HTC Devices To Get Android 2.2 Froyo After June

A new forum topic on the forum suggests that most of the HTC devices including HTC Desire, HTC Droid Eris, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero and others may get the update after June 2010.

According to the response the forum member got, the HTC rep has mentioned that the new software updates for HTC devices will be coming in the second half of this year.

HTC Android Froyo Update Conversation

There have also been other rumors that HTC Desire will be getting a Android 2.2 update on June 23rd, however, based on my past experiences these things cannot be really confirmed upon, and such conversations were also done with the Sprint HTC Hero upgrade for Android 2.1 was due.

If you have an HTC device don’t get too upset about the Android 2.2 update coming out after June. Given the amount of developers who are furiously working to get a working root, you might be able to use Android 2.2 on your HTC device much earlier than that.

We will keep you posted as and when any new updates of Android 2.2 Froyo is available for HTC devices.

Track FIFA 2010 World Cup Through Excel Template

FIFA 2010 is less than a month away and fans would be waiting for the tournament to kick off. Tracking the matches and standing could be quite a task, however, thanks to a new excel template released by Microsoft, tracking matches and standings in FIFA 2010 could become a piece of cake.

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The FIFA 2010 World Cup tracker Excel template has listings for the Group stage and Group standings, along with the Knockout stage standings. You can also filter the matches to highlight the matches of your favorite team.

In addition to that you can just add the details of the match winners in the provided boxes, this will in turn automatically update the group standings.

You can download the FIFA 2010 World Cup tracker Excel template at this URL. Thanks for the tip Amit.

Intel Launches The Core i3, i5 and i7 Based ULV Processors

It was just a few weeks ago, we had reported that Intel will soon be launching Core i3 ULV processors. Today, Intel has officially launched the Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) version of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors.Intel Core i7 According to Intel, these new ULV processors are based on the 32 nanometer manufacturing process and are up to 32% smaller, while providing up to 32% better performance. These new ULV processors also consume 15% less power than their predecessors. The TDP of these new chips is a mere 17W.

“Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel ® Coreâ„¢ Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design. Intel’s leadership in 32nm high-k metal gate process technology, combined with breakthrough architecture and design has enabled thinner, lighter and faster notebooks than previous models, with terrific battery life. Not only are laptops becoming ultraportable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel.

These new ULV processors from Intel also feature the Intel Hyper-Threading technology and the Intel Turbo Boost technology. Along with the Core series ULV processors, Intel also launched the Mobile Intel 5 series chipset. This new chipset is designed to work in tandem with the new Core architecture based ULV processors.

Intel expects up to 40 models of notebooks based on these new ULV processors from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and MSI by the end of June.

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Free Nitro PDF Reader Is A Decent Foxit Reader Alternative

I have always been a big fan of Foxit reader which I have promoted as the best way to view PDF files and also as one of the most Handy PDF Tools and Services you should definitely use.

However, over time there are several decent alternatives which are released, and the Nitro PDF team has done the same by releasing the Free Nitro PDF Reader to users.

If you are a Microsoft Office user, you will find some familiarity with the new software as it has a MS Office Ribbon-style user interface. In addition to that, Nitro Reader also has context-intelligent UI and tools which only displays navigation panels to appear on when relevant parts of the PDF have opened.

Nitro PDF Viewer

Nitro PDF also has premium collaboration tools which allows users to comment and review, use sticky notes and ability to reply to individual annotations and comments. The software also has a signature stamping function which will allow you to add your scanned or handwritten signature to the PDF file.

If you have used clients like Outlook in Office 2007 or , you might be familiar with the preview feature, however, previewing PDF files was not directly possible unless you used additional plugins to be able to preview PDF or ZIP files in Outlook. However, after installing Nitro Reader you will be able to preview PDF files in Outlook.

There are also several other interesting features in this software including a Snapshot tool to capture and send selected areas of a PDF to the clipboard and ability to disable JavaScript and restrict web access from the PDF.

Techie Buzz Verdict

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Nitro PDF reader is definitely a software worth downloading. Not only does it allow you to read PDF files, it also allows you to edit PDF files, fill-in and save forms and more.

Nitro PDF Reader is still in beta and can be download for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit OS from the download link given below.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Link: http://www.nitroreader.com/

Red Hat Denies Oracle as the Largest Open Source Company

We all know that after acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle became the largest open source company around. Red Hat finds this hard to believe and goes to the length of saying that Oracle is not even an open source company.

Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat has claimed that neither Oracle and nor Sun were as involved in open source as Red Hat has been. He goes on to say,

Open is not just seeing the code. Open is also having a community of developers. OpenSolaris is not open. There is no community other than Sun people developing Solaris.

Clearly in the wake of competition, Red Hat is trying to change the very face of open source. Though, whatever Paul  said in that statement is correct commercially even though it  might not match with the ideology of open source.

Every open-source product is incomplete without a dedicated global community. Additionally, finance is not the only thing that is needed to keep open source software alive.

