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Oh my! Could it be? Is it a dream? Is it still April 1st? The video shown here, just a day after Apple's iPad went on sale to throngs of consumers around the U.S., clearly shows a copy of Windows 7 running on a machine that was designed to run only on iPhone OS. Is it a fake? Amazingly it's not, but it's probably not the hack you were hoping for. What you see here is a VNC client that's connected to a nearby MacBook, which enables the iPad to emulate Windows 7. The good news is that this requires little to no hacking expertise in order to get it working, but the bad news is that it's not a native operating system installation, so it won't work by itself with a MacBook alongside of it. That said,... Read more...
Wow, talk about quick implementation. It was only 1.5 months ago that the world was introduced to the mash-up of Maemo and Moblin, and now the first go at MeeGo is on. "Day 1 is here," states the beaming post from a MeeGo development board, and it really says it all. Google's Android operating system has all but taken over the mobile space when it comes to MIDs and UMPCs, but with names like Intel and Nokia behind this project, we could definitely see this leading to competition. Today, MeeGo is finally available to download by developers, but it's still not quite fully cooked and ready for use on devices by general consumers. Still, anyone with a Nokia N900 smartphone, an Atom netbook or a Moorestown... Read more...
Out of the 365 days that make up our calendar year, Sony has chosen to release its next system software update for the PlayStation platform on April 1, otherwise known as April Fool's Day. Install it, however, and the joke's on you, at least if you're planning to roll with an alternate OS. That's because the optional update will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on systems prior to the current slim models."The decision was made to protect the intellectual property of the content offered on the PS3 system as well as to provide a more secure system for those users who are enjoying games and other entertainment content on the PS3," said Julie Han, a Sony spokesperson.No matter... Read more...
We aren't sure what took so long, but we're very glad that the wait is over. Google's Android operating system has made an indelible mark on the smartphone market segment, and it's the first major OS to rival the iPhone in a serious way. Palm's webOS was certainly revolutionary, but not enough mainstream consumers have bought in for Apple to really feel the pressure. Android, on the other hand, seems to be stealing away potential market share month after month, and it's clear that Google has a winner with some longevity on its hands here. Motorola, which was all but dead in the eyes of cellphone buyers just a couple of years ago, revitalized itself last year with the introduction of the DROID... Read more...
If it looks like Windows and acts like Windows, then it must be...Linux! Or at least that's the case with the North Korean government's "Red Star" operating system, as Russian college student and LiveJournal blogger "ashen_rus" (real name Mikhail) tells it.Mikhail posted a review of the Red Star OS on his blog, and while none of us here speak Russian, Google Translate did a good enough job to give us the gist of what he hammered on his keyboard.According to Mikhail, Red Star was created at the behest of Kim Jong-il, though why exactly that's the case isn't entirely clear. Other details are less fuzzy, such as there being two versions of the OS, including server and client, both of which run $5.Mikhail... Read more...
At a time when many hard drive manufacturers are looking into producing SSDs (solid state drives) as a way to create a new market opportunity, Western Digital is dragging its feet. Claiming the company is open to entering the SSD market when it presents "appropriate opportunity," Richard Rutledge, Western Digital's SVP for marketing, recently shed a bit more light on the company’s position with regards to this segment of the market.According to Rutledge, "Western Digital enters markets that exist, announces products when they are available, and runs a tight model with opportunities greater than resources such that we take a controlled, methodical, sequential, incremental approach to product portfolio... Read more...
It used be that if you wanted to watch a specific TV show, you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. Those who were born in the sixties and seventies probably have memories of rushing home after school to catch their favorite cartoons. Not long after that, a major tipping point in how we consume television happened with the arrival of the affordable VCR. For the first time, we could watch our favorite TV shows when our schedules allowed it. Next came the DVR with its time-shifting capabilities--letting us watch and record different shows simultaneously, rewind and fast-forward without impacting the recording, and skipping through commercials (insert TiVo beep sound here). The next... Read more...
