Articles Roundup: December 2, 2010

iPhone iOS edges Android on smartphones in U.S.

From InfoWorld: Apple's iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry are in a dead heat for U.S. smartphone ownership honors, according to market researcher Nielsen.

But the iPhone's iOS was the clear winner when American smartphone owners were asked which mobile operating system they'd pick for their next device, the measurement company added.

Google Search Engine Now Detects Bad Businesses

From PC World: In an uncharacteristically public way, Google has acknowledged modifying its search engine so it can identify businesses that provide bad service and lower their search results rankings accordingly.

Google took action after a recent story in The New York Times detailed the tactics of an online eyeware store owner who claimed his site's high Google rankings were directly proportional to the many complaints posted by upset customers.

RIM acquires TAT, designer of user interfaces

From CNET Research In Motion has acquired user interface specialist The Astonishing Tribe for an undisclosed sum, the company announced on its blog today.

Real to announce new media organizer next week

From CNET Next week at the D Mobile technology conference, Real Networks will demonstrate its first new major consumer product in a long time, a cross-platform media management service. The as-yet unnamed product is in two parts: software that consumers run on their computers and mobile devices that will watch for new content they store on them; and a Web service that can collect that media and stream or load it to any of the devices the consumer owns.

Adobe Announces Flash Player 10.2 Beta With Improved Performance

From DailyTech: dobe has launched a new beta version of its Flash Player. The new version is 10.2 beta and it is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac computers right now on Adobe Labs. The new beta includes Stage Video which is a new API that has best in class video playback performance across platforms. The beta also has support for hardware acceleration in IE9.

HP Kills Its MediaSmart Windows Home Servers, Moves Team to WebOS

From DailyTech: When it rains it pours. Last week we learned that Microsoft was dropping the popular Drive Extender feature from the next version of Windows Home Server, codenamed "Vail". Today we here even more damning news: HP is pulling out of the Windows Home Server market.

Visiontek Unveils Graphics Card with Built-in Network Accelerator

From X-bit Labs: Visiontek, a well-known supplier of graphics cards from the U.S., on Wednesday introduced the first graphics card with integrated Ethernet processor which speeds up traffic generated by video games and thus minimizes latency. While the graphics card seems interesting, its price may become a limiting factor for its success.

Rambus Attacks Open Interfaces Again: DisplayPort, PCI Express, SATA

From X-bit Labs: Rambus, a designer of memory and interface technologies, on Wednesday accused a list of companies of patent infringements again. The company accused the defendants of illegal usage of memory-related intellectual property and said that the semiconductor companies infringe its rights by implementing a number of widely used industrial standards. The tech designer demands ITC to stop importation of chips that infringe its patents and products on their base.

Nvidia to expand CUDA parallel processing to mobile devices

From InfoWorld: Nvidia is looking to expand its CUDA parallel-processing architecture to mobile devices in the next few years, the company's CEO said Wednesday.

The move, when it comes, could mean a big jump in the ability of mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers to run multimedia-rich applications.

"The benefit of CUDA in mobile devices is shocking," said Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, in a Tokyo interview.


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