More Apple iPad 2 Rumors: Smaller Form Factor, Flat Back, And Stronger Speaker

From CRN: Apple's second-generation iPad will have the same size display as its precedessor, but be 3mm physically smaller overall, with a narrower bezel. That's the latest in a recent series of iPad 2 rumors, this time from a Japan-based Apple blog called MacOtakara, which cited an "anonymous Chinese source" for its information.

Intel launches solid-state drive

From EETimes: Intel Corp. has introduced to the market a solid-state drive (SSD) that offers 40- and 80-Gbyte memory capacity in a format measuring 51-mm by 30-mm and only 5-mm deep. The unit weighs 10 grams.

LucidLogix Unveils New "Virtu" GPU Switching Technology

Paul Allen revises patent suit against 11 tech firms

From CNET Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has refiled a lawsuit against several major technology companies over claims of patent infringement.

Nintendo Releases Health-Safety Warnings for 3DS

From X-bit Labs: Nintendo has issued a list of health-related safety warnings for its upcoming 3DS video game console, the world's first portable system with autostereoscopic 3D screen. The company claims that for children under six should not use the console, whereas gamers, who were glasses may not see stereo effect.

Android Market Unofficially Hits 200,000 Apps

From PC World: Google's Android Market now has more than 200,000 apps, according to the third-party app tracking service AndroLib. This marks another big milestone in the breakneck race to the top with Apple's App Store but Google has not confirmed this achievement yet.

New MSI Motherboard Packs Eight x16 PCI Express Slots

From DailyTech: Gaming-geared hardware maker MSI's new P67 board, designed to work with Intel's new LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs, will compete with Intel's first-party board designs. If you have the money, MSI Big Bang Marshal, revealed by Semiaccurate, hands you some serious firepower for your buck.

PayPal Taps Cross-border Trade Potential With New China Deal

From PC World: EBay's online payment service PayPal is hoping to hit a "sweet spot" in China's e-commerce market by making it easier for Chinese merchants to make money from overseas sales.

On Tuesday, PayPal signed an agreement with the Chinese city of Chongqing to jointly develop an international e-commerce hub that seeks to build cross-border trade between Chinese merchants and buyers from abroad.

ATIC Increases Stake in Globalfoundries

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), an investment company controlled by the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, this week increased its stake in Globalfoundries, a contract maker of semiconductors owned by ATIC and Advanced Micro Devices. The two companies also amended their shareholders and funding agreements as a result of the change.

First Verizon 4G LTE Phone HTC Thunderbolt Photos

From PC World: Android blog DroidLife has 12 exclusive photos of the HTC Thunderbolt, which will reportedly be the first Verizon 4G LTE smartphone.


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