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Bing for Android coming soon
Microsoft will release its first full-featured Bing search client for Android in the next six weeks, matching the search capabilities that Microsoft offers for the iPhone, company executives said Tuesday. Microsoft already offers a basic Bing client for Android, but it’s geared mainly toward mapping tasks. The new client will have features similar to those in the desktop version of Bing.com, including full Web, image and news search.
IBM takes blame for Singapore bank’s IT outage
IBM took responsibility for a major IT system failure suffered by one of Singapore’s largest banks that lasted for seven hours on July 5, saying an employee’s error caused the outage. In a statement released Tuesday, IBM said problems started when software monitoring tools detected “instability” within DBS Bank’s storage system. While the storage system remained “fully functional,” IBM employees initiated a recovery process to fix the issue but did not apply the correct procedure, causing the outage.
Intel finances show big turn-around
Intel on Tuesday reported strong earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, buoyed by strong microprocessor sales in the server segment. The company reported net income of US$2.9 billion for the quarter ended June 26. That is a turnaround from the $398 million loss that the company reported in the second fiscal quarter of 2009, which was dragged down by charges related to $1.45 billion in fines paid to the European Commission.
Windows Phone 7 will find your lost cell
Lose your phone much? If so, you may want to consider one running Windows Phone 7 (WP7) for your next replacement. With this new OS, Microsoft will offer a service that will help locate missing phones. And if the phone can’t be retrieved, a free service will also lock or wipe the phone so the information can’t be accessed by others, said Andy Lees, Microsoft senior vice president of mobile, speaking at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.