DZone Daily Dose - 2009/10/30
The final version of Ubuntu 9.10 is here at last. The new system has improved graphics drivers along with DeviceKit and udev for the hardware interface instead of HAL. For a full walkthrough of the features, check out this guided tour of Ubutnu 9.10 "Karmic Koala." Who knew Koalas believed in Karma?
Remember the days when you could make a killing selling blackmarket iPhones to the Chinese? Sadly, those days are over. China finally got the iPhone today. It's only fair that the country where it's assembled gets a chance to buy it too. There's good news for Apple app store developers though. You're market probably just doubled. Although, word on the street is that many Chinese people already have the iPhone thanks to the blackmarket.
Intel and its partner Numonyx say its made a major breakthrough in computer memory. A new high-density memory called Phase change memory can store data without power and it's well suited for running code. Intel and Numonyx say they've found a way to stack 64MB PCM chips within a single die. Now how long until we get that tech in our computers?
Google's free sat-nav application for mobile devices has dominated the market in just a few days - kicking Garmin down 18% and TomTom 9.5%. The application will run on the new Motorola Droid and will feature turn-by-turn directions in real-time. Check out this beta demo.
Most people at DZone were glad to see Oracle make some form of official statement about soon-to-be-acquired Sun technologies. A report on the new Sun-Oracle FAQ was the top link of the day. For news about the future of NetBeans, GlassFish, and VirutalBox, check out the story.