July 25, 2008

Google Indexes One-Trillionth Unique URL

Google today announced that its search index has hit a major milestone: 1 trillion unique URLs. That means that there are more than one trillion web pages in the world. Based on Google’s index, for every one person on earth there are more than 150 web pages.Google said that index has grown exponentially since Google first launched. Google had indexed only 26 million pages in 1998 and they reached the 1 billion mark in 2000. Read More

SanDisk Developing 3D Memory Chips

SanDisk has started developing next generation memory technology that will allow greater storage density and increased access speeds. SanDisk is convinced that flash memory will reach its limitations in less than a decade and hence is working on 3D memory technology that it acquired with the purchase of Matrix Semiconductor. While conventional circuits put all the active circuitry on the silicon substrate, SanDisk’s 3D architecture deposits multiple layers of active memory elements so that circuitry extends vertically also. Read More

Asus Working on Extending Battery Life and Providing Internet Storage for Eee PC

Asustek plans to add new features to its highly successful Eee PC lineup. The company has been working on extending the battery life of the mini-notebook and plans to introduce a model with whole-day battery life. The new model will last complete 8 hours on a single charge. The other feature the company plans to implement is online storage. Read More

Is iPhone 3G Coming to Orange UK?

9to5mac has posted that they have heard O2 UK’s exclusive iPhone deal with Apple will be up later this year and Orange will gain access to the device for offering it in UK market. According to Electricpig, Orange will be allowed to sell the iPhone 3G in UK, possibly as soon as October. Orange has already partnered up with Apple to sell iPhone in France, Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Africa. Read More

Apple Seeds iPhone 2.1 Beta Firmware and New iPhone SDK Version

Gear Live is reporting that Apple has seeded a beta version of upcoming iPhone firmware 2.1 (beta1, build 5F90) to developers. Along with the firmware Apple has also posted new iPhone SDK. The new SDK can’t be used to submit applications to App Store at this moment. The firmware update brings a bunch of Core Location feature that track the direction you are heading and the speed you are traveling at. Read More

July 24, 2008

AT&T Updates iPhones 3G Availability Information

AT&T has posted customer update on its website for iPhone 3G. The update goes as follows:
We’ve seen incredible demand for iPhone 3G since it launched – and subsequently sold out – on July 11. Many customers have opted to purchase iPhone 3G through direct fulfillment, which lets them purchase the device at their convenience and return to the store to pick it up as soon as it arrives in to the store. For those customers who have ordered through direct fulfillment, and have not yet received their iPhone 3G, here’s a quick update on our current inventory: Read More

GarageGames Announces Torque Engine for iPhone

iPhone gaming is one of the most talked about topic in gaming industry now days. Every other company at E3 had something to say about iPhone game development. Many big and small developers have already started developing games for the new platform. GarageGames is the latest company to join the iPhone gaming bandwagon. The company has announced that their popular Torque Engine now supports the iPhone. Read More

Jonathan Takiff: New iPhone Still Rules the Smartphone Roost

The two most talked about touchscreen phones other than iPhone are LG Dare (VX9700) from Verizon and Samsung Instinct from Sprint. Both Verizon and Sprint have claimed that their offering is better than the iPhone 3G offered by AT&T. Jonathan Takiff of Philadelphia Daily News compares the three phones based on form factor, user interface, call quality, features, additional applications available and battery capacity. Read More

Samsung Unveils INNOV8 Smartphone with 8-Megapixel Camera

Samsung today announced INNOV8, which will ship globally in August. INNOV8 has an 8-megapixel camera that uses technologies like smileshot, blinkshot, face recognition, image stabilizer, auto-panorama shot and auto focus. The 2.8” QVGA LCD screen with 16 million colors is designed to provide best possible photography, video and gaming experience. The phone comes with 8GB or 16 GB internal storage and the memory card slot gives the option of expand total storage space up to additional 16GB. Read More

Yahoo is Closing Its Online Music Store

Customers of Yahoo Music Store are receiving emails from Yahoo informing them that the online music store will no longer be available as of September 30, 2008. The Email says:
Songs and albums that were purchased through the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Store are protected by a digital rights management system that requires a valid license key before they can be played on your computer. After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited, and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional computers. Read More

Creative Introduces ZEN Mozaic Portable Media Player

Creative today introduced the new Zen Mozaic media player that includes a built-in speaker for on the go music. The player is available in three colors black, pink and silver. It comes with 1.8” LCD screen, FM radio, microphone for voice recording and a mosaic style control panel. The player is bundled with Creative Centrale an application for managing music, photos and video. Read More

July 23, 2008

Crackberry Posts Review of Upcoming BlackBerry Kickstart 8220

Crackberry has got its hands on the upcoming BlackBerry Kickstart a flip phone from Research in Motion. The website says that the device they have is a pre-release model and it is possible that things will change a bit by the time it is launched. The website has posted hardware review of the upcoming phone. There will be two flip models “Kickstart” that is 8220 will feature WiFi, where as “SeaWolf” that is 8210 will feature GPS. Read More

AT&T: iPhone 3G Selling at Double the Rate of Original iPhone

AT&T today announced results for second quarter of 2008 and said that it sold almost twice the number of iPhones in first 12 days as it did with the original iPhone launch a year ago. AT&T also noted that since the launch of original iPhone last year the total number of smartphone owners on its network has more than doubled. The carrier added 1.3 million new customers bring the total number of wireless customers to 72.9 million. Read More

Will Microsoft’s $300 Million Ad Campaign To Improve Vista’s Image Change Anything?

