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Youku.com to report earnings after market close on February 28th.

February 15th, 2011 No comments

Youku.com to release earnings on Monday February 28, 2011 after market close.

Chinese video streaming giant Youku.com will report earnings after market close on the last day of this month.

The earnings will be reported simultaneously with a webcast and a conference call at 20:00 EST. Youku’s management team will be available to discuss the reports and to answer analyst questions.

Youku.com leads the Chinese streaming video industry with an approximately 20% market share.

Source:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110211005389/en/Youku.com-Release-Fourth-Quarter-Fiscal-2010-Financial

New site design, and Honda Fit hybrid is the new #1 hybrid in Japan!

February 9th, 2011 No comments

New look!

Although I tried very hard to make my previous site design work, in the end, it was not very functional, and I was forced to compromise with a white design for the first time in AGES! However, maybe its time for a change, and I feel the new layout is much more organized and easier to read and use. I used to think a black layout will use less electricity to display. While that is still true, I figure I serve such few pages and each page save such little electricity that I should focus on saving the planet in other ways that may have a bigger impact, such as driving less or purchasing a more fuel efficient car. I hope the Fit Hybrid hurries up and makes its way over to the US market. I hear it took back the #1 hybrid title from the Toyota Prius in Japan.

Source:
http://www.egmcartech.com/2011/02/09/honda-fit-was-top-selling-car-in-japan-in-jan-beats-toyota-prius/

The latest ‘iPad 2’ rumors

February 9th, 2011 No comments

Latest iPad 2 rumors

Getting back to the iPad successor, many rumors are now swirling around and one of note is the doubled resolution screen. While I also would like it to be fact rather that rumor, I think this would be asking too much from Apple and unlikely. Through much of January there has been a lot of back and fourth between sources claiming it will or it will not have this new double resolution screen, though the momentum and likeliness leaning towards this NOT happening *sadface*. It does seem pretty likely that the new iPad will have a faster processor and GPU though, as well as at least one, if not 2 cameras and a new slimmer and sleeker design. Software wise, it’ll probably have iOS 4.2.1 to begin, or possibly come out of the box with 4.3 who knows? Despite the recent update to Flash which added hardware GPU acceleration, Flash is still unlikely in my opinion…

Source:
http://www.webestigate.com/2011/02/03/apple-ipad-2-screen-thinner-lighter-rumors/

The ‘Playstation Phone’ makes a superbowl appearance!

February 9th, 2011 No comments

The ‘Playstation Phone’ gets a superbowl commercial

The ‘Playstation Phone’, which, for the record, I think will flop, released a new commercial during the Superbowl. Thats some serious marketing muscle they are putting behind this phone for an introduction, isn’t it? As for the release date, it similarly will be officially announced on February 13th, though unlike the Atrix, its official release date is a bit more vague at “sometime in March 2011”. I honestly don’t see how this phone will compete in hype with the Atrix unless it can play some or all of the existing sony titles. To me, it just seems like they took a standard somewhat high end smartphone and put Playstation-like buttons instead of a keyboard. If those buttons do not become a key feature, there is absolutely nothing noteworthy that differentiates this smartphone. Perhaps it is Sony’s attempt to fill in the void while people wait for the PSP2 due much later this year?

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The Atrix gets launch details: Dates, AT&T, Prices.

February 9th, 2011 No comments

Atrix gets a launch date and pricing! Exclusive to AT&T

Getting back to the Atrix for just a second though, the Atrix seems to have official release dates now. Although nothing new has been revealed lately that we didn’t already know, it still is a very innovative device and it will be available for pre-order on February 13th, and in stores by March 6th for $199 on AT&T with a 2 year contract, and $499 with the laptop dock. Without contract, the laptop dock will cost you $499 on its own, so it is clear they are trying to push this as a bundle.

Source:
http://an.droid-life.com/2011/02/03/motorola-atrix-4g-pre-orders-start-february-13th-available-in-stores-by-march-6th/

Flash 10.2 declared ‘stable’. Gets GPU hardware acceleration.

February 9th, 2011 No comments

A small but noteworthy update to Adobe Flash

Very recently Abode released Flash 10.2 stable, taking the software out of its beta state. Although a small jump from Adobe 10.1 to 10.2 seems insignificant, they added what I consider one major new feature, which is hardware acceleration using the GPU. In my own tests, I have confirmed that flash videos on youtube now use far less CPU compared to 10.1. In one example, I used the one of the Adobe suggested examples to test CPU usage. The video is embedded after the cut:

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The Motorola XOOM tablet enters the spotlight

February 9th, 2011 No comments

The Motorola XOOM gains traction

Hype for Motorola’s new smartphone the Atrix continues, but Motorola has shifted some of that attention to its Xoom tablet device, which is getting more spotlight the last few days. The Xoom is, as with most new tablets, a direct competitor to the iPad. There is a very good spec comparison chart on droidlife that summerizes the differences between the Xoom and the iPad very well. Needless to say, the iPad being a 10 month old device while the Xoom still waiting for release gave the Xoom quite the advantage in specs. Apple fans will be quick to point out the ‘unfair’ comparison and that iPad 2 is right around the corner so the Xoom should be compared to that. My personal opinion is that if you want to fairly compare two products, they have to exist and be purchasable TODAY. That doesn’t mean people should not compare speculated or announced specs for future devices to get an idea how they differ.

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New Motorola Atrix teaser video!

January 29th, 2011 No comments

New Motorola Atrix teaser video

Here is a new teaser for the recently announced Motorola Atrix, an innovative high end smartphone that can also power a laptop and a media interface on a TV! This is arguably one of the most hyped upcoming products at the moment:

Source:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/28/motorola-lifts-our-spirits-with-new-atrix-4g-video/

Windows 7 SP1 imminent?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 imminent?

I wanted to mention the possible release of Windows 7 SP1 soon. A couple weeks ago, a potential ‘final RTM’ (release to manufacturing) seems to have been leaked on the internet, indicating a possible official release soon.

According to techrux.com, some of the things the service pack will address include:

incremental security updates and recommended updates which you have received so far through Windows Update. For more details, as well as download links, click below:

New features and enhancements, as well as download links

At what point is a screen too big to be ‘mobile’?

January 29th, 2011 No comments

Screen Sizes: How big is too big?

At what point is a screen too big to be portable? The old PSP had a 4.3 inch screen, and while I felt it was generous, I never felt like it was too big to not be portable. The popular HTC EVO phone also sports a 4.3 inch touchscreen, and I felt it was the perfect size. Big enough to comfortably browse the internet or watch videos on, yet still manageable to carry around without a second thought. At some point though, it becomes too big to be a handheld, not to mention weight may start to become a concern at a certain size. The perfect guinea pig for the 5 inch screen size is the Dell Streak, which I hear was not marketed as a phone, but more of a tablet. Well, at least to me, hardware with a tablet interface (touchscreen), tablet OS (Android…), and phone functionality included IS A PHONE! Reviews I have seen or read have said the Dell pushes the size just a pinch too far, making it too big to be portable, yet too small to be useful or comfortable as a tablet. On the other hand, I’m sure Sony have done the research and feel this is what they need in their next portable console to duke it out with the Nintendo 3DS, the successor to the current market leader, the Nintendo DSi.

Sources:
http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/11/01/the-5-inch-dell-streaks-tv-commercial-leaves-out-something-big/