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Microsoft’s “reimagining” of its Windows 8 operating system and company brand may also stretch to its own line of hardware keyboards too. Czech Republic-based WinMag claims it has received images of a Wedge Mobile keyboard, complete with the redesigned Windows logo. the Wedge Mobile keyboard looks to be a small keyboard designed for mobile use and appears to include some type of cover.
The Wedge keyboard will be “introduced very soon” according to the site, and will be sold together with Windows 8. Microsoft previously revealed that its hardware partners will start to use the new Windows logo on PCs and phones later this year, with the company’s Surface device adopting it too. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment on this apparent new range of keyboards and we’ll update you accordingly.
Marketing departments want us to believe that PCs, laptops and netbooks become obsolete after a couple of years, but it’s not true.Long Description: the computer industry has evolved over the years more rapidly than any industry in contemporary history. Year after year engineers have worked valiantly to bring us, the end users, faster and more capable hardware without sacrificing reliability. Programmers and application developers have been equally quick to develop new software that puts to use the new hardware specifications. however, while striving to sell more and more products, marketing departments want us to believe that PCs, laptops and netbooks become obsolete after a couple of years, and not replacing them makes us luddites.It’s not true. except for high-end gaming, a mid-level system bought in 2006 will provide enough functionality to get work done and have fun in 2011. Word processing, Internet surfing, watching movies shouldn’t make your old system think twice, granted it is configured correctly, up-to-date and has an operating system that’s efficient and performance oriented. Also with this free guide you will also receive daily updates on new cool websites and programs in your email for free courtesy of MakeUseOf.
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July 1, 2012 By: Eric Gakstatter GPS World
This discussion of current trends in location-enabled mobile devices takes as its foundation the different operating systems (OSs) for those devices. Why? For GPS/GNSS hardware units to be useful, there have to be software applications — apps — also riding on those units. Apps are totally dependent on the operating system. an analogy is that the operating system is the foundation of a house and the app is the house itself. the type of foundation you have drives what type of house you can build.
For example, no one is going to write an app today for Palm OS because that OS is essentially dead. while that’s an obvious one, a not-so-obvious one is Microsoft Windows Mobile. Most apps written for professional users are written in Windows Mobile, but Microsoft hasn’t done a good job of communicating its intentions regarding Windows Mobile, so users and developers think Microsoft may abandon it.
On the other hand, Android is gaining so much momentum. Will developers rewrite their apps from Windows Mobile for Android? Or for Apple’s iOS? can they afford to? can they afford not to? If they don’t, that would mean that fewer professional apps will be available for Android and iOS users. Will that mean Windows Mobile will be the OS for professional GPS/GNSS users, and conversely, will Android/iOS be the OS for consumer-level GPS/GNSS users? Taking it to a practical conclusion, according to the type of mobile computing device that you purchase, what kind of location application will you be able to use?
Smartphones. Apple iOS’s new Maps app will likely be the largest scale crowd-sourced app ever introduced.
For the past decade, GPS personal navigation device (PND) sales have burned white-hot. in 2007, Garmin experienced double- and triple-digit growth, selling more than 10 million units. TomTom grew from zero to hero and sold more than 9.5 million units in that same year. During that brief golden era, every consumer electronics company who was anyone took a stab at introducing a PND to get a piece of the action. As unlikely as it seems, Garmin and TomTom stayed on top, fighting off consumer electronic giants like Sony, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips, all orders of magnitude larger. PNDs ruled the GPS world during that era.
At the height of that period of explosive GPS PND growth, Apple introduced a new generation of smartphone, the iPhone, in January 2007. at that time, there were approximately 17 million smartphones on the market. Nokia with its Symbian operating system led the pack at 63 percent of worldwide market share, Blackberry was the rising smartphone of choice, while Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system captured 18 percent. Google’s Android operating system had not yet debuted.
