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Intel not inside (US), builds plant in Asia

October 31, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel not inside (US), builds plant in Asia

Intel has opened yet another plant in East Asia. Following the opening of a $2.5 billion fab in China on Tuesday, Otellini cut the ribbon on $1 billion assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City. Otellini told reporters that the new plant was the largest and most advanced test facility in Intel’s global manufacturing network. He stressed that the plant would generate thousands of jobs and boost Vietnam’s exports. The 46,000 square meter is twice as large as Intel’s other assembly... 

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Life’s building blocks may lurk at the edge of our Solar System

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Life’s building blocks may lurk at the edge of our Solar System

The reddish hue of many objects in our solar system’s frigid outer reaches may be evidence of complex organic molecules, perhaps even the building blocks of life, new research suggests. Scientists have come up with a computer model to explain the many colors — the reds, whites and blues— found in the Kuiper Belt, the swath of icy bodies circling the sun with Pluto. The model suggests that Kuiper Belt objects have many layers, and that the reds could come from organic materials in a layer... 

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No UMD player in Sony’s PSP2

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
No UMD player in Sony’s PSP2

Undercover agents are confirming that the upcoming PSP2 prototype that Sony is showing to developers will not have UMD support. Instead, the PSP2 will use a combination of onboard flash memory (16GB) and memory sticks for storage. The biggest news might be what sources are confirming is the processing power. According to those who are in the know, the PSP2 has as much raw processing power as the Xbox 360. While the exact hardware specs have not been confirmed, we hear that it does have 1GB of... 

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Defense Dept. Releases Android Mental Health App

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Defense Dept. Releases Android Mental Health App

A free smart phone mobile application that will help service members, veterans and family members track their emotional health is now available, Defense Department officials announced this week. The application was developed at the National Center for TeleHealth and Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. “Our mission here … is to leverage technology to support the behavioral health needs of servicemembers and families,” Perry Bosmajian, a psychologist with the center, told American Forces... 

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Microsoft starts endorsing HTML 5

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft starts endorsing HTML 5

In the quest to compete and keep its dominance in the browser market, Microsoft has started to endorse HTML5. Albeit HTML5 has yet to be a finalized standard, just about everyone, from browser developers to users, are eagerly awaiting the confirmation of what is being celebrated as “the next iteration of the web”. Now it seems that Microsoft, which traditionally prefers a go-it-alone strategy when it comes to industry standards, has jumped on the HTML5 bandwagon. Speaking at the PDC... 

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Cell Phone Market Slows While Smartphones Grows

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cell Phone Market Slows While Smartphones Grows

Cell phone market growth slowed slightly in the September quarter due to worries over economic growth and component shortages, and the market growth would slow further in the current quarter, researchers said on Friday. The phones market — the largest volume electronics industry — has surged this year from a slump in 2009 when the recession hit consumer spending on the latest gadgets around the world. Strategy Analytics (SA) said the overall annual market growth slowed to 13 percent in... 

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U.S. Cable Operators Embrace IPv6

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Cable Operators Embrace IPv6

While some traditional telecom carriers such as AT&T appear to be dragging their feet on deploying the emerging standard known as IPv6, the U.S. cable industry ,led by Comcast, is charging ahead on this long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol. “We’ve been working with cable operators really closely for over two years on getting IPv6 ready for deployment,” says Chris Donley, project director of network protocols at CableLabs, which has... 

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Sony’s PS3 division jumps into profitability

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Sony’s PS3 division jumps into profitability

After many of a long sleepless night Sony‘s Networked Product and Services division, which houses the PlayStation business, PC and other connected devices, swung to an $85.5 million operating profit for the second quarter of the financial year.  Unfortunately, the division saw a $731m loss for the same period last year. However, sales in the game category specifically were down 12.9 percent, $2.1 billion, compared to $2.4billion for the same quarter last year. Unit sales of the PlayStation... 

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3DiJoy Corp Develops Nintendo Wii-like Service for $20

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
3DiJoy Corp Develops Nintendo Wii-like Service for $20

Chinese company 3DiJoy Corp. is aiming to put a Nintendo-Wii like gaming service in households across China over the new few years. The target cost: US$20, a tenth of what the Wii gaming system goes for in the U.S. The difference is that 3DiJoy’s gaming service reduces the actual game machine, and instead will piggyback as an add-on for Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services being offered by telecommunication companies. The gaming service resembles the Nintendo Wii in that it uses stick... 

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Microsoft’s XBOX division reports $382 million in profits

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Microsoft’s XBOX division reports $382 million in profits

Microsoft‘s Entertainment and Devices division, which encompasses the Xbox, Zune and Windows Phone 7 businesses, has reported an operating profit of $382 million for its first financial quarter, up 46 per cent on the same period last year. Revenues were up 27 per cent to $1.79 billion as the company shipped 2.8 million Xbox 360 units, up 38 per cent from the 2.1 million shipped in the first quarter of the 2010 financial year. Halo Reach, the latest in the best-selling shooter franchise, has... 

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Over 80 million Tablet sales by 2015 projected

October 29, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Over 80 million Tablet sales by 2015 projected

The fortune tellers at Juniper Research have looked into their crystal ball and project that the number of annual shipments of tablet devices will reach 81 million by 2015. The assumption is based on the fact that more consumer electronics and handset manufacturers will enter the market. It claimed that Android is allowing both new and existing device manufacturers to enter the market and products have been launched already by companies such as Dell with the Streak, Maylong’s M150 and... 

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Oakley Enters 3-D Arena With Multi Purpose Glasses

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Oakley Enters 3-D Arena With Multi Purpose Glasses

Oakley is known for marketingluxury eye wear, apparel, and accessories. So why is the iconic brand getting into the 3-D glasses business, a market that up until now has been decidedly un-sexy? Think of the 3-D glasses you’ve seen passed out in movie theaters and advertised for use with 3-D TV’s. The movie theater glasses are flimsy and disposable; the liquid crystal shutter glasses (aka “active shutter glasses”) sold by electronics makers are clunky and need to be charged... 

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Acer To Unveil Multiple Tablets On Nov. 23

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Acer To Unveil Multiple Tablets On Nov. 23

 Acer plans to launch multiple tablet devices at an event in New York on Nov. 23, with different operating systems and multiple form factors, the company’s CEO said Friday. The market has been waiting for version 3.0 of Google’s Android mobile software for use in tablets, said Gianfranco Lanci, President and CEO of Acer, but he did not indicate whether Acer planned an Android tablet. He is optimistic about tablet sales and forecast a market of 40 million to 50 million globally next... 

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Apple Now Fourth Largest Mobile Phone Maker

October 29, 2010 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Now Fourth Largest Mobile Phone Maker

Apple has entered the coveted “Top Five” phone makers list for the first time. Not only did it enter the top five, it landed in the fourth spot ahead of competitor RIM. In its most recent quarter, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones. RIM sold 12.4 million. Those numbers are far behind the leaders of the top five, however. Despite its on going struggles, Nokia dominated the market with 110.4 million handsets shipped in its most recent financial quarter. Samsung came in a solid number two... 

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DarK Matter finally seen, sorta

October 28, 2010 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
DarK Matter finally seen, sorta

In a new finding that could have game-changing effects if borne out, two astrophysicists think they’ve finally tracked down the elusive signature of dark matter. This invisible substance is thought to make up much of the universe — but scientists have little idea what it is. They can only infer the existence of dark matter by measuring its gravitational tug on the normal matter that they can see. Now, after sifting through observations of the center of our Milky Way galaxy, two researchers... 

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