Microsoft Rumored to be Planning Massive Windows Phone 7 Update

From DailyTech: Windows Phone 7 is finally here. The good is that there's lots of hardware varieties to choose from, much like Android. Also in the good news category is the slick and easy to used polished user interface that comes standard with WP7. The bad news is that many features are notably missing -- hot swappable SD memory, copy/cut/paste, and true third-party multitasking.

Acer Plans to Become World's Largest PC Maker by End of 2011

From X-bit Labs: Acer Group, currently the world's second largest maker of personal computers, wants to become the No. 1 supplier of PCs already by the end of 2011 and leave behind its rival Hewlett-Packard. One thing that Acer needs to take the lead is high demand for mobile computers, something that is expected.

Intel Needs Nvidia’s Patents to Fight AMD – Analyst

From X-bit Labs: The settlement between Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. may be near and the two companies may sign another cross-license agreement, according to an analyst with UBS. The world’s largest maker of central processing units (CPUs) apparently needs patents of Nvidia to more efficiently compete against Advanced Micro Devices and ability to offer highly-parallel accelerators for high-performance computing (HPC).

Articles Roundup: November 29, 2010

Arctic Cooling Arctic M571 Laser Gaming Mouse @ ThinkComputers.org
Icy Dock MB973SP-B 3-in-2 SATA Backplane Module @ Tweaknews

Symbian Foundation to close websites, take source code offline in December

From InfoWorld: Symbian Foundation has started dismantling itself. On Dec.17 the organization will shut down its websites, and anyone who wants to get the source code for the current version of the Symbian mobile operating system should download it now or they will have to pay for a copy to be shipped on physical media in the future, its website.

Asustek Unveils Low-cost Eee Note E-reader, Notepad

From PC World: Asustek Computer on Monday unveiled the Eee Note EA-800, an e-reader with a stylus for taking notes on its 8-inch touchscreen. The device will be available in Taiwan later this week for the suggested retail price of NT$6,999 (US$228), Asustek executives said.

Asus already sells the Eee Reader DR-900, which has a 9-inch digital ink screen and is on sale in Taiwan for NT$11,988 (US$391).

Battle lines drawn for 3D on the Web

From CNET News.com: The Web is the next vanguard for 3D graphics, but programmers who want to embrace the new dimension next year will have to place a bet on one of two competing technologies: Flash or WebGL.

For years, Adobe Systems' Flash software has been the way to bring graphical games like Crush the Castle, Bloons, Desktop Tower Defense, or Stunt Bike Pro to the Web.

No silver lining in Chrome OS delays

From CNET News.com: Google executives like to say they celebrate their failures, reasoning that when something fails, at least they've learned something. Perhaps with Chrome OS, they're learning how to set expectations.

Microsoft Reportedly Considering Blacklisting Windows Phone Unlockers

From DailyTech: The admission of a top Windows Phone executive that the company is "following in Apple's line" appears increasingly true. The newly released Windows Phone 7 OS lacks certain features found in other phones on the market, much like the iPhone long did. But like the iPhone it sports a slick interface that has convinced some buyers to look past its shortcomings.

And it appears that the pair may soon share a common war against the unlocking community.

Researchers Hand WebOS Vulnerabilties to the Hacking Public

From DailyTech: Palm, Inc. -- new subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard -- hasn't given up on the smartphone market, despite the fact that its Pre smartphones were a relative flop compared to the iPhone and Android platforms. It has revealed the Palm Pre 2, which will soon go on sale in the U.S. And it reportedly has a host of other form factors in the works.

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