Apple impresses as smartphone sales grow

From InfoWorld: The iPhone continued to shine as the sales of smartphones to end users grew by 27 percent during the second quarter compared to the same period last year, according to Gartner.

A total of about 41 million smartphones were sold. The increase in sales can be explained by the combination of more choice for consumers and lower prices, said Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner

Logitech Debuts New IPod Speaker Systems

From PC World: Logitech on Tuesday announced two new iPod-dock speaker systems, the Rechargeable Speaker S315i and the Portable Speaker S125i. Both systems sport a Universal iPod dock and can be powered by batteries or AC power.

Facebook launching Twitter-like 'Lite' site?

From CNET Facebook, it appears, was not about to let Google get this week's award for shadowy new projects. On Tuesday night, a number of users--including Mashable blogger Ben Parr--received notifications that they were beta testers for something called "Facebook Lite."

The notifications, as well as the site hosted on the subdomain, disappeared within minutes. It seems to have been rolled out prematurely by mistake.

Texas Judge Bans Microsoft From Selling Word in the U.S.

From DailyTech: Microsoft's Office 2003 and 2007 wove XML into Word, with the introduction of .docx, otherwise known as Office Open XML, as the format of choice. The new format brought an open standard and better storage to the application. Unfortunately, it also turned into one of the company's biggest legal headaches.

Sony Offers Free Repair for Notebooks with Defective NVIDIA GPUs

From DailyTech: NVIDIA is the second largest GPU maker in the world behind Intel. Intel leads the market because its GPUs are inside the vast majority of notebook and desktop computers with integrated graphics processors.

Valve Does Sign Lanuage for HL2: E3?

From Tom's Hardware: Joystiq is reporting that Valve Software is researching sign language for the next episode (3) of Half-Life 2 by conducting a focus group with deaf individuals. The company is looking to understand the language and how it can be used in games. Valve's first use of the new sign language technology will be implemented into the backstory of Alyx as explained in this YouTube video with Gabe Newell.

Nvidia Hit By Another Charge for Faulty Graphics Chips

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. last week recorded another $119.1 million charge because of the weak packaging of certain of its graphics processing units (GPUs) and core-logic sets for mobile personal computers. The new charge brings the total sum that Nvidia paid its partners for malfunction chips to $315.1 million.

Intel, Micron announce denser, multi-bit SSD tech

From InfoWorld: Intel and Micron Technology announced Tuesday that they have developed a new 3-bit-per-cell, NAND flash memory technology using Micron's 34-nanometer lithography process.

"Fundamentally, this will reduce the overall cost of our MLC flash product," said Kevin Kilbuck, director of NAND marketing at Micron.

Adobe Flash cookies pose vexing privacy questions

From InfoWorld: Adobe's Flash program is being used on heavily trafficked Web sites to collect information on how people navigate those sites even if people believe they've restricted the data collection, according to a new study.

Will We Really See Windows 7 on Netbooks?

From PC World: Steve Ballmer has all but admitted that Windows 7 Starter Edition, to be sold on netbooks, is little more than a way to get people to upgrade to higher-priced versions of Windows 7. Is this the latest version of the time-honored strategy of bait and switch?

Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports that Ballmer recently finally confirmed that Windows 7 Starter Edition will be available only on the most underpowered of netbooks.


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