AppleCareApple has been hit with quite a hefty fine from a somewhat surprising place today, Italy. That's right, on December 27, 2011 the country of Italy fined the tech giant 900,000 euros, or roughly $1.2 million, for allegedly encouraging its customers to sign up for AppleCare, the official tech support of the company, without informing them that they would receive two years of free support after purchasing the service.

Reuters reported that Italy requires every company that does business in the country to offer two full years of absolutely free technical support to any and all Italian customers. AppleCare is an important after-purchase revenue generator for the company. Apple offers this protection service on every single one of its products, from iPads and iPhones to MacBooks and Apple All-in-Ones, though prices vary depending on which device you get the service for. Naturally getting tech support on your iPhone should cost a little less than getting it on your MacBook Air.

Towards the beginning of this year, Apple updated its iPhone plan. The all new AppleCare+ gives customers extended warranties and technical support for as long as two years. In addition to this, the new AppleCare+ also includes repairs on two incidents of accidental damage as opposed to the previous single repair offered. The service itself will cost iPhone users $99.

In addition to AppleCare+ for the iPhone, another AppleCare package for the iMac will run customers $169 with the MacBook Pro option costing $349. The cheapest service is for the iPod Touch, costing only $59.

Apple has yet to release any official statement on the fine by the Italian Government and there is no way of knowing if it will ask employees in Italian Apple stores to make it clear to customers that their products are covered for two years. However, this fine will barely scrape the top of Apple's revenue pile as the company has tens of billions of dollars just lining the walls of their headquarter's bathrooms for decoration.

Source: CNET - Italy fines Apple $1.2 million over AppleCare practices
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New Features for Google Chrome v16

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Google Chrome v16Google Chrome was just updated and the newest version brings an option to print any webpage using Cloud Print and multiple profile support for users who are on one computer to maintain separate settings. These new additions will become available with version 16 for Windows, Mac and Linux users when it is released.

Launching back in January, Google Cloud Print allows you to print to your home or office printer from almost any web-enabled device, though it was restricted to webpages with special Cloud Print buttons and specific Google apps like Docs or desktop apps like Cloud Print for Mac. With the new update any user can use Google Chrome to print to a Cloud Print-ready printer or computer acting as a Cloud Storage Print server.

Using Cloud Print is also very easy. All you have to do is select Print from Chrome's menu options under the wrench icon. This will take you to a print preview page where you can select "Print with Google Cloud Print" from the "Destination" dropdown menu on the left. Then select "Print" at the top of the print dialogue when you're good to go.

Another addition to the update is multiple profiles. Multiple profiles started appearing in Chrome's beta channel back in November as a way for multiple users to keep their bookmarks, Web apps and other settings separate. This can be particularly useful if you have more than one user trying to use the household computer but you can't be bothered to switch user profiles using the operating system of your computer.

In order to get started with Chrome's multiple profiles, click on Chrome's wrench icon and select "Preferences" to open the browser's settings page in a new tab. After that, click "Personal Stuff" on the left side of the screen. If that is too much work, you can always just type in "chrome://settings/personal" in an empty browser tab.

Once you do this, select "Users" and then "Add New User." A new browser tab will appear with a blank profile on it that has some generic name and one of Chrome's avatars. The active user's avatar will appear in the upper right corner of the Chrome browser for Mac users and the upper left corner for Windows users. In addition to that, you can edit each profile's username and avatar at "chrome://settings/personal".

Each user also has the ability to sign in separately to their Google account to sync Chrome settings stored online. This is useful if you want access to your Chrome settings on a PC that isn't yours. Just make sure you erase your profile on any computer that isn't yours because Chrome profiles are not secure and they don't have any password protection options so anyone using the same PC as you will have access to your browser settings.

Source: PC World - Google Chrome Adds Cloud Print Option, Multiple Profile Support
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Microsoft Exchange server 2010Microsoft has just updated its Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and posted a service pack with a plethora of new features and bug fixes according to a statement released by the company on Monday. The new features to Microsoft Exchange Service Pack 2 were designed based on feedback from customers, Microsoft said, and they reflect the expanding use of enterprise email, scheduling and associated functions across a wide range of devices and deployment scenarios.

One of the new features, known as Outlook Web Application (OWA) Mini, offers the user the ability to browse mailboxes and global address lists from low bandwidth and low resolution devices. This type of mini-internet browser can, in addition, be used as an alternative to synchronizing all Exchange data with the actual phone or mobile device, which can sometimes be prohibitive.

Another new feature allows administrators to segment enterprise global address lists (GAL) into smaller segments. By doing this, it allows administrators to create virtual groups. Previous versions of Microsoft Exchange also had this ability but this is the first time Exchange 2010 offers it in a way that doesn't require manual intervention from administrators.

In addition to these new features, the update includes the Hybrid Configuration Wizard designed for organizations wishing to deploy some mail accounts on Microsoft Office 365 and keep others on their internal systems. The wizard simplifies the process of archiving data and sharing things like calendar entries and secure mail across both the hosted and internal mail accounts.

The update also permits cross-site silent redirection for OWA, which could provide the basis for single sign-on across the entire enterprise platform. With a feature like this, an Outlook Web Application client request could be automatically transferred from one Active Directory implementation to another. In addition to that, the service pack includes multiple bug fixes and collects other features introduced in Service Pack 1 which was released back in August 2010.

Source: Server Computer World - Microsoft updates Exchange 2010
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In what is perhaps the biggest show of remembrance for him since his death, the Computer History Museum has just launched an online exhibit completely dedicated to former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs, as many of you know, passed away back in October, a great loss for Apple and the world.

The exhibit, known as "Steve Jobs: From Garage to World's Most Valuable Computer Company", features a plethora of photos and descriptions of objects from the museum's permanent collection. In addition to that, visitors will find vintage footage of Jobs from his younger years and Apple's humble beginnings.