It’s amazing how a mass-market technology, so personal to us all, can change so quickly. Today, Google’s Android operating system dominates the smartphone market (roughly144.4 million smartphones were sold in Q1 alone of 2012, according to Gartner Research) with a 56.1 percent share. Apple’s iOS follows at 22.9 percent; Symbian (Nokia) has fallen from leader to bit player at 8.6 percent, and keeps company in the low rungs with RIM/BlackBerry (6.9 percent), Samsung’s Bada (2.7 percent), and Microsoft Windows (1.9 percent).
The trend is clear. Android and iOS are cleaning up at the expense of all the others. Is it any coincidence that these two are the ones making the most of their maps and nav? more on this in a moment.
Even with GPS PND prices at an all-time low, Google’s Navigator, with high-quality, PND-like turn-by-turn street navigation, is included on Android smartphones free of charge. Apple is following suit. just last month, Apple introduced the Maps app for turn-by-turn street navigating as well as real-time traffic information. With more than 100 million iPhones behaving like traffic sensors, Apple’s Maps app will likely be the largest scale crowd-sourced app ever introduced.
What does this mean to Garmin and TomTom? the numbers don’t lie. in February 2012, TomTom reported a 40 percent decrease in GPS PND sales for Q4 2011 compared to Q4 2010.
Tablet computers. While GPS chipsets aren’t as widely integrated in tablets as they are in mobile phones, that will change as GPS/GNSS use becomes more ubiquitous.
For another wild ride, take a look at the tablet-computer market. the tablet has been around for many years. I remember playing with them in the 1990s when they were horribly expensive ($3,000–$5,000). the price, a limited outdoor-viewable display, and power usage all combined to squash unit sales. Only a few manufacturers such as Fujitsu had the determination to stay. that all changed in 2010 when Apple introduced the iPad.
Prior to the iPad rollout, tablet computer sales were limited primarily to business users. Healthcare provided a particular arena for Fujitsu and others to focus on, and there were a few other markets that were not very price-sensitive, and so receptive to the tablet. the iPad blew away that $3–5K price point (iPad 2, $629) and brought the tablet experience to the average consumer. the result? Roughly 67 million units sold since its introduction, far surpassing all tablet computer unit sales in history in just two years. Apple hit a sweet spot, for sure.
The iPad catalyzed the tablet industry for two reasons:
- It opened the eyes of the consumer to the applications of a tablet computer.
- It drove the price-point expectation of all tablets down.
Of course, the iPad has its limitations. It runs Apple’s proprietary operating system, iOS, so you are limited to the number of apps written for that platform. It also lacks horsepower to run more challenging programs that an Intel or AMD-based computer can breeze through. from a GPS/GNSS perspective, certain models of the iPad sport a GNSS chipset (from Broadcom) similar to mobile phones; however, because of the way the GPS functionality is designed into the system, accuracy is limited to a few meters at best. Power GPS/GNSS users would love it if Apple would implement serial port profile (SPP) in its Bluetooth software. then, GPS/GNSS users could attach any Bluetooth-compliant GPS/GNSS receiver they like, even RTK-capable receivers for centimeter-level accuracy. But Apple doesn’t seem interested.
As in the mobile-phone market, Google is making a strong tablet play with its Android operating system. Google’s device-agnostic operating system is attracting tablet hardware makers in droves with iPad-like tablet computers, notably Samsung Galaxy (with GPS) and Amazon Kindle fire (no GPS). also, there’s an interesting link between mobile phones and tablets. Gartner reports that 40 percent of user apps run on both mobile phones and a corresponding tablet computer. this is significant because the operating system may well drive the tablet purchase. For example, a person with an iPhone is more likely to buy an iPad than a Samsung Galaxy, which runs Google Android.
However, Android has not achieved the dominance in the tablet computer space that it has in smartphones. iOS (iPad) held 67 percent market share in 2011, falling to 61 percent in 2012,but still retaining the pole position. Android is a strong second with 29 percent in 2011, rising to 32 percent in 2012, according to Gartner. No other operating system even comes close.
