the Consumer Electronics Show: a seven-inch T72 tablet and quad-core T98.

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Android smartphones down, tablets up, say reports

January 27, 2012

Some 37 million Apple iPhones shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter, besting Samsung's 33 million shipments and reducing Android's share to 47 percent, says ABI Research, echoed by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and Good Technology. Meanwhile, Android tablets surged to 39 percent share worldwide in Q4 2011, but still trail Apple's 58 percent iPad share, says Strategy Analytics.

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Cortex-A8 evaluation module gets higher-quality camera

January 26, 2012

E-con Systems has announced a five megapixel camera add-on designed to work with the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP3530 or DM3730 evaluation modules (EVMs). The e-CAM52_35x snaps onto the EVM boards and connects to the high-speed CMOS sensor interface on TI's DM37xx or Sitara AM37xx processors, providing five megapixel video capture as well as stills, the company says.

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KDE 4.8 adds adaptive power management, new windowing tricks

January 26, 2012

The KDE community announced version 4.8 of its desktop environment and software bundle for Linux, featuring improved, adaptive power management and new windowing functions. KDE 4.8 is faster and more stable, and offers new features like Qt Quick-based Plasma widgets and the KDE Telepathy real-time communication and collaboration framework, says the community.

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Ubuntu 12.10 will bypass menus via predictive search

January 26, 2012

Canonical unveiled a search-oriented Head-Up Display (HUD) interface that will debut in April's Ubuntu 12.04 (“Precise Pangolin”). Aiming to reduce dependence on menus and eventually replace them with the help of gesture and voice interactions, HUD could find its way into future versions of Ubuntu designed for smartphones and tablets, as well as the recently announced Ubuntu TV platform.

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PocketBook unveils seven-inch Gingerbread tablet

January 26, 2012

PocketBook International announced a seven-inch tablet that runs Android 2.3.7 on a 1GHz TI OMAP3621 processor. The PocketBook A 7″ is equipped with 512MB of RAM, 2GB of accessible onboard storage, a seven-inch, 1024 x 600 touchscreen, a two-megapixel camera, and Android Market access, according to the company.

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