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Nokia MeeGo bug reports leak future device specs? [1.6 GHz Intel Inside, 854 x 480 pixel screen]

Of all the things we’re looking forward to the most this calendar year, it’s Nokia’s long overdue answer to the competition that Android and Apple have been painfully throwing at them over the past few years. The Finnish firm has said, on numerous occasions, that MeeGo is going to power their future flagship devices, but we’ve yet to see one MeeGo device be announced and rumors are beginning to circulate that we’re not going to be playing with a MeeGo smartphone until the fourth quarter of this year. MeeGo, for those who may not be familiar with the name, is a Linux based operating system that’s being worked on by both Intel and Nokia. Nokia used to have their own Linux distribution called Maemo, and Intel had one called Moblin, and at Mobile World Congress 2010 both companies took to the stage to announce that they’d be merging the two projects. So what’s the first MeeGo device going to look like? The N9 pictures that leaked a while back has given us some clues, but we’re more…

Introducing the Android Market website

Over the past two years, developers around the world have helped make Android Market the go-to place for more than 100,000 apps, games and widgets. Previously, you could only access Android Market directly from your device, but today, we are introducing the Android Market website that lets you browse and search for great apps right from your web browser.

The website makes it easy to discover great new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. You can also send apps directly to your Android device with just a few clicks—no wires needed. We’ve built in new social features, too. You can share apps with your friends through Twitter. And you can read and post app reviews directly to Android Market from the web or from your device.

And what about all those apps you’ve already purchased and downloaded? Sign in to the website with your Google account and click “My Market Account” to see all the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded. It makes managing all your apps quite easy.

The An…

Microsoft’s Bing uses Google search results—and denies it

By now, you may have read Danny Sullivan’s recent post: “Google: Bing is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results” and heard Microsoft’s response, “We do not copy Google's results.” However you define copying, the bottom line is, these Bing results came directly from Google.

I’d like to give you some background and details of our experiments that lead us to understand just how Bing is using Google web search results.

It all started with tarsorrhaphy. Really. As it happens, tarsorrhaphy is a rare surgical procedure on eyelids. And in the summer of 2010, we were looking at the search results for an unusual misspelled query [torsorophy]. Google returned the correct spelling—tarsorrhaphy—along with results for the corrected query. At that time, Bing had no results for the misspelling. Later in the summer, Bing started returning our first result to their users without offering the spell correction (see screenshots below). This was very strange. How could they return our first res…

WordPress Theme: Strontiumpon

Everybody love coupons and vouchers! Strontiumpon WordPress theme turns your normal blog into a fully functional “out of the box” coupon or voucher website. Offering discount coupons and vouchers attract more customers and readers to your site.
This WordPress theme also has a featured coupon and popular coupon sections to add more exposure to your offers.
Strontiumpon helps you offer discount coupons right directly from you site with just a few simple steps.
Strontiumpon WordPress theme also comes with a built-in advertisements spots:
728 x 15 px banner ad250 x 250 px banner ads300 x 250 px banner ads468 x 15 px link unitsAn interesting feature of Strontiumpon WP theme is also the built-in Facebook Like Box for your Facebook Fan pages. Installation is easy, just paste your Facebook Page URL in the admin options panel and your page’s Like Box is automatically displayed in the sidebar area.
The robust framework makes it easier for you to manage and customize the backend administrati…

Should Cloud APIs Focus on Client Libraries More Than Endpoints?

Cloud APIs are all about the endpoints: some services follow the current trend of providing a RESTful end point, others use older protocols such as RPC or SOAP, some use newer – push focused – endpoints like WebSockets or HTTP Streaming, others may offer a number of different endpoints to meet different requirements and some just use what seems to be best for a specific job which might mean not strictly following protocol rules. But is providing an endpoint to a service alone good enough? Should a developer really have to care about how a service is built or accessed when they can use a client library? This post was very much inspired by William Vambenepe’s blog post called Cloud APIs are like military parades which focuses on the current trend of REST APIs but it also covers some interesting questions and one very key one: How many developers actually directly access an endpoint and how many access a service through a library? So, should cloud services just be providing endpoint…

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 2, Released [Screenshots And Video]

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal alpha 2 has just been released and as usual, we'll do a recap of all the new features since alpha 1.

Before you proceed to get an detailed view of what's new in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal alpha 2, here's a video I've recorded with the latest alpha 2:
Now let's get started.

