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The idea of a modular smartphone is still an intriguing one. Imagine being able to swap out components in your smartphone to upgrade it rather than buying a completely new phone. If you don't know by now, Google has been working on Project Ara and, despite some hurdles such as the company selling off its Motorola division, the project is still in motion. In fact, Google recently announced that it has teamed up with Rockchip to provide the processor. While Google has decided to go with NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 for Project Tango, it has opted to go with the Chinese-based business which will be creating... Read more...
Look at your smartphone. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Is the screen cracked? Is the camera junky? Is the phone too slow? As things stand now, it doesn’t matter what you think; if you like your phone, fine, but if there’s anything you don’t like about it, the only thing you can really do is buy a new one. But this current paradigm of smartphones being a single, un-upgradeable unit is shifting, and it could very well change everything about the mobile industry for the better... Thank you to Sprint Faster for sponsoring this article. Get inspired by innovation and see what’s... Read more...
Steve Jobs says the next version of Apple's OS, nicknamed Snow Leopard, will concentrate on easing programming for parallel processors. Of course multi-core CPUs already pose challenges to use all the available processing capacity they're capable of, but in addition to that, Jobs is proposing using the OS to grab available graphics processing power for CPU functions too. Jobs said Apple is proposing a new processing standard called Open CL (Open Computing Language) that allows programmers to take advantage of graphics processors. "Basically it lets you use graphics processors to do computation,"... Read more...
Just in time for the (delayed) release of the Windows XP SP3 update, Parallels updates its Mac virtualization application, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. As recent as last week, a Parallels representative stated that an XP SP3-compatible update to Parallels Desktop was as much as a month away. Perhaps what he meat to say was "next month," which in this case meant only a handful of days.Prior to the most-recent Parallels Desktop update, users who were running Windows XP and tried to upgrade XP to the SP3 update were running into a variety of problems. This latest update, build 5600, not only claims... Read more...
Going on vacation and want to make sure you can exercise in your room with your Wii Fit? Or can't bear to leave your Super Mario Galaxy game behind? Nintendo has announced a partnership with Westin Hotels to make sure you don't have to.Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii™ sensation with a special version of the console ideally suited for use in the hotel environment. Westin Hotels is the first hotel company to partner with Nintendo for its Wii console and will feature this specially designed console... Read more...
In anticipation of the official rollout of Windows XP SP3, both Apple and VMware have recently released updates to their software (Boot Camp and Fusion, respectively)--promising users who run Windows XP on their Macs that their systems will be compatible with the XP SP3 update. Parallels, however, has been quiet on the matter in regards to XP SP3 compatibility with their Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization app.  However, today HotHardware was able to get a comment from a Parallels spokesman in regards to Parallels Desktop for Mac XP SP3 compatibility: "Parallels Desktop for... Read more...
Intel Education and WiMAX Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia Intel Chairman Cites Government-Industry Partnership as Successful Model, Advancing Education, Technology Innovation and Economic Development in Arab World RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett kicked off his fourth visit to the Gulf region by pledging technical support for building a high-speed wireless network in the country using a long-range wireless technology known as WiMAX. He also dedicated a pilot project for e-learning at a Saudi Arabian school, which is becoming a top priority... Read more...
Multi-socket Nehalems paired with MetaRAM could provide some jaw-dropping numbers.  Here's a look at what dual-CPU boards might be able to accomplish:“Up to 16GB DDR3-1333 modules can be created, allowing up to 96GB RAM per CPU, or 192GB per dual-CPU board. If you go for slower DDR3-1066 and boards with three DIMMs per channel,- nine DIMMs per CPU - we have 144GB per CPU, or 288GB memory per mobo!”We’re certainly impressed by numbers like those, but we’ll wait until we can actually benchmark such a system’s memory performance before we draw any concrete conclusions.... Read more...
Well the winner of the "Who wants to be listed in Wikipedia next to the Betamax format" sweepstakes appears to be HD-DVD.  Paramount  has decided to follow Warner Brother's recent decision to support Blu-ray and is going to drop its support of the HD-DVD format. Warner's decision last week to throw its weight behind Blu-ray saw it join Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as backers of the Sony format.The Warner move gives Blu-ray about 70 per cent of Hollywood's output, although the format's grip on film content will increase further when Paramount comes aboard.It is... Read more...
Blizzard has taken their commitment to banning gold farmers and account sales quite seriously.  Some people read about it and decide not to test the waters, others have to learn the hard way.Enter an as yet unnamed WoW-fanatic believed to be from the EU, who is willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a high level Rogue and comedy and/or tragedy ensues (depending on your point of view):“The character was wielding The Twin Blades of Azzinoth (which can be picked off Illidan's defeated corpse in The Black Temple) and had four out of five pieces of the Tier 6 armor set. Originally, the character... Read more...
The programmer's Pandora's Box has been opened, and boy oh boy is it full of cores.  It started out small and manageable with Intel's popular Core 2 and the Athlon 64, but it's getting out of hand quickly with chips with dozens and dozens of cores on the horizon now. The problem is that all that firepower is going to go to waste because nobody knows how to program software to take advantage of it. Wired took a good look at the challenges facing the multicore software programmer, and the chipmakers who want to love them. Typical 9-to-5 programmers, who are used to programming single-thread... Read more...
Rumors of the death of HD-DVD have been - well, you know the old saying.  Recent moves by retailers like Blockbuster have led to speculation about the demise of HD-DVD.  Today, however, Paramount gave HD-DVD a needed boost, by saying, rather than releasing titles on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD, as they had decided in 2005, they were switching to HD-DVD support exclusively. Paramount had sold titles in both the new high-definition formats -- HD DVD and Blu-Ray -- but settled exclusively on HD DVD after deciding that it offered better quality, lower-priced players and lower manufacturing costs, Kelley... Read more...
Sun Microsystems has recently launched its newest CPU, the Niagara 2, which they allege is the world’s “fastest performing computer processor and one of the most energy efficient.” The Niagara 2 features eight cores and can process up to 64 individual threads at any given time. What’s interesting is that the Sun company is most famous for its software products, including JAVA. Sun is hoping to change this trend with the high-performance Niagara line of server processors. It seems that Sun Microsystems has intentions of competing with Intel and AMD in the server market. "While Niagara 2 may well... Read more...
IBM has pioneered a new method to make chips that essentially assemble themselves into a usable framework. It should yield a savings in power consumption and a goose in speed. The technique works by coating a silicon wafer with a layer of a special polymer that when baked, naturally forms trillions of uniformly tiny holes just 20 nanometers, or millionth of a millimeter, across. The resulting pattern is used to create the copper wiring on top of a chip and the insulating gaps that let electricity flow smoothly. A similar process is seen in nature during the... Read more...
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