Samsung Debuts Its Own Online Movie Rental Service

From DailyTech: Samsung has launched a new service for European consumers aimed at competing with the Apple iTunes movie rental service, with 500 movies to be available for now.

"The movie is tangible progress in (Samsung's) convergence strategy and a first step in delivering consumer services to rival those from the lines of Nokia and Sony Ericsson," research firm CCS Insight said in a statement.

NVIDIA PhysX SDK Hits Nintendo Wii

From DailyTech: Video game developers are always after the best effects and most realistic environmental interactions for their games. The more realistic and up to date techniques the developer can use when designing the video game, the more realistic and immersive the finished game will be for gamers.

Apple TV's Missed Opportunity

From PC World: Thursday's announcement of HD movies sales being added to the iTunes Store may have been good news for consumers of Apple-supplied content--especially Apple TV users, who are best poised to enjoy such HD content. But it also highlights the big drawback of the Apple TV--that Apple sees it as a way to sell you more TV shows and movies, not as a way for you to access and watch all the video content out there.

Intel Readying New Chips for Inexpensive Ultraportables

From PC World: Intel reaffirmed on Friday that it was readying new ultra-low-voltage chips, due in the second quarter, for inexpensive ultraportable laptops.

The company will ship the ULV chips as part of its Montevina Plus mobile laptop platform, an updated version of the existing Montevina platform, said Connie Brown, a company spokeswoman.

arch 20, 2009 10:24 AM PDT Chrome begins RSS support, solidifies extensions

From CNET News.com: Google has begun work on one much-requested feature of its Chrome browser, the ability to detect when a Web page offers a subscription service through RSS or Atom technology.

Google programmer Finnur Thorarinsson formally marked the RSS support issue as "started" on Wednesday, though the feature is disabled for now.

Google designer leaves, blaming data-centrism

From CNET News.com: Douglas Bowman, Google's visual design leader, is leaving the company after finding the company's reliance on detailed Web page performance data too confining.

Bowman clearly had mixed feelings about departing, but he wasn't shy with his opinion about what he didn't like. From Bowman's blog post Friday on the matter:

ATI Reportedly Boosting Orders to Chip Manufacturers

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, has reportedly boosted its orders to manufacturers of its graphics processors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and United Microelectronics Corp. The increase of orders may mean that the company anticipates rising demand of graphics cards or may indicate that AMD does not have a lot of products left in stock.

Microsoft proud of its first 'post-Gates' OS, Ballmer says

From InfoWorld: Windows 7 is the first Microsoft OS developed away from the watchful eye of Bill Gates, and the technical leaders who built it had to adjust to life at the company without its cofounder and former chief software architect, CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday.

Sony Ericsson Expects Sharp Drop in Phone Sales

From PC World: Sony Ericsson issued a profit warning on Friday, saying it will sell only about 14 million phones during the first quarter of 2009, down 8.3 million phones from the same period last year.

The company also expects to post a €340 million (US$460 million) to €390 million net loss before taxes, excluding €10 million to €20 million in restructuring charges. It will announce first quarter results on April 17.

Take it back: Gmail gets 'Undo Send' Labs feature

From CNET News.com: Adding to its arsenal of features that can save you from yourself, Google is launching a Gmail Labs feature called "Undo Send," that lets you abort the sending of any Gmail message--if you use it within five seconds.

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