With Tweetie Acquisition, Twitter Locks On Mobile

Twitter has acquired atebits, the company that makes popular Tweetie applications for the iPhone and Mac OS X. In so doing, the company is fortifying itself as a mobile communications service — that happens to have a web site you can also use. Twitter has been radically open with the way it processes the small messages its users send, encouraging third-party developers to use that information to build applications that let people use the service more easily and in places and ways the … [Read more...]

AMD announces Turbo CORE for upcoming desktop CPUs

One of the ways to boost single-threaded performance on multicore machines is to shut down the cores that aren't in use and divert power to whichever cores are running the single-threaded workload. That's essentially what Intel's Turbo Boost does—it can dynamically "overclock" one or more individual cores, based on the needs of the system and the amount of power and thermal headroom available. This "brute force" approach is actually the opposite of making use of multicore—it's about … [Read more...]

Google Search Rankings Now Consider Site Speed

Back in November, we started hearing murmurs that Google was considering whether or not to factor site speed into its search ranking algorithm. In a blog post today, the search giant confirms it is now adding site speed to its list of criteria that could affect your Google ranking. It’s another step on Google’s long road toward achieving maximum speed and efficiency. The company even launched a Site Performance tool as part of its Webmaster Tools suite to help assess site performance … [Read more...]

Adobe: “Go Screw Yourself Apple”

The claws are out. Adobe’s Platform Evangelist, Lee Brimelow retaliated today with a post on his Flash Blog. Brimelow holds little back, lambasting the company for trying to exert a “tyrannical control over developers…more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe.” He says any real developer could not support Apple’s moves in “good conscience.” “Personally I will not be giving Apple another cent of my money until there is a leadership … [Read more...]

Apple plans 5- to 7-inch $400 iPad for early 2011

Apple could be planning a smaller, cheaper version of its iPad tablet device with a screen size of 5-inches to 7-inches, and a price under $400, for launch in the first quarter of 2011, according to a new report. Citing its senior analyst, Mingchi Kuo, DigiTimes reported Thursday that Apple is "expected" to release the new device in early 2011. Kuo cited "talks with upstream component sources," who said the device will focus mostly on reading and other mobile tasks that do not have a "high … [Read more...]

Google Testing Google Voice Desktop App Internally

Last November Google acquired Gizmo5, a VoIP service that competed with Skype by making P2P VoIP calls as well as making and receiving calls with POTS (normal landlines) and mobile phones. Gizmo5 fills some of the holes in the Google Voice product, particularly providing an endpoint for calls. Currently Google Voice users must assign their Google Voice phone number to an actual phone to make and receive calls. Read more: techcrunch.com … [Read more...]

Windows 7 SP1 Leaks to the Internet in Early Form

It's unclear whether the Win7 SP1 build has USB 3.0 support or enhanced Bluetooth and Wi-fi stacks implemented The reports that Microsoft will soon deliver the first service packs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 seem likely to be true, judging by a recently leaked version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Service packs provide Microsoft with the opportunity to package together bug fixes and security fixes (which have typically been previously delivered piece-wise to consumers over … [Read more...]

iPad Hits a Bump: Wi-Fi Woes Point to Apple Bug

Some new owners of Apple's slate computer, the iPad, are having issues with the device's Wi-Fi connection. Multiple forum postings, both on Apple's own support site and elsewhere, have users reporting that they're experiencing weak signals in an area where their other Internet-connected devices have no issues. Another common complaint, which appears to be related, is a dropped connection. Some iPads lose their connection to the Wi-Fi network, then prompt the user to re-enter the network … [Read more...]

Creator of the PC, Henry Edward Roberts, dies at 68

Henry Edward Roberts is not one of the shining personalities of the computer industry, yet he was the first to have developed a mainstream computing device, the Altair 8800 personal computer. Roberts was also the first employer of Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. He died last Thursday from Pneumonia in a hospital in Macon, Georgia. He was 68. Roberts founded Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) in 1970 with the intention to sell electronic kits to model rocket … [Read more...]

Analyst expects 700,000 iPads to sell this weekend

If early sales estimates are any indicator, Apple appears to have another hit on its hands with the iPad. Including presales, Apple will sell 600,000 to 700,000 of the new tablet this weekend, according to estimates released by Piper Jaffray Gene Munster, more than twice the senior analyst's earlier prediction of 200,000 to 300,000 first-weekend sales. More than 730 people in line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store--more than the numbers that showed up for the iPhone or iPhone 3GS … [Read more...]