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Google's New Indexing System Is Fully Caffeinated

Google's New Indexing System Is Fully Caffeinated

Google's latest web indexing system, the tool that pre-scans the entire web to have a ready answer to your search query, promises "50 percent fresher results for web searches." It's called Caffeine. And it comes with staggering Google search stats. The main difference with Caffeine is that, r

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Iomega eGo Hard Drives Are Pretty Enough, Cheap Enough

Iomega eGo Hard Drives Are Pretty Enough, Cheap Enough

I don't ask much of portable hard drives: they should be affordable, easy on the eyes, and better not require an external power source. So I kinda like Iomega's pretty, cheap(ish), USB-powered eGo drives. The price isn't super-low, but these drives, which start at $85 for the 250GB model and top ou

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FDA Approves Prostate Cancer Vaccine

FDA Approves Prostate Cancer Vaccine

Yesterday, the FDA approved a drug called Provenge. It trains the body's immune system to fight off advanced prostate cancer. It's also the first proof we have that immunotherapy works in the fight against the disease. Provenge from Dendreon isn't a preventative vaccine; it won't stave off il

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How many atoms to build a computer?

How many atoms to build a computer?

Because transistors will inevitably stop to shrink in size in the future, European researchers are studying atomic-scale computing. According to ICT Results, this would allow computer processes to be carried out in a single molecule. ‘In theory, atomic-scale computing could put computers more powe

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Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.1389 Beta

Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.1389 Beta

Yahoo! Messenger is a popular advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!, that allows you to see when friends come online and to send them instant messages. It also can alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals accounts, or when

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Yanko Design: Ten Classic Concept Watches On Yanko Design

Yanko Design: Ten Classic Concept Watches On Yanko Design

AWESOME Concept Timepieces, as classy and classic as YD! Here They are: 10) Elio - Linear Scale Watch by Pierre Haulot & William Boullier Elio Linea is a very contemporary design that uses linear scale (like a computer downloading gauge) to tell the time. 9) eCO2 Watch by James Kershaw &

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A Little Chip Company Called Intrinsity, and the iPad A4 Chip's Secret Recipe

A Little Chip Company Called Intrinsity, and the iPad A4 Chip's Secret Recipe

There's not much secret left in the sauce for the iPad's A4 chip—it's a faster, customized version of what's inside the iPhone 3GS. But the recipe probably comes from a tiny chip design firm Apple purchased, called Intrinsity. The informed speculation is that Intrinsity's custom 1GHz ARM c

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A New Train Record Has Been Smashed in Shanghai’s Speedy Bullet Train

A New Train Record Has Been Smashed in Shanghai’s Speedy Bullet Train

Traveling at 415km/h, Shanghai's latest bullet train has smashed the previous record held by the country last year, by 21km/h. It services the Shanghai to Hangzhou route, which are about 202km apart. It may be super speedy, but according to locals it's going to be super pricey too, with the fares

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Qualcomm to Release Augmented Reality SDK

Qualcomm to Release Augmented Reality SDK

Qualcomm is gearing up for an augmented reality revolution with the introduction of their mobile augmented reality SDK, which will first be available for Android starting with a a beta this fall. Qualcomm eventually plans to get their SDK on additional platforms, citing the “quantum leap in

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Video Walkthrough of the Latest Android Cupcake Build Shows a Few New Features

An Android Developer is planning on compiling a fresh snapshot of "Cupcake," the Android open-source development branch, for a video walkthrough every Sunday. [HTML1] He just posted his first run-through, and new since we last checked in are desktop folders and a couple other tweaks. The home s

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry tablet is here, and it looks astoundingly nice. Nicer than anybody expected it to be. Here’s what you need to know about the PlayBook, in 10 easy steps.

The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

It’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1024×600 screen that weighs 0.9 pounds

Meaning it’s smaller and lighter than the iPad, with a more pixel-dense screen (i.e., text is gonna look cleaner and less pixel-y). It’s a little bigger and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, on the other hand. (Then again, the Galaxy Tab looks more like a really big .)

