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Intel Takes Quad Core To the Desktop 191

Rob writes to mention a Computer Business Review Online article about Intel's official launch of the Kentsfield chipset. Their Quad Core offering, Intel is claiming, is up to 80% faster than the dual-core Conroe released this past July. From the article: "Kentsfield, a 2.66GHz chip with a 1066MHz front-side bus, is more for computational-heavy usage, including digital content creation, engineering analysis, such as CAD, and actuarial and other financial applications. Steve Smith, director of operations for Intel digital enterprise group, claimed rendering is 58% faster for users building digital content creation systems, for video, photo editing or digital audio. In other words, Kentsfield is for high-end desktops or workstations only. For the average office worker who uses their PC for general productivity apps, such as communications and garden-variety computing, Smith recommended the Core 2 Duo from 'a price point and performance perspective.'"

Submission + - Navigate India - On the Net

Harinder Singh writes: "New Delhi, November 14, 2006: MapmyIndia.com, the 2-year-old, only online maps portal for India, unveiled v-2007, its easier-to-use, futuristic version here today. MapmyIndia v-2007 exploits the Web 2.0 platform to introduce a number of features, not yet offered in India. (MapmyIndia provides detailed maps at different zoom levels on the Net and blends them with futuristic offerings — such as Mapsearch, eLocation, Driving Directions & Local Search — to offer an exhaustive array of location-based solutions centring on India.) According to Mr Rakesh Verma, Managing Director at CE Info Systems (P) Ltd, the parent company of MapmyIndia.com: "The new version brings online mapping closer to the consumer expectations. It is a manifestation of our efforts to make MapmyIndia an accessible, usable and valuable proposition for users." MapmyIndia v-2007 allows users to drag the maps (at all zoom levels) to explore adjoining areas not currently on the screen. In the v-2006 version of MapmyIndia (now called as MapmyIndia Classic), the users need to click on tabs bordering the map eyeview, leading to a fresh reload of the page, resultant delay and a distinct break to the continuity of the user's map exploration process. Explains Rohan Verma, the 21-year-old Stanford student, who conceived the portal: "The new version provides a seamless experience, infusing fun into the online map usage activity." The users now need to simply slide the zoom bar up or down to zoom in or out, respectively. "When we first tested the new version internally," says Rohan, "we found it a delightful experience. The sheer ease of travelling anywhere in India on the web, without needing to click the mouse even once, made it an awesome experience." The eLocation service, which was at a conceptual stage earlier, is a full-blown service now. MapmyIndia v-2007 allows the user to draw his/her own route on the map from the closest landmark. "This visual depiction completely eliminates the hassles of going round and round, seeking directions in the last-mile lap of the journey," says Mr Verma. "It makes reaching the destination that much easier." Enhancing the Driving Directions application, MapmyIndia v-2007 shows the route for inter-city and intra-city directions on the map along with the textual, turn-by-turn directions. With the new right-click option, users can now also visually mark-out their start and destination points on the map to get directions. The new version details numerous categories of landmarks and points of interest (PoIs) to enable a precise search of any location in India. These PoIs are segmented category as well as location-wise. MapmyIndia v-2007 provides all its consumer services completely free of charge on the Net. "Our decision to provide these services at no charge aims to empower Indians to find their way around on their own," explains Mr Verma. "All the good things come free at MapmyIndia." MapmyIndia is in the process of integrating the map usage with mobile devices too. "Our bouquet of services would ensure that mobile users benefit practically from the location-based services of our portal," says Rohan. "This service is being launched very shortly." (MapmyIndia has emerged a forerunner in providing enterprise solutions on a mapping portal. A large number of clients are using these services effectively.) MapmyIndia's future direction lies in the realm of navigation, thus eliminating location-based hassles so endemic to the Indian conditions. "The v-2007 of MapmyIndia unveils India's new direction. It heralds the start of an era where individual Indians will enjoy the fruits of online maps with a great ease," concludes Mr Verma. About CE Info Systems (P) Ltd MapmyIndia, recognized by Nasscom as one of the pioneering, innovative ideas in 2004, is conceived and owned by CE Info Systems (P) Ltd, an ISO 9001-2000 certified leader in the Indian location-based services space. The Company has harnessed its over-15 years of tireless work to create a hierarchical database with a single integrated map of the entire country that consists of multiple unique attributes of navigation, like street names, addresses, landmarks, turn restrictions, one-way indicators, flyovers, speed limits, etc, to make online navigation possible in the difficult Indian terrain. CE Info Systems (P) Ltd is also known for its services and solutions based on Internet & Mobile Applications, turnkey projects, and Location-based enterprise solutions. The Company owns the acknowledged, single-largest repository of digital spatial data of India. For more information, connect to http://www.mapmyindia.com/ or contact Harinder Singh (hsingh@mapmyindia.com) Assistant VP — Business Practice B-44, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, Ph: +91-11-26691121/2120, Fax: +91-11-26691104 On the Move: 9811351519"
Linux Business

