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Those satellites in space don't just take spy pictures. On this Black Friday 2010, they are actually taking pictures of you, and your rush to Black Friday deals. The research is being done to see what consumer demand this year means for retail stocks. The trend, so far, has been favorable. The companies involved in this are Remote Sensing Metrics and Digital Globe. Remote Sensing Metrics is a Chicago-based consulting firm that analyzes the satellite imagery. In turn, it purchases those images from Colorado-based company Digital Globe, which operates its own satellites. Tom Diamond, CEO of Remote Sensing Metrics said “2010 is proving to be a much better year in terms of traffic. Beginning... Read more...
Black Friday. It's a name that was once only known by savvy shoppers who scoured the Internet for deals, but now it's a household holiday in America. Everyone from tweens to grandmothers will be waking up early on the day after Thanksgiving in order to fight the crowds and attempt to snag those too-good-to-be-true deals that happen just once per year.As would be expected at a time such as this, a company has now come forward with an iPhone application that can help shoppers plan out their attack route and score the best deals. MEDL Mobile has just introduced Mall Maps, an iPhone app provides its user with a comprehensive database of malls, shopping centers and plazas across the US. When fired... Read more...
Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines. Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for many years. Some of you will remember Shuttle's line of wildly popular barebones XPCs which became an underground hit with many in the DYI crowd looking... Read more...
Two perpetually, almost fad-like and recurring themes for computing technology in 2008 are low power, environmentally friendly products as well as tiny, small form-factor or ultra-portable machines.  Power consumption and size -- it has become undeniably hip and cool to offer products that cater to the new carbon footprint and mechanical footprint-minded consumer. If you didn't know better, it almost seems like the introduction of Asus' Eee PC started the craze back in Q4 of '07 but clearly, at least small form-factor system have been around for many years.  Some of you will remember Shuttle's line of wildly popular barebones XPCs which... Read more...
Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for Hard Disk Drive Replacement 0.85-Inch and 1.0-Inch SSD Uses Intel® NAND Flash-based Solid-State Drive technology SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced two new ultra-small solid-state drives (SSDs) that were developed using Intel technology for use in UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) devices.Super Talent is introducing 1.0-inch and 0.85-inch SSD models, both of which employ a parallel ATA (PATA/IDE) interface with a ZIF connector. These are definitely among the world’s tiniest SSDs, designed... Read more...
NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE With 5x More Performance in One-half the Size, New GeForce 9-Series mGPUs Tap Parallel Processors for More Than Just Graphics   SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 20, 2008— NVIDIA’s engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions. The result: a 16-core CUDA™-capable graphics architecture that enables mainstream PC users to play the latest top-selling PC games and enjoy silky-smooth, high-definition Blu-ray video playback—all without breaking the bank. NVIDIA® Introduces the GeForce®... Read more...
North Oaks, Minn. is a small town of 4,500 residents. According to its web site, its residential roads are all privately-owned, and because of this unique situation it has requested that Google take down all Street View images of its roads."It's not the hoity-toity folks trying to figure out how to keep the world away," said Mayor Thomas Watson. "They really didn't have any authorization to go on private property."Since the introduction of Google Maps' Street View last spring, the feature has caused controversy in several cities and with the federal government. The Pentagon banned Google Maps from taking any images of military facilities, and a Pittsburgh couple sued the company over images of... Read more...
Samsung has a couple of new products that break the mold on what you might expect from computer peripherals. Samsung's Dual Display 2263DX is a dual display with a twist. It is actually a normal 22-inch LCD display that also includes a 7-inch "companion" display that attaches to the larger display, "via a pivoting, swiveling arm which allows it to be positioned on either side or above the main display for a truly comfortable, customizable work environment." The smaller display uses the USB-based DisplayLink technology.         The 22-inch display features a native resolution of 1,680x1,050; while the 7-inch is 800x600. Samsung claims a brightness of 300 cd2/m and 200 cd2/m for them, respectively,... Read more...
