Business

Toshiba sues eight companies over DVD media dispute

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Second quarter of 2009 is turning into a lawsuit-fest, with many industry giants sueing left and right. This time around Toshiba’s US branch announced that the company is prosecuting several companies – for alleged violation of patent rights in DVD technology. Toshiba sued eight companies, including Imation and Ritek. The Japanese manufacturer claims that other companies were using DVD technologies patented by Toshiba and Tosh condemns the sued companies for manufacturing and distribution of DVD media without any license agreement with Toshiba. It is obvious that without any license agreements, sued companies created certain financial damage. Toshiba is asking financial compensation, injunction of production, import

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Business

Can Intel have it all?

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Intel and lawyers go hand in hand these days – Pentium Fund Limited (PFL) is suing Intel because Intel is trying to steal their "pentium" domain names  – despite the fact that the company has been around for 30 years – around 15 years more before Intel invented the name "Pentium" for its 586/i586 processor, a name that the company could not trademark due to courts decision. You can read more on how 586 became Pentium on Wikipedia’s "Pentium" landing page. PFL is a hedge fund and financial services business existing in various countries under the name Pentium Fund – the name itself is coming from

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Audio/Video

New Laptop Hunters: Meet Lauren and Sue

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The new episode of Microsoft’s Laptop Hunters marketing ploy is out. Here we meet Lauren a pre-law student and her mom Sue. Just like always, the notebook shopping time brings an anonymous character that looks for a laptop and when he/she finds it and buys it [if it is a Windows-based laptop – netbooks and Macs need no apply, Ed.], they get the cash back. This time around, Lauren is looking for a laptop with speed, portability and battery life. First they check out Mac [as always, Ed.] but as they say it is too expensive and that before adding additional things, so why would anyone paid

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs

Wolfram Alpha is finally on line

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The project of the Wolfram Research, a computational knowledge engine known as Wolfram Alpha finally became available to the bigger circle of interested users. If you’re interested in trying out the new knowledge engine, you can try this ambitious project at Wolfram Alpha’s official pages. To make the matters clear, this is not an internet search engine such as Google, Ask.Com or Yahoo. Wolfram Alpha is a knowledge base, planned to  expand as the time goes by. So far, the knowledge engine features a lot of scientific, mathematical, economical information and is expanding as its own searching algorithms analyze the questions put by users and

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Software Programs

OpenOffice.org 3.1 is out

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OpenOffice.org 3.1 is out – this update brings a number of smaller upgrades, for which it was, according to the project leaders over at Sun/Oracle resulted in a change of about half a million lines of code. This 3.1 update brings a number of smaller upgrades, but the most important news comes at implementation of Anti-Aliasing technique on all supported platforms. This means that OpenOffice now can look even more graphically detailed, or "souped up" like Office 2007. Anti-Aliasing support meant that the authors could put smaller improvements in text display and text editing, continuing with further integration of grammar checking tools. We also heard

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Hardware, Software Programs

Windows 7 hardware tax unveiled. Surprised?

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Hardware requirements are really unpopular between users since manufacturers scrounge to put the lowest possible hardware spec and promise all the bells and whistles on it. Usually, this means a scam-loving dealer selling a turd of a computer to the consumer and get software performance that smells just the same. Something tells us this might not be the case with Windows 7 – Back in January, Windows 7 Beta came out with the first preliminary hardware specifications. Based on feedback given by the owners of various systems, Microsoft firmed hardware requirements with the recently shipped RC version. According to Microsoft, minimum hardware specs for running

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Graphics

Fastest camera ever – capture your blood stream

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Scientists from the Jalali Lab, a part of University of California in Los Angeles [UCLA] developed a camera that captures 6.1 million frames per second. That’s correct – 6.1 Million FPS! This number puts this prototype camera to be the fastest camera created in human history. The camera itself is based on a laser that emits different Infra-Red frequencies to light up the targeted object. This technology – Serial Time-Encoded Amplified Microscopy [STEAM – direct link to research paper PDF document] is described in a brand new edition of Nature magazine. At the moment STEAM can take a picture with a resolution of only 3000 pixels, but

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs, Technology Security

Free Panda Cloud Antivirus

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It was bound to happen – sooner or later, cloud computing needed AntiVirus functionality and Panda Security captured a pole position with the release o af public beta of Panda Cloud Antivirus. As the name states, this AntiVirus package is located in the "cloud" where detection and classification of new malware/virus etc. takes place "in real time". This online from-the-cloud system is in charge of detection, with the technology that searches for new malware programs is called Collective Intelligence. Panda’s concept calls for users downloading a client that takes about 50MB on disc space, eating around 17MB of system memory. The final version Panda’s cloudy

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Business, Hardware

New Laptop Hunters feat. Sheila

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In the newest Microsoft Laptop Hunters episode the victory goes to the HP HDX. As usual, we meet the protagonist of the ad, and he/she will receive the money on the laptop he/she purchases. This time, we meet with Sheila and for her $2000 budget, she wants a laptop that has widescreen, good processor and a graphic card. Sheila’s goal is a laptop that is good for video editing. This is also a show-stopper for us – she wants a laptop that will sit on the desk for 99.9999999% of the time… actually, let’s be realistic here – a laptop that will ALWAYS be on

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Business

Happy 40th Birthday AMD!