Submission + - The importance of backwards compatibility

gbjbaanb writes: "Raymond Chen (of ancient Microsoft heritage) has a blog where he describes some of th etings he's worked on and some oddments of obscure code and design decisions in Windows. Regardless of what anyone thinks of Windows, it is informative and often thought-provoking.

Recently, Raymond posted an entry about backwards compatibility, and why it is such a big deal for large corporations — something that I read about on slashdot regularly (where Windows is criticised for bothering with it at all), I thought readers would be interested in exactly why Microsoft spends so much effort on backwards compatibility, and by inference, why it is an important topic for getting Linux adopted by big business."

Submission + - Famous Blogger Sounds Off

PreacherTom writes: The Internet has become a breeding ground for celebrity. Often it's because someone sub-30 just sold their company for a few billion dollars. But, not always. Amanda Congdon, of Rocketboom fame, is the latest to find celebrity through her blogging and a new television deal. Fresh off her transition to ABC, she offers her thoughts on the move, upcoming changes, and what it's like to suddenly find yourself in the spotlight.

Submission + - Security, security, security

Haruki Soma writes: Unearthed: An A to Z guide to security — from antivirus to zero-day. The writer includes the latest on the UK's newly updated Computer Misuse Act. She also pokes around rootkits, IM and spyware, pens an ode to Gary McKinnon (aka the Nasa hacker, in the 'E is for Extradition' entry), probes Google-induced Spear Phishing, and takes a look back at the Love Bug and Jaschan's Sasser.
Linux Business

Submission + - Diary of a Complete Linux Migration

Diashto writes: This is the story of an average Linux user (read: NOT an admin) who convinced a company to completely throw off the shroud of Microsoft, after the shady practices of the previous IT people landed them in deep trouble with the BSA.

From the blog:
By Monday at 8 AM, all desktop units would be Linux, as would be the server(s). No one had been told of the switch. This was not a democratic process and to get this done in such a short time, we had no time for the bickering that would surely take place upon the news that the system would be switched. This would be the first "Monday Morning Surprise". There would be at least 8 more in 8 different cities if this worked out.

Submission + - Death of the cell phone keypad as we know it?

An anonymous reader writes: According to a Cnet article, two companies called Mobience and Nuance have created viable and possibly better alternatives to the standard cell phone keypad. "Mobience who is based in South Korea, has redesigned the ABC and Qwerty key layout, and come up with MobileQwerty. It's essentially the same three-letters-per-key system as the standard mobile keypad layout, but the letters have been rearranged in a Qwertyesque way to increase efficiency." The other system developed by Nuance is a mobile speech platform that turns speech into text and replaces the keypad altogether. I was skeptical at first but the video of Nuance's software vs Ben Cook, the ex world texting champion, is undeniably impressive.
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft unleashes improved Firefox

Pieman3000 writes: The Register are reporting that Microsoft have just released a version of Firefox called Microsoft Firefox Premium. It has received many updates from Microsoft, most notably in the area of security, the best part of this protection is 'against the theft of personal data from fraudulent websites, a practice known as Googling'

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/14/ms_firefox /

Submission + - Quad-core Xeons Official!

