Mozilla's Firefox 4 has reached Beta 8 and is set to go live today. This new test build which is getting close to it's Release Candidate point offers no new features, unlike previous betas.
Instead, the release is focused solely on bug fixes and performance issues. Previous betas have been bugger than past betas for some users - Mozilla is obviously trying to correct this.
Photo leaks of fun new upcoming products are good and all, but video of them in action are even better. Three videos of Acer's upcoming 10 inch tablet hit YouTube today, apparently via Acer employees or partners. The videos were removed virtually seconds after the posting of this article, so sorry we can't show you more than a screenshot.
The video showed the tablet obviously in beta form as they tinker with features such as gyroscopic page turning features and phot/ereader zooming. The video also shows the tablet running Android 2.2, although Acer has stated that they plan to ship the tablet with the updated Gingerbread Android 2.3 when it hits in April.
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX460 caused quite the stir in the market. It was very competitively priced, performance was explosive and stock was everywhere. SLI performance was great too, which meant great bang-for-buck SLI could be had.
NVIDIA is ready to sequel this card up with the GTX560 which will fight a very bloody fight with AMD's popular HD6950 which was just released last week. The GTX560 will still be fabricated using TMSC's 40nm process and will be designed as the cheaper alternative to NVIDIA's GTX570 and GTX580 GPU's, all without drastically reducing performance.
There are tons of choices when it comes to whole home audio. You can get very expensive systems that require a music server, professional installation and thousands of dollars and you can get cheap systems with speakers that you just plug into a wall. Aluratek has unveiled a system that is cheap and looks attractive as well called the Bump.
The Bump system includes two parts with a digital MP3 player boombox and a wireless remote speaker. Each of the parts can be purchased separately and the Boombox section will support up to six remote speakers. Each of those remote speakers has a wireless range of 60-feet and individual aux inputs and volume control. The speakers connect with 2.4GHz tech and have 2W per channel and a bass radiator.
The Bump Boombox is compatible with most devices with a 3.5mm output and has a FM tuner and a SD card slot for direct playback. The battery inside is a Lithium polymer unit and it has a USB port for playback of tunes as well. The bundle with the speaker and boom box is available right now for $99.99.
If you have been around the world of PC gaming for long, you might recognize the name Rahul Sood. Sood is the dude that launched the VoodooPC gaming PC maker back in 1991. The company made some really cool gaming notebooks and desktops that were crazy expensive for the most part. HP eventually purchased the company in 2006.
When HP bought Voodoo, Sood moved to HP as the CTO of HP's gaming side of things and proceeded to put the Voodoo name on some HP gear. It appears Sood's time at HP is done. Sood has posted to his personal page that he will be leaving HP for Microsoft in January.
Sood says that he will be moving to Microsoft to act as their GM for System Experience in the Interactive Entertainment business. Exactly what that position will entail is anyone's guess. Sood says, "I'll be working on some really....really...really cool stuff come January 2011."
Patent infringement suits are common in the tech world and are often used as a means to get other companies to the negotiating table for a license deal. Other times the suits are used to get a product banned from being imported into the US. Motorola and Microsoft are both no strangers to both sides of a patent suit.
Motorola recently filed a complaint with the ITC that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft infringed on some patents it holds relating to video streaming. The suit was a bit of tit for tat with Microsoft having filed its own company against Motorola back in October over Android smartphones. The USITC announced today that it had voted to initiate an investigation into the allegations made by Motorola.
The investigation is set to kick off soon, the first steps will be an evidentiary hearing, and then the ITC will decide if the case should be pursued further. Motorola's complaint alleges that the Xbox 360 violates section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and seeks a cease and desist order ruling. No decision on the merits of the case has been made at this point.
It rarely gets cold enough here in Texas to need gloves. It was 80-degrees out yesterday for instance and only a bit cooler today. I can appreciate cold weather though because we do get it on occasion and I can see where users in really cold locations would have a hard time working their iPhone with gloves on since they would have to take the gloves off each time. A new app called NoseDial has surfaced that lets you dial the iPhone without using your fingers.
The app has a large list of icons for your contacts that are sized for hitting with your nose. The contacts can be navigated by tilting the iPhone. The big question in my mind is how users will unlock their phone, I guess you will have to do that with your noise and then find the page with the app using your nose, and then hit the icon with your nose to launch NoseDial.
If your nose is running, this app will be really gross. The app will sell for 99 cents and is on the app store right now for you to download. You can determine how many contacts are on each page and the size of the icons too.
If you have your smartphone packed with music that you want to listen to while you drive in the car you are not alone. In some cars, getting the music from your phone to your car stereo is a snap thanks to a line in jack. Other cars lack a line in making you need an FM transmitter. Those transmitters are often bulky and have lots of wires that you need to deal with. If you use an Android smartphone, a new FM transmitter that needs no wires is coming next month.
The device is called the TuneLink Auto for Android. It's a small FM transmitter that barely sticks out of the DC outlet in your car. The device uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and allows the streaming of music from your phone to the car stereo. The device also has a USB port on it that you can use for charging your phone while you listen to music. The catch is that you will need to have a charge and sync cable with you to use that feature.
The TuneLink Auto can also be plugged into your cars aux input rather than using FM for sending the music out. The Bluetooth functionality supports more than one Android device at the same time and the FM transmitter is controlled by an app that is on the Android market right now. The kit will ship in mid-January for $99.99.
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