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Antimatter caught streaming from thunderstorms on Earth

 space telescope has accidentally spotted thunderstorms on Earth producing beams of antimatter.

Such storms have long been known to give rise to fleeting sparks of light called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes.

But results from the Fermi telescope show they also give out streams of electrons and their antimatter counterparts, positrons.

The surprise result was presented by researchers at the American Astronomical Society meeting in the US.

Now, a software to estimate construction cost

The country's vibrant construction industry has adopted software for various purposes, from design to project management, and the use has increased in recent years.

Software solutions are now available in different price segments, and some of the major construction firms have developed in-house products too.

Drawing is an activity that makes a wide use of software tools. There are products that can be used not only for designing but also for some estimation purposes by reading the drawing.

In-house deployment

Warmbluke, a Coimbatore company, has developed Atlas, an estimator software. Warmbluke provides in-house deployment for large enterprises, and the product is available on the cloud too, to cater to those who want the pay-as-you-use system.

It calculates the quantities directly from CAD drawings and provides cost estimation and material requirements for the entire project.

In the case of drawings that have not used layers or objects, the user has to perform a min…

Light Can Control Electrical Properties of Graphene

New research published January 10, shows how light can be used to control the electrical properties of graphene, paving the way for graphene-based optoelectronic devices and highly sensitive sensorsThis year's Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for research into graphene, recognising its potential for many applications in modern life, from high-speed electronics to touchscreen technology. The UK's National Physical Laboratory, along with a team of international scientists, have further developed our understanding of graphene by showing that when this remarkable material is combined with particular polymers, its electrical properties can be precisely controlled by light and exploited in a new generation of optoelectronic devices. The polymers keep memory of light and therefore the graphene device retains its modified properties until the memory is erased by heating.

Light-modified graphene chips have already been used at NPL in ultra-precision experiments to meas…

Indian scientists traverse shortest path to South Pole

Braving temperatures as low as minus 54 degrees Celsius and navigating jagged sharp ice hills, India's first scientific expedition team to the South Pole took a different but short route to reach the earth's southernmost point — in just eight days.

The path has never been tried before by any other country, the scientists said.

The team led by Rasik Ravindra, director of the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), had left Maitri, India's second permanent research station on the Antarctica, on Nov 13, 2010 and planted the Indian flag at South Pole on Nov 22.

The eight-member team travelled 2,350 km distance (one side) between Maitri, and South Pole in arctic trucks braving the difficult weather conditions and traversing the tough terrain with snow-capped sharp razor-edged hills of 1-2 metre height.

According to Ravindra, they were asked by the Norwegian and US scientists to take a usually travelled curved route but the team decided to rather …

How to Run Android Apps on Windows

YouWave Android is a software platform developed to run the thousands of Android apps out there on your PC. No phone is required to run these apps. It is also a gateway tool from your PC to your phone, letting you install apps to your phone. YouWave Android Platform is currently implemented using Android 2.1 operating system.  Apps are displayed as icons in the App Manager window. Users can easily view, navigate around, and manipulate the apps, therefore our platform makes the management of apps easy and intuitive. This is as close as possible to the user experience on an Android smart phone. All you need to run an app is to double click on it, and enjoy!

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Huawei introduced IDEOS X5 at CES 2011

Chinese company Huawei at CES 2011 officially unveiled its new model of Android smartphone IDEOS X5 , Android OS 2.2 based thin model with a range of pre-office applications. New IDEOS X5 from Huawei offers an opportunity to work with file formats, like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF. In addition, IDEOS X5 supports high-speed data transmission technologies like HSPA and Wi-Fi 802.11n. The main characteristics of Huawei IDEOS X5:Display: 3.8-inch touchscreen display with support for multitouch technologyEntry screens using SWYPEDimensions: Slim design – only 11.4 mm thicknessCamera: 5 megapixel camera with LED-backlit display and support for HD video (720p)Multimedia features: FM-radio, support for audio technology SRC, Adobe Flash Player 10.1Communication: HSPA, Wi-Fi, BluetoothSensors: Accelerometer, GPSIDEOS X5 will be available to residents of Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand this month. In the U.S., this product goes on sale in mid-2011.