One of the biggest changes is the replacement of two of the oldest Ubuntu applications: Banshee and LibreOffice have replaced Rhythmbox and OpenOffice:

Ubuntu 11.04 alpha 2 comes with Kernel 2.6.38 RC2, Server 1.10 and Mesa 7.10, Gnome 2.32.1, Nautilus, Firefox 4.0 beta 10, LibreOffice 3.3.0, Banshee 1.9.2, Evolution 2.32.1.

'200 lines kernel patch' is default in Natty
The Ubuntu 11.04 Natty alpha 2 kernel includes the official inclusion of the '200 line patch' which improves responsivness for some workloads. It also brings a major update to the VFS, RCU dentry handling, which is slated to improve filesystem performance particularly …

LG Readying to ‘Rewrite History’ with the Optimus 3D

LG hasn’t been a key player in the phone market for quite some time, but they fully expect to change that in 2011 with device launches such as the Optimus 2X and Optimus 3D. Not only are they entering the smartphone market; they’re entering it aggressively. In a new teaser published by LG, they boast “The World’s First Dual Core-Multi Channel” device that looks strikingly similar to the LG Optimus 3D we saw leaked last week.

The ad seems to focus on the upcoming Optimus 3D even though its 3D capabilities are not shown off (this must be the “unexpected” jaw-dropping announcement they’re holding until the press conference).
It seems companies, such as LG, are becoming more and more concerned about the hype regarding the release of a device. They know they have an audience, so they will tease and leak until they feel the public knows just enough about the device before its launch at an official press conference. We’re not complaining!

Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad F10 Tablet with Intel Oak Trail Lincroft Processor

Pioneer Computers, one of the Australia based company has recently launched a new tablet known as Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad F10. Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad F10 tablet is bestowed with some really amazing features like 1GB/2GB of RAM memory and 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB solid state drive. Based on Intel Oak Trail platform this new Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad F10 tablet also comes embedded with bluetooth, and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity. Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad F10 Tablet Specs10.1 inches of multi touch display 1024 x 600 pixels of resolution 1GB/2GB of RAM memory 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB solid state drive Powered with 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Lincroft processor Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity Inbuilt Ethernet LAN (10/100 Mbps) connectivity 3G/3.5G modem 1.3 mega pixel webcam SIM Card Slot 2 in 1 card reader HDMI , USB port Integrated stereo speakers Azalia Codec support 2.1 channel output Headphone jack and microphone 243 x 175 x 15 mm of dimension 70…

Polite Silencer Tweak Lets you Silence your iPhone Ringer [Jailbreak Tweak]

A new tweak has been released in Cydia which will allow you to politely request your iPhone’s ringer to shut its mouth. The name of this tweak is Polite Silencer. This tweak will be very useful for you when you are in an important meeting and your phone has gone off. Using this tweak you can silence your iPhone ringer easily just like picking up your iPhone. Simply you have to shake your iPhone in order to make it silence. You should note that after installing this tweak on your jailbroken iPhone it will not add any icons to the springboard of your iPhone.
Polite Silencer is a must have tweak for every iPhone users. This tweak adds some configurable options to the If you want to configure this tweak then you have to go to the Polite Silencer is available in Cydia for free of cost. You can watch the video embedded below to see it in action. You should remember you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone in order to use this tweak. If you don’t have…

Active Media Products SATA Disk-on-Modules are first to hit 64GB

Sometimes in an enterprise setting a server or other computer only needs a small amount of storage and that storage needs to be fast and compact to fit into a small enclosure. Active Media Products has just announced that it has new Disk-on-Modules specifically for the enterprise market.

The modules are very small and plug into the SATA port on any mainboard. AMP says that it is the first company to offer the 64GB modules for sale and that they are shipping to OEMs for about $259 right now. The modules use 7-pin SATA header that will work with almost any mainboard and they come in Type-1 and Type-2 styles.
The only difference in the two styles is that the Type-1 has a left side connector and the Type-2 has a right side connector. The sequential read speed is up to 100MB/s and the sequential write is up to 42MB/s. The DOMs measure 2.2″ x 1.3″ and use MLC flash, ECC, wear leveling, and bad block management.

Video of The Nook Color Running Honeycomb

As you may recall, last week on the XDA-Developers forums, user “deeper-blue” posted some photos of the Nook Color booting up with Honeycomb. Well, today, they’ve posted a video of the Nook Color not only booting Honeycomb, but running it rather well. Check it out:
This new video also features “graphics acceleration” that is “more or less working”. Sure, it’s a touch laggy, but considering all that the developer has done to get this far, it’s a pretty impressive achievement. We’ll bring you more on this as it develops.

