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February
2008
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02:45 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Newswatch 2.5.08: Super Tuesday: The candidates on tech

Clinton ducks tech policy questions, Obama and Paul see eye-to-eye

[News.com] Even with the missing answers, these positions seem to reflect the candidates' broader philosophies. Obama appears more liberal than Clinton, flatly opposing the Real ID Act while she's less forceful, saying it needs to be reviewed. Both engage in a careful lapse in memory: unlike Paul, Clinton and Obama voted for Real ID as part of a broader "Global War on Terror" spending bill three years ago before turning around and criticizing it.

iPhone, touch get more memory

[News.com] The iPhone once again comes in two capacities: 8GB for $399 and now 16GB for $499. Apple sold 8GB and 4GB varieties on iPhone Day, but it discontinued the 4GB model after it cut the price of the 8GB model to $399. Something like 90 percent of all early iPhone buyers opted for the 8GB version. The first time around, people signaled pretty clearly that they wanted more than 4GB of storage, but he thinks that there's still a "sweet spot" at 8GB of storage.

Nvidia to buy PhysX maker Ageia

[InfoWeek] "By combining the teams that created the world's most pervasive GPU and physics engine brands, we can now bring GeForce-accelerated PhysX to hundreds of millions of gamers around the world," Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia, said in a statement.

MySpace launches developer network

[Wired] It looks like MySpace made good on its developer platform launch...sort of. Even though the News Corp.-backed social network yanked the tarp off its new platform today, it will be another month before us non-developers get a look at it.

Opera upgrades mobile browser

[InfoWeek] Opera Mobile 9.5 uses Opera's zoom technology to enlarge content on a Web page, and pages can be saved for offline browsing when there isn't an Internet connection available. The new version also uses Opera's Presto rendering engine to speed up the loading of pages. Opera said it tweaked the engine to improve performance by accelerating the handling of Web pages, even those coded using JavaScript and Ajax.

Nokia rolls out gaming, media services

[Reuters] "These are the first steps on the long journey towards becoming a competitor in the Web 2.0 services space," said CCS Insight research director Ben Wood. "It now faces the challenge of building awareness for these and other services with consumers who have already gravitated towards established web brands such as Google."

Yahoo upgrades Zimbra

[Newsfactor] The latest version aims to set a standard for Web-based business productivity with hundreds of enhancements across desktops and devices. Yahoo said Zimbra's partners include universities, internet service providers and small businesses.