Gartner forecasts show that Android will eventually approach iOS in market share, and my guess is that it will overtake iOS within five years. Apple’s proprietary system will catch up to it. while GPS/GNSS chipsets aren’t as widely integrated in tablets as they are in mobile phones, that will change as GPS/GNSS use becomes even more ubiquitous. further, there are plenty of ways to add GPS to a non-GPS model via Bluetooth, PCMCIA, and USB.
Android supports Bluetooth SPP, or a derivation of it, so you can connect any Bluetooth SPP-compliant GPS receiver that you like and not be limited to the receiver chipset the tablet engineer decided to design into the system.
Personal digital assistants. a new breed of semi-rugged and rugged PDAs has emerged in the past year from small, niche-oriented companies.
Although PDAs have an embedded receiver, they are lower-precision systems, in the 1- to 5-meter range, largely due to poor antennas. For higher precision requirements, these are used as field data collectors connected to an external antenna and/or a high-precision GPS/GNSS receiver.
Handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) were all the rage 10 years ago when Compaq Computer Corp. introduced the iPAQ H3100 running Microsoft’s PPC2000 (Pocket PC) operating system, the precursor to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system. the iPAQ made a strong run through 2009, with the last models running Windows Mobile 6 before smartphones became powerful enough to negate the purpose of the PDA.
While we probably will never see another introduction of a new iPAQ-branded PDA, it was a useful device and an inexpensive handheld for interfacing to GPS/GNSS receivers. Albeit a niche market, there’s still a demand for such handhelds for field data collection.
According to the nature of capitalism, where there’s a demand, suppliers will show up. Since the iPAQ has faded, and smartphones aren’t yet well-suited as field data-collection devices, a new breed of semi-rugged and rugged PDAs has emerged in the past year from small, niche-oriented companies. Examples include the SXPad from Geneq, Juno 3 series from Trimble, and the Mesa/Rampage 6 from Juniper Systems/SDG Systems.
These devices, with GPS/GNSS receivers embedded, are not built for the average consumer. their prices are higher — but coming down — and they are more rugged; some are water-resistant, some waterproof.
In a nutshell, PDAs went professional, targeting organizations that need maximum data-collection productivity from field personnel. although they have an embedded receiver, they are lower-precision systems, in the 1- to 5-meter range, largely due to poor antennas. For higher precision requirements, these are used as field data collectors connected via Bluetooth to a high-precision GPS/GNSS receiver.
Although the professional PDA market is not immune to the operating-system wars we’ve seen in mobile phones and tablet computers, it’s a bit stickier. Professional data-collection apps have been written almost exclusively around the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. these niche software programs are written for relatively small audiences (compared to the mass-market apps on smartphones), and it can be economically tough to justify porting the apps to iOS or Android. Therefore, the professional PDA market has been slower in adopting iOS and Android.
Microsoft hasn’t helped the cause. It stopped certifying new products with the Windows Mobile operating system, creating confusion in the user community. Is Microsoft exiting the mobile device business? not according to the company. It appears that it has split the mobile device business into two operating systems. Smartphones will run Windows Phone, and other mobile devices will run Windows Embedded Handheld, which is compatible with Windows Mobile.
The problem, the confusion, and the frustration come from the fact that the Windows Phone operating system is not compatible with Windows Mobile (or Windows Embedded Handheld). Microsoft split the market between smartphones and other Microsoft-driven mobile devices. given Gartner’s research that 40 percent of users’ smartphone apps also run on a tablet device, this means that Microsoft is going to either change that dynamic or suffer the consequences.
No matter which direction mobile devices take, be it phone, handheld, or tablets running Android, iOS, Windows, or something we haven’t yet seen, embedded GPS/GNSS functionality will remain the centerpiece of location technology in all mobile devices. Even more exciting are the new GNSS signals and constellations in the next five years that will bring unprecedented accuracy to all mobile devices, driving the development of a tremendous number of new apps to exploit the improving accuracy.
