Items tagged with Pi

Wireless charging has been around for quite some time now, even if Apple is fashionably late to the party. However, as the technology exists in the consumer sector today, there is definitely room for improvement. Well, a company called Pi is looking to advance the concept with a new device it is working on called the Pi Charger. As wireless charging exists right now, a smartphone or other battery-depleted device sits on a pad (of varying sizes) that is plugged into the wall and begins to charge. If that device is lifted off the pad, the charging stops. It works and is still more convenient than having to connect a USB cable to a phone or some other gadget, but it's not ideal. The Pi Charger changes... Read more...
Today is March 14, the fourteenth day of the third month (3.14) otherwise known as Pi day, a once a year occasion in which you can put aside your disdain for math (or embrace your love of math, as it were) and celebrate with fellow geeks by stuffing your face full of pie. It might not be as fun as Talk Like a Pirate Day, but hey, we're all for made up holidays that give us an excuse to do anything but work. Alternately, you can get your full geek on over at PiDay.org, a website that obviously embraces the holiday and is a place you can learn more about Pi, pick up themed gear like T-shirts, buttons, and even iPhone 4 cases, send eCards, discuss with others your love of Pi, and more. PiDay.org... Read more...
Thermaltake today announced their new CPU cooler, SpinQ received CES Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Award as officially announced earlier on CES website. Judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press, SpinQ was commented as an outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products: “SpinQ CPU cooler takes the traditional design of a CPU cooler to a whole new level by incorporating an ingenious rotating tooling method to achieve the never-before-seen swirl outlook.” CES Innovations Award is a widely renowned consumer technology awards program since 1976. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association... Read more...
It's time to score another win for the couch potato generation. With TiVo's most recent partnership--this time with Domino's Pizza--you can now order a pizza directly from your TiVo without ever leaving your couch or even picking up the phone. "This is the first time in history that the 'on-demand' generation will be able to fully experience couch commerce by ordering pizza directly through their television set." -- Rob Weisberg, Vice President of Precision and Print Marketing at Domino's Pizza, Inc.  Credit: GizmodoStarting today, TiVo subscribers with a broadband connection can order food from Domino's in a number of different ways. When a Domino's commercial plays on the TiVo, you'll... Read more...
We all know Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) as the company that has historically made high-end workstations for creating and rendering 3D animations for games and movies. But there is a whole other side to the company that many are probably less aware of. This very lucrative part of SGI feeds high-performance computing (HPC) solutions to the government and military. (Interesting tidbit: Silicon Graphics once owned the supercomputing company Cray.) And now it looks like some of SGI's recent implementations are helping to keep the U.S.'s nuclear weapon stockpile in check.  SGI announced that has installed a storage environment made up of 17 InfiniteStorage 4600 systems at the Department of Energy's... Read more...
VIA Unveils First Pico-ITXe Board with Stackable I/O Expansion at ESC BostonVIA EPIA-P710 utilizes new SUMIT connectors for the modular addition of advanced serial connectivity including PCI Express, offering developers more flexible and cost effective design options for compact embedded systems Taipei, Taiwan, October 29 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P710, the world's first single board computer based on the new Pico-ITXe specification of the Small Form Factor Special Interest Group (SFF-SIG), providing a more rational approach to system design.Supporting up to four customizable I/O expansion modules,... Read more...
SLIM, STYLISH AND WELL-CONNECTED: INTRODUCING THE DELL INSPIRON MINI 12 New Addition to the Dell Inspiron Mini Line Expands Personalization Options Available First in Japan Through Bic Camera, Kojima and Sofmap Stores Includes Windows Vista Home Basic, Webcam and BluetoothROUND ROCK, Texas, Oct. 26, 2008 – Dell today introduced the Inspiron™ Mini 12, a small, easy-to-carry Internet companion that you can fine tune to fit your specific needs and deeds. Like its counterpart the Inspiron Mini 9, the Mini 12 is ideal for teens, tweens, travelers and “Tweeters” to surf the Web*, chat with friends, blog, stream content, upload photos or enjoy online videos, music and games.The Inspiron Mini 12... Read more...
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now ShippingMilestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.Customers can... Read more...
Acer Leads the Industry with the Introduction of the First Wireless 4G WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks for the U.S. MarketAspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 unveiled at first U.S. WiMAX network launch in Baltimore SAN JOSE, Calif. and BALTIMORE -- Acer America, part of the world’s third largest PC company (source: Gartner data, 2Q 2008), today unveiled its first WiMAX-enabled notebooks – Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 – in support of the nation’s first U.S. WiMAX wireless broadband network launched by XOHM in Baltimore. Demonstrating the company’s focus on delivering innovative technology solutions, the Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 are WiMAX-enabled Intel® Centrino 2-based notebooks... Read more...
As we reported to you late last night, news of AMD's wafer manufacturing operations has been announced...    AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Mubadala increases investment in financially-stronger AMD, which is simultaneously unlocking the value of its manufacturing assets — “The Foundry Company” to build new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Upstate New York, creating more than 1,400 jobs, and to expand existing manufacturing facility in Dresden — — IBM welcomes The Foundry Company into the IBM Alliance —          NEW YORK— Oct. 7, 2008 — AMD... Read more...
