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Everyone's read something or other about the next version of Windows that will replace Vista, usually referred to as Windows 7. But it's all still Windows. David Worthington, over at SDTimes, says he's gotten a look at internal Microsoft documents that outline their development plan for Midori, a non-Windows Operating System. Microsoft understands that Windows is essentially a pre-Web product, and sees that the Google-led march toward virtualization and Software as a Service will eventually make Microsoft the black-and-white television of the Internet. Midori, built from the ground up as a non-Windows OS, would make them as big a king of the Internet as they were of the desktop. The Midori documents... Read more...
It certainly wouldn't be a deal-breaker (or maker) to us, but if you still can't get a Nintendo Wii (and annoyingly, it's still in short supply), and you're interested in signing your life away for two years to Comcast, this could be the deal for you.On Monday, hot on the heels of the announcement that Comcast will soon receive a slap on the wrist --- and hopefully, an order to stop throttling P2P --- Comcast announced that new subscribers to their Comcast Triple Play package will receive a complimentary Nintendo Wii system.Triple Play is what it sounds: three services: high-speed Internet, digital cable, and digital voice.  Currently in my area this upgrade would run us $69 / month. ... Read more...
Id Software has had minimal success developing games for cell phones. It ported its popular Doom title over to the cell phone platform with Doom RPG, as well as developing two original Orcs and Elves games for phones. Ultimately, the three titles sold only a combined two million copies. The problem, at least up to now, is that cell phones have been less than ideal gaming platforms. They typically have small screens, limited processing power and memory, and awkward controls. But according to an article on Forbes.com, Id's co-founder, John Carmack is eyeing the iPhone as the mobile platform that can successfully address at least some of these issues:"One of the biggest appeals of the iPhone, says... Read more...
Intel has just finally announced the Montevina mobile platform, their 5th generation of the underlying technology that makes up the company's Centrino 2 mobile architecture. Like previous iterations, the Montevina platform consists of a processor, chipset, and a specific wireless network module. New with Montevina, however, are also a fresh batch of 45nm Penryn-derived mobile processors with front side bus frequencies up to 1066MHz. In addition, the Mobile 4 Express Series of chipsets, (GL40, GS45, GM45, GM47, and PM45) some with the GMA X4500 DX10 graphics cores, and a number of WiFi / WiMax-enabled wireless network modules are also being brought to market.    We'll step... Read more...
Intel has just officially announced the Montevina mobile platform, their 5th generation of the underlying technology that makes up the company's Centrino 2 mobile architecture.  Like previous iterations, the Montevina platform consists of a processor, chipset, and a specific wireless network module.  New with Montevina, however, are also a fresh batch of 45nm Penryn-derived mobile processors with Front Side Bus frequencies up to 1066MHz, the Mobile 4 Express Series of chipsets, (GL40, GS45, GM45, GM47, and PM45) some with GMA X4500 DX10 graphics cores, and a number of WiFi / WiMax-enabled wireless network modules, including the Shirley Peak controller pictured here. ... Read more...
NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms Multi-GPU Computing Combined with New CPU Architecture will Deliver Powerful Visual Computing Platform SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 14, 2008—PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation’s announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel’s upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs. With this winning combination, consumers will have an SLI platform designed for current and future graphics-intensive games and applications; these platforms can be powered by one, two, or even three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, including the new,... Read more...
We're overstating the obvious here, but there is a reason why the face of so many vlogs is a pretty, young woman. You don't need an in-depth study of Social Technographics to figure it out either: This is an admittedly oversimplification, but simply put, Straight men want to be with her and women just want to be her. By catering to prurient interests and role modeling (did we happen to mention that many of these women vloggers are also wicked smart?), a large portion of the online community is a ready-made audience. So it should be no surprise then that Playboy.com (which has been an online presence since the early days of the public Web: 1994) is looking to capitalize on the popularity of vlogging... Read more...
