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Google shows off Chrome Notebooks based on Chrome Operating System

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Recently, search-engine giant, Google shows off the prototype of its first notebook based on Chrome Operating System. Google Chrome OSChrome OS is based on the open-source Chromium OS. Chrome laptops are designed to promote web-centric computing, where users will use online applications instead of downloading software on to their computers. Google will ensure users to get a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. It stores all data in the cloud, so even if you lost your notebook, you will never lose your data. Simply use another chrome OS powered laptop and access your data as before.

To provide various online apps, Google already opened a web store which sells more than 500 games, news and other software applications to simplify the consumer’s life. Google claims to have more than 120 million users who are already using its Chrome Internet browser. Google is planning to sell this awesome Chrome OS powered computers in large numbers to give a tough competition. Find below the main features of Chrome notebooks:

• Boots-up in about 10 seconds
• Instantly resumes from sleep mode
• Supports Adobe Flash
• Documents are stored safely in the cloud
• Integrated Wi-Fi and 3G network for easy web access
• Uses advanced technology to help prevent malware and viruses from accessing your data
• Upgrades itself automatically with the latest features and fixes
• Amazing apps for almost everything

This amazing Google notebook surely will give a tough competition to Microsoft and Apple. Google has already launched Chromebook and tied up with several hardware manufacturers like Samsung and Acer among others.

A chip to make desktop computers run faster

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Recently, scientists have unveiled an ultra-fast chip to make your computer run faster. A team in the University of Glasgow has developed a CPU with 1,000 cores on a single microchip while the modern computers have a processor with at most 16 cores to process different tasks. In testing, it was found that the chip was able to process around five gigabytes of data per second, which will make desktop computers run almost 20 times faster than the current ones.

These days, desktop market is shrinking with the advent of various high-end computing devices which are much compact than traditional desktop computers. To make the desktops run faster, scientists have used FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, which contains millions of transistors. According to Dr Wim Vanderbauwhedea, the team leader of this project, “FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small”.

Though, this project is still in its nascent stage, but if carried out effectively, the real potential of FPGA chips will be utilized to provide very fast processing power in future computing and electronic devices.

Adobe unveils all new Acrobat X Software

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In October 2010, Adobe announced the launch of next generation of Acrobat software, the Acrobat X (Acrobat Ten). Acrobat X software will help you create high-impact PDF communications, collaborate more easily, and streamline reviews. Adobe Acrobat XThis new software makes it easy to export documents to Microsoft’s Word and Excel software. It can also create PDF Portfolios that bring together multiple file types. Users can also include remote content such as websites and online video inside the PDF Portfolio.

The release lineup includes Acrobat X Standard, Acrobat X Pro, Acrobat X Suite (includes Photoshop CS5, Acrobat X Pro, Presenter 7, Captivate 5, Media Encoder CS5, Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES2), Adobe Reader X, Acrobat.com document exchange services. The Acrobat Reader X has great features of commenting with sticky notes and highlighter tool, which will also be compatible with mobile devices such as Android and Windows Phone 7.

Acrobat X Pro users will become more productive with the use of ‘Actions’. Adobe’s Pro software lets you deliver professional PDF communications, create and edit PDF files, add a watermark and share information with enhanced security.

Check out all the features of Adobe Acrobat X from the Adobe site – http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro.html.

LG P990 – World’s first Dual Core smartphone | LG Optimus 2X

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LG has unveiled their latest and world’s first dual core smartphone, ‘LG Optimus 2X’ or ‘LG P990′. Until now, multi-processors were only common with desktop computers, LG Optimus 2Xbut now with the advancement in smartphone technology, mobiles also possess dual-core processors to run applications at maximum velocity. The all new LG Optimus 2X 3G smartphone comes with nVidia Tegra 2 chipset to offer users an unprecedented speedy performance, especially while web browsing, multitasking and downloading applications.

This mobile also supports HDMI interface to share photos or play back video easily. Now, it will be easier to connect your smartphone to your compatible TV to view content in full HD. You can even play games for the ultimate gaming experience on the wide 4.0” IPS Touch Screen.

Product Specifications:

  • NVIDIA dual-core 1GHZ processor
  • Android Froyo 2.2 (Upgradable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 4.0” IPS Screen
  • Full HD recording (1920×1080)
  • HDMI support
  • 8 MP camera with 8x Digital Zoom and LED Flash
  • 1.3 MP Front camera for video calling
  • 6.4 GB Internal Memory and expandable up to 32GBlg mobile P990

Google Image Search Redesigned

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Google VP of Search Product and User Experience ‘Marissa Mayer’ told media that the site sees 1 billion page views every day and the number of Image searches are increasing day-by-day. Earlier, Google added ‘Find Similar Images’ feature which lets you search images that are visually similar to the one you selected. Another feature that is gaining popularity is ‘color search’. We have seen increase in search views but still it seems everyone is not utilizing all these features and may not be aware of these great features.

