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Noon News: Google Chrome 18 Available for Download, Cisco & CTM Form Cloud Partnership, Samsung Galaxy S2 Discounted

Google always beats its competitors on speed when it comes to Internet browsing and the latest stable version of Chrome, number 18, extends the principle a little further. The features list contains improvements such as hardware graphical acceleration for certain technologies and support for low-end platforms.

Telecom operator CTM and famous networking firm Cisco have partnered with the purpose of launching new cloud technologies, which will take advantage of the different aspects of cloud computing, a domain currently on the rise. These upcoming technologies include Cisco CloudVerse, Cloud Infrastructure Service and "Business Talk" Unified Communication Service.

It has only been introduced last month but that hasn't prevented one retailer, Zavvi, from cutting the price of the Sony PS Vita from £229.99 to only £179.99, a 22 per cent saving off the suggested retail price. The console is powered by a quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with four SGX543MP4+ GPU cores.

Another clear indication that the end is nigh for the Samsung Galaxy S2 (at least when to its status as Samsung's top dog phone); the smartphone can be purchased from E2Save on Talkmobile (a Vodafone mobile virtual network operator) for a mere £18 per month on a two year contract - that's a total cost of ownership of £432, not bad given that the SIM Free version of the phone costs just as much at Expansys.

Samsung has announced that it sold five million of its Galaxy Note tablet/phone devices (otherwise known as a Phablet) in five month which compares poorly with what Apple achieved with the iPhone but is still a decent run given that it brought in roughly $2 billion worth of revenue over 150 days.