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Nvidia has just announced its next-generation Tegra 4 processor for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. The Tegra 4, like its predecessor, features a quad-core processor along with a fifth, low power, core to save battery life. The company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that Tegra 4 is the world’s fastest mobile processor, surpassing everything currently on the market.
Nvidia hasn’t revealed the clock speed of the Tegra 4’s processor yet.
Nvidia says its new system-on-a-chip isn’t just for making your games faster.
Samsung is closing out 2012 with a major update to its own cross-platform service ChatON. The Samsung has unveiled version 2.0 which introduces a number of changes, including syncing across devices, multiple image messaging, new social features and enhanced support for tablet users.
Samsung Electronics, the world’s No.1 memory-chip maker, said on Thursday it has completed talks with the state government of Texas where it plans to invest $3.9 billion to expand system-chip production lines and that the expansion would proceed.
Samsung has added another fine addition to it’s line of Smartphone after it unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Grand! The phone will have a huge 5” display and will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. It will be powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and will have a brilliant 8 MP rear camera. The phone will also have an identical dual SIM model! Although the release dates have not yet been disclosed, this phone will definitely be worth the wait!
Microsoft said Tuesday it would make its Surface tablet available to outside sellers as soon as mid-December.
“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Surface general manager Panos Panay, without providing any specific sales figures.
A Microsoft statement said retail stores in the United States and Australia would be the first to sell the introductory Surface model with Windows RT, which has many features of a tablet along with an attachable cover-keyboard.
Retail availability in other countries will be announced in the coming months, said Microsoft, which began selling the Surface through its website, its “pop-up” holiday stores and permanent branded stores.
“Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year,” said Steve Schueler, head of retail sales for Microsoft.
“Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier.”
Microsoft also announced that some of its pop-up stores would remain open past the year-end holidays and several would become permanent Microsoft retail outlets.
“These stores will transition into either permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations,” a company statement said.
Surface, with a starting price of $499, is now sold at Microsoft retail stores in the United States and Canada and online in the US, Australia, Britain Canada, China, France and Germany.
Microsoft said last month that its Surface Pro, a version of its new tablet aimed at business users, would be available in January starting at $899 for US customers.
- Microsoft confirms Surfaces coming to non-Microsoft retail outlets (zdnet.com)
- Surface RT begins its escape from Microsoft retail stores (networkworld.com)
- Microsoft increases Surface production, moves up retail availability (microsoft.com)
- Microsoft ramps up Surface tablet production (kansascity.com)
- Microsoft Expanding Surface Sales to Staples, Other Retailers (allthingsd.com)
This update should make plenty of designers and photo editors very happy.
The higher resolution of the screen means that all bitmapped application elements, including toolbars, buttons and application chrome need to be redrawn and recompiled for Retina displays. Retina support for Photoshop required the replacement of more than 2,500 icons and cursors. What’s more, supporting HiDPI screens presents its own set of challenges for applications that support bitmaps and vector content.
Today, Photoshop and Illustrator users will get the update.
John McAfee reiterated his innocence in a live video session Sunday night, during which he updated viewers on his current situation, and answered questions from the press.
Wearing black square-frame glasses and sporting a goatee and mustache, the former tech entrepreneur who is wanted in connection to the murder of American expat Gregory Faull, hosted the news conference from a bare white room while in custody at a Guatemalan jail. McAfee was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala after fleeing to the country from Belize, where local authorities want him for questioning.
“Did I kill Mr. Faull? No. Let me be clear: I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder in Belize,” he said.
McAfee, 67, added that his relationship with Faull was virtually nonexistent. “I barely knew the man. I’ve spoken perhaps 50 words to him over a period of five years. I did not particularly care for him.”
The Belize government’s desire to question him, McAfee claimed, has nothing to do with Faull’s murder. “Since April of last year, the Belizean government has been trying to level charge after charge against me — all of them groundless, none of them sticking. This is simply the latest in that chain.”
The founder and former head of anti-virus software company McAfee said he and his girlfriend Samantha hope to return to the United States. McAfee has been in touch with the U.S. embassy “a number of times,” but called it “powerless to interfere within the laws of other countries.”
He mentioned England as another potential place to settle, but was adamant that he could never return to Belize, particularly after launching his blog “The Hinterland.” In it, McAfee details alleged corruption by the Belize government, and his experiences hiding from police.
“The issues that I am discussing are hurting the government; they’re hurting tourism,” McAfee said, adding that it raided his home multiple times while he was in hiding. “The government was mad at me before. They are seriously mad at me now. There is no hope for my life if I ever to return to Belize.”
“I don’t think I can, not unless there’s a change in government and a serious decline in corruption.”
In the video, which addressed inquiries from Mashable, McAfee also condemned the media for portraying him as a “paranoid schizophrenic.” He said he started blogging to “get the truth out,” and to put pressure on the Belizean government.
Calling it “the worst drug on the planet,” McAfee also denied reports that he has taken bath salts (synthetic drugs similar to amphetamine and cocaine). “I do not take drugs, and have not taken drugs for over 30 years.”
Starting Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, McAfee hosted two separate video sessions: The first was an introduction lasting less than five minutes, and the second was a Q&A that continued for nearly 15 minutes.
This article has been at Mashable. Image courtesy of Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images
Instagram announced late on Friday it planned to tackle its massive spam problem head on, devoting a number of engineers to fixing the issue inside the service.
“There’s no quick fix, but we have a team of engineers working every day to tackle the issue and we hope you’ll notice their improvements,” Instagram said, appropriately enough, in the comments section of a recent photo taken from the official Instagram account.
Take a look at the “Explore” tab inside the Instagram app, and click on any one of the pictures. They’re flooded with spammy comments, ads for promotional accounts and Web sites. Same thing with the account of any major celebrity who uses the service and has a large following.
But now that the small start-up has been acquired and folded into Facebook, CEO Kevin Systrom has the resources and experience of the world’s largest social network to help Instagram in the fight. Facebook has lots of background in this area, having fought against spammers intensely over its eight-year existence with tools like the artificially intelligent Facebook Immune System, and having even gone after some well-established spammers in court.
No word on how Instagram is going to crack down internally, but externally, Instagram wants users to help in a sort of community watch program, flagging spam by clicking through to spammers’ accounts and reporting them.