Intel’s Itanium processor launches are few and far between given that only so many need its specialized grunt, but that just makes any refresh so much larger — and its new Itanium 9500 certainly exemplifies that kind of jump. The chip centers around much more up-to-date, 32-nanometer Poulson architecture that doubles the cores to eight, hikes the interconnect speeds and supports as much as 2TB of RAM for very (very, very) large tasks. With the help of an error-resistant buffer, Intel sees the 9500 being as much as 2.4 times faster as the Tukwila-era design it’s replacing. The new Itanium also ramps the clock speeds to a relatively brisk 1.73GHz to 2.53GHz, although there will be definite costs for server builders wanting to move up: the shipping roster starts at $1,350 per chip in bulk and climbs to an eye-watering $4,650 for the fastest example.
Anyone worried that Poulson might be the end of the road for Intel’s EPIC-based platform will also be glad to get a brief reminder that Itanium will soldier on. The next iteration, nicknamed Kittson, will be framed around a modular design that shares traces of silicon and the processor socket with the more familiar Xeon E7. Intel casts it as a pragmatic step that narrows its server-oriented processors down to a common motherboard and should be cheaper to make. It’s likely that we’ll have to be very patient for more details on Kittson knowing the long intervals between Itanium revamps, but fence-sitting IT pros may just be glad that they won’t have to consider jumping ship for awhile yet.
A number of Twitter users have received e-mails asking them to change the password for their accounts, since it may have been compromised. While it is not known how many accounts were sent these reset mails, by the posts on the network it seems to be a fairly large-scale issue.
After the outcry on the social network itself, Twitter posted an update that apologizes and says, “In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”
It is a general practice followed by the San Francisco based social network to ask certain users to reset passwords if the account shows any indications of having been compromised or hacked. Still no work from Twitter on how many accounts have been affected.
Leading UK video game retailer GAME has released an app for Windows Phone. It’s a useful tool for those who wield a GAME Reward card and can take full advantage of offers and points collected through purchases and other means of accumulation in the loyalty programme.
Before we get into how awesome the app is, unfortunately it’s almost impossible to use with a light theme enabled in Windows Phone settings. Text input fields and forms are only viewable in a dark theme configuration. Should you connect your card to the app, it’s then possible to make use of the features using the lighter setting – just bear it in mind when opening the app for the first time.
With that issue out of the way, the app itself is very nice. Making use of Metro elements, the UI definitely looks similar to first-party apps and is easily recognisable as running on Microsoft’s platform. GAME customers are able to connect their Reward cards (and Gamestation cards) to the app to display balance information and applicable reward details. A reward QR code is also presented for use.
As well as account balance readouts, those who have accounts can check out the nearest GAME store to any given location, with a map available to view stores across the country (full addresses are listed with distance from current location). Adding gamer tags and system login information when registering an account will enable the retailer to reward those who attain achievements and complete other tasks in the future – pretty neat.
It’s well worth checking out the app should you be a frequent customer with the retailer and hold an account to make use of the reward capabilities of the loyalty programme. We’d like to see Game improve the app with more features and possibly the addition of an easily accessible online store.
You can download GAME Reward from the Windows Phone Store for free.
London, UK. (November 8, 2012) – Windows Phone Parent celebrates its first year of “helping parents discover amazing Windows Phone apps” as their tagline endorses.
The Windows Phone app review website emerged when a Windows Phone fan, a mother of two, tried to find high quality Windows Phone apps for her kids and herself in the Windows Phone App Store, which now contains almost 120,000 applications, but offers only basic app discovery features.
Initially her idea was to simply catalog a few kid’s apps and to write app reviews once in a while, but the project has taken on a life of its own. In the past year, Windows Phone Parent has not only catalogued almost 200 family-friendly apps and published more than 50 app reviews, but has also launched Familia Windows Phone to promote Windows Phone apps to the 17 Spanish-speaking markets available in the Windows Phone App Store. They have also produced many promotional videos featuring animated characters made using Windows Phone applications, launched a beta version their app and gained more than 1000 followers across their various Social Networks.
Sandra Sears, a user experience professional with a background in education and Co-founder of Windows Phone Parent, has collaborated with Windows Phone app developers from all over the world, providing feedback on how to improve their Windows Phone applications on the areas of usability, Metro design implementation and educational value. Many developers have benefited from Windows Phone Parent app promotion as well. Suzanne, a developer in the United States, reported a 66% increase in her app usage over a period of 70 days after her app was added to the Windows Phone Parent catalog. Rene, a developer in Germany, reported how his app downloads tripled for the week after his app was included in a seasonal app special that included a video promotion and a top-ten countdown list.
On the eve of its first anniversary, Windows Phone Parent has officially launched its first two apps in the Windows Phone App Store: App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent andBuscador de App por Familia Windows Phone. Sandra and Patrick Sears, Windows Phone Parent founders, hope to provide an easier way for parents to find apps on the go, to expand their support to the development community in the English and Spanish speaking markets and to continue to be an integral part of the Windows Phone ecosystem as parents, fans and developers.
Windows Phone Parent plans to release another discovery app just for kids in the near future. The app, designed around the new Windows Phone 8 Kid’s Corner, will aim to enable children to safely find their own apps and allow parents to set up filters on the types of app suggested to their kids based on their age and interests.
Sandra adds, “The main idea of this app is to make kids participants of their app discovery experience in a safe and fun way and to help them populate their Kid’s Corner with apps they have found themselves and parents have approved.”
For more information about WindowsPhoneParent.com, visit their website (http://www.windowsphoneparent.com ), like them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WindowsPhoneParent), follow them on Twitter (http://twitter.com/WPParent ), or email them at email@example.com.
About Windows Phone Parent
Windows Phone Parent was conceived in September 2011 by Sandra and Patrick Sears, a couple with a technology and education background, with the goal of assisting parents in finding quality entertainment and education apps on their Windows Phone. Originally envisioned as a simple website with a limited number of app reviews, the project has expanded into a comprehensive app catalog featured on the web, social networks and WP apps for English- and Spanish-speaking markets. Windows Phone Parent hopes to raise the bar with regard to developing Windows Phone applications for children and parents and to give a voice to parents in their development. The Windows Phone Parent website was officially launched on November 8, 2011, and its app was officially launched a year later on November 8, 2012.
Microsoft has officially launched Windows Phone 8 but yet we still haven’t heard a word about Windows Phone 7.8. Current Windows Phone devices will not be upgraded to the latest and greatest Windows Phone 8 but will et some features under 7.8.
Today however, Nokia China put up a “Lumia Experience Store” in Shanghai that included a bunch of Lumia phones to try out (even a MS Surface).
The big surprise however was that Nokia China also had a Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7.8.
Nothin new was revealed however except for the new start screen. This is the only Windows Phone 7.8 related news we have heard from Microsoft or Noikia since it was first announced months ago aside from Microsoft Italy posting a bit of information a few days back.