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At some point, someone is going to rise up and challenge Apple's iPad in the tablet market, the only questions are who and when? We still don't know, but Chinese company Red Flag Software will take a stab at it by tossing its name into a hat brimming with other companies who plan on releasing a tablet. Called the NPad, Red Flag's tablet is the first to sport the open-source MeeGo operating system, and word on the Web is that it will cost less than the iPad. That isn't too surprising, considering it will be equipped with a Linux-based OS and not Windows. Specifically, early indications suggest it will be running the 1.1 MeeGo OS, and yes, it will multi-task. On the hardware front, the NPad measures... Read more...
Apple's stealing all of the smartphone attention these days (some good, some bad press), but Google is always lurking. The two have been feuding for some time now, ever since Google entered the mobile OS market with Android and suddenly got all up in Apple's game. As we have seen earlier in the year, when Android's adopting rate began to surpass the rate of iPhone OS, Android is on a track for success. But up until now, Google hasn't said much about exactly how successful Android is, or has been. But the time for keeping secrets is apparently over. According to the company, over 160000 mobile phones using Android are being sold each and every day, and that's no small feat. Of course, quite a... Read more...
It's no huge secret that Windows 7 is a massive success story. It's hard to say if people were excited about Win7's features or just happy to leave Vista, but either way, Microsoft has managed to move a lot of licenses since the product's launch last year. This week, Microsoft crossed the 150 million mark, with a 150 million Windows 7 licenses being sold worldwide. That's seven copies sold every seven seconds, making it the fastest selling operating system in the history of the world. Of course, when you have a market share like Microsoft does, it's pretty easy to market your new stuff, but getting people to actually upgrade is still an uphill battle. And it's a battle that Microsoft seems to... Read more...
Google is rarely shy about sharing their intentions with the world. They're pretty proud of the wild things they dream up during their 20% time, and they have no issues publishing details on halfway finished projects or things that many would consider "vaporware." Chrome OS is proof of that; to date, we have no actual piece of software nor shipping product to go by, and even though it was originally announced many months ago, the entire world still believes it's coming one day. As does Dell. A recent Reuters report notes that Dell is "in talks with Google over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops," with a top company executive being the source. Amit Midha, Dell's president for... Read more...
A lot of work is being done to bring more software and hardware to students across the world who couldn't normally afford to own a PC or interact with an operating system in one way or another. OLPC's XO laptop has certainly found its way into a great many classrooms around the globe, but they can't do it alone. Sugar Labs is another company aimed at providing educational software to developing nations. The company has been rather quiet of late, but they're shaking things up somewhat with a new version of Sugar On A Stick. It's a unique name for a unique software set, with Mirabelle being the code-name for the third version of it. It's described as a "collaborative learning environment that can... Read more...
In a blog post this week, Microsoft made sure to remind everyone that XP's deadline date is fast approaching, making specific mention of netbooks. Come October 22, 2010, "OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs," no matter how much consumers may want it. So is another stay of execution coming? Don't bank on it, as should be pretty obvious by Microsoft posting the blog entry in the first place. And unlike when Vista was the only Windows alternative around, Windows 7 has been much better received. Citing NPD's Retail Tracking Service, Microsoft pointed out that by April 2010, some 81 percent of netbooks units sold at retail here in the states came with Windows... Read more...
It's one thing when Apple tips their hat to Microsoft by announcing that Bing is now a selectable search engine within the next iOS release, but when someone in the Linux world gives a hat tip to Apple, well, we all had to check and make sure the world below wasn't frozen over. Canonical's CEO Chris Kenyon recently had a discussion surrounding tablets and slate PCs, and this is one of the lines: "The devices world is a really exciting space right now and we're really bullish on it; hats off to the iPad team for doing what they did." There's no doubt that many people are crediting Apple to bringing mainstream attention to a form factor that failed years ago in most sectors, and now everyone seems... Read more...