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AMD is celebrating 40 years from starting the company a long, long time ago: May 1st 1969 was the date when the rogue group of ex-engineers and sales guys from Fairchild Semiconductor: Jerry Sanders III, Ed Turney, John Carey, Svanden Simonsen and few others founded Advanced Micro Devices or what is today popularly called AMD. The urban legend about the first sale of its product [memory chips] – well known to industry insiders. It was explained to us by one of its founders that AMD signed its first customers when Jerry called in a favor and got a boat, loaded it with playmates, champagne and other stimulants and

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Cloud Computing, Software Programs

Google Location in Mozilla Firefox 3.5 beta 4

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Google Blog announced that Google’s Location Service will become the default location provider in Mozilla Firefox 3.5 beta 4. This is a quite important announcement – developers can now access user’s approximate location without requiring any additional plug-ins – if you activated Google Location service, you’re there. We can discuss about location based services and the privacy issues the arise, but the biggest problem in using them is having them installed with different kinds of plugins. Firefox 3.5 is going to change all of this with the integrated location detection feature, at least for desktop browsers. Google’s further plans are not just for the Firefox

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Software Programs

Microsoft wins the OS Wars – run WinXP on Win7

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Microsoft Virtual PC was a good test, but now it is official that on more "expensive" versions of Windows 7 [Professional and Ultimate Edition, Ed.], you will be able to run a virtual version of Windows XP. In the past, running a virtual machine like Windows XP required at least 2GB RAM memory on your computer. These days, 2GB of memory is pretty much a standard. The buck doesn’t stop there since there is a magical ingredient that users should have in order to have a fully functional virtualization mode. That something is a processor with hardware support for virtualization. This news is good news for AMD

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Hardware

HP launches ProBook series, targets hip folk with a tight budget

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HP has renewed their line of notebooks with the new ProBook S-series of laptops. They are intended mostly for small and medium business users with an "recession-biting" price – but thanks to discrete graphics in some parts, they are still powerful enough to occasionally play a game on them. There are models with 14” (4410s, 4415s), 15.6” (4510s, 4515s) and a 17.3” HD widescreen featuring a 16:9 screen format and LED backlight. Just as expected, the notebooks come either with an Intel or AMD platform (number 0 for Intel and 5 for AMD). The keyboard is quite innovative, it is spacious with an added real

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Software Programs

Firefox 3.0.10 and Firefox 3.5 beta 4

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Firefox 3.0.10 is fixing a critical security issue in relation to memory corruption – the flaw that was detected as a potential security vulnerability. This should also solve the frequent crashing issue experienced by some of the users. This problem was introduced with version 3.0.9 fix and only affects users using Windows operating system. Most of the users will update to new version automatically, but you can manually download it from the official Firefox 3.0.10 download page. Today was also the day when Mozilla Foundation released Firefox 3.5 Beta 4. We could not resist but download it and took it for a spin. First of all, netbook

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Software Programs

15 years for Opera – congratulations!

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Fifteen years ago (April 1994) Jon von Tetzchner & Geir Ivarsoy build a web browser and they called it Opera. And from that day roughly 40 million people (only 2% of all Internet users) are using this browser on their computers. One of good reasons for the lack of popularity was the fact that until couple of years ago, Opera was a paid software. But being a payware enabled creation and support of without any doubt – the largest number of platforms – being available not just for conventional platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux, but also on numerous handheld platforms such as Nokia’s

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Software Programs

Xobni-going live tonight

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Today’s news that Facebook is going to allow developers to incorporate full streams into their applications, developers took it pretty seriously and are improving their apps as we speak. Tonight at 6 PM PST Xobni, the popular Outlook add-in that makes Email easier to manage, is going live with a new upgrade. Because all of the changes will be on server side Xobni users won’t have to download an upgrade. Some basic Facebook contact information, profile photos and status updates were included in Xobni before, but it wasn’t like your full Facebook news feed (you couldn’t see how your contacts were interacting with each other).

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Audio/Video

Tracking swine flu on the internet

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There are several web sites on the internet that provide information about swine flu outbreak – we decided to provide you with a quick article with the most popular links online at this hour: Google Maps swine flu outbreak map: With this map you can find every known infection case of the swine flu around the world. It also provides information on the current state of the infected person and it is continuously updated. You can also see H1N1 Timeline, a page you can see where the flu is and where it’s going. You can track where it has started and where it is spreading.  The

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VR World

Dot dash on Google logo

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Today is the birthday of Samuel Morse inventor of telegraph and Morse code and Google always pays attention for all sorts of holidays, important, big days. If you went today on Google you could notice that the Google logo (Google Doodle) has been changed and shows dots and dashes. Well today it is the birthday of Samuel Morse inventor of single wire telegraph system and Morse code which was used in radiotelegraphy all over the world; it is still using today but very little. The original Morse telegraph, submitted with his patent application, is part of the collections of the National Museum of American History

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Audio/Video

Update: Swine Flu panic spreads through social networks

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Till now in Mexico 103 people died, and 1600 are infected. After the virus was confirmed in Spain European Commission called urgent meeting of the ministers. The governments all over the world are trying everything to stop the Pandemic of Swine flu and global hysteria. The new cases of disease are showing from Canada to New Zealand. However, the governments are not able to stop spreading of the hysteria on social networking sites and search engines. Today, Google Trends reports "Swine Flu" is the 3d most popular search keyword currently. Swine flu is still the most trend topic on Twitter, and almost every second one

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Audio/Video

Panic from swine flu spreading through social network on the web

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Today the U.S. declared a public health emergency over the Swine Flu. It was confirmed that 20 cases of the flu spread to people in New York, Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California. At least 81 people have died in Mexico from the disease and more than 1,300 people are infected. The virus started to spread across the world pretty fast (it has already spread to U.S., New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom) and experts are in fear from pandemic. Although Federal officials are telling Americans not to panic about the disease, fear of the potentially deadly flu is spreading over Twitter, Google, and blogs across

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