Microsoft has reached a major landmark after receiving its 10,000th U.S patent. The software bellwether has cemented its place among top patent recipients in the last five years; it is the fourth highest patent getter in the U.S. The 10,000th patent concerns a technology that allows a Microsoft Surface-like computer to discern real objects and link them with data or media. Microsoft can be expected to move up the ladder in the near future as it has a policy of incentivizing employees for patent filings.
The free tool, called PowerMeter, will allow users to view and thoroughly analyze their household energy consumption data. The platform, currently in closed beta, requires that the user possess a smart meter. It will let users compare the energy-appetite of different devices within their house, besides making it possible for users to compare each other’s energy consumption trends.
Google hopes that access to household energy data will help users conserve energy – something many studies and Lord Kelvin have previously suggested.
Yes, you heard right! Microsoft is giving away free, hosted domains. This means you can finally set up a website for your special hobby or anything else that you wish. There is a catch though. Unfortunately, it is only free for the first year and then $15 per year after. This is still a good deal though. So why would you want such a thing? Because it’s your website and you can do whatever you wish to it. Other free services, such as Tripod, give you free website hosting, but you do not get your own domain name. Hit the jump for more details.
Unlike the Mini 10, it looks like Dell’s Latitude XT2 has some solid release information, and thanks to the Korean site AVING there’s even a video of the machine in action!
The Latitude XT2 will sport a 12.1-inch 1.280 x 800 pixel screen, up to 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, built-in GMA 4500HD graphics, Windows Vista Ultimate, up to 5GB of DDR3, up to 120GB 5400RPM HDD, standard 802.11 a/g/n WiFi and gigabit Ethernet, and it’ll all weigh only 3.78lbs.
As for pricing, it’ll start at $2,399. So while the cost is mighty heavy, it is quite the handy little piece of tech. Given that you’ll be pinching and swiping for 11-hours, there will be plenty of bang for the buck.
Someone cue up Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" and don't stop playing until the memory chip market has been fully weeded out. It was only a week ago that Germany-based chip maker Qimonda became the first major memory chip maker to file for bankruptcy, and now Spansion Japan appears to be on the chopping block as well.
Originally spun off by AMD in 2005 to create flash memory, Spansion now owes just shy of $810 million, making it the biggest bankruptcy filing in Japan's manufacturing sector this year. However, the company maintains that its operations will continue on as normal.
"Spansion Inc. does not expect the filing in Japan to materially affect its global operations," the company said Monday. "Spansion Japan Ltd. will continue its operations and intends to pay, in a timely manner, for all goods and services that it obtains after the date of filing."
How the bankruptcy court decides to proceed remains to be seen, but it would have a number of options available, from letting Spansion continue to operate as it restructures, to full-scale liquidation.
It’s expected that Asus will begin selling their wildly popular netbooks in Walmart stores during the second half of this year. Given that they’re already being sold in Target and Best Buy, this doesn’t seem that outlandish.
The information (which comes courtesy of an “anonymous market source in Taiwan”) also noted that Asus is expected to market notebooks through Walmart as well. And while this doesn’t mean that they’ll be boasting the Eee line as their big seller, given the current economic perils, it’s very likely.
Asus is looking to increase their netbook shipments in the US from 650,000 in 2008 to over 1 million this year. If they add Walmart to their vendor list, this possibility becomes very likely.
Thanks to Paul Synott, one of Dell’s UK representatives, it’s expected that the Mini 10 will be released on February 27th. And while this release date is extremely exact, it’s still leaving many skeptical.
Why the skepticism? Well, Dell reps have been known to occasionally give out wrong information, and when it comes to a machine like this, one that was announced at CES and then immediately forgotten, information that suddenly surfaces must be taken with a grain of salt.
No word yet on pricing or specs, but just as the possibility of the actual release, we’ll have to keep our eyes on Dell to see what happens.
Procrastinators take note, your window of opportunity to beta test Microsoft's next operating system is closing fast. You have until 11:59 PM PST today to begin downloading Windows 7 (from Microsoft, anyway), and will have until 9 AM PST Thursday to finish the download, Microsoft said. It's the general public who are being cut off by tonight's deadline; MSDN and TechNet subscribers will still have access.
If you miss the deadline, you'll have another opportunity when Microsoft releases its next test version of Windows 7, which the software maker says will closely resemble the final release. When that version of Windows 7 will arrive has not yet been announced.
This is also a good time to remind users that Windows Vista beta testers who submitted a legitimate bug report ended up being eligible to receive a free copy of Vista Business or Ultimate. Microsoft has made no mention of doing anything similar for Windows 7 beta testers, so you'll have to decide for yourself how motivated you are to spend some hands-on time with Vista's successor.
It is finally happening! Microsoft is now changing over to a 64-bit operating system by default instead of 32 bit. Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the first operating system to feature 32 bit optional. This means that all the applications included with Windows Server 2008 R2 will be native 64 bit. It appears Microsoft is now ready to embrace the 21st century and begin shipping their new server operating systems as 64 bit only.
For the system administrators that still want to run 32-bit applications inside of Windows Server 2008 R2 they will have to install WoW64. This application support layer is not included by default with the operating system.
Hit the jump for more information and what this means to regular home users.
How exactly can Intel afford to drop $7 billion upgrading its U.S. factories over the next two years when the economy is in the dumps and few in the tech industry seem to be making a profit? Maybe a better question is how can Intel afford not to keep investing?
The news of the massive investment was made public today by Intel CEO Paul Otellini, who was giving a speech in Washington. But what's perhaps most interesting about the $7 billion figure over two years is that rival chip maker AMD has lost almost as much over the past two years, and has split into separate design and manufacturing firms. Two different companies with two very different approaches; who's will pay off in the long run?
Despite what has been the worst PC market in a long time, Intel says its $7 billion investment is the most it has ever spent transitioning to new manufacturing technology. Part of the money will go towards new machinery at factories in Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico, all of which will be capable of producing 32nm wafers.
"From our perspective this is a cheaper, better technology," Otellini said. "Spending this money will lower our costs and give us more competitive products. It's something that's fundamental to our business model."
And fundamentally different than AMD's approach. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned here.