One thing of particular interest in the exhibit is a 22 minute video of Jobs from 1980. In the video Jobs talks about the early days of Apple and, at one point, after citing some examples of how Apple computers were being used in agriculture and schools, Jobs confesses that he and co-founder Steve Wozniak "had absolutely no idea what people were going to do with these things when we started out. As a matter of fact, the two people it was designed for was Woz and myself because we couldn't afford to buy a computer kit on the market."

In a statement from the Computer History Museum's Senior Curator Dag Spicer, "In Jobs' own words, we hear how luck as well as skill played big roles in Apple's founding. We also see how focused, articulate and convincing Jobs could be, even at this early stage."

The story also runs through Jobs' entire life via pictures and allows visitors to see historic documents like one of the newsletters of Jobs and Wozniak's famed Homebrew Computer Club. Visitors are also able to look through confidential memorandum outlining Apple's public offering plans, as well as its original business plan for the Macintosh.

There are quite of few gems in this little collection for you to look around at, especially if reading Steve Jobs' biography didn't fully satisfy you. I highly recommend checking it out if you are a fan of Apple, Jobs himself or simply the story of what two ambitious minds can accomplish.

Source: PC World - Computer History Museum Launches Online Steve Jobs Exhibit
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Western DigitalWestern Digital has just secured conditional approval from the European Union's competition regulator to purchase Hitachi's hard disk drive business for a grand total of $4.3 billion. This was only made possible, however, after Western Digital agreed to sell several of its production operations.

Western Digital, which just so happens to be the world's second largest competitor in the hard disk drive (HDD) sector, and Hitachi, which just so happens to be the third largest, unveiled the deal back in March. The deal itself is aimed at giving the United States company a competitive edge in developing next-generation information storage technology.

This decision by the European Commission confirmed a story published last week by Reuters. According to European Union Commissioner Joaquin Almunia in a recent statement, "The proposed divestiture will ensure that competition in the industry is fully restored before the merger is implemented."

Western Digital PDA did promise to sell essential production assets for the manufacturer of 3.5" disc drives, including a production plant, according to the Commission, which cited reduced competition in the sector after Seagate Technology bought Samsung Electronics' hard disk drive business recently. In addition to that the company agreed to transfer or license intellectual property rights to the business to be sold off. What's more is that Western Digital will also transfer staff and the supply of HDD components to the unit.

Western Digital is unable to complete the deal until it finds an appropriate buyer for the unit, which will then need to be approved by the regulator, according to the commission. If Western Digital is unable to find a suitable buyer, it stands to reason that this deal, although approved, will never actually come to fruition, which could be disappointing for both companies.

Source: Reuters - Western Digital cleared to buy Hitachi disk drive business
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HDDConsidering operations are disrupted at over a dozen hard disk drive (HDD) factories thanks to flooding in Thailand, PC manufacturers should begin preparing for significant supply shortages according to market research firm IDC. Worldwide HDD shipments could suffer almost a 20% decline starting in the middle of this month that could extend far into the first quarter of 2012 according to the firm.

Thailand accounts for somewhere between 40% and 45% of HDD production in the entire world. As of early November, almost half of Thailand's production was directly affected by flooding. Even though production at some factories was halted as a result of flooding, the industry also faces work stoppages due to poor access and power outages. The full extent of the damage to the industry will not be known until all the floodwaters recede, even though it is already clear that there will be supply shortages into the first quarter of 2012 according to IDC.

Research Vice President at IDC John Rydning stated earlier in the month that hard drive manufacturers will favor their high-margin products used in enterprise servers and storage systems. "But the HDD vendors can't neglect their smaller customers, whose business will continue to be important once capacity is fully restored." Prices for HDDs have already started to increase rapidly in some cases, some by more than 30%.

IDC noted that the industry should be able to restore drive production quickly once the waters recede, though today's shortages will continue to constrain supply for an extended period. Hard drive prices should stabilize by next June, according to IDC, and the industry should be back to normal by the second half of 2012. IDC also says that the decline in total shipments for the fourth quarter is expected to be "less than 10%" due to the fact that a large chunk of PC shipments have already taken place for this quarter.

Worst-case scenarios put the total loss for the first quarter of 2012 at around 20% though IDC said that there are opportunities for larger PC vendors to capture enterprise accounts from smaller competitors and accelerate industry consolidation, more specifically in faster growth markets.

According to Program Vice President for IDC's Worldwide Consumer Device Trackers Loren Loverade, "The HDD shortage will affect smaller PC vendors and lower-priced products most, including mini-notebooks, emerging markets and entry-level consumer PCs. However, even the largest vendors are expected to face HDD shortages, particularly for portable PCs where the market is more consolidated. Nevertheless, the shortage will relieve some pressure on pricing and margins and present some opportunities for strategic share gains among the larger players."

Source: Computer Network World - PC makers should 'brace' for drive shortages

READ MORE - HDD Shortages to Spill Over into Q1 2012

Will March 2012 Give Us the iPad 3?

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Apple iPad 3I wrote recently abut the iPad getting a possible discounted release and a new name (iPad Mini?) in the early part of 2012. While that was sure to spark the interests of iPad and tablet users a little bit, a new report should make that excitement grow exponentially.

According to a report from Macotakara, which cited "a reliable Asian source", the next generation iPad is being rushed into production thanks to Chinese New Year celebrations lasting from January 22nd through the 28th. Factories in China are all gearing up to produce the iPad 3 by the end of January 2012.

Assuming that the source is reliable (An unreliable source on the internet test speed? I don't believe it...), the new iPad is said to include a redesigned dock connector that features the same number of pins but in a smaller shape than the one the current iPad uses. If this is true, the new connector could pose a serious problem with existing products that plug into the dock.

