Windows 7 Vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Graphics

Phoronix has recently conducted a total of 165 graphics tests on six different hardware configurations comparing Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 using their flagship Phoronix test suite. That level of benchmarking is enough to give us some impressive amount of data.

They ran games from various engines and tested their performance on all these configurations. The results were astounding. Quoting them,

The Intel Linux graphics driver is the real loser in these tests where it is easily and always clobbered by the Intel Windows. While the Intel Linux graphics driver is open-source and has made great strides over the past quarters with kernel mode-setting, a new 2D acceleration architecture (UXA), in-kernel memory management (GEM), a migration to DRI2, and other improvements, its performance is a joke.

It is unlikely we will see Intel’s Linux graphics driver recoup any of these major performance losses anytime soon as they are not even committed to switching to the Gallium3D architecture that is faster than the classic Mesa DRI drivers.

Ubuntu recorded a win with the NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX where it beats Windows 7 by a significant margin.

This clearly shows that, even though there has been development relative to what Ubuntu Graphics has been in the past, it is not developing as fast as graphics on Windows.

Sony Ericsson Integrates Spotify Into Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson has revealed that it has developed a customized version of Xperia X10 with Spotify integration.

The Spotify mod integrates the online music streaming service into the Timescape and Mediascape interfaces offered by Xperia X10. While recently played songs on Spotify will show up as event tiles in Timescape, Spotify will be available as an online music service in Mediascape.

You can see the modified Xperia X10 interface, which was developed for the Swedish telecom operator Telia, in action in the video below.

The Spotify integration will also be launched in the United Kingdom in association with 3 Mobile. In addition to two months of free subscription, 3 Mobile users will also get access to celebrity playlists. Some of the notable bands and music artists, who have been roped in for this promotion include Keane, The Stereophonics and Ellie Goulding.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the handset maker’s flagship Android device. It features an impressive combination of killer looks and functionality. You can find more Xperia X10 news here.

Want a Free Android Phone? Join Adobe

Adobe just joined the likes of Google in employee love. Yes. Android phones are being given away to employees at Adobe for free.

Adobe announced on last Thursday that it would put a new version of Flash for Android on display. This version of Flash targets Froyo, which is Android 2.2. This can be Adobe’s move to clean sweep all iPhones from its compounds. After all, we know what Apple did to Adobe. Just the last month, Adobe had confirmed that it will not have flash for the iPhone anymore. This is the least Adobe could do in reply.

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Though, coming to the serious talk, this is Adobe’s plan to make its employees (especially developers) familiar with Android as that is the next prospective platform that they will be targeting from now onwards. The phones will come with Flash pre-installed.

The exact model of the giveaway is not known though; it is speculated to be a Nexus One.

Adobe has over 8,600 employees and has refused to release any official statement on this. So, it is not even clear if the phone will go to all employees or just the ones working on Flash Player 10.1 for Android. However, I really liked this idea of free Android phone giveaways. It is kind of an attempt by companies to increase their Karma.

(Via: cnet news)
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Google Shows Brand Suggestions in Search Result Pages

Quite some days back, Google introduced recipe rich snippets in search result pages. The recipe snippets are useful, because you can see more information regarding food recipes, user reviews, preparation time and so on.

Now Google has introduced “brand snippets” in search result pages. This means, when you search for some product, (e.g USB drives, Mp3 players) chances are that you will see links of popular brands who manufacture that product.

For example: I searched for USB drives and got the following result:

As you can see, Google shows 5 popular brands who manufacture USB drives – Kingston, Sandisk, Lexar, LG and Sony. The suggestions appear right at the top of search results, much similar to adsense link units. Clicking a suggestion takes you to the related product search page as shown below:

The official Google blog quotes:

Sometimes when searching for product information on Google, you may not know some of the brand names relevant to your particular search. For example, if you’re taking on a new river-rafting hobby, it’s quite likely you don’t have a clue about kayak manufacturers just yet. So, we wanted to make it easier for you to find the brands other people consider useful for popular product searches. So this week we launched a search refinement that calls out brand names related to your query in a single line above the rest of the results. Determined algorithmically, these highlighted brand names may help you find what you’re looking for faster, and make your research and shopping experience all the more enjoyable.

This may be useful, when you are searching for some product and want to perform a company specific search along with the generic searches. The brand searches will also help when you want to know the most popular brands who manufacture a particular product. Thanks to Google Operating System for noting the feature.

Razer Commits To OS X With Full Driver Support For Orochi

In a Facebook post, the Razer team has announced that they have updated their drivers to offer full feature support in Macs.

Orochi is Razer’s stunning looking laptop gaming mouse. The mouse operates in wireless and wired modes. The wired mode is meant for some serious fragging while the wireless (bluetooth) mode can be used for work.

