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Among the myriad of other products, like the Padfone, Asus has just unveiled and will likely continue to unveil at Computex this week were a pair of exciting ultraportable notebooks and netbooks that are sure to pique the interest of the discerning road-warriors out there. The just announced Asus UX Series ultraportable notebooks prove that thin is most definitely in this year and the upcoming Asus Eee PC X101 reinforces that assertion. Asus UX Series Notebook--Notice The "Spun" Finish On The Lid According to Asus, the new UX Series ultraportables have been developed in close cooperation with Intel. The machines are extraordinarily thin, which was made possible through the use... Read more...
Super Talent Rolls Out Luxio™ 64GB USB Drives High Capacity USB Flash Drives with Premium Style and FeaturesSan Jose, California – October 21, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a new family of high performance, feature rich Luxio USB drives in capacities up to 64GB.   A 64GB Luxio drive can store as many as 20,000 six megapixel photos or 16,000 MP3 songs. Luxio drives are housed in a sleek 21 x 76 x 10 mm UV coated ABS/PC case with chrome plated zinc trim. All models include advanced AES-256 hardware encryption as a standard feature for fast, convenient data security. Offered in three colors, black,... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 200 series of graphics cards have undergone a significant price reduction since they first debuted.  At the time, NVIDIA flexed its GPU muscle with a high-end, single GPU graphics design that their primary competition (AMD) could only compete with by throwing two GPUs at the problem.  As such, NVIDIA initially priced their flagship GeForce GTX 280 at a significant premium; $649 upon its introduction on launch day.  Would you believe us, if we told you back then, that these cards would be selling for $200 dollars less in only about two months time?  Journey on for our view of the GeForce GTX 280 redux and see how MSI's N280GTX-T2D1GOC shapes up in the current... Read more...
NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 200 series of graphics cards, that launched about 60 days prior to the publishing of this article, have undergone a significant price reduction since they first debuted.  At the time, NVIDIA flexed its GPU muscle with a high-end, single GPU graphics design that their primary competition (AMD) could only compete with by throwing two GPUs at the problem.  As such, NVIDIA initially priced their flagship GeForce GTX 280 at a significant premium; $649 upon its introduction on launch day.  Would you believe us, if we told you back then, that these cards would be selling for $200 dollars less in only about two months time?  You can believe it today,... Read more...
We earlier wrote that Microsoft's fake OS, Mojave, had birthed its own website.  The idea, a sort of blind taste test among Vista critics, was surprisingly successful with an overwhelming number of respondents liking the OS.  The website was, starting today, designed to show videos of the respondents, and indeed that part of the site has launched.For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago. We interviewed and polled 120 participants in San Francisco, in hopes of better understanding everyday users' perceptions of Windows Vista and seeing whether there really is a gap between perception and reality. We wanted to see how people reacted... Read more...
If you've kept tabs on recent Linux happenings at all, it has become abundantly clear that Ubuntu Linux has become rather popular and what some might call the "Linux distro of choice".  This trend seems to be pretty obvious to memory manufacture Super Talent, and for a limited time they will bundle a free CD containing the Ubuntu Desktop Edition Linux operating system and the OpenOffice software suite with its line of MasterDrive MX SSDs.  This is obviously a way to add value rather cost efficiently for a high priced product like an SSD.San Jose, California – July 1, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, announced... 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...
As many of you are no doubt aware, Intel is planning to officially release a new mainstream chipset in a few weeks, the P45.  From a feature standpoint, the new P45 is somewhat similar to last year's P35.  The P45, however, will have official support for PCI Express 2.0, with a more flexible lane configuration for multi-GPU graphics, and the chipset itself is being manufactured at 65nm as opposed to 90nm.  Using the more advanced process to build the chips should result in lower power consumption and lower operating temperatures as well.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which is similar to the ICH9 sans a few legacy features.Asus... Read more...
Linux is finally starting to make inroads into mainstream computing, as evidenced by the Eee PC and the HP Mini-Note ultraportable laptops. It should come as no surprise that vendors are starting to embrace Linux with open arms, due to its low-cost of entry. VIA Technologies is the latest Linux lover with its launch of the VIA Linux Portal beta Website, intended to provide support to the open source community for development of Linux drivers for VIA-based platforms. A VIA press release stated: "The VIA Linux Portal will initially offer graphics drivers for the VIA CN896 digital media IGP chipset for the new Ubuntu 8.04 LTS distribution. Documentation and source code for these drivers will be... Read more...
Intel is planning to release the successor the popular P35 chipset in a few weeks, the aptly named P45.  From a feature standpoint, the P35 and P45 are somewhat similar.  But the P45 will have official support for 1,600MHz FSB processors, PCI Express 2.0, and the chipset is being manufactured 65nm as opposed to 90nm, which should being power consumption and heat down a bit.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which offers more SATA connectivity.Asus showed off a few P45-based motherboards at CeBit a while back, but they weren't quite ready for prime time.  We have, however, just gotten our hands on the retail-ready version of the Asus P5Q Deluxe,... Read more...
Hans Reiser is a pretty well known Linux programmer. His ReiserFS file system has "...played an integral part in Linux’s core kernel." He parlayed his prominence in the Linux community into his own company, Namesys, and put his wife, Nina, in the Chief Financial Officer slot. He eventually accused his wife of mismanaging his funds, and they separated. Yesterday, a California jury convicted him of murdering her, and he's looking at spending the rest of his life in prison. ... suspicions of Reiser’s involvement in his wife’s disappearance were growing. Shortly after Nina was last seen, Reiser’s Honda CRX also disappeared, and police began following him. After searching his house, they found a mixture... Read more...
