Rumored features include digital inking support and tab grouping
Microsoft has a special press event scheduled for January 21, when it will finally turn the spotlight on Windows 10’s consumer-specific features. Chances are Microsoft could end up formally announcing the new "Spartan" browser, which we first heard about late last month, at the upcoming event, though it’s hard to say anything with certainty at this stage. Well, it may or may not figure on the upcoming company’s agenda for the event, but Spartan has already gotten the tech media buzzing.
On the heels of HTC’s recent announcement of the Rezound smartphone for Verizon Wireless, a new device has been leaked that may give any potential phone-buyer a case of cold feet. The HTC Edge is a monster of an Android device with a 720p screen at 4.7-inches, 1GB of RAM, and a crazy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores. The Rezound only has a dual-core chip.
If seeing is believing, then it looks like one lucky eBay user has come across something amazing. After buying a Nexus S on eBay, the device arrived looking a little funny. According to the About Phone screen, this device is running an early dev build of Android’s next update, called Ice Cream Sandwich. The user was good enough to give a haphazard walkthrough on video.
The music app on Android has been an embarrassment since the platform launched back in 2008. But thanks to a recent leak, we're getting a gander at Google's new music app for phones complete with cloud syncing. A developer version of the Android Market app miraculously showed up on a handful of phones, and allowed access to the new app. You can grab a copy, but it will overwrite your current Music app and may not work, so be warned.
The Droid X has been one of the most popular Android phones since its introduction last summer. As such, it is no surprise that Motorola and Verizon have been cooking up a successor to the handset. Now The Mobi Zone has leaks both images of the device and updated specs. As it turns out, this may not be the top-tier phone of the next generation, but it will certainly be capable.
The Russian press site of software giant Microsoft may have gotten a little overzealous today and posted a screen shot showing off the new UI for Internet Explorer 9. The preview builds have this far shown no evolution of the interface, but everyone was expecting some big changes come the beta. Immediately after the image was posted, it was pulled back down, but ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley managed to grab the image first.
What we're looking at here is a vastly different look for Microsoft's browser. Frankly, that's a good start as IE8 was starting to look ancient compared to other browsers. The window is much more minimalist. Toward the left there are back and forward buttons, then immediately to the right is a unified Search/URL bar. As we continue across the top of the window, we come upon the tab area, which is on the same level as the URL bar. We can assume this area will dynamically shrink the Search/URL bar as more tabs are open. It could get cluttered, but will offer more space for the web page.
There really isn't much more to the interface. The Home, Favorites, and Menu icons are over on the right, much like Chrome. The top of the window has the Windows Aero glass effect going on, also like Chrome. The Russian site also mentions "tear off tabs" which will be an extension of Aero Snap for viewing tabs in a split screen view. We're very interested to see how this browser looks when the bets is finally released. Sources have previously stated that should happen in September. What are your thoughts about the new Internet Explorer UI?
Back before we had ever heard of the iPhone 4, Gizmodo got their hands on a prototype. You've probably heard about that. The resulting criminal investigation resulted in GIzmodo editor Jason Chen having his home searched by the authorities. In the process, they confiscated all his electronic devices. Now the San Mateo County District Attorney has had the warrant withdrawn. Mr. Chen will be getting his stuff back, for now at least.
The EFF has long claimed the warrant was issued illegally, and points to California’s Penal Code section 1524(g), which disallows the use of warrants to obtain "unpublished information obtained or prepared in gathering, receiving or processing information for communication to the public.” This is part of what is often called the shield law. The EFF goes on to point out that another warrant could be issued at any time to obtain the items again. Is this the end of it, or will the investigation continue?
This generation of gaming consoles is all about minor hardware revisions. The Sony PS3 has already slimmed down and dropped a few hundred dollars from its price, but now it looks like the Xbox 360 may be up next. A leaked pic of what purports to be a new motherboard for the console was posted to a Chinese forum. The board is significantly smaller which hopefully means a more svelte console.
The board looks much smaller than the current version, and appears to have a CPU/GPU combo chip. There’s also an extra SATA port present. We’re apt to believe the authenticity of this board seeing as Microsoft is currently hiring a Motherboard Design Engineer to “implement and verify the motherboard and other various sub-system boards that make up the XBOX 360 product line.”
We don’t know if this hardware revision will come with a price cut, but don’t bet on it. The Xbox managed to beat out the Wii in monthly sales for the first time last month. The PS3 had no choice but to drop in price to be competitive. Would a smaller, cooler console with a few extra goodies get you to drop some cash for a new 360?
Sure, you could buy that boring old Core i7. You could be like all those other sheep that shop for “released” and “fully tested” parts from Newegg. Or if you’re just the right mix of bold and rich, you can try buying a leaked 12-core AMD CPU from Ebay. The Opteron server chip is code-named Magny-Cours, and a set of four can be had for the low price of $7,700. The unreleased chip runs at 2.2GHz.
If you aren’t the do-it-yourself type, the same seller has a deal for you as well. They are selling a four socket server running the Magny-Cours processors. The server also packs 64GB of RAM. The going price is $20,000, but with 48 processing cores, that’s only about $416 per core. It’s not that unreasonable.
The Magny-Cours architecture doubles the core count on AMD’s current Istanbul Opteron chip. Power optimization was apparently paramount for AMD as the Magny-Cours is expected to use no more power than the Istanbul chips. We’re not going to encourage the purchase of these chips, but if you by them drop us a line, okay?
Last week, the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News blog found a U.S. report detailing the sites and assets of the nation's nuclear power industry posted on the website of the Government Printing Office. While most of the information in the report can be found through other sources, the document is understandably considered very sensitive, Arstechnica reports.
U.S. officials maintain that no information from the accidental posting -- all 266 pages -- has compromised national security. That news comes as little consolation to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who expressed concern regarding a uranium storage facility at the department's Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
"That's of great concern. We will be looking hard and making sure physical security of those sites is sufficient to prevent eco-terrorists and others getting hold of that material," Chu said.
The leaked document is intended as part of an agreement on nuclear material inspection under the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear nonproliferation effort.