Now, Google redesigned ‘Google Images’ and claiming it to be the largest redesign since 2001. Results are now shown on the screen without text and links; it’s all images that you will see and you can get up to 1,000 images on a single page. Users will be able to see a larger thumbnail preview on the same page. This change is as per the user’s perspective and Google is loved most by Advertisers. To get more advertisers, Google has announced a new ad product that allows you to run your own image as an ad on Image Search. Obviously, users will now see sponsored images and advertisers will get new model for business and Google will receive more love from advertisers. If users will continue to get worth and related images in sponsored results, all will be well for Google.

Toshiba’s dual-screen mini notebook PC – Libretto W100

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Toshiba, the world’s fourth biggest notebook PC vendor, unveiled the Libretto W100, a dual-screened 7 inch mini notebook PC that can also be used as an e-book reader. This new gadget will add to competition for the likes of Apple Corp’s iPad and Amazon.com’s Kindle, which can be used like a conventional clam-style notebook PC with a software keyboard. The two multi-touch screens can work separately to surf the web on one and compose a mail on the other or together to act like a book or newspaper.

The Libretto runs Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium with 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, 2GB of DDR3 (double-data rate) memory and a 62GB solid-state drive. It also incorporates 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1MP camera with face recognition and 1 USB port. This new touch-screen gadget is expected to go on sale in Japan in late August and later in Europe, the United States and other markets. Toshiba targeted global PC shipments of 25 million units in the year by March 2011. Watch out the below video to know more about Libretto W100.

Google Hotpot – A Local Recommendation Engine for Places

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There is nothing more exciting than to discover new places and moreover it becomes incredible if you have the potential to share it with your friends. Now-a-days, the location based advertising has become a genuine recipe to make hefty revenue and that’s the reason behind the success of location based technologies in recent times.

So, keeping its promise once again, Google, the “Search Engine Giant” has come up with ‘Hotpot’, a local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends.

Hotpot uses data from Google Places and to make it more attractive, it provides the opportunity to make reviews and ratings from you and your friends. A counter is placed to keep track of your recommendations as you rate places via Hotpot. Also, it recommends similar places. It allows you to share those ratings with your friends and view theirs. Hence, the aim behind it is to provide you with more personal, relevant and trustworthy search results for places on Google.

The most attractive feature of this service is that it allows users to create a different profile nickname to separate your Hotpot account from the general Google profile. Once your profile is created, you can add friends to it using your Gmail contact list or from other Google profiles. Though, some users may not like the idea of creating a new nickname and adding friends to it as redundant, it is easily assumable that Google is trying to avoid Buzz-like lapse.

Hotpot has both a web-based and an Android application and probably an iPhone application will also be coming soon. Since Google has been craving to produce something notable in the Geo-location and recommendation area, it has not met with desired results. Earlier, Google Latitude failed to generate much traction among users and further Google gained mixed responses from the users regarding Google Places.

Whether it will possible for Google to compete with Foursquare, Yelp or Facebook Location Services, only time can tell. For now, keep your fingers crossed.

Author Bio: This is a Guest Post by Marc Brown, a personal finance writer. Besides, he also maintains his own personal blog & writes extensively on recent technology.

Microsoft shows off new Windows Phone-7 and Windows powered tablet computers

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Windows lovers have a reason to cheer up. Now, Microsoft has launched new operating system for smartphones named as ‘Windows Phone 7′. On 29th July 2010, Microsoft showed off Windows-powered tablet computers and smartphones designed to beat back advances by Apple Inc and Google Inc. The new platform is aimed at producing phones designed for users who are heavily into social networking and instant messaging.

Microsoft showed off the new phones running Windows Phone 7, made by handset makers Samsung Electronics and LG. Windows Phone 7The devices will incorporate large touch screens, integrated with Zune music player, e-mail programs and link up with content from Xbox Live, Facebook, and other networks. Microsoft is planning to release its first major update for Windows Phone 7 known as Mango or Windows Phone 7.5, which will bring more than 500 new features.

Microsoft’s new mobile OS is the software giant’s effort to regain its edge in the mobile space. With the launch of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, Windows based Mobiles lost nearly a third of its smartphone market share. With the new smartphone OS, their challenge now is to execute, and begin to expand their market share as these devices come to market. All Windows mobile phones are expected to be designed to have three common hardware buttons: Start, Search and Back buttons along with two buttons for Camera and Power. So, manufacturers must include these five permanent buttons on the phone. The success of WP7 will depend largely on how Microsoft provides development tools to OEMs and ISVs. Windows Phone 7 has many interactive features that are supposed to be in a mobile phone. So, you may forget everything you knew about traditional Windows Mobile, it will be a new smartphone OS on the desk in the coming months.

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