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Storage Tech Sizzles With Hot, Hot Hard Drives

An international team of researchers led by the University of York in England has demonstrated fast data recording on hard drives using heat. They used an ultra-short pulse of heat to reverse the poles in a ferrimagnet in order to write the data. "It was, until now, generally accepted that a direct...

Ultrabooks, Tablets and the Space Between

The stage is set for a new battle of mobile form factors. The winner could set a new non-desktop standard for consumers and office workers looking for a better alternative to bulky laptops. Lighter, thinner and more powerful are the key factors guiding the designs of tablets, convertibles, hybrids a...

Fujitsu Reaches for the CRM Cloud

Fujitsu has jumped into the CRM cloud computing space with its own marketplace as well as a new application. The marketplace is called the "Business Solutions Store." Besides Fujitsu's new cloud-based app, the store also makes available in SaaS format software and business processes from its partner...

What BlackBerries May Come

Research In Motion's upcoming next set of smartphones, which will run its next-generation BBX operating system, will represent a departure from the company's lonstanding design aesthetics, typified by the BlackBerry Bold, according to a recent report. However, the upcoming phones will still support ...

Asimo Robot Learns Some Smooth New Moves

Honda recently unveiled the latest version of its Asimo robot in Tokyo. The humanoid robot has been equipped with what Honda claims is the world's first autonomous behavior control technology. This lets the Asimo continue moving independently of an operator's control. The latest Asimo also has impro...

Titan Starts Training for Supercomputing’s World Cup

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has awarded U.S. supercomputer manufacturer Cray a contract to upgrade its existing Jaguar supercomputer. The contract, which Cray pegs as worth $97 million, will cover a multi-phase process scheduled for completion in 2013. Cray will essentially rip out and replace...

Intel Gets Android Inside

In an effort to carve out a niche in the burgeoning mobile market, Intel has partnered with Google to optimize future versions of the latter's Android mobile operating system for Intel's Atom line of chips. The announcement was made by Andy Rubin, Android head honcho and Google senior vice president...

Microsoft Throws a Juicy Mango to Manufacturers

Mango, the largest update yet to Microsoft's still-young Windows Phone 7 mobile OS, was released to manufacturers Tuesday in what the software company called an "important milestone" in its fight to gain some ground in the competitive smartphone marketplace. The update was first shown off in May and...

OPINION

Will the Tablet Follow the PC Path or the iPod Way?

There is this debate going on in the analyst community with most arguing that the tablet market is like the PC market was, and Apple will once again be overwhelmed -- in this case largely by Google and Android. But a few of us, mostly me, are arguing that it is behaving much more like the iPod mark...

OPINION

Prepaid Wireless Has Finally Grown Up

Have you taken a look at prepaid wireless lately? I hadn't, since there is always so much noise to follow in the post-paid world and prepaid is relatively quiet, but prepaid is actually looking better and better over the last few years. Prepaid is becoming a mainstream part of the mix you should con...

It’s a Mobile World: Smartphones Way Up, Symbian Doomed

Worldwide mobile device sales translated into 1.6 billion new units in the hands of consumers in 2010 -- an eye-popping 31.8 percent increase from 2009, according to new figures from Gartner. The firm found also that smartphone sales were up 72.1 percent from 2009, accounting for 19 percent of total...

AMD Gives Embedded Systems a Shot of DirectX 11

AMD on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first accelerated processing unit for embedded systems, the Embedded G-Series. The G-Series is the embedded version of Fusion APUs the company announced earlier this month. It consists of a low-power x86 CPU combined with a DirectX 11 graphics...

TAT Purchase Could Give RIM PlayBook Interface More Game

BlackBerry device maker Reserach In Motion on Thursday announced that it plans to buy Swedish design house TAT, the firm that designed the T-Mobile G1 Android smartphone's user interface. "The TAT team will remain as a group in their current location and become part of RIM's global software developm...

HP Serves Up Windows on a Slate

HP on Friday launched the HP Slate 500, a tablet PC aimed at the enterprise. Priced at $799, the Slate has a 3MP still camera and a VGA webcam and can Windows 7 Professional 32. The HP Slate 500 is based in a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Processor and weighs 1.5 pounds in the basic configuration. HP's new tab...

CONFERENCE REPORT

Much Seen but Little Hurd at Oracle’s OpenWorld

As spectators crowded in to see keynote speeches Monday at Oracle's OpenWorld 2010, the question on everyone's lips was: What's Mark Hurd going to say? The recently ousted HP CEO was hired by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison shortly after Hurd left HP amid a scandal involving a female contractor and fudged ...

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