Eric Gakstatter is contributing editor for survey at GPS World magazine and the editor of Geospatial Solutions. he has spent the past 20 years in the GPS survey/mapping industry, using many brands of GPS equipment and software. he is a non-partisan advocate for the GPS user community, and a frequent speaker at user and technical conferences. See his four monthly newsletters at gpsworld.com/editorials.
With Mountain Lion set for a July release, Gizmag offers some tips on backing up, cleaning up and optimizing your Mac to make the upgrade process go as smoothly as can be for those wishing to adopt Apple’s latest “big cat.”
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The OS X upgrade process has been refined over the years and is now so simple as to only require a visit to the Mac App Store to purchase, download and install Mountain Lion. However, it’s still advisable to ensure your Mac is fully updated and backed-up before upgrading an operating system, just in case.
Remember that some applications could cease to work, or become unstable, with a new iteration of OS X. The Mac App Store has sped up the process for developers who wish to update their apps, but many non-Mac App Store apps will still lag behind, so before proceeding, check out this handy compatibility table by Roaring Apps and make sure your most important apps are ready for Mountain Lion.
Time Machine is an excellent backup utility which has shipped with Mac OS X since Leopard. However, in addition to using Time Machine, it can be beneficial to consider making a clone of one’s hard drive.
Carbon Copy Cloner lacks Time Machine’s sheen and ease of use, but its basic cloning feature is still fairly simple to use: just navigate to the relevant download page and install the app, then ensure you have an empty hard drive partition to copy the data to. Once this is done, select the correct source and destination, then wait while Carbon Copy Cloner does its thing. Be warned that, if using an external USB hard drive and a lot of data, this can take some time.
There’s no need to remove applications or files just because an operating system upgrade is looming. However, we often collect unwanted apps and media files over the years, so Mountain Lion’s imminent release is as an opportune time to clear out any clutter.
There is already a handy storage utility built into OS X Lion and to make use of it navigate to:
About This Mac, More Info, and then click on the Storage tab.
This will bring up the above information screen, from which we can see an overview of the kind of files which reside on our hard drive and decide whether or not those four seasons of The Sopranos are really worth the extra space they take up.
Mac users tend to delete their applications by simply performing a drag-and-drop to the Trash. There’s nothing at all wrong with this method but it can leave behind harmless hidden files which can, on occasion, rise to hundreds of megabytes in size. To prevent this, we can use a very lightweight, unobtrusive and free application called AppTrap which will bring up a prompt every time a user attempts to delete a file, asking if the user would like those additional hidden files to also be removed.
In addition, OS X makes use of cache files to speed up applications and over time these cache files can grow in size, taking up valuable room. there are two widely-recommended apps which help in the process of removing such cache files: Onyx and CleanMyMac. Both applications are very useful and do largely the same thing, but though Onyx is free it’s perhaps a little less intuitive than its competitor.
The arrival of OS X Lion heralded a new digital-only era of operating system delivery for Apple, but not everybody is comfortable ditching an install drive and there are still several situations where it comes in useful, such as when upgrading several Macs at once or performing a clean install of OS X.
First, a disclaimer: we’re getting this out to you ahead of time, and though we think it’s unlikely, it’s perfectly possible that Apple could change the Mountain Lion installation process so that the following instructions no longer work. that said…
Burn a Mountain Lion DVD
Begin by visiting the Mac App Store and purchasing Mountain Lion. Let Mountain Lion download but before installing the operating system, navigate to your Applications folder and right-click on Mountain Lion’s installer.
Now choose “Show Package Contents” from the right-click menu and open the folder titled “Shared Support”. within this folder there should be an image titled “InstallESD.dmg” or something very similar. This .dmg file is the Mountain Lion disc image, so copy it onto the Desktop folder and create a DVD by right-clicking the .dmg file then selecting “Burn” from the menu.
