Rumor: Apple May Use AMD Processors In Its Line-up

After Apple made the move to x86 processors in 2006, Intel has been their lone CPU supplier. The shift to Intel processors was appreciated by many as it brought faster performance across the whole line-up. Thanks to the shift to the Intel processors, Apple now refreshes its various product line-up every year with better CPUs. But now it seems like Apple is interested in using AMD processors in its products as well. AppleInsider reports that Apple is in serious discussions with various representatives from AMD about adopting their CPUs.

AppleInsider.com reports that many of the representatives from AMD, have had some serious discussions with some high officials from Apple. Until now, the only possible way to run Mac OS on an AMD processor is Hackintosh. Even though illegal, Hackintosh is quite popular among the modding community. It is believed that Apple is interested in AMD because of their Fusion technology. AMD Fusion technology combines the processor with up to 4 cores and a Dx11 based IGP in a single package. AMD has said that the first AMD Fusion based processors will be launched in 2011.
The site reports that Apple has even started using AMD processors in its lab. If the talks between AMD and Apple are successful, then we can see Apple using AMD processors in the lower range of its product line-up. The use of Intel processors in Apple’s line-up will be restricted to its higher end product only.


Get Official Google Buzz Buttons For your Website

Google has launched official “Buzz this” buttons for bloggers and webmasters and you can create your own Google buzz buttons from this page. The buttons can be easily integrated in your blog or website, just paste in a simple Javascript code and the button goes live.

Using the Google buzz button, the visitors of your blog can quickly share posts in their “Buzz network”. You can completely customize the size and look of the buttons to fit it in your blog template.

Basically, there are two types of buttons to choose from – a “Follow me on Buzz” button and a “Post to Buzz” button. The former acts as a link to your buzz profile, anyone can click the button to start following you on Google buzz. The latter acts as a way to share a webpage in Google buzz, just like the Digg and Tweetmeme buttons discussed earlier.

Customize the “Post to Buzz” Button: You can customize the “Post to Buzz” button to show the counter, the button or both of them. Other features include showing the counter on top or right, defining a custom URL type for the post and showing a custom image as well. The impressive thing is that you can choose a custom language for the “Google Buzz” buttons, which is definitely a new idea. Currently, the buttons supports 59 international languages.

Promote your Google Buzz Account using “Follow on Buzz” button: If you would like to promote your Google buzz account, use the “Follow on Buzz button. Your blog visitors can start following you on Google buzz, without having to leave the page they are reading. Works much the same way as the “Post to Buzz” button, but this one doesn’t have much options available for customization.

Sony Ericsson Zylo Specifications

Sony Ericsson Zylo is one of the two Walkman phone announced by Sony Ericsson recently. It is expected to be released by Q3 this year. Zylo also has one cool feature, you can play media audio files on background during   a call. Here is the specification of Zylo.

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Size: Dimensions– 103 x 52 x 11.5 mm

Weight– 115 g

Display:         Type– TFT, 256K colors

Size- 240 x 320 pixels, 2.6 inches

Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Scratch-resistant surface

Memory:   Internal– 260 MB

Card Slot– microSD, up to 16GB

Data:           GPRS– Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps

EDGE– Class 10, 236.8 kbps

3G– HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps

WLAN– No

Bluetooth– Yes, v2.1 with A2DP

Camera: Primary– 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels

Features– Geo-tagging, videocalling

Video– Yes, QVGA @ 30fps

Secondary– No

Features:   Messaging– SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser- WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (NetFront), RSS reader

Radio- Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS- No

Java- Yes, MIDP 2.0   – Walkman 4.0 player
– FLAC/MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
– SensMe, Track ID
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Google Maps
– Picture editor/blogging
– YouTube, Facebook, Twitter applications
– Organizer
– T9

Battery:           Standard battery, Li-Ion

Stand-by- Up to 340 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)

Talktime- Up to 4 h (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)

Music Playback- 26Hrs

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Drag and Drop to Upload Attachments in Gmail

Gmail has added support for HTML 5, which means now you can drag and drop to attach a file in any email message. This is useful, when you have to attach a lot of files kept on a single folder. You don’t have to click the browse button again and again and can attach a bunch of files together in one go.

When you drag the files in the compose message window, Gmail shows an attachment pane to drop the files:

Earlier I used Picture paste to add images, attachments and other files in Gmail messages from the desktop. The drag and drop feature was much desired, because often the flash uploader would freeze in the middle of a file upload and you have to start the upload all over from scratch. When you want to attach a bunch of files or images – open the folder containing your files, select all files by pressing “Control +A” and drag all of them in the Gmail compose window. As simple as that.

