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Google join SOPA's list of enemies, will protest SOPA using home page

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 5:04 am

[Update: Changed the title, now less confusing.] When you visit Google tomorrow, and let's face it, we know you will, you'll see that they will have posted a link on their home page notifying users of Google's opposition to the controversial anti-piracy bills being thrown around like candy in Congress.




Google confirmed in a statement that they will join other popular sites such as Reddit, and Wikipedia, as well as other influential tech sites in staging protests of varying kinds against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which are (of course) backed by big entertainment and media interests.


A Google representative has said:


Like many businesses, entrepreneurs, and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue Web sites without asking American companies to censor the Internet. So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. home page.

iOS 5.1 beta 3 teases iPad 3 code names, also mentions Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 4:19 am

Remember yesterday, we said that the iPad 3 rumors wouldn't stop, well, it hasn't even been 24 hours and there's yet another one. Today it has been reported that deep in iOS 5.1 beta 3, there are mentions of two next-generation iPad 3 code names, J1AP and J2AP, as well as ongoing references to Facebook.




What do the code names mean, exactly? Well, from previous DigiTimes reports, where iPad 3 code names J1 and J2 were mentioned, it could refer to Wi-Fi and cellular data versions of Apple's next-gen iPad. More interestingly, Facebook is being mentioned. iOS 4 was meant to include proper Facebook integration, but was dropped as Apple and Facebook couldn't reach and agreement. So this code is either pointing toward new integration in iOS with Facebook, or could be old, deserted code.


We'll have to wait for iOS 6 to see what Apple brings us, as for one, Facebook is simply too large to ignore, no matter your differences. Two, we know that the iPad 3 is eventually coming, Apple just don't like to announce things ahead of time.

Microsoft's Windows 8 PC and device requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 3:19 am

Windows 8 requirements are quite interesting, more interesting are the details inside for "device requirements". If you want to check them out, here's the link. Better get a coffee, energy drink or similar because it's nearly 1000 pages long. Onto the good stuff!


Within Windows have covered the interesting requirements, where Microsoft have stated that there must be five hardware buttons on Windows 8 tablet/convertible PCs, as well as a minimum component set for tablets and convertible PCs.




Microsoft requires '5-point digitizers', which is a minimum. This means it supports at least a hand of fingers on the screen at once. NFC "touch marks" are featured in Windows 8, where any tablet or slate must have a sticker of similar signage telling the user its NFC-capable. Microsoft also require that Windows 8 has the aforementioned 5 button minimum, with those buttons being Power, Rotation lock, Windows Key, Volume up, and Volume down.

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Apple is at it, again - files design suit against Samsung in Germany, wants to ban 10 Samsung smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 2:18 am

Apple is at it again, this time it has filed another suit in Germany, where they seek to ban sales of various Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S Plus and S II. The suit was filed in the Dusseldorf Regional Court, and is based from Apple design rights in Europe, according to a phone call Bloomberg had with court spokesman Peter Schuetz.




Apple didn't stop there, they've also launched a separate suit against five different Samsung tablet computer models related to a September ruling banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Last month, the Dusseldorf court said that it is unlikely to grant an injunction against the Galaxy 10.1N and an appeals court also gave doubts about the reach of Apple's European Union design right that won the company the injunction against the Galaxy 10.1.


The new suits aren't filed under emergency proceedings, and allow Apple a new procedure against both models. Apple did initially win with their successful September injunction, but have since then, hit roadblocks against Samsung. Back in December, Apple failed to convince an Australian court to reinstate a ban of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Yahoo! announces the resignation of Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 1:21 am

Yahoo! Inc. have just announced that Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang has resigned from its Board of Directors and all other positions within the company, effective today. Yang has also resigned from the Boards of Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited, also, effective today.




In a latter Yang wrote to the Yahoo! Board Chairman, Roy Bostock, he said:


My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. However, the time has come for me to pursue other interests outside of Yahoo! As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo! into an exciting and successful future.

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Fujitsu M532, sports Ice Cream Sandwich and Tegra 3 lovin'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 1:21 am

Fujitsu has been pretty quite when it comes to tablets, but it seems they're about to make a rumble with a product they look to be launching in May of this year. Enter the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, which is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip (SoC).




The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 was shown off to TechFokus, where they said it sports a 1280x800 display, 16GB of onboard storage, a 3-megapixel front-facing cam, 8-megapixel rear-facer and should carry a $630 price tag. It was shown off with Honeycomb, but when it hits retail it will reportedly have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it.



So far, Fujitsu haven't really been a player in the tablet market. Things could change for the future, but there's nothing I saw on this tablet that really makes my eyes widen and make my hand hover to my wallet ready to GIVE IT MY MONEY. I guess time will tell.

Samsung to expand operations in Austin, Texas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 12:29 am

Samsung is looking to issue its first overseas bonds since 1997 in a move to expand the production of processors used in mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone. Samsung have sent requests for proposals to banks to borrow as much as $1 billion in order to expand production capacity at it's Austin, Texas-based plant.




Samsung joins cash-rich technology companies such as Google, by entering the bond market as borrowing costs plummet. It's cheaper for Samsung to raise funds to meet surging smartphone demand than go into their own pocket, where they have nearly $20 billion in cash.


Samsung are also planning to increase investment in 2012 to boost production of not just mobile chips, but next-generation OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display panels. No detailed investment plans for 2012 have been stated by Samsung.


The expansion should be a great thing for Texas, and America as a whole. Creating jobs in a struggling economy, and a struggling country.

Download of the Day: ThrottleStop 4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 11:56 pm

Our Download of the Day is ThrottleStop 4.0.




TechPowerUp also published the latest version of ThrottleStop, a nifty utility that lets you monitor the CPU clock speed throttling scheme used by your notebook, and provides you with options to override or change it. This is particularly useful for noteboook users facing performance issues even when the notebook is plugged in, despite enabling Windows "high-performance" power scheme. The application's main window lets you perform both monitoring and tweaking, its left pane provides you with tweaking your CPU's power scheme using three methods, while its right pane lets you monitor the way in which your OS is throttling the CPU, down to the level of logical CPUs (threads).


You can grab ThrottleStop 4.0, here.

Deal of the Day: Dell Small Business - 73-Inch Mitsubishi C Series WD-73C11 3D 1080p DLP Home Cinema HDTV for $929.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Small Business - 73-Inch Mitsubishi C Series WD-73C11 3D 1080p DLP Home Cinema HDTV for $929.99 with FREE Shipping!




Get the gigantic 73" Mitsubishi C Series WD-73C11 3D 1080p DLP Home Cinema TV with 1920 x 1080 native resolution, 6-color processor, 120hz subframe rate, and 3 HDMI inputs for just $929.99 after $1170 instant discount, with FREE shipping.


Expires 1/17/12.




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Mobile App of the Day: Groupon for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 17, 2012 12:27 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Groupon for Windows Phone.


Groupon features 50%-90% off deals on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy. Discover your town and the world with Daily Deals, Now! Deals, and Getaway deals. Groupon is available in more than 500 cities around the world, and we add new cities and deals every day. With our Windows Phone 7 app you can: - Discover great Daily Deals and Getaway Deals near you - Find Now! deals to buy and use right away - Purchase deals directly from your phone - Keep track of all your purchased Groupons by location and expiration date - Redeem deals from your phone and never print another Groupon!




What's new in Version 2.0: We're now taking advantage of Mango! You can now browse, purchase, and redeem Groupon Now! deals, as well as pin any division or Groupon Now! to the home screen as two-sided live tiles. We've also updated our push notification service so that you get notified when deals are available for you!


You can grab Groupon for Windows Phone, here.

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