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Google acquires software maker, BumpTop

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Google has just swallowed up another software maker; this one a canadian based mob known as BumpTop which is known for its 3D desktop environment for both Windows and Mac.

 

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You may have noticed this software bundled with select Sapphire and HIS Radeon graphics cards. It allows the user to interact with their media in a new way, giving a 3D desk-like view that supports multi-touch as well.

 

If you think you could make good use of it you should be quick to head over to BumpTop's website and download it while it's still free and accessible; apparently only 'till the end of this week.

 

It is not known how much Google handed over for this acquisition.

 

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Microsoft Courier concept terminated

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You might recall that cool dual screen Courier concept that Microsoft was showing off. I know I was looking forward to seeing how the device turned out. If you were interesting in the project, we have bad news today.

 

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Microsoft has decided to kill off the Courier tablet. The cancellation is surprising considering that we had been hearing the device was on track to hit stores in 2011.

 

Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."

 

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Apple to shutter Lala next month

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Anyone with half a brain knew when Apple purchased online music service Lala that its days were numbered. Apple was either looking to axe some competition or was out to integrate Lala into its own online subscription music offering (or both).

 

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I know I am hoping for the second option and according to TechCruch sources are telling it that is exactly what will happen and perhaps as early as June. Lala will be available for existing subscribers until May 31. No new subscribers are being accepted.

 

Apparently, anyone with money left in Lala will have the funds transferred over to iTunes. I know many folks who may be sad to lose Lala, but will be hopeful that Apple finally offers that subscription service.

 

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Steve Jobs smacks Adobe around in an open letter

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Steve Jobs has had enough of folks complaining that he won't let his products support Flash. In fact, he figures that people should just embrace HTML5 and move on.

 

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The open letter was titled "Thoughts on Flash" and rambles on citing the proprietary nature of Flash and the open nature of HTMLK 5 and so forth. Steve really dislikes Flash.

 

Part of the letter reads, "Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on "rollovers", which popup menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple's revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn't use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript"

 

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HP acquires Palm for 1.3 Billion

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It's been known for quite a while Palm has been struggling to keep its head above water and the marketplace tells the story pretty quickly they've been failing to compete at a required level to survive in the ever growing, fast paced smartphone world.

 

At this rate, the end of the road for the company is not all that far away unless something drastic takes place. And that's exactly what's just happened. HP has just announced it's swallowing them up for 1.2 Billion, working out to about $5.70 per share of Palm common stock.

 

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The deal is set to close on July 31 which is in timely fashion with the end of HP's Q3 fiscal year. From what is known this early on, Pam's CEO Jon Rubinstein is sticking with the company but how operations will change is anyone's guess at this point; it's all speculation.

 

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NVIDIA denies rumors of low Fermi GPU yields

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The rumors and rumblings that the yields on the new generation of Fermi GPUs from NVIDIA have been exceedingly low have been swirling for a long item now. So far, NVIDIA has been quiet and hasn't offered any official stance on the subject.

 

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That changed this week when DigiTimes interviewed NVIDIA MCP general manager Drew Henry. Henry stated that the rumors that yields on Fermi GPUs were 20% or less are completely untrue. Henry says NVIDIA has everything under control.

 

Henry was also asked in the interview why NVIDIA didn't have GPUs with 512 cores and speculation that the lack of 512 core GPUs was due to the low yields. Henry stated that GPUs with 512 cores would be coming in the future, but didn't comment on any specific products.

 

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Apple announces record Q2 results

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Apple announced its Q2 2010 results yesterday and recorded record profits for the quarter ending in March. Apple also reports that sales of the iPhone have almost doubled compared to last year.

 

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Over the quarter, Apple sold 2.94 million Mac computers for a 33% increase compared to last year. A total of 8.75 million iPhones were sold for the quarter, and 10.89 million iPods were sold.

 

The number of iPods sold is a decrease of 1% from the same quarter of 2009. Apple posted revenue of $13.5 billion with profit of $1.62 billion. Gross margin was 41.7% for the quarter.

 

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Poll Results - Has NVIDIA lost its edge?

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In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they thought NVIDIA has lost its edge. We have had over 2,700 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in for us to go over and examine.

 

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Among TweakTown readers, a huge 67% of respondents thought that NVIDIA has lost its edge over its competition.

 

16% thought that NVIDIA hasn't lost its edge over the competition and 7% responded that they are not sure at this stage of the game yet. A rather large 10% just want their cookies and couldn't care less. You folk can stop at the Mc Donald's drive through and pick up some, okay? :)

For the actual numbers, go here.

 

In our latest poll, we want to know, How many monitors do you use with your main computer? Let us know! Please go here to vote!

 

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Google Single Sign On system exposed during December Attacks

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Back in December Google claimed that they were attacked by the Chinese government, or at least by someone that was being backed by the Chinese government. However at the time all we heard was the attackers were looking at IP and Google Docs/Mail. Now, however, we hear that it was a password system called Gaia that was targeted.

 

This system is a "single-sign-on" system that contains passwords for millions of Google Doc, G-Mail, and other Google services. This system was exposed and accessible to the attackers during the two day intrusion. This means that potentially millions of Google users' accounts are at risk. Google has since shut down their Google.cn site, but Gaia is still being used.

 

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Apple considers moving across to AMD

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It's no secret that Apple has been using Intel processors for several years now. However, a story over at AppleInsider hints that perhaps Apple's relationship with Intel isn't as strong as it seems.

 

Rumour has it the company is considering jumping ship to AMD and has even been testing AMD based chipsets in their labs. But there's no form of substantial evidence to support this as yet.

 

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Apparently there are two main reasons for why Apple might decide to do this. The first is due to Apple having to push back the launch date for their latest MacBook Pro line-up with Core i5/i7 based processors because of chip shortages. This had Apple pretty steamed and they are concerned repeats will occur with future refreshes.

 

Secondly, due to disputes between Intel and NVIDIA, Apple is settling for Intel based IGPs in their MacBook Pro range which as most everyone knows is inferior both in performance and features to what AMD can provide Apple thanks to owning ATI.

 

One other possible reason that comes to my mind is another excercise in cost-cutting to maximize profits; not like Apple hasn't tried to do this multiple times before, after all.

 

But as mentioned, this is all rumour mill stuff at this point and while Apple might very well be in discussions about it, it's probably being thrown about at this stage as more of a threat tactic toward Intel to give better support rather than actual happenstance.

 

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