IPad Users Get One Free Major OS Upgrade and Then Will Have to Pay

From DailyTech: Apple, Inc. is a master at getting its customers to give it plenty of revenue when it comes to operating systems. On desktops it follows a more frequent release schedule than competitor Microsoft, which means that even with cheaper licenses, it still typically ends up making as much or more money.

Articles Roundup: March 30, 2010

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USB Storage Coming to Xbox 360 April 6

From Tom's Hardware: We've been hearing rumors about the possibility of USB storage for the Xbox 360 for a while now. On Friday, Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed the reports and said a system update to allow USB storage would land April 6.

DRAM Set to Get More Expensive in the Next Three Years – Analysts

From X-bit Labs: With the fact of limited capacity expansion, the cost of advanced immersion scanners and difficulties with the transition to manufacturing processes below 40nm, dynamic random access memory (DRAM) supply bit growth will be limited in 2010 to 2012, according to market research firm DRAMeXchange. But there is a good news for actual memory makers: the price for DRAM is not expected to drop in the next three years.

Intel stays atop chip market, but Samsung gains in tough 2009

From InfoWorld: Intel remained the world's largest chip maker by revenue for the eighteenth consecutive year in 2009, despite an overall decline in the global chip market, Gartner said Monday.

Intel's share of the chip market reached 14.6 percent in 2009, up from 13.6 percent in 2008 due to strong PC sales, the market research company said in its Semiconductor DQ Monday Report.

Acer Among First to Sell AMD's Newest Opteron Server Chip

From PC World: Acer will be among the first major computer vendors to sell systems based on Advanced Micro Devices' latest Opteron server chips, the 6100 series, the chip company said Monday

Along with Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Cray, Acer will soon be announcing servers based on the Opteron 6100 series, said Ben Williams, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Asia-Pacific, during an interview on Monday.

Workspace tools come to Adobe's Acrobat.com

From CNET News.com: Adobe is launching another offensive into the online office collaboration market with a new addition to its Acrobat.com service that lets groups of users share virtual workspaces.

Brightcove aims to fill Apple iPad's Flash void with HTML 5

From CNET News.com: Brightcove, an online video platform provider, is looking to fill the Apple iPad’s Flash void with HTML 5 video.

The company on Monday announced the Brightcove Experience for HTML5, which allows customers to publish video for devices like Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (Brightcove blog, statement, background).

OpenGL 4.0 Spec Gets Boost with ATI Preview Drivers

From DailyTech: DirectX 11 has been gathering a lot of support, especially over the last six months as ATI has released an entire top-to-bottom lineup with support for the standard. Although DirectX is probably the best known collection of Application Programming Interfaces for games, OpenGL still remains relevant as a competitor in driving gaming technology forward.

Microsoft Finally Set to Launch 64GB Zune HD

From DailyTech: When Microsoft first announced the Zune HD, one of the things that left many of us scratching our heads was the fact that the portable media device wouldn't launch with a 64GB option. At the time, it was well hypothesized that the third generation iPod touch would ship with such an option -- it did -- leaving Microsoft without an effective counterpunch.

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