Archive | March 7, 2011

Deal of the Day – 160GB Sony Playstation 3 with $50 Amazon Credit for $299

Today’s Deal of the Day is a Sony PS3 160GB version at Amazon, for at $299 including $50 in Amazon credit. No taxes and free shipping in most of US makes it an especially good deal. Beside games, Sony PS3 features a Blu-ray player and excellent media streaming capabilities including DLNA client, Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU and other clients. Check also our PS3 Netflix review for a better idea about PS3 Netflix implementation.

China to start using Chinese made CPUs in their supercomputers

It looks like China is not completely happy leading the top 500 supercomputer list with their Tianhe-1A supercomputer capable of 2.5 petaflops (2.5 thousand trillion floating point operations per second) but also wants to cut their dependency of foreign technology altogether, in this case foreign made processors. One of China’s leading scientists, Hu Weiwu said that by the end of 2011, China will start using their own “Chinese core”, the Loongson series of microchips developed at the institute of Computing Technology of CAS.

The next supercomputer to be built called  “Downing 6000” jointly developed by the Institute of Computing Technology of CAS and the Dawning Information Industry Company (DIIC) will use the new Loongson silicon and it is projected to reach speeds over 1 petaflop (1,000 trillion operations / second).

According to Hu Weiwu, the new Downing 6000 supercomputer will feature around 10,000 Loongson processors while also being moe energy efficient. In comparison, the current leader Tianhe-1A is built using 14,336 Intel processors and 7,186 Nvigia GPUs.

The same Hu Weiwu predicted that in less than 20 years we should expect China to sell processors back to United States.

via PeopleDaily

Google Maps Navigation ver. 5.2.1 for Android adds real-time traffic re-routing

And it is absolutely free!!! With its latest incarnation, version 5.2.1 Google Maps Navigation for Android adds real time traffic re-routing and becomes an important competitor to the providers of navigation solutions for the platform.
While the application is still in beta, it offers real time navigation with driving directions and traffic re-routing for both North America and Europe. Google Maps Navigation is available today, so go ahead and give it a try.

What is even better, once it works properly on Nook Color, it can be combined with the just announced TetherGPS app that allows your Android smartphone to share GPS info with your tablet and transform your Nook Color into a really cool navigation system.

Update: You might have problems installing / upgrading your Nook Color to the latest version of Google Maps 5.2.1. If Google Maps doesn’t install, be sure to uninstall the previous version. If it still doesn’t work from the market, use Astro file manager application to install it. You can get the download the apk from here.

via GoogleMobile

TetherGPS brings GPS navigation to Nook Color without Bluetooth

This is very interesting if it works as advertised. ComptonSoft just launched an application that brings GPS navigation to Nook Color (and presumably other Android tablets without GPS) not by using Bluetooth how it normally happens but by using WiFi tethering from your Android Phone.

In order to use it, you need to connect your Nook Color and HTC Evo for example to the same network or tether the Nook Color to your HTC Evo (or any other GPS capable Android smartphone). You need to install and run TGPS server on the phone and TGPS client on Nook Color. Simple as that!

All the applications residing on the Nook Color like Google Maps or the new Google Navigation will detect the GPS data and use it in the same way with an onboard GPS.

This is a very important development which yet again adds to the value of the cheap but cable Nook Color tablet. TetherGPS launched today and is available for $2.99 in Android Market. A “Lite” version for testing should also be available later today.

The only thing missing at this point is a server that would also work on the iPhone. Given enough time, it might very well happen.

Prerequisites:

-Mock locations on the client device must be enabled.  Settings>Applications>Development>Allow mock locations.
-GPS location must be enabled on both devices.
-Use the TGPS Client and TGPS Server widgets to enable the services
Check after the break for a demo video (thanks to acomiskey on XDA). Read More…

Skype launches Advertising in Skype

Skype just announced the launch of advertising in Skype, a new advertising service that will appear in the Home tab of the Skype application. The new service will start this week and will include important partners as Grupom, Universal Pictures, Visa, etc.

The service will be launched initially in US, UK and Germany and will be limited at one brand per day in the relevant markets. Only the Windows version of Skype will feature ads for now, but we expect this will change as Skype gets more experience with the advertisement platform. Fortunately, the ads will be limited and will not include pop-ups and banners appearing in the middle of the conversation.

We cannot say we are completely surprised of the latest developments. Skype was looking for a while at a good way to monetize the platform Read More…