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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19382[/ATTACH]If you happen to be in the market for an all-in-one Windows PC, the Compaq 6000 Pro from Hewlett Packard is worth of serious consideration. This well-equipped, dual-core workstation performed well in benchmarks and our hands-on tests, and its integrated graphics circuitry drove a highly demanding single-shooter game smoothly, pegging the dial at a respectable 100 frames per second.

[B]Specs & Config[/B]
Model: [url=http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13627_div/13627_div.HTML]HP Compaq 6000 Pro[/url]
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (E8400) @ 3.0GHz
Chipset: Intel Q43 Express
Memory: 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (dual channel)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT320 1GB (dedicated)
Display: 21.5-inch diagonal anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
Storage: WD 320 GB 7200 rpm 2.5-inch hard drive
Optical: LightScribe DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL Drive
Power adapter: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz, 2.0A
Wireless: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 2x2 mini card
Webcam: 1280 x 720
Dimensions: 16.9 in x 21.5 in x 8.7 in
Shipping weight: 37.2 lbs
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Warranty: Limited 3 year parts and labor warranty
Tech Support: 1-800-334-5144

[B]Design and Features[/B]
[ATTACH=RIGHT]19386[/ATTACH]The Compaq 6000 Pro is built around an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (model E8400) running 64-bit Windows 7 Professional at 3.0 GHz on 4GB DDR3 memory. To test performance, we installed and launched Geekbench 2.1.11 from Primate Labs and were impressed with the results. After running the 64-bit tests multiple times, HP's Core Duo-based all-in-one returned a high score of 4485, comparing favorably with similarly equipped competitor machines we found in the [url=http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/search?q=e8400+windows+7+pro&commit=Search]Geekbench results browser[/url].

This is a farily well equipped machine, as it should ...

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[ATTACH=right]19321[/ATTACH]If you're serious about developing Android apps, there's only one platform to build and test them on, and that's the Samsung Nexus S. Why? Because first and foremost, the Nexus S runs pure Android. Not only is Samsung's Nexus S, released in December, one of the most beautiful phones on the market, and the only one with a curved glass screen, it also contains no add-ons, overlays or UI enhancements of any kind.

Yes, the Nexus S is all Android. There are no carrier-specific or Samsung-specific apps, drivers or features. That means that if your app runs here, it's reasonable to expect that it will run on other devices, as long as [i] those [/i] devices don't require any hardware-specific trickery or have [url=http://www.spike.com/video/android-live/3517812]body parts surgically grafted on[/url] (Sony Xperia Super Bowl ad).

And in the world of mobile-device app building, that is huge. Because the alternative is to build and test on all the specific platforms and devices that you intend to target. Do you have that kind of time? And while targeting Apple devices also gives you the benefit if homogeneity, I hear that Apple's AppStore restrictions are a bit more stringent than Google's for the Android Market.

The Nexus S also is the first phone to ship with Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread, and both the phone and the OS (of course) were developed with help from Google. I've been using a Nexus S phone since early January and have found Android 2.3 to be a ...

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there are plugins for Firefox that render pages in Firefox using the IE engine. just click a button when on a page to alternate between one engine and the other.

Here are a few:
[url]https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/tag/ie[/url]

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It's the kind of logic that's beyond the comprehension of trolls.

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Developers Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin, Vladimir Vukićević and Michael Wu this week unveiled what they're calling a pre-alpha version of the Fennec browser, better known as Firefox for Google's Android mobile operating system. You can [url=http://bit.ly/fennec-android]download the code[/url], which as of last week had been tested only on Motorola Droid and Nexus One.

According to a [url=http://blog.vlad1.com/2010/04/27/fennec-on-android-ground-zero/]post on Vukićević's blog[/url], developers also should heed the following additional warnings:
[LIST]
[]It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
[
]Memory usage of this build isn't great--in many ways it's a debug build, and we haven't really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
[]You'll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we're working to get rid of it.
[
]You can't open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
[]This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
[
]Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.
[/LIST]

For alpha-user feedback, the Fennec team has created the [url=http://groups.google.com/group/fennec-android-pre-alpha?pli=1]Fennec Droid Pre-Alpha group[/url] on Google, and asks users to post comments and bug reports there. There, you also can track the latest builds, Fennec news and progress made by other developers.

