Archive for Feb 29, 2012

Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

Microsoft’s Sinofsky on Windows 8: “PCs without compromise”

At the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week during Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Steven Sinofsky stepped on stage to say that Microsoft was "super excited" about the event and the release of the Consumer version of Windows 8. Sinofsky continued by saying that this new system will take what Windows is already, a system that allows you to do what you want and what you need to do when you need to do it, and improves it. Speaking on how systems across the technological landscape make you make choices based on the form factor of the hardware and how this is a limit, Sinofsky noted that "a no compromise user interface" was the goal of Windows 8, tying mobile phones, tablets, and laptops/desktops.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we’re here!

We're currently sitting comfortable at Microsoft's Windows 8 Consumer Preview event and will be checking out what Microsoft has to offer the public in just a few short minutes. What we're seeing thus far is a collection of giant screens and tiny screens, everything from tablets to an HDTV sitting up center stage. We've already seen a bit of Windows 8 in the many early release versions of the software, now it's time to get down to personal business.

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Olympus to ship E-M5 starting March 31

Olympus to ship E-M5 starting March 31

Olympus has announced that it has a new high-end digital camera called the E-M5 that will start shipping on March 31. The camera will launch in Asia first and the listing in the photo is from Amazon Japan. The camera is reportedly expected to hit US stores in the middle of April with some retailers showing availability on the 10th.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Benchmarking Part 1

This week we're taking a closer look at how the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (Krait) processor works as it exists first on the MDP8690, the newest Mobile Development Platform that the manufacturer has released for developers to fully experience the S4 chip in its Krait configuration. This version of the S4 chip, code-named Krait, is an ARMv7-A compatible CPU architecture and is made for TCMC's 28nm process, and inside the MSM9860 you'll find two of these cores running at up to 1.5 GHz along with Adreno 225 graphics, Qualcomm's new baseband, and improved ISP - it's all ramped up, basically. This device we're testing the Snapdragon S4 out on is not a consumer product, instead it's a device which accurately shows the power of the S4 chip exclusively.

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Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

Special QR code condoms allow users to mark their lucky spots

We all know by now that condoms prevent all sorts of unwanted diseases and pregnancies. A new program is making the rounds that uses specially marked condoms to allow users to check in and post a location when they're having safe "relations" using a QR code on the package. The program posts locations to Wheredidyouwearit.com and apparently is sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

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Windows 8 Business guide details ARM limits and more

Windows 8 Business guide details ARM limits and more

Microsoft is officially revealing its Windows 8 Consumer Preview in just a few hours time, but the company has already spilled some business-centric details including news that ARM-powered PCs will lack enterprise management functionality. Detailed in the Windows 8 Product Guide for Business, the news comes alongside details of Windows To Go, a feature allowing companies to create a Windows 8 install on a USB drive that creates a temporary, secure Windows environment that can be used on other PCs without leaving a trace when unplugged.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview business features revealed

Windows 8 Consumer Preview business features revealed

It's now just a short while today before we see the official Microsoft presentation of Windows 8 in a Consumer Preview and they've released a giant Product Guide for Business in the interim. This guide is a total of 16 pages long and shows off how small businesses will be using Windows 8 in their day-to-day comings and goings. Ten key benefits are listed for the operating system on the whole, and such features as Windows to Go and SmartScreen Application Reputation shine in a deluge of Windows 8 goodness.

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IBM cans over 1000 workers in one week

IBM cans over 1000 workers in one week

An IBM employee organization has confirmed that IBM has laid off more than 1000 workers across the country. The layoffs all came this week alone and more may be coming. IBM offers no official comments on the layoffs. The data on the number of workers cut comes via the IBM worker union Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701.

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iOS photo access glitch fix incoming tip sources

iOS photo access glitch fix incoming tip sources

The iOS loophole allowing developers to suck all of the photos stored on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with rogue applications to a remote server is set to be closed by the next iOS release, sources claim. The functionality is supposedly unintentional on Apple's part, insiders familiar with the situation told The Verge, but the Cupertino company has been informed of the flaw and is working on a fix.

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Toshiba takes over Western Digital 3.5-inch HDD equipment

Toshiba takes over Western Digital 3.5-inch HDD equipment

Western Digital and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have announced a deal that will see Toshiba acquiring the 3.5-inch hard disk drive manufacturing equipment and IP Western Digital now holds. These 3.5" HDDs are used in desktop computers in all sorts of consumer electronic devices such as DVR's and more. Toshiba acquiring the WD manufacturing gear and IP is part of the mutual agreement for property divesting between the two firms.

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Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple has warned Chinese courts that ruling against it in the ongoing Proview iPad trademark case would "harm consumer interests" and "cause confusion", despite the fact that its Hong Kong foe has supposedly been using the name since 2001. "Consumers in China have come to associate this trademark with Apple's tablet computer" a lawyer from Apple's legal team told the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong this week, Bloomberg reports, arguing that Proview should no longer be allowed to use the brand in the country.

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Collusion Firefox add-on lets you watch your watchers

Collusion Firefox add-on lets you watch your watchers

With everything that's been going on with tracking of users as they surf the web by major Internet companies such as Google, privacy is again high on the list of priorities for many web users. If you are a Firefox user, you may want to check out a new add-on that Mozilla is talking up called Collusion. This add-on allows you to see who is tracking you and the interconnections between websites that share your data.

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