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Now here's a sport we can all enjoy: Speedcabling. Contestants are given a rat's nest of six tangled ethernet cables and are timed as they try to unravel them. The very first speedcabling  event was held in an art gallery in Los Angeles. Matthew Howell is my new hero. Very Zen in his technique. "The finals were brutal - 12 ethernet cords, some as long as 25 feet, all knotted into a nasty bundle," said eventual winner [Matthew] Howell.Explaining his detangling technique, he said: "Each cable is its own rabbit hole. So before going down one of those cable paths, up and around, weaving in and out, you have to pull it apart. You have to pull the pieces out, and really call on the element of... Read more...
The answer of course is Intel's upcoming Itanium brand CPU codenamed Tukwila.While we tend to focus a lot of our attention on the desktop market, we cannot help but be impressed by server CPUs when we hear figures like 2 billion transistors or 30 MB of on-die cache that make up a good portion of those transistors.  “The new Itanium processor will be built on the company’s 65-nanometer manufacturing process and will also be one of the first Intel chips to use the company’s QuickPath interconnect technology—an integrated memory controller. (Advanced Micro Devices already uses an integrated memory controller with its x86 Opteron processors.)”Perhaps the most overlooked benefit of using Intel's... Read more...
If you travel as much as we do, then you have to be nearly sick of hearing the promises that airlines keep making about upcoming WiFi but not delivering.  We feel your pain, and have actually managed to find a timetable that covers at least a few airlines for you.  Keep in mind these are projections and subject to change:“Southwest said it would begin trials this summer with high-speed Internet service on four of its 737s. Alaska has said it would launch a trial in the same rough timeframe on one plane. Also this summer, American will launch onboard Internet service on its entire fleet of coast-to-coast 767s, and Virgin America plans on rolling out the service on all of its planes.... Read more...
I'm sure many have not forgotten the Sony laptop battery debacle. Well, Li-ion batteries have that problematic potential of overheating and exploding or catching fire. Toshiba has developed a new design, called SCiB, or Super-Charge ion Battery which should eliminate many of the drawbacks of Li-ion batteries, and not just overheating.According to a Toshiba press release, the SCib can recharge to 90% capacity in 5 minutes (!), will last for 10 years even under constant recharging conditions (compare that with a Li-ion battery, which generally starts to lose the ability to hold a charge after a year or so), and won't explode or short-circuit."This is a truly innovative battery. The excellent performance... Read more...
To paraphrase an ancient Chinese proverb: Talk about an incredible new technology and we're interested, launch that amazing new technology and we'll be ecstatic.  By this we don't mean launch blazingly fast products at prices we couldn't dream of affording, but launching products that are at least somewhat affordable.It looks like 2008 could very well be the year of the solid state drive, at least if Micron & Toshiba have anything to say about it:“The world's No. 2 maker of NAND-type flash memory said its solid state drives would range in capacity from 32 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes, and that it will mass produce the 1.8-inch and 2.5 inch drives in May 2008.”Not to be outdone, Micron... Read more...
Usually the thought of reading an e-book brings to mind reading tiny, tiny print on a tiny, tiny screen.  Amazon.com today introduced the Kindle, which it hopes will assuage all those fears.E-books have pretty much flopped until now, but this morning Amazon.com introduced the Kindle, a device they hope does for e-books what the iPod did for MP3 players.The Kindle weighs about 10 oz. and can hold up to 200 titles. Size-wise it's 7.5" x 5.3" x 0.7" --- as you can see, smaller than a folded-up newspaper. Cost: not cheap, at $399, but despite the fact that it uses cellular technology (EVDO) to deliver the titles to you, there are no monthly or wireless fees.Here's the big issue for us: leaving... Read more...
There have been few CPU introductions that have come with as much speculation, rumors, or general interest in the tech community as that of the AMD Barcelona/K10 CPU.  Many of these rumors revolved around release dates, features, and performance.  Now that the chips are shipping in limited quantity, the tech community has their answers to these questions...for the most part.While the following is nothing more than a continuation of the rumors, and thus take it with a grain of salt, but it appears that AMD might not be able to roll out their 2.6 GHz model until sometime in '08.“The sources noted that AMD will only introduce two Phenom CPU at the November 19 launch, the 2.2GHz 9500 and... Read more...