[url=http://blog.vlad1.com/2010/04/27/fennec-on-android-ground-zero/]The post[/url] also contains ...

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What's Apple up to now? Yesterday it became public that the company had acquired [url=http://siri.com/]Siri[/url], whose sole purpose in life appears to be to make [url=http://siri.com/about/]Siri[/url], a free iPhone app that helps you find things and make plans. To [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpjpVAB06O4&feature=player_embedded]watch Siri in action[/url], it does look pretty useful. But why did Apple pay as much as $200 million for something that it could [url=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/siri-assistant/id351778157?mt=8]get for free at the iTunes store[/url]?

Answer? One theory suggests that the technology might help Apple better compete with Google. Here's how it works, according to Siri. Let's say you want to find a romantic Italian restaurant near your office. You simply launch Siri and speak the words into your iPhone. It converts your speech to text and after you confirm, it finds restaurants and then searches for the word "romantic" in multiple reviews for those places. Siri can even make the reservation for you. If you decide you'd rather eat near home, just say "How about near my house?" The program will automatically reapply the previous search with the new location. According to what I've read, the software also lets you ask open questions, such as "What's to do around here today?" To that, it might suggest a movie, night club or local event. And of course, Siri also runs on iPad.

The Siri purchase is just the latest in a series of acquisitions for Apple, which reportedly has about a $40 billion cash reserve to play with. Rumors had been spreading for weeks that ...

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Sorry, I should have filed in Java section!

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Hewlett-Packard today [url=http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100426xa.html]announced[/url] updates to [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1185_4000_100&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN]Service Test Management 10.5[/url] and [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1352_4000_100__]Functional Testing 10.0[/url]--its quality assurance tools for software testers--that the company says are now better equipped to help development teams find defects earlier and cover code for Adobe Flex/Flash, Ajax, Microsoft Silverlight and other rich client technologies.

New in Functional Testing 10, which is part of Mercury's ever-popular Quick-Test Pro, is the ability to easily test dynamic Web 2.0 applications and features. The update is implemented in the so-called Web 2.0 Extensibility Accelerator, which the company says "provides a Visual Studio-like IDE that accelerates and facilitates the design, development and deployment of HP QuickTest Professional Add-in Extensibility support sets." These support sets "extend the HP Functional Testing Web Add-in so you can test Web controls that are not supported out-of-the-box." Current QTP users can [url=https://h30406.www3.hp.com/campaigns/2009/wwcampaign/1-7F8KV/index.php?jumpid=ex_r11374_us/en/large/tsg/ext_accelerator_default_sdr_ptr/3-3BYNQ26/20091124]download the update for free[/url].

HP, which acquired the top-selling Mercury software testing tools along with Mercury Interactive in 2006, has the tools as part of its [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11^37618_4000_100__&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN]Application Lifecycle Management portfolio[/url], which also includes tools for security, performance and SOA management.

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Apple today announced that it will begin shipping iPhones for CDMA networks, such as those offered by Verizon and Sprint, ending a three-year monopoly in the U.S. held by AT&T since iPhone's inception. Once the phones becomes available later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. that don't wish to be stuck with AT&T's network will have an alternative to importing an "unlocked" phone from the black market or learning [url=http://www.daniweb.com/news/story235171.html]how to jailbreak the iPhone[/url].

For AT&T, which operates a GSM network, the iPhone has been responsible for much of its growth since 2007 and vaulting it into the leading position in U.S. smart phone sales, according to [url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304370304575152242601774892.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_emailed]a report[/url] in today's [i]Wall Street Journal[/i]. The company commands more than 43 percent of America's smart phone users, the [i]Journal[/i] said, compared with Verizon's 23 percent. Last year Apple sold 25.1 million iPhones globally, an increase of 83 percent from the prior year, the report said.

One analyst estimates that a deal with Verizon could double the number of iPhone users in the U.S. The CDMA iPhone will be made by ASUSTeK Computer subsidiary Pegatron Technology in Taiwan's.

