The Good, The Bad: Windows Phone 7 Moved 2 Million Units in Q4 2010

From DailyTech: There are now over 2 million Windows Phone 7 handsets in the wild, but what does that mean for Microsoft and the future of this platform?

During Android's first few months on the market it had only a few percent market share, versus Apple and Research in Motion's dominant positions in the U.S. Now it owns half the market.

Sony Unveils PSP Successor, the NGP

From DailyTech: Sony today unveiled its next generation portable entertainment system, codenamed NGP --another follow-up to the widely successful PSP.

"This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging [Sony's] experience from both PSP (PlayStation Portable) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) entertainment systems," the company wrote in a press release.

ATI Lowers Prices on Performance-Mainstream Graphics Cards

From X-bit Labs: Graphics business unit of Advanced Micro Devices - ATI - this week decreased pricing of certain performance-mainstream graphics cards and also introduced a new offering in order to better compete against Nvidia Corp.'s GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics solution.

Intel Develops Hardware-Based Antivirus - Company

From X-bit Labs: While antivirus software gets updated fairly quickly to oppose even the newest malware, sometimes viruses manage to infect a large amount of computers in just a few hours while the cure is in development process. Intel Corp. said in an interview that it was developing a special purely hardware mechanism that will withstand even unknown malware.

Intel developing security 'game-changer'

From InfoWorld: Intel's chief technology officer says the chip maker is developing a technology that will be a security game changer.

Justin Rattner told Computerworld on Tuesday that scientists at Intel are working on security technology that will stop all zero-day attacks. And, while he would give few details about it, he said he hopes the new technology will be ready to be released this year.

Amazon Adds CloudWatch to Management Tool

From PC World: Amazon has added CloudWatch to the list of services that are integrated with its AWS (Amazon Web Services) Management Console, allowing IT staff to create alarms and troubleshoot from a browser.

LG shows Android's low-end smartphone promise

From CNET News.com: My test of an LG Optimus One smartphone began inauspiciously with a combination of consternation and revulsion at its keyboard. But after two months using it as my primary phone, I wound up with a much more favorable impression of it and the prospects for Android on lower-end phones.

Intel Hires Musical Artist will.i.am as Director of Creative Innovation

From DailyTech: Well, here's another story that comes completely out of left field. Last week, we received the rather odd news that Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO of Google despite that fact that the company is still rolling in money. Today, an equally baffling announcement came from Intel -- the company revealed that it hired musical artist will.i.am as its new Director of Creative Innovation.

MSI Intros First Mainboard with AMD's APU

From Tom's Hardware: Monday MSI revealed the very first motherboard with AMD's new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) already mounted out-of-the-box, perfect for a compact, low-key home theater PC.

Rumour: Microsoft to Launch Windows 8 on January 7, 2013

From X-bit Labs: Possible release dates of Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Windows 8 release dates have transpired for a number of times since the launch of Windows 7, whereas executives of the software giant made comments that neither confirmed nor denied rumours about earlier-than-expected or later-than-expected release time-frames for Windows 8. The most recent rumours put the next-gen OS into the year 2013.

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