In addition to the new connector, the tablet's screen will also remain the same size, even though the source didn't mention if Apple would increase it to Retina Display levels or continue on with the current resolution.

This report isn't the first, however, it joins a small number of previous iPad 3 rumors that have already surfaced. Different sites and sources have been in constant debate as to whether or not the new iPad would offer a 2,048 x 1,536 display. A move like that would give the tablet the same resolution as the current iPhone 4 and 4S as well as the iPod Touch 4G.

As far as a launch windows goes, you are probably looking at a March 2012 release date, especially considering the fact that Apple unveiled the original iPad in April of 2010 and the iPad 2 in March of 2011. Nevertheless, the Linley Group, a chip consulting firm, believes that Apple will outfit the iPad 3 with an A6 processor. This could also potentially push the launch back until June 2012 or later.

Source: CNET - iPad 3 could launch in March, with connector issues, report says
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 PlusSamsung has just confirmed that another variation of its Samsung Galaxy Tab will be hitting stores soon. This new device, known as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, will begin selling on November 13, 2011 at many U.S. retailers for a surprisingly reasonable $399.99 according to a statement released by Samsung.

The 16GB tablet, complete with 7" screen, is focused more on home entertainment than business usage, coming complete with a Peel Smart Remote TV app that allows you to tap on the screen in order to quickly find and watch television shows on any manufacturer's TV or home entertainment system.

In addition to that, built-in infrared in the tablet allows you to control a home theater or television setup. The best part is that you don't need any extra cables or hardware, just what you already have in your living room and the tablet, in order to control the TV functions. The Peel remote app allows you to have full control over your TV or entertainment system regardless if it is Samsung brand or not.

Aside from controlling your DVD player, Blu-Ray player, set-top box or TV, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will also connect to Facebook and Twitter allowing you to share information about what is being watched. According to Chief Experience Officer for Peel Greg Lindley, "Peel's vision is eliminating the barriers between you and your favorite shows."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor as well as Android 3.2 Honeycomb for an operating system. The device is also only .39" thick and only weighs 12.1 ounces.

Samsung has a plethora of tablets that come with either WiFi only or WiFi and 3G/4G connectivity. According to the website, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus features both cellular and WiFi capabilities though Samsung has yet to announce which U.S. wireless carriers will support the tablet.

The original Galaxy Tab ran on Android 2.2 and upgraded to 2.3 back in May. It too had a 7" touch screen but was slightly larger and heavier and only came with a 1GHz processor. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus will begin on November 13 nationwide at Best Buy, Amazon, tiger Direct, Fry's and other outlets with pre-orders becoming available on October 23.

Source: Computer World - Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to ship Nov. 13 for $400
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Toshiba MK01GRRBToshiba's Storage Products Business Unit has just announced a high-capacity 2.5" high-performance enterprise-class drive. Known as the Toshiba MK01GRRB/R series, this drive supports the exacting requirements for compute-intensive environments witha 15,000 RPM spin speed, a 6Gb/s SAS interface and a maximum capacity of 300GB1. In addition to that, this drive also offers drive-based encryption in order to help companies manage data security.

According to Vice President of Marketing at Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit Joel Hagberg, "Enterprise customers are increasingly satisfying their performance and capacity needs with power efficient small form factor drives. Enterprise drives with the latest self-encryption features are helping data centers to more cost-effectively achieve compliance with information security mandates. Toshiba small form factor enterprise drives deliver the performance, capacity and security features IT administrators require for today's mission critical server storage and cloud appliance markets."

The third-generation 2.5-inch 15,000 RPM enterprise drives leverage an enhanced power condition state that reduces the spin of your hard drive in idle states. In addition to that, it also significantly lowers power consumption which also means lower heat dissipation, increasing system stability and less energy usage. As a part of Toshiba's commitment to improved security, this drive also features self-encryption technology that is designed for the Trusted Computing Group "Enterprise SSC" specification.

According to John Rydning, IDC's Research Vice President for Hard Disk Drives, "Increasing the capacity of the 2.5-inch enterprise class HDDs is expanding the market opportunity for this form factor given its inherent power and data density advantages as compared to 3.5-inch models. Toshiba's new MK01GRRB/R series drives give server and storage system customers the capacity they want with the performance they need, as well as the ability to secure data on the drive with Toshiba's SED technology option." Shipments of the Toshiba MK01GRRB/R Series are scheduled to begin in volume in Q1 2012.

Source: Engadget - Toshiba introduces tine enterprise hard disk drive with big speed and big cloud storage
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London 2012: Powered By Acer

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We have known for some time that the London 2012 Olympics will be in part powered by Acer. What we are just now finding out is the details on how they are going to supply the athletes, in house functions and guard stations. It looks like Acer will be providing some 11,000 computers to be used next summer, as well as providing the scanners that the security gates are using. This should provide a big boost to the Acer name and the company as a whole.

A more recent report is showing that Acer will be providing around 10,000 desktop PC’s, another 1,000 laptops, and a little under a thousand servers. Acer will be sticking with their Veriton L670Gs, which is not exactly a powerhouse computer by any means. At the highest tier these PC’s only come with Windows Vista (which will be loaded for the games), Intel’s Core 2 Quad, 4 GB of DDR2, and a serial ATA. The laptops, on the other hand, are their TravelMate 6593Gs running Windows 7 but still stuck with the dual core chips. Sure Usain Bolt can run 100 meters in 9.58, but the technology he is using is from 2007.

It is also worth mentioning that Acer will be sporting anywhere from 300 to 400 employees on staff to help with all technical issues. Among those staff members only a small margin of them (3% or less) will be from outside of Britain, but most are extremely well trained, with a majority even working on the Vancouver 2010 games.

Good luck, fellow techies working the games, good luck.