Microsoft started the first phase of its $300 million advertising campaign for improving and clearing up ‘misconceptions’ about Windows Vista. The ad campaign is in response to Apple’s “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” marketing campaign. The first ad that appears on company’s website (photo above) says, “At one point, everyone thought the earth was flat.” The image links to a page informing how far Vista has come. On the page Microsoft posts: Read More

July 22, 2008

Rumor: iPod Nano to Come in Multiple Colors

9to5mac is reporting that Apple might introduce multiple color iPod Nano. Basically each Nano will have plethora of colors like a rainbow. The Nano will also see a storage boost and addition of new features. The website said that it can’t elaborate on everything they have heard but more information will be forthcoming soon. Read More

Onkyo Launches Two A/V Receivers and Two Home Theater Systems

Onkyo announced four new home entertainment products, consisting of two THX certified receivers and two home theater systems. The two receivers TX-SR806 and TX-SR706 come with THX Loudness Plus audio processing technology for improved low volume listening. The SR806 is THX Ultra2 plus certified and the SR706 is THX Select2 plus certified. Both the receivers can upscale digital video sources to a 1080p output using the Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processor. Read More

NVIDIA Launches Five New Laptop Graphics Cards

Yesterday, NVIDIA announced GeForce 9800M and 9700M series Graphics cards for laptop. The 9800M series have three cards 9800M GTX, 9800M GT and 9800M GTS. The top of the line GTX card uses G92 core with 500MHz frequency and 112 shaders each running at 1250MHz. It is capable of 420 gigaflops and has 256-bit memory interface. The 9800M GTX can be used in SLI mode also. Next in line is 9800M GT that uses G94 core running at 500MHz. Read More

SanDisk CEO: Vista Not Optimized for Solid State Drive

SanDisk CEO said that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid state drive and that is delaying the company in releasing solid state drives. Speaking at second quarter earning conference, Eli Harari CEO and Chairman of the company said “as soon as you get into Vista applications in notebook and desktop, you start running into very demanding applications because Vista is not optimized for flash memory solid state disk.” Read More

Audi’s Develops New MMI/Navigation for Upcoming A8 That Use Twin CPUs and NVIDIA Graphics

Audi wants to keep its Multi Media Interface and Navigation system one step ahead of other automakers. For that the company has redesigned its Multi Media system / navigation for A8 luxury sedan. The new system will use two CPUs (800MHz and 500MHz) and NVIDIA’s Graphics card for faster and better rendering of 3D maps and user interface elements. Read More

July 21, 2008

Apple Sells 2.5 Million Macs and 11 Million iPods for $1 Billion Profit

Apple on Monday posted revenue of $7.46 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion, or $1.19 per diluted share for its fiscal 2008 third quarter ended June 28, 2008. In the best June quarter in its history, the company sold almost 2.5 million Macs, or a 41 percent increase from the year-ago quarter and over 11 million iPods. Read More

Esquire to Use E-Ink Electronic Cover for Its 75th Anniversary Issue

Esquire’s editor in chief told New York Times that the magazine would celebrate its 75th year by releasing an issue of the magazine with electronic cover that flashes “The 21st Century Begins Now”. E Ink – a company that designs displays for Amazon’s Kindle will produce the cover. Esquire has exclusive right to use the technology through 2009. Read More

Finder Icons in Upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will Support QuickLook

Apple Insider is reporting that upcoming Mac OS 10.6 will extend support of QuickLook technology to Finder icons also. In Mac OS X 10.5 QuickLook opens a specialized preview window to show the content of the selected file without opening the require application. According to a person familiar with the pre-release OS X 10.6 software, if you take the mouse pointer over an audio file in Snow Leopard, the finder will trigger a triangular ‘play’ button on the icon itself. Read More

Virginia Tech Announces Mac Pros Based Supercomputing Cluster

Virginia Tech announced that it has installed a new Mac based supercomputing cluster that uses 324 Mac Pros operating as servers. The computers are networked together via a 40Gbps copper LAN connection. Each Mac Pro has eight cores bringing the total number of cores in the cluster to 2,592. The cluster is being used by the university’s Center for High-End Computing Systems. Read More

LG Ships 27.7 million Handsets for Q2 2008; Total Number of Touchscreen Phones Sold Reaches 7 Million

LG today announced their financial results for Q2 2008, the company shipped 27.7 million mobile phones. The year-over-year growth was 34.4% and the sales reached US $3.8 billion. With the increase in sales LG has now captured 9.1% market share and is now in a position to overtake Motorola as the world’s number three cell phone maker. The company said that devices like LG Secret, Viewty and Venus are the force behind their recent success. Read More

Apple iPhone 3G Sold Out in All But Three Apple Stores

Apple started selling the iPhone 3G on July 11th and it has been selling like hot cakes since. Apple announced on July 14th that it sold more than one million iPhones in first three days. Last Monday around 70% of Apple stores had iPhone in stock, but today only 3 Apple stores have iPhone and each store has just one model only. The store at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, California has 16GB black model, the store at Briarwood in Ann Arbor, Michigan has 16GB white and the store at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire has 16GB white. Read More