Score another win for open-source fans, and Google's Android platform in particular. While earlier this year LG seemingly committed to only releasing Windows Mobile-based smartphones, the handset maker today announced its first Android device, which the company hopes will give it "a broader and more dominant position in the market."
The new LG-GW620 comes with a 3-inch full touchscreen display, along with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to mash out those Twitter updates and emails on the go.
"The LG-GW620 will appeal to first-time smartphone customers by offering a new and different kind of user experience," said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Our objective is to provide a wide selection of smartphones to satisfy the diverse preferences of today's consumers."
Perhaps looking to smooth things over with Microsoft, LG was also quick to point out that it will be introducing at least 13 other smartphones over the next 16 months, each one based on Windows Mobile.
As for the LG-GW620, it will be available in the fourth quarter in "select European markets." No word yet on price or U.S. availability.
Those who plan to purchase (or have already pre-ordered) Windows 7 can take a sigh of relief - the reported zero-day flaw in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 doesn't affect the final version of the upcoming OS, Microsoft confirmed.
"Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) implementation," Microsoft said in the advisory. "We are not aware of attacks that try to use the reported vulnerabilities or of customer impact at this time."
While that's good news for anyone waiting on Windows 7 to ship next month, those of you running the RC version aren't so lucky. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability does affect the release candidate, but not the final version that was completed in July, Cnet reports.
The Dallas Cowboys just can't seem to get a grip on this whole technology thing. In a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans last month, Dallas' 180 foot long HD screen blocked a punt by the Titans, a play which isn't reviewable under current NFL rules. Moving the screen could cost millions of dollars, so the solution for the time being is to do nothing.
Fast forward and the Cowboys once again take center stage in this week's giant screen fail, only this time there were no punts involved. Instead, a scrolling banner let everyone in attendance know the eggheads behind the scenes had encountered an error and didn't shut down properly. Or maybe it's a really good Photochop. Either way, it's fun to laugh at the Cowboys. That is, unless you're a Lions fan, in which case there's nothing at all funny about the NFL.
Psystar once again flips Apple the bird by confirming it will support Mac OS X Snow Leopard on all new Mac clones. Furthermore, the company said it had developed "new virtualization technologies" to better integrate with the newly released OS like "never before."
At the same time, Psystar issued a warning to its customers not to install Snow Leopard until the OEM had a chance to work out any kinks and ensure a no-fuss upgrade.
"We ask you not to attempt to install the new OS X as it may cause harm to your computer, resulting in a possible re-installation of Leopard OS 10.5 and a loss of data," Pystar wrote in a blog post. "As with all previous software updates to the OS, Psystar meticulously tests and retests all software updates to confirm their compatibility with older Psystar machines."
As could be expected, Apple is none too happy about Psystar's continued defiance and has asked a California judge to order a 30 day "re-opening of discovery" to give Aple time to obtain Psystar's modified Snow Leopard source code.
Determining how many Android apps are available for mass consumption has always been an exercise in guesstimation, but thanks to AdroLib -- a website where you can browser Android apps from your PC -- we now have a pretty good idea. According to AndroLib, Google's Android Market now sits at a little over 10,000 strong.
That's a far cry from the 70,000 or so apps available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners through Apple's App Store, but consider that back in May of this year, T-Mobile CTO Cole Brodman said there are about 2,300 Android apps available for the platform. The rapid growth bodes well for the future of Android, and it also helps that there are a ton more free apps then there are paid ones.
Windows XP usage plunged 1.1 percent in August, equaling its previous worst showing in November 2008. XP still has a viselike grip on the OS market, with a 71.8 percent market share. According to Net Applications’ data, Vista usage reached an all-time high of 18.8 percent in the month of August, during which it rose by 0.9 percent. Windows 7 also gained 0.3 percent to finish the month with a 1.2 percent market share.
Throwing a Windows 7 party probably isn't going to reach the same level as the toga-wearing, beer bong-toting get togethers from your college days, but rather than wake up with a hangover the next morning, you could instead cash in on a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Such is the incentive Microsoft is offering thousands of employees, partners, and enthusiasts in exchange for hosting a Windows 7 party in their homes and communities to help spread the word about its new OS and demonstrate some of the new features.
"Apply online to host a Launch Party. Choose a day from October 22-29 and if you're selected, you'll not only receive a special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate but your very own Windows 7 Party Pack," Microsoft wrote on a special webpage advertising the promotion.
Details remain somewhat sparse, other than potential hosts will choose from one of four themes: PhotoPalooza, Media Mania, Setting up with Ease, Family Friendly Fun.
Consumers aren't the only ones anxiously awaiting the release of Windows 7; OEMs are planning ahead as well. Anticipating a sharp rise in demand, HP has an ordered about 3.3 million notebooks from Taiwan's top-four ODMs last month, representing an increase of 15 percent on month. In September, that number number is expected to climb even higher and settle on 3.5 million units, industry sources say.
Meanwhile, Acer also anticipates a flurry of sales once Windows 7 is made available starting October 22, 2009. Those same sources indicate Acer has a real shot at becoming the leader in the notebook market this fall, with shipments possibly topping 3.6 million units. This also includes ultra-thin notebooks and netbooks, two areas Acer has been particularly popular in.
If Acer manages to ship nine million notebooks in the third quarter, it will have closed the gap with HP to only 200,000 units.
They demonstrated Windows 7’s frugal power management by running a DVD on two identically configured ThinkPad T400s. The T400 running Windows 7 only consumed 15.4 watts, while its Vista-toting twin hogged 20.2 watts. The executives claimed that this translates into an additional battery life of 1.4 hours.
T-Mobile G1 owners and anyone else who frequently accesses the Android Market will soon see changes made to the user interface, and if early leaked pictures turn out to be legit, the semi-face lift appears to be for the better, though not extensive.
According to the photos, which a tipster sent in to Cnet, the redesigned Market will sport buttons to sort by Top Paid, Top Free, and Just In. A search button sits in the upper right corner, and that's really all that's evident from the sneak peek. But that's enough to make navigation easier than it currently is.
As work is still being done, more features and GUI changes might still be added. Look for the update sometime before the end of the year.