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NORAD may have decided to power their Santa Tracker engine with Bing maps this year but Google is stepping up to the mistletoe, with yuletide vigor, to help those on the "nice" list keep track of Santa's activities and of course that magical journey on Christmas eve.  Google's Santa Tracker page is loaded with goodies for good girls and boys.  And heck, maybe if you've been a tad naughty this year (who hasn't?), you can hop on the Santa HOT line and instant chat with the big man in an effort to get in his good graces.  Think about it.  The office Christmas party this year was... Read more...
Ask any child who celebrates Christmas and he or she will tell you that the big day is just over a week away. They keep track of these things, the way adults keep tabs on their favorite sports team, and understandably so. How cool is it to wake up to a pile of loot that a man in a red suit delivered the night before? The logistics of Santa's travels on Christmas Eve is mind boggling, but it's also traceable thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year NORAD tracks Santa's travels around the globe, and this year, you and your child can follow along in Windows 8 with... Read more...
A bustling shopping mall in Canada is ending a more than century old tradition of having kids line up for hours to sit on Santa's knee to tell the bearded gift giver what they want for Christmas. This year they'll need to sign up in advance for a one-hour story time session on Saturday morning, in which they'll also have a chance to sit on his knee and have their photo taken; the rest of the time he'll be on Skype. "Santa has gone digital! This year, only at the Toronto Eaton Centre, your child can have a one on one Skype with Santa!," the mall states on its website. Parents can register their... Read more...
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones and friends.     And for our friends that celebrate Hanukkah, we give you Adam Sandler in this timeless classic - The Hanukkah Song.  Happy Holidays!... Read more...
I have a rule of thumb. Whenever I read anything about alternative energy of any kind, I simply skip over everything and look for the one thing that matters: Is it cheaper than oil and coal? Nothing else matters, really. Burning coal and oil to make energy to produce goods and services to tax to redistribute as subsidies to alternative energy producers is a colossal waste of time. I've read thousands of articles about solar power over the years, all missing that essential ingredient. So no one was more surprised than I when I read the following in an article about Nanosolar, a startup in Silicon... Read more...
The digital grassy knoll set's collective head is about to explode. Apple is collecting iPhone usage data, linked to the user's specific personal information. Apple gathers that personal information when you sign up for an iPhone, and may be doing  something or nothing with it after associating it with your usage data. People's opinions on this seem to depend on the ratio of Apple fanboy to paranoid privacy nut you are. If you're 100% both, this is bad news:From this information, Apple could build a profile on users.  Where they travel, where they spend their free time, where they work,... Read more...
Last week at a small event at Milk Studios in New York City, we had a chance to meet with representatives from Intel to talk about their recently launched "Santa Rosa" mobile platform and get some hands on experience with a number of notebooks and small form factor systems based on the technology.  If you're unfamiliar with the codename "Santa Rosa" it was basically an internal name given to the latest version of Intel's Centrino mobile platform that encompasses not only the processor, but the core logic chipset, and wireless network controller as well.... Read more...
Marco spent time with Intel at the swank offices of Milk Studios in New York city last week, at the Santa Rosa mobile platform launch event.  Among various slabs of thin, speedy techno-goodness was Lenovo's new Thinkpad T61.  Dig on the new protective top cover "roll cage"...   Specs Type: Business, Small Business Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Business Processor Name: Intel Core... Read more...
Engadget has the scoop on some brand new Asus laptops built around Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform. They've got some specifications and pics posted, and even mention some yet-to-be announced NVIDIA mobile GPUs. "Just in case the recent outpouring of Santa Rosa wasn't doing enough to keep you satisfied, ASUS just announced five laptops sporting the new mobile processor. None of 'em break much ground on the design or form factor side of things, but Santa Rosa isn't the only thing these laptops have going for them. The 17-inch A7S-7S006C runs a 2GHz T7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a... Read more...
Over the past few years, AMD has moved from making value chips to having a pair of serious runs as the performance king in the desktop arena and finally making serious inroads into the server market. The only market where AMD was not able to move beyond their beachhead was in the Intel-dominated land of laptops. Unfortunately for AMD, laptops are a big seller these days. Current AMD mobile flagship product, the Turion X2, just doesn't catch the offerings from rival Intel in either performance or battery life. AMD has been working hard to close this gap, and it seems that the first big step... Read more...
There are some very bad people out there in the world. But it goes beyond bad to put malicious code onto Santa Claus' .net webpage. "Nestled all snug in the bottom of his home page was a nice little bit of code containing a badware link," he added. The problem was soon resolved, but alas, while good boys and girls may fall asleep waiting for a visit from St. Nicholas, there's no delay at all when you're dealing with the bad guys. On Friday, malware had again cropped up on the Web site. Stopbadware.org... Read more...
X-Bit Labs reports that NVIDIA's CEO is indicating that the company will likely have a mobile variant of the new G80 architecture ready for the launch of both Windows Vista and Intel's new Centrino Pro platform in January 2007. An interesting tidbit from the article is the possibility that NVIDIA might make the upcoming GPU's exclusive to the Centrino Pro platform. Doing so would certainly make life easier for Intel, as they'll be trying to convince consumers to opt for the new platform and not for an earlier Napa-based model. "Santa Rosa notebooks are DirectX 10 notebooks. They... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel's PM96 and GM965 chipsets for the upcoming Santa Rosa platform are on track and aligned with the scheduled March 2007 debut. As Intel's fourth-generation of the wildly popular Centrino platform, "Santa Rosa" brings a host of new performance features such as an 800MHz FSB as well as DX10-caliber integrated graphics. Notebook vendors and mobile enthusiasts alike are waiting for this new platform with baited breath so it is certainly a positive bit of news to hear the wait is almost over. The... Read more...
Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser Chip that Emits and Guides Light Could Drive Silicon Photonics Into Wide Use in Future Computers and Data Centers SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2006 - Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have built the world's first electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics devices for use inside and around future computers... Read more...
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