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Tech Talk with Devaka

It’s the ultimate showdown in the technology world, the clash of giants that has been eagerly awaited for years.

Web giant Google is taking its clearest aim yet at Microsoft with its plan to produce its own operating system titled “Google Chrome OS.” The Chrome operating system is due sometime mid next year and will initially be used in netbooks.

The operating system would be released as free, open-source software, which would allow anyone to use or modify it. Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. The OS is designed to be lightweight and the start up will be fast getting you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. As with the Google Chrome browser, the security architecture will be redesigned so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates.

Google Chrome OS will run on both x86 as well as ARM chips and will be available in number of netbooks next year. For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform.

It is definitely a different style of an operating system and I personally can’t wait to try it out on the netbook. However, because it’s very different we can’t predict how it will survive in the market. I guess we will just have to wait and see!

Sony Ericsson Launches 8.1 megapixel camera phone

I’ve never been a phone fan, but always wanted to see which mobile vendor will come with the camera phone that can actually replace a digital camera. And that day has arrived!

The newest Sony Ericsson C905a Cyber-shot comes with an 8.1 megapixel lens, boasting the highest camera resolution today.

It comes with a snazzy new image sensor which is a feature set for snapping photos on the go. Face detection, red-eye reduction, smart contrast sensors, and BestPic options that let you take several successive pictures and save the best ones.

Like the previous Cyber-shots, the C905a has a slider phone form factor with dedicated camera keys on the body of the unit ensuring you don’t miss a scenic shot just because you couldn’t get to camera feature quickly enough.

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