Archive for Apr 27, 2012

HP Slate 8 shown as first Windows 8 business tablet

HP Slate 8 shown as first Windows 8 business tablet

A brand new slide prepared for what appears to be HP internal presentation today has revealed HP's business-minded plans for Windows 8 tablets. This HP Slate 8 (different from the HP Slate 500, mind you) will bring enterprise functionality to the masses with a 10.1-inch display, enterprise level docking, and of course Windows 8 Professional OS, complete with touch controls. The slide this tablet is featured in also shows an EliteBook, making this tablet a likely candidate for the Elite line of HP products, their highest-level consumer line of products.

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Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple has slashed Android support from its Chomp app discovery engine acquisition, excising Google's open-source OS and making the service iOS-only ahead of a tipped App Store revolution. Bought back in February, Chomp uses a custom algorithm to organize and recommend mobile apps by their functionality; until now, it has offered suggestions for iOS and Android, but the latter option has now been removed.

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Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

Maingear Pulse 11 picks up where the M11x left off

The Alienware M11x will soon reach end of life, and although it was an interesting idea to try and pack as much power into a small footprint as possible, ultimately it didn’t gain much traction. That doesn’t seem to prevent others from walking down a similar path. Engadget has the details of the Maingear Pulse 11, an 11.6-inch gaming laptop that seeks to continue the small yet powerful legacy.

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Smartphone stars leave analysts addled

Smartphone stars leave analysts addled

Samsung took the smartphone sales crown in Q1 2012, unless of course it was Apple: turns out, analysts aren't entirely sure who's sitting top of the pile for high-tech phones. Conflicting sales numbers for the two firms from research companies IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics show a yawning 12.5m difference in estimates for Samsung's smartphone sales for the first three months of the year, enough to throw the rankings into confusion.

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NASA celebrates ISS astronauts return

NASA celebrates ISS astronauts return

NASA's latest space mission, Expedition 30, has ended safely, with the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft successfully leaving the International Space Station and landing at 7:45am ET today. The roughly 3.5hr trip from the orbiting station down to Kazakhstan went without a hitch, NASA says, with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin leaving behind Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers.

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What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

What a ClusterFuzz: Google details Chrome security

Developing a browser can be a tricky business, especially in the case of Chrome, which has an ever shifting codebase. Google’s answer to the problem is a “fuzzing” infrastructure, a cluster of hundreds of virtual machines that run around 6,000 instances of Chrome simultaneously. Dubbed the “ClusterFuzz”, the servers automatically download the Last Known Good Revision of Chrome and perform fifty million tests on it per day.

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Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo’s Nightmare: “Just Good Enough”

Nintendo doesn't have a unique problem, but in the gaming world it's handling it uniquely badly. The Japanese company's financial numbers for the past year revealed not only Nintendo's first annual loss in its history, but the fact that it was forced to slash the price of the 3DS portable below cost just to persuade players to consider it. It's not game apathy: look to the number of people playing games on their phones, and you'll see it's rocketing. Nintendo's stubbornness comes with a big price.

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Rayman Legends Wii U trailer leaked

Rayman Legends Wii U trailer leaked

Looking forward to Nintendo’s Wii U? The concept is interesting enough, but its how games will take advantage of it that will really make or break the device. Hallmark Nintendo titles like Mario and Zelda will inevitably make the jump to the platform, but what can you look forward to for third party titles? According to a new leak, Rayman Legends will be coming to the next-generation console.

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Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google Street View investigation officially closed

Google received a slap on the wrist for the Street View fiasco where sensitive information was gleaned from open access WiFi points. Two weeks ago, Google was fined a mere $25,000 over the issue, saying that it acted in good faith and was more than happy to pay the penalty. The FCC appears to be fully satisfied, and has today declared the case against Google officially closed.

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Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia gets third ratings strike

Nokia has received its third major credit rating downgrade of the month, with investor intelligence firm Standard & Poor's slashing the Finnish phone company's ranking and warning further drops could follow. The news, which comes on the heels of Moody's and Fitch each cautioning investors about Nokia's future stability, is the latest cloud above the firm, which reported a $1.7bn loss in Q1 2012. Meanwhile, Nokia also lost its fourteen-year grip on the mobile phone worldwide sales top-spot.

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Jobs wanted to go Wonka for the millionth iMac

Jobs wanted to go Wonka for the millionth iMac

I wager anybody who grew up in the 80s has watched the original Willy Wonka flick. It was vastly superior to the one with Johnny Depp. Apparently, the late Steve Jobs was a fan of Wonka and wanted to hold on Wonka-esq celebration for the one-millionth iMac sold. The tip comes from the official biography of Jobs.

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