The Android fine print: kill switch and other tidbits

From InfoWorld: An uproar erupted when iPhone users discovered a so-called remote kill switch on their phones -- will it spur the same reaction in users of the G1, the first Android phone?

Nokia Q3 Earnings Drop 28 Percent, Revenue Drops 5 Percent

From PC World: Nokia reported third-quarter earnings down 28 percent on a year earlier, and revenue down 5 percent. Its share of the mobile phone market slipped too.

Revenue for the quarter ended September 30 totalled €12.24 billion (US$17.68 billion), a figure which will disappoint analysts who had expected something nearer $18.59 billion.

The company reported net profit of €1.09 billion, down from €1.56 billion a year earlier.

Nvidia says chip faster, smaller than Intel graphics

From CNET News.com: Apple did its homework and CEO Steve Jobs made a point Tuesday to cite the 9400M as a reason for better performance in the new MacBooks. You can bet that other PC makers are looking closely at the 9400M.

"Intel's technology is integrated throughout Apple's product line but we didn't win this particular design," Intel commented yesterday. Its newest graphics product is based on the G45 chipset.

Intel Talks About NVIDIA's Graphics Takeover in MacBooks

From DailyTech: NVIDIA replaced Intel as the graphics supplier with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M sporting 256MB of RAM shared with main system memory. Steve Jobs himself says that the new NVIDIA GPUs deliver five times the graphics power that the notoriously underpowered Intel X3100 integrated graphics system in previous generation MacBooks could muster.

Adobe ships Flash Player 10

From InfoWorld: Adobe Systems is shipping Wednesday its Adobe Flash Player 10 software, featuring built-in 3D capabilities as well as the ability for developers to add their own special effects.

Concurrent with Flash Player 10, Adobe is shipping Adobe Creative Suite (CS) 4, featuring tools for building creative content, the company said. Tools like Photoshop and Illustrator are featured, offering such functionality as vector graphics.

Intel Initiates Shipments of Core i7 Microprocessors

From X-bit Labs: Intel Corp.’s chief executive officer Paul Otellini said during a conference call with financial analysts that the chipmaker has initiated shipments of its new microprocessors based on Nehalem micro-architecture. The new chips will enable higher performance and will also utilize radically different platform architecture that will resemble that of Advanced Micro Devices.

New Firefox beta even faster than FF3

From CNET News.com: Mozilla fans can now play with the anticipated speedier JavaScript engine in the first beta for Firefox 3.1, as well as explore improvements to the Smart Location Bar and a slick interface for hotkey tab switching. Now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users, the new JavaScript engine, called TraceMonkey, is not turned on by default.

Apple Launches 15.4" MacBook Pro, 13.3" MacBook

From DailyTech: The buildup to a new Apple product release is usually accompanied by anxious anticipation from the Mac community along with continuous speculations from news outlets around the world. Over the past few years, actual product leaks leading up to an Apple product launch of have been few and far between. This changed somewhat with lead up to the iPod nano 4G and iPod touch 2G.

Articles Roundup October 14, 2008

Mozilla Labs pursues Web dev tools

From InfoWorld: Dissatisfied with the Web development tools already available, researchers at the newly formed Developer Tools Lab at Mozilla Labs intend to find better options.

Announced Monday, the lab will be led by Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, who founded the Ajaxian Web site, which is focused on AJAX issues. The lab will center on research and development of developer tools for the "open" Web, according to the Mozilla Labs Web site.

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