Google, Verizon to Jointly Develop and Distribute Android Devices

From DailyTech: Google has been successful with its new smartphone OS, Android. The OS got a slow start and had to fight through some growing pains, but has proven to be popular with smartphone users and phone manufacturers alike.

To get Android into the hands of even more users, Google and Verizon have announced a new agreement that will leverage the 3G network of Verizon with the Android OS to put new devices into the hands of Verizon customers faster.

Articles Roundup: October 5, 2009

Perixx Periboard-708 Wireless Touchpad Keyboard @ ThinkComputers.org
Samsung SyncMaster 2443BWX 24" LCD Monitor @ Bigbruin.com
iBuyPower Corei5 System Review @ TestFreaks

Nvidia Admits Showing Dummy Fermi Card at GTC, Claims First Graphics Cards on Track for Q4 2009

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. earlier this week unveiled impressive details about its next-generation Fermi architecture for graphics processing units (GPUs) and even demonstrated an add-in card powered by the new chip. But while the new GPU architecture impresses, the board that was shown-off does not seem to be a working sample. Nvidia itself claims that the card was an “engineering sample” and that the first commercial Fermi products will be released in Q4 2009.

Flash Player inches closer to smartphones

From InfoWorld: Adobe Systems' Flash Player is getting closer to appearing on smartphones, with Research in Motion adding its BlackBerry to the list of devices that will run the software. Apple's elusive iPhone remains out of reach, however.

Palm Restores iTunes to Pre

From PC World: Palm this weekend re-enabled synchronization through Apple's iTunes for owners of its Pre smartphone, ignoring warnings from a standards group last month.

The release of webOS 1.2.1 Saturday was the latest in the back-and-forth between Palm, which kicked off the iTunes sync last June with the launch of the Pre, and Apple, which has blocked the practice several times with iTunes updates.

Toshiba Shows First TV Based on Cell Chip

From PC World: Hoping to set itself apart from other television makers, Toshiba will soon put on sale in Japan the first television based on the powerful Cell multimedia processor, the same chip that's used in the PlayStation 3. The Cell Regza TV boasts several advanced features including the ability to simultaneously record eight high-definition channels.

Windows 7 to usher in crush of cheap laptops

From CNET News.com: Call it the Netbook halo effect: small and cheap is infectious. A quick peek at the lineups of new laptops slated for an October 22 roll-out from Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba make it clear that the prices of mainstream and higher-end laptops are diving, even as the technology gets better.

Adobe pushes Flash video on mobile devices

From CNET News.com: Adobe Systems has garnered the support of mobile heavy hitters such as Google, Motorola, Nvidia, Palm, RIM, and Qualcomm for its new Flash Player 10.1 software for smartphones, Netbooks, and other mobile devices. The company plans to announce the support Monday at its developer conference in Los Angeles.

Samsung Confirms 32nm Flash Problems, Working on New SSD Controller

From DailyTech: DailyTech reported several days ago that SSD manufacturers have been having problems with Samsung's latest generation of 32nm NAND flash. The new chips have slow write speeds, thus making them unsuitable for use in SSDs since that is one of the major advantages that the new drives have over conventional hard drives.

Windows 7 XP Mode Goes RTM

From DailyTech: Windows 7 is shaping up to be a dynamic release. With many aggressive pricing options such as cheaper OEM prices and student discounts, the new release aims to please.

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