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As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a  grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.For those of you who've been hoping for a more competitive high-end CPU landscape, it seems that your wishes might be met as early as the end of this year:“...the inputs from trusted Far Eastern friends about the 45 nm desktop parts say that, if AMD does its job right, we're gonna have a quad-core 6MB cache part running at 3.2 GHz with DDR2-1066 memory a few months before year's end.”It makes a lot of sense for AMD to be throwing their effort into getting 45nm parts shipping as quickly as they can.  At this point their 65nm technology is producing... Read more...
The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more about the ultra-portable“...he has now heard from manufacturing partners in Asia that Apple is preparing to unveil a new, ultra portable laptop computer at the company's Macworld event next month in San Francisco.The blogs have speculated about this, but he says he now has hard evidence that the smallest laptop ever from Apple is only weeks away. He says the... Read more...
Nokia announced they were shipping the new N810 Internet Tablet yesterday. It's not really a phone unless you've got some sort of VoIP arrangement, but it's a nice little UMPC. Or it's a PDA on steroids. Well, at any rate, you can slide out the keyboard and type, surf the internet on its touchscreen if you can find a WiFi hotspot or can finagle a Bluetooth phone, or maybe just use it for music playback for a week at a stretch.With up to 45 hours of music playback, storage for up to 7,500 songs* and built-in GPS, the Nokia N810 is perfect for the person on the go.  The Nokia N810 comes with free maps preloaded for users to browse detailed locations, search for street addresses, find various... Read more...
As with all rumors, take the following with a grain of salt: It appears that Apple is preparing to release a Tablet.  Normally we hear so many Apple rumors, especially about Tablets, PDAs and sub-notebooks, but this particular rumor allegedly comes directly from one of Apple's key manufacturing partners: ASUS.Assuming that the rumor is true, that does leave us with a big question:“...can Apple turn the Tablet PC into a success when previous attempts have failed? The short answer is 'yes'. Any company that can make a mobile phone with no buttons, no picture messaging, slow Web access and no video capture into the most desirable phone on the planet can easily make tablets popular.”We're certainly... Read more...
In early August Microsoft released a pair of performance and compatibility updates. Now they’ve released four (yes, four) more updates as we await Windows Vista SP1.The first, KB941649, addresses “the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista.” This type of vague description always makes me feel warm and fuzzy about an OS’s reliability. You can read the full description at the link, but the words “stability” and “reliability” are used a lot. Two interesting fixes are improved stability of wireless network services and shortened startup time.There are three other updates, including a rollup of prior USB fixes.  However, startup time, one of the most hyped "improvements" in... Read more...
Given the success of Conroe and Kentsfield, there has been a lot of speculation as to what Penryn will be bringing to the table. Is it simply a 45nm version of the Conroe/Kentsfield with a few new features thrown in to make it look more attractive, or is this a serious upgrade? If you were thinking it was anything but a serious upgrade, then perhaps a quick look at some of the features and how they'll help Intel fight AMD's upcoming Barcelona might change your mind. As always, until Intel officially releases the Penryn family of CPUs treat this as nothing more than interesting rumors/speculations. That said, here are a few of the most interesting tidbits: “Intel... Read more...
A U.S. patent application has recently been uncovered that may give us a clue on Nintendo’s next move in the gaming industry. Though the patent was originally filed on March 30, 2007, it was just updated this week. The patent application describes a handheld device that functions in some ways similar to the Wii in that it can detect 3D motion (along x, y, z axes), in addition to “acceleration and degree of virtual impact.” “A game system includes a housing to be held by a player. The housing incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in an X-axis and Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction. These sensor and switch... Read more...
It's been only years after a combination of powerful hardware and software allowed Deep Blue to defeat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, and now researchers have announced the completion of an ‘unbeatable’ checkers program. “After 18-and-a-half years and sifting through 500 billion billion (a five followed by 20 zeroes) checkers positions, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer and colleagues have built a checkers-playing computer program that cannot be beaten. Completed in late April this year, the program, Chinook, may be played to a draw but will never be defeated.” If two of these computers played each other an infinite amount of times, would they always end up in a draw?  Seems that way.... Read more...
Will seeing the fear in the eyes of an Orc you're about to slaughter in World of Warcraft make you stay your hand? Probably not. Seeing the look of anger and raw fury might actually make the game more fun for countless millions. "Emotiv's technology represents a scientific breakthrough: it is the only brain computer interface solution that can detect and process both human conscious thoughts and non-conscious emotions, including those represented by brain activity patterns unique to a particular individual. Unlike earlier brain computer interfaces, which only detect a limited number of mental 'states' such as concentration (by identifying when the user is focusing on the screen), Emotiv can... Read more...
So you've been through our CES 2007 wrap-up report and dug all the cool gear, along with random musings of El Wopo, but were still left a little parched for something a bit more outside of the box? Adult Toy or Cyber-Cool Air Freshener?  You decide and you can share your humble opinion in our lounge area.  In the mean, we know you're a bunch of kinks, so here's a CES 2007 bit from the fellas at Woot that should tickle your fancy.... errr, or something like that.... Read more...
All kinds of goodies are showing up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Ars technica takes a look at Nokia's improvement on their 770 Internet tablet, the N800. The most impressive new features for the N800 were the video streaming and GPS capabilities. Using a wireless router, the N800 was able to play video streamed from a PC and act as a remote control to control video played on another device. GPS functionality comes courtesy of the Nokia Navigation Kit, which has been available in Europe for a few months now. Developed by Navicore, the GPS unit connects to the N800 via Bluetooth with the maps stored on an SD card. The interface... Read more...