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Nvidia yesterday began shipping the [url=http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_480_us.html]GeForce GTX 480[/url], with double the number of processor cores previously available at 512. The card is intended to to permit smooth playback and editing of 2D or 3D content, including animation, games and videos.

The GTX 480 supports Microsoft DirectX 11, Direct3D and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physx]PhysX[/url], Nvidia's real-time physics engine and SDK that came along with its acquisition of Ageia in 2008. Now tailored for Nvidia's CUDA GPUs, PhysX off-loads physics processing tasks from a system's main CPU.

The board uses NVidia's latest graphics processing architecture--called [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_400_Series]Fermi[/url] after nuclear reactor inventor [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrico_Fermi]Enrico Fermi[/url]--which the company says will provide a platform not just for media producers and gamers, but for high-end modeling applications such as those used in meteorology, geology and medical research.

The GeForce GTX 480, which contains 1.5GB of dedicated graphics memory, is Nvidia's answer to AMD's Radeon 5870 product, which came out in September. Early indications are that GeForce keep pace with the Radeon in one-card tests, but in a two-card test [url=http://www.pcworld.com/article/192649/new_nvidia_graphics_card_pushes_the_edge.html]reported in PC World[/url], outperformed by a significant margin. The GTX 480 will cost you a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot and about US$500.

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As the world awaits for the release of Apple's Next Big Thing, developers are putting the finishing touches on applications to be ready for iPad's April 3 ship date. And Apple is getting ready too. The company yesterday began accepting submissions for iPad App Store, its online application outlet for iPhone and iPad. According to a [url=http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/19/apple-now-accepting-ipad-app-submissions-get-your-jumbo-sized-b/]report on engadget[/url], the deadline for having apps available on opening day is March 27 at 5:00pm PT; that's 8:00 pm in the Eastern U.S.

If you're on the buying end, you'd better get your order in. Apple opened the gates to pre-orders on Friday, and according to [url=http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/03/ipad-mania-hot-presales-ibooks-info-3g-model-semipopular.ars]this ArsTechnica story[/url], they're selling at about 25,000 an hour, fast enough to sell through its initial production run by the end of this weekend--almost two weeks before they even hit store shelves.

I'd call it common sense to figure that most iPads sold will be of the $499 (cheapest) variety, but the ArsTechnica story also estimates that perhaps as many as a quarter will include the 3G/GPS option for another $130 plus $29.95 a month for unlimited data transfer. There's also the [url=http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=products_mifi]$50 Verizon MiFi[/url] that sets up a mobile WiFi hotspot for up to five computers. But to get that price, you'll have to sign up for two years. It otherwise costs $250.

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What has proven to be alien to Apple and Microsoft may be just right for Android. Search giant Google this week announced that it is working with Sony, Intel and computer accessory maker Logitech on technology to bring Web searches and applications to the television. Efforts by Google's predecessors--Apple TV and WebTV--turned in disappointing results.

It's early yet and reports are mixed, but most indicate that Google's Android mobile operating system will for the basis for an Atom-based set-top box built by Sony. Other reports have Logitech developing a remote control for the system. In any event, it appears there will be opportunities for developers to build applications to run on the what some are calling "Google TV," as they now run on Android-based phones. Software running on the box will help users surf the Web on television sets and launch apps, visit social networks and view or listen to content. It's even possible that the technology could some day come pre-installed in TVs and other devices such as Blu-ray players.

The Wall Street Journal [url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704869304575109912574043580.html?KEYWORDS=google+dish+network]reported[/url] earlier this month reported that Google was working with satellite service provider Dish Network on set-top box software that allows searches for satellite programming and to create a custom viewing experience. But according to the [url=http://online.wsj.com/video/pm-report-google-tests-new-tv-search/627466E7-D963-4D8B-BAF3-24E3AE0992C4.html?KEYWORDS=google+dish+network]WSJ video report[/url], it could be years before it's ready for deployment.

Google has a pretty good track record when it comes to trail blazing, but can it succeed where others have failed and crack TV? Don't bet against ...

