Archive for December, 2011

China to Launch GPS Alternative With Own Beidou navigation system

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:23 No Comments

China on Tuesday began offering its own satellite navigation system to users, as an effort to move away from the nation’s reliance on the U.S.-built NAVSTAR GPS network. Beidou now offered location, timing and navigation data to China and surrounding areasannounced the project’s spokesman Ran Cheng. China has been working on the system since 2000 to provide an alternative to the US government-run Global Positioning System (GPS). The move should make China’s military less dependent on foreign technology. A launch earlier this month delivered the tenth of Beidou’s satellites into orbit. Beijing plans to send a further six satellites into space by 2012 to extend the sy

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AT&T Introduce LG Nitro HD Android Phone with 720p HD Display and LTE 4G

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 14:24 No Comments

AT&T launches its third 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Nitro HD which is the carrier’s first smartphone to have  a true HD screen. The new Nitro HD comes with a 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) touchscreen with 1280×720 HD resolution (ie.329ppi) and 500 nit brightness. It supports AT&T’s LTE 4G high-speed data network. The Nitro HD boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 dual-core processor and runs Android 2.3.5. It has a 8 Megapixel main camera, a 1.3 Megapixel front camera for video chat, Bluetooth, WiFi connenctivity with support for WiFi Direct, DLNA for wireless streaming to compatible devices. In addition to 4GB onboard storage, the phone comes

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Chrome 15 Becomes World’s Most Popular Browser

Thursday, December 22, 2011 19:02 No Comments

Google’s Chrome 15 browser is now the most popular browser build in the world. New data from StatCounter suggests that Chrome 15 recently reached a total global market share of 23.6% compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 market share of 23.5%. Internet Explorer still has the largest global market share if you combine all versions of the browser, however. While Chrome 15 may be more popular on a global scale, that’s still not the case here at home in the United States where it had an 18.1% market share as of December 5th, while Internet Explorer 8 had a 27% share. ”Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October

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Microsoft launches So.cl New social network for students

Friday, December 16, 2011 17:19 No Comments

Microsoft officially took the wraps off of its new social network for students on Thursday. The service is called So.cl and was developed by Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division. It’s currently in “experimental” stages and is available to students attending the University of Washington, New York University and Syracuse University. So.cl allows users to log-in with their Facebook accounts and offers a similar set of features. In addition to adding status updates, photos and links, users can also join “video parties” to watch movies and chat with a group of friends. “So.cl is not meant to replace existing full-featured search and social networking tools,” Microsoft said on

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