Motorola Droid X ME811 Smartphone an Upgraded Version of Droid X

Have you heard about an exclusive news on Motorola Droid X smartphone? You’re going to get an upgraded version of Droid X. Yes, Motorola has recently released an upgraded version of Motorola Droid X smartphone. This new up-gradation of Motorola Droid X is called as the Motorola ME811 or you can say Motorola Droid X ME811. As noted, the new Motorola Droid X ME811 smartphone will distribute in Chinese market through China Telecom. Not surprisingly, the upgraded Motorola ME811 smartphone is powered by 1.2GHz TI OMAP3630 processor instead of 1GHz, an 1GB internal memory instead of 8GB, and support for WAPI. Lets know what more features is the new Motorola Droid X ME811 has included. Motorola Droid X ME811 Smartphone FeaturesRunning Android 2.2 OS (Droid X is v2.1)Support CDMA EV-DO networkPowered by a 1.2GHz TI OMAP3630 processor (instead of 1GHz)1GB internal memory (Droid X is 8GB), and 512MB RAMSupports up to 32GB Micro-SD memory expansionSupport for WAPI4.3-inch touchscreen disp…

NVIDIA 2011 Plan- Cover Android Apps Market

NVIDIA is a brand name of visual computer technology, inventor of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). NVIDIA is name of the power of computer graphics. Its popular products are Tegra, ION, GeForce, Quadro, and Tesla. Now its good news for user who like NVIDIA. And its like NVIDIA Tegra zone like to introduce Android apps with high graphic rich game apps. NVIDIA has launched Tegra 2 Dual-Core ARM processor for graphics solutions which are widely used most of SmartPhone. They would like to cover android market through their android based graphic games with Tegra 2 Chipset with web hosting spaces for unlimited storages for user as well as mobile application developers. So Developers can make high rich graphic games using Tegra Chipset with large file downloads without any sign on or payment method. For they make one android developers team for cover android apps market in 2011. Also this Tegra zone offers consumers to vies and post products reviews with high resolutions screensho…

How to Install Ubuntu on Nexus S? [Guide]

I recently posted related to the success of MeeGo OS on Nexus S smartphone and its whole process of how it can be installed from a rootfs image on the internal memory, without even flashing the phone and to add to its success stroughtonsmith has brought us some amazing news yet again. It is Ubuntu OS this time which has successfully been booted on Nexus S using the same technique. The following is the guide to install Ubuntu on Nexus S:

Grab a copy of Ubuntu for HD2Take the rootfs.ext2 file and drag it to your Nexus S smartphone and put it in a folder called ‘ubuntu’Use fastboot to boot (this boot img)ADB push this file to /etc/X11/xorg.confFinally, reboot UbuntuAfter MeeGo, Ubuntu has become the second most successful non-Android OS running on the Nexus S after MeeGo. Let me tell you once again, try this only if you are an expert, else go on with easier projects before working on this. Visit this thread at the XDA Developers forum to look at this stuff in a little more detai…

Android 2.4–Ice Cream–Coming Soon…

Take a deep breath before you read further, I am sure some of us are  waiting for Gingerbread update in our mobile phones and most of us still are waiting even to get  Froyo. Before we blink our eyes,  you will be seeing  the latest version of Android OS out soon, Android 2.4 aka Ice Cream.
Its expected to be out in this June/July, so for sure we would get a spoon full on Google I/O coming this May. Stay Tuned………
Guess its better now a days to buy a "Pure-Android" phone. Else we would be waiting for ever to get the latest version on our phones.

SPB Migration Tool helps users to migrate from Symbian and Windows Mobile to Android OS

Company SPB Software announced the release of the SPB Migration Tool software, which will help users to migrate their personal data from their old Windows Mobile or Symbiansmartphones. devices on the new Android Migrate to Android with SPB Migration Tool Buying a new phone always brings joy. But change may cause some inconvenience in the beginning of use. Ask yourself this question: do you always retain all the important telephone numbers in the phone book? Perhaps some of the important numbers stored in the call history? In the transition to the new phone numbers which are not saved may be lost beyond recovery. Will you remember all of your favorite links, without your old phone? How much upset at the loss of text messages with valuable information and messages from loved ones? To relieve users from similar problems and issues, SPB Software designed a new program SPB Migration Tool, which allows you to copy your personal information: the history of calls, text messages, conta…

Google TV jailbroken -- underlying Android system exposed

Google TV has successfully been jailbroken using a hardware-software double-team hack. Spurred on by Android developer Howard Harte's $1000 bounty for the first successful jailbreak, a group calling themselves GTVhacker dev team rose to the challenge, and released a 6-minute video of the their work to prove it (included after the break).