Consumer advocates, veteran websurfers, and the just plain paranoid love the idea of a "Do Not Track" list that would make it impossible for advertisers to track where you go on the web and tailor advertising to your surfing habits. The problem is, those same users hate paying for content, and like having free, high-quality ad-supported webpages to look at.  The law of unintended consequences could very well rear its ugly head if the tracking of your likes and dislikes is disallowed: an explosion in the amount of advertising needed to be shown to each websurfer to pay for the content they're looking at. The reason for the potential ad increase is related to a key difference between telemarketing... Read more...
It's possible consumers may see such rebates in the future.  Right now, buy an energy efficient dishwasher, furnace, A/C unit, or something similar and you can often get a rebate from your utility company. Will utilities also give rebates for energy-efficient PCs?  It's being discussed.The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a consortium of tech companies that is trying to get the industry and consumers to adopt energy-efficient components, has started to explore the idea of direct rebates with utilities, said Erik Teeszer, a program manager at Google during a meeting at the Intel Developer Forum taking place in San Francisco. Google and Intel are the driving forces behind Climate Savers.Some... Read more...
Halo 3 is scheduled for release on Septemeber 26th, and I can't recall a more anticipated game launch.  It's already got a million pre-orders, and Microsoft is likely figuring to get a collateral damage goose in X-box 360 sales during the holiday season. You know you're really sombody when you get placed in Madame Tussaud's wax museum. Halo's  Master Chief, all 7'-2" of him,  is now in there next to Elvis and Jack the Ripper. The 7ft 2in wax figure weighs approximately 275lbs and was created in London using 1,000lbs of clay. It took 10 studio artists an estimated 892 man-hours to complete, including 687 hours for sculpting, 168 hours for moulding and 37 hours... Read more...
Virtual learning has been a big hit with time-starved adults who have jobs and other obligations and still want to continue their education. Now it's becoming more common for students from grades Kindergarten through twelve to get their education, or at least part of it, through virtual classes. Estimates of elementary and secondary students taking virtual classes range from 500,000 to 1 million nationally compared to total public school enrollment of about 50 million. Online learning is used as an alternative for summer school and for students who need remedial help, are disabled, being home schooled or suspended for behavioral problems. It also can help avoid overcrowding in... Read more...
It appears that the early 'leaked' images of the new iPod Nano might be the real deal, as the legal team from the Cupertino giant is launching law suits to have sites take down the image.This reaction is typical of Apple when an upcoming product has been leaked, as we all witnessed when Apple lashed out at ThinkSecret for revealing the existence of the Mac Mini & iPod Shuffle just prior to their official debut.  Apple doesn't (historically) sic their law team of mock-ups and wild news that isn't related to upcoming offerings, which would lead us to believe that this could very well be the genuine article.While the appearance might seem a tad odd at first, there are 2 points we'd like to make:... Read more...
Perhaps signalling another nail in the coffin of DRM, Universal Music Group has announced that it will begin a test program of DRM-free music sales, starting August 21st and lasting through January 31st of next year.  Surprisingly, the songs will not be available through iTunes, which has already been selling DRM-free music from EMI, though for a higher price than normal ($1.29 vs. 99¢). Universal, the world’s biggest music conglomerate, said it would offer albums and songs without the software, known as digital rights management, through existing digital music retail services like RealNetworks and Wal-Mart, nascent services from Amazon.com and Google, and some artists’ Web sites.The... Read more...
There are many obstacles to our relationship. You're 75 years old, but age doesn't matter to me. You live in central Sweden, which is kind of a long haul from New England. I'll commute.  Both you and I are already married, which might be an impediment as well. But, Sigbritt, you have the world's fastest broadband connection, 40 Gigabits per second, and boy do I want that. Sigbritt will now be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or, if there is nothing worth watching there, she will be able to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds. The secret behind Sigbritt's ultra-fast connection is a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred... Read more...