It looks like the rumored spin-off of AMD's manufacturing operations is just hours away now and reports are starting to ping across the wire of a "significant announcement" that AMD CEO Dirk Meyer will be making shortly.  In fact, we've been invited to a press web cast at 8AM EST that AMD will hold in the morning.  Historically, AMD has taken largely an in-house fabrication model for their wafer fabrication.  However, capitalizing this effort is a huge recurring and perpetual investment that frankly only makes sense if there are significant and off-setting economies of scale.  As process geometries are being driven hard by AMD's primary competitor,... Read more...
Who will be the Champion of the GO OC 2008-Visit the GO OC website to make your prediction, and get the chance to win some GO OC loot of your own- Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 – GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world?s top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan? It's ok, GIGABYTE will have a live blogcast from the competition at... Read more...
Microsoft and Pioneer Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement to Foster Mutual Innovation in Consumer TechnologyAgreement covers a broad range of consumer products for both companies. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — Sept. 16, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Pioneer Corp. signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that furthers the development of each company’s product lines and will expand technological innovation to enhance the overall customer experience. The cross-licensing agreement covers a broad range of consumer products, including Pioneer’s auto navigation products and televisions, as well as Microsoft’s software products. The agreement allows greater mutual access to each partner’s respective... Read more...
Don't expect this issue to go away anytime soon. We know many are (understandably) upset over the DRM used on the critically-acclaimed game Spore, not just because of SecuROM but also because of the "three activations limitation" and one account per CD key (which was not noted in the manual; in fact the opposite was said in the manual!). And hey, if the game allows you to create the creatures you want, why not create a protest creature, eh? A look at Sporepedia (Spore's official encyclopedia of creatures) shows that users aren't shy about expressing their displeasure. A search for DRM, for example, leads to a ton of creatures, one shown above. A typical "Description" is given above --- "Get rid... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft is doing a lot more than having Jerry Seinfeld munching churros and going shoe shopping with Bill Gates to help bolster the company's image. Part of Microsoft's $300 million marketing campaign includes placing Microsoft customer service representatives in select consumer electronics retail outlets across the U.S. Similar in nature to "Apple Geniuses," Microsoft will be placing 155 "Microsoft Gurus" at Best Buy, Circuit City, and similar stores before the end of this year--presumably in time for the holiday shopping season. While the Microsoft Gurus will "be answering questions about PCs and Microsoft products, as well as giving demos of how the company's products work... Read more...
The tech industry just can't seem to keep any secrets anymore. Conspiracy theorists will tell you that is exactly how companies like it, as it builds up plenty of viral buzz before a hotly-anticipated product is ever officially unveiled. The latest product to prove the rumor mill right is Dell's entry into the netbook market, the Inspiron Mini 9. (Of course, it did show up a day earlier than was predicted. )The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is a 1.07x1.25x6.77-inch (HxWxD) netbook with a starting weight of 2.28 pounds, and a glossy 8.9-inch LED display with a native resolution of 1024x600. Pricing starts at $399 ($439 minus $40 "instant savings") for the basic configuration, which includes:Processor:... Read more...
Dell's answer to the Asus Eee PC, the Inspiron 910, now has a date, according to reports. While there is still no confirmation as the price, which has been widely rumored as $299, it appears the netbook will be showing up "any time soon." According to Gizmodo, that day will be Friday, Sept. 5th. It should be noted this isn't the first date the 910 has "received;" an earlier rumor said the UMPC would show up on Aug. 22nd. Still with some of the support documentation showing up online, it's gotta be soon (keyboard, external optical drive, status LEDs).... Read more...
There's simply no denying that many tech enthusiasts love all things small.  As of late, with the likes of products such as the Asus Eee PC, Lenovo ThinkPad X200, Dell Studio Hybrid and other small form-factor systems; thin, small and light is definitely "in" and has become a fad of sorts.  What is this obsession with small?  What ever happend to big, clunkly and overbearing?  You can't turn around these days without bumping into something that looks like it was designed to work best in Munchkin Land or Gary Coleman's gym bag.  Regardless, it seems Super Talent isn't about to give us manly men, who like big, nasty, in-your-face computer gear, a break from the... Read more...
Last week's Intel Developer's Forum was packed with enough sights and sounds to keep any self-respecting Tech Geek's head turning. So, we've put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!... Read more...
Last week's Intel Developer's Forum was packed with enough sights and sounds to keep any self-respecting Tech Geek's head turning. So, we've put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!... Read more...
In the final IDF keynote address on Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager for Software and Solutions at Intel, Renee James, spoke about the "digital revolution" and what sort of opportunities the recent advances in Intel technology will enable. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and John Carmack of id software were among the guest speakers in this keynote... IDF Day 2: Renee James: "Developing for the Future of Computing"... Read more...
In the final IDF keynote address on Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager for Software and Solutions at Intel, Renee James, spoke about the "digital revolution" and what sort of opportunities the recent advances in Intel technology will enable.       Just as the Pentium processor helped shepherd in multimedia on the PC, multi-core processors are opening the door further for HD and 3D worlds on computers. James stated that all of Intel's platforms will be multi-core by 2010.    As an example of the kind of real-world, immersive environment recent processor improvements are enabling, James showed a preview of Ubisoft's FarCry 2, which is due out this November.... Read more...
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