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Cherrypal, maker of the $99 (Linux) and $118 (Windows CE) "Cherrypal Africa" laptop line, has gone and released another low-priced notebook, this time built around Google's Android platform. It's called the "Cherrypal Asia" and comes in either a basic version with a 7-inch screen, or a 10-1-inch widescreen version. "Android is the ideal operating environment for the ultra-low-cost laptop market," said Max Seybold, Cherrypal's founder. "It combines the stability and flexibility of Linux with the very intuitive user experience of Android. It seamlessly fits into our ongoing cloud computing initiative. More and more applications are going to be consumed in a hosted 'application-store-like' environment... Read more...
Linux doesn't get nearly the attention or credit it deserves in the consumer realm. Most web servers run on Linux, and anyone who engages in secondary education in programming will undoubtedly spend some serious time within a Linux environment. Yet, out in the public realm, hardly any average consumer would understand how to get around within an Ubuntu setup, let alone something with a less user-friendly UI. Today, Canonical (makers of Ubuntu) revealed a new desktop environment called 'Unity' at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, which will be a desktop environment for Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition, released in October 2010. It's available today for developers building applications for the netbook environment,... Read more...
At least until iPhone OS 4 ships, probably the single biggest complaint with Apple's smartphone is its inability to multitask. That will change in the coming months, and so too will several other shortcomings be addressed (like managing apps with Folders), but if you just can't shake that Android-envy on your new iPhone 3G, you're not completely out of luck. David Wang, better known as "planetbeing," has ported Google's increasingly popular Android platform over to the latest iPhone. Within a few days, Wang will have put together packaged binaries and instructions for 3G owners to follow in his footsteps, and when he does, you'll be able to use the Android OS to do everything from download/install/run... Read more...
Google has done it once more, and by "it," we mean "turn something in the tech world on its head." BumpTop, a desktop environment that debut last year on Windows 7 and this year on OS X, has just been swallowed whole by the search giant, and while finely laid plans have yet to be made public, assumptions are already running wild. In the year or so that BumpTop was available, not many consumers seemed to grab it by the horns and try it out. Basically, it's a user interface overlay that makes traditional desktop operating systems a lot more user-friendly on touch-based machines. Aside from the iPhone OS, we haven't really seen an OS tailor made for touch input, but it's obvious that touch is the... Read more...
There aren't too many Linux users out there in the consumer world, at least from a global market share perspective. But there's no doubt that Ubuntu is about as popular a variant as they come for Linux, and the newest version has just recently been released. The new version is 10.04 LTS, which is arriving right around a year after 9.10 "Karmic Koala" launched. This new version, also known as Lucid Lynx," promises lots of worthwhile changes for those looking to upgrade, and it's also one of the most accessible for consumers that are considering a switch to a truly open-sourced operating system. Aside from being quicker on nearly every machine, with boot speeds in particular being notably improved.... Read more...
Same story, new week. But this time, Microsoft has some pretty big numbers to back up the boasting. And by "pretty big," we really mean "huge." There was already little doubt that Windows 7 was on track to become bigger than Vista could ever dream of becoming, and while the OS was already the company's best selling of all time, no one knew exactly how long it would take to cross the magical 100 million mark. This week, the Redmond-based software giant has proudly announced that the mark has been surpassed, with Windows 7 now installed in one of every 10 PCs in the entire world. Just take a step back and let that sink in. For every 10 PCs in the world, Windows 7 is on one. Not even a full year... Read more...
Earlier in the week, RIM introduced two (or three, if you count the second version of the Pearl 3G) new BlackBerry smartphones, but the operating system on those won't be the latest for long. At the company's WES show in Florida, BlackBerry 6 was introduced, proving that 2010 really is the year of the revamped smartphone OS. This year alone we've seen Windows Phone 7 launch, iPhone OS 4 teased and Android 2.1 take over their space. Now, RIM is making sure it keeps up by giving the world a sneak peek (and little else) of the upcoming OS. All existing BlackBerry handsets that are shipping now ship with BB OS 5. That operating system has been out for awhile now, and is beginning to show its age.... Read more...
Windows Home Server is right there with Windows CE atop the list of "Microsoft's most under-appreciated operating systems." The OS has been around for a few years now, with HP's line of MediaSmart servers being the closest the system ever came to hitting the mainstream. A lot has changed in the way people view media and consume content since WHS first launched, and it's about time Microsoft took it upon themselves to give the software an update. Today, that's exactly what is happening. The new version of Windows Home Server has been revealed (code name "Vail"), and it promises to bring a bevy of new changes that'll surely appeal to anyone interested in using a Windows-based system to effectively... Read more...
MeeGo. YouGo. WeGo. But where does MeeGo...go? Confusion aside, there's word on the street that Intel's new MeeGo (which was the end product when Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin were combined) could be destined for more than it was originally intended for. Or maybe we just all got the wrong idea from the start. Initially, MeeGo was setup to fit on MIDs, UMPCs, and possibly even Tablet PCs or Slate PCs. It was a lightweight operating system; something that could go on a pocket device that would last 6-12 hours on a charge, yet not be responsible for handling heavy-duty chores such as video editing and such. According to a company executive this week, though, there will eventually be a version... Read more...
When you're Microsoft, there's one thing you can do to pretty much guarantee huge revenue streams: create a new desktop operating system. The company announced their third-quarter earnings today, and if you're a Microsoft investor, you can't help but be happy. Microsoft announced record third-quarter revenue of $14.50 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2010, a 6% increase from the same period of the prior year; net income was listed at $4.01 billion, which represents a 35% increase from this period a year ago. Needless to say, Windows 7 seems to be driving things rather significantly, and it's all in the right direction. Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft, was obviously pleased... Read more...
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...
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