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Thanks for the comments, people. I enjoy reading other opinions, even when they're wrong. :)

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Dear Steve Ballmer, I believe it's time to give up development of a mobile operating system. With all due respect to the multi-billion dollar empire you're entrusted with running, the simple truth is that Microsoft is quite bad at developing user interfaces that are friendly and intuitive. Windows 7 is an improvement, but you're far from being out of the woods. What's more, it appears that your guidance, Mr. Ballmer, might be making the problem worse, especially if the things you said recently about your instructions to Windows Phone developers were true.

During a presentation at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Spain last week, you were quoted as saying: "In a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience." You did what? Why in the world would you tell developers to give people something other than what they want? Obviously people are buying devices from Apple, Google and others, because they're giving people what they want. So to give people "a different kind of mobile experience" from competitors would logically mean that your mission is to give people what they DO NOT want.

Change for change's sake is not progress; it's just change. Seamlessly integrating with Windows and Office applications is nice, but it's not unique to Microsoft and there are alternatives to Word and Excel that are equally useful. Works like Zune? That's not sweetening the deal. Links with XBox? ...

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Last week Toshiba unveiled a series of server-class hard drives that can store as much as 600GB in a 2.5-inch form factor. They're the first products to result from its acquisition of Fujitsu's hard drive business early last year. Set to begin shipping in April, the new [url=http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=StorageSolutions/EnterpriseHardDrives/MBF2600RC]MFB series[/url] of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_attached_SCSI]serial-attached SCSI[/url] drives also includes 300GB and 450GB capacities, sport a 6Gb/s interface, and can optionally self-encrypt all data based on the Trusted Computing Group Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification. Self-encryption can potentially save IT departments hundreds of hours of labor in key management, data retrieval and scrubbing.

The drives also are rated to consume up to 28 percent less power than similar models, and can therefore be packed more densely without concern for excessive cooling requirements. "We do have customers that ask [about power consumption]," said Darryl Riddlespurger president of [url=http://www.storehousetech.com/]StoreHouse Technologies[/url], a storage solutions provider in San Diego. "And we would point them to [Toshiba] for their power requirements."

In addition to direct-attached server storage, the drives are intended for storage arrays, blade and rack-mount servers and near-line applications, according to Joel Hagberg, vice president of enterprise marketing at Toshiba. "And for cooling, the ability to improve airflow becomes important. These drives run at less power." This is accomplished by enabling the drive to spin at a slower speed when not in use. Though pricing was not disclosed, the three-platter drives are expected to sell for about US$1 per GB, according to Hagberg. According to Riddlespurger, that's about ...

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Clarification on the pricing:
A data deduplication license costs $1,000 per TB (physical usable capacity of the repository). Replication for the file server is priced at $15,000, while StorNext Storage Manager – part of the core product used to provide automated data movement – is priced at $35,000. The Distributed Data Mover is priced at $15,000, and Partial File Retrieval costs $36,000.

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if you like that, you'll love news from box.net I'll b reporting later today or tomorrow.

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Plagued by duplicate files that clog up your system? Quantum, a company once known mainly for hard drives, yesterday unveiled a new version of its [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StorNext_File_System]StorNext File System[/url] that it says optimizes storage efficiency by implementing automatic data deduplication. It's part of StorNext 4.0, Quantum's high-performance sharing and data management platform, which now can also automate [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierarchical_storage_management]data tiering[/url] and retrieve partial files based on timecode, for the video editor in you.

Storage analyst Tom Coughlin, of Coughlin Associates, said that for media types, the benefits of deduping would be less significant than, say, those of time-based features. Deduping eliminates repetition of data in storage blocks, thereby reducing demand for storage capacity and network bandwidth for moving data around. "Media professionals are dealing mostly with original content, so there's not much duplication in that," he said. But retrieving just the 15 seconds you need from a 30-minute video? "That lets me move just the pieces of data I need, so I can save time as well as operating and capital expenses by making due with existing resources."

The ability of a file system itself to perform deduplication constitutes a form of data tiering, according to Chris Duffy, NextStor product marketing manager at Quantum. He said that by enabling a "dedupe repository," all files dropped in a particular folder are thereby optimized and can be accessed faster than those not using that folder. "You can call it tiering because you're actually optimizing your primary storage environment."

