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23 May 12 VIA Takes On Raspberry Pi with $49 Android PC


VIA Technologies on Tuesday unveiled a tiny, caseless desktop computer called the APC 8750 that runs Android and has a low, low price that comes within spitting distance of the celebrated Raspberry Pi.

The chip maker’s APC sports its own VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and costs just $49, as PCMag’s sister site Geek.com reported earlier. That’s a few bucks more than the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s $35 barebones PC, but still miles cheaper than just about any other fully functioning PC on the market.

“APC brings the familiarity and convenience of Android to the PC at a $49 price point that will open up exciting new markets and applications. Like a bicycle for your mind, APC will enable more people than ever before to explore the vast online universe,” said Richard Brown, VIA’s vice president of marketing.

So what are you getting with the APC? Maybe it’s best to start with what you’re not—a case. The APC’s chip, memory, storage, and I/O ports all exist on an open motherboard that’s based on the new 17 centimeter-by-8.5 centimeter Neo-ITX form factor. Users can simply plug the APC directly into a TV or monitor, or else stick it into a standard Mini-ITX or microATX chassis if they choose.

The little PC runs an optimized version of Google’s Android 2.3 that is built for mouse and keyboard input. VIA’s WonderMedia SoC sports an 800MHz clock and its go 512MB of DDR3 memory to play with, plus 2GB of built-in NAND Flash graphics with hardware acceleration that the chip maker claims can chew through “the most demanding video formats.”

The system consumes 4 watts at idle and 13.5 watts at maximum load, according to VIA.

You’re also getting VGA and HDMI display ports, HDTV support, four USB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot for adding more onboard storage, a 10/100 Ethernet port, audio and mic, and a 15W power adapter.

The goal was to create a super affordable, low power system that just gets users to the Internet where, just like those bedrooms you see on MTV Cribs, the “magic happens,” according to VIA.

“APC was not built like an ordinary PC. For openers, we started with an awareness that the purpose of a computer is to connect to the Internet. It is the Internet that now defines computing. When you begin here, magic happens,” the company said.

Interested parties will be able to pre-order the APC “soon,” according to VIA’s promotional site. The company expects to start shipping in early July.

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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404770,00.asp

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17 May 12 Google To Sell Android Phones Directly





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Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/byte/personal-tech/smart-phones/240000509

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05 Feb 12 It’s Browser Version Madness!





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At the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Virtual Conference, C-level executives from leading global companies will gather to discuss how their organizations are turbo-charging business execution and growth.


Platinum Sponsor: ArcSight, Workday
Gold Sponsor: IBM




Aug 25: InformationWeek Dark Reading present: How Security Breaches Happen and What Your Organization Can Do About Them

Attendees will get insights on how to prevent breaches from happening, how to research and identify the source of a breach, and how to remediate a compromise as quickly and efficiently as possible.


Platinum Sponsor: ArcSight, NetIQ, Thawte
Gold Sponsors: Lumension, NetGear, GFI
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July 28: InformationWeek Symantec present: Infrastructure at Risk — Taking Decisive Action to Secure Your Critical Data Assets

Join the editors of InformationWeek and leading security experts from Symantec for an in-depth look at the current threats faced by large and small organizations, and the implications for your business, your customers, and even your country. You’ll hear how today’s threat landscape is changing drastically, and learn the latest countermeasures and best practices to keep your company’s precious data assets out of the hands of determined cybercriminals.




July 27: Electronic Health Records — Moving from Concept to Reality

At this InformationWeek Healthcare Virtual Event, we will talk with healthcare practitioners, IT professionals and other industry experts about issues surrounding EHR selection, deployment and use.


Platinum Sponsor: HP, Intel, GBS, Geotrust, NextGen
Silver Sponsor: Proofpoint




On-Demand: InformationWeek Interop present: Business Mobility Unleashed

In this virtual event, the leaders behind InformationWeek Business Technology Network and Interop zero in on the top mobile technologies and techniques you’ll need to understand and master to ensure your organization thrives in the wireless world.


Platinum Sponsors: Alcatel-Lucent, APC
Gold Sponsor: HP
Silver Sponsor: Emerson Network Power
Bronze Sponsor: Skybot




On-Demand: Cybersecurity Best Practices

In this half-day virtual event, experts assess the state of cybersecurity in government and present the latest strategies for creating a more secure, attack-proof IT infrastructure. This event will help CISOs and other information assurance professionals in federal, state, and local government stay on top of the latest developments in the field.


Platinum Sponsor: GeoTrust
Gold Sponsor: Bit9




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Data centers are undergoing incredible transformations that create
both opportunities and challenges for IT professionals. Server virtualization enables rapid provisioning,
more efficient use of resources, and improved disaster recovery. That trend will continue with storage and network virtualization,
allowing IT pros to further abstract — and optimize — data center resources.In this virtual event, you will learn how prepare your organization for a data center transformation.


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Gold Sponsor: Symform
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Article source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/byte/personal-tech/desktop-apps/232600189

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19 Jan 12 Play Angry Birds Chrome in your PC's web browser


Getting too much work done? If so, fire up your Web browser and head over to chrome.angrybirds.com. This is where you can play Chrome Angry Birds, the browser-based version of Angry Birds. It’s just as addictive and as fun as the mobile version. And that’s why your productivity will end here.

Angry Birds is available in the Chrome Web store; simply add it to your browser to begin playing. It automatically installs an offline version, too, so you don’t have to be connected to the Internet in order to play. If you prefer to use a browser other than Chrome, Angry Birds also works in Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer (but only IE 9 or higher). You can choose between SD and HD versions, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Just like its insanely popular mobile version, the browser-based version of Angry Birds has you slinging birds at those annoying pigs. Instead of using your fingers to do so (unless you’re using a touch-screen tablet or PC), you simply grab your mouse and start slinging. Making the adjustment isn’t difficult at all, but I found that I had just a tad less control over the positioning of my birds–or maybe that’s just what I tell myself when I have trouble knocking over enough little green pigs.

The browser-based version features the same levels found in the mobile version, but adds a Chrome dimension available only to Web users. I’d tell you more about it, but I’m still trying to unlock it. If you get there first, let me know what to expect.

 

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