writes: Tom's Hardware just published a detailed look at the Intel Atom Z2760 in the Acer Iconia W510 and compared it to the NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Microsoft Surface. They break it down and demonstrate how the full Windows 8 tablet outperforms the Windows RT machine in power consumption. They break down power consumption to include the role of the CPU, GPU, memory controller and display. Anandtech is also reporting similar findings, but only reports CPU and GPU utilization.Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: The wireless patent wars don't pause at Christmas time, keeping numerous IP lawyers (and a certain litigation watcher) busy even at this time of year. No one seriously expected Samsung to turn the other cheek when Ericsson sued it and requested a U.S. import ban against a host of Galaxy devices. The Korean electronics giant, which is increasingly competing with Ericsson in the telecoms infrastructure market, just filed an ITC complaint of its own. The title of the complaint is Certain Wireless Communication Equipment and Articles Therein. That description would apply to dozens, no: hundreds, of patent lawsuits in the world. The complaint has not been published yet, but it would be out of character for Samsung not to assert some of its patents on wireless industry standards (and maybe some others, too).Link to Original Source
writes: The Discovery Channel took a break from following gold miners around last night and featured a show called "Zombie Apocalypse", supposedly detailing how it could really happen (!). TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) now seems to specialize in personal makeovers, cake decorating, and shows like "Honey Boo Boo" and "Long Island Medium". The Science Channel is having a day-long series of a science fiction show (we already have a Sci-Fi channel). The History Channel seems obsessed with pawn shops and UFO stories. PBS is out there, but it's not science-focused. Is there any hope that the pendulum will swing the other way and the cable stations will stop dumbing down science or trying to sell total nonsense?
An anonymous reader writes: November 2012 wasn’t too crazy a month for browsers, but there were some notable milestones. It was the first full month of IE10 availability. Mozilla launched Firefox 17 and Google released Chrome 23. Between October and November, Internet Explorer gained an impressive 0.63 percentage points. Firefox meanwhile regained its recent losses, grabbing 0.45 percentage points, while Chrome fell a whopping 1.31 percentage points (more than in September and October combined). Safari gained 0.04 percentage points and even Opera managed to pick up 0.07 percentage points.
writes: Computerworld recently published an article after Microsoft claimed $40 million copies were sold making it the most popular version of Windows ever made! Many of us had our doubts with stories of Microsoft and retailers blaming OEMs for low projections. Netmarketshare says otherwise as actual usage shows it only slighter higher than Vista with Windows 7 HUGELY more popular. Is Microsoft counting every new PC sale a Windows 8 one including corps who are imaging each device with Windows 7?Link to Original Source
writes: The date we were promised an introduction to Sailfish is here, and it turns out Jolla's not just targeting smartphones with its MeeGo-based OS, but tablets, smart TVs and other devices, too. Jolla has kept its OS under wraps until now, but it wants Sailfish to be an open-source affair which "will be built through community involvement and participation." The SDK is being released today, and we should get a look at the UI during a presentation occurring shortly. We're assured superb multitasking capabilities, as well as deep personalization and "fast and effortless interaction." Jolla has said Sailfish will be available for use with "multiple chipset technologies," and is already supported on ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platforms. It's also reported that it's partnering with Finnish carrier DNA to promote and sell Sailfish smartphones on home turf.
You can watch the livestream here: http://new.livestream.com/slushlive/mainstageLink to Original Source
writes: Research has suggested that human activity triggered an earthquake in Span that killed nine and injured over three hundred. Drilling deeper and deeper wells to water crops over the past 50 years were identified as the culprit by scientist who examined satellite images of the area. It was noted that even without the strain caused by water extraction, a quake would likely have occurred at some point in the area but the extra stress of pumping vast amounts of water from a nearby aquifer may have been enough to trigger a quake at that particular time and place.Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: Lockergnome founder Chris Pirillo did an eye opening experiment back in March by sitting his Dad down in front of a machine running Windows 8 and asking him to use it. The end result was a very confused man.
Seven months on and Pirillo has decided to do a follow-up experiment, only this time he took Windows 8 on the streets and asked a random selection of people to try and use it. Again, the end result was one of confusion, questions as to why it was so complex, and of course, everyone was looking for the Start Menu and Taskbar.Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: "... inventor has come up with a way to make a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard — and so inexpensively that he thinks retailers would only need to charge about $20 for one."Link to Original Source