Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cisco announces Android powered enterprise tablet

Cisco has announced an enterprise tablet utilising Google's Android OS.

The tablet is called the Cisco Cius and weighs a mere 1.15lbs (0.52kg). Cisco is touting it as ultra-portable and as the first HD video-capable business tablet.

It features a seven inch, high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-target display, a little smaller than the iPad's 9.7 inches.

Video conferencing will be one of the big focuses, with the Cius including a front-mounted 720 pixel HD camera with a refresh rate of up to 30 frames a second. It also has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, and dual noise-cancelling mircophones for audio conferencing.

It features single-button TelePresence interoperability for when the tablet is docked or being used through Wi-Fi.

For connectivity, the Cius supports  802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB. It also supports 3G, with plans to offer 4G over time.

Details for its processor, memory, and storage were not revealed, suggesting that Cisco is still working on these elements.

The battery should allow up to eight hours of on time.

The Cius will support a full range of Cisco software products, such as Quad, Show and Share, WebEx Connect, WebEx Meeting Centre, Presence, and TelePresence. It will also work with Cisco's Unified Communications Manager and businesses can make use of AnyConnect for VPN security.

Since it runs the Android operating system it will also have access to a wide range of Android applications, with Cisco offering new support to the Google OS through its Collaboration APIs, which it will be making available to developers in a Software Developer's Kit.

Customer trials will begin towards the end of the year, while the finished product is planned for launch in early 2011.

Cisco Cius

Cisco Cius


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Acer announces new notebooks

Doesn't believe in ones and twos

Acer announces new  notebooks - Acer

Acer, not content with a single announcement, has revealed several new Aspire notebooks today.

First up from the lap-top-dog is the Aspire AS8943G, which Acer is touting as a powerful multimedia machine.

It features an 18.4-inch CineCrystal LED back-lit display with HD 1080 pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost and comes with 4GB or 8GB or RAM, with support for an upgrade to 16GB.

It also features a 500GB SATA hard drive and an ATI Mobility Radeo HD5850 Graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory. The graphics card also supports DirectX 11, allowing the latest and greatest in graphics goodness.

Connectivity-wise the notebook sports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, an eSATA port and FireWire port.

It is expected to retail at $1,549.99.

Acer Aspire

The Aspire AS5745 and AS7745 are Acer's new "cinema" models, advertised for their HD and Blu-ray capabilities.

The former features a 15.6-inch HD widescreen display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, while the latter features a 17.3-inch HD widescreen display with a resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels.

Both feature an Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost, but both series have models running Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, for those with a lower budget or less need for resource intensiveness. The AS5745G houses an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card and the AS7745G sports an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card. 

Both feature 500GB of hard drive space, with expansion possible up to 1TB. 

Prices for these series start at $699.99, with the AS7745G going for $1,399.

Acer Aspire

Acer is also offering a new line of powerful entry-level Aspire notebooks with a wide range of options, including Intel i3 or i5 processors, or AMD Phenom II, Athlon II, Turion II, or V Series processors. 

The new models will feature 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays. They will also feature 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

Prices will range from $429.99 to $899.99. 

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Dell to adopt Chrome OS on laptops

Partnership with Google grows

Dell to adopt Chrome OS  on laptops - Google

Dell is to deepen its growing relationship with Google by adopting the latter's Chrome OS on a new range of Dell laptops, reports Pocket-lint.

Google is planning to release its web-based operating system some time in Autumn this year and Dell is in negotiations with the giant to be one of the first laptop manufacturers to house what some are touting as the new rival to Windows.

In an interview with Reuters, Amit Midha, president of Greater China and South Asia at Dell, said: "We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years, three years down the road, so we continuously work with Google on this."

Dell has already partnered up with Google by offering the Android OS on its Streak tablet, its competitor to Apple's highly successful iPad. There are growing rumours that it may be dropping its partnership with Microsoft for Google, but while Chrome will see success, it seems more likely to us that Dell will offer both platforms and look for more profitable deals with either party as the competition grows stronger.

"There are going to be unique innovations coming up in the marketplace in two, three years, with a new form of computing, we want to be on that forefront," Midha waffled. "So with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders."

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Microsoft develops Internet Fraud Alert

New system for reporting net fraud

Microsoft develops  Internet Fraud Alert - Microsoft

Microsoft has teamed up with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) and several other organisations to form Internet Fraud Alert, a system designed for reporting and recovering account credentials that were stolen online.

The other companies participating in the new scheme are Accuity, the American Bankers Association, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, Citizens Bank, eBay, the Federal Trade Comission, the National Consumers League, and PayPal.

Microsoft has developed new technology specifically for this program which will swiftly inform any of the above companies about stolen account details, allowing the insitutions to take the necessary action to lock or close accounts and inform customers of the fraud.