What's the big deal? Well, in Harte's own words: "What this means is that we now have a complete Android development environment for the Google TV." The jailbreak has exposed the underlying Android system, which essentially means Android on a TV, complete with the ability to run Android apps.

Don't get your hopes up too soon for a user-land jailbreak however. The process requires opening up the Logitech Revue, a bit of soldering, and a pretty involved software hack -- not something your average Joe wanting Hulu on his Google TV is likely to manage. But it's a step in the right direction, and with a bit of luc…

Android Gingerbread Keyboard now available for Froyo users for free

Google has been consistently updating its Mobile Apps and the Android OS itself with better features and capabilities. recently they have launched HoneyComb version Android 3.0 in CES 2011 and launched Android GingerBread version Android 2.3 which features a excellent and improved keyboard for Android Mobile Phones. Till now the new Keyboard was available only for Ginger Bread users, but not any more.

GingerBread Keyboard is now available as a independent App from Android Market and its available for free. This is not official launch from Google, but it has been ported by individual App developer to Android 2.2 Froyo users. Install Keyboard from Android 2.3 from the Android Market. Once installed, click Menu > Settings > Language and Keyboard Select “Gingerbread Keyboard” and edit settings to your preference Go to a place where you would enter text (Gmail, SMS, Notepad, etc.). Long press on the entry field and tap “Input method” Select “Gingerbread keyboard” and start typing

First Android-Powered Headsets Coming from NOX

Headquartered in California, NOX Audio is a startup, which debuted its first products NOX Specialist, NOX Negotiator and NOX Scout, in 2010. The company has recently announced the two innovative products, Admiral and Admiral Touch, the first TruWireless headsets, which are expected to be launched in late 2011. Both headsets feature 7.1-channel surround sound with mobile Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and enable full wireless audio and communication on game consoles. In addition, the Admiral Touch also includes a 2.4-inch LCD touch screen with gesture control, powered by Google’s Android mobile platform. “When NOX was developing the Admiral, we considered all available technology to create a truly revolutionary – yet easy-to-use – product that pushes the limits and takes headset listening to a new level, for an attainable price,” said Julie Ma, president of NOX Audio. “In addition to giving the Admiral high-quality audio reproduction and 7.1-channel surround sound, we include…

Viewsonic G-Tablet: Review

With the Android 2.2 (Froyo) Viewsonic are introducing the new G-Tablet which offers full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for accessing Flash –enabled websites, watching video and playing games. I like it personally because of it’s built-in support for ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi, the G Tablet’s portable screen is ideal for watching the latest movies and entertainment.
The G Tablet runs Google’s latest and greatest OS 2.2 and offers a handful of new features and benefits such as faster web browsing, simple app launching and updating, and a completely more intuitive experience through Google’s impressive services. Some of the other features are: Improvement in JavaScript loading. Better overall performance of Android OS. USB and Wi-Fi Internet Tethering. Microsoft Exchange integration. New and improved browser. Compass support for Google maps. Improved Google Voice Search, recognizes long and complicated sentences easily. Switch between apps and tasks easily. Liste…

Leaks confirm CDMA iPhone for China and beyond

As expected, Apple intends making a version of its CDMA iPhone available for sale in Japan, South Korea, China, India and other countries, leaks from within its supply chain have confirmed. Apple also expects to sell several million of these new devices in the first quarter 2011.

