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No it can't read minds in the literal sense, but it's probably still better than a polygraph machine. They say that only a small fraction of human communication comes from words; about 60% is body language and about 30% is tone. The irony is that most of us are probably not able to pick up on these subliminal messages very well. That might be why Rana El Kaliouby, an MIT grad student, decided to develop the special software used in the Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic, which is a device that helps people interpret body language and facial expressions. The device, upon detecting boredom/inattention in the listener, will vibrate to alert the user. "This software interprets emotions based... Read more...
Experts believe that DRAM prices are near rock bottom. Inventories remain strong, which means that prices are not likely to increase significantly anytime soon. As DRAM prices increased just slightly on Thursday and Friday, shares of Samsung, the number 1 DRAM chip maker, rose 3.9%. Other major DRAM manufacturers, including Hynix, Elpida Memory, and Nanya saw similar increases. The fact that share values are so senstive to DRAM market prices may be a sign that prices have bottomed out. "Shares of Asian chipmakers rallied on Friday as spot prices for computer memory chips gained, fanning speculation that the market may have bottomed out." "If inventories... Read more...
Palm's latest offering, the Foleo, was much anticipated. They unveiled it yesterday, and now Palm's sale to another company is much anticipated. The Foleo is a laptop sized digital device for reading your e-mail, synching with your smart phone and --not much more. The main selling point is a large qwerty keyboard. Jeff Hawkins of Palm, in a fit of giddiness at odds with the capabilities of the product, offered: "This is the most exciting product I've worked on in a long time -- in fact, ever," Okay, then. But some analysts were skeptical, saying the company, which has been hard-pressed to follow up on the success of its Treo line of phones, seems to have struck out... Read more...
Are you holding off on buying RAM because prices keep going down, while at the same time major players continually release faster modules?  If so, you'll want to read this article that ExtremeTech wrote on the subject: "A new report from market research firm DRAMeXchange says that DRAM contract prices may finally hit bottom sometime during the second half of 2007.  After sliding to roughly $20 in the second half of April, DRAM contract prices will likely decline even more before the PC selling season ramps up and demand increases, the DRAMeXchange report said.  To date, the research firm said that the pricing environment for the market has remained stagnant because of sluggish demand over the... Read more...
AMD has already announced that they plan to integrate a CPU and GPU onto a single chip and Intel has hinted at a similar solution as well.  And we all know that ATI and NVIDIA have GPGPU initiatives already in place. It seems that this shift in the computing model has Intel intrigued so to speak, and Doug Carmean - Chief Architect in the Visual Computing Group - has been speaking on the subject. The gang at Beyond3D snagged Doug's preso and have the most interesting slides available for your perusal. "Back in February we reported that Intel's Douglas Carmean, new Chief Architect of their Visual Computing Group (VCG) in charge of GPU development at Intel, had been touring universities... Read more...
Palm, one time king of the PDAs, might be looking or a buyer if a report from cnbc.com is accurate. Recent years haven't been kind to Palm, as rival Microsoft has gobbled up a large portions of the evolving smartphone market. It looks like Nokia might want a piece of the pie. "Palm is reported to have hired Morgan Stanley in recent weeks to help it find a buyer. On Tuesday, Unstrung.com reported that Sweden's Nokia is the leading bidder for Palm, though Palm management favors a private equity buyer. The sources tell CNBC, however, that while management does favor a private equity deal, a match with Motorola makes the most sense because there... Read more...
AMD has been working hard on making native multi-core CPUs while rival Intel has been using a leapfrog technique. The technique Intel has been using is to essentially "glue" two existing cores together and then work on a native design for the following generation. AMD initially snorted derisively at this approach, but it appears that AMD now is actually regretting their earlier attitude: "The chipmaker stands behind the technical merits of pumping out a so-called native four-core chip with all four cores on the same piece of silicon. It, however, admits that Intel gained a major marketing edge by melding a pair of dual-core processors with a multi-chip module (MCM) when it released... Read more...
