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Scientists at UIUC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have recently developed a very unique polymer material that has the ability to heal itself over and over again when it cracks. The new polymer is designed to be like human skin. When human skin is cut, blood vessels from the inner layer deliver nutrients to the site of injury to aid healing. UIUC’s material acts in a similar way and consists of two layers. In order to test the material, the group of scientists bend it until the polymer coating cracks. Tests reveal that the material is capable of self-recovery up to seven times before being worn out. “The polymer coating on top contains tiny catalyst pieces scattered throughout.... Read more...
IBM recently was granted a patent for the technology to create an external RAM enclosure. IBM's current concept calls for the device to be comprised of three major parts; an external RAM enclosure for the add-on memory, a DRAM slot adapter that is installed like normal RAM, and a cable which connects the two. According to IBM the goal of the product is to provide a temporary solution to upgrading memory in everything from laptops, and PDAs to desktops while also allowing users to easily swap memory between systems. IBM claims that their external enclosure will provide four memory slots for every one DRAM slot within a PC. Furthermore, when the external RAM enclosure is not plugged in... Read more...
BenQ’s X725 and T700 digital cameras were introduced into the UK market today, barely making it before photo season really kicks off. The T700, 7-megapixel digital camera is BenQ's first touch screen digital camera and features a 3-inch LCD touch screen display, which BenQ prides as a testament to its tradition in quality LCD technology. Indeed, its 3-inch panel boasts a remarkable resolution of 232,000 pixels. At 14.9mm in width, the T700 is unlikely to be cumbersome. "What’s more, the T700 features a Pentax SMC (Super Multi-Coating) lens for high contrast images and with a high colour saturation.” As a successor to the highly acclaimed X720, the X725 has a width of only 12.5mm, and is the... Read more...
If you have an e-mail box you know what spam is by now.  With the recent arrest of Robert "Spam King" Soloway, there's been no lack of information and/or opinions on the web about spam in general.  Most of it, like this Wired story, covers why the legal system isn't really making a big dent.It's certainly a good read if you have the time, here's a tidbit to get you started: "I believe the answer will lie in following the money. Spammers send spam because it is profitable. When the messages are touting snake-oil cures or illegal pharmaceuticals, someone is banking the dollars from the people who click to buy. When the messages contain spyware that routes private information back to identity... Read more...
Among the many forms of highly desired but currently unavailable technology breakthroughs, workable e-paper ranks at the top of the list. Last year LG Phillps announced their development of A4 sized flexible electronic paper. This year, it's got a workable version in color. The 14.1-inch flexible color e-paper uses electronic ink from E Ink to produce a maximum of 4,096 colors. It can be viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent, according to the LG.Philips. Like the black and white flexible display, the color version uses a substrate that arranges TFT on metal foil rather... Read more...
OCZ Technology Enhances SDHC Memory Family with New Speed Class 6 Rated Cards Sunnyvale, CA—May 9, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced Speed Class 6 rated memory cards to their high-performance Secure Digital™ HC (SD High Capacity) family. As higher resolution digital cameras and camcorders enter the market, faster and large-capacity memory cards are needed to take on the added size. Available in 4GB and 8GB configurations, these ultra-fast OCZ SDHC cards are ideal for the most advanced digital cameras and electronics. OCZ SDHC cards comply with the new SDA 2.00 specifications to... Read more...
PNY has just announced a factory overclocked, limited edition $579 GeForce 8800 GTX card. Here's a quick run-down of some of it more interesting specifications: BUS Technology PCI Express Memory Amount 768MB Memory Interface 384-bit Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)... Read more...
Charlie from the Inq is reporting that engineers at AMD are 'dancing in the aisles' because a new stepping of the company's Barcelona core turned out much better than expected.  The memory controller supposedly turned out very well and initial CPU clock speeds will be higher than originally planned. "AMD is doing something that we haven't seen a chip company do in a long time, sandbagging its official roadmaps. A while ago we told you about the intended launch frequencies, basically 1.9-2.5GHz, but that was before B0 parts came back." There's no video footage of AMD engineers doing the cabbage-patch at their headquarters, but this is an interesting rumor nonetheless.  We... Read more...
