Archive for October 7, 2007

Next iPhone may have Intel Inside

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Tech

Apple reportedly is considering adopting Intel’s Moorestown MID (mobile Internet device) platform processor in a new iPhone, according to OEM sources.

Intel revealed a Moorestown-based MID product with functions similar to Apple’s iPhone at the recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF) San Francisco.

Broadcom has begun sampling a new multimedia processor which the company claims will enable cellphones and portable media players to integrate 12 megapixel digital cameras and 720p high definition video playback.

Broadcom said that it recently has begun sampling its new BCM2727, based on the firm’s new VideoCore III multimedia processor. Provided the required CMOS image sensors are combined with the chip, the VideoCore III can process images with a resolution of up to 12 megapixels. The chip’s performance tops out at 144 million pixels per second, which, at least in theory, allows a BCM2727 equipped cellphone to support up to 12 12-megapixel images being shot per second.

Microsoft Launches HealthVault

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft Corp. launched Microsoft HealthVault, a software and services platform aimed at helping people better manage their health information. The company outlined its vision for ways that HealthVault can bring the health and technology industries together to create new applications, services and connected devices that help people manage and monitor their personal health information, including weight loss and disease management, such as for diabetes.

The launch of HealthVault makes it possible for people to collect their private health information on their terms and for companies across the health industry to deliver compatible tools and services built on the HealthVault platform.

Microsoft also announced the availability of HealthVault Search, a powerful new vertical health search tool designed to work with the platform. Integrated with Live Search and accessible on the HealthVault Web site, this specialized health search engine intuitively organizes the most relevant online health content, allowing people to refine searches faster and with more accuracy, and eventually connect them with HealthVault-compatible solutions.

Linux users receive a new beta release of Skype, now at version 1.4.0.118. It’s available for immediate download on several distributions.

These include Ubuntu, Debian, Mepis, Xandros, fedora, SuSE, Mandriva and a generic version for other-distro compilation directly from source code.

Bungie And Microsoft Breakup

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft Corp.’s Bungie Studios, creator of the best-selling “Halo” video games, will become an independent company to build on the success of the alien-shooting title.

Under the new agreement Microsoft will retain an equity interest in Bungie at the same time continuing its long standing publishing agreement between Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie for the Microsoft owned Halo intellectual property as well as other future properties developed by Bungie.

Novell OpenSUSE 10.3 released

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Tech

Novell announced the availability of openSUSE® 10.3, the newest version of the award-winning community Linux distribution. Available for free download or in a convenient packaged retail edition, openSUSE 10.3 provides everything a user needs to get started with Linux.

To improve the user experience, openSUSE 10.3 includes a flexible Linux-Windows dual-boot configuration, improved user interface, Microsoft* Office file compatibility with the latest OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, and enhanced multimedia support.

Microsoft makes IE7 available for all

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft has removed those browser restrictions (Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation requirement), making Internet Explorer 7 free to anyone. PC users who are running pirated or counterfeit copies of Windows XP can also download IE7 without the genuine advantage restriction.

Internet Explorer 7 was released nearly a year ago and the removal of the WGA validation will boost install numbers.