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Articles Archive for Author Sarah Branny

Google Acquires RSS Startup, PostRank

Google acquired PostRank yesterday. Postrank is an RSS startup, and the move proves to be a continuation of Google’s strategy to go social. PostRank basically lets users plug into any RSS feed for analysis. The system ranks feeds by the number of comments, inbound links, Twitter shares, Facebook shares, and other social cues.

Analysts are guessing that the PostRank technology will be implemented into Google Analytics, but it is unsure what exactly Google plans to do with the recent buy.

Pandora Sets IPO Terms, Expect $8 Per Share

The online radio company, Pandora Media Inc. has filed terms for $109.5 million IPO on Thursday. The owners of Pandora will sell 13.68 million shares at $7 to $9 a piece ($8 average), according to an amended filing with S.E.C. (Securities and Exchange Commission).

Pandora was launched in 2005, and was the first online radio service that used a special algorithm based on the Music Genome Project (a database built by teams of music experts that analyzes songs) to select a playlist for users based on preferred and disliked songs.

Hybrid Tractors Reduce Fuel Consumption By 50%

Heavy duty machinery, such as tractors have been used for mining and agriculture for a very long time. When these heavy duty machines are used, not only do they use up a lot of fuel and produce byproduct carbon emissions, but they are used for hours on end- usually to get some type of job done.

Fortunately, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have taken the success of hybrid technology from cars and implanted that knowledge to build hybrid machines. The heavy duty hybrids use both combustion and electric engines, cutting fuel consumption in half.

Microsoft Planning To Acquire Nokia For 19 Billion?

Reports have begun to spring up, suggesting that Microsoft might be getting ready to swallow Nokia for $19 billion. While Nokia has three main business groups: Mobile Phones, Smart Devices, and Markets. Mobile Phones would be the only one that would be taken over for the 19 billion.

This is an interesting bit of news when you consider that Nokia announced that a number of their phones will support Windows Phone 7, coupled with the fact of the mobile operating system, Symbian, being undesired for a large majority of mobile users.

HP Executive Scorecard Coming Soon

Nope, we are not talking about the CEO’s grade report, here. HP is set to introduce a new scorecard application that will be able to visually summarize metrics taken from other HP software. The goal behind the scorecard application is to combine operational and management data under a unified set. HP’s senior direct of product marketing, Piet Loubser offered an example.

Loubser noted that if a tool measured the financial healthy of a given project shows that the project is under budget, but miss the fact that the project is behind schedule, the metric would be captured only on project management software.

Acer Updates Liquidmini With Gingerbread

Acer has just announced its updated line of liquidmini smartphones, now, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While the original colors included silver, blue, black, green, and pink, the new liquidmini phones come in cherry, lagoon, pearl, and steel. All phones feature a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, rocking a 320 x 480 pixel resolution.

One of the camera’s core features is its 5 megapixel camera, a camera good enough to snap your favorite memories while you’re on vacation.

Samsung Working On Groundbreaking LCD Technology?

Samsung held a ceremony in Suzhou, China for its new 7.5 generation fabrication facility. The factory will be setup by Samsung Suzhou LCD (SSL), a joint venture between Samsung and Suzhou Industrial Park. TCL Corporation will invest about $3 billion USD in the project. The 600K square feet fabrication line will begin mass producing panels by the second quarter of 2013.

The factory will produce 100,000 glass substrates (1950 x 2250mm) per month. This factory will be the largest advanced LCD production factory in China. The fabrication facility will include materials, component suppliers, LCD panel, and module production and distribution.

WordPress Gets Critical Update

Automattic, maker of Wordpress, has just issued an update that fixes some major security holes on the system. The upgrade is called WordPress 3.1.3 and fixes media file vulnerabilities. The security holes were first found by a Microsoft Vulnerability Research team after the company decided to move its LiveSpaces bloggers to Wordpress.

Not only does the updated WP platform fix security gaps but also features new security enhancements. The update includes ‘clickjacking’ protection for both admin and login pages and is only available in up-to-date browsers.

Official: Windows 8 Coming Next Year

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer confirmed that Windows 8 was coming out in 2012 during his speech at the Japanese Developer Forum. Ballmer also said that tablets would be the core part of the company’s newest operating system. I guess he was bummed out last week when an Intel executive spilled the beans and took the glory of the tablet-based Windows 8.

Ballmer added that consumers should expect to hear a lot about Windows 8 (as if we hadn’t heard it enough already) and that there will be tons of Windows 8 slates, tablets, PCs, and a variety of different shapes and sizes.

Fujitsu Throws Down New Workstation Laptops

Fujitsu has just announced a pair of new workstation laptops that are designed to run data intensive applications such as those needed for computer-aided design. Fujitsu claim that only these notebooks offer comparable computing power to a desktop workstation. The notebooks are called the Celsius H910 and Celsius H710 notebooks.

The H910 claims 17.3 inches of screen real-estate and can be supplemented with either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. The H910 gives options for an Nvidia Quadro 4000M or 3000M graphics and offers up to 32GB of RAM.