Intel Completes Purchase of Infineon

Intel has finished the purchasing process of Infineon’s Wireless Business and that means problems for everyone making processor chips for mobile devices. The industry giant has so much clout that when it tells the rest of its competitors to jump, they reply with “how high?” Well, not really, but Intel does have enough power that when they make a move the rest of the industry follows its lead.

Intel wasn’t always in this prestigious position as only a few years ago it was getting beaten handedly by chief competitor AMD. That is until Intel corrected its processor architecture to use less power and coupled that with its massive manufacturing capacity to relegate AMD to its lower status. The new competitor Intel now looks to have set its eyes on is British company ARM, leader in processor chips in mobile phones and tablets.
The problem Intel had was that it could produce chips that had the sufficient processing power and energy efficiency but they didn’t have any experien…

LG’s G-Tablet: 3D grail or gimmick?

3D was the home entertainment industry’s big push for 2010, and it’s not giving up in 2011 either. CES 2011 saw the usual array of ever-larger HDTVs offering active and passive 3D playback options, and some manufacturers suggest this year will mark the tipping point for 2D/3D balance in their ranges. It’s not only big screens, either; at the tiny end of the scale, gadgets like the Nintendo 3DS and various 3D cameras and camcorders promise fun in the third-dimension. Now LG has confirmed that the LG G-Tablet, the company’s freshly-detailed 8.9-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate, will support not only 3D video capture via a pair of cameras on the back, but on-device 3D playback too. Question is, will the need for special glasses turn off would-be 3D tableteers?

Rather than using an auto-stereoscopic panel, as on the 3DS, LG’s 8.9-inch G-Tablet display is too large for such image trickery to comfortably – and affordably – work. Instead, it uses a regular display and then relies o…

Internet of Things Innovators: ThingMagic

Today we look at one of many companies making 'things' happen in the evolving Internet of Things. Based out of Cambridge, MA, the aptly named ThingMagic makes a range of RFID (radio frequency identification) products. Last July, ThingMagic started a campaign which caught our eye: 100 uses of RFID, a blog series which ran over 100 business days. At first we were a little skeptical, but when we checked in at the end of November the mission was nearly complete. All 100 uses are now available on the ThingMagic blog, covering a range of industries - healthcare, banking, cycling, prisons, swimming pools, and more.
RFID chips are tiny microprocessors that are embedded into real world objects. Data from the chips is read by RFID Readers, which is what ThingMagic specializes in. Over the 10 years of its existence, ThingMagic has diversified its customer base and was eventually acquired last October.
ThingMagic's acquirer was Trimble, a provider of positioning and trackin…

MyWi OnDemand Lets you Create an iPad to iPhone Connection Quickly [Cydia Tweak]

Do you want to connect iPad to your iPhone quickly? Well, A new tweak has been released in Cydia which will allow you to create an iPad to iPhone connection quickly. The name of this tweak is MyWi OnDemand. Using this tweak you can disconnect your iOS device from a WiFi network. MyWi OnDemand will disconnect you automatically when you turn off your iPad screen. You can easily configure MyWi OnDemand tweak. MyWi OnDemand is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch running iOS 3.1.2 or later and iPad running iOS 3.2 or later. MyWi OnDemand is available in Cydia. It costs $24.99 USD. If you have already purchased MyWi tweak then you can upgrade to MyWi OnDemand at a price of $4.99 USD. You can watch the video embedded below to see it in action.
You should remember you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to install this tweak. If you don’t have jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad then you can follow the step by step instructions poste…

Greenpois0n RC5 Untethered Jailbreak will Allow Custom Animated iPhone Boot Logo [Video]

As we know Greenpois0n RC5 untethered jailbreak which is going to be released soon will support iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3G, and iPod touch 4G. Now we came to know Greenpois0n RC5 untethered jailbreak will allow custom animated iPhone boot logo. A video which published by Chronic dev team member Jaywalker9988 and westbaer shows animated greenpois0n logo. This animation will be available via Cydia.

We have already posted that GreenPois0n RC5 include two new features such as verbose boot and custom boot logos. Verbose boot feature will allow you to see the boot up process. You should note that currently GreenPois0n RC5 will not work with iOS 4.3. Well, We are expecting GreenPois0n RC5 will release after the release of iOS 4.3. You can watch the video posted by Jaywalker9988 and westbaer embedded below.