Apple component suppliers are joyous at the news, with assembly partners Foxconn and Pagatron expecting to make millions as a result. Meanwhile, Apple has moved to use new technologies, such as the CDMA radio, for the iPhone.
“The sources pointed out that Apple has been adjusting its shipment forecast for the CDMA iPhone and has currently set volumes at about seven million units for the first quarter of 2011,” the report informs. On cost of manufacture, the CDMA iPhone costs around $190-200 per unit, that’s lower than the v.1 iPhone ($217.73) but higher than the iPhone 4 cost, which is $188. Pegatron started shipping its CDMA iPhone 4 in January 2011 and Foxconn started in December 2010. Foxconn’s mod…

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Announced, 10-inch Tablet With Detachable Keyboard

ASUS took the stage today and unveiled an array of new tablets for 2011. One of which, the Eee Pad Transformer, is the perfect option for Android fan who wants the versatility of a tablet with the functionality of a notebook. The 10.1-inch tablet will both be fully functional as a keyboard free device, and be even further functional once it’s docked into the external keyboard. Software wise, the device will ship with MyWave, ASUS’ overlay of Android Honeycomb, that features a slick UI and is heavily focused on cloud content. The tablet sports a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor which makes it “twice as fast as the iPad,” all while being even thinner than the popular Apple device. You will be able to pick up the ASUS Transformer for $399-$699 once it’s made available in April 2011.

BlackBerry Curve Refresh Specs and Picture Leaked! 800Mhz CPU!

The good news keeps on rolling in. We now have the specs and a picture of an upcoming BlackBerry Curve series refresh that finally brings something new. No longer is the classic Curve hampered with a 320×240 resolution screen. According to BGR it will pack a 480×360 display along with a ton of other upgrades. IT ALSO HAS A 800Mhz CPU!!!! The other nice thing is it is coming wit Tri-Band UMTS/HSPA which means we will finally see 7.2Mbps possible speeds on a BlackBerry!
Here are the specs we know for you to drool over!

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGETri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2MbpsBluetooth 2.1Wi-Fi b/g/nGPSNFC512MB of eMMC, 512MB of RAM5-megapixel camera with flashHVGA 480 x 360 display1050 mAh batteryTavor MG-1 800MHz CPUBlackBerry OS 6.111mm thinSadly there is no Bluetooth upgrade with the new low power spec but the 800Mhz CPU is HUGE! Anybody else now wondering if the Bold Dakota will have a 1Ghz CPU? Though the weird thing is that this Curve has a 1050mAh battery which might be tight on …

AT&T: Verizon iPhone? Whatever.

AT&T was quick to react to Verizon’s iPhone announcement, though it wasted very few words on it. “For iPhone users who want the fastest speeds, the ability to talk and use apps at the same time, and unsurpassed global coverage, the only choice is AT&T,” the company said in a terse e-mailed statement, stressing the differences between the two companies’ networks. Remember, AT&T’s UMTS network allows the use of data and voice simultaneously. Verizon’s CMDA network doesn’t–at least not yet. So, initially, Verizon iPhone users won’t be able to use the Web or check email while on a call–something AT&T iPhone users have long been able to do. Here’s Apple COO Tim Cook giving a non-answer to a question about the data/voice issue. Or rather, the same answer he gave throughout the event: Verizon customers really want the iPhone. Translation: You guys wanted a Verizon iPhone and now you have one. Ok? Now stop whining and leave me alone.

It’s Official: The Verizon iPhone 4 Is Coming On February 10th

It’s over. Finally — after years and years of speculation, the Verizon iPhone is real. As Verizon president Lowell McAdam put it, “If the press writes something long enough, eventually it becomes true.” The word comes fresh out of Verizon’s press conference in New York City, where the company has confirmed that they plan to offer the iPhone 4 early next month. Update: February 10th, to be specific. From what we know so far, the Verizon iPhone 4 appears to be identical to the AT&T iPhone 4 (save for the obvious radio chip differences). FaceTime support, 5 megapixel camera on the back, App Store, Retina Display, etc. It does not support Verizon’s 4G/LTE network, and Apple took their standard “We don’t talk about future products” stance when questioned on the matter. More details as they come in. Update: We’ve just got pricing info: The 16GB iPhone 4 will set you back $199.99, while the 32GB model will cost you $299.99 (both prices on a 2 year contract) Additionally, it looks …