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transfer rates should read GB/s (gigaBYTES) not Gb/s (gigaBITS).

Sorry about that folks!

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LSI, three letters that are probably etched on nearly every hard drive controller you've ever owned, as of yesterday emblazon 10 more controllers of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Attached_SCSI]SAS[/url], [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA]SATA[/url] and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive]SSD[/url] storage devices. On Jan. 19, [url=http://lsi.com/]the company[/url] unveiled a series of new RAID controllers and host bus adapters that double the bandwidth to 6GB/s of four of its MegaRAID cards, increase the number of controllable hard drives to 1024, and deliver a sustained read and write performance for applications that require sequential storage such as video streaming and genomic research as seen in [url=http://lsilogic.vo.llnwd.net/o23/6Gb_s_SAS/DNA_Lab_6GSAS_Testimonial_2010.wmv]this LSI promotional video[/url].

Cache is King
The LSI 3ware 9750 is a new family of 6Gb/s SATA and SAS RAID-on-chip controllers. The cache on these boards is backed up by an on-board battery, which according to Tom Kodet, LSI's worldwide channel product marketing manager, provides an important measure of data security. "What if data was written on cache and the server locked up or failed? How does one preserve the data in cache?" With most RAID controllers, you don't, and whatever was waiting to be written is lost. And if your application was streaming surveillance video, "those last two seconds of video could be the the most interesting," he said, perhaps revealing what caused the crash in the first place. "With battery-backed cache, the board can be removed with the battery, preserving the data in the cache. When you plug it in to a new server, it will resume writing data from the cache," Kodet said.

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With the release last week of Groovy 1.7, developers using the object-oriented scripting language for Java gained access to anonymous inner classes and nested classes, annotations, SQL and other features that could simplify development when mixing Groovy code with Java. Groovy's Eclipse community yesterday released Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.0, a nearly rewritten plug-in that it says delivers an Eclipse experience the same as when using Java.

"The driving themes for version 2.0.0 have always been to optimize around the common developer actions of editing, building, running and testing code," wrote Groovy language developer Andrew Eisenberg in a post describing the release. To that end, editing is enhanced in the release with support of task tags,javadoc hovers and cross-language refactoring. The tool also offers context-aware editor suggestions and content assist through an extensible inferencing engine. Builds are aided thanks to a "stub-less incremental joint compilation process, [in which] we use a modified Groovy parser that is more recoverable than the standard parser," which Eisenberg said enables the language to be "more stable in the face of partially correct code."

Groovy-Eclipse 2.0.0, according to
release notes, also now supports launching and debugging of applications and scripts, "even for code using transforms such as @Grab," which can be used to insert source files. Version 2 also now fully integrates with JUnit. Groovy is licensed under Apache.

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Users of GoogleDocs will soon have reason to celebrate. Google this week announced in a [url=http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/01/upload-and-store-your-files-in-cloud.html]blog post[/url] that its free online document collaboration platform will soon store files of all file types, rather than just those it can edit (plus PDFs).

To understand the significance of this news, you'll first need to know a little about [url=http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/docs.html#utm_campaign=DocsUAF&utm_source=en-na-us-entblog-DocsUAF&utm_medium=blog]GoogleDocs[/url] (current users can skip to the next paragraph). If you're doing any document collaboration at all, you know that version control is the key. For example, let's say I create a Word doc and send it via email to Moe. He makes his changes and sends a new document to Larry, who approves Moe's edits and sends his tweaked version to Curly for final approval. But Curly wants to change something I did. So he sends his copy (now the third version of the file) to me for revisions. I then create a fourth version. With GoogleDocs, I simply upload the Word doc into the system (or create it online using the GoogleDocs browser-based word processor). That becomes the one and only copy of the file that everyone can see and edit simultaneously. All previous versions are stored automatically and can be viewed, copied or reverted to. Changes by multiple people toGoogleDocs appear in real time. It's quite marvelous. And it's even more useful if you're also using Gmail.

Until now, editable document types had been limited to text, spreadsheets and presentations. The free service permits storage of up to 1 GB, numerous ...