Sources: - Going for Gold - IT at the London Olympics - London 2012 Olympics: 17000 athletes, 11000 computers

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Napster to be Acquired by Rhapsody

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NapsterOne of the oldest internet subscription music services on the web, Rhapsody, has finally, and officially, acquired Napster subscribers as well as a host of other assets from Best Buy. However, Best Buy will retain a minority stake in Rhapsody according to a joint statement from both companies.

The acquisition is expected to close on November 30 according to the companies. Best Buy is unloading a music service that really struggled before being acquired by Rhapsody and seemingly disappeared afterwards. Financial terms of the deal have not officially been released though it does not appear that Best Buy's investment in Napster has paid off.

The electronics retailer acquired a revamped version of Napster back in 2008 which allowed the company to officially enter into the online music sector. Napster started off as the pioneer file-sharing service back in the day. The service allowed users to share songs with each other via the internet. However, lawsuits filed by multiple recording companies nearly destroyed the company, eventually leading to the selling of the trademark and brand.

Three years ago Best Buy launched an all-cash tender offer for outstanding Napster shares priced at $2.65 per share; the full acquisition was valued at $121 million. That number represented a $54 million net of approximately $67 million in cash and short-term investments. Napster recognized that it had 700,000 members when Best Buy acquired the service though it is unclear as to how many the company has now.

Despite Napster's failure, Rhapsody appears to be years ahead of its time. Over the past ten years Rhapsody worked on getting consumers interested in subscription music services. Now the entire music industry is attempting to make that business model work.

Rhapsody was owned, in part, by RealNetworks and Viacom, though those companies spun off the service back in April 2010. Since then, managers for Rhapsody have been trying to prevent upstart "all-you-can-eat" services from taking all the credit. Spotify, MOG and some other digital music services are just some of the many services that charge a monthly fee for premium services, just like Rhapsody.

Source: CNET - Rhapsody to acquire Napster (scoop)
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Mozilla FirefoxI think it is safe to say that the new six week rapid release cycle for Mozilla Firefox internet browser has drawn a lot of controversy since it was announced and put into effect. However, it seems as if Mozilla likes the negative press because it seems as if there could be more to come from this rapid release cycle.

In a recent thread noticed on a developer mailing list, anybody and everybody involved in the effort has been debating the possibility of shortening the cycle even more. These developers are considering shortening the already short six week cycle to a five week cycle or even shorter than that.

According to Mozilla Software Companies Engineer Josh Aas, "Our transition to releasing every six weeks went really well. We're getting fixes to users much more quickly than we used to, but can we get fixes to users even faster? Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla-central would get to users three weeks faster."

So shortening the short cycle that people are already complaining about sounds like a good idea? To Aas it does. "That's a big deal," Aas added. "It's an upgrade in responsiveness that we can't afford not to pass on if we can pull it off. I suspect the only way to know if we can do it is to try - we can always back off if it doesn't work out."

However, not everybody is objecting to the idea of shortening the cycle. Firefox Release Manager Christian Legnitto stated, "Yes, I absolutely think in the future we will shorten the cycle--but it won't be soon. We have some work to do to make six weeks smooth from a process, tool and product side. When we get six weeks down to a science, we can shorten as needed."

Source: PC World - Mozilla Mulls a 5-Week Firefox Release Cycle
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Facebook working with the media company Time Warner launched / released an application designed to help prevent bullying ( anti bullying ) or violence against children and adolescents.

Application on Facebook is part of a broader cooperation between the two companies had been established since a few months ago.

Reported by Forbes, Tuesday (09/20/2011), this cooperation is like the appeal of Facebook and Time Warner to use their influence in raising awareness of violence and encourage children and adults to stop it.

Named the 'Stop Bullying: Speak Up', the application is intended for anyone who knows the violence that occurs both inside and outside of the Facebook site.

"It offers information on how to prevent it and ask the children and adults to take part if they see bullying action," the report said.

Since officially released earlier this week, more than 2,600 of the 3,600 people who took part were adults. Time Warner himself had started the campaign 'Stop Bullying: Speak Up' since last year through the Cartoon Network show.
READ MORE - Facebook Released Anti Bullying Application

Rarely CEO Update, Google + Down prestige?

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After a few months since its launch, Google + prominence doubt. The reason, the CEO of Google itself that is rarely known Larry Page update his account.

In personal accounts Larry Page, last seen updatean conducted on August 15, alias already more than a month ago.

From dailymail Monday (9/19/2011), Page creates the account in June. But apparently he was not 'consistent' with profilenya recent rumors and cause odor wafted, namely that these networking sites are declining in popularity.

Previous Page is diligently posting pages with sharing photos. He also briefly congratulated on achieving + Google achieved and at pengakuisisan Motorola Mobility.

But as many as 300,000 people who enter the Page into the 'circle' they seem to be disappointed because the CEO of Google is somewhat neglecting her account.

Responding to quiet the page Page, a Google spokesman declined comment. Google party just to explain that most people choose to share their activity only to some of the circle (a circle of friends), not to everyone.

In the first month is drawing attention + Google by acquiring 25 million users, an achievement that won Google within 10 months when she was launched in 2004.
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LG Electronics last added members in the ranks of high-end smartphones. South Korean manufacturer was showing off Optimus Q2, an Android-based handset is equipped with a sliding qwerty keyboard type.

Optimus 2Q has a 4-inch wide screen LCD screen with IPS technology (In Plane Switching). Mobile phones with the Android operating system relies Gingerbread 1.2 GHz dual core processor Nvidia Tegra two latest versions are probably more powerful than the processor in LG Optimus 2X.

Sector 5 megapixel camera and VGA front camera. LG also claims included Optimus Q2 berkeyboard smartphone with slim body at this time. Only 12.3 mm thickness.

