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HP exec: Microsoft Surface is "slow" and "kludgey"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 8:31 am

During an interview with IDG, HP's PC business chief, Todd Bradley, had a few not-so-kind words for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Bradley said that Surface is "slow" and "kludgey", adding that he doesn't even consider Surface as competition to HP.




Considering HP's problems over the last year, and the fact that they don't even have a tablet on the market, that's some very strong opinion being pushed into the world. But, Bradley was the CEO of PalmOne before joining HP in 2005, but considering the failure that HP had in the tablet world, Bradley's words are very hollow.


HP's TouchPad complete disaster in 2011 saw the company avoid the consumer tablet market completely, and according to Bradley, HP won't look into the tablet space until 2013:


We're not entering the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We'll be doing something next year, but you won't see a consumer tablet from HP before Christmas.


I will now pin all hopes on HP having a much better tablet than Microsoft's Surface, which sells more than MS did, and is the opposite of "slow" and "kludgey". If not, be prepared to eat those words, Mr Todd Bradley.

Google invests $75 million into 50mW wind farm, total renewable energy investment stands at nearly $1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 7:34 am

Google have just announced that they're investing $75 million into a 50mW wind farm in Rippey, which is around an hour outside of Des Moines. This latest investment sees the Mountain View-based company's total investment into renewable energy at "more than $990 million", edging close to that magical $1 billion mark.




The Rippey-based project is being done by RPM access, who are estimated to produce enough energy to power over 15,000 Iowa homes thanks to the turbines produced in Nordex USA. Google reiterate that both company's are based in the US, enforcing that Google are also an American company. Google are pushing for renewable energy in Iowa as they have a data center in Council Bluffs, and have been pumping money into the area since they opened the data center five years ago:


In 2007, we announced plans to construct a data center in Council Bluffs. Then in the spring of 2012, we announced that we would be building a second facility. Over time, we've invested over $900 million and have established a long-term commitment to the region and state. We've created over 130 jobs on site so far, and we work hard to support the communities in which our employees live and work.

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Android 4.2 includes hidden "BeanFlinger" Daydream - get ready to flick your bean

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 6:34 am

If you haven't heard about Android 4.2 Jelly Bean's "Daydreams", well, they're a screensaver-like app that runs whenever your device is docked, or charging. There's a handful included with the stock Android 4.2, but there's a hidden one, too - it's unlockable if you access the Jelly Bean "Easter Egg" animation.



Tapping several times on the Android version number under Settings, then About Phone will display a large Jelly Bean smiley face. Press down on this for a few seconds and you'll be prompted with a screen filled with even more delicious-looking jelly beans.


Once you've done this, the "BeanFlinger" Daydream will be unlocked. You can find BeanFlinger under Settings, Display, Daydreams. This unlocking should work on any Android 4.2-based device that supports Daydreams.

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Microsoft updates SkyDrive app, includes improvements and SD card upload feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 5:28 am

Microsoft have just pushed out updates to their Android- and Windows Phone-based SkyDrive apps, where they've reached version 1.1 for Android and version 3.0 for Windows Phone. SkyDrive 1.1 for Android includes support that allows uers to upload any file type to their SkyDrive directly from the SD card, instead of just internal storage.




On top of this, Android users can now properly manage and rename features - something that iOS users already enjoyed. New settings to manage photo uploads and downloads are also included. The new updated apps can be found in the Google Play store, and Windows Marketplace.


Also included with SkyDrive 1.1/3.0 is an updated app icon and new visuals, as well as the usual bug fixes.

Apple gets smashed by HTC in China, HTC reigns champion thanks to three allies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 4:34 am

Apple Inc. (AAPL) isn't doing too well in China it seems, with main competitor, Taiwan-based HTC Corp. (2498) doing surprisingly well in China. This is thanks to the allies found in three companies, China Unicom (Hong Kong) LTD, China Telecom Corp. and China Mobile Ltd.




The news comes from a meeting of the leaders of China's largest state-owned enterprises on Friday at China's 18th Party Congress. Chang Xiaobing, China Unicom Chairman said that there is a rare positive for HTC's shareholders, after so much doom and gloom, continuing with:


Well-known Taiwan brand HTC's smartphones are selling great in China, and their cooperation with China Unicom and with other carriers in China is proceeding smoothly.


