October 31, 2008

Microsoft Puts “I’m a PC” Kiosk Near Apple Store…

Microsoft has started next phase of their $300 million ad campaign by putting a kiosk near Apple Store in Birmingham, UK. The kiosk lets users record their own “I’m a PC” video for contribution to the ad campaign. Microsoft says that this phase of campaign will use videos uploaded by customers rather than paid professional spokespeople. Microsoft started the $300 million ad campaign to improve Vista’s image and to counter Apple’s “I’m a PC” and “I’m a Mac” ad campaign. Read More

Intel Plans to Present 32nm Chip Details While AMD Plans to Show Off First 22nm Part

On December 15th, IEEE will kick off International Electron Devices Meeting, where representatives from various chip-manufacturing companies will present paper related to latest development in chip design and manufacturing. Intel will release details about its 32nm manufacturing process, which they will start using to produce chips in 2009. Intel will talk about how they produced a 291Mb SRam memory that uses high-k and metal gate technologies to test 32nm process technology. Read More

October 30, 2008

New MacBooks Supports up to 6GB of RAM, But not 8GB

Since Apple launched the new MacBooks there has been discussion going around the blogosphere about how much RAM the new laptop can support. Earlier, NVIDIA revealed that the GeForce 9400M chipset is capable of supporting 8GB of RAM. But Apple has listed on its website that the MacBooks supports just 4GB RAM. So iFixit.com decided to test whether MacBook can support 8GB RAM or not. They found that even though the system recognized 8GB memory it wasn’t able to use it. Only 4GB RAM was used and rest was left free. Read More

Samsung Showcases World’s First 40-inch OLED Display and 0.05mm Thick OLED Displa

Samsung displayed their latest development in OLED display technology with a 40-inch Full HD OLED display and a flapping 0.05mm thick OLED at IMID Korea. Samsung claims that it is the world’s first company to show a prototype 40-inch OLED display capable of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution. The other important prototype that Samsung showed was a 0.05mm thick, 4-inch OLED panel. Samsung named it “flapping display” because the display was flexible enough to flutter in breeze of air. Read More

HP Officially Announces Three New Mini 1000 Netbook Models

HP has released three new models of Mini 1000 netbook series, the piano-black HP Mini 1000, vibrant red HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition and HP Mini 1000 MIE. The first model of HP Mini 1000 will be based on Windows XP Home and Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor will power it. The netbook will have option of 8.9-inch or 10.2-inch Brightview widescreen display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GB RAM, Ethernet jack, 2 USB ports, built-in webcam and microphone. Read More

Microsoft Developing New Surface Prototype “Secondlight”

Slashdot is reporting that Microsoft is working on new Surface Table technology called “Secondlight” that projects an image through the table itself, so that any translucent material held above the Surface Table screen displays a different image to what you see on the table’s display. According to Slashdot this means you can have a satellite image of a town on the table and have the street names projected on to a piece of paper that the user holds above the map. Read More and Watch the table in Action.

October 28, 2008

Microsoft Previews New Web Applications Based on Office Software

Along with Windows 7 Microsoft also demoed its new Web applications for Office at Professional Developers Conference 2008. The Web applications are lightweight versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that can be used within standard web browser. Microsoft showed how users could use Web, Phone and Computer version of Office to edit the same rich document, switching among them seamlessly without losing file compatibility. Read More

Microsoft Delivers Pre-Beta Release of Windows 7 to Developers

Microsoft today delivered pre-beta build of Windows 7 to Professional Developers Conference (PDC) attendees and announced plans to release a full Windows 7 beta early next year. Microsoft also did the first full public demo of Windows 7 showing various new features. Microsoft says that Windows 7 is designed to make everyday tasks faster and easier and make new things possible for end users. Read More

Walmart Lowers MP3 Price to 74 Cents and Adds Mac Support

Walmart made a very aggressive move by lowering per song price to 74 cents to compete against Apple’s iTunes and Amazon MP3 store. iTunes charges 99 cents per song and Amazon offer songs for 89 cents each. Walmart has lowered per song price for part of its catalogue including the top 30 songs to 74 cents. The regular price will remain at 94 cents, Walmart says. Walmart will also try to increase CD sales by offering customers free MP3 song from any artist or album, when they buy physical copies of albums either online or in stores. Read More

Lenovo IdeaPad S10e will Feature Instant-on OS “QuickStart”

Lenovo has partnered with DeviceVM to bring Splashtop to its IdeaPad S10e. Splashtop is an instant-on platform that allows users to surf web, check email, chat online or video conference seconds after turning on their laptop. Lenovo will rebrand Splashtop as QuickStart on the IdeaPad S10e. Read More

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.8GHz: Hard Drive Vs Solid State Drive Shootout

Bare Feats have tested the 7200 RPM 320GB hard drive (HDD) against 128GB solid state drive (SSD) on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The MacBook Pro came with a Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 HDD and they used an OCZ Core Series 128GB SSD for comparison. For test setup they used a FireWire 800 external drive to boot from and tested identically empty HDD against the empty SSD. They measured maximum speed when empty as well as simulate a full drive with help of DiskTester 2. Read More

October 27, 2008

Google Earth Now On iPhone

Google Earth has been released for the iPhone. Like its desktop counter part Google Earth for iPhone brings fantastic images for virtual tour around the globe. On iPhone, you can use multitouch gestures as well as tilt sensors (accelerometer) for an interactive experience. Using two fingers you can spin the landscape, tapping the compass icon on right-hand corner realigns you northward, you can zoom in and out by pinching action and swiping the finger across the screen will spin the globe. Read More

New Features in Windows 7 Pre-Beta

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNET is reporting that Microsoft will show Windows 7 to attendees of Professional Developers Conference going on in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Some details about the new features have started to leak out through people who have seen the latest pre-beta build of the upcoming Windows OS. Below is a list of new features that Mary talks about in her post. Read More

Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure

Today, Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect announced Windows Azure, the cloud-based service platform. Microsoft says Azure is an industry-leading service platform and will help developers build the next generation of applications that will span from the cloud to the enterprise datacenter and deliver compelling new experience across the PC, Web and Phone. Read More

Dell Introduces Inspiron Mini 12 Netbook

Dell today introduced the new Inspiron Mini 12 netbook with 12-inch LCD screen. Initially, Mini 12 will only ship in Japan through Bic Camera, Kojima and Sofmap stores and other retail outlets. It will be launched globally in late November with starting price of around $599. The new netbook will only be 0.92-inch thick and weigh 2.72 pounds. Read More

iPhone 2.2 Software Update to Add Street View Public Transit and Walking Directions

Apple has started seeding beta version of iPhone 2.2 software and the new software gets some of the new Maps features, that Google showed when they launched the T-Mobile G1. The next software update will not only add Street View, but also bus train and walking directions to the Maps software. In direction mode, Apple has added three icons showing car, public transit and walk, on top of the screen. Read More