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VLC Player on iPhone and iPad may be short lived

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 4:27 am

VLC fans were fairly excited when the popular media player came to the iPhone and iPad through the App Store. Well, it looks like the joy may be short lived due to a copyright infringement notice that Remi Denis-Courmont, one of VLC's main developers, has sent to Apple.

 

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VLC's gripe is that Apple is violating the GNU General Public License that VLC is distributed under. A part of the license states that the software has to be freely distributable by the user, which is not possible with the way Apple locks down all of their apps. Another app, GNU Go, was removed from the App Store earlier this year under similar arguments.

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Chrome OS to launch very shortly!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 4:11 am

Chrome OS has been touted for a while, with more and more news as time goes on - with Acer making the biggest splash online saying that it had Chrome OS devices on the way.

 

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Information is now leaking out is coming from - as the Source of this article state "shadowy component players" - who are the middle men responsible for the hardware inside your tech thingies - are making this statement. They are saying that Google will be releasing a self-branded unit, of their Chrome OS.

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TomTom releases new GO 2405 and 2505 GPS devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 3:48 am

TomTom's new GPS releases are trying to keep your hands on the wheel where they belong instead of on the device with the GO 2405 and 2505 GPS devices.

 

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Boasting newly implemented Bluetooth technology, an improved UI, and a brighter screen TomTom is trying to minimize the number of touches required to get the maps you're looking for. Voice recognition is also available as well as pinch to zoom on the touchscreen. A new magnetic mount is also used for easier one hand docking and releasing. The 4.3 inch 2405 will retail for $300 while the 5 inch 2505 will go for 319 at Amazon, Best Buy, and on TomTom's website.

Android rules mobile OS market; iPhone on top in total phone sales in U.S.

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 3:35 am

Canalys has released their numbers for the third quarter, and the numbers look awfully nice for those on the Android and iPhone fronts. Android, with a 1,309 percent jump in sales from this time last year, has taken the top spot for mobile OS sales while the iPhone holds the leads in phone sales with 26.2% of total market share.

 

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With so many choices out there, it will be awfully hard for any one model to take out the iPhone as Apple puts all of their eggs in that one basket. Apple's jump over RIM, who held a 32 to 21.7 percent lead in the last quarter. Worldwide stats also have Apple jumping RIM at 17 percent to 15. It's gonna take a long time for anyone to catch up with Symbian's domination of the worldwide market, but the gap is closing as Symbian's total percentage dropped from 38 to 33 percent. It will be interesting to see what the release of Windows Phone 7 does to these numbers in a few months.

InnoDisk NanoUSB Dual: nano-sized and combo-featured!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 1:35 am

InnoDisk have gone beyond our imagination (wink) by introducing their new product, the InnoDisk nanoUSB Dual, which is designed with a small footprint in mind - it is both a USB stick and a Micro SD Card reader.

 

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It is based on a "plug and forget" method - so you can plug it in and barely even notice it sitting there doing it's thang - it has a patent of mini-sized USB connector and a special patented USB schematic taken out by InnoDisk.

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Intel, Samsung and Toshiba join forces toward 10nm process

By: | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 1:16 am

We all know the trouble semiconductor manufacturing can cause - going to a new process is always hard, but we're going to see much more issues the smaller we go - as it's going to constantly get harder and harder. Because of this, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers have combined their efforts with Intel, Samsung and Toshiba signing a treaty - the three companies will cooperate on research and development toward a brand new 10nm technology.

 

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The new combined forces will start soon and have invited a further 10 or so companies into the development to help in R&D of the semiconductor manufacturing. The point is to have 10nm tech ready by 2016 when Samsung and Toshiba aim to use the tech for making NAND flash circuits, while Intel is rubbing it's hands together waiting to use the 10nm tech for microprocessors.

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Galaxy's white GeForce GTX460

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 1:09 am

Hoping for a white Christmas? You could line this up with a white colored PCB in the form of Galaxy's upcoming GeForce GTX460.

 

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More specs and pictures of this unique looking GPU - it is going to be called something like "White" or "Christmas Edition" - which is something out of the box, which is great in this industry.

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iOS 4.2 goes gold - developers say "kgo"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 12:57 am

Just a quick note to the iOS users out there:

 

iPad's chance at multitasking glory is nearly here - iOS 4.2 has sped past the beta state and into GM - which means we should be able to have our grubby hands on it soon.

 

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Not only will the iPad benefit from this upgrade, so too will be the builds of the second, third and fourth generation iPod touches, as well as the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4.

TMSC are set to post strong numbers for Q4 earnings

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 12:30 am

TMSC is set to report strong earnings for the 4th quarter of 2010 thanks to large volumes of orders from AMD.

 

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AMD has placed orders at TMSC for their Ontario and Zacate APUs as well as the new HD6000 GPU's. Ontario and Zacate are both reportedly in production on TMSC's 40nm node - the Ontario will take on Intel's Atom processors in the netbook sector and going by the specs - it should have no problem laying the smack down on the Atom SKU.

 

It is worth noting that while AMD has contracted Globalfoundaries to produce it's 32nm Llano APU - the company decided to shake hands with TMSC's mature 40nm process for Ontario and Zacate in order to escape any possible production issues. All APUs produced by TMSC will be tested and packaged by Siliconware Precision Industries.

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