According to Taylor Wimberly of AndroidAndMe.com, uber popular Android hacker who goes by the name of Cyanogen managed to ruffle some feathers over at Google. From the sound of things, the search giant is none too pleased with Cyanogen distributing their closed source Android apps (Market, Talk, Gmail, YouTube, and others) with his third-party CyanogenMod ROM.
Going by the chat log Wimberly posted on his site, Google has issued a cease and desist letter to Cyanogen, who laments that "CyanogenMod is probably going to be dead." It would be a shame if it came to that, as CyanogenMod is probably the most popular third-party Android ROM out there, and is actively being developed, somewhat of a rarity in the Android ROM community whose only compensation is user donations.
But all might not be lost. Cyanogen said he has opened up a dialog with Google.
"My argument is that I only develop for Google-experience devices which are already licensed for these apps," said Cyanogen. "So we'll see what they say. Maybe we can work something out."
So do we. Otherwise, this could be a blow to the entire Android ROM community, not just Cyanogen.
The logic is plain and simple: PC replacement demand depends more on enterprise and government orders rather than the consumer market. As European and North American enterprises are most likely to finalize their annual purchasing budgets in March and April of 2010, Digitimes’ sources expect actual orders to materialize in the second half of 2010.
Those waiting to buy a new PC until Windows 7 ships could have a shorter wait than they thought. A small computer maker in the Seattle area said recently that Microsoft gave them the go ahead to ship Windows 7 PCs as soon as they get their license keys. That could happen as early as October 13. The OS doesn’t officially ship until October 22.
Puget Systems Inc. President, Jon Bach, said, "I don't think I've ever been more prepared for an operating system launch than I have been with Windows 7." Bach says that Microsoft informed him of the early release policy after he made an inquiry. Apparently, the rule applies to system builders that get the OS through distribution channels. This excludes the big PC makers like Dell and HP.
Bach indicated that Microsoft even confirmed this policy in writing. These builders can even preconfigure PCs and just enter product keys as soon as they receive them. Unfortunately, if you’ve purchased an upgrade, you probably won’t be getting your software early. So, if you’ve been holding off, maybe a call to your small local system builder is in order.
Turns out the rumors are true - at some point in the not too distant future, you will see Google Chrome OS devices running on Nvidia's Tegra platform. At least that's what Mike Rayfield, Nvidia's GM of Mobile Business, told jkOnTheRun.com.
Rayfileld said Nvidia is "working closely with Google" on the Chrome OS platform, which is part of Nvidia's two-pronged approach. The first is to put Tegra on Windows Mobile and Google Android devices, but far from being just for handhelds, Rayfield said Tegra will also find a home in Windows CE and Google Chrome OS-based smartbooks and netbooks.
This could potentially be a huge development, given Tegra's prowess in the portable space. The Tegra platform excels at running small, energy efficient gadgets, as evidenced by the new Zune HD, and when combined with Chrome, a Tegra netbook could give today's units a run for their money.
Called the Windows Cafe (what else?), it will be open to the public for a couple of weeks starting on October 22nd, the official launch date for Windows 7. Inside the cafe, visitors will not only be able to get their drink on, but also play with various Microsoft products, such as the Xbox 360, mobile devices, and other doo-dads. However, they won't be able to actually purchase any of these products because, you know, it's a coffee shop and not one of Microsoft's Retail Stores.
No word on what fanciful names Microsoft will give its assortment of coffees, though TechCrunch has come up with a few interesting suggestions, including the Bing Cappuccino and Windows Live Fruit Cocktail. We just wonder if the chewy churro computer will finally make its debut.
Viliv, the company responsible for the S5 handheld and S7 tablet, was on hand at IDF to show off its upcoming S10 "Blade" with a 10-inch swiveling touchscreen display.
Complimenting the display is Windows 7, although multi-touch support is disappointingly left out of the equation. What wasn't overlooked was a full QWERTY keyboard. The S10 will also ship with either a 1.33GHz or 2GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, choice between a 60GB hard drive or 32GB SSD, Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G, and at least two USB ports.
Viliv says users can expect 10 hours of battery life, or 7 hours of nothing but non-stop video. That alone might make up for the lack of multi-touch support.
The S10 is slated for release in November. No word yet on price.
If you previously submitted app in hopes of becoming a Windows 7 Launch Party host, be sure to check your email and spam folder. The software giant said it has selected finalists, though simply receiving the email doesn't ensure you'll get to host and receive a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate for doing so.
"Receiving the finalist email doesn't mean you've been accepted to host just yet. You will need to be among the first to respond via a link within your email to be confirmed as a host," wrote Brandon LeBlanc, one of Microsoft's in-house Windows bloggers.
LeBlanc added that the extra step is the result of the "amazing response" it had from people wanting a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate to host a party.
For those of you who weren't selected as a party host and can do without the free swag -- including a "good chance" of winning a Windows PC worth $750 -- LeBlanc says "you can still hold a Windows 7 gathering of your own," with Microsoft providing Windows 7 tips, content, demos, and training. Oh boy!
Microsoft's latest promotion adds one more reason why it's a good idea to stay in school. How does Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade) for 30 bucks sound? That sounds like a smokin' hot deal to us, and if you're a student at a qualifying college or university, you can pounce on this pricing.
According to Microsoft's terms and conditions, the Windows 7 Academic Offer runs until January 3rd, 2010, although there's a small chance Digital River, the e-commerce site driving the promo, could extend the offer. If eligible, students can choose between Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, though it's unclear how much extra Professional runs.
These are download versions, though for $13, Microsoft says it will send you a disk.
An analyst with the NPD Group suggests that Apple's Snow Leopard has been selling like hot cakes, noting the first two weeks of Snow Leopard sales were more than two times higher than Leopard's initial release numbers, and four times higher than Tiger, TGDaily reports.
Baker was quick to point out that Snow Leopard's sales didn't show much signs of slowing down after the initial launch, either. From week one to week two, sales declined just 25 percent, compared to a 60 percent drop in demand for both Leopard and Tiger during each one's opening week volumes.
"With pricing reduced by more than $100 for both the single-user and five-user pack versus Leopard pricing, Apple has clearly demonstrated that aggressive pricing policies in this economic environment generate an outstanding consumer response," explained Baker.
Not to be outdone, Microsoft has begun offering students special pricing for Windows 7 Home Premium. Eligible students can grab a downloaded copy for just $30, while special pricing for Family Pack licensing is also planned.
Without much fanfare or ballyhooing, HP will begin shipping Linux on some of its new business laptops. Well, sort of. These aren't full fledged desktop distros, but instant-on Splashtop Linux that optionally loads before the main OS.
HP has long supported Linux on its servers, but this is the first time we're aware of that the OEM has gone open-source on one of its notebooks (excluding netbooks), even if it is a pre-boot environment. It will be made available on HP's upcoming ProBook 5310m laptop, which will also come with Windows 7 Starter Edition.
The ProBook and other Splashtop-based notebooks will support the full-featured Evolution email client and give users quick and easy access to Gmail or any other Web-based email service.