Archive for November, 2010

You already know Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors will come with integrated graphics, but there’s more to this architecture than just a fused GPU. According to CNet, Intel VP and Director of PC Client Operations Stephen L. Smith confirmed the existence of special media accelerators.

“The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration,” Smith said in response to a question at a Wells Fargo Securities conference earlier this month. “All of us in our daily use, whether it’s home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats…all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge.”

In addition, Smith said Sandy Bridge should allow for slimmer form factors “and potentially longer battery life” on the notebook front.

Looking beyond Sandy Bridge, Smith reiterated that Intel is on track to deliver its 22nm Ivy Bridge architecture by the end of 2011. According to Smith, Ivy Bridge will be a shrink of Sandy Bridge “with some enhancements.”

Image Credit: Intel

In 2011, Android will claim more market share than any other mobile OS, including Symbian. You hear that? Symbian will finally fall from its top spot, shoved aside by Google’s little green robot. Or at least that’s the future DigiTimes research is predicting.

If nothing else, we have to give DigiTimes Research credit for predicting what few, if any, other market research firms have been willing to say. It’s not that analysts have been overlooking Android by any stretch of the imagination, but for the all praise, we can’t remember another firm predicting the fall of Symbian, at least not so soon.

By the end of 2010, DigiTimes Research sees Android jumping from fifth to second place, while Symbian will fall to 35.5 percent, still enough to claim the No. 1 spot. But in 2011, Android will slip ahead, edging out Symbian with a 29.7 percent share compared to 28 percent. Coming in third will be iOS at 16.7 percent, followed by Blackberry at 14 percent and Windows Phone at 5.1 percent.

Security firm Sophos is warning Facebook users about yet another app that supposedly lets you see who’s been viewing your profile. Like many before it, this one is a scam.

“As we’ve described a couple of times before, plenty of Facebook users would *love* to know who has been checking them out online, but unfortunately scammers are aware of this, and use the lure of such functionality as a way to trick you into making bad decisions,” Sophos said.

If you see someone posting a testimonial about one of these apps along with a link, run in the other direction. Not only do they fail to work, but by clicking the “Allow” button you’re giving the app permission to pull your personal data and post to your wall, which is how they spread in the first place.

“Ever wondered how many people fall for a scam like this? Well, the figures can be shocking,” Sophos says. “This current campaign is using a variety of different links — but via bit.ly we can see that at least one of them has already tricked nearly 60,000 people into clicking.”

Image Credit: Sophos

Microsoft this week announced that strong demand over Black Friday weekend helped bolster retail sales of its Kinect motion control platform to more than 2.5 million units since launching less than a month ago.

“We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.”

By comparison, the Sony Move sold just 1 million units during its first month of sales, while it took Apple’s iPad two months to record 2 million units sold.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft this week announced that strong demand over Black Friday weekend helped bolster retail sales of its Kinect motion control platform to more than 2.5 million units since launching less than a month ago.

“We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.”

By comparison, the Sony Move sold just 1 million units during its first month of sales, while it took Apple’s iPad two months to record 2 million units sold.

Image Credit: Microsoft
 Page 4 of 239  « First  ... « 2  3  4  5  6 » ...  Last »