As quoted from Electronista, Monday (19/09/2011), Optimus Q2 planned to present in Europe and South Korea starting next week. And then to various other areas. Price range has not been announced.
READ MORE - LG Optimus Q2, Android High End with Qwerty Keyboard

Street Fighter X Tekken Games not only presents the topnotch fighter. In terms of features, this game scuffles can also do customization in the character.

This feature will mentioned not only the fighters can change in terms of appearance, but also the movement of the characters to their timing when launching moves.

In short, the gamers would still be many who will use the character as a champion Ryu. But of course they waited for Ryu character with new flavors.

Street Fighter X Tekken producer, Yoshinori Ono said, the game system in this game will appear more attractive, more than just changes to the costumes used by the hero.

Indeed, when compared with the series 'traditional', the character of this game is still the same. But the difference is a game system that promises to change drastically.

This feature allows players to customize characters, so they are not all the same, said Ono quoted from GameSpot, Monday (19/09/2011)

Ono is still not unpacked Street Fighter X Tekken in detail. Including how the process of changing the style in question. To be sure, Ono promised to further review this game in the event the New York Comic-Con.
READ MORE - Fighter in 'Street Fighter X Tekken' Can Change Style

A defense plant in Japan had a massive attack. The attack is believed to be the first attack that strikes the Japanese defense industry.

This attack upon the factory that manufactures submarines, missiles and components of nuclear power that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.. Reportedly as many as 80 computers located at their headquarters in Tokyo hit by the virus.

"Most likely this is the first hacking attack is detected. This action is similar to that experienced by American defense companies," Andrew Davies, an analyst with cyber.

It is feared, as a result of this attack some important information has been stolen. And a suspicion arose that the perpetrators of these attacks originated from China.

For your information, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan's Defense Ministry is believed to create a means of defense.

Quoted by Reuters on Monday (9/19/2011), the company won the 215 and it even had a deal worth 260 billion yen or $ 3.4 billion from the Japanese government. Mitsubishi Heavy also is working with Boeing to make wings for its 787 Dreamliner jet.

One of the virus found in such attacks is a Trojan horse. Now, these companies are investigating the case of a total of 9 locations in Japan.
READ MORE - Hackers attacked the Japanese Defense Industry

The number one search engine in China, Baidu, apparently not satisfied if only become champion. Baidu keuasaannya now plans to expand outside of China.

This was disclosed Baidu Chief Executive Robin Li in a meeting with Chinese leader Li Changchun business promotion. This statement was later posted on the site search since last Saturday.

"Robin Li Baidu reported targets over the next decade to become a household name in more than half the countries in the world and represents China's business to affect the global economy," according to an AFP report quoted on Monday (9/19/2011).

As is known, Baidu became the most popular search engine in China with a market share of more than 75 percent, beating rival Google's growing cluck since the feud with the Chinese government.

Currently, Baidu has a presence in Japan and recently launched operations in Egypt and Thailand. Indeed, outside of China the prestige of Baidu is still inferior to Google and Yahoo.
READ MORE - China Search Engines Want to Go International

Twitter Scientist Resigns

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Abdur Chowdhury, the incumbent Chief Scientist at Twitter has resigned. He is the architect of Twitter search and recommendation features.

After resigning, he bid farewell in that it sends a tweet from @ Abdur account.

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish @ twitter was an amazing experience & events Greater sets of people," the greeting that is quoted on Monday (9/19/2011).

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is a series of sentences quoted from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the story of Douglas Adams's science fiction is quite popular among technology buffs.

Chowdhury joined twitter in 2008 after his company, Summize, annexed for USD 15 million. Summize was engaged in the search tweet.

Almost simultaneously, Twitter also lost two of their leadership council. This is Fred Wilson and Bijan Sabet, both early investors in Twitter.

Twitter has just completed raising funds worth USD 800 million. About half the funds are used to cash out for some early investors, including Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson his.
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Action 'clearance' does Hewlett-Packard (HP) on the TouchPad continues. The program even helped take advantage of HP's employees are curious interest with the tablet PC product.

In a memo circulated among employees of HP, quoted from Techcrunch, Monday (09/19/2011), noted that sales to insiders will be conducted from 28 September 2011.

It is not known in detail at what price TouchPad to HP's own employees. But as a comparison, the clearance action of retailers HP - like at Best Buy, Amazon, and others - previously sold off TouchPad at USD 99 for 16 GB version and $ 149 for 32 GB, or down about $ 300.

As is known, HP has indeed made ​​the decision to stop production of tablets and smartphones based WebOS, where TouchPad became one of his victims.

As a result, after draining the contents of the warehouse, the IT companies from the United States it makes a big decision to give a discount like crazy to boost sales TouchPad devices.

The strategy proved effective to lure buyers. Even HP will 'turn' back to touchpad devices because of a surge in demand resulting stock market TouchPad at retailers and online stores sold out and left disappointment in many prospective buyers.

HP Party in its official statement saying, "Instead of announcing the cessation of production hardware based WebOS, we have decided to produce TouchPad last resort, to meet existing demand," according to as reported by the HP website.

However, it remains asserted that after that they will no longer continue to produce TouchPad. "HP will stop the development of tools WebOS during our fourth fiscal quarter in 2011," he concluded.
READ MORE - 'Wash Warehouse', HP TouchPad Sell to Employees

Google Soon Glide Digital Wallet

Diposkan oleh Batas Langit | 16:41

Last week, Google posted a YouTube video featuring impressions of Google Wallet with a star named George Costanza. This video shows an indication that Google's digital wallet service that immediately come soon.

For those who are not familiar with George Costanza, he is one of the characters in the series Seinfield sitcom that aired on TV stations United States (U.S.).

George Costanza wallet very memorable viewers in one episode. George is told to bring my wallet so thick that is placed in his back pocket. I was so thick, he had difficulty sitting and hassles when going to spend money.