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping its high-capacity 64GB DataTraveler® 150 (DT150) USB Flash drive. DT150 offers the largest capacity in Kingston’s entire line of DataTraveler USB drives and allows users the room and flexibility to backup important hard drive contents, and transport and share complete collections of music, videos, photos and documents in one convenient device.“The new 64GB DataTraveler 150 takes transportable storage to the next level with big capacity in a small package,” said Jaja Lin, Flash business development manager, Kingston®. “As file sizes increase with digital media content such... Read more...
Microsoft introduced its latest Zune models, as well as the version 3.0 update of its software in September. And here we are, already facing a price cut, and a pretty good one at that. Although Microsoft would like to call it a holiday price cut, one would have to wonder if the difficult economy, which has led to some pretty sad forecasts from retailers, has anything to do with this.Just FYI, these cuts are only for flash-based Zunes and accessories. According to the official Zune blog, the prices, starting tomorrow, will be as follows:Zune 4GB - $99.99 (-$30)Zune 8GB - $139.99 (-$10)Zune 16GB - $179.99 (-$20)Car Pack - $69.99 (-$10)Home/AV Pack - $59.99 (-$20)Dock Pack - $39.99 (-$10)Note that... Read more...
Malware writers sobbed Tuesday as Microsoft announced that it will cease sales of its security product, Windows Live OneCare, as of June 30th, 2009. Instead, Microsoft announced that it would begin shipping a free product, codenamed "Morro," in the second half of 2009. The new offering will be less of a resource hog, according to the press release, which would obviously enable Microsoft to protect PCs in developing nations more effectively. In other words, they want to make sure they have some sort of product covering all the security holes in their OSes. But seriously, let's face it, the product never really gained a large market share, as it was buggy and performed poorly in various antivirus... Read more...
Any of you holding your breath for the possibility of Advanced Micro Devices announcing its own version to Intel's atom processor for use in netbooks better have large lungs. AMD's Chief Executive Dirk Meyer announced Thursday: "We're ignoring the Netbook phenomenon--just thinking about PC form factors above that form factor." That is, AMD is focusing on bigger, and in their opinion, better things. Instead of doing battle with Intel's atom processor, AMD is instead banking on the people wanting more power than that offered by netbooks, and has their sites locked on processors to run notebooks designed similar to the Macbook Air - the ultraportable category. As to the difference between an ultraportable... Read more...
We’re starting to see more and more smartphones with built-in GPS capabilities these days. Now, thanks to Pharos, we have two more options. But new phones aren’t the only new thing from Pharos: The company recently introduced its new Smart Navigator software in addition to two new unlocked GPS smartphones running Windows Mobile. The new Pharos Traveler 117 and 127 are the first phones from Pharos to incorporate Pharos Smart Navigator, a new hybrid navigational product that was designed specifically for Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. Smart Navigator combines navigation software with real-time location services for traffic, maps, incremental map updates, dynamic POI (points of interest)... Read more...
In an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in internet "cloud", Microsoft has revamped their Windows Live services with new applications and third-party integration. By providing a hub for web access to e-mail, instant messaging, photos, and other web applications, Microsoft hopes to enhance the consumer experience by consolidating the digital content scattered throughout the PC.   Not only is it a one-stop interface for users, but it also hopes to be the point of contact between friends. This service puts Microsoft into competition with social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. “Our customers have friends across the Web. They communicate through many unconnected... Read more...
Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt has declined the opportunity to be the "Tech Czar" for the Obama administration. While Schmidt helped campaign for the new President Elect, and has been advising the Obama campaign on technology and energy as part of his 17-member Transition Economic Advisory Board, the prospect of becoming the first Chief Technology Officer of the United states can't entice him away from Google. "I love working at Google and I'm very happy to stay at Google, so the answer is no." said Schmidt. The job, as CTO, will be a large role to fill. Obama hopes the new CTO will be able to "ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services... Read more...