One More Thing: The Verizon iPhone Runs iOS 4.2.5

In the demo area which Verizon and Apple opened up after their Verizon iPhone 4 unveiling today, we got some hands-on time with the actual device. As we were told during the event, the device is largely the same as the iPhone 4 on AT&T’s network, with some slight changes to the antenna on the side. And there’s one more thing: the Verizon iPhone is running an unreleased version of iOS. Verzion 4.2.5 (8E128), to be exact. Not that this should be surprising. The Verizon iPhone comes with one very key and very killer difference than the AT&T iPhone: Personal Hotspots. In order to use this new feature, clearly there’s a need for modified software. And that software, iOS 4.2.5, will presumably launch alongside the Verizon iPhone on February 3. One question is if the AT&T iPhone 4 will also get an upgrade to iOS 4.2.5 at that time, or if it will be Verizon-only? Maybe the two will merge again with iOS 4.3. Or — wait for it — iOS 5.

How Personal Hotspot Works On The Verizon iPhone (Pictures)

There’s actually only one key difference between the Verizon iPhone 4 and the AT&T iPhone 4 (well, besides the network, obviously). But it’s a big one: Personal Hotspots. Yes, the Verizon iPhone will come with this killer feature that will allow it to become an internet hub for up to 5 WiFi devices to connect to. And while there is no word on pricing yet (neither Apple nor Verizon would budge or slip-up when asked repeatedly — but note the “Additional usage charges may apply.”), we were able to see it in action in the demo room following today’s event. As you might expect from Apple, it’s super simple to set up and use. As you can see above, there’s a new “Personal Hotspot” area in the Settings app that’s a part of the new iOS 4.2.5. Clicking on this will launch the screen below. Here, you can turn it “on” as well as set a password if you choose to set it up for Wi-Fi use. But you don’t have to connect using Wi-Fi. You can also set the Personal Hotspot up to use Bluetooth…

Bottom Line: Should You Buy The Verizon iPhone?

Well, it’s happened. All of our ViPhone dreams have come true and the phone will be available in stores in February. But should you buy it? I’m of two minds. As a long-suffering AT&T customer completely understand the rage some feel at the failings of that network. The Verizon iPhone hit 1500kbps while the AT&T model hit about 100kbps during a good minute. My reception in Manhattan is abysmal as is yours if you live in San Francisco or other highly populated areas. But leave the iPhone cluster and it’s a different story. I’ve never had a call drop at home in Brooklyn, for example, and that’s right across the river. The Verizon iPhone is a nice addition to the Verizon catalog. It is immensely popular, well-supported, and there is already a fervent fan base. But this model has a fatal flaw: CDMA. CDMA is an interstitial technology right now as carriers roll out LTE and I suspect we have at least another year before the ViPhone will come in an LTE model. Apple is still…

What’s the Difference Between AT&T and Verizon’s 3G Networks?

Verizon made it official today: it will be getting the iPhone, ending years of AT&T exclusivity in the U.S. With the Verizon iPhone a reality, there is one question that millions of iPhone owners are now asking themselves: should I switch carriers?
After years of frustration with dropped calls and spotty 3G connectivity, we understand why so many iPhone users are eager to become Verizon customers. In our reader poll, 29% of Mashablereaders said they’re switching to Verizon ASAP, while another 16% said they’re switching after their current contract expires.
A lot of people have been asking us about whether switching is a good idea. More specifically, they want to understand the differences between the AT&T iPhone, a UMTS/GSM device, and the Verizon iPhone, a CDMA gadget. What exactly is CDMA? Is it better or worse than UMTS? Why is it impossible to to talk and browse the web at the same time on a Verizon iPhone?
To answer your questions, we wrote a short guide o…

Verizon And Apple Began Working Together To Make The CDMA iPhone In 2008

Today at the Verizon event in New York City, Verizon President Lowell McAdam took the stage to present the worst kept secret in the tech world: the iPhone on Verizon’s network. But what you may not know is that Verizon and Apple have been working together on the device since 2008, McAdam said. Our strategic relationship with Apple has evolved over the past 2 years. Before many of you were writing about it,” he joked. He noted that the two companies needed to start talking back then to make sure they could get a CDMA version of the device. That work will finally come to fruition early next month, he said. To be clear: this will be a CDMA version of the current iPhone 4. Apple COO Tim Cook then took the stage to give Apple’s perspective on the partnership. He said Apple was very excited to bring the iPhone 4 to Verizon’s 93 million customers. And he hopes more will join. We had been talking to Verizon for a while,” Cook confirmed. “This is just the beginning of a great relations…

Why No LTE iPhone For Now? “Design Compromises” Apple Would Not Make.

