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AMD CEO says that every laptop on earth has enough processing power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:26 am

AMD CEO, Rory Read, has been quoted with quite a powerful quote: that there's enough processing power on every laptop on the planet today. He's specifically referring to what he calls the conclusion of the era between AMD and Intel to develop increasingly faster processors.

 

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AMD spokesperson, Mike Silverman told the San Jose Mercury News that AMD needed to let go of the old AMD versus Intel mindset, as technology moves forward this strategy will no longer be the key focus. AMD CEO Rory Read also talked to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that computing is increasingly moving into the cloud where data centers are able to process computations much faster than a single computer, tablet or smartphone can.

 

Personally, I thought we were over this? I think the whole AMD versus Intel thing ended when we moved into multiple cores? Intel, in my opinion, is so far out in front right now, that CPU power just doesn't have the same effect it did years ago. You can upgrade from a Core i3, to a Core i5 and if you're not utilizing all of that power - is there a difference? If you're using your PC for Facebook and e-mail and move from a dual-core AMD to a quad-core AMD, do you notice the difference?

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GeForce 301.42 WHQL drivers are here, provides 4-way SLI support to the GTX 670, and lots, lots more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:00 am

NVIDIA have just released some new drivers to the public, and what makes these stand out from the other R300 series of drivers is that these are the first WHQL-certified drivers from the R300 family of drivers. NVIDIA have baked plenty of improvements, and features into the R300 series of drivers.

 

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The GeForce 301.42 WHQL does contain some nuggets of gold, such as improving support for the GTX 600 Series of cards. We're looking at the inclusion of GEFORCE GTX 670 4-way SLI support, and a bunch of HDTV displays getting a dded support, as well as the usual single- and multi-GPU bugs being squished. New and/or improved SLI and 3D Vision profiles have arrived, for new games such as Max Payne 3, Dirt: Showdown, Sniper Elite V2, and Street Fighter X Tekken.

 

For more information on the GeForce 301.42 WHQL drivers, check out NVIDIA's page.

12-way video calling arrives on Facebook, iPad thanks to ooVoo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:29 am

ooVoo may not have the same market penetration as Skype or Facetime, but if they keep doing things like this, they soon will be. The video chat service announced today that they're bringing its 12-way video calling feature to Facebook.

 

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The company has also made improvements to their iPad experience, as well as other apps for the iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows. The Mac and PC apps have had 12-way video calling for a while, but the introduction of Facebook 12-way is quite the move for ooVoo.

 

You don't even need to be a member of ooVoo to have a 12-way on Facebook, all you need to do is invite other Facebook friends to initiate a chat with your Facebook friends. ooVoo steps it up further by offering the same 12-way experience on the iPad. The new iPad app will allow for 12-way calls, and four-way simultaneously HD video. The company is also refreshing the remainder of their apps, iPhone, PC and Android, with a cleaner UI and Facebook integration.

 

All of ooVoo's services are free, but are ad-supported.

Japan, Russia looking to set up bases on the Moon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:39 am

If you've ever imagined being a fly on the wall in an important meeting between companies, or corporations, this might be it. The heads of the space agencies for Europe, Canada, and Russia as well as senior representatives from the space agencies of India and Japan, were all together in a hotel in Washington, DC, where they were talking about the benefits of international collaboration at the Global Space Exploration Conference.

 

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The leader of the space agency who's HQ is just a few blocks away, was not on the stage. NASA administrator, Charles Bolden, was in Florida where he was watching the attempt by SpaceX to launch a capsule to the International Space Station. But, it's not strange for NASA to not be involved with these talks, as the agency has had a hard time working with others in joint ventures, and Europe in particular has had to turn elsewhere for partners.

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You'll now need Windows Phone 7.5 to use the Marketplace

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:09 am

Microsoft have just announced that starting today, you'll be required to have Windows Phone 7.5 on phones to download, buy, update, or review apps in Marketplace. This change applies to both the phone and web Marketplace storefronts.

 

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While this seems like a strange move, remember that most phones are already running Windows Phone 7.5, and most phones can be upgraded to the latest version if they're stuck on a previous version of the operating system.

 

If you're running an older version of Windows Phone and try to access the Marketplace, you'll be prompted with an error message when you try to download a new app, or update an app that's already on your device. If you do get the error, all you need to do is install the free Windows Phone 7.5 upgrade.

 

You can find more information, and a step-by-step instruction guide on Update Central.

Windows 8 could have up to 500 million users by the end of 2013, says Ballmer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 23, 2012 2:26 am

Windows 8 arrives later this year, and we're already getting some huge numbers from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on predictions of sales. In a speech to the Seoul Digital Forum in South Korea, Ballmer has said that up to 500 million users will be on a Windows 8-based device by the end of 2013. Ballmer added:

 

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It's really, in some senses, a dawning of the rebirth of MS Windows... It's certainly the most important piece of work we've done.

