Google Latitude app for iPhone finally arrives

From CNET News.com: Nearly two years after Google announced its Latitude for tracking friends' locations, the service is available as an application for iOS.

Google had promised the Latitude app would arrive on iPhones "very soon" when the service debuted in February 2009. But Apple blocked the initial plan to release a Latitude app "to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone," in Google's words, so Google released a Web-app version instead some months later.

Price of AMD Fusion-Based Computers to Start at $349

From X-bit Labs: Systems powered by AMD’s code-named Ontario and Zacate accelerated processing units (APUs) will cost starting from $349. The world’s second largest supplier of microprocessors for personal computers hopes to revolutionize the markets of low-cost netbooks and notebooks with its new chips thanks to high amount of advantages that they bring.

Intel Starts to Sample Next-Gen SoC for Smartphones

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. placed high hopes onto its code-named Moorestown (Atom Z600-series) system-on-chip (SoC) and expressed hopes that the first smartphones based on it would be released already in 2010. But at the recent Barclays Capital Technology Conference 2010 the head of the company said that smartphones with Intel inside would be released in the second half of 2011.

Oracle seeks $212 million in interest from SAP

From InfoWorld: Oracle wants SAP to pay it $212 million in interest on top of the $1.3 billion awarded to it last month by a jury in the companies' TomorrowNow lawsuit, court papers show.

Including the $120 million that SAP paid Oracle for its attorney fees, the additional money would bring SAP's total penalties in the case to $1.63 billion.

Apple quietly drops iOS jailbreak detection API

From InfoWorld: Apple has disabled, without explanation, a jailbreak detection API in iOS less than six months after introducing it. Device management vendors say the reasons for the decision are a mystery, but insist they can use alternatives to discover if an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad has been modified so they can load and modify applications outside of Apple's iTunes-based App Store.

Do you think NVIDIA's 5-series cards are what the 4-series were supposed to be?

Yes
83% (104 votes)
No
17% (22 votes)
Total votes: 126

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) Review

When I read about the impending release of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit earlier in June this year, I was kind of confused. Was it a mistake? One can only think it was -- especially if you stopped paying attention for just a short moment. Normally, when new game titles are released, developers tend to increase the version number, not decrease it. Case in point: Pretty much everything that has ever been made. If we take things just slightly out of context, you will notice an interesting trend. First came Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit in 1998 (Yes, I understand the 'III' here is the version of the Need for Speed series, but you get the point), then Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 in 2002, followed by the latest release, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Um... yeah. That being said, after spending a good amount of time "testing" this arcade racer -- which is just really an excuse for me to play this game, except I can claim I am actually 'working' -- my advice to you is simply forget about everything you have seen with Hot Pursuit 2, dig up all those fond memories of the original Hot Pursuit, put it in 2010 context, and relive all those childhood hours you wasted evading cops in your Italdesign Schigera on your Pentium III computer. Well, 12 years have gone by, and while there are no more Italdesign Schigeras, and hopefully you no longer own a Pentium III, inside the box is a whole slew of modern supercars waiting for you to abuse electronically. What made us so impressed? Read on to find out.

View: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC) review

Articles Roundup: December 10, 2010

Arctic Cooling Arctic C1 Mobile External Battery Pack @ HardwareBistro
Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card @ ThinkComputers.org

Firefox Security Holes Plugged

From PC World: Mozilla on Thursday patched 13 vulnerabilities in Firefox, including a re-patch for a bug that was thought quashed in March 2010.

Eleven of the 13 were rated "critical," the threat level representing bugs that hackers could conceivably use to hijack a system or infect it with malware. Of the two remaining vulnerabilities, one was labeled "high" and the second was tagged as "moderate."

Dell working to capture Compellent

From CNET News.com: Dell, which lost a bid to acquire 3Par to Hewlett-Packard earlier this year, is in advanced talks to purchase Compellent Technologies, a key storage player.

The two companies said in a statement yesterday they are in "advanced discussions regarding a possible business combination involving the two companies."

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