It seems that Google's attempt to attract users' attention by engaging character George Costanza. Internet giant is also cites a story about Costanza wallet to describe all the convenience that users get when using Google Wallet.

Reported by The Washington Post and quoted on Monday (9/19/2011), Google did not say when the official launch of the digital wallet service. But the NFC World Congress event which will take place tomorrow in the French Riviera reinforce these indications.

"Google is not listed as a speaker or exhibitor at the event, but its primary partner in the Google Wallet service, MasterCard, became the official sponsor," the report said.

Last May, Google has introduced Google Wallet to the audience. Digital wallet service allows consumers to use their phones when going to make a payment.

Payment by moving the phone in front of a sensing device is offered by Google in collaboration with MasterCard and Citibank. Google also took the telecom operators, handset makers and retailers.

In the first project, Google's digital wallet will be available in the U.S. on Nexus S Google. If it has been widely introduced, it is believed this service will be expanded not only in the U.S. but also other countries including in Asia.

Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt had said last July, the ability to perform the functions of Android phones as digital wallets a matter of time to enter Asia.
READ MORE - Google Soon Glide Digital Wallet

Qantas will conduct experiments using IPAD 2 as an entertainment device for the passenger during the flight. Next month, the Australian airline iPad 2 will be tested in a Boeing 767-300.

All passengers on the plane it will be loaned a second iPad specifically designed to provide musical entertainment, movie or television show. Everything is on-stream wirelessly with a service called Q Streaming.

"We are very pleased to become the first airline in the world to conduct experiments on wireless streaming products," said Alison Webster, Customer Experience Manager of Qantas, as quoted by AFP on Monday (9/19/2011).

This program will facilitate the passengers because they no longer need to look at the monitor in front to see the entertainment, but directly on the tablet that could be arranged as desired. Content will be streamed via Wi-Fi facilities in the plane via the Q Streaming applications.

The system was also able to work on personal devices that carry passengers, including notebooks and smartphones. So if Qantas finally was adopted, then in addition to the tablet computers are provided, passengers can also use gadgetnya own.

Previously, airlines American Airlines also provide 6000 tablets Galaxy as in-flight entertainment. But not streamed content available, but is pre-loaded on the tablet.
READ MORE - iPad 2 Gadgets Entertainment on Qantas plane
Abdur Chowdhury, the incumbent Chief Scientist at Twitter has resigned. He is the architect of Twitter search and recommendation features.

After resigning, she was bid farewell in that it sends a tweet from @ Abdur account.

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish @ twitter was an amazing experience & events Greater sets of people," the greeting, Monday (09/19/2011).

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is a series of sentences quoted from Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the story of Douglas Adams's science fiction is quite popular among technology buffs.

Chowdhury joined twitter in 2008 after his company, Summize, annexed for USD 15 million. Summize was engaged in the search tweet.

Almost simultaneously, Twitter also lost two of their leadership council. This is Fred Wilson and Bijan Sabet, both early investors in Twitter.

Twitter has just completed raising funds worth USD 800 million. About half the funds are used to cash out for some early investors, including his Union Square Ventures, Fred Wilson.
READ MORE - Twitter Scientist Has Resigned

Hot issues in the news lately mentioned the launch of the iPhone 5 is in October 2011. This assumption is further strengthened after a telecommunications company bosses leaked iPhone release date 5.

Is the CEO of France Telecom, Stephane Richard, who leaked it. Speaking to reporters in France, Richard said it had received information from relevant sources about the schedule in which the iPhone 5 disclosed to the public.

"iPhone 5 will be released on October 15," he said, as quoted from Cnet, on Friday (09/16/2011). Richard did not mention where he got secret information that counted.

Another rumor states that developed the iPhone 5 will appear on October 7. Which is true of course remains a mystery, but rather chosen in October was the month Apple released the iPhone to 5.

Some operators even at this moment is preparing to market the iPhone 5. Even in Germany, the operator Deutsche Telekom had already opened the initial reservation for the touch screen gadget.
READ MORE - CEO Operators Launch iPhone 5 leak Schedule

Microsoft Planning Create Xbox TV

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Microsoft announced it is launching a new platform, the Xbox TV. The software giant is likely to try their luck in the realm of digital TVs that failed enlivened by its competitors: Google, Apple and Sony.

Mentioned the CEO Steve Balmer, Microsoft wants to change the way people watch TV with the content they offer. Reportedly, the TV Xbox will be released towards the end of the year. But Balmer did not confirm this information.

Reported by Big News Networks and quoted on Friday (16/09/2011), Ballmer Xbox TV shows for the first time financial analyst meeting in Anaheim, California, United States (U.S.).

During the meeting he informed all present that the Xbox will deliver the TV video on demand and live television shows including news, sports and favorite shows plus hundreds of diverse video content.

Xbox TV consumers will be able to enjoy all the impressions on the device without having to install equipment such as cable, satellite dish or set-top box.

Ballmer added, the main thing that distinguishes the Xbox TV with other TV platforms are made ​​by its competitors namely the existence of motion-based search tools and sound. Using the driving Kinect, the user can navigate along the content search using voice commands.
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Sales of BlackBerry Playbook tablet device reportedly does not match expectations. Therefore the manufacturer RIM will perform a variety of ways to boost sales, including by making price cuts.

Reportedly, the number of shipments and sales tools BlackBerry Playbook quite far behind competitors such as Samsung Galaxy Tab and especially the iPad. RIM co-chief executive, Mike Lazaridis also said that his company will begin running a number of programs to stimulate sales.

Intensive courses for business people is one of the programs they are going to run. Lazaridis also said it was square off for the discount price Playbook although it has not said how much the discount will be offered.

In addition to the above programs, a number of additions will be done in software fiturpun Playbook its 2.0 which will be announced in October. The software will bring the native e-mail, calendar, contacts, video stores and also she has support Android applications.