He added that China's smartphone demand in 2013 would continue to increase, hoping to "implement stronger cooperation with Taiwan companies in similar industries". The three allies HTC finds themselves partnered with, control much of where the smartphone subsidies and marketing dollars are spent, and could be the heroes that HTC need right now. HTC have also said that the China market is a key part of their future in the mobile industry.

Facebook iOS, Android apps updated - now lets you share content from your mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 4:33 am

It's been a long time coming, and something that has annoyed me since the Facebook app first went mobile - you can share content you have on your news feed. I'm a big fan of seeing something I like online, and sharing it to my Facebook news feed, but not being able to do this from the mobile apps on both iOS and Android is frustrating.




Well, the social networking giant has just unleashed version 5.2 of Facebook for iOS and Android - finally. The new version also includes the ability to create an album from the Photos tab on Timeline, improvements in photo tagging and a fix for status update failure affecting some users, like me.


You can grab the new Facebook app from the Apple App Store, and the Google Play store.

Google Nexus 4 brings Google to their knees, more stock to arrive "within three weeks"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 3:32 am

I was lucky enough to get in and get a Nexus 4 in Australia within 20 minutes, which felt like no effort at all - although my delivery was meant to arrive yesterday, I rang FedEx and they've said that there was a stuff up with Google, and it has been delayed in China - boo. Now I won't get my Nexus 4 until next week - #firstworldproblems.




Well, those not lucky enough to score a Nexus 4 will have to wait another few weeks, as the Mountain View-based search giant have been sending out emails to those who backordered a Nexus 4, telling them to expect a Nexus 4 to ship out "within three weeks". Google have decided to be a great company here, and in order to stem the pain of not scoring a Nexus 4 with the first batch, they're waiving shipping charges and will allow consumers to cancel their stock if they find a Nexus 4 at a local T-Mobile dealer.

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Samsung working on 10nm 64GB flash memory chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 2:36 am

Samsung only talked about volume production of their uber-fast eMMC memory chips in August, just two months ago, and are already standing proud with their next-generation of hardware. Pushing 20nm to the side, the South Korean giant is moving to 10nm, with the new 64GB eMMC Pro Class 200 sporting a 20% smaller physical footprint.




Not only is it smaller, but Samsung are claiming it includes 30% advantages in both performance and manufacturing productivity. The previous 20nm-based flash memory chips only begun taking advantage of JEDEC's eMMC 4.5 interface in August, but Samsung are hoping to talk to JEDEC about creating a new standard that can handle this new design.


Write speeds top out at 2,000 IOPS, with read speeds of 5,000 IOPS - beating the 1,500 and 3,000 for write/read, respectively, on the older hardware. Bandwidth reaches 260MB/sec read, 50MB/sec write. The new 10nm-based flash memory chips went into production last month and are set to be baked into smart devies in the near future.

Unity reaches 4.0, includes DX11 support, Linux publishing preview and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 1:35 am

The Unity game engine has just reached the version 4.0 milestone, and is now available for purchase including a bunch of new features. The biggest of which is DirectX 11 support, new animation tools and an add-on for publishing games to Flash.




Tux now includes a preview of deployment for publishing games to Desktop Linux, which is interesting - and with all of this news, the Unity Technologies team is not stopping. CEO David Helgason has said that Unity 4 will be looking at a bright future - with a faster paced schedule, including more frequent releases than the previous platform.


Developers can grab a free version of the software, or they can opt for a $1500 professional license. You can get more details, and make your purchase, here.

Samsung working on bendable display technology, would make smartphones "unbreakable"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2012 12:41 am

Samsung don't just have a twelve-month release cycle like their competition, nor do they just have one flagship product, with a second in development. They continue to innovate, and try to keep more than one portion of consumers happy - this latest news could change the entire market.




Samsung have been working on bendable screen technology for a while, but according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, they're working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable". The South Korean company are reportedly in the final stages of development, and hope to be the first company on the market to start mass production of the interesting new technology.


The new unbreakable screens use OLD technology to emit images, as OLED is thin and can be put onto flexible displays. Instead of using glass, plastic is used to make the phones lighter, with the more durable display. Samsung have told the WSJ that they are already some consumers testing out the new display, and according to an unnamed source in the report, Samsung hope to bake this new tech into displays and put them on the market in the first half of 2013.

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