Today during Verizon and Apple’s press conference in New York City announcing the iPhone 4 on the carrier’s network, Apple COO Tim Cook fielded a question that has been on a lot of people’s minds: why won’t the iPhone on Verizon be a next-generation LTE version? The first generation LTE chipsets force some design compromises. Some of which we would not make,” Cook said. That’s a bit vague — “design compromises” could mean a lot of things. Part of what he likely means is that LTE chipsets require more battery consumption (something which has been seen in the 4G Android devices). Another part is that an LTE version of the iPhone would likely have to be a bit bigger because radio engineers haven’t yet learned how to squeeze every ounce of real estate into these newer chip designs. And there was another reason Apple is bringing a CDMA iPhone 4 to the table first. “Verizon customers have told us they want the iPhone NOW,” Cook made clear. In other words, Apple could certainly do the wo…

The Verizon iPhone Product Pages And More Are Alive For Your Ogling

The Verizon iPhone lives! Hurray! But now comes the long wait until February 10th. Yeah, it’s going to be tough sitting there, staring at the one bar next to the AT&T logo on your current iPhone when you know salvation is just right around the corner.
But fear not, while we’ll have plenty of Verizon iPhone stories for you to peep in the coming days, Verizon just went live with a slew of iPhone pages that should keep you entertained until the lines start forming at Verizon stores everywhere.
First, there’s the Verizon iPhone interactive product showcase, which is pretty much your standard Apple-style feature page. It highlights most everything you already know about the phone: Facetime, the awesome Retina Display, and the built in apps and functions. Click over to this landing page and then the “More about iPhone 4″ button under the phone to launch the webapp.
But that page doesn’t really answer any Verizon-themed questions. That’s what the FAQ and Getting Ready Guide is fo…

Hands On With the Verizon iPhone

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Here it is: the Verizon iPhone. The only visible differences are the new Verizon logo in the corner and the hotspot feature. Everything else is exactly the same. We haven’t been able to make a call and surf yet – but it would obviously work (or not work) as we always expected – and they were getting full bars in the room here, which is better than the AT&T 3G I’m getting (between 3 to 4 bars).
UPDATE – Speed test run and video after the jump.

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So I hit 1536 kbps in this room. Your results may vary. AT&T hit 107 kbps on the first try. Granted, this cell is probably iPhone saturated right now, but that’s a pretty nasty diff…

This is the Galaxy Mini (S5570)

So here’s another device expected at the upcoming MWC. It’s called as the Galaxy Mini (S5570) and though the existence of the device has been known, this is the first time the phone is pictured. The phone has been certified by China’s FCC-like agency and will sport a 262K 240×320 resolution screen, TouchWiz UI, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot and runs Android 2.2.1. Its dimensions are 110.42×60.76×12.68mm.

Samsung S5830 images leaked

Mobile World Congress is still a month away but we’ve got the first Samsung phone that will be shown at the event. It’s the S5830 that will be powered by Android 2.2.1 and feature a 5MP camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card slot and apparently 720p HD video recording support.

Another picture of Samsung Forte

We’ve got yet another picture of Samsung Forte. This time however, the phone is closed and shows the back side of the phone as well. We’re still not sure if Forte and R910 are the same device but the Forte is reported to run Android 2.2 and feature 1GHz Hummingbird processor, TouchWiz UI, 5MP camera and microSD card slot. The phone is rumored to launch on February 11.

Samsung and IBM team up to research new semiconductor technology

Samsung has collaborated with IBM to research on semiconductor technologies. Under this new collaboration, both the companies will research new materials, transistor structures etc. to enable next-generation process technology that will be used in variety of devices like smartphones to high-end communications infrastructure. The researchers will work at the Semiconductor Research Alliance at the Albany Nanotech Complex, Albany, N.Y. and will also work to develop process beyond 20nm. CMOS technology at 20nm and beyond will be showcased at the Common Platform Technology Forum on Jan 18.

