Archive for Dec 28, 2011

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Those of you pumped up by yesterday's news that Samsung was reconsidering their decision to not update their original Galaxy S line and their Galaxy Tab original to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may have reason to be a bit confused by the manufacturer's most recent proposition: a "Value Pack" update that, while not entirely ICS, would bring many of the same features. This is what we're hearing out of Asia as Daum drops the beats. For those of you on the original Galaxy S team or rolling with the original Galaxy Tab: does this sound like the news you were waiting for?

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Windows Phone roadmap slips into the wild

Windows Phone roadmap slips into the wild

A newly leaked Windows Phone roadmap has surfaced that gives a rough time frame for the launch for the coming versions of the OS. According to the roadmap the expected Tango flavor of WinPo for lower end devices will be launching in Q2 2012. The roadmap is supposedly up to date as of October 2011. That is a few months back now and things change quickly in the tech world.

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PumPing Tap may be the most irritating design in history

PumPing Tap may be the most irritating design in history

I think there has been enough talk over the years about vampire power or phantom power that we all know that a bunch of the devices in your home still draw power when you turn them off. This certainly wastes electricity and isn't good for the environment. We have seen a bunch of products that have been designed to draw little power or no power when they don’t need it even when plugged in.

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SETI to check moon for signs of aliens

SETI to check moon for signs of aliens

It wasn’t that long ago that SETI went offline after funding was pulled. Thankfully, the funding was raised and the search for aliens began again. Apparently, in talks about where to start searching for signs of alien life, the SETI team decided to start close to home. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner from Arizona State University want a crowd-sourced effort to search for artificial structures on the moon.

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Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota has launched a new hybrid car in Japan that is aimed at the Honda Fit. The hybrid is called the Toyota Aqua in Japan and when it makes its way to the US the hybrid will be called the Prius C. The car will hit the US as a 2013 model. Toyota is claiming some really big fuel economy figures for the car at 83mpg. That is on par with some EVs that are out there.

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Acer isn’t leaving tablet market according to founder

Acer isn’t leaving tablet market according to founder

Acer's founder has stepped up and denied the rumors that have been circulating that the company will be leaving the tablet market. Acer's founder Stan Shih has come forward and denied those rumors. Shih said that while the tablet market for Acer has been difficult it is not abandoning the market. Shih likened the process Acer is going through right now to the same teething issues the company had when it entered into the notebook market.

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