There has been a report that Mitsubishi will unveil its large-screen laser TV at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2008, even though it is still over six months away. Mitsubishi showed its first laser projection TV prototype back in April of 2006. While they predicted that laser TVs would enter the market in 2007, we now know that it will not happen until at least 2008. Laser TVs use red, green, and blue lasers to generate images, unlike the white-light mercury lamps that contemporary TVs incorporate. They claim that laser TV confers the advantage of bright and deep images on light, thin, and large screens. Other companies such as Coherent and Arasor are also experimenting with laser TV technology.... Read more...
Dell Computer is opening up a factory in Chennai, India, to manufacture desktop PCs, and later notebooks as well. But the factory is not there to take advantage of cheap labor to make computers for the US market. India's market is poised for explosive growth, and the Chennai plant will be a foothold for Dell in the Indian subcontinent. It wasn't too long ago that India was an afterthought for many people in the computer industry. For years, the country took a back seat to China. For good reason: China has quickly grown to become the world's second-largest PC market, after only the U.S., and it's likely to become No. 1 in the next few years. This year, Chinese are likely to buy 33.6... Read more...
According to a story posted at the Inquirer, NVIDIA's next-gen high-end GPU is codenamed G92 and it will offer up to a teraflop of compute performance.  If you remember from our 2900 XT launch article, the R600 can deliever 475GFlops, which would make the G92 over twice as powerful. "In an analyst webcast, Nvidian Michael Hara says that the chip will be ready for Christmas, a release cycle the company adopted with G80, where high-end products come out for Chrimbo and the mid-range and low-end products hit in the spring. This suggests a couple of things. One, that the delays we saw to the release of Nvidia hardware through 2006 and 2007 have now been factored into the schedule, to a point where... Read more...
Microsoft is no longer the most visited website or the most valuable global brand. Google is: Google had 528 million unique visitors in March, up 5 percent from the previous month, according to comScore. Microsoft had 527 million visitors during the same month, up 3.7 percent. Popular in the United States, Google is even more of a powerhouse in many European countries. In a statement, Google said: "Our goal has always been to provide the best online experience for our users. We build products based on user needs and input, which is part of what makes Google unique and results in a great online experience."... Read more...
We trust you've been through the drill before.  It gets old after a while, frankly.  Major technology innovator OEM targets release date of next generation product and briefs the press months prior to the launch.  Embargo dates are set, NDA commitments made and confirmed by those partners who are "trusted" to maintain confidentiality.  Then weeks, sometimes months before the actual embargo date and time have elapsed, someone over in another time zone is able to break free with the full monty, leaving those of us law-abiding good-guys here in the states in the lurch.   There you have it... ATI's Radeon HD 2900 XT Performance evaluation, on display at DailyTech.  Frustrating?... Read more...
According to a story on The Inquirer, AMD's upcoming native quad-core processor, codenamed Barcelona, will outperform competitive offerings from Intel.  AMD's European technical director, Guiseppe Amato said, "Barcelona is an architecture that must be faster."  And that compatibility with existing platforms is assured with a simple BIOS update. "He laid a lot of emphasis on the ability of the Barcelona to deliver four FPs ber clock cycle, as well as having a bigger buffer and L1, L2, and L3 caches. He also claimed that the memory connect design of the microprocessor will give it an inherent advantage over Intel's designs."Until third-parties get to test Barcelona on their own,... Read more...
Dialing information on your phone usually costs over a dollar. No thanks. Google's begun offering a free 411 service; just dial 800-GOOG-411 and yell what you're looking for into the phone, and hope your accent doesn't throw the automated service off.The service applies speech recognition technologies to figure out what you're searching for, and using speech synthesis to read the results back to you. Users can receive their results as a text message to their current number by saying "text message, and Goog 411 can connect users directly to a found business. Unlike some other automated 411 services, Goog 411 users can't be connected to a live operator, so users searching for something the system... Read more...
eWeek has a funny story about a self-described "Romanian" hacker who posted 15 e-bay users' sensitive personal and financial information on an e-bay forum, along with a bunch of taunts. By "funny," I mean only if you're not those 15 people. For them, it's more like:"very bad." "read many opinions here.... All I saw it's just [misspelled obscenity]....Alot of things about scamms..stupid things I think. Romanian guys are the best boys !!!! We are in each country...each city...and every day alot of money from your pocket intro in pur bank accounts....You know why ?? I will tell you my opinion...because you are so stupid ..... anyone can scam you very easy....not... Read more...
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