Every so often someone predicts a breakthrough in "electronic paper," which could supplant backlit screens for reading text and looking at pictures. Power consumption would be greatly reduced and readability improved. A prototype for a full color version of E Ink's electronic paper being readied for next year might be the tipping point. If it can achieve that, McQuivey said, E Ink could threaten to displace the cheap and ubiquitous liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), while revolutionizing how we think about reading. Electronic billboards, for example, would no longer need to be bulky or costly to erect. They could be hung from just about any wall or folded into the back of a car for... Read more...
According to a story on Digitimes today, Asustek has plans to spin-off their notebook unit under its wholly-owned subsidiary Asusalpha Computer while keeping the motherboard and game console businesses under the Asustek umbrella. "Though Dell has placed orders for around one million notebooks with Asustek, the company is demanding that Asustek complete the spinoff of its own-brand notebook unit by the first quarter of 2008 or else future orders from the company may be in question, according to sources at notebook makers. Coupled with the fact that Apple's orders for MacBooks end in November of this year and that future shipments to Toshiba... Read more...
Fascinating whitepaper report (pdf) over at Stanford University on a proposal to rebuild the internet from scratch. The ad hoc elements that make the internet a marvelous wild west of information are rubbing up against the limits of the infrastructure. Can we do better if we start over? Will the big players let you, even if you do come up with a better idea? We believe that the current Internet has significant deficiencies that need to be solved before it can become a unified global communication infrastructure. Further, we believe the Internet.s shortcomings will not be resolved by the conventional incremental and .backward-compatible.... Read more...
Seagate, the worlds largest hard drive manufacturer, has developed hard drives equipped with encryption capabilities making it impossible to read or boot an equipped hard drive without authentication. By requireing a password or key before the hard drive even boots, encrypted drives offer a new level of security to help maintain security in business and government settings where lost or stolen employee hardware has cost millions of dollars and credibility. Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest hard drive maker, announced Monday the first manufacturer to sell laptop PCs with its new built-in encryption technology. The hard drives, to be available in laptops made by ASI Computer Technologies,... Read more...
Every component that goes into a PC system is important and the power supply is no exception. [H]ardOCP believes that this critical component isn't receiving the necessary amount of scrutiny in many reviews due to major flaws in testing methodology. At this very moment you could be at a dozen or more different websites reading a power supply "review" in which the newest hottest power supply is earning the "Editors Choice Super Triple Platinum Award." Now, think about the reviews being produced by those dozen sites along with the previous reviews they have produced and ask yourself: When was the last time you saw a review in which the power supply in question did not earn the... Read more...
Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been the subject of much debate for quite some time now and unfortunately it doesn't look like that will change any time soon. Recently, an e-petition signed by over 1,400 people to ban DRM was rejected by the United Kingdom, which plans on continuing to support DRM practices. While the government plans to continue to back DRM as a way for companies to protect their content, there is a possible plan in the works to make reporting abusive DRM technology possible. The government has rejected a call to ban the digital locks that limit what people can do with the software, music and movies they own. A... Read more...
PCI Express External Cabling Specification Completed by PCI-SIG Enables New Usage Models Such as Platform Disaggregated I/O, Chassis-Chassis Expansion I/O and Others BEAVERTON, Ore. - February 7, 2007 - PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(R) industry-standard I/O technology, today announced the availability of the PCI Express External Cabling 1.0 specification, which extends the PCI Express (PCIe(R)) interconnect architecture "outside the box." Cables using the PCIe technology will be used for external applications, as well as applications internal to an enclosure that need a cable connection. The PCIe External Cabling specification provides guidelines for a practical... Read more...
