LucidLogix virtualization t! ech enab les AMD and NVIDIA GPUs to play together with Sandy Bridge originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Gallery: HTC Media Link
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Update: So we just gave 3.0 a spin, calling iPhone-to-iPhone (both WiFi), iPhone-to-desktop (both WiFi), and again iPhone-to-iPhone (both 3G). The first two worked great, although the desktop camera produced better quality. As for the worst-case scenario, 3G-to-3G video calling, well... we wouldn't recommend it unless absolutely necessary. Video after the break, and be sure to note the battery life -- after about 10 minutes of use, we dropped from 66 percent to 61.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Skype video calling for iPhone is official, available now (update: hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | iTunes | Email this | Comments
Gigabyte slips out Atom N550-based M1005, Q2005 netbooks originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 02:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Netbook News | Gigabyte (1), (2) | Email this | Comments
LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader brings DLNA, apps, and a web browser to formerly dumb displays originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:19:00 E! DT. Ple ase see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Sharp Galapagos media tablets will bring 3G and EPUB content to US e-reader market in 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 05:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Netbook News! | Mainichi Daily News | Email this | Comments
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Intel 310 mSATA SSD knows that size matters, fits 80GB into less space than a credit card originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Olympus XZ-1 and other pre-CES camera rumors from Sony and Panasonic originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | 4/3 Rumors, Sony Alpha Rumors | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: HEX iPod nano 6G watch band
HEX ships iPod nano watch band, dares you to destroy it (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | HEX | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 10:43 AM
At the end of the year, it's always fun to look back at the places you've gone and things you've done in the past 12 months, and if you log your comings and goings with apps like Foursquare or Twitter, doing that year in review is even easier.
To use Where Do You go, you've got to log in with your Google Account and authorize it to index your Foursquare check-ins, which gave me pause, since I keep my Foursquare history private. But, the app doesn't publish check-in details, just your past whereabouts in aggregate. You can delete all your data from the app if you want to just try it and bail. If you keep your account, the map updates with each new check-in, but only displays check-ins which are more than 24 hours old for privacy reasons. It's fun to see what areas of different cities you favor most—apparently I rarely travel above 34th street in Manhattan—and it can give you even more motivation to visit areas you normally don't, even in your home city. Someday I hope to get a similar heatmap view in ThinkUp for posts from Twitter and Facebook, too.
Posted by Augustine at 10:14 AM
If you want to give to charity but don't have the time to think about it, free service SwipeGood will round up your change from every credit card purchase and donate that to the charity of your choice.
In order to keep down your credit card fees, SwipeGood rounds up every purchase you make to the nearest dollar, adding the change from that purchase to your donation, which it makes at the end of the month (instead of after every purchase). If you have a specific charity you'd like to donate to, you can switch your charity any time you want, and they're always adding new ones. And, while in this case it's a good thing that the change from your purchases adds up quickly, you can always set a monthly limit for your roudups so you don't end up donating more than you can afford. Hit the link to read more.
Posted by Augustine at 10:12 AM
HTC EVO Shift 4G headed for a January 9th launch at $150, according to RadioShack leak originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Android Central | Email this | Comments
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One of the root causes? A bug in the Skype for Windows client (version 5.0.0152).
Rabbe kicks off by explaining that a cluster of support servers responsible for offline instant messaging became overheated on Wednesday, December 22.
A number of Skype clients subsequently started receiving delayed responses from said overloaded servers, which weren’t properly processed by the Windows client in question. This ultimately caused the affected version to malfunction.
Initially, users of Skype’s newer and older Windows software, as well as those using the service on Mac, iPhone and their television sets, were unaffected.
Nevertheless, the whole system collapsed as the faulty version of the Windows client, 188.8.131.52, is by far the most popular – Rabbe says 50% of all Skype users globally were running it, and the crashes caused approximately 40% of those clients to fail.
The clients included roughly a third of all publicly available supernodes, which also failed as a result of this issue.
From the blog post:
A supernode is important to the P2P network because it takes on additional responsibilities compared to regular nodes, acting like a directory, supporting other Skype clients and establishing connections between them by creating local clusters of several hundred peer nodes per each supernode.
Once a supernode has failed, even when restarted, it takes some time to become available as a resource to the P2P network again. As a result, the P2P network was left with 25–30% fewer supernodes than normal. This caused a disproportionate load on the remaining available supernodes.
Rabbe goes on to explain a lot of people who experienced crashing Windows clients started rebooting the software, which caused a huge increase in the load on Skype’s P2P cloud network. He adds that traffic to the supernodes was about 100 times what would normally be expected at the time of day the failure occurred.
A perfect storm in the P2P clouds, so to speak.
To learn how Skype supported the recovery of its supernode network, and what they’ll be doing to prevent this from happening again, I suggest you go read the full blog post.
And major kudos to the company for being so prolific in explaining what happened.
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