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Sony Xperia Z tablet now runs Ubuntu Touch after successful port

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:29 am

Those of you who are bummed out about Canonical's Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo campaign not been fully funded have at least one glimmer of hope of owning an Ubuntu Touch device of your own. Earlier today, website Xperia Blog spotted a post on the XDA Developers forum that detailed how to install the open source operating system on Sony's Xperia Z Tablet.



The post explained that there are quite a few known bugs and anyone attempting to install the new operating system should back up their files first. It has been confirmed, though, that the new release is a working version of Ubuntu Touch. Unfortunately, the dual-booting of Android and Windows that the Ubuntu Edge supported are not possible on the Xperia Z. However, Ubuntu Touch for the Xperia Z does support dual-booting of Android and Cyanogenmod.

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RumorTT: LG's upcoming Optimus L9 II see a new processor and camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 1:03 am

Today, a new leak has surfaced regarding LG's upcoming Optimus L9 Android-based smartphone. It has been six months since LG released updated versions of its Optimus L3, L5, and L7 and now the company is poised to release an updated version of its high-end Optimus L9.




Dubbed the Optimus L9 II, the new phone is rumored to be devoid of a physical home button, favoring capacitive touch keys instead, which brings it more in line with newer Android reference designs. Additionally, the phone appears to feature an all metal chassis, which falls in line with LG's recent statements about sticking to an aluminum unibody design for upcoming devices.


Feature-wise, the Optimus L9 is said to house a 1GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM keeping things nice and smooth. An eight-megapixel rear camera will be present, while a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter handles the selfie duty. The phone is expected run Android 4.1.2, while a 4.7-inch screen will feature a 960 x 540 pixel resolution.

German politician wants to stop EU-US trading, blames the NSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 12:53 am

All of this NSA surveillance is really starting to piss people off, with a German political opposition leader wanting to see a complete stop of ongoing European Union and United States trade negotiations until the full breach the NSA has done to the world has been unearthed.




Peer Steinbrück, leader of the Social Democratic (SPD) party, told German public television broadcaster, ARD: "I would interrupt the negotiations until the Americans say if German government offices and European institutions are bugged or wiretapped." Steinbrück added: "We don't know if the Americans may be sitting under our desks with some technical devices."


Steinbrück's comments come after it was revealed that the NSA hacked encrypted communications at the United Nations, which we asked "where's the uproar?" because right now, there's none. All before the US steps into another war they can't afford, while spying on the world on the US citizens' tax dollars.

Is Ballmer's retirement 100 percent voluntary? Some analysts say no

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 12:30 am

Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in an aptly named internal memo titled "Moving Forward." The memo depicts Ballmer leaving the company on his own decision, but many industry analysts are speculating that the sometimes wild CEO was actually being forced out by the company's board.




GigaOm journalist Barb Darrow said in a recent article that "Several former and one current Microsoft execs told me that there was no way Ballmer would step down unless Gates withdrew his long-time support" when this is paired with Ballmer's own statement from the memo "My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most." It's easy to interpret Ballmer's retirement as a not so voluntary departure.


The article on GigaOm goes on to quote another former vice president who it says is still tightly connected with Microsoft; "Bill must have flipped the bit on Steve," said the VP, adding that the recent reshuffling of most major executive roles--Ballmer's his own--"lined everything up behind Steve."

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Sony teases us again with a new partial photo of the upcoming Honami

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 12:07 am

Last week, Sony teased us with cropped images of its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Honami, which depicted the phone being waterproof. Earlier today, the company again released another extremely tight cropped photo that shows off the phone's supposed 20-megapixel camera.




The image released on Sony's Twitter page in a Tweet that said "Have we captured your attention yet...?" The Honami is expected to be renamed either the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z One, or the Xperia i1 when it is released at the 2013 IFA conference being held in Berlin, Germany. The device is expected to become Sony's new flagship Android-based smartphone and will feature a five-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera.

Sony's upcoming ILC3000 Mirrorless E-mount camera spotted in the wild

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 11:25 pm

Earlier today, an image popped up on the website that appeared to be the first photo of Sony's upcoming ILC-3000 mirror-less camera. The camera was spotted in the hands of longtime Sony advocate Gustav Kiburg, but the camera actually looks more like an Alpha DSLR than a new NEX model. This leads us to believe that it could be the long rumored A-3000 E-Mount shooter.