Create a Mountain Lion external install drive
If you’d prefer to create a Mountain Lion external install drive with an external hard drive or USB stick, follow the above instructions to get the .dmg image file on the Desktop and then rename the .dmg image to (without quotes) “Mountain Lion.dmg”. Double click the Mountain Lion.dmg image to mount it.
Before proceeding any further, we’ll need to prepare an external hard drive or USB stick with roughly 8 GB of free space. Providing this is available and plugged into the Mac, continue onward.
Open Disk Utility and select Mountain Lion.dmg file from the left hand pane. Select “Restore” from the right hand pane and ensure that the “Destination” box contains the desired hard drive or USB which is to become the install drive, and that the “Erase destination” box is ticked.
Drag the image file titled Mountain Lion.dmg over from the left pane to the “Source” box. It will now be named “Mac OS X Install ESD”. Make sure everything looks correct, matching up with the screenshot above and click “Restore”.
After some minutes you should now have a Mountain Lion install drive. To boot from this drive, switch on your Mac while holding down the “alt” key, then choose it from the prompt which will then appear. Now you may install Mountain Lion normally.
The minimum specifications which a Mac needs to meet in order to run Mountain Lion are relatively low and most Macs will either already meet those needs or else be shut out by Apple’s contentious decision to cut off support to older Macs. that said, if you would like to take the opportunity of Mountain Lion’s impending launch to upgrade your Mac, here’s a couple of common-sense hardware upgrades.
Random-access memory (RAM) is the working memory which OS X makes use of in order to run several applications at once. if you’re running any resource-heavy applications such as Adobe Photoshop, you’re likely to notice an increase in performance following an upgrade.
Unfortunately, MacBook Air users are unable to upgrade, because in the bid to make the ultra-portable notebook as slim as possible, Apple soldered the Air’s RAM to the motherboard, rendering it non-upgradeable. For the rest of us, however, RAM is an easy and (relatively) cheap upgrade. Crucial Memory makes it easy to choose which kind of RAM you need, though there are many other places which sell RAM too. Detailed instructions on installation can be found at the informative iFixit.
While RAM can give you a noticeable performance boost for relatively little money, a solid-state drive (SSD) will really make your Mac fly. Applications will load quicker, your Mac will boot in seconds and everything will simply feel faster overall. As opposed to classic hard drives, SSDs contain no moving parts and use Flash memory, making them silent and very fast. The cost of SSD’s has fallen significantly, but it can still be an expensive or impractical proposition if you have a lot of media to store.
There are many SSDs to choose from and your own choice will depend on personal preferences and budget, but two recommended models include the latest Crucial Memory SSD offering and the Samsung 830 Series. Installing an SSD into any Mac (besides the MacBook Air) should be a simple process and, again, iFixit has instructions for doing so.
If you’d like to copy all your existing data to an SSD then you can use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone your hard drive, then copy that data onto the new SSD. Just be sure to read Carbon Copy Cloner’s help text for more information before getting started.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin today played the role of ringmaster in a modern-day circus for the second time at Google I/O as parachutists jumped from an airship to the roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center and bikers jumped and then rappelled down the exterior of the building.
Inside, entertainers from Cirque du Soleil offered a brief preview of how they are transforming their live acrobatic performances into a virtual world using a Web site built using HTML5 and CSS3 tools and designed to run on almost any Web-based device.
The performers offered a brief demo of the new site on a Google Chromebook, an iPad and a Macbook running Google’s Chrome operating system.
At one point, an acrobat in the virtual world moved through 3-dimensional space and drew applause from the Google I/O audience of developers.
Called a “sensory Chrome Experiment crafted by Cirque du Soleil,” the ” Movi, Kanti, Revo” site is named for the three Esperanto words for “Moving, Singing and Dreaming.”