Researchers working for the security industry have been spotting stolen credentials on the internet for ages, but there is no single system in place for reporting them to the relevant bodies. Internet Fraud Alert is intended to bridge the gap and ensure that phishing attacks and other means through which people's credentials are stolen are spotted and dealt with as early as possible.

Phishing attacks are on the rise, with over 410,000 unique phishing e-mail reports received by the Anti-Phishing Working Group in 2009 alone. With the Internet Fraud Alert system in place that means a substantial number of people's details will be reclaimed as soon as the fraud is discovered - in theory.

TechEye talked to Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant of Sophos, about the new endeavour. He believed it was "a great initiative", saying that he "hoped the new system will make it easier to report securely information about online fraud and share data with the relevant authorities and institutions when stolen information is stumbled upon by security researchers."

"Our hope is that systems like this will help to shut down security holes quickly and limit the amount of information about innocent individuals that cybercriminals are able to steal," he added.

However, he was quick to state that users should not rely solely on this as a defence against online fraud. "Both consumers and online businesses have to invest in protection mechanisms to reduce the threat - but this initiative certainly has a part to play."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Toshiba shows off new laptops

Slimmer, faster, lighter, powerfuller and 3D

Toshiba shows off new  laptops -

Japanese electronics company Toshiba today announced a slew of new laptops to compete for consumer's money. One of the new top models, the Satellite A665, is able to run 3D content thanks to the Nvidia shutter glasses and tech packed inside.

Discerning consumers can don the glasses and watch Avatar or play 3D games on a 15.6 inch, backlit Trubrite widescreen display. The laptop naturally features a rewriteable Blu-ray drive and is powered by an Intel Core i7-i740QM quadcore CPU. Apart from being bundled with Nvidia's shutter glasses, it also features a Geforce GTS 350M packed with 1GB DDR3 memory.

Memory is four gigabytes, it of course runs on Windows 7 booting from a 640GB HDD, has an eSata/ USB combo part and three regular USB 2.0 ports - sorry, no USB 3.0 on this one, yet. The compulsory memory card reader and express card slot is also on board, alongside a webcam, wireless card, ethernet socket and bluetooth. The A665 will set punters back $1,599.99 and higher, although the actual street price can be expected to be lower. No statement was made about battery life.

People who like it thin and slim could feel more at home with the Satellite T200 series. Toshiba's T200 series is available with either a 13.3 or 11.6 inch display and calculate using either AMD or Intel CPUs. Consumers can opt for either a single or dual core AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion II Neo equipped with ATI graphics, or a low voltage Intel dual core. The T215 has a backlit 11.6 inch screen, runs on an Athlon II Neo and a platter of up to 320 GB and 2 GB of DRAM. Its relative, the T235, either packs a Turion II Neo or an Intel dual-core, has a 320 GB HDD and comes with up to 4 GB of memory. Both notebooks feature a HDMI port and a webcam, and are RoHs compatible, making them oh-so green and environment-friendly. Prices start at $469,99.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

No more XP on laptops

Microsoft starts to lean on manufacturers

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Software giant Microsoft has started to lean on laptop makers so that they don't issue gear with Windows XP inside.

Apparently Redmond has been having a quiet word with different hardware makers and asking them ever so nicely to kill off XP by October.

Microsoft has sent out a reminder to OEMs that, as of October 22nd 2010, they won't be able to use XP Home and must instead look to Windows 7 Starter Edition.

The outfit has helpfully pointed out that sales stats indicate 81-percent of new netbooks in the US actually use Windows 7 rather than any other OS.

Redmond has said that it will support XP SP3 which is supported up until April 2014. Windows XP Service Pack 2 shall end on July 13, 2010.

However it is fairly clear that it is doing its level best to make sure that few people will be running the OS by that date.

TechEye has pointed out how Redmond is doing everything it can to shift people off XP. This includes refusing to write a new version of Internet Exploder that will run on XP.

OEMs are not happy at all of this. Windows 7 is a bit more expensive and may increase the cost of the final product which is a knee to the bottom line. They are a bit worried that tablets will eat into notebook revenues.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

LG wants to release 20 Android phones by end of year

Nam Yong must not be wrong - LG needs to sort out weak profits

LG wants to release 20  Android phones by end of year - LG

LG is planning to make 20 new smartphones toting the Android OS by the end of the year, according to the Korea Times.

LG has been performing weakly recently, particularly with its 3D TVs, but CEO Nam Yong hopes to turn things around with this latest plan to flood the smartphone market.

The company has been a loyal advocate of the Windows Phone operating system and plans to ship a number of new phones with the Windows Phone 7 version when it launches later this year. 

However, its focus is clearly now on Android devices. It previously said that it hoped to have half of its models running the Google operating system by the end of the year, and this new push of 20 models will certainly go a long way towards achieving that goal.