MSI has just announced a brand new ultra small form factor PC, dubbed the Titan 700.  The tiny machine features a 2.0GHz VIA C7 processor, a mini-ITX motherboard, and a compact case with a volume of only 3.1L. The motherboard's CN700 norhtbridge sports a VIA Graphics (S3) UniChrome Pro IGP, and other features include a slim optical drive, and AC'97 audio.  The unit's 60W PSU hints at the Titan 700's miniscule power requirements. The full press release with pics and complete specifications are available below... The perfect combination of Size and Performance Energy Saving compact 3.1L Mini-ITX Full System Taipei, Taiwan – MSI, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motherboards,... Read more...
Newegg certainly raised the bar when it came to computer component e-tailing, and it seems that they might be planning on challenging eBay and Amazon.com with their newest service: NeweggMall. “Consumers can buy from the NeweggMall site, and products are drop-shipped from the reseller.   Newegg takes a portion of the revenue from the sale, which it justifies by handling the portal and logistics.  Depending on category, that portion can range from 6 to 15 percent, nearly identical to the revenue share structure at Amazon.com.”  The site’s main layout page seems to be very similar to that of eBay which prompts one to wonder if the NeweggMall will eventually try to challenge the online... Read more...
We're not exactly sure who would want to use a 640 x 480 display smaller than a dime, but that's exactly what the U.S. based Kopin has developed.One thing we do know for sure is that so many pixels in such a tiny space is an impressive achievement.  Imagine how many pixels a 30" display would have if it featured a similar pixel density."This display is targeted for PC and HD-related video eyewear applications. Kopin is demonstrating the new display in a private showing at CES 2008 in Las Vegas this week. CyberDisplay SVGA LVS samples are now available to select customers for evaluation and design-in.This new display shrinks the full-color pixel size to 11.25-microns square, with Kopin president... Read more...
Hitachi can read the digital writing on the wall. Small hard disk drives have nowhere to go but down, soon to be made obsolete by NAND flash memory. They're phasing out their small drive business and focusing on making their bigger 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Large-sized hard disk drives used in PCs and servers hold a cost advantage over NAND flash chips, but profitability was hit hard in the market for 1.0- and 1.8-inch drives as storage capacity has increased and prices have come down for NAND chips.Hitachi's loss-making hard disk drive unit, which competes with larger rivals Seagate Technology and Western Digital Corp, shipped about 560,000 units of 1.8-inch drives in July-September, or 2.3 percent... Read more...
The screen is small, the device is small, but the market share, for the browser of a mobile phone is, relatively speaking, big. The iPhone has only been available since late June, and it's already the most popular mobile browser for surfing the Web, beating out even Windows Mobile, which has been available for over 10 years.Net Applications came out with its quarterly browser marketshare report this weekend. More surprising than the solid market share gains that the Mac platform made, was iPhone's phenomenal showing..09 percent may seem like an extremely small marketshare but when you consider that the iPhone has only been selling for 5 months and for most of that time was in one – albeit large... Read more...
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Google in a suit brought by Perfect10, who offers internet pictures of women who have forgotten some or all of their clothes. The images are copyrighted, but the Google search engine displays thumbnail  images in search results.  And people using the search engine to view the clothing-challenged young ladies rubbed Perfect10 the wrong way.The court focused on the legal question of which party holds the burden of proving whether Google's use of Perfect 10's images constituted a "fair use" under copyright law. Fair use is a defense that allows the use of copyrighted works, under certain circumstances, without the owner's consent.The... Read more...
According to Taiwan-based motherboard manufacturers, mainland China's mobo manufacturers are not "playing fair," and are engaged in a price war that Taiwan can't compete in. The three-quarters of the world's globe put out of the motherboard manufacturing business by Taiwan are seen reaching for their tiny violins. And their checkbooks, to buy Chinese. While Intel's P35 motherboard should have an average selling price (ASP) above US$100, China-based second-tier makers have slashed their P35 prices to US$60. The price competition has greatly affected Taiwan-based motherboard makers, especially those focused on the entry-level market such as ASRock and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS).Most of China's... Read more...