Clearly, implementing open source as a business is not as easy as it may sound. All eyes are set on the management plan Oracle brings in for Java. This will define a lot of changes as Java is currently the most used platform.
(Via: NetworkWorld )

Google Chrome For Mac and Linux Graduates Out of Beta

has been a really wonderful fresh air of breath in the web browsers domain, and Windows users have been able to enjoy the stable version of Chrome for quite sometime now. However, Mac and Linux users have have had to do with Dev and Beta versions of the browser.

However, starting today, Mac and Linux users will be able to download and use a stable version of Google Chrome to Mac.

Chrome for Mac Stable

The stable version of Chrome for Mac was announced at the official Google Mac blog with more details on the Google blog. The newer version of Chrome is faster than the beta versions and come with several goodies included. There has been over 213% and 305% improvement in the JavaScript performance based on the V* and SunSpider benchmarks respectively.

Beta users of Google Chrome for Mac and Linux will be automatically upgraded to the stable version. You can also download the new stable version of Chrome by visiting http://google.com/chrome.

How To Install VirtualBox 3.2 In Ubuntu

VirtualBox 3.2 was released a couple of days back, as Oracle VirtualBox 3.2, with some exciting new features. It has not yet come to the official Ubuntu repository, but you can install it from the VirtualBox Repository. Here is how to do it:

  • Open the Terminal/Konsole. (In GNOME Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. In KDE, bring up the KRunner with ALT+F2 and type “konsole“.)
  • Open /etc/apt/sources.list for editing with the command:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Note: If you are in KDE, replace gedit with kate in the command above.

  • In the file source.list, add one of the following, whichever is appropriate:

For Lucid (10.04):

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid non-free

For Karmic (9.10):

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic non-free

Save and exit.

  • Install the GPG key with the command:
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Now update the software source and install VirtualBox 3.2 with the commands:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2
  • Finally install dkms with:
sudo apt-get install dkms

Mac Security Brags Busted at EICAR

David Harley, Research Fellow & Director of Malware Intelligence at ESET Antivirus has presented a report at the EICAR conference held this month outlining virus security details of the Mac OS.

This coupled with positive feedback from his co-workers shows that Macs are even less secure than Windows PCs. They are of the opinion that,

While Mac users – with the exception of those making significant use of Windows on Macs – operate in an environment prowled by infinitely fewer predators, Microsoft and its more savvy customers are to some extent shielded by a more accurate assessment of the risks to which Windows users are exposed.

As evident from here, the only reason Mac viruses are not that popular is because the fraction of people using Mac is negligible as compared to Windows PC users. That leaves us with far less data to claim a virus free OS.

Another common misconception is that since Mac is based on BSD, it is safe. We must understand that every BSD fork will not have the security features of BSD by default. It can be easily overridden by the modifications made while creating this fork.

This combined with the absence of a proper antivirus on Mac leaves Mac users totally unaware of any running exploits.

About EICAR

The  European  Institute for  Computer  Anti-Virus  Research  (EICAR) has been founded in 1991 and is representing an independent and impartial platform for IT-Security experts in the field of science, research, development, implementation and management.

(Via: Enterprise Networking Planet)

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro Is Now Shipping To Select Markets

Sony Ericsson has announced that their QWERTY keypad equipped Symbian handset, Vivaz Pro is now started to ship in select markets worldwide. Sony Ericsson at their product blog said, that there might be a slight difference in shipping, depending on the market.  vivaz_pro_1

The Vivaz Pro has a 5MP camera with HD(720P) recording at 24fps with continuous auto-focus and LED flash. It also has ARM Cortex A8 CPU overclocked to 720Mhz and PowerVR SGX graphics. Sony Ericsson has also confirmed that Vivaz Pro will support up to 32GB of external memory (microSD). The Vivaz Pro will also sport a powerful Li-Po 1200mAh battery. Vivaz Pro will sport the Symbian S60 v5 OS which will find few takers.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is the first handset from Sony Ericsson with full QWERTY keypad. The Vivaz Pro will have the Human Curvature design as in Xperia X10 and Vivaz. Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro will be available in black and white colors.

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Nokia Pushes Through Maemo 1.2 for N900 – Confirms That It Won’t Be Getting MeeGo

Nokia-N900-Meego Nokia N900 has long been a dream device for power users, simply because of its mod-ability. Modders have managed to do everything from running Android to porting OS X. And now, it appears that the N900’s flexibility will come in handy once again.

Nokia has confirmed that it won’t be officially supporting Meego on the N900. Meego is a Linux based operating system, which hopes to combine the best of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. Of course, this isn’t a horribly bad news. You can already install an early build of Meego on the N900 and unofficial Meego builds will definitely continue to flourish in the future.

On a more cheerful note, Nokia has begun pushing through Maemo 1.2 for the N900. Engadget is reporting that the firmware update is already available in the UK and will be available elsewhere soon. The new firmware adds Facebook IM chat, video-calling and portrait mode browsing, while improving upon e-mail support and Ovi Maps.

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