The camera in the image above is said to feature a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor with an ISO sensitivity of 16,000 and full 1080p video capabilities. The rumors continue by saying that the camera will be priced at a very reasonable $450. The good thing is that we won't have to wait long to figure out which camera this actually is as Sony is expected to launch the device early tomorrow morning in Europe.

Baydin's Boomerang finally makes its way to Gmail for Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 10:43 pm

Baydin, the makers of the popular Gmail add-on Boomerang, have just released a full email client for the popular mobile platform Android. Boomerang for Android is a full email client that features Archiving, Deleting, Labels, Read/Unread, Full Search Features, Attachments, Conversation View, Push Notifications, and everyone's favorite "Send later" feature. The company says that you can use it as a standalone application or in conjunction with Google's Gmail app.



The app includes all of Boomerangs popular features wrapped up in a easy-to-use, customizable, swipe-based user interface that allows users to swipe right to archive email or swipe left to reveal more actions that include delete, boomerang, label, mark as read, and staring. I tried out the app for most of the day and I am quite excited to continue using Boomerang for Android.

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Mellanox and LSI introduce low-latency Storage Solution at VMWorld

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 9:27 pm

VMWorld 2013 - Today, Mellanox and LSI announced the results of a collaborative solution they designed to enable greater virtual desktop density per server based on VMware's Horizon View technology. This new low-latency solution is built using a Mellanox 40GbE NICs and the LSI Nytro MegaRAID application acceleration card.




The two devices once paired up create a unique solution that integrates onboard flash capacity with intelligent caching software and hard drive rate management. This gives the customer a new lower cost alternative to traditional storage solutions. Mellanox and LSI say that this solution enables the virtual desktop infrastructure workload to support up to 1500 desktops across 10 vSphere servers with a hardware cost of less than $25,000.


"Providing acceptable response times to virtual desktop users while maximizing the number of desktop sessions per server can be challenging," said Manish Muthal, vice president of product management and strategy, Accelerated Solutions Division, LSI Corporation. "The low-latency LSI Nytro MegaRAID card, combined with Mellanox's 40GbE NICs, delivers an intelligent and cost-effective VDI solution compared to all-flash solutions that can cost upwards of $100K."

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Samsung opens sign-ups for October developer conference

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 8:33 pm

Today, Samsung opened up registration for its first major conference, which will be held October 27-29 in San Francisco, California. Samsung DevCon 2013 is aimed at enticing North American developers to focus on creating software for devices made by the Korean electronics powerhouse.




I first covered Samsung's announcement about its Developers Conference 2013 back in July and Samsung has kept pretty quiet about the event until now. Unfortunately, Samsung is still remaining silent on who will speak, what new products it might announce, and what incentives it might offer to developers who attend the event. You can sign up to attend the event at the source listed below, but be prepared to pay $299 for the ticket that will include access to keynotes, sessions, and developer events on the first night of the conference.


Samsung hopes to convince developers that by creating applications for their smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, and other smart devices, they will see a major return on investment. Additionally, Samsung hopes that developers will be convinced to code programs that will run exclusively on its devices over creating apps that will run on all Android devices. I think that's a very hard pill to swallow because even though Samsung has a major portion of the Android market, there are just far too many other Android users out there for developers to overlook.

Microsoft may offer employees free White Edition Xbox One consoles

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 26, 2013 7:26 pm

Working for a major tech company usually has some pretty good perks, but with recent downfalls in the economy and companies squeezing budgets smaller in an effort to appease shareholders, many of the perks have went the way of the dodo bird. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to still be one of the good guys and a new report suggests that some employees will be receiving a free special edition White Xbox One package.




Eligible employees include those who work at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business at the time of the Xbox One's launch. The free bundle will include a special edition white Xbox One, a full year of Xbox Live Gold, and all first-party games launched within that first year. Special features include an inscription on the Xbox One faceplate that says "I Made This" as well as a special Xbox live achievement that only employees can receive.

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