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If you're a whiz at Web design and have time to enter a contest, you could be one of three finalists to have your team flown to the [url=http://live.visitmix.com/]MIX10 conference[/url] Las Vegas, where you'll collect your US$50,000. The winner also goes to New York City to attend the annual [url=http://www.webbyawards.com/]Webby Awards[/url] in June. It's all part of this year's [url=http://www.phizzpop.com/]PhizzPop Design Challenge[/url], an event sponsored by Microsoft and The Webby Awards to benefit the [url=http://www.bgca.org/]Boys & Girls Clubs of America[/url].

Qualifying proposals are for sites developed with the [url=http://www.microsoft.com/web/default.aspx]Microsoft Web Platform[/url] and other Microsoft tools that are engaging to parents, charitable givers, media and other site visitors. According to [url=http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-11PhizzPopPR.mspx]today's announcement[/url] of the contest, projects will be judged on the following five criteria:

[LIST=1]
[]Content and communication plan
[
]Structure and navigation
[]Visual design
[
]Integration of Microsoft technology
[*]Scope of interactivity
[/LIST]

"High marks will be given to entries that propose a more visually appealing and interactive site reflecting contemporary design trends, and that incorporate the Web’s best practices in areas such as social media and video," according to the announcement.

Three teams selected as finalists will be flown and put up in Las Vegas for MIX10, Microsoft’s Web designer and developer conference in March, where they will pitch their concepts to a panel of judges. [url=http://www.phizzpop.com/enter]Enter the PhizzPop Design Challenge[/url] by Feb. 19, 2010.

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palindrome, of course. that too. :)

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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein isn't looking to the stars for his comeback strategy. The inventor of the iPod was quoted last week saying he had never used an iPhone and that he doesn't pay that much attention to Apple. Was he kidding? If his strategy for competing with the industry's number one app phone is to ignore it, stock holders ought to have his head.

Don't get me wrong; I love Palm. I have owned and used them since the Palm V and I like my Treo 680 just fine. I also think the Pre is an extremely handsome unit and worthy competitor to iPhone, and now that Palm is [url=http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/01/ces-verizon-welcomes-palm-pre-pixi-phones/1]signing carrier deals[/url] with AT&T and Verizon, it has a fighting chance. But how can a company claim to compete with something if its CEO has never even laid hands on one? And as the "father of the iPod," as [url=http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20100108/rubinstein/]the article[/url] puts it, it's hard to imagine Rubinstein not keeping tabs on the device some credit with Apple's resurgence in recent years.

By the way, today's date--01/11/10--is an anagram. So if Rubinstein uses numerology to develop a winning strategy for regaining market share, this might be a good sign.

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While most eyes this week were trained on Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft was gearing up to speak with retailers at the [url=http://www.nrf.com/]National Retail Federation[/url]'s annual [url=http://events.nrf.com/annual2010/Public/MainHall.aspx?ID=5938&sortMenu=101000&exp=3%2f13%2f2009+10%3a07%3a54+AM]Conference and Expo[/url] in New York City running tomorrow through Tuesday. The company [url=http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2010/jan10/01-08nrf10ma.mspx]announced yesterday[/url] that it will be demonstrating new products to help retailers differentiate the customer interactions through connected experiences. Microsoft focuses mainly on verticals of distribution, food and drug, general merchandise and specialty retail.

Part of [url=http://www.microsoft.com/industry/retail/events/nrf/default.mspx]Connected Experiences for Retail[/url], Redmond reportedly will demonstrate self-service retail devices with central management, a digital signage platform for retail and hospitality markets, and a new digital marketing solution built around Microsoft Commerce Server 2009. The company also will demonstrate advances in its business intelligence platform as well as the forthcoming Dynamics AX for Retail, an enterprise resource planning tool that helps to connect consumer behavior, store activities and e-commerce systems to provide intelligence into operations end to end for "better insight and control of key business processes," the company said.

