Technology Roundup for the Month of September 2011

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One more month is about to be vanished, and there were lots of interesting news related technology world. Lots of new products, lots of services and gadgets were introduced. Contributing in technology world, Facebook and Google are two names which always give users new updated services every month. Google just launched its Instant page feature with Google Chrome 13, whereas Facebook fought back with new gaming interface having large game play screen and a ticker at the right side of the screen showing your friend’s gaming activities. Facebook again revised its interface looks and now giving a new interface showing top news as per hour basis, now you can see what your friends are doing by a ticker over the chat area showing friends feeds. Except these two tech giants, there are other interesting news updates which you should know to keep yourself updated.

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Windows Developer Preview

Microsoft’s dream project is out now for developer testing purpose. Yes, we are talking about Windows 8; there were lots of rumors about the look and services of Windows 8. Microsoft has ticked a full stop after these rumors. Previously we have mentioned the 10 interesting features about Windows 8 here, and we are glad that Microsoft made these up to the marks. And we hope, Microsoft will bring some more interesting services with full commercial version of Windows 8.

 

World’s First 8-core Bulldozer Zambezi FX CPU

AMD has revealed the approximate retail pricing of its first eight core Bulldozer processors on a promotional web page – $300. Part of its upcoming FX-Series, which also includes four and six core processors, the eight core bulldozers are codenamed Zambezi, with the first two to be released as the FX-8100 and FX-8150 is the top end offering based on the 32-nm process, it has a 3.6 GHz core clock that can turbo up to 4.2 GHz, all whilst maintaining a TDP of 125W. AMD expecting it to compete directly with Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge Extreme processors, expected in Q4 2011, and Ivy Bridge Processors, expected in Q1 2012.

 

Nano Sized Batteries

An innumerable number of devices run on lithium-ion batteries, thanks to Rice University researchers, their size are no longer a factor. Prof. Pulickel Ajayan and his colleagues claim to have succeeded in building a complete lithium-ion energy storage device in a single nanowire. The researchers say their batteries are as small as devices can get and hence immensely valuable as rechargeable power sources for the latest Nano electronics.

 

Apple #1 Globally

The latest result in the ongoing battle of global smartphone manufacturers are in, with reports from market research firms’ strategy analytics and IDC showing some interesting developments in the second quarter of this year. The market as a whole has grown 76.3% since Q2 last year, With Apple and Samsung definitely looking to have enjoyed most of the benefits. Q2 saw Apple more than double its smartphones sales since the corresponding quarter last year, going from 8.4 million units to 20.3 million. Samsung did spectacularly well in the same period, with sales growing more than six times from 3.1 million to 19.2 million. Nokia’s smartphone sales, on the other hand, fell by a third in the second quarter, shipping 16.7 million units compared to 23.8 million in previous year. Apple is holding 18.5% for the first spot, Samsung holds second with 17.5% and Nokia third with 15.2%.

 

Google’s Page Speed Service

Earlier in the month of August, Google launched its Page Speed Service, enabling publishers to speed up how fast their web pages loaded, by 25% to 60%. Page Speed or page load time is not just a factor in the bounce rate of a web page, but also Google’s own Page Rank of it. All this is a part of Google’s ‘Make the Web Faster’ campaign, which in the past included the Page Speed browser extension, the Page Speed Online API, the SPDY protocol, And the ‘mod-pagespeed’ Apache module.

 

Google Buys Motorola

August 15, saw an independence day announcement of an unexpected kind, with Google declaring that it would be buying Motorola Mobility – a deal that will make it a major hardware player in the smartphone business, allow it to spearhead that course of Android handset development and give it access to the wealth of patents that 82-years old company has developed and amassed in its long and cheered history.

 

  • Adobe has launched its EDGE design tool for content creation using HTML5 and the latest web standards.
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  • Java 7 has finally released, it is the first release of the platform since it was acquired by Oracle.
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  • Researches at BGU have developed software that uses your webcam to monitor your posture.
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  • Sataru Iwata of Nintendo apologized to early adopters of the 3DS for the drastic price cut for the device.
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  • Apple’s most recent financial results had put its case reserves at around $76 billion, $3 billion more than the US Treasury – for 3 days.
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  • Happy Birthday to You song is a copyrighted song and its copyright was purchased by Warner Chappell for $5 million.
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  • IEEE published the IEEE 802.22 standard promising speeds of up to 22 mbps, 100KM away from the nearest receiver.
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  • 6.1 Trillion, is the figure of text messages sent in year 2010, earning mobile companies over $140 billion in revenue?
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  • Google is now accusing Both Apple and Microsoft for buying bogus patents in a bid to raise Android device’s Prices.
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  • McAfee has reported that various multinational organizations, including the UN have been under massive attack since 2006.
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  • Valve is currently working on its next sequel for Counter Strike, named Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
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  • Spam Mail, including a link to a Firefox Update which includes a password stealing Trojan is currently circulating.
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  • The latest version of GNU GPL has made some significant changes.
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  • If you want to go deep in the differences between Free Software and Open Source Software then you should read out this article – http://bit.ly/fsmosm.
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  • The chrome extension restricts the time you spend on time wasting sites like Facebook to improve productivity.
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  • Apple is selling Mac OS X Lion on a USB stick for $69.00
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  • Scientists are working on a pen which uses silver particles as a base and can be used to draw circuits.
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  • AMD has refreshed the C and E series of Fusion APUs claiming to offer more battery life than their previous avatars.
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  • Adobe Lightroom 3.5 is expected to support RAW formats for latest Olympus, Sony and Panasonic cameras.
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  • Microsoft announces that it will discontinue support for its Reader app for PC and mobile.
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  • Intel’s roadmap reveals plan to launch processors using a 14nm and 10nm process in 4 years of time.
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  • Amazon has launched its cloud reader service enabling access to its e-book library via any HTML5 capable browser.
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  • The latest version of Google Chrome now supports C/C++ apps.
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  • Competition between Apple and Samsung now is so heated that both are suing each other in not less than nine countries.
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  • Nintendo has redesigned itself to lie horizontal now.