Archive for October, 2012

Google is told to pay up or strike a deal in French Internet debacle

Google is told to pay up or strike a deal in French Internet debacle

A couple weeks ago, we reported that Google was threatening to exclude French media sites from search results if it passed a law that would require search engines to pay for displaying links to French media sites. Google retorted that such a law would be harmful to the Internet, and that it would be forced to stop indexing French sites as a result. Now things have heated up, with Google being told to either pay up or strike a deal.

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OmniVision announces low-cost 5MP CMOS image sensor with high-end features

OmniVision announces low-cost 5MP CMOS image sensor with high-end features

A camera is arguably one of the most indispensable features on a smartphone, being a necessary component in certain apps, such as barcode scanners, in addition to providing a simple way to take pictures/video and share them without hassle. The cameras in higher-end smartphones offer a variety of features you won't easily find in less expensive models, and often provide poor images in low light settings. OmniVision aims to change this, however, with its newly announced 5MP OV5645 CMOS sensor.

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AMD to develop 64-bit ARM processors for servers

AMD to develop 64-bit ARM processors for servers

AMD has unveiled its plans to produce 64-bit ARM-based processors for servers, stating that it will be the first company providing x86 and 64-bit ARM solutions. This move aims to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for more energy-efficient 64-bit server processors. The first 64-bit ARM-based processor will be an AMD Opteron, and is slated for production in 2014.

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Nexus 10 vs iPad 4th Gen

Nexus 10 vs iPad 4th Gen

It would appear that amongst the software and hardware releases Google has detailed this week is their first giant iPad competitor in the Google Nexus 10. At first glance the differences might not be abundant to an everyday average user other than the obvious Android vs iOS and feel of each device. As it turns out though, these two tablets, for the first time, create a battle between the iPad and an Android-toting tablet made not just by a major manufacturer, but Google as well.

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Scott Forstall and John Browett set to exit Apple as “Collaboration” efforts commence

Scott Forstall and John Browett set to exit Apple as “Collaboration” efforts commence

It would appear that Apple has some relatively major internal changes coming up as both their head of Retail John Browett and SVP of iOS Scott Forstall are announced to be exiting the company in the very near future. Forstall will be leaving in 2013 and will be serving as advisor to CEO Tim Cook until that time, while John Browett will be out without a timeframe - immediately, we must assume. This announcement is joined by assurances that Apple will be making changes that involve Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi adding more responsibility to their plate and that Tim Cook will be in charge of Retail until a new head of Retail can be found.

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How does Android 4.2 Jelly Bean wireless display mirroring work?

How does Android 4.2 Jelly Bean wireless display mirroring work?

If you're like me, the first time you heard of wireless display mirroring, your first question was - how? With Google's new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean+ operating system update, wireless mirroring is included in the code - but how does that work without the hardware to back it up? As it turns out, this whole situation has to do with Miracast wireless display sharing - an industry standard that allows your device to connect to larger device's displays using your wi-fi network as a middle-man.

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