Archive for Apr 26, 2012

Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Oracle may have hit a roadblock in its trial against Google over Java licensing issues in Android. Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand today as a witness for the defense, disputing Oracle's claims that the Java APIs in question were Sun's proprietary code.

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Former Nokia exec trashes Elop and Windows Phone

Former Nokia exec trashes Elop and Windows Phone

Former Nokia exec Lee Williams has slammed Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the choke hold of the Windows Phone in a recent interview when asked about his views on the struggling Finnish handset maker. From accusing Elop of a lack of long-term vision to calling the ditching of Symbian and adoption of Windows Phone bad ideas, Williams doesn't mince words.

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Google sells SketchUp 3D to Trimble Navigation

Google sells SketchUp 3D to Trimble Navigation

Google sold its SketchUp 3D modelling platform to Trimble Navigation today for an undisclosed price. SketchUp is a popular application for creating quick 3D models through its intuitive interface for both beginners and professionals. It was purchased by Google back in 2006 and is available in a free version as well as a more advanced paid version. It is also used for 3D models within Google Earth.

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HTC 1080p phablet lies to Verizon

HTC 1080p phablet lies to Verizon

It's always fun to report a tip that comes in on the "completely unbelievable" bus in from the rumor mill, and an HTC competitor for the Samsung Galaxy Note in the form of a 1080p 5-inch display-having phablet has started our enjoyment up early today! This information comes from a roadmap listed by BGR with no photographic evidence and a tip from an anonymous donor, but here lies the possible truth: HTC does have a history of bringing the heat to the high-definition display world, and Verizon is due for an HTC device.

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Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha extends mobile app to PCs, Ultrabooks

Wolfram Alpha, the instant expert knowledge and computation app for tablets and smartphones, will now be heading to PCs. The company has announced a new partnership with Intel that will bring Wolfram's mobile apps, including its leading reference app, to Ultrabooks through the Intel AppUp center.

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MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

MacBook Pro 2012 refresh hits this June

If our readings are correct, the planets are coming together to create a perfect storm of availability in software, hardware, and demand for a MacBook Pro 2012 release this June at WWDC. It's a very simple combination of the Apple OS X Mountain Lion software release, a precedent of notebook hardware being released at WWDC, and the pulling back of supply for the line of computers we're speaking about here that says we're about to see a new MacBook Pro in less than two months from now.

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Scientists develop printable liquid solar cells

Scientists develop printable liquid solar cells

Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed new solar cells in the form of a liquid that can be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The new technology is cheap to produce and relies on stable solar nanocrystals that are only four nanometers in size, which is so small you could fit 250 billion on the head of a pin. These particles are then suspended in liquid like pigment and can be printed like ink.

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You’re already using Google Drive

You’re already using Google Drive

Believe it or not, you've been using Google Drive now for weeks, even months - and years! It's just Google that's changed the name of the services it already had that's confusing you. Or exciting you, depending on how you've experienced the Google brand powerhouse so far. Google Drive has been around though for quite a while - every Google service you use is part of it, whether you knew it or not.

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Nintendo faces rocketing smartphone gaming pressure

Nintendo faces rocketing smartphone gaming pressure

Nintendo faces increasing pressure to open its game catalog up to smartphones and other devices, with the company's first annual loss prompting investors to question the promised turnaround. The Japanese gaming firm revealed an embarrassing 37.3bn yen ($459.54m) loss earlier today, blaming below-cost discounting of the 3DS for the fall in fiscal fortunes. The strategy arguably worked - Nintendo sold 13.53 million of the glasses-free 3D handhelds - but calls continue for the company to leverage its game assets more broadly in the face of rising smartphone and tablet play.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ready for download

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ready for download

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has landed today, offering enterprise users a secure and stable Linux operating system for their work environment. LTS stands for Long Term Support, with five years of guaranteed updates for the OS, as well as the option to purchase commercial support. The latest version of Ubuntu brings support for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol 7.1, plus desktop virtualization for Citrix and VMWare.

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SlashGear’s Dark Meadow Quad-core Game Pack Giveaway

SlashGear’s Dark Meadow Quad-core Game Pack Giveaway

Today we've got a brand new giveaway of a Game Pack including an ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core Android tablet in celebration of NVIDIA's newest Tegra Zone game "Dark Meadow: The Pact." This game is developed by Phosphor Studios and optimized for the Tegra 3 processor gaming environment in collaboration with NVIDIA, and its release this week (for free!) is being celebrated by SlashGear and Android Community with gear that you will not want to miss. We've also got a hands-on review of this game in its first form for you to peek at before you go through with the full download on your brand new tablet - check it out!

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