As though we need still another reason to hate DRM, here comes one.  Remember the now-defunct MSN Music store?  Hopefully you weren't one of the few to use it.Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for. Why? Because Microsoft has decided that it's done supporting the service and will be turning off the MSN Music license servers by the end of this summer.MSN Entertainment and Video Services general manager Rob Bennett sent out an e-mail this afternoon to customers, advising them to... Read more...
Many corporations and government bodies tend to hold off purchasing a new Windows operating system until at least the first service pack (SP1) is out the door, and thus it comes as no surprise that Microsoft has been burning the midnight oil to get Vista SP1 ready to ship.  To that end Microsoft has developed a new release candidate (RC) version of the Vista SP1.  After all, the organizations waiting to buy are doing so on the theory that SP1 typically means 'stable enough' to keep their IT staff from jumping out of the windows, so a premature release of SP1 wouldn't go over well.While the announcement of a new Vista SP1 RC was initially only good news for users participating in Microsoft's... Read more...
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards -- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit -- FREMONT, CA – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS P5N-T Deluxe motherboard. This cutting-edge motherboard takes full advantage of the NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCP (media communication processor) and supports the new ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture). ESA is a new open standard to allow real-time monitoring, communication and control of system thermal, electrical, acoustic and operating characteristics to achieve highest system performance.... Read more...
It has been a bad couple of days for external hard drive makers.  First Western Digital restricts sharing of multimedia files, and now it appears Seagate's FreeAgent drives don't play nice with Linux.The problem is to do with the power-saving systems on Seagate's latest range of drives and the fact that it is shipped already formatted to NTFS.The NTFS is only a slight hurdle to Linux users who have a kernel with NTFS writing enabled or can work mkfs. But the "power saving" timer is a real bugger.It will shut shut the drive off after several minutes of inactivity and helpfully drop the USB connection. When the connection does come back it returns as USB1 which is apparently as useful... Read more...
With several countries offering cheap broadband internet to the masses, the U.S. is starting to look like we're in the slow lane, at least according to a bill introduced by Massachusetts Representative, Ed Markey.What is clear is that broadband providers are charging an arm and a leg compared to other countries, and possibly even mislabeling products such as Comcast declaring their service to be 'unlimited' but then disconnected users who 'use too much'.“What's less clear is how badly the country that gave birth to the Internet is doing, and whether the government needs to step in and do something about it. The Bush administration has tried to foster broadband adoption with a hands-off approach.... Read more...
Despite Microsoft's claims of possible patent violations, Linux hardware sales have not slowed, and in fact Linux servers sales are growing at a faster rate than Windows-based servers, according to Dell."On the server side Linux continues to grow nicely, a bit faster than Windows," said Dell in an interview during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. "We're seeing a move to Linux in critical applications, and Linux migration has not slowed down."However, for those customers who might be concerned about whether Microsoft's claims of patent violation could result in legal action, Dell added that there were "certainly mechanisms if customers are concerned about patents."The issue lies in a Microsoft... Read more...
According to Dave Cullinane, Chief Information Officer  and Security Officer for eBay, online badguys are becoming more organized and sophisticated, and some development of malicious code is being funded and directed in advance like any normal project would be. And according to eBay's analysis of its online security situation, the vast majority of the phishing threats they uncovered are rootkitted machines running Linux for an operating system.Rootkit software covers the tracks of the attackers and can be extremely difficult to detect. According to Cullinane, none of the Linux operators whose machines had been compromised were even aware they'd been infected. Although Linux has long been... Read more...
BlackBerry suffered another e-mail outage on Friday, but not one as severe as the April incident.  In fact, it is clear that BlackBerry has learned a good deal from their earlier outage as this time they seemed to have had an effective back-up in place that ensured no e-mails or text messages were lost.  It might seem odd to claim and outage when there were no messages losts, but the fact is that they didn't get delivered for hours.  But they did get delivered.Of course, things were a bit slow when the service was restored, but things appear to operating fine at the moment.So what caused the outage this time?  A glitch in the software.  Quite possibly the same software that crashed the entire... Read more...
PayPal is a real, live bank now. In Luxembourg, anyway. It's not currently allowed to be an American bank, partly because of the complexity of their arrangements with other financial institutions like GE and Mastercard.  A funny thing has happened to that funny little payment service you use to buy junk on eBay; it's beginning to make the internet auction site that is its parent look like the little brother, at least least growth-wise. PayPal has designs on the greater e-commerce market, which is expected to top $300 billion in the U.S. alone by 2010, up more than 50% from current levels. Last year, PayPal processed about 6% of all online payments worldwide. And in the first quarter,... Read more...
Dell became the darling of the Open Source crowd -temporarily- by announcing an option to purchase computers loaded with the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Windows. Things are getting ugly over there again on the news that Dell has decided to offer a version of Linux (there are many)supplied by a partnership of Microsoft and Novell. It's not enough that you're not required to purchase the Microsoft/Novell version; Linux fans are so consumed with hate for Microsoft that they don't even want it to be offered.  Recently, Linux supporters swarmed Dell after the company put up a Web site called IdeaStorm asking for suggestions. Like teenage girls voting for Sanjaya on American... Read more...
Dell has acknowledged the fact that some consumers want laptops and desktop pre-installed with Linux and has launched a poll to ask what Linux features consumers want most. Dell has not announced a definite commitment to selling PCs with Linux pre-installed, but the Linux survey may bring the company one step closer to embracing the penguin. In February, Dell said it would certify Novell's (Nasdaq: NOVL) Latest News about Novell Suse Linux on business desktop and laptop PCs, but stopped short of saying it would offer Linux on consumer-oriented PCs. Now Dell has returned to the Linux discussion table. In a survey that Dell posted on its Web site Tuesday, the company says it is "listening"... Read more...
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