The Evernote “Seven Ate Nine” Party

Posted June 23rd, 2009 at 8:08 AM by Anti-Trend

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It seems not every company in Silicon Valley is struggling in today’s sluggish economy. Evernote, the mutli-platform note-taking company with the slogan “Remember everything”, is throwing a party this July in the San Francisco bay area. The party, to take place on 07/08/09 (hence the silly mnemonic), is open to all comers, and they even be giving away free drinks. If you’re going to be in the bay area anyway, this might be worth a look.

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Apple unveils Snow Leopard and new iPhone

Posted June 8th, 2009 at 10:10 PM by RHochstenbach

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2009 in San Francisco has started. There was a keynote, as usual, a few hours ago. New Products have been announced. Here’s a list of the important stuff:

  • New 15″ Macbook Pro. This one has an SD-card slot, and a battery that keeps the MBP running for 7 hours when fully charged.
  • The 13″ Macbook is now replaced by a 13″ Macbook Pro. This one also includes Firewire 800.
  • Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” is going to be launched in September this year.
  • The iPhone OS 3.0 is going to be launched on the 17th of June. It’s a free upgrade for all iPhones, and costs $9,95 for the iPod Touch (both generations).
  • A new iPhone, called the iPhone 3G S, is going to be launched in the US on the 19th of June and on the 9th of August in 80 other countries. The new version has a faster CPU, better battery, 3.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, white balance, macro and video caputure at 30 FPS.
  • Safari 4. This one is now available for both Mac OS X 10.4 and Windows.

Read more: Engadget | Computer World

Microsoft Changes Live Search to “Bing”

Posted June 6th, 2009 at 8:08 PM by Swansen

Bing, its Microsoft’s new effort to battle the giant Google. They have spent in the area of 90 million dollars on an ad campaign promoting Bing. Their goal here is not to go head to head with Ask, Yahoo, or Google, but to convince people of all of what they have been missing. Even though its Microsoft own data, they have figured that 42% of all searches are unsuccessful in the first query. Microsoft’s answer to this is their “related categories”, for example if your searching for a game, you might find prices, reviews, and other related information in the related category.

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Oddly enough, i found it in ad-words above my inbox. Also not so sure of the “decision engine” slogan, to me it sounds like they are trying to take the searcher out of the equation, how ever that works. However, it does seem fairly interesting, and they are making the jump straight to the whole “media search”, where as Google right now has their different labs in which features like what Bing includes are offered. So, will Bing revolution internet searching and topple Google? who know, maybe, but more than likely not..

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IBM has plans to purchase Sun Microsystems

Posted March 19th, 2009 at 2:02 PM by RHochstenbach

IBM has plans to purchase Sun Microsystems, and is talking with them to make a deal. They are willing to pay at least $6.5 billion in cash to Sun, if the deal goed through. And that might even happen as early as this week.

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Debian 5.0 (codename “Lenny”) Goes Gold

Posted February 15th, 2009 at 11:11 PM by Anti-Trend

The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed “Lenny”) after 22 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments. It also features compatibility with the FHS v2.3 and software developed for version 3.2 of the LSB.

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Debian GNU/Linux runs on computers ranging from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. A total of twelve architectures are supported: Sun SPARC (sparc), HP Alpha (alpha), Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc), Intel IA-32 (i386), IA-64 (ia64), HP PA-RISC (hppa), MIPS (mips, mipsel), ARM (arm, armel), IBM S/390 (s390), and AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64).

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Google Android’s Lack of Multi-Touch

Posted February 12th, 2009 at 9:09 PM by Swansen

Yes, and the reason comes out. One of the largest complaints with the G1, first phone based on Google’s Android platform, is that it doesn’t have multi-touch and Android is very multi-touch capable. Well, now there is a reason for the exclusion of the technology and simply put, Apple asked them to. Something many don’t realize is that Apple and Google are quite intertwined, google tailors a lot of its products to the Apple iPhone and Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is on Apple’s board of directors. As well, the Android team was quite happy to learn of the exclusion, via the legal battle that would more than likely ensue.

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Right, so Apple obviously has a myriad of patents under its belt, but so does Google, and so does Palm. Palm??? yeah, Palm, they are in it pretty deep with Apple right now over the whole multi-touch ordeal and their new phone. After a little searching and reading, Apples patents really only seem to apply to one of the specific motions involved in the multi-touch interface. I’m sure at some point there will be an agreement, even more so because Intel is planning to use the Android platform in its upcoming netbook, and multi-touch will be a large part of the package, but i guess we’ll wait and see.

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OpenDNS starts blocking and tracking of the Conficker worm

Posted February 12th, 2009 at 8:08 PM by RHochstenbach

Some time ago, the computer security companies F-Secure and Kaspersky cracked the algorithm that is used by the Conficker worm (a.k.a. Downadup) to connect to its creator. The used domain names have been published. OpenDNS has now used this list to block connection attempts of the worm, and notice network administrators if the worm has infected their network, to improve security.

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New font type saves 20% of printer ink

Posted January 28th, 2009 at 9:09 PM by RHochstenbach

There’s a new type of font developed by the company Spranq. It is named Ecofont, and has been created to save approximately 20% of the ink in your printer. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. According to Spranq, the font has been optimized for the sizes 9 and 10.

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European Commission: No tying of Internet Explorer in Windows

Posted January 28th, 2009 at 1:01 PM by RHochstenbach

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objectives to Microsoft, concerning Internet Explorer in the Windows Operating System. Because Microsoft is tying its web browser with Windows, they abuse their dominant position in the software industry. Customers should be able to choose the web browser of their choice.

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USB 3.0 devices may not reach the promised speed

Posted January 8th, 2009 at 10:10 PM by RHochstenbach

USB 3.0 may promise data transfer speeds of up to 5000 Mb/s (625 MB/s) but such levels will not be possible, at least not in initial devices. When USB 3.0 hardware will become available in late 2009 or early 2010, users will have to settle for about one fourth of the theoretical maximum bandwidth.

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