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AutoDesk FREE on iPad and iPhone.

autodesk cadAutoDesk has made a decision to return to supporting multiple platforms. In 1994 they dropped support for non Windows machines leaving many designers unable to get a hold of the industry leading software. However that has changed. The company has plans to release new versions for Apple based equipment.

Apple Desktop and Laptop users will benefit from AutoDesk they will however need to fork up a huge sum for it – the license fee will be the same as for Windows Users. This might make migration over to it on the slow side.To rectify that the company is prepared to allow transference of license between platforms.

Apple iPhone and iPad users however will finally see the benefit of their hugely expensive machines on hugely expensive contracts. AutoDesk will be available on both of these platforms for Free. Moreover the software is backwards compatible with older software’s saved files. I think it is a necessary¬† step to get users to use either package as with 15 years behind there’s going to be a lot of firms looking to conversion making the software work out the box with existing projects is essential to this process.

The strangest one is that it should also be compatible with iPod Touch machines. With a screen that small I doubt that it will be of much use to anyone.

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Dictionary may not be printed

Oxford University Press, the publisher behind the Oxford English Dictionary has stated that no decisions have been made about the format of the 3rd Edition of the Dictionary, which has been worked on since 1989.Oxford English Dictionary

However comments by the CEO unveil that there is doubts that the latest revision of the dictionary will never be printed. Reference books for many look impressive in shelves. So how can that effect be achieved when every book known becomes a mere 2MB file in the Downloads folder of a user account?

Despite facing a rising challange as a bookpublisher from the likes of the iPad and Amazon’s Kindle the standard version of the dictionary that comes in a single volume edition is likely to stay on the book shop shelves for another 30 years. Oxford has already taken advantage of the Internet stream where the dictionary is available online for a fixed annual fee.

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The Gaurdian
The Telegraph

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The iPad has been replaced

Chrome Tablet Apple and HTC/Google have been fighting quite a lot lately. Is it possible that this could really stir up the problems between the three companies.

The new pad on the market ,or at least coming to the market is developed by HTC which has a strong relationship with Google.

If the rumours are true the device will have quite an impressive specification: NVidia Tegra 2 processor, with a 1280×720 multi touch display, 2Gb of RAM, a 32Gb or more of SSD storage, webcam, GPS, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G networking.

The device is expected to be far cheaper given the special relation ship with US carrier Verizon and is expected that it may ship for as little as the cost of a standard data contract. Given what it does, and the superior operating system over the iPad this could quite easily replace the iPad completely as the next big thing.

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PCWorld
cNET

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Intel has a new competitor

Image of a Processor A new manufacturer of processors may soon be coming to the market. Although this wont have much impact for the general public. Smooth-Stone has secured the financial backing from a number of organizations including ARM the processor manufacturer which is used frequently in mobile applications such as iPad. Other investors to the company include a subsidiary of AMD and Texas Instruments.

The market they are targeting is not really general pc market they are aiming their product at the server market, specifically towards Data Centres. The new processor is going to be a power friendly one with the general idea behind it being to reduce the mammoth power consumption of Data Centers. The backing of both ARM and AMD’s subsidery could herald a major shift in competition in the mobile and low energy processing market.

Larger data centers hosting thousands of servers, networking equipment and undoubtedly staff services such as kitchens and lighting use tremendous energy levels. Enough to power thousands of households in comparison.

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CNet

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HTC Strong Player in Mobile Phones

A year ago or so, many of us had not even heard of an HTC let along what they do. Now it seems they are one of the stronger players in the mobile phone market. With a huge 140% increase in shipments presummably backed up with actual product sales against the same period last year it has thrown them into a strong position as a top 10 mobile phone manufacturer.

It would appear that the launch of the iPad has actually had no effect on the mobile phone sector at all.

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InformationWeek

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Books just not what they once were

Amazon ebook reader Say Hello to Amazon’s Kindel.

Kindel is an ebook reader which looks much like any others. Its cheaper than the iPad, it has a long life, and it has access to, well, ebooks much like all the others that are on the market. But what is so special about this that puts it above other ones on the market.

The truth is, not really much when you strip ebook readers down to the core, they all are fundamentally the same. They have a screen to display text on, and usually some primitive interface to change pages or books. Theres nothing really beyond that.

Amazon have recently brought it to the UK market from the US where it had been performing tremendously well – outselling traditional books 3 to 1. This is grievous news for those of us whom prefer to have our book wherever we are and not require to be near a power outlet. Undoubtedly publishers will be watching this one closely being cheaper and a flagship product of a major book seller could see people start using it.

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The Independant

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One pad to rule them all…

ipadWell the iPad has been released, and it seems to be quite popular albeit no one really knows what its really for. I can see some convinence uses out of it like reading an ebook whilst sitting on the loo. Or having a manual to reffer to when installing an computer system that has no internet access (although the validity of that may be limited if there is no internet access it probly wouldnt work anyway).

In Microsoft world they have decided to compete by releasing their own pad product. So now its back to the good old flamewar days Microsoft Vs Apple.

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