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Articles tagged with: proprietary

Windows 8 Was Microsoft’s Idea

Microsoft has had a clever marketing scheme for Windows 7. Have you ever seen those commercials that go something along the lines of “My name is Mark, and Windows 7 was my idea.” Shoot, they even have those commercials in other languages (I’ve seen one in French).

Well, although that strategy may have worked out with Windows 7, it looks like Microsoft decided to take the reigns for Windows 8. No clue if this is related to any worry over a potential future lawsuit over a successful windows feature, or if Microsoft just wanted the street cred, but here’s an e-mail from Microsoft to a customer just trying to share their input.

Why Is Thunderbolt So Expensive?

We’ve all heard about Apple’s blazing faster Thunderbolt technology, but we also know that the speedy tech comes at a cost, $49 for a thunderbolt cable to be exact. At first, it just seemed that Apple was taking advantage of owning proprietary hardware, but then we got a closer look on why the cable is so expensive.

So what costs so much in the thunderbolt cable? Well, surprisingly it’s right by the port of the cord, where there is a small Gennum chip. This chip allows the data to reach a full duplex 10Gbps speed.

HP Considering Licensing Its webOS

Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard is currently speaking with various companies over its webOS mobile operating system. Sources claim that future Samsung tablets may sport the HP mobile OS. The move would give manufacturers such as Samsung a choice other than Windows or Android, giving consumers more options when purchasing a tablet.

It would be a win/win situation, in fact, if the deal went through. HP would be able to reach a larger user base through its webOS and tablet PC makers would be able to grab a larger portion of the market.

Sony Introduces New 3D Projector

Sony has recently shown us a new projector, the VPL-HW30ES 3D Projector (pictured top), that includes Sony’s latest lamp technology, a dynamic lamp control system, that has been designed to provide home movie fans with an “unrivaled 3D cinematic experience.”

The new 3D projector utilizes Sony’s proprietary High Frame Rate SXRD Panel, rocking a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and mastering a 70,000:1 contrast ratio, providing a brightness rating of 1,300lm.

Opinion: Chromebooks Will Fail

According to a posting from Macworld, Chrome notebooks are due to fail. Before you think, ugh, this is a posting from MacWorld, it was originally written by Tony Bradley from PCWorld. Whether Bradley is an Apple informant or undercover spy, it is interesting to read the three reasons he notes for chromebook’s doomsday. Bradley notes the importance of the Internet and how much we rely on the Internet for everyday computing.

WikiLeaks Threatens $20M Fine On Unpublished Leaks

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is now making his associates sign a nondisclosure agreement that asserts the organization’s leaked material is solely the property of the organization. The agreement states “You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information…the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.”

Huge Security Hole Found In Many Nikon Cameras

Researchers have recently discovered a flaw in the system used by Nikon professional digital cameras, the same system that ensures that images have not been tampered with. What usually happens in high-end SLR digital cameras is a unique and encrypted signing key is assigned to an image when it is shot. This image is then verified by Nikon’s proprietary Image Authentication System. When an image gets edited, this key is overwritten, and the software does this automatically.

Final Cut Pro X Due In June

Apple previewed Final Cut Pro X on Tuesday, the newest version of the very popular Final Cut series. The announcement arrived at the Final Cut Pro User Group Network Supermeet, held during the the Las Vegas 2011 National Association of Broadcasters Show.

The company claims that Final Cut Pro X has been rewritten from scratch, supporting 64-bit, a new user-interface, as well as a bunch more features. The new software makes use of the Mac OS X core and popular features like Cocoa, Core Animation, Open CL, and Grand Central Dispatch have been implemented to speed up and enhance performance. Even with all the changes,

Walgreen Buys Drugstore.com For $409 Million In Cash

Walgreens was founded in 1901 by Charles Walgreen Sr. Walgreen purchased the Chicago drugstore where he had worked as a pharmacist. His ambition fueled the start of the drugstore chain and has expanded since. About 100 years later, Walgreens opened it’s 3,000th store. Walgreens was also the first drugstore chain to offer prescription labels in multiple languages, across the nation. Today, you can pick up your prescription in any one of 14 different languages.

The well known drugstore has announced this morning that they will buy the online retailer Drugstore.com for 409 million dollars in cash. Those who previously had stock in Drugstore.com…