Archive for March, 2012

Is Apple really in half of US homes?

Is Apple really in half of US homes?

With Apple rocketing in the phone, computing and tablet segments, exactly how many pieces of shiny Cupertino hardware are actually in use is a good question: according to new research (and some perhaps shaky extrapolation) half of American homes have at least one Apple device. The average US home has 1.6 Apple devices, according to a survey by CNBC and Hart Research Associates, with 9-percent owning five or more. However, it's worth noting that just 836 people were questioned.

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Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Those who live in London unfortunately don’t have a chance to take the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge, a campaign that’s been limited to the United States so far. Nokia, however, has decided to run a similar campaign to promote its Lumia handsets. The contests are fairly similar to the “Smoked by Windows Phone”, although the prizes on offer aren’t quite as enticing.

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Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Most of us probably think of computer performance in terms of gigahertz and megahertz. In the world of supercomputers, performance is measured in flops, which is short for Floating Point Operations per Second. Today supercomputers are able to offer petaflops of performance, but by decades end supercomputers will be much faster aiming at the exaflop range.

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Google Drive leak shows 5GB of storage and mobile apps

Google Drive leak shows 5GB of storage and mobile apps

There were rumblings just a few days ago that Google was finally on the verge of launching their new cloud storage service, Google Drive. Sources speaking to GigaOM said that the service would launch in early April, come with 1GB of free storage, and have a similar UI to the current Google Docs interface. A new screenshot has emerged that shows Google will be offering even more than that.

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Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

If you've ever signed up for a forum account or newsletter on the Internet, you have probably run across the ReCAPTCHA system that has you enter characters you see in an image on the screen to prove you're a real person and not a spammer robot. For some reason, I always have a hard time making out letters in most of the ReCAPTCHA images.

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Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

I'm betting this is really good news for smartphone makers. Open-source poster boy Linus Torvalds stepped up and helped stop a Microsoft patent from being used to choke licensing fees out of other companies. The patent Microsoft owns is being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay licensing fees.

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RIM denies abandoning consumer BlackBerry market

RIM denies abandoning consumer BlackBerry market

RIM has denied speculation that it is exiting the consumer BlackBerry business to focus on enterprise customers, arguing that it is enhancing business support rather than slashing smartphones for the general public. "We remain committed to all of our Customers (consumer & enterprise) and are enhancing our support/solutions for enterprise" RIM's MD of global sales and regional marketing Patrick Spence said today, "[our] goal is to help our enterprise customers capitalise [sic] on the opportunities presented by consumerization while minimizing risks."

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GMC talks heads up display technology for vehicles

GMC talks heads up display technology for vehicles

GMC has offered a bit of insight into the seemingly simple heads up display some of its vehicles such as the 2012 Acadia SUV uses. The heads up display in the car is designed to allow the driver to keep your eyes on the road and still see important details such as what year you're in, the speed, and RPMs of the vehicle. This is similar to the tech fighter pilot used to keep your eyes ahead at all times.

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