Quoted from Cnet, on Friday (16/09/2011), this software will soon be available to the public immediately after their introduction.
READ MORE - RIM Will Cut The Price of BlackBerry Playbook

Logitech releases Multi-Touch Trackpad

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Logitech launches wireless computer accessories called Touchpad. As the name implies, it is a multi-touch trackpad that uses wireless technology.

This tool displays the surface area of ​​5 inches (12.7 cm). To run it, users are welcome to perform a sweep: a finger to move the cursor, 2 fingers for scrolling, 3 finger for browsing photos and fourth finger to switch between applications.

Wireless Touchpad also has two large button below the scrolling area that serves as a right click and left click. He connected with a desktop / laptop via a USB dongle and 2.4GHz wireless technology and can run for a new operating system Windows 7.

"Logitech Wireless Touchpad is perfect for those who want to surf the internet in a way that's fun," he said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president.

From DailyTech, Wednesday (09/14/2011), devices that are similar to the output of Apple Trackpad Magic will be marketed in the U.S. and Europe at a price of USD 49.99.
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New Windows 8 operating system just introduced Microsoft. Manufacturers of software giant is also invited developers to download the preview of Windows 8. Fun, the public can also try it.

Microsoft posted a download link on the website of Windows 8 Windows 8 Developer Preview. But this is still pre-beta version, so the downloaders who want to try to be prepared if a lot of bugs or instability. Yes, this version is still far from perfect.

There are 3 versions of Windows that can be downloaded. The largest size of 4.8 GB, which is equipped with 64-bit versions of tools for developers. Users must first copy it onto a DVD or flash disk to be installed into a PC.

Preview This specification requires a minimum of 1 GB of RAM (2GB for 64 bit version) and harddsk empty 16 GB (20GB for 64 bit version). Microsoft itself warned of the preview is not yet stable and the risk borne by yourself if you want to try it.

"This software may be unstable, does not operate properly or not working properly its final version," warned Microsoft

READ MORE - Preview Windows 8 Can be Downloaded Free Now

Clever Computer can tell Pain

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Has it occurred that the computer could tell the pain? If it could talk, perhaps this device will inform us. Did you know, it turns out this can indeed happen.

Researchers in the United States (U.S.) conducted a test. The result, computers can not talk when someone is sick because it has been specially trained to do so.

Reported by Reuters and quoted on Wednesday (14/09/2011), scientists at Stanford University in California, the U.S. used the learning software for classifying the data generated from the results of brain scans and detects when a person feels sick.

"The question we are trying to answer is, can we use an imaging tool to objectively detect whether someone is in pain or not. The answer, I can," said Sean Mackey, who led the study.

Currently, most doctors rely on answers from the patients themselves to determine whether they are sick or not. And sometimes there are certain patients such as children, elderly or suffering from dementia can not tell you the pain. With this computer, which spared the pain of diganosa doctors can be known easily.

"We really hope this technology can display the result of better detection of disease so that it can provide better care for chronic diseases," said Mackey.
READ MORE - Clever Computer can tell Pain

LG Mobile announces the availability of the Android operating system for the Optimus 2.3 Gingerbread One. If you want a new experience, users simply download it.

"The upgrade process of this show Optimus One LG LG Mobile Indonesia's commitment in developing an Android phone in Indonesia, as well as part of Indonesia against LG Mobile services customers," said Cho Chorung, Senior Marketing Manager of LG Mobile Indonesia

LG Optimus One, which was introduced in early January 2011, mention was born from the collaboration between LG and 500 engineers from Google since the end of the year 2009.

This phone has dimensions of 113.5 x 59 x 13.3 and weighs about 129 grams. Optimus One is equipped with a capacitive type touch screen TFT with size of 3.2 inches and with the support of 256,000 colors and a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.

For performance, Optimus One armed with speed 600 MHz processor with 512MB of RAM support. As for the data storage business is equipped with 170MB of internal memory and microSD slot for memory expansion up to 32GB.

The upgrade process can be done via PC Suite or consumers can visit the Service Center nearest LG Mobile Indonesia free of charge.
READ MORE - LG Optimus One Can Taste Android Gingerbread

Intel Exhibition Tablet Android

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While announcing its partnership with Google, Intel also showed off a tablet PC that already use Android Honeycomb. The product is claimed to be the most slender in its class.

Like Android Honeycomb tablets in general, the product has a 10 inch screen with landscape resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. In it, Intel has invested 32 nm Atom processor codenamed Medfield.

When displayed to the participant IDF 2011 in Moscone Center West, San Francisco on Tuesday (13/09/2011), Intel claims outside of this product design is final, but still needs to be done for software optimization.

"Software in it is still in alpha stage, and still much that needs to be repaired. But overall this product would appear extraordinary," said Steve Smith, Intel's VP, Director of Notebook & Tablet.

Besides showing off Android-based tablet PC, Intel also claims to have set up a similar product that uses the Windows operating system 8.

"For Windows 8 tablets can not we show now, wait a while longer. So, stay StuNed," added Smith.
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Windows 8 is Microsoft's operating system is optimized for the tablet device. Build in a conference in the United States who finished the event introductions Windows 8, Microsoft also for the thousands of computer-free tablets.

Yes, as reported previously, Windows 8 tablets are made ​​by Samsung. A total of 5,000 units of tablets given for free to Windows developers who attended the conference.

The tablets are specifically for developers and given the name of Samsung's Windows Developer Preview PC. Specifications are fairly impressive, with Intel's dual core processor i5, 4GB of RAM and 11.6-inch Super PLS.

  The tablets will be used by developers to test a Windows 8 and make the application. Most likely, this tablet will not be marketed by Microsoft.

