With Google having opened Android Market to paid apps, users of the fledgling mobile platform are eagerly looking forward to an inevitable rise in the number of apps. Google, on its part, is trying its best to offer more reasons for Android users to exult.
And exult they will on hearing that the Android Market will let users return any application within 24 hours from the time of purchase. Google has stolen a march on Apple’s App Store by espousing an application return policy.
Also, users will be allowed unlimited reinstalls by Google. If any dispute arises - including billing issues - between a user and a developer, the two parties will have to settle it directly as Google is not interested in playing arbitrator. Another thing Google is not interested in is porn. The Android Market policies expressly prohibit “nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material.”
Shuttle has always been good about their barebone systems, and that trend doesn’t stop with the SX58H7. This beefy little scrapper comes ready for tons of power, by the means of Intel’s Core i7 and two video cards.
The SX58H7 comes with an X58 Express chipset, and 500 watt PSU, two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, space for up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM, and room for two SATA II drives. Should you be looking to hook yourself into the lifeline of data, there’s also two gigabit Ethernet jacks on the back.
It’ll run you about $611, which isn’t a pleasant price tag. But, if you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket, and want to put a lot of power in a small place, be sure to check this out.
Nvidia this week released new WHQL GeForce drivers for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, and 200-series owners. The new drivers, version 182.06, promise around a 10 percent performance increase in Fallout 3 at high resolution with AA, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, Half Life 2 at high resolution with AA, the insanely entertaining Left 4 Dead at high resolution with AA, and Race Driver: GRID, also at high resolution with AA.
In addition to double-digit performance boosts, Nvidia says its new drivers include full support for OpenGL 3.0 on GeForce 8, 9, and 200 series GPUs and automatically installs the new PhysX software (version 9.090203. The drivers also fix a bug in Vista 32-bit where GeForce 9800 GTX/GX2/GT/GTX+ and 8800 GTS/GT/GS owners experienced a system hang when switching between performance states.
After purchasing a Lenovo PC preloaded with Microsoft's Windows Vista, Emma Alvarado was shocked to learn she would have to pay $59.25 in order to downgrade to Windows XP. She's now taking the matter to court and has a filed a lawsuit against Microsoft.
"Microsoft has used its market power to take advantage of consumer demand for the Windows XP operating system by requiring consumers to purchase computers preinstalled with the Vista operating system and to pay additional sums to 'downgrade' to the Windows XP operating system," the suit alleges.
The suit is an interesting one, though probably an uphill battle for Alvrado to convince a judge that Microsoft is in the wrong. The software maker had originally intended for XP to go the way of the dodo bird at the end of June in 2008, but has since offered more than one stay of execution due to consumer demand. Both Vista Business and Ultimate come with downgrade rights, but it's up to the OEMs to decide if they want to offer it as an option, and if so, for how much. Pricing varies by OEM, which might make Alvarado's claim that Microsoft extended its XP cutoff date because of "tremendous profits" hard to prove in court.
Does Alvarado have a case? Hit the jump and give us your verdict.
We haven't seen a ton of innovation take place in the netbook market, which makes Gigabyte's upcoming TouchNote M1028 even more refreshing. The sleek-looking netbook boasts a convertible touchscreen and was being shown off at MWC in Barcelona.
The swivel-screen reportedly houses a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display. Outside of the display, Gigabyte's TouchNote M1028 sticks to the typical netbook blueprint, which calls for an Intel Atome N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, WiFi, SD card slot, ExpressCard slot, three USB 2.0 ports, a 1.3MP webcam, and Windows XP Home.
Gateway continues to groove in the mobile market, this time with a new line of midrange laptops. Kicking off the company's new compact and lightweight TC series are the TC7306u (black) and TC7307u (burgundy) models.
Both notebooks sport the same internal configuration, which consists of an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T4200 (2GHz, 1MB, 800MHz frontside bus), 4GB of DDR2-667 memory, Intel GMA 4500M graphics, 8X DVD burner, 320GB hard drive, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Other specs include a 14-inch 1366 x 768 (16:9) LED backlit display, 1.3MP webcam, WiFi (Draft-N), a multicard reader, and three USB 2.0 ports.
To the power users who will pooh-pooh the processor choice, Gateway says future configurations can include Intel's Core 2 Duo CPUs, as well as an HDMI port and up to a 500GB hard drive. Gateway further indicated that future models might also come equipped with a Blu-ray optical drive and Nvidia's GeForce 9300M graphics depending on demand.
Both the TC7306u and TC7307 are available now with an MSRP set at $650.
Microsoft Internet Explorer is steadily losing ground to other browsers, though there is no immediate threat to its crown. However, Microsoft would be hoping to stymie the slide with Internet Explorer 8.
All eyes are now set on the release of the finished product after a public RC (release candidate) was released on January 26th, 2009.
IE8 comes with the promise of greater performance and reliability. Some of its key features include visual search suggestions, private browsing, accelerators, web slices and monetization opportunities (for OEMs).
You should be excited about this. Like, sure-let’s-raise-and-drop-the-New-Year’s-Ball-again excited. If you don’t know why, here’s some homework.
Anyway, at today’s Valve DICE keynote, Gabe Newell announced that a series of Valve-penned comics are setting up shop on Valve’s Monopoly map, and – even better – that they will receive their Certified Fine Art status from the team responsible for Valve’s “Meet the” series of Team Fortress 2 movies.
Ahem. Apparently, the comic is meant to “excite customers about the company’s games outside of creating game content.”
Delightful. 2009 is now officially Best Year of the Century.
Cnet's Matt Asay reports that Microsoft has decided to set up an interoperability alliance with Red Hat. In enterprise computing, virtualization is the name of the game, and virtualization is what this alliance is all about. Whether you're running Red Hat Enterprise virtualization technologies, Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Microsoft Hyper-V server, the interoperability agreement will enable Red Hat or Microsoft guest operating systems to run on any of these virtualization platforms and get technical support. For details, see the Red Hat website or the Microsoft TechNet blog announcement.
It will take time for Red Hat and Microsoft to validate server platforms for interoperability, and valid software support contracts are required. The best news for those of us who support enterprise-level virtualized platforms on Red Hat or Microsoft? No more finger-pointing, so you can spend your evenings winning your favorite frag-fest instead of playing pass-the-buck with operating system support staffs.
Sony has reached an agreement with Corel to use the latter’s InstantON technology in future Vaio P-series netbooks. Vaio Ps with Corel’s instant-on OS will begin appearing on American store shelves later this month. A lot of PC manufacturers are incorporating instant-on solutions in their netbooks.
The technology allows users to perform tasks like web browsing without having to wait for the main OS to boot. Though both the companies waxed eloquent about the inclusion of Corel’s Instant On technology in the world’s lightest 8 inch notebook, it still doesn’t seem enough to justify the netbook’s $900 price tag.