McGraw-Hill CEO Confirms Apple Tablet

From PC World: Just hours before Apple's expected announcement, the chief executive of a major U.S. book publisher confirmed that the company will unveil a tablet tomorrow and that the device will run a version of the iPhone OS.

But after top McGraw-Hill exec Terry McGraw spilled the secret on the cable news network CNBC, a company spokesman downplayed his boss' comments, saying that the publishing firm was "eager as anyone" to see the actual device.

Yahoo ends Bartz's first year on up note

From CNET News.com: Yahoo continued to ease its way back to financial respectability in its fourth quarter, beating estimates from both itself and Wall Street despite a decline in revenue.

FCC asks Google, carriers about termination fees

From CNET News.com: The Federal Communications Commission is asking all four major U.S. cell phone operators and Google to explain their early termination fee policies and how they communicate these to customers.

LED Backlit LCDs Overtaking CCFL in All Markets

From DailyTech: Over the last few years, LED backlighting on TFT LCD screens has moved beyond tech that is found in a few high-end notebooks and other devices to being one of the more common technologies used in notebooks and netbooks at a variety of different price ranges. CCFL backlit screens are slowly being replaced in most product categories.

PS3 Motion Controller May Finally Have a Name

From DailyTech: Since Sony first showed it off during E3 2009, the PlayStation 3 motion controller has been spoken about and promoted without an official name from the company.

Articles Roundup: January 26, 2010

Nitrox iConn+ iPhone Battery Case @ ThinkComputers.org
Thecus N5500 NAS @ TweakPC
ASRock M3A785GXH/128M Motherboard @ iXBT Labs

Samsung Settles With Rambus for $900 Million

From Tom's Hardware: Rambus has emerged victorious from another legal patent-laced battle. The memory company announced with Samsung that the two had reached a settlement agreement and a forward-going license.

As part of the overall agreement, Samsung will initially pay Rambus $200 million as well as invest another $200 million in Rambus stock. Over the next five years, Samsung will have to pay Rambus about $100 million per year, split into quarterly payments.

Microsoft Patches Critical Flaw in Internet Explorer

From DailyTech: While some flaws go unexploited and turn out to be relatively harmless, a recent flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers led to some serious damage. Chinese hackers used the memory flaw to execute remote code and steal valuable information from some of the tech industry's biggest firms, including Google and Adobe. Even as investigators sort out the mess, Microsoft is moving to plug the source of the problem.

Apple Fiscal Q1 Profit Tops $3.38B, iPhone Sales Double

From DailyTech: As if there weren't enough to look forward to from the folks at Cupertino this week, Apple today released its quarterly earnings after the closing bell and the results are no less than stellar. Results from fiscal Q1 2010 saw revenue shoot up to $15.6B while quarterly profits were $3.38B ($3.67 per share) -- these figures compared to $11.88B and $2.26B ($2.50 per share) respectively from fiscal Q1 2009. Gross margins were also up to 40.9 percent.

HTC expecting sales turnaround with new lineup

From CNET News.com: After struggling throughout 2009, mobile phone maker HTC is eyeing an upturn in sales this year, though profit margins are still likely to be down.

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