Analysts believe that the mobile market is where LG is performing best and that focusing on this should increase its revenue significantly. LG said it needs some more time to turn around its weak financial position and expects poor results for the second quarter of this year while it changes its focus.

20 models is quite a lot to release within a six month period and may create a situation where LG is competing with itself by spreading itself too thinly. Clearly it sees the recent growth in Android's market share as a potential money-maker, but with so many models to choose from consumers may end up not making any choice at all.

Source: LG wants to release 20 Android phones by end of year

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Samsung Wave S8500 has same processor as iPad

ARM'd and dangerous

Samsung Wave S8500 has  same processor as iPad - ARM

Technology analyst group UBM TechInsights has today announced its discovery that the Samsung Wave S8500 will have have exactly the same ARM Core processor as the iPad.

The shared processor is the 1GHz ARM Cortex A8. This Core is based on the ARMv7 architecture and is aimed at power-optimised mobile devices that need to operate in less than 300mW.

"By investigating the Samsung S5PC110A01 application processor and comparing it to the A4 application processor found in the Apple iPad using our specialized lab techniques, we were able to confirm that not only is Samsung the manufacturer of both application processors, but both application processors feature the same 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 core manufactured using a 45-nanometer low-power fabrication process," said Young Choi, Senior Manager of the Technical Intelligence Group.

Clearly the success of the iPad has Samsung rushing to ride on its coat-tails. Not only is it enploying the Cortex A8 in its Wave S8500, but UBM TechInsights believes Samsung will also use it in the Android-based Galaxy S smartphone. If this is true then it may also be stuffing it into the recently announced Galaxy Tab, Samsung's direct rival to the iPad. That would mean that its smartphones are just as powerful as its tablets, however, which may not sit well with consumers looking for something portable, but with a bit more punch than a mobile.

UBM TechInsights found that Samsung maintained its dominant position in the application processor market in recession-ridden 2009 and that it will continue to assert its dominance in the years to come with current and new application processor models.

Source: Samsung Wave S8500 has same processor as iPad

Monday, June 7, 2010

Intel far from confident about phone market

Intel far from  confident about phone market -

Sources close to Intel at Computex last week spoke frankly about the chances it had about making design wins for its low power designs aimed at the smartphone and little gizmo market.

The source told TechEye - on conditions of anonymity - that Intel had a steep hill to climb to persuade phone makers to adopt its technology.

She was responding to remarks made by ARM president Tudor Brown, the previous day.

While she believed that Intel had the technology to compete with ARM and other designs, she said that the company needed to create an "ecosystem" that would appeal to the manufacturers.

ARM claimed it had nine out of 10 of chips based on its technology in smartphones and the like and that if you counted its customers, it was a bigger company worldwide than Intel.

The remark by the Intel person underlines the fear and loathing of ARM inside the chip manufacturer. But the official line is that its chips will take over the smartphone world.

Source: Intel far from confident about phone market

Apple launches the iPhone 4

Apple launches the iPhone 4

It's better than 3, obviously

Apple launches the  iPhone 4 -

Cupertino company Apple duly went ahead and introduced its iPhone 4 today, with CEO Steve Jobs hailing it as a breakthrough.

It's a thinner phone than previous phones and its battery is better, said Apple.

But there was a bit of a nightmare because one of Jobs' demoes failed. He said there was a bit of a problem but managed to fix the dilithium crystals and carry on with his presentation.

People who have bought previous models of the iPhone are probably feeling a little miffed, although carefully calculated leaks have told the world and its dog most of what they need to know about the iPhone 4.

Jobs praised his own company for producing such revolutionary devices and so that's OK then. Part of the iPhone's success has been Apple's App Store, emulated by many other vendors eager to catch Steve's coat tails.

He's also very pleased with himself about the iFad - Apple has sold a couple of million of those things since it was launched.

The Next Box didn't sell that well, but Jobs has shown himself to be a real survivor, and has to be given fair credit for that.

Earlier today Apple was sued for allegedly breaching patents on its microprocessors by Microunity.

Source: Apple launches the iPhone 4

Friday, June 4, 2010

iPad saves lives and finger strain

The iPad is not just a tablet PC. It's a humanitarian, a saver of lives, as vital to doctors and surgeons as those gross latex gloves and scalpels. Your iPhone may be able to stop criminals, but the iPad can save lives.

Japanese surgeons working at the hospital run by Kobe Univeristy used an iPad as the display for a surgery. Clearly Apple fanboys are not prevented from getting a medical degree, and while Japan is well known for the weird and wonderful, flaunting your iPad while cutting someone up has to rank high on the list.

iPad saves lives and  finger strain - Apple

The device is covered by some plastic film. Some may think this is to protect the person going under the knife, but it's more likely that the doctors wanted to keep their Precious sparkly clean. 