You want IOPs?  Got that... You want Petaflops?  Check.  Blades?  Yeah we got a few of those hanging around too... next to the fiber-optic shelves.  News.com has the 411 on the kind of power it takes to run a state of the art production house like Lucasfilms.  A couple of those racks ought to do the trick keeping ol' HH with 99.999% up-time. Wonder if the boys over there ever donate their left-overs? "Inside the data center in San Francisco's Letterman Digital Arts Center, Lucasfilms director of IT operations Kevin Clark stands in front of a rack of the company's state-of-the-art Verari servers, which use AMD Opteron dual-core/dual-processor technology with... Read more...
Microsoft has decided to go viral with their marketing approach for their Zune portable media player, and the results are ... interesting. Nothing says entertainment like a bag of eyeballs screaming at an ambulatory penis through an empty eyesocket while holding back a fart. The guys at Microsoft have really lost it with this advertisement for the Microsoft Zune. It's the perfect piece of video for early New Year's Day. I feel exactly like a bag of eyeballs right now. Happy New Year!... Read more...
Hey look, just in time to get Thanksgiving recipes from faraway mom: Berggi announces e-mail service for your cheap, dumb cellphones.   Babur Ozden, the head of Berggi Inc., said his company plans to offer a simplified alternative to the Blackberry e-mail delivery service from Canada's Research In Motion Ltd., which dominates the mobile professional market. Berggi aims to offer messaging services for basic mobile phones, which still represent two-thirds of the U.S. mobile market. Users of Blackberry or rival e-mail services on Palm or Microsoft software need more expensive "smart" phones. Consumers can send and receive e-mail on their... Read more...
Intel was wandering around the world with a billion dollars burning a hole in their pocket, looking for a place to build a semiconductor factory. My, how times have changed. Intel could have selected any country to build its largest chip assembly and testing plant. But the world's biggest semiconductor company decided to make the $1 billion investment in a relative newcomer to the high-tech game - Vietnam. Intel announced earlier this month it would more than triple its initial investment to expand the planned factory in southern Ho Chi Minh City from 150,000 to 500,000 square feet. It is expected to begin operations in 2009 and could employ... Read more...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company NTP Inc. said on Monday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Palm Inc., maker of the Treo mobile phone, in a U.S. court, sending Palm shares down more than 7 percent. The suit alleges that Palm's products and services infringed NTP's patents and seeks recovery of monetary damages resulting from Palm's direct and indirect infringement, the intellectual property firm said in a statement. Specifically, NTP said it is targeting services and systems primarily used or adapted for use in e-mail systems with radio frequency communications to mobile processors and related services. A Palm spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.... Read more...
As Yahoo! News reports, AOL is fully commited to continuing the drastic changes that are being made to its service. The latest change for AOL is their decision to jump into the online film distribution market, as they are announcing plans to start selling movies and TV shows through their service. Movies will likley retail from $9.99 to $19.99, while shows will be available for $1.99, or will be offered free with advertisements included. "Conroy said AOL's decision to charge for some programs is consistent with its desire to offer users choice - download-to-own offerings alongside free, ad-supported items. He said AOL is becoming one of... Read more...
AMD teams up with Telmex to provide affordable internet connectivity throughout Mexico - Telmex Internet Box is affordable, easy-to-use solution for citizens of Mexico - Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 31, 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced nationwide availability of the Telmex Internet Box Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) for citizens across Mexico. Developed by AMD, the Telmex Internet Box provides an increasingly broad range of customers with a complete Internet experience, including hardware, software, Internet service and support. "Telmex is committed to bringing technology to the social sectors of Mexico with the highest needs," said Andres Vazquez del Mercado, director... Read more...
The next installment of the Multi-GPU world tour is on-line today.  The crew at HARDiNFO covers some of the more common benchmarks and applications at four different resolutions on each of the six systems being covered. "This Multi-GPU World Tour is essentially 9 different sites working together to produce the largest and most comprehensive GPU review yet, featuring 6 multi-GPU setups and 60 benchmarks! At HARDiNFO we were assigned to cover the "common benchmarks". What is actually meant by "common benchmarks" you may ask? Well, all the benchmark applications included in this suite have the following in common: Thanks to built-in benchmarking... Read more...
