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U.S. plans formal complaint over Google attacks

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The U.S. government plans to ask China for a formal explanation regarding the cyberattacks against Google and other U.S. companies, according to a State Department spokesman.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had already hinted at such a move in a statement she released when Google first revealed the attacks. "We will be issuing a formal demarche to the Chinese government in Beijing on this issue in the coming days, probably early this week," AFP quoted State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley as saying during a briefing Friday.

Google's disclosure of attacks that are thought to involve more than 30 U.S. companies set off a firestorm in the diplomatic and security communities this week, tapping into growing frustration over trade and China within the U.S. government, according to the report. Google is also considering leaving China altogether unless it is allowed to offer an uncensored search engine, which is not very likely.

Secretary Clinton is expected to deliver "a major policy address on Internet freedom" next Thursday in Washington, D.C., which could be the setting for the introduction of a more comprehensive government policy on cyberattacks and censorship.

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New lexar 32GB 300X

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Lexar said Tuesday it's increased the capacity of its midrange professional CompactFlash memory cards with a 300X transfer speed to 32GB.

Lexar, which competes chiefly with Sandisk for the attentions of photographers who need both high capacity and high transfer speeds, has been fleshing out its CF cards that can transfer data faster by virtue of the UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) interface technology. Lexar already announced in October a 32GB card and a transfer speed of 600X(90MBps), but the 300X (45MBps) card should do fine for those who don't need quite that data transfer speed.

Lexar didn't announce pricing, but I found the 300X 32GB card at B&H Photo for $168. The company also announced two other professional-grade cards, 16GB and 32GB versions of its 233X (35MBps) models that you can expect will be a notch or two cheaper.

Sandisk is a step ahead of Lexar right now, offering a 64GB card with a 600X transfer speed. But a single one will cost at least $620--the cost of a complete respectable SLR and lens--so obviously this class of products is for a pretty demanding customer. Bear in mind also that only dedicated card readers today can come close to the full data transfer rates when copying photos to a computer, and that not all cameras can take advantage of the faster rates.

The CompactFlash format these days is found only on SLRs; even many of those come these days with the more common SD format. In that area, Lexar also on Tuesday announced its Professional 133x SDHC memory card with a write speed rating of Class 10, or 20MB per second. The SDHC format tops out at 32GB, but the consortium behind the format has anointed a successor called SDXC.

Also on Tuesday, Lexar announced flash USB drive models it bills as good for backup. The Echo SE will ship with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, and the Echo ZE will ship with capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. They'll be available in the United States in February and in some parts of Europe in 2010, Lexar said, but didn't release pricing.

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Continue to run the modern classic OS from inside your pocket.7

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The latest generation of smartphones all come with some promise of an amazing array of applications that will completely change your life. Each one boasts variety and quality, be it the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace – but as far as operating systems go, they're still no match for the application populous of Windows.

Back in September, we learned that Chinese company ITG was working on a smartphone that would run Windows XP. (See here for the original story.)

Here are the specs:

  • CPU: AMD Super Mobile CPU
  • Memory: 512M/1G
  • SSD: 8G/16G/32G/64G
  • HDD: 30G/60G/80G/120G
  • LCD: 4.8 inches TFT Touch-screen LCD 800*480
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP
  • Wireless WiFi 802.11b/g, WiMax(optional), Bluetooth, Stand-alone GPS
  • Camera Specifications: CMOS, 300k/1.3 Million
  • Ports: 1 x earphone jack,1 x microphone jack,Docking Connector (include VGA output signal ), 1 x USB 2.0, SIM Slot
  • Battery: Removable Lithium-ion
  • Talk time: About 5 hours, Stand by time: about 5 days
  • Real life: About 7 hours(Standard), about 12 hours(Large)
  • Talk time: Standby time Operation time may vary depending different usage.
  • Weight: 400g (include battery)

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