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a process for printing all sorts of components right on a substrate, one right over another, that could be used to fabricate electronic and optical devices inexpensively. And it works on flexible or curved surfaces, too. The method could have an impact on various aspects of the display industry. Today's flat-screen LCD televisions are made in enormous, expensive chambers in which the electronics that control individual pixels in the display are formed on large slabs of glass. Rogers says his technique could make it possible to form these electronics in smaller batches in less expensive... Read more...
Being an avid PC gamer, I have never had much interest in consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS2, etc with the exception of a few games.  Handheld consoles, however, are another story.  Over the years I have owned many handhelds including the original Coleco and Mattel handheld Football games, Sega GameGear, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy SP, PSP, and the Nintendo DS Lite.  As it stands now, my all time favorite is the DS Lite which never leaves my briefcase! I've spent countless hours playing Mario Kart and would not give it up for the world. Looking back though, a few of the others I have owned were definitely not worth my hard earned cash. Modojo has put together... Read more...
With the growing support of geo-tagging, I can see many uses for this type of device. A friend of mine is a service technician for a communication company. He is routinely called out on "locates", which means he must drive to a site and mark the locations of buried cable. Imagine, if you would, being able to geo-tag these locations, such that the requesting party could simply query the location. Acquisition would be a one time task, and multiple service calls to the site could be eliminated. Others that may benefit from this are municipal services such as police and fire departments, delivery services, outdoor enthusiast, and disaster relieve efforts. Of course the tools to do this are already... Read more...
Rally around the coffee table for some gaming with your friends on a big touch screen?  Sounds cool eh?  It is for sure, have a look... "The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 32-inch horizontal LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection, and all supporting control electronics. It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and... Read more...
A clean, stable supply of power is paramount to a stable system, especially when overclocking, or otherwise tweaking for higher-performance. To that end, a new-name in the enthusiast space has introduced a couple of products designed to filter and smooth the power generated by a system's PSU.  MadShrimps has thoroughly evaluated Clever Power's VGA Booster and CPU Stabilizer, and has their opinion posted right here. While the merits of the product can be debated, it's definitely cool to see that many capacitors soldered onto one PCB. "Clever Power isn't a name on the tip of every PC-Enthusiast's tongue, but it may be soon. We look at two unique products from this company which... Read more...
Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display -- Shipping now, the New CMFUSBREADOUT in 1GB and 2GB capacities -- Fremont, CA (July 25, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive. The new USB Flash drive features a Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage, availability and allowing for personalized ID or labeling. Joining the ever growing Corsair Flash product family, Corsair's Flash Readout USB drive has been designed for users who demand performance, aesthetics and advanced functionality in a small portable device. Offering... Read more...
Microsoft can't seem to catch a break when it comes to operating system security. The classic complaint has been that their operating systems are bloated with legacy code that have been passed down from one version of Windows to another, all in the name of backwards compatibility. Microsoft is finally doing something about it by completely rewriting key parts of Windows Vista from the ground up, including the network stack. They hope the new code will make Vista more secure and harder to exploit than previous Windows operating systems, at the cost of binary compatibility with legacy code. Despite their efforts, Microsoft is now under fire from Symantec who published a report... Read more...
VIA based TabletKiosk eo Arrives in US Market   New eo Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) equipped with advanced connectivity, easy to use touch panel interface, and enhanced battery life though the ultra-low power VIA UMPC Platform   Taipei, Taiwan, 15 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that TabletKiosk, a leader in Tablet PC computing solutions, has selected the VIA UMPC platform to power eo, its new Ultra Mobile PC.   eo is one of the first of a new breed of UMPC devices that fuse traditional PC functionality, with unprecedented mobility and connectivity. Custom tailored for this... Read more...
SST Announces Single-Chip Controller Targeting Portable Applications Mobile Platform Controller Combines Keyboard Controller, Power Management Controller and 8 Mbits of LPC Firmware Flash SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.), a leader in flash memory technology, today announced the industry's first single-chip, fully integrated mobile platform controller targeting mobile devices. The SST79LF008 Mobile Platform Controller enables designers to reduce overall system cost, enhance reliability and increase security protection by integrating into a single device 8 Mbits of LPC Firmware Flash along with a mobile platform controller for human input devices. The single-chip... Read more...
Altec Lansing Announces the SUV of Its inMotion Line of Portable Speakers inMotion iM9 provides ideal companionship for your rugged adventures MILFORD, PA - Altec Lansing announces the newest addition to its inMotion family of portable audio products – the iM9, appropriately recognized as the SUV of portable iPod speakers. Its hardy shell and backpack-style carrying case allow users to keep up with the bumps and bruises of their active lifestyles. And, while the iM9 was designed to act as a rugged companion, it also was engineered to deliver a more powerful, richer sound experience in any environment. Lightweight and compact – about the size of a lunch box – the iM9 offers consumers... Read more...
If you're in the market for a Tablet PC, the folks over at [H]ard|OCP have taken a look at Gateway's CX200X Tablet PC. Though not the perfect Tablet PC, it's got a good enough mix of hardware and software to make your everyday life a little easier."In the context of why a system such as this would be purchased, we were very pleased. While it doesn't blow our socks off as a gaming solution, it's not supposed to be one. The utility of a Tablet PC is extremely attractive, and the convertable nature of the CX200X allows for more traditional usage."... Read more...
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