Ubuntu 10.10 Now Available for Download

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Canonical has launched Ubuntu 10.10, the latest version of the popular Linux distribution.

Both Desktop and Netbook editions of Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” can be downloaded now for free from ubuntu.com.

“Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop Edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ — specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move,” the press release says.

As it was previously announced, the new version supports touch and gesture inputs.

In addition, the company says that Ubuntu One personal cloud service for Ubuntu users includes new services and expanded features, performance enhancements and interoperability with other operating systems including Android, iPhone and Windows.

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Apple Previews Mac OS X Lion

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Besides the launch of the new MacBook Air laptops, Apple today gave a preview of the company’s upcoming Mac OS X “Lion” operating system.

Inspired by iPad’s software, the eighth major release of OS for Mac computers includes the Mac App Store, support for full screen iPad-like apps, Launchpad, a new home for all of Mac apps, and and Mission Control, which “unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.”

Mac OS X Lion will ship next summer, while the Mac App Store will be available for the current Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” within 90 days.

Apple also introduced today a beta version of FaceTime for Mac which allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users, as well as iLife ’11 with major upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand applications.

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Archos 70 Android Tablet Now Available

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The recently announced Archos 70 tablet with a 7-inch display and Android OS is now available for purchase.

The Archos 70 runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) with access to AppsLib store offering free and paid apps, and features the ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor and 3D OpenGL ES 2.0-compatible graphics for 3D gaming on the tablet. The device supports 720p HD video playback and also has a front-facing VGA web camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 8GB of Flash storage. Archos is also expected to release a version with a 250GB hard drive.

The 7″ screen on the Archos 70 is capacitive multi-touch with a resolution of 800×480 pixels.

There are also stereo speakers, a mic, G-sensor, HDMI output, USB 2.0 and USB Host ports, and a Micro SD card reader.

According to Archos, the tablet’s battery provides up to 10 hours of web surfing on a single charge or 7 hours of video playback, while music playback will drain the battery after 36 hours.

The Archos 70 has an overmoulded stainless steel structure and is 0.43-inch thin. The Flash model weighs 0.69 pounds.

The tablet is priced at $274 on the Archos website.

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OLPC XO-3 Tablet for Kids Coming in February 2011

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The OLPC XO-3 tablet for children in developing nations will debut in February next year, chairman of One Laptop Per Child foundation Nicholas Negroponte said in an interview with IDG.

The February release is about 45 later than originally planed. The XO-3 won’t be initially branded OLPC, but as a product by chip maker Marvell, with the actual XO-3 to follow.

The tablet is expected to cost $75 and to be rugged with a screen made of “maybe glasss or some flavor of glass”.

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Jolicloud 1.0 OS for Netbooks Launched

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Jolicloud 1.0, a free cloud computing-based operating system for netbooks is now available for download.

Jolicloud is Internet and social networking-centric and is based on Linux OS, combined with an HTML user interface. It comes with pre-installed applications, such as Gmail, Skype, Twitter, Firefox, and more. The OS has access to App Center with more than 700 free apps.

It can be installed on a computer alongside Windows in a dual-boot configuration, or as a standalone OS.

Downloads are available via Jolicloud.com.

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Intel Announces 2010 Core vPro for Business Laptops

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Intel has announced the 2010 Intel Core vPro technology for business-class laptop and desktop PCs.

Desinged to “keep downtime and desk-side visits to a minimum,” the new vPro version features improved remote manageability, security, and anti-theft functionalities. It comes with the Core i5 and i7 processors with TurboBoost and Hyper-Threading technologies, the Intel QM57 and QS57 chipsets for notebooks, and new Centrino WiFi and WiMAX wireless adapters.

With the included vPro KVM Remote Control, IT workers can remotely monitor, diagnose, repair and secure vPro-enabled PCs, even if the computer is sleep or powered down, as well as perform remote system shutdowns and reboots.

Here are the features highlighted by Intel:

– KVM Remote Control allows IT to see what their customers see, reliably through all states, even beyond firewalls.

– AES-NI enables new processor instructions to accelerate and protect encryption operations.

– Remote encryption management provides the capability to remotely unlock encrypted drives that require pre-boot authentication while managing data security settings even when the PC is off.

– Intel Anti-Theft Technology, disables access to data in the event of theft or loss by delivering a “poison pill” while providing simple remote reactivation on PC recovery.

– Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) allows IT to better discover, heal, and protect their networked computing assets.

– Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) allows IT to remotely manage systems while providing highly secure, centralized, and virtualized IT services to end users.

– Streamline Windows 7 deployment by quickly and remotely upgrading PCs overnight, minimizing disruptions to users, and without losing access to legacy applications.

– Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 offers premium performance and innovative features with up to an 8x bandwidth.

The 2010 Intel Core vPro is already available in some business laptops, such as select Lenovo ThinkPad and HP EliteBook models.

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Snapdragon Smartbook?

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Lenovo Snapdragon Smartbook

Qualcomm has introduced a smartbook, a device that fills the gap between the smartphones and netbooks.

Based on the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile platform, the showcased smartbook by Lenovo features an ARM processor, 720p HD-capable graphics, and integrated wireless chips.

According to earlier reports, the Snapdragon provides mobile broadband, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity and support for displays with a resolution of up to 1,280 x 768 pixels. The Snapdragon devices will run a Linux-based user interface.

The Lenovo smartbook will be officially released at the 2010 CES show in Las Vegas and is expected to be sold by AT&T. There’s no info on pricing and availability date.

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Windows 7 Receive Pre-order

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Microsoft’s Windows 7 is available for pre-order at various retailers who offer instant savings for early orders of the upcoming operating system.

Windows 7, scheduled for release on October 22, is available for pre-order in three editions: Home Premium ($120 $50), Professional ($200 $100), and Ultimate ($220). The discounts are valid while supplies last. The prices are for Upgrade versions, aimed at users that already own a computer with Windows Vista OS. “Full” Home Premium, Pro, and Ultimate are priced at $200, $300, and $320.

According to reports, there’s also a free Windows-Vista-to-Windows-7 upgrade plan.

“Say you buy a computer with Vista Home Premium this weekend; you get a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on October 22, free. If you buy Vista Business, you’ll get Win 7 Professional, and if you buy Vista Ultimate, you’ll get Win 7 Ultimate” Gizmodo says adding that there’s no upgrade path for Vista Home Basic.

Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 versions will ship in the same box.

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Google Chrome OS PK Microsoft Windows

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Google has introduced the Chrome Operating System, an open source, free of charge, lightweight OS that will initially be targeted at netbook computers.

“Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010,” a post on Google’s official blog says.

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The Chrome OS is based on web applications and a Linux kernel. It runs on x86 and ARM processors and has a minimal user interface. According to Google, the OS is designed to boot up in a few seconds.

The company also explains differences between Chrome OS and their Android operating system:

“Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.”

Google currently cooperates with companies such as Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba, to design and build Chrome-based devices.

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Asus Android Laptop

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PC maker Asustek develops a netbook which will run Google’s Android open source operating system, business publication Bloomberg reports.

Asustek’s main man for Eee PC netbooks Samson Hu said in an interview that a team of engineers had been assigned to develop the Android-based netbook project. However, he pointed out that the company had not yet made a decision on whether it would proceed to market with the results of the experiment.

Android is an operating system used in mobile devices. It’s based on a Linux kernel, developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance.

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