We actually wondered what Microsoft would say if they got wind of Google's plans to phase out Windows machines in favor of Linux and OS X alternatives, and it looks like our wish has been granted. Microsoft recently published a response the rumor (which has still not been confirmed by Google), and the whole thing feels like Microsoft trying to cut this off before it blows up into something big. Addressing a rumor that has yet to be confirmed is a pretty big move, and naturally the focus is on security. The company points to a number of reports on Microsoft's great security efforts, presumably in an effort to "set the record straight." Basically, the post links to a number of reports where hackers... Read more...
You've heard of DeviceVM. You may not know of it, but if you follow netbooks, notebooks and/or operating systems, you've probably heard of a little thing called "Splashtop," an instant-on OS that has made its made onto a great many machines now. But the world is changing--CPUs are getting faster, operating systems are getting lighter, and it's becoming more and more important for instant-on OS makers to really prove their worth. In order to stay one step ahead of the competition, DeviceVM has decided to support Intel and Nokia's mishmash system, MeeGo. The Linux-based system is apt to boom in the coming months and years, particularly as Intel gets Moorestown and Oak Trail platforms out and into... Read more...
And just like that, the shakeup at Palm continues. A few days before HP eventually came public with their intentions to acquire the struggling cell phone maker, Michael Abbott, SVP of software and services, decided to bolt for the door. Now, another huge pillar at Palm has decided that the new HP-Palm is no place for him. Matias Duarte is heading for the exits at Palm (or what's left of Palm), but even though it's probably a name you're unfamiliar with, the ramifications could be significant. Mr. Duarte was considered a mastermind behind the WebOS design, which is Palm's new claim to fame and one of the first mobile operating systems on the planet to actively multi-task without a hack. WebOS... Read more...
Remember MeeGo? That's the operating system that was formed when Intel and Nokia decided it best to merge their respective Moblin and Maemo efforts into one system designed for mobile devices, MIDs, UMPCs, slates, and even netbooks. Not much has been said about the software since it was initially launched, but now consumers are getting the first good look at what exactly this OS will bring. The MeeGo 1.0 release is currently only for Nokia's N900 handheld computer and for Intel Atom-based netbooks. All other systems will simply have to wait until they're supported in future releases. But there's still plenty to enjoy, as quite a few Atom-based netbooks have been shipped to date. Basically, MeeGo... Read more...
It may not seem very significant at first glance, but this is a monumental day for Samsung Electronics. While Palm has struggled with getting WebOS to the masses, and Nokia has had to merge Maemo with Intel's Moblin just so MeeGo can have a fighting chance, Samsung is pressing forward with their own mobile OS today. It's a tough world out there for software makers, particularly when you make software designed to compete directly with Windows Phone 7, iPhone OS and Android. The Samsung Wave represents Samsung's first-ever Bada cell phone. Bada OS is an all-new mobile operating system, designed mostly to be used on high-end touchscreen smartphones. It's icon-driven, and it's plenty capable of handling... Read more...
It was basically a foregone conclusion that Android 2.2 would be launching this week at Google's I/O conference in California, but up until now, we only knew about select bits and pieces of the mobile OS. Today, Google revealed everything there is to know about v2.2 (code name "Froyo"), which is easily the most significant Android update to date. It's obvious that Google is playing hardball with Microsoft and Apple in the smartphone space, and for now, Android looks to be taking the lead. Of course, Apple has a chance to hit back in a few weeks at WWDC with iPhone OS 4.0, but there's hardly a chance that native tethering and mobile hotspot features will be built in. Both of those are just two... Read more...
Google's Android mobile operating system is making a huge impact in the smartphone industry. Recent reports show it growing even faster than the iPhone OS, and while it still has a long ways to go to reach the 150000+ apps that the App Store has for Apple users, it's well on the way. Android 2.1 is the most current version, and those with phones using older versions are constantly clamoring for their respective carriers to push out the v2.1 update. If you thought people were wishing for 2.1, just imagine how loud the whining will be for Android 2.2. Code named "Froyo," this future build of Android will bring about two critical features that the vast majority of smartphones lack from the factory.... Read more...
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