Last night we attended the Digital Life Press Preview event in New York City. One product that caught our attention was AOC's new 2230Fm display. As a 22-inch, HD flat-panel display there is nothing necessarily earth-shattering about its design. But what tripped us up was the marketing tag for the device: "No PC Required." Huh?  Product Specifications:• Digital Media Player• Digital Photo Frame• 720p through 1080p HD Compatible• USB 2.0 HUB• 4-in-1 memory card reader• Digital Input DVI-D & HDMI with HDCP• Low profile integrated speakers• Contrast Ratio 20,000:1 (dynamic)• Glare screen – provides higher color saturation • Plug... Read more...
Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken it upon ourselves to address some of the rumors and issues below...1) Rumor: AT&T will charge iPhone 3G customers more than it charges other AT&T non-iPhone customers.False: AT&T offers four different individual calling plans for its phones, and the same rates and features apply to all of them, whether they are iPhones or not. The only difference... Read more...
Web designers love Flash, Adobe's industry-standard method of displaying dynamic images. But anyone who cared about Search Engine Optimization knew the dirty little secret of Flash: it was all pretty much invisible to web-crawlers like Google. Adobe is now providing Google and Yahoo with the tools necessary to index Flash content, so it won't be unsearchable anymore. Google has already begun to roll out Adobe Flash Player technology incorporated into its search engine. With Adobe’s help, Google can now better read the content on sites that use Adobe Flash technology, helping users find more relevant information when conducting searches. As a result, millions of pre-existing RIAs and dynamic Web... Read more...
Intel has been tinkering around with DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) cells, reducing their size and getting rid of the capacitors that were necessary components of their tiny integrated circuit. In doing so, they may have demonstrated a way to remove the SRAM (Static Random Access Memory)cells from the processor and replace them with the simplified DRAM, greatly improving bandwith. Intel said that it was able to fine tune its DRAM design and hit a physical clock of 2 GHz using a 65 nm manufacturing process. The resulting 2T-DRAM offers a stunning bandwidth of 128 GB/s. If Intel is successful to take the clock speed up to the level of its QX9770/9775 processors, the bandwidth would climb to... Read more...
Starting today, a select few United Airlines customers will be able to plug their iPods and iPhones into their flight's in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and watch the content from their own devices on the seatback's 15.4-inch displays--and their iPods and iPhones will also charge while doing it. Using IFE systems developed by Panasonic Avionics, "United is the first U.S. carrier to offer iPod and iPhone connectivity to its in-flight entertainment system." As we reported last month, Singapore Airlines was the first air carrier to offer iPod and iPhone connectivity on five of its Airbus A340-500 planes. Singapore Airlines is also using IFE systems from Panasonic Avionics. The IFE systems connect... Read more...
There should be no doubt as to whether the engineers at HP dream in black-and-white or in color. The question should be: How many colors do they dream in? The answer: over one billion. That's how many colors HP's new DreamColor LP2480ZX LCD is capable of displaying: "The HP DreamColor Display features a new liquid crystal display (LCD) that provides a range of more than 1 billion colors in a 30-bit, LED-backlit display. The display is now shipping worldwide for a U.S. list price of $3,499."Three and a half grand might seem pretty steep for a display, but for a number of professional-level, color-accurate-critical applications, the level of accuracy that the price buys is truly mission critical:... Read more...
The Cell microprocesssor is the very powerful heart of the Playstation 3 gaming console. People have found all sorts of uses for them other than playing Assassin's Creed, including using them for medical research through the Folding at Home program. Now the US military has spent $133 million to put together the world's fastest supercomputer, capable of performing over one quadrillion calculations per second (a Petaflop) using almost 13,000 slightly improved versions of the Cell processor, along with some AMD Opterons. They call it Roadrunner.To put the performance of the machine in perspective, Thomas P. D’Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said that... Read more...
Philips introduces the 22 inch 3D Display that gives professional applications a new dimension Philips is introducing a 22-inch 3D Display that provides an exciting, entertaining and engaging 3D experience, at InfoComm 2008 (June 18-20). The 22-inch 3D display, available as frame-mount and desktop, is ideal for use in digital signage for retail, point-of-sale advertising, gaming applications in casinos, games and 3D visualization. Thanks to the WOWvx technology used in Philips 3D Displays, no special viewing glasses are needed. Philips 3D Solutions provides end-to-end 3D system solutions ranging from 3D displays, 3D content creation and conversion tools to technology licensing. By expanding its... Read more...
VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the FutureSeven years after inventing the form factor, VIA defines the next generation of Mini-ITX platforms enabling greater performance and freedom of choice in small form factor computing and multimedia Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.Mini-ITX 2.0 is a set of minimum specifications for the next generation of Mini-ITX boards to encourage the integration of the latest PC technologies into the small form factor... Read more...
Last year we brought you some information regarding AMD's Griffin and Puma mobile processor and platform in this short article.  It has taken a bit of time to bring them to market, but AMD is now ready with the newly designed processors and chipsets.  The Griffin CPU is now known as the Turion X2 Ultra and notebooks based on the platform should be arriving soon.  The technical specifications are available in our earlier post, and the official press release is below... AMD Delivers the Ultimate HD Visual Performance on the Go with Next-Generation Notebook Platform — Balanced notebook platform achieves superior 3D performance and HD-image quality with greater energy efficiency —... Read more...
ASUS Unveils Plans for Mobile WiMAX 802.16e CPE Solutions ASUS Eee PC and WM series CPE Incorporates Intel Mobile WiMAX Technology for High coverage, High speed and Affordable Last Mile Solutions ASUS has announced its plans to exhibit Mobile WiMAX CPE solutions at the WiMAX Summit Taipei 2008. On inaugural display is the new ASUS WiMAX Eee PC 901, along with the ASUS WMV25E1+, WMNV25E2+, WUSB25E2V2 and WEXP25E2V2 – which all support this latest technology, and guarantee fast WiMAX connectivity and compatibility. These top-notch products provide extremely high speeds and exceptional last mile usage; supplying a wireless broadband device solution to enable portable and mobile network access, and... Read more...
A little over a week ago, Netflix unveiled a set-top box for watching on-demand movies and TV. The content box -- dubbed the "Netflix Player" -- was developed by the ingenious team at Roku.We were curious about the box and how it came to be, so we chatted with Tim Twerdahl, the VP of Consumer Products for Roku. Tim told us a little about the guts of the box, the future of the set-top box, and what he's watching now. Here's what we found out...Hey Tim, what powers the Player?Tim: It's running on Linux and we're using an NXP core processor. I'm not really deep into the tech side of things, but the version of Linux it's running is not off-the-shelf.Is there a storage device in the player?Tim: ... Read more...
You might remeber the name "Splashtop" from when DeviceVM, made a, er, splash, with DeviceVM's announcement last October that it was partnering with Asus to integrate the light-weight Splashtop OS into Asus motherboards. Asus calls the technology "Express Gate," and includes it with a number of its motherboards. Beginning in June, Asus will be integrating Splashdot/Express Gate into a some of its laptop models as well. "Splashtop software enables users to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music, chat with friends, share photos, and more - just seconds after turning on their PC. Express Gate is already available on a wide range of PC motherboards from ASUS. The notebooks announced today... Read more...
New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables Brilliant Dual Digital Displays First board to feature the new VIA VX800 digital media chipset delivers enhanced video playback, dual display and dual Gigabit LAN Taipei, Taiwan - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems. As today's information, entertainment and commercial display system feature ever more immersive content, the VIA EPIA M700 addresses the increasing demands for enhanced media playback and visual clarity across multiple displays in digital multimedia... Read more...
Western Digital has quietly updated their 1TB offering to feature three 334GB platters, thus reducing the amount of platters by one.“That means less power is needed and less moving parts are required to make the drive operate.  Impress is reporting that Western Digital has quietly updated its Caviar GP line of drives in Asia with a platter density of 334GB in the 1TB capacity drive.  Other features of the drive remain the same with a 16MB cache.”While lower power is certainly noteworthy, we’re also interested in seeing the performance gains with the trio of higher density platters.  WD seems to be on a roll lately, first they released the new Velociraptor drives and now they've improved their... Read more...
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