In the words of Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, internet search is still in it's "DOS era". Ballmer freely admits the mistakes Microsoft has made along the way, but boasts about the progress of their search engine. According to the March Nielsen/Net Ratings, Google owns 49% of the U.S. search market, Yahoo! with 22.5% and MSN Search with 11%. "I like to tell our people, 'I like the years when we make at least a year's progress in a year,'" Ballmer said. "I think we've made more than two years' progress in the last two years, so I'm excited about that. And yet, we have a whole lot more innovation that we want to bring... Read more...
Looking to improve image quality on your TV? Hardware Zone has a neat device that can do just that. While you probably won't see much improvement with content like DVD's, it did manage to up the quality on VCDs and improve TV signal quality. "Our tests have concluded that the PixelMagic Plasma Enhancer 1000 is a quick and painless answer to upscale TV and similar quality video content on high-definition LCD/Plasma TV sets for maximum enjoyment."  ... Read more...
Now here is a swank piece of hardware, folks. Madshrimps just posted a review of Zalman's sleek HD160 Home Theater PC Enclosure. I'm not even going to go into detail, just check out this enclosure and be prepared to want to build a home theater PC immediately. "With the HD160 Zalman is expanding their product range, this HTPC enclosure is of high quality and aims to deliver a good balance between cooling and noise generation; it has support for full size ATX motherboards, and comes with a VFD display and Windows Media Center remote control."... Read more...
Going along with yesterday's update on Google Maps, some Asian governments have voiced their opinion on the technology... they don't like it. There's still some debate has to how serious of a security risk the satellite images are, as the images are a few years old. Living in New Hampshire, I have no concerns as most of my state lacks detailed images. Area 51 has higher quality pictures... could the government be hiding something in the granite state? Well, time to find my tinfoil hat, later folks! FujiFilm FinePix F10 @ eCoustics "The new 6.3-megapixel FujiFilm FinePix F10 ($399 MSRP) is a rather unassuming digital camera with a silvery metal finish and plain vanilla styling. Yet looks... Read more...
Kingston HyperX DDR2 750MHz (KHX6000D2K2/1G) @ Bjorn3D: "Kingston's high-end system memory products are given the HyperX brand. Of course, Kingston offers HyperX products featuring the latest memory technology, DDR2. DDR2 is supported on most of the recently released chipsets and will eventually supplant first generation DDR as the dominant memory type in the PC industry. It is an evolution of the DDR specification that features lower power consumption, higher speeds and better thermal performance." Great, But Why Intel? @ The TechZone: "For this lifelong Macintosh fanatic, the urge to react to the news that Apple would be making the switch to Intel processors over the course of... Read more...
As of today, it seems Zotob is still making a fuss, despite it's fairly low rate of infection. Various news stations such as ABC News, CNN, and the New York Times have encountered problems thanks to the little bugger. Microsoft released a patch days before the worm was unleashed, so if your using Windows 2000 and have not patched it... you know. Goodnight folks, enjoy the weekend! Intel Pentium D 840 Dual-Core LGA775 Processor Review @ PCstats "The most obvious new feature of the LGA775 Intel Pentium D 840 processor is its dual-core nature. This 90nm processor uses a pair of Prescott cores running at 16 x 200MHz to bring multi-processing to the desktop in a LGA775 pinless package. The most... Read more...
One for the weekend?  Sure, why not...    MonsterGecko - an over-grown lizard or manufacturer of innovative Gaming Controllers?  If you hazard a guess at the latter you'd be on the mark. Which by the way is exactly what their new PistolMouse is aimed to provide you, precision fragging with a classic "gat" kind of feel.   Stealth checks out MonsterGecko's PistolMouse FPS today.  It's like an offer you can't refuse...  ... Read more...
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