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Archive for August, 2011

Wide temperature range COM Express module offers soldered DDR3 RAM

August 26, 2011

Arbor announced a COM Express Type 2 module with an industrial temperature range of -40 to 185 deg. F. The COM-746E incorporates an Intel Atom N455 processor with 2GB of soldered DDR3 SDRAM, PCI Express and PCI expansion, plus SATA, gigabit Ethernet, serial, parallel, and USB connectivity, says the company.

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Sony Ericcson unveils Xperia Neo V, promises Gingerbread for other phones too

August 26, 2011

Sony Ericsson announced a mid-range, 3.7-inch Xperia Neo V phone — equipped with a Facebook-enhanced Android 2.3.4 release that will also be rolled out to all its Xperia phones in October. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless decided not to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II that's expected to be unveiled on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on Aug. 29.

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If your business is in Hurricane Irene’s path, take these steps now

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the U.S. East Coast. Here, veteran tech journalist Wayne Rash — currently head of eWEEK's Washington bureau — outlines steps businesses should take immediately to protect their systems (and employees).

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Google Docs app now uploads images directly to documents

August 26, 2011

Google updated its native Google Docs for Android application, giving users the ability to drop photos taken from their Android device directly into a Google document. Meanwhile, the Android-compatible Google+ social networking service now enables sharing of web-pages from its “+1” button.

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Android conference announces speakers

August 26, 2011

O'Reilly Media opened registration for its Android Open Conference, scheduled for Oct. 9-11, in San Francisco, and announced speakers from companies including Arduino, Adobe, BestBuy, Google, Intel, LinkedIn, Motorola, Twitter, and WalMart. Meanwhile, the 10th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 10x) has issued a call for papers for its Jan. 20-22, 2012 show in Los Angeles.

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Arch Linux moves up to Linux 3.0

August 25, 2011

The Arch Linux team has released the first new all-in-one update for its minimalist, rolling-release Linux distribution in 15 months. The Arch Linux 2011.08.19 installation features support for Linux 3.0 and the syslinux bootloader, and offers experimental Btrfs and NILFS2 file-systems, and more flexible source-file selection, says the team.

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$200 Android tablet features 1.2GHz Cortex-A8 processor

August 25, 2011

X10 has begun selling a seven-inch Android 2.3 tablet for $200. The X10 AirPad has a 1.2GHz, Cortex-A8-based Rockchip 2918 processor, 4GB of flash storage, a seven-inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive display, a two-megapixel camera, plus an HDMI output delivering 1080p, says the company.

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Open-frame panel PCs target ATMs, kiosks

August 25, 2011

Nexcom announced two open-frame panel PCs, designed to be incorporated in devices such as ATMs, kiosks, and vending machines. The 15-inch OPPC 1520T and 17-inch OPPC 1720T have resistive touchscreens, dual-core Atom D525 processors, CompactFlash and Mini PCI Express slots, and bays for 2.5-inch hard disk drives, according to the company.

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High-end NAS systems offer USB 3.0, optional 10GbE Ethernet

August 24, 2011

Qnap is shipping two desktop Turbo NAS network-attached storage servers with 3.3GHz Intel Core i3 processors, aimed at high-end SMB environments. The 10-drive TS-1079 Pro and eight-drive TS-879 Pro offer RAID, iSCSI, and SATA 6Gb/s support, plus dual eSATA ports, six USB ports (two of them USB 3.0), and dual gigabit Ethernet ports, with an option to add dual 10GbE ports.

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Intel, Freescale, Marvell sued re. on-chip power management

August 24, 2011

Intel, Freescale, and Marvell are being targeted in a lawsuit claiming they've infringed on a 1996 patent involving on-chip power management. The complaint by “Power Management Systems LLC” reportedly names Intel's Atom Z6xx, Freescale's i.MX515, and Marvell's PXA940 as relevant products, adding that the alleged infringement is not necessarily limited to these processors.

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Android car receiver offers hands-free telephony, web access

August 24, 2011

Parrot is readying what it claims is the world's first Android-based car receiver for an October release. The Parrot Asteroid offers a 3.2-inch display, GPS-based location services, Bluetooth, optional 3G access to web services, a 4 x 55 Watt MOSFET amplifier, plus support for music sources including Internet radio and a built-in FM/AM tuner.

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Galaxy line gains four new Android 2.3 phones, new naming scheme

August 24, 2011

Samsung announced four new Android 2.3 Galaxy smartphones, as well as a new naming scheme for the Galaxy product line. The new phones include the Galaxy W (3.7-inch, 1.4GHz), the QWERTY-enabled Galaxy M Pro (2.66-inch, 1GHz), the Galaxy Y (three-inch, 832MHz), and the keyboard-ready Galaxy Y Pro, according to the company.

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First NFC-ready Android tablets debut

August 24, 2011

NFC is coming to Android tablets this fall, in two seven-inch, Android 2.3 models announced by Sharp and TazTag respectively. The Sharp RW-T107 is an enterprise-focused tablet that supports the Sony Felica flavor of NFC in Japan, while TazTag's TazTab combines NFC with a biometric fingerprint scanner, plus ZigBee, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and optional 3G.

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Embedded controller’s manageable even without OS installed

August 24, 2011

IEI announced a fanless embedded controller that's remotely manageable even without an operating system installed, thanks to ASF (Alert Standard Format) 2.0 compliance. The TANK-101B uses CompactFlash or hard disk storage, comes with Intel Atom N455 or D5235 processors, offers four serial ports (one isolated), sports two CAN ports, and includes a Mini PCI Express slot, according to the company.

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More Android malware’s emerging, but absolute threat still small, McAfee says

August 23, 2011

Researchers have uncovered Android 2.3 malware known as “GingerMaster,” which takes advantage of a jailbreak exploit to gain root access and execute instructions from a remote server. Meanwhile, McAfee Labs says malware developers are focusing on Android more than any other platform — but adds that the number of actual threats found on smartphones in the wild remains small.

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