Articles Roundup: May 13, 2010

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Apple Macintosh Finally Gets Video Games with Valve’s Steam

From X-bit Labs: Although Apple Macintosh computers have been pretty popular among consumers, they have only supported select OpenGL-based games and have never been considered a platform for gaming. However, as Valve Software releases its Steam client for Macs, the situation may change.

Shortages of Intel Mobile Microprocessors Now in Full Force – Distributor

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp. still cannot supply enough 32nm mobile central processing units (CPUs), according to Converge, a distributor of electronic components. Even though the demand towards chips is traditionally sluggish in Q1, already in March, 2010, the demand exceeded supply for certain models and in April the trend continued.

Microsoft counters Google's sales pitch to Office users

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has gone on the counterattack against Google, saying that its rival's online applications don't cut it as supplements to Microsoft Office.

In a lengthy blog post, Alex Payne, director of Microsoft's online product management team, took on a recent Google sales pitch, which urged Office users to put off upgrading to the new Office 2010, and instead add Google Docs as an online complement to older editions.

Sony: PlayStation Finally Profitable, Sort Of

From PC World: Wonder of wonders, Sony's PlayStation 3 may have finally inched into the black after years of splashing around in an ocean of red. The company claims it turned the road in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year which runs from April to March, posting a profit for the first time since the PlayStation 3 went on sale back in November 2006.

HTC Evo 4G available June 4 for $199.99

From CNET Sprint CEO Dan Hesse finally revealed the pricing and release date of the much anticipated HTC Evo 4G at a special event here Wednesday. The nation's first 4G smartphone will be available starting June 4 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. The Android device will also be sold through national retailers, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Wal-Mart Stores.

Adobe fights Apple with pro-Flash ad campaign

From CNET Adobe Systems may not have a chief executive with Steve Jobs' high profile, but it does have money. And on Thursday it began spending some of it on an effort to rebut the Apple CEO's crticisims of Adobe's Flash technology.

Android 2.2 to Get Native Tethering, Wi-Fi Hotspot Capabilities

From DailyTech: Things just keep getting better and better for Google's Android operating system. We found out earlier this week that Android surpassed Apple for second place in smartphone operating systems in the U.S. market.

Today, we learn courtesy of TechCrunch that the next OS update, Android 2.2 (Froyo), will support native tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. What is unclear, however, is how these features will be implemented with different device carriers.

Skype Won't be Coming to Windows Phone 7

From DailyTech: Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system is by equal measures compelling and frustrating. On the one hand the OS looks to offer the gaming acumen of the Xbox 360 and the slick music player design of the Zune coupled with a stylish phone OS to boot. On the other hand, it's missing a multitude of key features -- namely multitasking, copy and paste, and according to some reports, support for memory card expansion.

Microsoft Teams with LG Electronics for Stereo 3D Games on Xbox 360

From X-bit Labs: LG Electronics, a leading maker of consumer electronics, and Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest maker of software, have announced plans to jointly promote stereoscopic 3D content and video games using LG Infinia HDTV-sets and Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles. The companies have already signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the matter.


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