Users of the site follow a mysterious hostess and use gestures and sounds to navigate the world created by Cirque du Soleil.
The site will use sensor technology to detect the gestures. neither Google or Cirque would elaborate on the sensor technology involved.
The on-stage demo was done by Joanne Fillion of Cirque and Aubrey Anderson of Subatomic, a partner in the project.
The site is slated to launch in September, but Cirque has posted a 45-second video giving a movie-trailer type preview and is allowing visitors to register to be kept informed on its progress.
The Movi, Kanti, Revo site says that visitors will find a virtual world where they can view Cirque performances “and live an emotional journey made of love, doubts, hope and dreams.”
The evolution of Chrome as both a browser and an OS was also a centerpiece of the second-day Google I/O keynote — a stark contrast to the launch of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q media hub, and the announcement that the Google Play store now houses some 400,000 apps.
Google announced Thursday that the Chrome browser now runs on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Chrome for Android was announced in February.
Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Google Chrome, noted that the new Cirque Web site — and others — will run well on tablets like the Nexus 7, which runs the new Android 4.1 OS, also known as Jelly Bean.
Pichai summarized much of the Chrome news from his keynote in a blog, complete with a video.
Even though the Cirque Web site preview wowed the Google I/O crowd, some reporters left the hall grousing that Cirque acrobats didn’t do any stunts at all on the stage.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt’s RSS feed . His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HTC hasn’t given up on tablets, as a benchmark posted online reveals the Taiwanese company is crafting a brand-new slate. Could this be the “unique” device HTC has promised?
Dubbed the HTC Vertex, the mysterious tablet is an unknown quantity in terms of its design, but the benchmark — posted at NenaMark — reveals the Vertex will contain a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. That’s the same chip that powers the mighty HTC one X.
The benchmark, which was first spotted by a Japanese blog, pegs the display as sporting 1,280×752 pixels, putting the screen resolution over the 720-pixel mark it needs to count as ‘HD’.
Apart from that all that’s offered is the operating system, which is Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a shame not to see the newer 4.1 Jelly Bean cropping up, but as this mythical tablet is far from a final product, it’s possible that the Vertex will have the latest edition by the time it goes on sale.
I’ve been disappointed with HTC’s tablet efforts to date. Despite churning out some cracking smart phones, devices like the HTC Flyer have failed to impress.
HTC might be better off focusing on making phones, having been pushed off the Android top spot by Samsung, but it seems the company is determined to make tablets work. an HTC bod recently said a new tablet was en route, and that it would have “something unique to offer”.
Intriguing, eh? Though based on these leaked specs the Vertex, while powerful, isn’t offering anything I’d call ‘unique’ so far.
What would you like to see in the Vertex? Should HTC even bother taking on the iPad and Nexus 7? Let me know in the comments or on our Facebook wall.
When using an IBM System Storage DS5000 Storage Subsystem with an IBM System Storage EXP5060 Storage Expansion Enclosure (EXP5060) attached, the Prepare for Removal function in the Storage Manager Graphical User Interface (GUI) will illuminate the wrong power supply on the selected EXP5060.
The two (2) power supplies are listed in the Prepare for Removal drop-down menu in reverse order, bottom first and then Top:
If the first power supply in the list is selected (labeled as Bottom), then the blue Service Allowed Light Emitting Diode (LED) on the top power supply will be illuminated.
If the second power supply in the list is selected (labeled as Top), then the blue Service Allowed LED on the bottom power supply will be illuminated.
The system may be any of the following IBM servers:
- DS5100 Storage Controller, type 1818, any model
- DS5300 Storage Controller, type 1818, any model
The system is configured with one or more of the following IBM Options:
- EXP5060 High Density Enclosure, type 1818, any model
This tip is not software specific.
This behavior has been corrected in the 10.83.x5.18 and later releases of the IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager client.
