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The Mountain and the Multi-Touch Molehill

What happens when Apple and Palm representatives vaguely mention the ability to use and defend their patents, and then one anonymous source from Google vaguely states that Apple asked Google to not implement a certain technology in a recently release product? You get a whole lot of blog headlines ke...

Freescale Eyes Cheap Linux Netbooks With New Chip Design

Freescale Semiconductor has launched a new low-cost processor, the i.MX515, that's designed to power what Freescale hopes will be new lines of Linux-based netbooks retailing for less than $200. There are lots of interesting angles to Freescale's efforts -- the lower price point, the technology behi...

Android G2 Has Rumor Mill Buzzing

There's no leap of imagination needed to expect the arrival one day of a T-Mobile "G2" Android-based smartphone, an expected though still hypothetical follow-up to T-Mobile's popular G1. At this point, however, one does need some imagination to guess on a delivery date and describe a possible featu...

Is Firefox Fit for Enterprise Duty?

Enterprise application whitelisting company Bit9 launched an attention-getting press release last week, a document which merely bubbled for a few days until the recent Internet Explorer flaw took center stage and Mozilla pushed out a few Firefox updates. Eventually, the heat under the issue boiled o...

Google Turns Unshackled Android Loose on Devs

While the Google-backed Android gang is busy building applications and trying to get new phones manufactured, Google itself has ponied up a new unlocked device for developers: the Android Dev Phone 1. Basically, it's a "T-Mobile G1" that's SIM-unlocked and hardware unlocked, which will let users run...

Opera 4.2 Browser Blooms in Android’s Unwalled Garden

Opera Software has thrown open the doors to reveal the final version of its popular Opera Mini 4.2 browser for mobile phones. The 4.2 version has been in beta the last few weeks, and now that Opera Software has opened a new server park, users of the browser in the United States should see a 30 perce...

Jailbreak Makes Android a Little More Open

It seems as though the wide-open door for the Google Android-based T-Mobile G1 wasn't nearly wide enough. Intrepid hackers have blown the door right off the hinges and shined a big spotlight inside the smartphone software. What did they find? Full root privileges to the G1 file system. Breaking into...

Will Motorola Take Android Down Social Path?

Motorola is reportedly working to create its first Android-based smartphone. The first phone based on Google's open mobile operating system -- T-Mobile's G1 -- will show up Oct. 22, and Motorola will apparently be joining the party at an undisclosed later date. Still, a fashionably late entrance cou...

Mono 2.0 Spreads .Net to Linux and Mac

For developers who have fallen in love with .Net/C#, but aren't married to running their applications on Windows, the Mono Project aims to let Microsoft .Net-based apps run on Linux and Mac OS X, among several other platforms. Sponsored by Novell, the Mono Project has released Mono 2.0 of its cross-...

Will HTC and T-Mobile Get Android’s Gears Spinning?

T-Mobile may be partnering with cell phone handset manufacturer HTC to deliver the first smartphone running Google's Android platform, according to reports. Unnamed sources briefed on T-Mobile's plans have said the carrier could announce the phone as early as September -- and would almost certainly ...

Microsoft Feathers Apache’s Nest

In a somewhat surprising move from a company that rattled sabers with what seemed like the entire open source software world last year, Microsoft has become a sponsor of the open source Apache Software Foundation and has opened up some of its protocols for use by OSS developers. Microsoft's Sam Ramj...

Security Wonks Reveal Holes in Firefox Straight Out of the Gate

As Mozilla went after a Guinness World Record for the most downloads in a 24-hour period with its release of Firefox 3, it didn't take security researchers long to drop a bomb on all the browsing fun. TippingPoint's DVLabs reported that its Zero Day Initiative program received a critical vulnerabili...

Facebook’s Open Platform Gamble

The recent Facebook rumors have come true -- the social networking company is making much of its third-party application development platform open source. The company announced the change one year after it launched Facebook Platform. "On the anniversary of our platform launch, we want to give back t...

Google Marches Android Onstage for Show and Tell

Google reportedly took a moment to show off a prototype mobile phone based on its Android operating system at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco Wednesday. Android is Google's open source, Linux-based mobile phone OS, middleware stack and software development platform. Android has the backin...

Microsoft’s ODF Policy Gets Skeptical Reception From EU

It didn't take long for the European Union to react to Microsoft's Wednesday announcement that it would provide support for additional document formats in its market-dominating Microsoft Office productivity suite. Shortly after Microsoft announced that it would support the Open Document Format v1.1 ...

Firefox Inches Closer to V3 With First Release Candidate

Mozilla is creeping ever closer to dropping the final version of the much-anticipated Firefox 3 Web browser. The latest build is the first Release Candidate for Firefox 3, which means it's gone beyond the beta stage and is picking up a couple of last-minute polishes before it's offered up live to th...

Sun’s OpenSolaris to Shine Through Amazon’s Cloud

Sun Microsystems and the OpenSolaris community it created a few years ago have officially released the Unix-based OpenSolaris operating system into the wild. The two organizations shared the news at the CommunityOne Developer Conference Monday in San Francisco. OpenSolaris is based on Sun's Solaris ...

Google’s Schmidt Joins IBM’s Palmisano for Some Cloud Seeding

Two technology industry heavyweight CEOs -- Google's Eric Schmidt and IBM's Sam Palmisano -- took the stage together at IBM's PartnerWorld conference in Los Angeles Thursday to talk up their companies' cloud computing efforts, first publicly introduced last fall, which they say are still going stron...

Adobe Opens Formats to Shine Flash on More Screens

Adobe Systems has assembled a group of industry leaders in an effort to put its Flash-based rich Internet solutions and content on most every screen -- PCs, mobile phones, MP3 players, televisions and any other consumer electronic device that might have a screen worthy of delivering content. The eff...

iGoogle Hooks Up With OpenSocial

Google has opened up a new sandbox for developers designed to entice them into building richer social networking gadgets for iGoogle. iGoogle is basically a customizable home page for individuals that uses Web-based "gadgets" to deliver content to the page. The new sandbox will let developers contin...

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