Samsung S5260 Star II leaks out

UPDATE: Star II weighs just 94g and will have T9 Trace keyboard, SoundAlive and 1000mAh battery. It seems Samsung has developed a successor to one of its highest selling touchscreen phones. The S5260 or the Star II has been leaked and features some bumped up specs from the original Star. Although we cannot confirm the OS, the user interface hints at bada. Anyways, the phone will have a 3-inch 240×400 pixel capacitive display, 3.2MP camera, EDGE support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Office docs support, 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot. The phone is expected this quarter and needless to say, will be aimed at price conscious consumers.

Samsung Forte is QWERTY-equipped LTE Android phone for MetroPCS

Samsung is apparently preparing another LTE-enabled device for MetroPCS. The phone will be called as Forte and as you can see from the image, sports a horizontal-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Additionally, the phone is expected to come on Android 2.2 (with possible Android 2.3 upgrade), 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5MP camera, TouchWiz UI and microSD card slot. Forte looks very similar to R910 that leaked yesterday but the original poster claims that MetroPCS is working on two LTE devices, so Forte could be different than R910.

Leaked doc confirms 4G Vibrant in the offing

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S in the United States is bound to get a spec bump. According to a leaked doc acquired by TmoNews, the Vibrant 4G will support transfer speeds of up to 21+ Mbps, that will make it the fastest Galaxy S device to be sold exclusively on T-Mobile. Additionally, the phone will support Qik video service that can be used with the help of a front video camera. Other specs however, remain the same. The phone will have the same 1GHz processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.2 OS, 16GB internal memory with microSD card slot allowing to upgrade to up to 32GB, 5MP camera, 720p HD video recording and more. There is no word on the price or availability.

Samsung Galaxy S2 to come at MWC with 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display?

Although we’ve got a few confirmations about the successor of Galaxy S, none of them have talked anything about specs. Now according to ETNews from South Korea, the Galaxy S2 will go official at MWC next month and will sport a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (same as Verizon’s LTE phone), a dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and an NFC chip. The purported specs look highly plausible but we would rather wait for the official confirmation which is just a month away.

Samsung appoints Y.K. Kim as President and CEO of Samsung Elec. America

Samsung has announced a new President and CEO for its Electronics operations in America. Yangkyu (Y.K.) Kim will take place of C.S. Choi as Choi will return to Korea as an Executive Advisor to Samsung’s global Vice Chairman and CEO, Mr. G.S. Choi. Kim will assume the position effective immediately and will overlook the operations in USA, Canada and Mexico. Kim has worked with Samsung for over 24-years and has worked as the position of Senior Vice President and head of global sales and marketing for the Visual Display Business, was head of mobile phone sales and marketing for Europe and even President of Samsung Electronics Philippines and France.

SCH-R910 LTE Android phone for MetroPCS leaked

Samsung is looking to push more LTE phones in the US market. Boy Genius Report has managed to score a picture that shows off the SCH-R910 for MetroPCS having LTE band. It will also support CDMA band and feature Android 2.2 OS, TouchWiz UI, 5MP camera, 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi. It is expected to arrive in this quarter carrying a price tag ranging in between $329 to $399.

Avoid Viruses and Spyware and Protect Your Data

In the past few years, security exploits, viruses, and spyware have made big news. Millions of people have been victim to data loss from viruses or data theft via spyware and security holes in the software they use. A lot of these incidents could have been avoided with software running on the infiltrated systems. You can take a few minutes every week and protect your machine from spyware and viruses without a lot of hassle or spending a lot of money. Keep Anti-virus Software CurrentAlways install a reputable anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date. A lot of people forget to install new virus definitions and scan their PCs regularly. Schedule your anti-virus application to run every day at a time convenient to you, and make sure that the virus definitions are updated at least once a week. Avast and AVG are both free, and can both help you keep your PC virus free with little effort on your part. Install Software UpdatesKeep all of your software up-to-date by installing the manuf…