Blu-ray Disc Association Unveils 128GB Specification

From DailyTech: Blu-ray discs have been around for a long time now, and really took off in adoption thanks to the PlayStation 3. When the format first came out it was mostly for HD movies and killed off HD DVD. Today the format is still big for movies and it is used for storing large amounts of data on optical discs with a Blu-ray burner. Blu-ray players have only recently dropped to sub-$100 prices. The lower price should push adoption of the format.

Sharp Creates Switchable 2D-3D Screen Technology for Mobile Devices

From X-bit Labs: Sharp Corp. said Friday that it had developed a stereo 3D touch-screen LCD featuring the industry’s highest brightness that can switch between 2D and stereo 3D modes. Users can view 3D images without the need to wear special glasses, making this LCD ideal for mobile devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and smartphones.

Analyst: Google-Adobe Flash partnership could heat up browser competition

From InfoWorld: Google's partnership this week with Adobe Systems, which has the Flash Player being bundled with the Google Chrome browser, has the potential to take relatively vigorous competition in the browser market to an even more-heated level, an IDC analyst said in a bulletin this week.

Microsoft Ending Support for Itanium

From PC World: Microsoft is ending its support for Intel's Itanium processor with the current version of its Windows Server OS, according to a Microsoft blog posting Friday.

"Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last version of Windows Server to support the Intel Itanium architecture," Dan Reger , a Microsoft senior technical product manager, wrote on the Windows Server Division Weblog. "SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010 are also the last versions to support Itanium."

Google raises stakes in video, acquires Episodic

From CNET Episodic, a San Francisco online video platform startup, has been acquired by Google, the privately-helpd company said today on its blog.

Terms of the deal were not released. The company said news signups of its service are being suspended during the transition but that existing customers won’t be impacted.

Apple: Over 300,000 iPads sold on first day

From CNET We'd heard analysts' predictions, but until now no one knew for sure how many iPads were sold on launch day.

On Monday, Apple announced it sold more than 300,000 of its new tablet computers on Saturday.

That figure included preordered iPads delivered to customers, sales at its retail stores, and deliveries to channel partners.

Verizon Offers Two Palm Pres/Pixis+Free Hotspot for $49/$29

From DailyTech: Verizon has just posted a deal on the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus smartphones that is nothing short of incredible.

With all Palm's recent struggles, the company is turning to big discounts to try to heat up sales. It hopes that sales of webOS phones, originally carried by Sprint, will pick up now that they are carried on Verizon, the nation's largest wireless network.

ASUS Debuts New U30Jc Notebook Computer

From DailyTech: ASUS is a monster in the netbook market and started the entire segment with its Eee PC netbooks back in late 2007. Today the netbook market is one of the most robust segments in the computer industry. ASUS has a vast array of netbooks, but the company hasn’t forsaken the notebook market altogether.

Globalfoundries Scraps 32nm Bulk Fabrication Process

From X-bit Labs: Globalfoundries, a contract maker of semiconductors controlled by Advanced Micro Devices and Advanced Technology Investment Company, said on Thursday that it had cancelled its 32nm bulk fabrication process technology with high-k metal gate (HKMG). The company became the second foundry to scrap 32nm bulk process tech and proceed directly to 28nm HKMG manufacturing technology.

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