Archive for April, 2010

Palm announce they are up for sale

Handheld device maker Palm have announced they are looking for a new buyer, as sales of the companies latest smartphones failed to match sales of rivals, such as Blackberry and Apple.

Reports are suggesting that Dell or Hewlett Packard could be among potential bidders for the company.

“There has been a lot of speculation about firms like Nokia buying Palm but I don’t think that is an obvious fit. I’d look to the HPs or Dells of this world as both have mobile ambitions”Ovum analyst Tony Cripps

The company launched the Palm Pre last year, with the potential to be an iPhone killer, however sales figures have not been as high as expected.

In the past six months, the company’s stock has dropped 69%. It has a stock market value of $870m (£563m).

Palm’s shares rose more than 17% on the reports of a possible sale.

Fake iPad Facebook app removed from the Apple Store

The Facebook Ultimate Logo

 

 Many lucky people switched on their shiny new iPads for the first time this weekend, with quite a few downloading the iPad edition of Facebook.  

Called ‘Facebook Ultimate’ it was created by a woman called ‘Dill’ and cost $2.99.  The application itself quickly became one of the App Store’s top selling applications for the iPad. However, users soon realised that the application wasn’t good, didn’t work as well as expected and that it wasn’t created by Facebook at all.  And now, only days after the application was one of the most downloaded, Apple has promptly removed it from the App Store.  

All Facebook pointed out yesterday, the application rose to become number 7 in the top paid app on the App Store. The app received many poor reviews which warned that the app was poor and not to download it, but that apparently didn’t stop people and the downloads continued.  So, citing trademark infringement, Facebook took action and working with Apple, removed it from the store.  

There’s no word if any users who did download it will receive a possible refund.  

Did you download the app?  If so, what did you think of it?  

(via TechCrunch & All Facebook)

New Blu-ray discs are to allow even more storage

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) have announced new standards that are designed to increase the capacity of Blu-ray discs.

‘BDXL’ (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) will have a write-once capacity of 100GB and 128GB, and re-writable discs will be capable of storing 100GB of information.  These discs have been designed to reach these capacities by having three to four recordable layers.

BDXL discs have been aimed initially at businesses who store masses of information, however the BDA have said that a consumer version of BDXL will be expected especially for areas where BD recorders have achieved broad consumer acceptance.

“Leveraging Blu-ray Disc to meet this need provides professional enterprises with a compact, stable and long-term solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images using a proven and widely accepted optical technology.”

The other standard being released is an IH-BD disc (Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc) which is a single BD-RE layer, so as to enable the user to view, but not overwrite published data, but with a separate re-writeable layer which can track user data.

Although this is great news, there is a catch.  These new discs won’t work on current Blu-ray players, so you’ll have to spend the $$$’s for a new player that will read the discs.  Although, the BDA say that the new players will be able to read old discs – so all is not lost!

(Via Business Wire)

Bebo up for grabs… anyone want to buy it? Thought not.

It has been reported in the media that AOL will soon choose to either sell or close Bebo.com.  They forked out a staggering $850 million for the site just over two years ago, however AOL have quickly realised further investment just isn’t worth it!

The company released this statement: 

“Bebo, unfortunately, is a business that has been declining and, as a result, would require significant investment in order to compete in the competitive social networking space. AOL is not in a position at this time to further fund and support Bebo in pursuing a turnaround in social networking”

With companies like Facebook, Twitter (and to an extent – MySpace) already at the top of the social networking chart, AOL hoped that the acquisition of Bebo would put them head to head, however the reality is that the site has taking a severe battering in terms of the amount of people using it, compared to other social networking sites.  In other words – Bebo has fallen flat on its face!

Internet traffic sites suggest that visitor figures for Bebo don’t even come close to Facebook, with reports showing that traffic to Bebo is almost half what it was 12 months ago.

Could this happen to the likes of Twitter and Facebook?  What do the next 12-24 months hold for social networking sites? 

Let us know via the comments!

Digital Election 2010 – following the UK General Election online

Digital Election 2010 – following the UK General Election online

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Xbox360 update is here – USB storage at last!

Xbox 360 users can now load games or videos through USB flash drives.

Today, at some point, as promised by Microsoft all Xbox 360 owners will be asked to update to the latest firmware via Xbox Live.  Then, once the update has completed you will be able to plug USB memory sticks into your slots – at long last!!!  

This means that you can save all your games, profiles and anything else you like, without having to carry around a HDD with you.  The only things users will not be able to load are original Xbox games or MP3/WMA music files.

SanDisk is already taking orders for a pre-configured Xbox 360 branded flash drive, which will include the update, according to the company’s site.   However, once the update has been done, simply make use of those spare USB sticks that you have lying around!   Just make sure they’re over 1Gb in size up to a maximum of 16Gb….  so forget that 500Gb drive you were going to use!

Enjoy all Xbox 360 fans!

New beefy HP Pavillion desktops now available

HP are currently busy…. very busy!   But, they still somehow find the time to expand their fantastic range of desktop PC’s with three exciting new models.

These include the new Pavilion Slimline s5305z and s5350z, which are available with a range of different AMD processors and ATI Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics, boasting up to 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive on the s5305z, or 8GB of RAM and a massive 1.5TB of storage on the s5350z.

Then, at the other end of the spectrum you have the beefed up Pavilion Elite HPE-190t, which not only runs a lightning fast 3.33GHz Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU with up to 24GB of RAM alongside, up to 3TB of storage and either an ATI Radeon HD 5570 or 4850, or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 graphics cards – you pick!   It’s priced well though, at a huge $1,899.99… but what do you expect, with that amount of gaming tech crammed into it, we’re not surprised!!

If that’s a bit pricey for you, the s5305z and s5350z will kick off at a more respectable $299.99 and $479.99, respectively.

(via Computermonger)

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