Technology News Gallery: February 27th 2012
Our weekly roundup of worldwide technology news in pictures, courtesy of IDG News Service. This week: Ubuntu made to run on an Android phone, Dell’s first ultra book goes on sale, the California Attorney General announces mobile app store guidelines and more.
Ubuntu for Android
Software developer Canonical has unveiled software that would allow a slimmed down version of Ubuntu on an Android phone.
The software was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week and will allow an Android smart phone to be used as a Linux PC if docked to a monitor and keyboard.
LG unveils quad-core Optimus 4X HD
Also unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week was the quad-core powered LG Optimus 4X HD. LG claims this makes it the ideal phone for watching HD content and gaming.
Toshiba announces production of large NAND flash memory
In keeping with Toshiba’s role to produce consumer NAND memory for multiple products, Toshiba announced last Thursday that it is now producing NAND flash memory chips loaded with a whopping 128 GB of space using a 19-nanometer process with three bits per cell.
Dell’s first ultra book set to ship this week
The XPS 13, Dell’s much covered foray into the ultra book market is all set to ship next week from Dell.com and distributors. If you’ve forgotten, since the original CES coverage, the XPS 13 starts at US$999 and features a 13 inch Gorilla Glass screen, Core i5 processor and slim, 11 inch frame.
Anticrop app defies logic
A new app released on the iOS store, AntiCrop, is a tool that does something unthinkable. It can fill in detail on the edges of a picture. Essentially doing the opposite of a crop.
Pictured is an image that has been edited with Anticrop, adding about 20 per cent to the top and bottom edge. The app works best with images (like the one pictured) that have a consistent pattern – like sand or water – and not so well with people, and non-recurring patterns.
CrypTweet actually found to be less secure
An app that was released last Monday, CrypTweet, promised to encrypt direct messages on Twitter, making them more secure and less easily snooped on.
The problem is, more than one industry expert has spoken up that there are numerous vulnerabilities in the product, making using it more worrisome than sending unencrypted direct messages.
Pictured is CrypTweet designer, Mark Pesce.
California Attorney General announces new guidelines for app stores
California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris (pictured) announced an agreement with major mobile stakeholders – Apple, Google, RIM and Amazon, among others – to create a set of guidelines for mobile app stores that would promote more accountability about privacy policies. The hope is to better protect consumers who buy from those stores.