Archos updates the firmware (in the next few days) on their latest high-end $299/299€ Archos 101 XS Tablet to 4.1 Jelly Bean, fully using hardware acceleration, integrating Google’s Project Butter, now with Google Now support, Archos also has upgraded some of the web-based meta-data functionalities in their Video Player application, it automatically detects videos that need meta data, posters and fan arts loaded in so that you can have a more interesting way to browse through your movies and tv shows library. This video also features the $49 Keyboard Coverboard Dock and the new $149/149€ dual-25W stereo Archos Speaker Dock.
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Combining WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Zigbee and more into the SoC, can be integrated inside any process node, any fab, into any processor SoC type. Thus no need to have separate WiFi, Bluetooth processors, everything gets included in the main ARM Processor SoC, but you still need a separate (I guess analog) RF chip on the PCB.
Amazon is offering a Locker Delivery service to receive packages faster and simpler, just go to your local 7-Eleven and get your Amazon package there within a day or two from you ordering on their website. The experience is smooth and simple. I think Amazon is testing this in San Francisco and in a few other cities before extending this to more cities worldwide. This does potentially allow for faster and cheaper shipping, with less trouble receiving the package, you can just go pick it up at any time after you receive the package delivery confirmation per email, it’s practical so you don’t have to stay at home waiting for the package the whole day. Google just acquired BufferBox which does the same.
Hanging out with Zach Pfeffer, Android lead at http://linaro.org, they are working to optimize Linux on ARM.
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Red Hat is working on getting Fedora Linux up and running on ARMv8, Jon Masters talks about LEG Linaro Enterprise Group and getting the full Fedora Linux stack to work on 64bit ARMv8 server hardware from now and during next year as 64bit ARMv8 hardware becomes available. AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat join existing Linaro members ARM, HiSilicon, Samsung and ST-Ericsson to form new group focused on accelerating Linux development for ARM servers.
Goodsearch.com donates 50% of all their Yahoo powered search and e-commerce revenue to charities. They have 200 thousand members, and 1.5 million monthly users. Thus far, Goodsearch has donated $9.3 Million to charities this way.
My initial look at Windows Phone 8, asking what is new about it to Harry McCracken Technology Editor at Time.com (he wrote an article about one of the tablets I showed him the Eken VIA8850 based A70 tablet at http://techland.time.com/2012/11/07/a-50-not-really-windows-tablet/).
Kevin Krejci of Fujitsu Laboratories of America talks about the latest developments in Mobile technologies out of Silicon Valley and how that is being used by Japanese technology giants like Fujitsu.