If you want to attach an image from a web URL, simply drag the image from the web page to the Gmail message compose window. Please note that this feature works in browsers that support HTML 5 (Firefox 3.6+ or Google Chrome 4+). [ via Gmail blog ]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Supports Multitouch?

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It seems like the mystery behind the multitouch support on Xperia X10 will never end. It was confirmed by the marketing manager of Xperia X10 that multitouch will not be supported on X10 but a “inside man” of mobile.co.uk says that Android 2.1 with multitouch is coming for X10 by September.

The point is whether this person knows more than the Sony Ericsson officials? It was said in few blogs that the marketing manager of X10 didn’t had any idea about the hardware of the phone ( All due respect to him, Mr. Sumit Malhotra). If we believe in this fact, then again, why didn’t Sony Ericsson corrected the statement made by the marketing manager? The statement made by him has definitely affected the sales of X10.

Well, we can just hope along with all X10 users that this turns out to be true.

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Dell Streak Series Of Tablet Devices Leaked

Engadget reports that Dell will soon be announcing the Dell Streak 7 inch and 10 inch tablets. The rumored launch date of the 7 inch Dell Streak is late 2010, while that of the 10 inch one is early 2011. It is possible that the device may initially be launched under the AT&T network. Engadget also reports that Dell’s Aero – the lightest Android handset to be ever announced – will be released in June, this year.

No other details about Dell’s Streak series of tablet devices are known. When the folks at Engadget contacted Dell regarding the Streak series of tablets, they got a very “insightful” reply :

“Dell continually develops and tests new products that extend the mobile experience. We have not made any product announcements and do not comment on speculation, rumor or unannounced products.”

It will be interesting to see whether the Dell Streak series of tablets run on Android OS or Windows 7. As of now, no further information about the specifications of Dell Streak tablets are available. The processor, amount of RAM, and the hard disk capacity, all remain a mystery. Since Android OS now supports the Intel Atom processor, it might very well be possible that the Dell Streak tablets use the new Atom Sandy bridge processors.


Sony Ericsson 2010 Q1 Financial Report

Sony Ericsson proved wrong the analysts, who predicted that Sony Ericsson will suffer a 128 million Euro loss. Moreover, Sony Ericsson posted a 21 million Euro profit! Sony Ericsson posted their first profit nearly after two years, they proved wrong to all who predicted that the company will soon perish.

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Sony Ericsson still has a long way to go because even though they posted a profit but the number of handset sold, dropped to 10.5 million from 14.5 million. They lost 1% of the market share from 5% last year to 4%. This concludes that Sony Ericsson struck hard with their high end devices (Satio, Aino, W995).

Sony Ericsson stated that their cost reducing programme did the trick. President, Bert Nordberg, Sony Ericsson commented,

“We are pleased to see the positive impact of both the launch of new products and the business transformation programme improving the company’s results. The Xperiaâ„¢ X10, our first android-based Communication Entertainment device featuring signature Sony Ericsson applications Timescape and Mediascapeâ„¢, and Vivazâ„¢, a beautifully designed, touch-screen Symbian phone started shipping towards the end of the quarter. Both models have been well received by global customers.He added, Increases in both gross and operating margins show that we are on the right track to build the correct cost structure for our business organization and strategy. We will continue to work through the transformation programme to ensure that we are competitive.

The Q1 report doesn’t include the Xperia X10 and upcoming Vivaz Pro which are very powerful devices. Well, it is good to see that they are slowly coming back on track and let us hope to see more innovative devices from them.

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Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #5

FreewareIn case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.

Note: Some of these are from last week. I accidentally over-wrote an old post so they didn’t get published correctly last Friday. Sorry …


icofx-icon Create and Edit Icons with a Free Portable App IcoFX
This free portable utility can do nearly everything you’d need when you’re working with Windows and Mac icons,

texter-icon Automatic Spelling Correction and Text Expansion with Texter
Would you like to have most of your misspellings corrected automatically? You can have that, and much more, with a small portable utility named ‘Texter’.

everything-search-results Everything A Super Fast Portable File Search
A small freeware program named “Everything” can eliminate the slow Windows file searches that force you to take long coffee breaks.

paperbusPaperbus : Bypass Internet Censors And Access Blocked Sites
Paperbuss is free multi-platform utility to access blocked sites and bypass internet filters.

Opera-Mini-iPhoneComing Soon : Fizzik A Social Web Browser
Fizzik is a new web browser that is targeted to keep you updated with the  social media  as well as news and videos. The browser is built on the Microsoft technologies.

mediaspider-batch-download-images-googleBatch Download Images From Google Images, Deviant Art And 4Chan
Media spider is free portable tool that helps you batch download pictures from Google Images, Devian Art and 4Chan

DontSleepTemporarily Disable Windows Power Settings with Don’t Sleep
Don’t Sleep is a tiny portable application for Windows which temporarily suspends Windows power settings and prevents the system from logging off, restarting, hibernation or going to sleep mode

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Record Last.fm Songs with Last Recorder But is it Legal?