If you are thinking of taking advantage of Circuit City's closing of 155 retail store locations to score a sweet deal on a new HDTV, the folks over at HD Guru warn that not only are deals not to be had, but that you might actually wind up paying more for it and potentially taking home a lemon. HD Guru visited a Circuit City in Massapequa, New York that is closing, to investigate what deals were to be had. What they found was alarming. At this particular Circuit City location, HDTVs were being sold at ten percent off "pre-closeout" prices. The only problem is that the pre-closeout prices were actually jacked-up from what Circuit City sell the same HDTV models for on CircuitCity.com. The end result... Read more...
Toshiba Introduces The World’s First Laptops With Three NVIDIA GPUs GeForce 9400M GPU + Two GeForce 9800 GTS GPUs = No Compromises SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008—When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce® 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs. The Toshiba Qosmio X305-Q708 and X305-Q706, the first pair of laptops to incorporate three powerful NVIDIA... Read more...
AMD Powers World’s First ATI CrossFireX High Performance Notebook by Alienware- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics and ATI CrossFireX technology pack an unprecedented 640 stream processors into a single notebook - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 4, 2008 - High-performance gaming notebook manufacturer Alienware is putting two powerful ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 series graphics processors from AMD (NYSE:AMD) in the Alienware M17 notebook PC. The Alienware M17 is the world’s first notebook from a major manufacturer to include the raw horsepower of AMD’s award-winning ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology with Microsoft Direct X 10.1 support.“The M17, loaded with all the capabilities of ATI... Read more...
S3 Graphics Ultra Low Power GPUs Chosen by Fujitsu Asia and Pacific Give Users True Mobility and Application FlexibilityS3 Graphics Chrome ULP GPUs Redefine Notebook Graphics Market for 14" and Smaller Mobile Computing Platforms FREMONT, California, November 3, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and multimedia technologies for energy efficient computing devices, today announced multiple Fujitsu product lines featuring the visual computing power of S3 Graphics discrete Chrome 430 ULP (Ultra Low Power) graphics processor.Today's users can now enjoy the latest HD media content online or on disks, in addition to mainstream features like DirectX 10.1 game play and business graphics... Read more...
A number of rumors were circulating around the web on Sunday, with more than one site saying that on Monday Circuit City will be announcing the closure of 155 stores around the nation. It's just another bad news item for the struggling retailer, which according to a form filed with the SEC Thursday, has been warned by the NYSE that its stock was "below criteria" because the average closing price was less than $1 per share for the 30 previous days. With that warning, Circuit City has six months to get the stock's price up. As long as the average 30-day closing price is more than $1 sometime during the next six months, it will continue to be listed on the NYSE. On Friday, Circuit City stock closed... Read more...
If you are old enough to remember what MTV was like back in the 80's, then somewhere in the far recesses of your mind--sandwiched between memories of Pet Rocks and scrunchies--you once knew that when MTV first launched, "MTV" actually stood for "Music Television." With seemingly back-to-back reality shows and teen dramas now, you'd think that the folks over at MTV forgot all about the popular culture revolution they helped launch. Well, it turns out they haven't forgotten about their origins, they've just been busy digitizing those early music videos for inclusion on the newly launched, MTVMusic.com site. "For all of you haters out there griping about how MTV doesn't play music videos anymore,... Read more...
So, this isn't exactly tech related, but anytime one of the greatest minds of our, or any, generation makes news, I figured you'd want to know.  After almost 30 years in his post a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking plans to finally step down."Famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking will retire from his prestigious post at Cambridge University next year, but intends to continue his exploration of time and space.Hawking, 66, is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a title once held by the great 18th-century physicist Isaac Newton.The university said Friday that he would step down at the end of the academic year in September, but would continue... Read more...
Many are familiar with Google's "don't be evil" philosophy of serving the best interests of it users and maintaining a moral-guided internal code of conduct. But not as many might be aware that Google often tries to go beyond just not doing evil, by activey trying to do good deeds. This is evident with Google's philanthropic endeavors and its recent Project10100 worldwide call to arms for the betterment of humanity in areas such as energy, the environment, and health. Google's latest effort to make a difference is not quite as big as the aforementioned projects, but as they say, every little bit counts.  Click the above image to see a larger-sized image.And it is exactly the little... Read more...
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