James Rhodes writes: Intel has officially announced their new quad-core Xeon processors for two socket servers and workstations. I checked all the usual suspects this morning, but it looks like 2CPU is the only site with actual performance data on the new "Clovertown" processors. 2CPU has done some pretty in-depth testing, comparing the new quad-core Xeons to previous generation, dual-core Xeons (both "Dempsey" and "Woodcrest") as well as dual-core Opterons.

Submission + - Intel takes Quad Core to the desktop

Rob writes: Intel Corp has officially launched its first desktop quad-core processor, codenamed Kentsfield, with new systems boasting the CPU set to be announced today. But for the average enterprise user, two plus two will not add up to four. Intel's Kentsfield, called Core 2 Extreme quad-core QX6700, is up to 80% faster than its Core 2 Extreme X6800, or Conroe, counterpart, claimed Intel. The latter is, of course, the chipmaker's high-end dual-core desktop offering that launched in July.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 not 100% backwards compatible

Edis Krad writes: Apparently, not all of the games for PS One and PS2 can be played in the PS3. From the article
Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, which went on sale in Japan over the weekend leading off a global launch, can't play some of the older games for the original PlayStation and the upgrade PlayStation 2, a company official said Tuesday.

while this is hardly surprising anymore, what really strikes me is this:
Fukuoka said the problems in playing the older games were not a glitch and had been expected. Sony announced the problem on its Japanese Web page November 11, the day when the PS3 went on sale to lines of eager fans at Japanese retailers.

So, they knew the PS3 could not play certain games, and kept it quiet until after they sold the first 80,000 units?
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Second Life - the corporate invasion cometh...

Tyburn Franklie writes: "So Second Life is entering its second phase. What with big-name brands (as seen here) colonising its virtual earth — and the media getting worked up into a frenzy of hype (Second Life: the Cheat Sheet? Yep, it's here) — the alternative world is looking more and more like the old one... Frankly it's been in the news more than Tony Blair's greying hair. There are even worries about virtual office etiquette (sorry guys: no guns in the office). And now Linden Labs has words of warning for would-be corporate warriors seeking a Second Life: "If you are not authentic and do not offer anything to the community, you are likely to be ignored, at best." Sage advice — whatever world you're in."

Submission + - Memorial Website For Freenode Founder Rob Levin

exeme writes: The memorial web site created to honor the passing of Freenode founder Rob Levin (known to many as "lilo") is now up and running. All messages received on the web site will be professionally printed and bound to be presented to Rob's family in the very near future (date yet to be announced). So far almost 500 messages have already been received by the web site and are posted for public viewing.

If you would like to leave your message to be added to both the web site and the book of condolences there is still plenty of time, just visit the memorial website and leave your message.
Linux Business

Submission + - A linux PC for babyboomers

nietsch writes: We all know some people that only use their PC for browsing and emailing, but need reinstalls, cleanups and new computers, just because the thing is running windows. You know they might be so much better off with a linux pc, if only you had a way to convince them it is not harder but easier.
Fujitsu Siemens is picking up that ball and introducing a PC for the babyboomers generation. The keys are bigger to help with slight trembling hands and it runs a restricted program set on a linux OS.
Now you can finally tell your parents: "I told you so!"

Comment Re:You think it's bad *now* (Score 1) 318

Most cell phone companies have a "1 minute minimum" on all inbound calls whether you answer or not. I remember one month with Sprint where I almost ran out of minutes - so naturally I turned off my phone for the last few days.

I still got "overage fees" because the inbound calls to my voicemail charged exactly one minute each.

So if I used a phone-dialer and called you 50,000 times (then hanging up immediately), I could probably still cost you a significant amount of money. 50,000 isn't unreasonable if it takes 40 seconds to go to voicemail and you don't think to call and have my number blocked. If you give up and hang up the phone, I could make 500,000 calls in a month. (Theoretically)

I'll bet the cell company would rebate the fees though if you complained about it.

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