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Android

Submission + - Gnuplot now Running on Android (kickstarter.com) 2

MathIsTasty writes: While it looks like the previously discussed campaign to raise funds for Octave and gnuplot development for Android is quite short of its goal, it looks like the developer has forged ahead and released a decent and only slightly buggy version of gnuplot running on Android already. Though it can create 2D and 3D plots and even output to a PostScript file, it looks like there is no pinch-zoom and similar. Maybe that is one of the things the requested funds are for. I just wonder whether the only person working on the project should have spent more time on marketing as opposed to development.
Microsoft

Submission + - Tom's Hardware Benchmarks A Ford Focus! (tomshardware.com)

ShavonGotimer writes: Tom's Hardware got their hands on a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium edition to check out the latest version of Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch. Ford and Microsoft joined forces to release the first iteration of SYNC in 2007. Today, variations of SYNC are available across the entire Ford line-up, from the Fiesta to Super Duty pickups. This version of the in-car infotainment system comes with an HD Radio, push-button start, Ford MyKey, and rear parking aid sensors.

An 8-inch resistive LCD touch-screen serves as the main in-dash interface, with a second 4.2-inch display in instrument cluster. The system supports complete voice control of all infotainment features, including phone, radio, navigation, and climate control. Nuance, the same engine that powers Apple’s Siri and Dragon Naturally Speaking, provides the voice features.

The whole thing is powered by a Freescale i.MX516 SoC with a 600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 core, 512 MB of memory, 2 GB of NAND flash, and Qualcomm Adreno 200 graphics.

The Focus was compaired against a 2011 Volkswwagon Routan SE with the Chrysler 430N infotainment system (w/Garmin navigation). The benchmarks include: complete system start-up, music playback start-up, start-up phone pairing, device pairing discovery mode, navigation route computation. An old HTC Incredible with CyanogenMod 7 was used to get GLBenchmark results for the Adreno 200.

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