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With the [url=http://www.daniweb.com/news/story251088.html]release yesterday[/url] of Intel's Core series of high-performance, power-efficient processors, makers of space-constrained, mobile and other embedded devices now have a new low-cost option for their designs. The multi-core CPUs, dubbed Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7, incorporate Intel's Hyper Threading technology for fast program execution, a DDR3 memory controller and high definition graphics processor. About 200 embedded designs based on the new parts are reportedly available or soon will be.

"These processors will enable more powerful high performance computers in the embedded space," said Eric Heikkila, director of embedded hardware and systems at VDC Research Group. "When these processors are sold into the embedded market, it will most likely be into embedded systems in benign environments that are running high bandwidth applications," such as those used in communications and networking systems, and in military and aerospace applications.

In an e-mail interview yesterday, Heikkila said the proliferation of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper_threading]Hyper threading[/url], Intel's simultaneous multithreading technology, is likely to accelerate the adoption of multicore parts, for which programming is complex. Hyper Threading was previously available only in Atom, Pentium 4, Xeon and the 45nm i7 processors. "Often times in applications where multicore processors are deployed, some of the cores are sitting idle because programmers simply don’t know how to utilize them all at once," he said. "But multicore processors are still used because that’s what Intel and AMD are selling." As multicore processors become mainstream, programmers won't have much choice but to learn how to take advantage of them, ...

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Intel tomorrow will officially unveil a pair of dual-core mobile processors with its [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper_threading]Hyper threading[/url] technology, adding to its x86 line a low cost chip with performance akin to that of the company's i7, Pentium 4 and Xeon parts. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors, [url=http://www.techshout.com/laptops/2010/05/leaked-hp-laptop-and-desktop-portfolio-for-ces-2010/]demonstrated by Hewlett-Packard[/url] and others at [url=http://www.cesweb.org/]CES 2010 in Las Vegas[/url] through Sunday, also incorporate graphics functions on board, saving power and cost by eliminating the need for a separate graphics package.

In a [url=http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/review/1567177/intel-core-i5-661-part-cpu]benchmark report[/url] published yesterday, the two-core i5 661 processor outperformed a quad-core Athlon II 640 running at 3GHz.With on-board graphics turned off, the i5 can overclock "well beyond 4GHz," according to the report. A six-core version is expected in the next few months. Formerly code-named Clarkdale for desktops and Arrandale for laptops, the Core i3 and Core i5 are the first processors available using Intel's 32nm process.

Only the i5, which is equipped with a feature called Turbo Boost, can automatically overclock to 2.26GHz based on processing and power efficiency requirements. The integrated GPU still uses a portly 45nm die, and will only work when used in a system that's also equipped with Intel's new H55 or H57 chips. The new chips also include a DDR3 memory controller. Loaded laptops built around the a Core i5 chip are expected to initially sell for around US$900, while i3-based machines will go for about $700.

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The Android has landed. 17 percent of people in the U.S. currently planning to buy a smartphone within the next three months are considering one that runs Google's mobile OS, while 20 percent indicated that iPhone would be their choice. That's according to [url=http://comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2009/12/Android_Crashing_the_Smartphone_Party]a report released yesterday[/url] by analyst firm comScore. The survey, conducted in November, polled 2,300 people.

What will be the next [url=http://gizmodo.com/5397539/david-pogue-smartphone-is-too-limitedits-an-app-phone]app phone[/url] you buy for yourself? Will it be one you most like to use yourself, or the one that you plan to write apps for? Perhaps it will be both. Two years ago, the answer on most people's lips was, of course, "iPhone." And it remains so today, but outwardly similar "[url=http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/9078.html]all touch[/url]" phones are now running Android, BlackBerry, PalmOS and Windows. While Google's star appears to be rising and RIM loyalists remain loyal, fortunes of Palm and Microsoft in the mobile arena appear to be on the wane. Only 3 percent said they were considering a Palm Pre or Centro. The the AT&T Tilt, which was the only Windows Mobile device to make the list, was thought of by 2 percent of respondents.

The 17 percent preference figure for Android includes the Verizon Droid (8%), the T-Mobile MyTouch (5%) and T-mobile's G1 (1%); there also was an "other Android" category. The single most desirous device was the BlackBerry Pearl (18%), followed by the iPhone 3GS (14).