World's largest manufacturer of cellphones Nokia is all set to foray into laptop market with revelation of its upcoming mini-laptop "Nokia Booklet 3G", powered with Intel Atom processor and Microsoft Windows 7 as operating-system the handy laptop packs quite a punch with features like 10.1-inch HD display, 3G/HSPA ready with hot-swappable SIM card facility, HDMI port for HD video out, Wi-Fi, assisted-GPS with Ovi Maps, camera, bluetooth and card-reader - all this packed into an gadget less then a kilogram in weight and 2cm thick.
No price or availability time-line is disclosed yet, but is scheduled to be revealed at Nokia World 09 in September this year, until then enjoy the video below demoing Nokia Booklet 3G features.
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Microsoft has, as planned, removed the download for the release candidate of Windows 7, the next major update to Microsoft Windows.
The official download has been available from Microsoft's website since early May and offered for those who wanted it a free preview of what the new operating system will offer, before it hits stores in late October.
For those of you already running the release candidate, Microsoft were keen to point out that the evaluation software will expire in March next year, at which point you'll have to upgrade to a retail version of the OS.
Certain users, such as developers and early Windows 7 testers, got the final Windows 7 release earlier this month. If you weren't in this group and you were looking to grab the release candidate, you'll have to now wait until the October release.
The Pirate Bay is to change hands in a matter of days and many users are unhappy about the change of ownership. Fear not, Pirate Bay fans! For now, you can download the entire site and start your own version.
Alright so realistically, not a lot of people will have the hardware to run something as big as the Pirate Bay. However, those of you who wish to pirate the Pirate Bay, for just to have a back up, can grab the 21.3 GB of data, including an archive of all 873,671 torrent files hosted on the Pirate Bay's servers and a basic but working site.
The user who compiled the index and then uploaded it said he did so because he was worried all the torrents would disappear once the site changed owners. “I suppose I want us to have assurances. If the TPB deal disappoints us, we can just put it up again,”
Google unleashed a new search engine codenamed Caffeine, and is asking for user feedback.
Earlier today, Google revealed a secret project entitled Caffeine, the next generation of the company's Internet search engine. According to the official Google Webmaster Central Blog, a large team has been working on the project for the last several months, pushing the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness, and more.
By heading here, end-users will notice that the search engine looks the same. However, staff software engineer Sitaram Iyer and principal engineer Matt Cutts says that the new infrastructure sits under the hood, and that most users won't actually notice a difference in search results.
"But web developers and power searchers might notice a few differences, so we're opening up a web developer preview to collect feedback," they added. Currently the team wants "higher-level" feedback on the differences between the current search engine, and the caffeinated version used at the new link.
To provide feedback to Google, follow these simple steps:
Do a search at http://www2.sandbox.google.com/ and look on the search results page for a link at the bottom of the page that says "Dissatisfied? Help us improve." Click on that link, type your feedback in the text box and then include the word caffeine somewhere in the text box.
Sony's much-rumored PSP Go finally made an appearance in the latest edition of Sony's Qore series, sporting a sliding top and a lighter design.
Sony's much-rumored PSP Go finally made its grand appearance over the weekend, highlighting the latest edition of Sony's Qore video series, and looking rather slick and compact with a sliding top and an obviously lighter design. The video, along with a group of product shots acquired by Eurogamer, verifies most of the speculation tossed around in the gaming industry within the last few months. The video also confirms that Sony ultimately decided to ditch the flailing UMD format altogether in favor of electronic media distribution.
The new hardware isn't expected to replace the current PSP-3000 model, but rather share the same shelf space with its bulky cousin. The new version is not only slimmer, but supposedly weighs 43-percent lighter than the current model. The screen itself measures 3.8-inches, covering the standard PSP controls--the D-Pad, thumb stick, classic buttons--under the sliding top. The unit also features 16 GB of internal memory, and offers an additional memory card slot for storing games, music, and whatever else gamers can purchase from the PlayStation Network Store. Bluetooth support is also included with the PSP Go, however it's unknown if the console's screen provides the rumored touch technology.
According to the video, the PSP Go will hit the market this fall, however for the moment, the final price tag is unknown; expect this revelation sometime this week. As for games, Gran Turismo PSP and Jak and Daxter are in the works along with a new Metal Gear Solid title. The only drawback to this new model is that gamers who want to "upgrade" to the new model won't be able to play existing UMD disks on the new device; they will need to keep the original hardware much like DSi gamers still need a Game Boy Advance to play pre-DS games. It's probably safe to bet that all PSP games will eventually revert to a digital format to purchase and download at a later date.
Look for an official announcement from Sony
According to Sources, Morro is now officially named as Microsoft Security Essentials, and a trial version is expected to reach the public sometime this September, with a full-blown release by the end of the year. Based on a recent build, the site states that MSE will not be a "suite" like offerings provided by McAfee and Symantec, but rather a very basic form of anti-virus. Janice Chaffin, Symantec's Consumer division president, said last week that MSE is a stripped down version of its OneCare product. "A full Internet security suite is what consumers require today to stay fully protected," she said.
Sources are reporting the same information, verifying that the pre-beta anti-virus was actually leaked, and now comes with a newer user interface than one offered in previous builds. The report also indicates that MSE will be available as a standalone download for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Additionally, the leaked version also provided separate installers for XP 32-bit, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, and more. The file sizes are also rather small, ranging from 3 MB to 7 MB.
Eventually, end-users wanting to use the program will need a validated copy of Windows, as MSE has implemented a built-in validation tool into the software. "Microsoft Security Essentials is available to customers running a genuine and properly licensed copy of Windows," reads the disclaimer. "Using Genuine Windows can help avoid the risks associated with counterfeit software, such as malware, viruses, spyware, and phishing scams."
Ars added that while the installer is (currently) quite small, MSE isn't overly complicated, and doesn't consume large chunks of resources. Expect more information to come forth soon--hopefully from Microsoft itself in the form of an official press release--detailing specific capabilities and actual availability.