Eye-Fi Adds Wi-Fi to Almost Any Digital Camera

The gadget: The Eye-Fi. It’s an SD memory card that adds Wi-Fi to any camera. Plus the free Eye-Fi service supports automatic uploads to 20 different web photo sites (like Flickr) as well as a computer on your home network.The verdict: It works flawlessly.

The performance: Like we said, the Eye-Fi works flawlessly. Setup takes roughly five minutes (you program the card through your computer and bundled card reader). From there, you simply snap pics in the range of your router, and chances are, by the time you go back to your computer, the pictures will be viewable. If your router dies, you turn off your camera, or even if you take out the card and put it back in, the photos will upload when you get things sorted out again. It’s actually a normal 2GB memory card underneath all of the other functionality and can work as such.

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ATI: Linux vs. Windows Vista

Since AMD introduced their new Linux display driver last month, we have published a number of different articles looking at the Radeon performance across their different GPU product generations. This ATI/AMD Linux driver testing and exploration continued this month with the release of the 8.42 driver, which finally introduced AIGLX support for the fglrx driver. One area though we haven’t yet analyzed is how their official Linux driver now compares to their much-optimized Windows Catalyst driver. Today, however, we will be looking just at that as we compare the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB performance under Linux and Microsoft Windows Vista.

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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

NVIDIA still has no competition at the high end when it comes to the 8800 GTX and Ultra. The GTX and Ultra offer the fastest single GPU video card gaming solutions on the planet. At the GeForce 8800 GTS level though, there is plenty of competition with the AMD/ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. While this video card started out quite rough for AMD, we are finding now with the latest drivers that it is doing quite well in games we have tested. We will forego all discussion about power and focus on performance. We have analyzed performance in several DX10 games now including Lost Planet, Call of Juarez, BioShock, World in Conflict, and the DX9 games Half Life 2: Episode 2 and Team Fortress 2/Portal and even Enemy Territory Quake Wars. We are consistently finding that the Radeon HD 2900 XT competes well with the 8800 GTS, sometimes offering a better gameplay experience. Of course, what you guys really want to know is how they all perform in Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3, and in this evaluation we will find out.

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AT&T gives FREE Wi-Fi to Southern California

AT&T has decided to make a very generous offer to the Southern California region after wildfires swept through the terrain and destroyed homes and ruined lives in it’s path. The areas that AT&T has stated it will be offering Free T-Mobile Hot Spot Wi-Fi services are San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Orange and Ventura counties. There will be about 600 locations to get AT&T hot spot wi-fi at no charge.The offering began on October 27th, 2007 at all of the listed locations. The AT&T Vice President stated, “We want to help residents in Southern California in any way that we can and by enabling free Wi-Fi at hundreds of AT&T hot spot locations, we’re hoping to provide families and friends with another way to stay connected – and to reconnect – throughout this difficult time.”
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AT&T paying Apple $18 per iPhone, per month

The exact details of AT&T’s revenue-sharing agreement with Apple have not been disclosed, but one analyst thinks that over the two-year life of a user contract, the amount exceeds the actual price of the iPhone.

Silicon Alley Insider spotted a research note from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster estimating that Apple is receiving $18 per month for each iPhone subscriber, under the revenue-sharing agreement between the two companies. Apple has confirmed that such an agreement exists, but has not shared the details about exactly how much cash it’s getting from the revenue AT&T makes on iPhone customers using the carrier’s data network. In July, Munster estimated Apple was receiving just $3 per iPhone subscriber and $11 per iPhone customers new to AT&T, but he’s rethought the numbers after Apple’s latest earnings release.

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Opera 9.5 beta released

is available for download! Since the first alpha release hundreds of bugs have been fixed. Website rendering has been significantly improved, along with performance, stability and usability.

Opera Link
With Opera Link, it’s possible to get access to your bookmarks and Speed Dials everywhere. Get Opera Mini 4 beta and login to Opera Link to get your desktop bookmarks, or login to link.opera.com to access your bookmarks with any other browser.

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Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F#

Microsoft has announced that support for the F# functional programming language will be fully integrated into Visual Studio. This marks a bold new commitment to facilitating functional programming on the .NET platform and could potentially help legitimize functional programming in enterprise environments. Microsoft’s promotion of F# to a fully-supported language in Visual Studio is also indicative of the extreme versatility of the .NET platform and Microsoft’s Common Language Runtime.

F# began its life as a Microsoft Research project to demonstrate the efficacy of .NET as a platform for mixing multiple distinct programming paradigms. F# is heavily inspired by the OCaml programming language, and a subset of F# and OCaml are largely compatible. F# offers developers many valuable and compelling features without sacrificing much runtime efficiency. F# supports type inference, pattern matching, high-order functions, and currying. F# also supports interactive execution, which means that F# programs can be run like scripts or inputted in an interactive top-level environment similar to the Python shell or Ruby’s IRB. F# also has full access to the .NET APIs and components written in other .NET languages.

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