Sorry to bother you, but the Internet is busted. And we're not talking "global-warming-forty -years-from-now-we're-going-to-be-really-hot busted." We appear to be talking "this-year" busted. A new assessment from Deloitte & Touche predicts that global traffic will exceed the Internet's capacity as soon as this year. Why? The rapid growth in the number of global Internet users, combined with the rise of online video services and the lack of investment in new infrastructure. If Deloitte's predictions are accurate, the traffic on many Internet backbones could slow to a crawl this year absent substantial new infrastructure investments and deployment. Net Neutrality means... Read more...
DigiTimes has the scoop on an new low-power AMD processor targeted at the Ultra Mobile PC market. The LX900 will reportedly be x86 compatible and run at 667MHz.  Power consumption numbers were not readily available, but considering the LX800 which runs at 800MHz consumes about 3.9W, it shouldn't be too high.  In the UMPC market, however, every fraction of a watt counts... "AMD is said to be launching the Geode LX 900 CPU with a clock speed of 667MHz in an attempt to boost its share in the ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) market, where competitors Intel and VIA Technologies are already selling processors with clock speeds of 1GHz or above,... Read more...
Verizon is burying FIOS lines to houses as fast as they can for their customers on the Northeastern seaboard. And they're beginning to offer download speeds that just might make their investment in broadband service infrastructure pay for all that digging --up to 50 megabits per second: Hungry for broadband content, I noticed that Verizon shrewdly rented space next to the press room, also known as the feed lot. Its exhibit displayed all the services and content available thanks to its ridiculously fast Fios fiber-to-the-home broadband service. It starts at $40 per month for 5.2 megabits per second, but it can go as high as $179 a month... Read more...
As we mentioned yesterday, Google is useful for all sorts of things you might not know about. Slate's Michael Agger has a fascinating rundown on one of the strangest and most controversial applications Google's got: searching through patents: Now that the buzz is wearing off, it's time to ask what Google Patents is actually good for. The wizards of Mountain View have stated that their corporate ethos is to organize all of human knowledge. But why is it that Google's search technology often seems like a killer app for ending pointless conversations? With the debut of Google Patents, a question from a cubicle mate along the line of, "Do... Read more...
Here's a "Top 7 Most Anticipated Games of 2007" list that's sure to spark some debate. The folks at taume.com put such titles as Command & Conquer 2: Tiberium Wars and Unreal Tournament 2007 on their list... "It is 2047 and the stakes could not be higher. Tiberium a self-replicating alien substance that has infected the Earth -- is spreading like a radioactive ice age. The Global Defense Initiative, a high-tech alliance of the world's most advanced nations, is fighting to contain Tiberium, but Kane, the megalomaniacal leader of The Brotherhood of Nod has other plans for Earth. Kane's secret society turned superpower is... Read more...
Multicore chips are a kind of cheating as far as Moore's Law goes. You're bringing a gang to the fight for faster processors. The battle to store the information those chips handle is where a lot of the action is now. Wired took a tour at Seagate's R and D labs, and they're talking about terabits per inch now: Their current solution to this problem is recording data perpendicular to the plane of the media. This technology, however, is expected to peak out at about 1 terabit per square inch. In the next decade, Seagate plans to hit the market with twin technologies that could fly far beyond, ultimately offering as much as 50 terabits per square inch. On a standard 3.5-inch drive,... Read more...
OCZ Technology Launches the Highly Anticipated OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX GPU, Hand-Selected for the Extreme Enthusiast and Gamer! Sunnyvale, CA - December 28, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards. Leveraging a strong expertise in high performance overclocking memory and the unique needs of PC enthusiasts, OCZ is prepared to deliver a differentiated GPU solution to gamers and enthusiasts with the launch of the OCZ NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB PCI Express. Separating OCZ's GPU from the rest is the stringent requirement for the highest level of performance... Read more...
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