While we were initially hoping that this bit of bad new was somebody's twisted idea of a Halloween trick, it actually appears to be authentic: The 3rd Circuit Appellate Court recently upheld a decision that would grant more authority over physical facilities and data transmission lines to the larger telephone companies, thus potentially causing serious problems to DSL resellers such as Earthlink and Speakeasy.Previously, DSL internet service – and cable modem service before it – was classified as a functionally integrated component of enhanced “telecommunications service,” making it subject to regulations that attempted to ensure fair and open competition. Some of these rules require that the... Read more...
It was back in January of this year at the Consumer Electronics Show that AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard for small form factor computers.  The focus of those early briefings was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems.  As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs and only a select few parts can be swapped between them.   On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI, but again, for the most part you can’t take parts from one company’s SFF design and use it... Read more...
When AMD first revealed their plans for the DTX open industry standard, the intent of that early briefing was to explain AMD’s vision for interoperable small form factor systems. As it stands today, most SFF systems from large companies like Dell and HP are proprietary designs. On the do-it-yourself front, we’ve got form factors like Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX and SFF barebones systems from major players like Shuttle, Asus and MSI.  However, for the most part you can’t take parts from one company’s SFF design and use it in another’s.  Today AMD provided more details and a specific design example of the DTX small form-factor standard.  This HotHardware article showcases a prototype system... Read more...
After a lot of speculation, leaked builds and closed beta testing - without specific public details about SP1 - Microsoft today posted an announcement on their official Windows Vista blog detailing SP1 and their plans for it. Now is the time and the time is now:  let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise).  I'm here to set the story straight:  we're in the process of developing and deploying a Beta version of SP1.  This post will describe for you what to expect from that effort and how you can be involved in the process. They say they are targeting... Read more...
Let’s go back ten years in time. Ten years ago, in 1997, Intel’s Pentium 2 processor was launched and was a big hit since it was so “fast” at the time, ranging from speeds of about 200 MHz all the way up to 400 some-odd MHz. Of course we have come a long way, and our computers have evolved into much more powerful and compact machines. Nonetheless there’s a new computer that gives us a measure of just how far we’ve actually come. Picture a fully functional computer that measures 2 inches cubed (about 5cm cubed). Yes, it’s approximately the size of a small rubik’s cube, and is over 500 times smaller than the average midtower, in terms of volume that is. This new computer, which they call the “Space... Read more...
Size isn't everything. At least when it comes to electronics. Driven by popular demand and semiconductor process technology, cell phones, MP3 players, motherboards, and other devices have evolved to become smaller, more powerful, and more portable. At just 10cm x 7.2cm, the pico-ITX VIA EPIA PX10000 motherboard is currently the smallest commercial motherboard available. Of course, it seems that one must always sacrifice performance for a smaller package, and the PX10000 does indeed have many ups and downs. It supports the VIA C7 NanoBGA2 Processor, which runs at just 1.0 GHz. Moreover, the board only has 1 x SATA input, 1 x 10/100 LAN input, and 1 x IDE (UltraDMA) input. UniCrome Pro II AGP graphics... Read more...
Samsung is giving users of smartphones and other gadgets with a MicroSD HC slot something worthwhile to put in there: their tiny card with 8 Gb of capacity, or enough for 2000 MP3s, 4000 photos, or 5 DVD movies.That's as much storage as your average iPod nano, and you won't need a hammer and a soldering iron to get at it.  “With a read speed of 16 Megabytes (MBs) per second and a write speed of 6MB/s, Samsung’s 8GB microSD card well exceeds the Speed Class 4 SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) standard which requires a data write speed of 4MB/s. This is also much faster than the SD Speed Class 2 designation carried by most competing microSD cards currently on the market”. Given that every... Read more...
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