With the new drivers update, users can perform the following:

  • Adjust Performance
  • Button Assignment
  • Manage Macro
  • Manage Profile and Lighting

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Got a Mac? You’ll finally be able to make use of those GPUs! Steam + Razers = #WIN!

Jailbroken iPad 3G Can Send SMS [Video]

According to a Youtube video, the jailbreakers have been able to send messages using the SMS protocol from the iPad 3G.

The 3G iPad uses SIM cards to provide 3G services, which is what the dev team has leveraged for this hack. The iPhone Dev Team  for now has demonstrated sending SMS messages using the command line utility in OS X called, Terminal.

The hack is more of a Proof of Concept and we can expect a user-friendly interface. Video:

via RedmondPie

“Spirit” Jailbreak For iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad Released

The folks over at Spirit have released an untethered jailbreak for the iTouch devices from Apple. The untethered jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone OS 3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.2. The untethered jailbreak works only on activated iPod Touch/iPhone and iPads.

The official site has a word of caution for the iPad users saying On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful. (And no, Cydia’s appearance is not final.)

The iPad users are recommended to make a backup before trying out the jailbreak. If things go wrong, the iPad users are supposed to use the backup to restore the device to a working state. The Spirit Jailbreak works only on the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. The original iPhone users have been left out in the cold.

Please keep in mind that the Spirit jailbreak does not activate your iTouch device(s). Jailbreaking allows you to install 3rd party applications on your iTouch device which have not been approved by Apple.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition To Have Global Menu

In a blog post, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition will have a single menu bar for all the applications. He believes that this design change will make the most of the vertical space that a netbook screen has.

If you have used a Mac, you would probably know what a global menu is. In a global menu, the application menus like File, Edit, Settings etc. are part of the panel and all applications share this menu. Here is a screenshot of a Mac OS X Jaguar to better understand:

Screenshot taken from guidebookgallery.org

This is what Shuttleworth had to say about the reason for the decision:

Netbooks are conventionally small-and-wide-screen devices. A common screen format is 1024×600. There’s plenty of horizontal space, but not a lot of vertical space. So we’ve been lead to explore options that really make the most of the vertical space.

On large screens, the windows and the menu can be very far apart if a global menu is used. This can result in decreased productivity. So, the global menu will be present only in the Netbook Edition and not in the Desktop Edition.

The idea of a global menu is, of course, inspired by Apple, but Shuttleworth plans to do much more than what Apple did. He plans to have the window title and menu along with the menu in the panel. The panel would display the content of the title bar but it will change to the menu when the user moves the cursor towards it.  As the global menu is to be implemented using the d-bus menu, it will work not only with GNOME applications, but with KDE applications as well.

Right now these design changes seems very exciting and Shuttleworth hopes to make Ubuntu 10.10 the best OS for the netbook.

PowerColor ATI HD5970 Comes With 12 Mini DisplayPorts!

The ATI HD5970 is already a monster of a graphics card. The card features 2 cores of ATI HD5870, and has 3200 stream processors along with 160 texture units. The card alsoPowerColor two-chip radeon HD 5970 01 supports ATI EyeFinity and has 3 Mini DisplayPorts. Users can connect up to three displays and combine them to use make it one large monitor. Well now it seems PowerColor is going to release a modified version of the HD5970 with twelve Mini-DisplayPorts.

Twelve Mini-DisplayPorts will allow users to connect up to 12 monitors to a single graphics card! The graphics memory has also been increased to 4GB. The power consumption of this card is surely going to be high, so users must make sure that they have a beefy PSU.

PowerColor intends to give the users a public demo of this monster at the upcoming Computex in June. Earlier, Powercolor had also released a modified version of the ATI HD5770 with five mini-DisplayPorts.

Uninor Launches Dynamic Pricing

Within weeks of launching its service in India, Uninor has introduced a radically new concept of dynamic pricing’ that is likely to set a new trend in the pricing of mobile services in India. Branded as 24X7 Badalta Discount Plan (DP)‘, it will offer customers changing discounts on their calls based on traffic on the network.

The discounts will change with location and with time, with each cellphone tower broadcasting a different discount. At the same location, the discount will change on an hourly basis. By putting customers in control of costs, with 24X7 changing discount rates, this could very well change the tariff structure in Indian telecom.

How does Dynamic Pricing work?

The discount available at any given time will be visible at all times on the screens of handsets that display cell broadcast. The discount visible on the screen at the time a customer calls will be the applicable discount for the call. When the call ends, a flash will appear on the phone screen indicating the actual discounted cost of the call.

The dynamic discounts available at any given time will depend on network traffic and customers location at that time, providing customers maximum flexibility to choose between convenience and savings. Discounts are calculated by a sophisticated Discount Engine’ that relies on state-of-the-art IT systems to continuously monitor traffic at every tower in the network.

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