10/30/2010

Google Nexus Two To Launch On Nov 8 ?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It’s been a big week for phone leaks. First we saw the long-rumoured PlayStation phone, and now various sources have simultaneously leaked news of the impending launch of the Google Inc.’s Nexus Two – the sequel to the much-lauded but under-sold Nexus One, which launched back in January.

Nov. 8 is the date the launch is supposedly taking place – allegedly at a press conference in New York with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Why Google has switched from HTC Corp. to Samsung as a manufacturing partner is at this point unclear – although it could have something to do with the close work the two companies have done together on the Galaxy S phone line and Galaxy Tab.

10/25/2010

How to overclock your Droid for just 99 cents

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Have you ever wanted to overclock your rooted Droid X or Droid 2 but just couldn’t be bothered to decipher pages of detailed technical jargon?

Well, you may want to check out the DX/D2 Overclocker app which can be purchased for a sweet 99 cents.

The very reasonably priced app - which overclocks your phone on the fly - is also (eventually) slated to offer OC on boot, along with custom presets.

How to overclock your Droid for just 99 centsAlthough the above-mentioned overclocking app provides only a modest increase in speed, it should be noted that the folks over at Team DeFuse managed to (manually) rev the Droid X from a humble 1 GHz to a blazingly fast 2 GHz. 



Meanwhile, the Droid 2 was overclocked to a staggering 3 GHz from a base speed of just 1 GHz.



10/22/2010

Microsoft launches cloud version of Office

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft Corp launched a fully online version of its popular Office suite of applications on Tuesday as it looks to extend its customer base and beat back rival Google Inc.

The new service, called Office 365, is available as a test from Tuesday in 13 countries, and will be on sale on a subscription basis worldwide next year.

Combining some of Microsoft’s existing cloud-based services, it will be available through most browsers, including Mozilla’s Firefox, Apple’s Inc’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, and can be used on mobile devices such as Research in Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iPad.

That means customers can get access to Office programs like Outlook e-mail, SharePoint websites and simplified versions of Word and Excel without installing software, from virtually anywhere. Customers get access to more features when the software is also installed.

HP unveils $799 tablet with a PC feel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hewlett-Packard Co unveiled its first product for the fast-growing tablet market, a $799 device running Microsoft Windows that is aimed at business customers.

HP’s Slate 500 attempts to replicate the PC experience in a tablet form, providing a contrast to rivals who have brought more of a smartphone feel to their devices. The Slate runs the same version of Windows 7 used by many companies on their standard PCs.

The tablet has a bigger price tag than competing products such as Apple’s iPad, which kick-started the tablet craze when it debuted earlier this year.

HP’s offering has an 8.9-inch, multi-touch-enabled screen, weighs 1.5 pounds and comes with 64 gigabytes (GB) of storage and a digital stylus pen. It gets five hours of battery life.

It comes equipped with Wi-Fi access but no built-in capability to connect to high-speed cellular networks, as rivals including the iPad, Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Tab and Dell’s Streak have.

Television broadcasters block Google TV

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Three of the biggest U.S. television broadcasters have blocked their shows from Google Inc’s new Web TV service, throwing a wrench into the company’s plans to expand from computers to the living room.

Spokespeople from Walt Disney Co and NBC Universal confirmed on Thursday that the companies blocked access to its broadcast TV shows from Google TV. Disney owns network and cable TV businesses ABC and ESPN.

News Corp’s Fox is also considering blocking access to shows on its Website, but a decision has not yet been made, a source familiar with the matter said.

CBS has blocked access to full-length episodes of their programs, including popular shows like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

10/19/2010

Netflix disc-free streaming comes to Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii

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Beginning this week, Netflix subscribers with a Nintendo Wii or Sony PlayStation 3 console will be able to stream video directly from the Netflix library – without the hassle of inserting that pesky Netflix disc. According to Netflix, the process is pretty simple: Fire up your console, navigate to the online marketplace – the Wii Shop channel on the Wii and the PlayStation Store on the PS3 – and download the Netflix application.
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“In addition to removing the need for discs, we’ve developed a new user interface on both applications that significantly improves the experience,” Netflix exec Greg Peters wrote in a blog post today. “The new applications will allow you to search for content directly from the device and you’ll also be able to view an increasing portion of our content library with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.”

Facebook apps leak user information

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook users are inadvertently providing access to their names and in some cases even their friend’s names to advertising and Internet tracking companies, through some popular applications, the Wall Street Journal said.

According to the Journal’s investigation, the issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings, the paper said.

The practice violates Facebook’s rules and raises questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure, the paper said.

On Sunday, a Facebook spokesman told the Journal that it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information.

Bill Gates’s successor at Microsoft to retire

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Microsoft Corp executive who took over the role of chief software architect from Bill Gates is to step down, following a tenure in which the Windows-maker lost ground to Google and Apple.

Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Ray Ozzie would not be replaced, raising questions about the leadership and direction of the world’s largest software company after a string of high-profile departures.

10/16/2010

Microsoft is offering a free full version of Fable II

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft/Xbox Live is offering a free download of full version of Fable II game for Xbox 360.

The game is available for download from Microsoft’s XBox LIVE marketplace here.

“Fable II is a the best-selling action role-playing game, in which you take on the role of a Hero in the fully realised land of Albion. Play through an epic story, become the world’s greatest fighter, gunslinger or mage. Explore dozens of open, unique environments with your faithful dog. Make friends, fall in love and start a family. Meet hundreds of characters and face some very tough decisions. In Fable II, everything you do has a consequence. “

10/13/2010

Sony unveils TVs with Google’s Web-surfing system

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sony’s lineup of sleek televisions boasting Google’s Web-surfing system will go on sale Saturday, testing how much consumers are willing to pay to combine access to the entire Internet with their regular TV programming.

The high-definition sets unveiled Tuesday evening in New York will have LCD screens ranging from 24 inches to 46 inches, with recommended retail prices from $600 to $1,400. Sony will begin selling the new sets in its online store Saturday, and they should be available in Best Buy Co.’s U.S. stores by early next week. Pre-orders are currently being taken at both Sony’s and Best Buy’s websites.

Sony’s price for its Google TV sets is $200 to $400 higher than comparable TVs without the highly touted software, a differential that threatens to dampen sales at a time the still-shaky economy is causing more households to pinch their pennies.

Man Buys Police Departments Domain Name After Getting Ticket

Filed under: — Aviran

Most of the time, if you get a speeding ticket you just grumble about it and pay the fine. However, after receiving a $90 speeding ticket in Bluff City, Tennessee, Brian McCrary discovered a third option. The Bluff City Police Department had forgotten to renew their domain name, BluffCityPD.com, and let it expire. McCrary bought the domain name for $80 and posted his side of the story with information about speed traps in Bluff City and the $250,000 per month they cost the town’s 1,500 residents.

10/12/2010

Google tests cars that can steer without drivers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google Inc. is road-testing cars that steer, stop and start without a human driver, the company says.

The goal is to “help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions” through ride sharing and “the new ‘highway trains of tomorrow,’” project leader Sebastian Thrun wrote Saturday on Google’s corporate blog.

The cars are never unmanned, Thrun wrote. He said a backup driver is always behind the wheel to monitor the software.

It’s not the first signal that Google wants to change how people get from place to place. In a speech Sept. 29 at the TechCrunch “Disrupt” conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said “your car should drive itself. It just makes sense.”

“It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers,” Schmidt said.

The cars have traveled a total of 140,000 miles on major California roads without much human intervention, according to Google’s corporate blog.

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