A freeware tool called Last Recorder will allow you to download MP3 songs from Last.FM. The question about the legality of doing this still remains unanswered.
blue-rule3 Animated Waterfall Screensavers You Will Love
Moving water and clear blue skies will cheer up your screen when the PC isn’t doing anything. Check out these fantastic animated waterfall screensavers.

pdf-icon Split and Merge PDF Files with GiosPSM
Unless you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, making changes to existing PDF files is a problem. I’ve discovered a great free program that helps me deal with splitting and merging PDF files.

lockup-icon Lock Your Programs with Lockup
If you need to keep people from running specific applications on your PC, this little freeware app could be one of your favorite tools. It’s small, easy to use and it’s free.

Convert Almost Any Video Format with Any Video Converter
This free program allows you to convert between a large number of video formats such as AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, QT, and WMV. It can also download and convert YouTube videos.


Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

How To Connect Tata Photon Whiz/Plug2Surf With Ubuntu Linux

Tata Indicom has changed the face of wireless broadband in India. With its comparatively cheap unlimited offer, it is currently the best buy.

Tata Indicom offers unlimited surfing + download at Rs.800 per month. The offer is valid for Tata Photon Whiz. Although it operates at a compromised speed, it provides the advantage of unlimited surfing.

Tata Indicom Whiz has a dialer for Windows. However, many complain that there is no Tata Indicom dialer for Linux.

Well, there is no dialer because Linux has a dialer of its own which does the job. Follow these steps to setup your Photon Whiz with the “wvdial” dialer.

  1. Install “wvdial” if you do not have it already. To install wvdial, use the command:
    sudo apt-get install wvdial
  2. Next, plug in your Tata Indicom USB Modem.
  3. Now, create a dialer for your modem with the command:
    sudo wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

    This creates the appropriate dialer configuration for your modem. Remember to keep the modem plugged in while running this command.

  4. Edit the wvdial.conf file by issuing
    sudo vi /etc/wvdial.conf
  5. Your wvdial.conf file opens on issuing the above command. It should look like this :
    [Dialer Defaults]
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Init3 = AT+CRM=1
    Stupid Mode = 1
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Phone = 0
    ISDN = 0
    Password = <password>
    New PPPD = <username>
    Username = internet
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
    Baud = 9600
  6. Now you have to edit the file.  Put “internet” in place of <username> and <password>. Do not change any other auto-generated entry. Place the appropriate phone number in place of 0. It is #777 for Tata Indocom.

That should complete setting up your dialer. Now, to dial a connection, simply execute

sudo wvdial

in a terminal window. Enjoy.

[ In case it still does not work, add the lines:

Init3 = AT+CRM=1

and

Stupid Mode = 1

Stupid mode allows the connection to dial through a firewall and Init3 = AT+CRM=1 prevents frequent disconnections.
Thanks to Prashanth for pointing this out in a comment to this post. ]

Create and Edit Icons with a Free Portable App – IcoFX

icofx-icon[Windows Only] Since most applications come with nice icons already embedded in them, I rarely need to create or edit icons. Once in awhile, I do need an icon editor, and I recently discovered that IcoFX is a great tool for that and more. The main reason I decided to try it was that it’s available as a portable app.

I downloaded a zip file containing IcoFX and extracted it into a folder on my flash drive.

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I fired up IcoFX, and within 2 minutes I had created my first icon. I was astounded by how easy it was.

The IcoFX interface is easy to use and very stylish. It’s image editing tools include everything you find in Windows Paint, but it also has the tools you need to create gradients, transparency and much more.

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In addition to letting you create icons by hand, you can drop images into the editor, and it will walk you through converting the image into an icon.

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When you dig into the Tools menu, you’ll find that you can:

* Convert Windows icons to Mac
* Convert Mac icons to Windows
* Extract icons from EXE and DLL files
* Create and manage ICL icon libraries
* Create compressed PNG icons for Vista/Seven
* Change the icons in EXE files

If you need help, there are several tutorials on the home site:
http://icofx.ro/tutorials/tutorial1.html

IcoFX download page: (Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7)
http://icofx.ro/downloads.html

If you need some background information on Windows icons, I’ve written a couple of tutorials for you.

How to Change the Icon for a File Extension or File Type
How to Open Up or Edit an ICO file or Icon Library

We’ve also covered several free apps that help you deal with icons.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

IcoFX is a great tool for quickly creating and editing icons. I like the fact that it’s small, portable and completely free. It may not be a must haveapplication, but I can definitely recommend it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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