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We suppose one way for Apple to fight back against Intel's push into thin and light territory with its Ultrabook concept is to release a larger size MacBook Air model, and apparently that's exactly what Apple is planning to do. Citing Apple's upstream suppliers, news and rumor site DigiTimes claims the Cupertino outfit has placed orders for... Read more...
Everyone's been kvelling over Siri since the iPhone 4GS was released a month ago. But Apple's "virtual personal assistant" is just the natural evolution of technology being built around our needs, wants and desires. That's exactly why so much popular science fiction has been written around the idea that one day robots... Read more...
Fusion-io reminds us why we love technology so much. How so? Well, it's awfully hard not to perk up and get excited when you learn about a 10TB storage device with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. Yes folks, that's ten freaking terabytes Fusion-io managed to cram onto its ioDrive Octal, or twice as much as was previously available... Read more...
Western Digital is offering up a new line of network storage servers this week for small-to-medium businesses, with the Sentinel DX4000 being the star of the show. The device includes Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials along with Intel's D525 dual-core Atom CPU. It's designed as a centralized shared storage and... Read more...
SC11 is going on this week in Seattle, and supercomputers are the main topic of conversation. NVIDIA just announced that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is deploying a Cray supercomputer accelerated by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, as part of the Blue Waters project... Read more...
Wondering if ARM-based chips are powerful enough for the real world? Here's your answer. NVIDIA has just unveiled a new prototype system with Tegra ARM CPUs and CUDA GPUs, and that system just so happens to be a supercomputer. The company has announced that the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is developing a new... Read more...
AT&T's LTE markets are on the move, but it's going to require LTE hardware to really get people hooked. The company just revealed their second 4G LTE-enabled tablet for customers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Customers will be able to pick it up in stores and online starting Nov. 20th, and for a limited time, customers who select a Samsung... Read more...
You understand the drill by now: Intel releases a new CPU, tons of PC makers unveil new machines with the new chip in it, and tons of motherboard makers offer up new boards to handle the new chip. One thing is very clear; there's a lot of "new" going on this week. Gigabyte is now on the bandwagon with their new X79 series of mainboards, featuring... Read more...
AMD has announced the immediate availability of new 12-16 core 32nm Opteron processors based on the company's new Bulldozer architecture. According to AMD, these new chips will provide better performance, virtualization scaling, and efficient economics. “Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualization has... Read more...
Intel's Ultrabook concept is having a tough time winning over customers, not because people aren't interested in a thin and light notebook that's both powerful and attractive (the MacBook Air proves otherwise), but because of the price. Many of the early models are hovering around the $1,000 price ceiling Intel said it would like manufacturers... Read more...
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but could playing Battlefield 3 turn little Gustaf into a sadistic rat killer? Depends on who you ask. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Germany is taking issue with the fact that you can kill rats in a "sadistic manner." This, along with any killing... Read more...
Although details are still under wraps, Futuremark let us know that its next gaming benchmark is forthcoming and gave us a peek at the tool’s concept art. With a working title of “3Dmark for Windows 8”, the benchmark will measure gaming performance across a variety of devices including tablets, notebooks, and high-end systems.... Read more...
Get your Sandy Bridge-E, hot of the presses. While Intel doesn't always unleash chips and ship dates at the same time, today's a lucky day for those who just so happen to have spare cash laying around and a desire to pop the newest silicon from Intel into their rig. The Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition CPU is a robust new i7; one that reviewed... Read more...
Mobile payments, hooray! They seem to be all the rage these days, and now Intel and MasterCard are announcing a "multi-year strategic collaboration to further enhance the security and consumer payment experience for online shopping." What's that translate to? We're told that this collaboration will combine... Read more...
Netflix is inching closer and closer to UK domination. Aiming to compete with Lovefilm in an area which is already served quite extensively, Netflix has signed on with Lionsgate UK to announce a multi-year, premium pay-TV window agreement in the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning in early 2012. It'll make Netflix... Read more...
A few weeks ago, the fine folks at ASUS invited a gaggle of us tech newsies out to San Jose to get up close and personal with their new X79 chipset-based motherboards. In addition to setting us up with top-notch accommodations, the ASUS crew had lots for us to see, hear, and busily jot down. After breakfast, we listened to several brief but... Read more...
November 14th 2011 marks the release of Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E microarchitecture and its companion X79 Express chipset. Sandy Bridge-E is the ‘tock’ in Intel’s tick-tock release schedule cadence, that bridges the gap between current Sandy Bridge processors and next year’s, totally new Ivy... Read more...
Maingear's got a new rig out today, and more importantly, there's a new 2nd-generation Intel Core i7 chip to go along with it. The company has just updated their SHIFT and F131 desktops with the new 2nd generation Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor and the company’s exclusive EPIC Audio Engine. Turbo... Read more...
Art? Microsoft? Together? Yep. The company is encouraging artistic creativity through the launch of an international art project called “The Art of Touch,” inspired by the Microsoft family of Touch mice consisting of the Microsoft Touch Mouse, Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse... Read more...
The young guns over at Evolve Motorcycles are garnering the lion's share of attention at this year's Milan International Motorcycle Show (EICMA), and that's because they had the audacity to roll out a real life replica of the Tron Lightcycle (renamed Xenon). This thing is seriously sick. It sports 32-inch hub-less wheels, lots of OLED light... Read more...
Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie later this week, because on November 16th, Google is expected to officially launch its Google Music service to the public. As of right now, the service is in beta and, like many of Google's beta projects, you need an invite to party. But that's set to change, or so that seems to be the consensus... Read more...
If Apple isn't going to reinvent the TV market, who is? Maybe it's Sony, despite the company seemingly backing off of efforts in recent years. According to a new Wall Street Journal article, Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently stated that his company is developing a "new kind" of TV. He also stated that "TV manufacturers, driven by their desire... Read more...
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