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LG Optimus Pad


LG Optimus Pad is the European cousin of the T-Mobile G-Slate tablet. It has a 8.9 inches display, positioning it right between the iPad’s 9.7″ and the Galaxy Tab’s 7″ screens. In terms of raw power, the LG Optimus Pad will utilize NVIDIA’s one and only Tegra 2 chipset, which fares quite decently, at least judging by our personal impressions with the Optimus 2X. What’s more interesting in this device however is its ability to capture 3D content with the two 5MP sensors found on its back. Unfortunately, users won’t be able to watch glasses-free 3D on the LG Optimus Pad’s 8.9-inch screen. 3D video watching will be done by either using glasses on the tablet’s screen, or by streaming the signal via HDMI 1.4 to a compatible 3D TV or monitor (again, for use with glasses). When it comes to software, LG has chosen to stick with stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

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Developer Preview of Google Chrome Web Store Now Available in India


Google has finally opened up the developer preview of the Chrome web store to India (and 14 more countries).

Starting today, when you upload an app via the developer dashboard, you’ll have the option of selecting from the following sixteen countries to list your app: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. If you are using Chrome Web Store Payments to charge for your app, you will also be able to set the app price for each country although if you’re not based in the United States you will not be able to complete your merchant account sign up just yet (this will be enabled soon).

 


Orkut Is Giving Free Movie Tickets In Return For a Comment


From the Orkut blog

For Orkut users in Mumbai, we are giving away tickets to the latest movie releases on the 19th and 20th of February at PVR Juhu and Mulund.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Be in Mumbai on Feb 19 and Feb 20
  2. Log onto www.orkut.com/boxoffice
  3. Post a comment, a funny story or a movie review
  4. Get an email/scrap from us telling you the day, date and time of the movie and instructions on how you can pick up your free tickets!
  5. Pick up your tickets from the movie cinema at least 30 minutes before the show

 


Obama to Meet With Zuckerberg & Other Tech Execs During San Francisco Trip


U.S. President Barack Obama is paying a visit to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbuerg and a roster of other technology executives during a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

On Thursday, February 17, Obama is slated to sit down with Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs at a private dinner during his overnight trip to the West Coast. President Obama will not be making any public appearances in the San Francisco area.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “The focus of the discussion is innovation and job creation, and these are representatives of businesses… who know a lot about private sector job growth.

 


Apple iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab


Feature Apple iPad Samsung Galaxy Tab
Operating System iOS 4 Android 2.2
Display 9.7″ 1024×768 (132ppi) LED backlit LCD 7″ 1024×600 (170ppi) transflective TFT
Internal Storage 16GB 32GB 64GB 16GB 32GB
External storage N/A microSD up to 32GB
Camera N/A Rear: 3.0 Megapixel (AF), LED flash
Front: 1.3 Megapixel
Network (3G) 7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA(850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE(850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data only
7.2 Mbps UMTS/HSDPA(900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Data and voice
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) Bluetooth 3.0
Battery 25Wh (~6610mAh) lithium-polymer 4000 mAh (14.8Wh at 3.7V)
Processor 1GHz Apple A4, Samsung Hummingbird core 1GHz Samsung-Intrinsity, Hummingbird Core
RAM 256MiB 512MiB
Graphics PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX540
Weight (3G) 730 grams 380 grams

 


Apple Now The Most Valuable Tech Company By $100 Billion


Apple as the most valuable tech company would be short-lived, let’s look at where we are today. As of market close this afternoon, Apple is now a full $100 billion past Microsoft.

Yes, Apple is the most valuable tech company in the world by $100 billion dollars.

 


Nokia Confirms Microsoft Partnership, New Leadership Team, Organizational Changes


Ahead of its Strategy and Financial Briefing in London, Nokia has sharedsome details on what it plans to announce at the event. As expected, the company is aligning its strategy with Microsoft.

By now, you’ve probably seen the ‘burning platform’ memo penned by the fresh CEO of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop

In it, Elop addressed the company’s formidable competitors (Apple and Google with its Android OS strategy), who are consistently out-innovating Nokia and steadily taking over its market share. Clearly, Elop was gearing up for the announcement of some significant changes with regards to Nokia’s strategy going forward. He delivered. (full press release below)

Here’s the meat:

– Plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem; Windows Phone would serve as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform.
– A renewed approach to capture volume and value growth to connect “the next billion” to the Internet in developing growth markets
– Focused investments in next-generation disruptive technologies
– A new leadership team and organizational structure with a clear focus on speed, results and accountability

Windows Phone to become Nokia’s primary smartphone platform = huge. Microsoft reportedly offered Nokia hundreds of millions of dollars to make that switch.

Nokia will use Bing for search functionality across its devices, while Nokia Maps will become core to Microsoft’s mapping services. Nokia’s content and app store will be integrated with Microsoft’s Marketplace.

 


EBay says PayPal revenue will double by 2013


The company expects PayPal’s revenue to reach $6 billion to $7 billion by 2013, PayPal President Scott Thompson said. Revenue in the unit was $3.4 billion in 2010.

PayPal, which is used by 59 percent of the top 100 online merchants in the United States and 40 percent in Britain, is on track to gain market share of up to 24 percent by 2013, executives said.

EBay investors are anxious to see stabilization and growth at the company’s marketplaces site, which represents the bulk of revenue — $5.7 billion in 2010.

PayPal mobile transactions are estimated to double to $2 billion in total payment volume this year, executives said. The company has already announced that mobile on marketplaces will double to $4 billion in gross merchandise volume this year.


Google Paying For Chrome To Be In Pwn2Own 2011


Last year, after two full days of hacking, only one web browser emerged from Pwn2Own unscathed: Google Chrome. IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, and even Safari on iOS actually all fell after just one day, but no one could seem to penetrate Chrome. In fact, despite a $10,000 bounty to crack their “sandbox”, no one even tried, likely figuring it was futile. And so this year, Pwn2Own wasn’t even going to invite Chrome back. Then Google stepped in with wads of cash.

While the lineup for Pwn2Own 2011 was announced a few days ago, Google took the time today to give a bit more details about their role in the event. Of note, they write: “Chrome wasn’t originally going to be included as a target browser in the competition, but Google volunteered to sponsor Chrome’s participation by contributing monetary rewards for Chrome exploits.”

 


Google Releases Chrome 9 Stable


Google has updated the stable branch of its Chrome browser to version 9. The latest stable release brings in many features Chrome beta users have been enjoying for several months, including Chrome Instant, WebGL support and access to the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome Instant is basically Google Instant but in the chrome URL/search box. For end users, the two most compelling features are WebGL support and the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome 9.0 brings stable support for WebGL. WebGL lets web developers create hardware-accelerated 3D graphics inside the web browser. We discussed WebGL and the Google Body experimentback in December. If you haven’t seen WebGL in action, be sure to check out the WebGL Experiments page

The Chrome Web Store is now accessible to all users in the United States. Users can “install” free and paid web apps that are accessible in Google Chrome and in Chrome OS.

Some of these apps are just fancy bookmarks to HTML5-infused web pages, but some others really push the boundaries of what constitutes a web app. We reviewed ten of our favorite Chrome web apps when the store soft-launched a few months ago.

 


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