It’s running BlackBerry Tablet OS

As rumored, the BlackBerry PlayBook isn’t running “BlackBerry 6,” but the BlackBerry tablet OS, which is “powered by QNX technology.” QNX is a software company RIM bought in April, whose software is used in products by Cisco and GE, among others. The OS is built on QNX’s Neutrino microkernel.

It supports a whole bunch of standard platforms and technologies, like POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, BlackBerry 6, WebKit, Java, Adobe Flash and AIR, along with RIM’s new BlackBerry WebWorks platform. Apps written for WebWorks will run on BlackBerry 6 or the PlayBook, while Java makes it easier for developers to port Java-based BlackBerry 6 apps. Oh, and OpenGL means there’s serious potential for graphically intense games.

It’s got a tablet-optimized UI and multitasks out of the gate, unlike the iPad. And unlike , it has a nicer interface for navigating through applications, like a cross between webOS’s cards and ’s CoverFlow. It’s got an onscreen keyboard for typing. The snippets of App World in the preview video look a lot like what you have on BlackBerry phones, a grid of tiles. The music player looks a bit like the app on the iPad, but skinned in a slate color.

Dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM

That means it’s got the horsepower to multitask, output 1080p video and run high-powered apps. The 1GB of RAM is particularly important for running applications in the background, and opening multiple tabs in the browser, as iPad owners know from opening more than a few tabs in Safari and watching them get flushed as the iPad runs out of memory.

It’s got “true” multitasking

By saying the PlayBook has “true” multitasking, RIM seems to be pointing at the fact that multitasking on the iPad is still limited in a lot of ways. Apps can’t fully run in the background on the iPad like on a full computer, they can simply perform select actions, like playback audio or finish a download in a given amount of time. The implication is that the PlayBook will let things run willy nilly in the background, more like a standard BlackBerry phone.

“Flash-Loving,” with Adobe Flash 10.1 and Adobe AIR built in

It runs Flash and AIR, which means Flash sites that don’t work on the iPad will at least be viewable on the PlayBook. It’ll be interesting to see how well Flash works on the PlayBook versus less powerful Android phones, where it can run into performance issues. AIR, on the other hand, opens the door for some app opportunities. Combined with the WebKit browser, it should be a pretty decent web experience.

Dual cameras with video conferencing and lots o’ ports

This is swanky. The rear camera is a 5-megapixel shooter, while the front is three megapixels. From the back, it shoots video and from the front you can video chat.

It supports a handful of video formats—in 1080p—like h.264, WMV, DivX and MPEG, and it’ll output video through a mini port. Also, it’s got a standard micro port.

There’s a Kindle App on the way

The PlayBook is more book-sized than the iPad, so fortunately a Kindle app for reading is already on the way, Amazon confirms. We’re very excited about this.

Integrated with BlackBerry stuffs

It’ll pair with a BlackBerry phone, so you can use the tablet to look at anything that’s on the phone, like email, calendars or BBM without syncing the two. And it connects with BlackBerry Enterprise Server out of the box, along with all that entails.

It’s coming out next year, but don’t ask how much it costs

Specifically, RIM says it’s coming out in the US in early 2011, with other places getting it sometime after March. There’s gonna be and 4G models in the future. RIM’s not saying how much it’s gonna cost yet, but since RIM loves the carriers, expect it to be offered through them for a discount. (In the preview video, it’s mentioned that it works with existing BlackBerry smartphone data plans, so we’ll see what that means.)

Overall, the PlayBook is a lot more exciting than anybody expected a BlackBerry tablet to be, especially given how thoroughly mediocre their last major product, the BlackBerry Torch, was. In fact, we’re a little more amped about it than the Galaxy Tab. Now RIM’s just gotta carry through the ball forward.

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