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Zune software to finally become Mac-friendly

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 1:28 am

One thing that Zune software has never done since its initial availability in 2006 is play nice with Macs. With Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, this may be about to change. Oded Ran, an executive at Microsoft, tweeted today that Zune software will be made available for Mac users to sync with WP7.

 

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The tweet has since been removed, but it shows some progress towards the Zune and Windows Phone 7 devices being Apple-friendly. This makes a lot of sense; there's no reason to alienate a chunk of your potential user base when you're trying to elbow your way back into the smartphone market.

Google Chrome OS to be released on a month?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 12:37 am

Right now, Google Chrome OS is in release candidate stages.. for those of you who don't know what release candidate is, it's also referred to as "RC". Obviously, the words are simple enough to decipher to "a candidate for release", which always means it's pretty close to shipping time.

 

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Chrome OS was teased last year - in November, and Google promised it would be released before the end of 2010. It looks like that promise just might be polished in gold, or is that chrome?

 

Some speed bumps along the way - the explosion of Android, also losing their key Chrome OS engineer to Facebook.

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iPhone 4 has twice the rate of accidental screen damage of iPhone 3GS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 12:13 am

SquareTrade is a company that offers third-party warranty for consumer electronics that covers accidental damage, has released an analysis of damage rates, comparing Apple's iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3GS. The report stated damage reports by warranty holders, the GorillaGlass-clad iPhone 4 suffers from damaged or cracked screens - here is the surprising bit, twice as often as the iPhone 3GS.

 

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The analysis was formed by accident reports from claims submitted to SquareTrade by the users who took out warranty protection for new iPhones. After 4 months, 3.9 percent of iPhone 4 owners had reported cracked screens. Where, the iPhone 3GS had reports of cracked screens by only 2.1 percent within the first four months of ownership.

 

That's an 86 percent increase in cracked screens.

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Intel records $11.1 billion revenue, $3 billion in profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 13, 2010 12:01 am

Intel have recorded another record quarter, raking in $11.1 billion in revenue, with $3 billion of that in profits.

 

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Supposedly, the record revenue and profits are due to increases in laptop and server chip sales, but Atom doesn't get any of the fan-fare, Atom sales actually dropped by four percent.

 

Other Q3 highlights are:

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Samsung updates NEX10 firmware to support i-Function lenses

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 7:00 pm

One of the things that many people like about a DSLR camera is that they tend to give you control over all of the little things the camera can do right from the front of the camera on the lens or with little knobs on the camera body. The way the cameras are designed for the most part means you can adjust all the settings without having to take your eye away from the viewfinder. Samsung has a similar technology for its interchangeable lens cameras like its NEX10.

 

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The technology is called i-Function lenses. These lenses are able to communicate with the body of the camera to get optimized settings and allow more creative control over photos. Samsung has announced that it has updated the firmware for the NEX10 digital camera and with the update applied; the camera will now support the i-Function features of the lenses. The camera gets an updated GUI as well.

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Autonomy announces its private cloud manages 17 petabytes of data

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 6:12 pm

The amount of storage space on a computer is sort of like thinking about how much money is in a bank vault for me. I can think about how cool it would be to have a billion dollars in my account, but the reality is that it's hard to fathom exactly how much money that would be. The same goes for storage capacity. I have a hard time fathoming how much data is contained in 17 petabytes of storage.

 

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Autonomy is a company that offers all sorts of services to corporations and one of those services is access to the firm's private cloud computing network. That private cloud now manages 17 petabytes of data according to the company. The data includes things like email, multimedia, and documents. If you convert 17 petabytes to gigabytes, that works out to 17,825,792 gigabytes of data. We can put that into terms that are a bit easier to compare though.

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Kensington shows off notebook lock that is easier to use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 5:04 pm

Notebooks of all brands and in all price ranges have featured the small little rectangular hole on the case for years now that is specifically designed for Kensington locks. These locks use cables attached to the desk or another object that is hard or impossible for a thief to make off with. Kensington has unveiled the latest generation of notebook locks that still makes use of the port that is on notebooks today.

 

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The new lock is called the ClickSafe and it has a separate portion that plugs into the port on a notebook whereas the older lock design had the portion that connects to the notebook built into the lock itself. Once the separate ClickSafe nub is placed into the notebooks Kensington port, the ClickSafe lock can simply be clicked onto the port for fast security when the user needs to walk away from their notebook.

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Olympus will not update entry-level DSLR cameras

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 4:04 pm

As long as there have been DSLR cameras on the market the entry-level range was typically the first step into interchangeable lens digital cameras for many point-and-shoot users. Those days are slipping away now that micro four-thirds cameras are becoming popular and offering many of the benefits and features of a DSLR in a smaller package. Olympus is one of the more well known names in the DSLR market and the company has announced some big changes.

 

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Olympus' Toshiyuki Terada, a product manager for the SLR planning department, has stated that there will be no new entry-level DSLR cameras from Olympus. He said, "We do not have concrete plans to replace the E-620 and other recent SLRs. The entry level SLR class can be completely replaced by the Pen system in terms of performance." If no new entry-level DSLR cameras shocks you, Terada had an even more interesting prediction about the future of DSLR cameras of all types.

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Trendnet announces new USB 3.0 4-port hub

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 3:16 pm

If you are lucky, your computer may have one or two USB 3.0 ports. My desktop only has a single USB 3.0 port and then has a few USB 2.0 ports as well. It's still common for notebooks and netbooks to only offer a single USB 3.0 port and this can be a big issue for you if you have an external HDD that uses USB 3.0 and a flash drive that supports the faster interface as well.

 

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Trendnet has unveiled a new USB 3.0 hub that adds additional ports to any computer. The hub has four ports on it and needs one of your ports for connectivity to your computer. That means you get a net extra of three USB 3.0 ports. That should be enough to allow you to connect more USB 3.0 devices to your computer, assuming those devices aren't so fat that they block the port beside whatever you are plugging in.

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Download of the Day: AVG Free Edition 10.0.1136

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 12, 2010 10:38 am

Our Download of the Day today is AVG Free Edition 10.0.1136.

 

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is trusted antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. In addition, the new included LinkScanner® Active Surf-Shield checks web pages for threats at the only time that matters - when you're about to click that link.

 

AVG Anti-Virus Free has these following features:

 

• Award-winning antivirus and antispyware

• Real-time safe internet surfing and searching

• Quality proven by 80 million of users

• Easy to download, install and use

• Protection against viruses and spyware

• Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

 

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.

 

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