 

Ballmer also teased that Microsoft will "soon" launch a version of Skype for Windows 8. This could be part of, or arrive close to the Release Preview of Windows 8, which is expected sometime in teh first week of June. Ballmer also talked about cloud computing, predicting that in a few years, there'll only be a few companies that will dominate that industry, he continues:

 

The number of core (cloud) platforms, around which software developers will do their innovation, is not ever-broadening. It's really a quite smaller and focused number -- Windows, various forms of Linux, the Apple ecosystem.

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Facebook shares continue to tank, now down 18.1% below the IPO launch price

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2012 1:45 am

Yesterday I reported that Facebook shares were down 11-percent from the IPO launch price of $38 per share, to a shave over $34 per share. Today, they've dropped even more, down a total of 18.1-percent from $38 per share to $31.12 per share.

 

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An 11-percent drop, is significant in itself, but an 18.1-percent drop is even more significant as it's barely days from its IPO launch. Business Insider has a great piece on it, where they've explained that once again, Wall Street insiders had some great information, where small investors an individuals were left out in the cold.

 

It seems that Facebook was not as powerful on the stock market, and that this information was shared among the elite before the IPO itself. If we take note that Mark Zuckerberg himself sold 30.2 million Facebook shares, netting him (before tax) a very tidy $1.1 billion. Various people along the line who have the means and power to have much more knowledge than you or I, or the normal investor, were told to cut estimates.

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Xfinity Voice gets free voice, text messaging over WiFi using Xfinity Connect Mobile app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 10:32 pm

Customers of Comcast's Xfinity Voice will be getting some new features which could help customers save money. The new feature is called "Voice 2go" and will allow users to make calls over WiFi using their home phone number. The new service will also allow users to text from the number while on WiFi.

 

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"We continue to enhance our Xfinity Voice service by adding new features consumers have come to expect from smartphones and mobile technology," said Cathy Avgiris, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data and Communications Services. "These new tools enable customers to stay connected to their home phone service and take it with them virtually wherever they go."

 

Using the newly redesigned Xfinity Connect Mobile app, customers can make and receive calls and texts messages for free while using WiFi. The service will also work over a mobile phone's 3G or 4G data connection and not use any minutes. These text messages can also be sent internationally to over 40 countries, including Canada, Brazil, China and, soon, Mexico.

 

Xfinity subscribers can also receive up to four Personal Phone Numbers, which can be assigned to family members. The phone numbers work within the Xfinity app and can replace costly cell phone subscriptions for children. Instead, they would be able to use an iPod Touch or similar device to keep in contact.

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Nuance shows off Dragon Drive, Siri like concept for your car

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 22, 2012 9:32 pm

Voice control is gaining momentum everywhere thanks to Apple's Siri: Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III is going to feature a Siri alternative. Google has voice search. Now, Nuance, the people behind the Dragon software, is showcasing a new technology to allow for natural language processing. Nuance technology is already seen in Ford's Sync and My Ford Touch.

 

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The current Nuance system recognizes about 10,000 voice commands, but can't cope with anything outside of that pre-programmed library. The new technology being showcased is called Dragon Drive and will use Nuance's cloud-based servers to allow natural language processing, similar to how Apple's Siri works.

 

The technology is moving forward slowly and starting with an SMS service. The SMS service will allow users to send and receive text messages. As more people get used to the technology and the technology advances, Nuance will bring the technology to services like navigation, traffic updates and music playback.

 

Dragon Drive is said to do some of the processing locally and some in the cloud as opposed to Apple's Siri. This, combined with Nuance's multiple telco grad facilities worldwide, is said to alleviate any latency that was present with Siri. Mike Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile says that models should hit the showroom floors sometime this summer.

Samsung Galaxy S3 most pre-ordered Android phone Vodaphone has ever offered

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2012 8:34 pm

Vodaphone is singing praises about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. We had previously reported about the Galaxy S III surpassing 9 million pre-orders, but it now has reached the point where it is the most pre-ordered Android device that has been offered by Vodaphone. It hasn't quite reached the same popularity of an Apple device, but Samsung is getting closer.

 

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A spokesperson told TechRadar: "We've been really encouraged by our customers' response to the Samsung Galaxy S III. With over a week to go until launch, it's already the most pre-ordered Android device we've brought into our smartphone line-up to date and our limited time offer of 2GB of mobile data and 100 free music tracks is being snapped up."

 

The Carphone Warehouse has stated something similar: "Pre-order demand for the new Galaxy SIII has surpassed expectations since the handset was first unveiled two weeks ago. The first 24 hours alone saw thousands placing their pre-order at Carphone Warehouse".

 

Worldwide pre-orders are nearing the 10 million mark. It's likely that Samsung's latest smartphone will surpass it's older brother in sales. It only has to achieve 20 million to do so, so it's halfway there already. It's easy to see why: this new phone has a host of cool features and new technologies that are unique to this new Android phone.

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