We have attached a video of the docs in action and it looks like they spend more time prodding and pressing the touchscreen on the iPad than they do fixing the poor soul who had the misfortune to visit the hospital on Bring Your iPad To Work Day.

All we can say is: what a combination of fruits and nuts.

If you're a doctor that flys a lot then you might be interested in getting your hands on an iPad during a flight from low-cost Australian airline Jetstar. The cheapskates who wouldn't buy some TV screens for its customers are offering the iPad to rent for 10 Australian dollars, which works out at about 50p.

Jetstar will be providing 30 iPads on each plane, clearly anticipating a Japanese doctors' conference, and is loading them up with all forms of media, including books, movies, and music. Jetstar hasn't confirmed if they'll be putting surgery software on them yet, but we expect it's only a matter of time.

So if you're a doctor and your plane crashes on a strange island with polar bears and others, at least you'll have an iPad to perform surgery on the victims of the crash.

A final strange and spectacular use for the iPad is to turn off your other Apple devices. One fruity fanboy found that placing his iPad on top of his Macbook Pro caused the latter to turn off. It could have been a case of the Macbook getting jealous of its little brother's popularity and switching off in a huff, but clearly it's just another feature of the amazing iPad. It can save lives and save you from having to push the power off button on other devices, resulting in much less finger strain. Brilliant.

Source: iPad saves lives and finger strain

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MSI reveals Fuzion motherboards and GT-series gaming laptops

MSI has been showcasing a number of new products at Computex, including Fuzion motherboards and gaming laptops.

The motherboards are the P55A Fuzion and 870A Fuzion, which are a collaborative project with Israeli company Lucidlogix. MSI is touting them as a follow-on from its Big Bang-Fuzion motherboard and said that they will support both Intel and AMD platforms.

They come with a Lucidlogix Lucid LT24102 processor and what is being sold as a "unique" X-Mode, that allows a lot of flexibility for choosing graphics cards. They also come with USB3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s ports, adding to the small number of motherboards that support the next form of USB.

The components are all made with military-grade material for added durability, while MSI has also thrown in its OC Genie feature, which allows a user to automatically overlock at the touch of a button.

Lucidlogixco-founder and president, Offir Remez, seemed particularly excited about the partnership: "This series of mainboards are powered by the unique Fuzion Technology, whether you are an Intel or AMD supporter, you will be spoiled for choices!" he said. "Not only can you choose your processor platform, we guarantee you an enhanced gaming performance and image quality! We will continue our highly successful partnership with MSI, and together we will develop more new products to fulfill our customers' needs. Our gamers will definitely enjoy more exciting gaming experiences!"

MSI has also been showing off its GT760 and GT660 laptops, the latest in its gaming line. Both feature Dynaudio and Turbo Drive Engine Plus technology for what MSI believes will make an amazing audio-visual experience.

They come packed with an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M discrete graphics card with 1GB GDDR3 memory. They also come with USB3.0 ports.

As part of its unveiling, MSI got gaming champions "FNatic" and "Evil Geniuses" to battle it out on  some GT660s. The battles have been ongoing since the start of Computex and members of the public will be invited to try their luck against the gamers on June 4 and 5.


Source: MSI reveals Fuzion motherboards and GT-series gaming laptops

Scientists make quantum computing breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Cambridge and Toshiba Research Europe have made a monumental breakthrough in quantum computing with new LEDs.

The duo announced the invention of the Entangled Light Emitting Diode and plan to release a paper on it in the science journal Nature later today.

The head of the project at Toshiba Research Europe, Dr. Andrew Shields, said: "Although entangled light has been produced previously by shining an intense laser beam on crystals, the new simple device is the first voltage-powered source. The discovery is significant because it will allow electrical addressing of many entangled light emitters on a single chip, opening the path to ultra-powerful semiconductor processors based on quantum computation."

The ELED is based on standard LEDs used in current technology, such as traffic lights and the power indicators on most computers, meaning they can be produced quickly and cheaply for a mass market. The big difference, however, is that the ELEDs contain a nanometer-scale region of semiconductor which scientists call a quantum dot. This turns the conventional current into entangled light, opening many new avenues for quantum computing.

"For successful operation it was essential to optimise the thickness of the semiconductor material surrounding the quantum dot to control the supply of current to the dot," said Senior Research Scientist Dr. Mark Stevenson. "In addition the properties of the dot itself had to be carefully tailored to produce entangled emission."

This entangled light is necessary to make a quantum computer, which will be able to perform tasks well beyond the scope of current computer technology. Examples given by the scientists include modelling new pharmaceuticals or materials, communicating securely via quantum cryptography, and producing higher storage on optical disks.

Source: Scientists make quantum computing breakthrough