The file is available by selecting the appropriate Product Group, Product name, Product machine type, and operating system on IBM Support’s Fix Central web page here
When using the Prepare for Removal function for the EXP5060 power supply, select the power supply labeled bottom if the top power supply is desired. Select the power supply labeled Top if the bottom power supply is desired.
To navigate to the Prepare for Removal window, see the following example:
Enterprise ManagementSubsystem ManagementAdvancedTrouble ShootingPrepare for Removal
Once in the Prepare for Removal window, use the drop-down box to select the enclosure that you are working with. after the enclosure is selected, use the other drop-down box to select the component in that enclosure that you want to work with (i.e. the power supply).
This issue occurs because the Storage Manager client is using an incorrect index when listing the power supplies.
The Workaround allows the user to select the desired power supply regardless of the label.
The Fix for this issue will ensure that the Storage Manager client uses the correct value when indexing the two (2) power supplies on an EXP5060.
Huawei has announced that its low-cost Android smartphone, Honour, which touts a longer unplugged life, is now available to customers living in the UK.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker said that the Huawei Honour comes with a 4-inch HD touchscreen display, a 1.4MHz single-core processor, preinstalled Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a durable 1900mAh battery. The company did not say if or when the handset will receive an Android ICS update, but its hardware specifications looks capable enough to handle the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
Other notable features of the Honour include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with HD video recording and LED flash, a 2-megapixel front camera for video calls, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, DLNA and 1GB of embedded memory that still has room for expansion through a microSD card slot.
“The Honour demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to bring new smartphone power and functionality to the masses,” said Huawei’s UK VP Mark Mitchinson. “it combines a fantastic engine with great design and power to burn, and it skimps on no feature. In a connected world that never sleeps, the Honour lasts longer than the rest.”
The Huawei Honour, which costs approximately £250, is now available from several SIM free retailers within the UK.
After a short delay the latest Fedora 17, has now arrived and is available to download. Fedora 17 nicknamed “Beefy Miracle” during development includes the latest version of the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment and a number of new enhancements under the hood.
As well as Updated developer tools including Juno, Eclipse, GCC 4.7, and Java 7, GIMP 2.8 image editor and improvements for servers and cloud-based applications.
“The latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system’s Desktop Edition. It’s everything you need to try out Fedora — you don’t have to erase anything on your current system to try it out, and it won’t put your files at risk. Take Fedora for a test drive, and if you like it, you can install Fedora directly to your hard drive straight from the Live Media desktop if you like.”
Fedora 17 is now available to download from the Fedora project website, together with more information about all the various flavours of Fedora available.
A game server is webserver that runs locally or remotely used by clients for multiplayer video games. Majority of video games that are played on the Internet are able to run through a connection to a game hostserver. a game server is also referred to as a host or a shard. It is known as a host when one of the game clients also functions as the server while it is referred to as a shard in the context of multiplayer games where there is a large number of players.
Companies that rent out game servers are also known as game service providers or GSPs. Members of gaming clans, a term used to refer to a group of players playing online games together, often donate cash each month in order to pay for the monthly fee of the servers they rent out. There are two types of game service providers, namely those that are based on the operating system of Windows and those that are based on the operating system of FreeBSD and Linux. GSPs often have web tools to allow clients to configure and control the game server.
There are two basic types of game servers. these are listen servers and dedicated servers. Listen servers run on the same machine as the game client. This allows the client to host and play the game at the same time. the main problem with a listen server is that the server also shuts down when the client is disconnected since the server and host client run together. Listen servers are only able to support a limited number of players due to CPU and bandwidth requirements. Such servers are usually run by an individual in a LAN setting.
The second type of game server is the dedicated server. Dedicated servers run on a separate unit which is usually found in a data center. Such servers have a high bandwidth and are able to support a large number of players at the same time. Dedicated servers are preferred over listen servers when it comes to computer-based multiplayer games, especially games that involve a huge number of players.