In addition to using Intel processors, Windows 8 will also be able to walk with ARM chips used by most of the tablets at the moment. Vendors such as Qualcomm and Nvidia that makes the ARM-based processor has already expressed readiness to support Windows 8.
READ MORE - Microsoft offers 5000 Tablet Windows 8 Free

Angry Birds maker entered Indonesia

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Instigators of mobile games must be familiar with the Angry Birds. Well, if nothing gets in the way, this game pembesut - Rovio - is scheduled to 'perch' in Indonesia

Representatives from the Rovio Publisher planned to be one of the speakers at the conference at the peak of Indonesia ICT Award 2011 which took place on October 4 to 5 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

Speakers other world is also scheduled to be present which is the creator Ian Livingstone Tom Rider and Squere Enix as publisher of Final Fantasy.

While local speakers, among others, featuring the Minister of Communications and Informatics Tifatul Sembiring, Trade Minister Marie Elka Pangestu and Minister Hatta Rajasa as well as from other telecommunications industries.

Participants who wish to share experiences with practitioners and creators in the field of animation, games, and develop digital business side can also attend various workshops with speakers from Nokia, Microsoft, and Square Enix.

In addition, in the event there will also top the national level Robotics competition which also made the event Pra International Robot Olympiad (IRO) which will be held in Jakarta in December next.

The series of activities INAICTA 2011 itself has entered a period of judging. Where the total of participants who participate reach 1765 registrants.

A total of 393 participants of whom entered the professional ketagori individuals, 212 groups of professionals, professional companies / institutions as much as 216, as many as 421 individual students and student groups of 523 people.

The number of categories that are contested there are 28, consists of 16 professional categories and 12 categories of students. From the number of registrants as mentioned above, which sends the work and is entitled to dijurikan at the first stage of judging as much as 758 works.
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Popular Legend of Zelda games this year will be 25 years old. How to celebrate the birthday of Nintendo's legendary game?

Surely not by giving gifts for a fictional character's daughter Zelda and Link the hero. Nintendo will give a gift to the fans.

Owners of the Nintendo DS handheld console and the various variants will be able to download games for free during the period 28 September 2011 - February 20, 2012. The game is 'The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords' anniversary special edition Zelda to 25.

Some features of classic games that are born again it is the wireless multiplayer features and new single-player mode. This game was adapted from the original version that was released on GameCube in 2004.

This is certainly not the only way to celebrate a birthday Nintendo Zelda. Some other things will likely be a Japanese company in the same period.
READ MORE - Nintendo Celebrates Birthday Legend of Zelda

Google Add Search Service Aviation

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Google re-added services with the presence of the flight search tool. This service is challenging a similar service, including Microsoft's Bing Travel.

The search engine giant has released its tool on Tuesday. He reinforced by ITA Software, which recently acquired Google in April.

Flights integrated Google services in the Google search engine. He helps users who want to travel with the main points of comparison of air fares with a total flight time.

"We focus on the option price and duration of each airline," said Kourosh Gharachorloo, Engineering Director at Google's official blog. Google's search flight search hotel follows the company introduced in July.

This service is still limited in the cities of America and featuring economy class flight just before the service will be expanded, such as quoted from VentureBeat, Wednesday (09/14/2011).

Google Flights presence is blatantly a contender for a similar service already exists ie first Kayak, Orbitz and the Travel Bing, excellent features in Microsoft's search engine, Bing.
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8 Advantages of Windows 8

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Windows 8 brings a number of changes compared to previous generations of Microsoft operating systems. What are the advantages rather than Windows 7? Here are 8 of them as quoted from TechRadar, Wednesday (14/09/2011):

1. Optimized for touch screen

Windows 7 is touchscreen support, but not optimal in terms of design and ease of operation. Unlike the Windows 8, the interface is dubbed as the Metro is really optimized for the touch of a form-style interface with Windows Phone.

2. Support the ARM chip

Windows 8 supports devices that use ARM chips infrastructure. This is expected to extend the reach of Windows 8 in the tablet arena, given that most currently available tablets using ARM chips.

3. Windows applications store Store

Windows 8 will have its own application store called Windows Store. Windows Store provides a variety of applications that are optimized for Windows 8.

4. Supports NFC (Near Field Communications)

Windows 8 will support NFC, a technology that their role among others for financial transactions digitally. Tablets are using any Windows 8 will most likely automatically include this feature.

5. Boot time is short

Boot Windows 8 in the demo only lasts in 8 seconds. A much shorter time than in previous versions of Windows booting.

6. Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10 promised to bring major changes than previous IE versions. Is claimed to be very friendly browser used either in tablet or PC.

7. Better security

Windows 8 is said to have better security features to counter cyber attacks. Among the features of Windows Defender is more enhanced capabilities in the OS.

8. Windows 8 does not require a PC upgrade

Microsoft says a computer that can run Windows 7 can also run Windows 8 so that the user does not need to upgrade your PC. According to Microsoft, Intel Atom processor and 1 GB of RAM is enough for running this OS
READ MORE - 8 Advantages of Windows 8

This Display Windows 8

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Microsoft introduced Windows 8, the newest operating system. Windows 8 presents the user interface is completely new, dubbed the Metro. It looks similar to Windows Phone 7 in which applications are arranged in the form of boxes.

In addition to the display interface Metro, the user can also choose to use the appearance of Desktop View. This view is optimized for navigation on a PC computer. Indeed, Windows 8 is expected to function equally well on PCs and tablets.

This is the era of tablet computers that Microsoft will inevitably have to follow it. Windows 7 it ​​can also be used in tablet computers, but not optimal. Windows 8 was a mainstay of Microsoft to compete with the iPad or Android.

Microsoft says there are many new features in Windows 8 which does not exist in previous versions. And the interface is completely new, Windows 8 is expected to be more successful than previous generations. Not yet clear exactly when Microsoft will release Windows 8 predicted in 2012.

Here are some of the look of Windows 8

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