Microsoft releases free Security Essentials 2.0

From CNET News.com: Microsoft yesterday quietly released the latest version of its Security Essentials anti-malware software.

Security Essentials 2.0 is available as a free download with several changes over its predecessor. A Microsoft representative today confirmed the release.

Photos Emerge of Super-bright, Super-slim LG Android Phone

From DailyTech: LG appears to be really upping its ante in the high-end smartphone market in 2011. First, we have the announcement of the world's first dual-core smartphone, the Optimus 2X. Now, Phandroid has gotten their hands on some shots of an ultra-bright, ultra-slim Android-based device that could take the iPhone 4 to task in either department.

RIM Still Going Strong, Beats Wall Street Predictions in Q3

From DailyTech: The trials and tribulations of Blackberry-makers Research in Motion (RIM) have been well-publicized, here on DailyTech and elsewhere. The Canadian company has failed to truly innovate with its latest products, a misstep that could prove fatal in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Android and Apple. But those describing the company as something like "walking dead" might be surprised by third-quarter earnings figures released yesterday.

Intel Sandy Bridge: Quad-Core Comes First

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. wants to show its next-generation Core i "Sandy Bridge" processors in the best possible light from performance point of view, which is why the company plans to release quad-core versions of the chips first and only then there will be dual-core and single-core versions available.

AMD Rolls-Out New-Generation Radeon HD 6900 Graphics Processors

From X-bit Labs: Graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices this week unveiled its new graphics processing unit (GPU) code-named Cayman, which significantly changes the architecture of ATI Radeon graphics processors, but brings relatively small performance improvement compared to the previous generation of products.

Amazon moves VMware's virtual machines to the cloud

From InfoWorld: Amazon Web Services has announced a new feature called VM Import, which allows IT departments to move virtual machine images from their internal data centers to the cloud.

The new feature can be used in a number of migration and disaster recovery scenarios, according to a blog post. VM Import can handle VMware VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk Format) images of Windows Server 2008 SP2.

Google Chrome Makes Enterprise Push

From PC World: A business-friendly version of Google's Chrome browser is ready for prime time, the company announced on its Chromium blog.

Sony gloats about PS3, but trouble remains

From CNET News.com: Sony released an "infographic" today to try to convince consumers that the PlayStation 3 is better than other game consoles and set-top boxes. But is this a reaction to trailing sales?

Apple's Mac App Store to launch January 6

From CNET News.com: Apple will be launching its anticipated Mac App Store on January 6.

The store will be available in 90 countries at launch, and like its mobile counterpart, it will feature access to both paid and free apps across several categories, including education, productivity, and games, among others, Apple announced today. Users will be able to download the Mac App Store through Software Update.

Facebook to Use Facial Recognition for Tagging

From DailyTech: Facebook has been working to make the tagging process easier when it comes to sharing photos with family and friends, and now, the social networking heavyweight will be using facial recognition software to do just that.

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