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Silicon Valley Startup, Pinger Launches Textfree Web

A Silicon Valley startup, dubbed Pinger, has just launched a free service for sending out text messages over a web browser. The feature is called Textfree Web and will be a great way to cut back on your text messaging for all you heavy texters out there!

With Pinger’s Textfree Web, users can select a local U.S. number and use it to send and receive texts to other mobile numbers online. You can even send texts through the platform to as many as 18 different countries for free, and the service applies to photo messages too!

New CAM Storage Is Much Faster Than Any SSD

Before solid-state drives came around, data storage on PCs happened at a relatively slow pace using traditional hard disk drives which utilize a spinning disk between 3,800 RPM (less common) to 7,200 RPM (more common). Although solid state technology is faster and more reliable than hard drives, it’s still nothing compared to the speed of RAM (Random Access Memory).

With this in mind, NEC developed a new Content Addressable Memory (CAM) system that stores data without using any power. The new CAM modules are as fast as RAM modules, making it a top contender for future technology around the globe.

IPv6 Testing Goes Well, Full 2012 Launch To Come

According to experts in Technology, the Internet successfully passed the IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) test without any serious problems this week due to hundreds of companies jumping on board during the 24-hour stress test.

The Internet Society had organized the test to raise awareness for the need of a transition to IPv6 as the number of Internet addresses are slowly winding down. It is essential that we take the time now to understand the glitches in the system before a mass transition to the IPv6 platform, which is expect in 2012.

Charge Your Cellphone With An Artistic Lamp

A designer by the name of Samuel Li, from Albany, New York has invented a cool stacked Leaf lantern system in an effort to bring green technology into the home for practical uses. The lamp is half flashlight and half torch, a cell phone charger, and is 100% solar powered.

The lamp concept unfolds in segments around the center axis which exposes the internal solar panels to the sun, and works best when placed by a windows that receives a lot of light.

Apple Set To Build Spaceship-Like Campus

Apple has plans to build a new campus with a circular building, that looks a lot like a spaceship. The new building will be based in Cupertino, near the company’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and will house 12,000 Apple employees. Apple claims that the building is necessary to keep up with the company’s growth.

The lot was purchased from HP as the company had to downsize during the recession. Steve Jobs said it was same property he once worked at when he was offered a job at HP in 1969, and that the lot had a special place in his heart.

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.

Nvidia Analyst Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

Former Nvidia financial analyst and 39 year old Sonny Nguyen pleaded guilty today to a criminal charge. Nguyen pleaded guilty to tipping a former Global Research consultant about Nvidia’s quarterly financial results before they were announced to the public. He claimed to have done this both in 2007 and 2008. Nguyen was released on a $100,000 bond but is expected to testify at the trial.

He is among at least 14 people who have been charged in the investigation and pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud. I suppose Nguyen was looking for a lighter sentence by pleading guilty and spilling the beans. He said,

Google Buys Tech Startup, Sparkbuy

A Seattle startup named Sparkbuy has just announced that it has been swallowed up by Google. The purchase comes just one month after Dan Shapiro started the company which had an online service allowing users to compare prices and features of various electronics gadgets. This is the second company Dan Shapiro has sold or merged in the past 18 months.

It is quite common for well known companies to swallow startups, usually more so for the human capital than any products built. As part of the deal however, Google will be shutting down Sparkbuy’s service.

Wal Mart Acquires Kosmix For Social Initiatives

In a time of buyouts, Wal-Mart is buying Kosmix, a social media company that is based in the heart of silicon valley, Mountain View, California. Although Wal-Mart did not mention specifics of the agreement, they did say that the acquisition will be instrumental in rolling out new social and mobile initiatives.

Wal-Mart continued in saying that the @WalmartLabs team will work hard on building its social and mobile commerce strategy in efforts to keep its online and in-store avenues in tact. I believe this is a necessary move for Wal-Mart, a corporation that now has physical stores in 15 countries and e-commerce businesses in nine countries.

Apple’s A5 Beats Nvidia’s Tegra 2 Chip

A recent slew of results have shown that Apple’s A5 chip slaughters the Nvidia Tegra 2 silicon when it comes to graphics. Apple claims that the A5 silicon is twice as fast than the previous generation with nine times better graphics. According to Tiernan Ray from Barron’s, Apple’s chip is two and half times larger than Nvidia’s. He goes on to say that the A5 measures 122 square millimeters versus 49 square millimeters for the Tegra 2 chip.

Now, the Tegra 2 chip is manufactured on a 40 nanometer process while the A5 is on a Samsung 45 nanometer process, making Apple’s chip physically larger. Although both chips run on ARM-designed Cortex-A9 processing cores, the Tegra 2 uses Nvidia’s GeForce tetechnologies rather than…