Archive for February, 2012

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) gets early benchmarks

The newest Snapdragon processor is bringing its A-game to the tablet with the Mobile Development Platform smartphone MDP8660, and the benchmarks are in. This device represents the first hardware preview of the S4 processor made by Qualcomm and is in full working order in a reference platform design not unlike the other development devices we've seen from Qualcomm in the past. What we're looking at here mostly is the processor itself, PCmag comparing it to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 and the TI OMAP 4, Anandtech comparing it to the previous model Qualcomm MDP with a dual-core Scorpion processor instead.

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Google offers hackers a total of $1 million to defeat Chrome and more

Google offers hackers a total of $1 million to defeat Chrome and more

Each year the Pwn2Own hacking contest takes place where security researchers from around the world are offered the chance to hack web browsers and other software for prize money. Over the last three years, the only browser to come out of the contest without being hacked has been Google's Chrome. While Chrome has made it through the contest three times now, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer have all been hacked.

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MTV Under The Thumb Social TV hands-on

MTV Under The Thumb Social TV hands-on

Streaming TV is about to get noisy, with the launch of MTV's new "Under The Thumb" app promising social entertainment targeted at the perpetually-connected, co-viewing regardless of distance, and super-streamlined multi display interactivity. Hitting iPhone and Android today, the app offers access to an on-demand catalog of MTV shows like Jersey Shore, 16 & Pregnant and Death Valley, which can be viewed on your smartphone - complete with instant messaging between viewers - and the ability to restream it direct to your internet-connected TV or computer, turning your phone into a remote control. Check out our hands-on first impressions after the cut.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th generation updated

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th generation updated

The chipmakers are coming out swinging this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, and as Qualcomm is proving today, they're all going to bring us undeniably excellent devices throughout 2012 and beyond. Speaking on both the Snapdragon S4 processor and the Gobi modem, Qualcomm spoke this week on how their set of chips is able to out-do the competition with an integrated experience. Rob Chandhok, Senior Vice President and President of Qualcomm Internet Services and President of Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., as well as Serge Willenegger, Vice President of Technology spoke about both the upcoming S4 platform and ...

Whole Foods prototype shopping cart uses Kinect

Whole Foods prototype shopping cart uses Kinect

Shopping carts today are far from what you would consider high-tech. The highest tech shopping carts I've ever seen have simple calculators attached. Grocery store chain Whole Foods is working on the development of the shopping cart of the future, and this cart is very high-tech and so awesome. The cart has a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor attached.

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Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google putting dividers between Android team and Motorola

Google is looking to the completion of its massive purchase of Motorola Mobility with the needed approvals in the US and EU granted. The company is also looking to replace the existing CEO with its own. Google is making moves to put walls between its Android team and Motorola Mobility according to Andy Rubin. Rubin says that he did "sponsor" the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but that he won't have anything to do with the company once the deal closes.

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Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

We have talked a bit about Android 5.0 and it sounds like an interesting operating system. There have been rumors floating around hinting at when the new version of the operating system will launch, with early rumors pointing to Android 5.0 as soon as this summer. At Mobile World Congress 2012, a Google VP of engineering for mobile, named Hiroshi Lockheimer has hinted that the launch will not be until this fall.

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FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

FXI Cotton Candy world’s smallest PC Hands-on

Now that smartphones are getting bigger, PC's are getting smaller and FXI Tech's Cotton Candy "world's smallest PC" is here at MWC and has just received a small design change, new features, and Android 4.0 is up next. Coming in at about the same size of a pack of gum this dual-core powered PC will be available this March so we snapped a few photos of the new design and it streaming games using Ubuntu.

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Yahoo eyes Facebook patent fight

Yahoo eyes Facebook patent fight

Patent battles are certainly nothing new in the technology industry, and they're more common than most of the firms in the tech world want to think about. As Yahoo strives to save itself from pending doom, it's looking at every weapon in its arsenal to fight off failure. One those weapons is its patent portfolio. According to the New York Times, Yahoo is now threatening social network Facebook with legal action over alleged patent infringement.

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