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Articles tagged with: compute

IBM Announces Phase Change Memory- 100x More Efficient

IBM announced today a special breakthrough in computer memory tech that may lead to solid state drives being able to store as much as NAND flash technology but work at a speed of 100x faster than current clock speeds, and have a much longer lifespan.

The technology is based on phase-change memory chips that store two bits of data per cell, forgoing corruption problems (a previous setback in PCM technology).

Windows 8 Due On April 2012

According to reports, it looks like Windows 8 may be arriving as soon as April 2012. The rumor came from a trusted source that has confirmed the soon release.

The same source also states that there will be no pre-beta build, but instead just a simple beta build. This data makes a lot of sense considering that the next Eee Pad Transformer is set to release by summer 2012 and is supposed to run Windows 8. This would give Windows 8 a month or two of shelf life before being installed on new Windows 8 tablets.

Asus Reveals World’s Thinnest Notebook, The U36

Electronics manufacturer Asus, has been a leader of many firsts. They were the first to get netbooks to take off with the Eee PC 4G surf way back in 2007. I remember marveling at netbooks back then, and I still have my Eee PC1000H I bought in August of 2008- it still works well.

Asus has just revealed a 13.3″ notebook dubbed the U36 that is purportedly the thinnest in the world. It is powered by a fast Intel Core i5 CPU and a Super Hybrid Engine to cut down power consumption on the laptop.

New Intel Processors Designed For Macbook Air?

It looks like Intel is working on some ultra-low voltage processors that are based on the Sandy Bridge core and would be the perfect match for the MacBook Air. According to a leak, the Core i5 and i7 processors will be getting a boost. The 1.4GHz cpu will be getting raised to 1.6GHz. The Core i5 2557M will run at 1.7GHz with a Turbo Boost to 2.7GHz, and the Core i7 models would each get a boost of 100MHz in processing power and Turbo Boost of up to 2.9GHz of power.

Each of the processors will be dual-core, Hyperthreaded processors with graphics cores ranging from 350MHz to 1.2GHz with full throttle. Each of the chips are also expected to arrive later this year.

Intel Raises Warranty On 320-Series SSD

Intel has recently announced that it would extend the limited warranty for its 320 series solid-state drives from three years to five. The company claims that this measure comes from confidence in the SSD’s reliability features and that the new policy includes customers who have already purchased 320 series solid-state drives. What’s a little strange is that the company didn’t extend the warranty with its 510-series, perhaps because it doesn’t run on the same 25 nanometer chip?

Sony Reveals Smart AR Technology

Sony has just revealed its new SmartAR technology that allows a device to recognize an object, even within a 2D object such as a poster, and animate it. Sony’s prototype will animate the creature and allow the user to manipulate the item by touching the screen directly. While this technology is in the infant stage, this will bring collaboration to whole new levels. Imagine designing a prototype on paper and showing a 3D version of it to colleagues.

Trillian Pro Will Be Free For All Platforms

Trillian has just announced that they will include all Trillian Pro features across all devices (mobile and desktop) for free, with advertisements. This means that users will be able to enjoy multiple location sign-in, themes, activity history, and other terrific features without having to pay for an upgraded account.

My only guess on the move was that Cerulean Studios (the parent company of Trillian) wasn’t making enough money on the Pro accounts and thus decided to leak the upgrade for free, on the condition that consumers would view a couple advertisements in exchange.

New Eee Box Require 70% Less Energy

Asus launched its first AMD Fusion Eee boxes earlier this year at Cebit 2011, the Eee Box EB1020 and EB1021 and no, they are not routers! Both computers feature the same pre-optical drive but the EB1020 has an Ontario C-50 processor while the EB1021 has a Zacate E-350 processor. The AMD C-50 model is a 1GHz dual-core processor, has AMD’s Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage space (running at 5400 RPM) and USB 2.0.

Introducing Panasonic’s Toughbook 53

Panasonic announced this morning that it will be delivering the Toughbook 53, the big brother from the Toughbook 52. Instead of a 15.4-inch screen, the T53 will sport a 14-inch display. The T53 will also be significantly lighter than the T52’s 7.2 pounds, weighing in at 5.6 pounds. The T53 was designed for vehicle-mounting and will ship with 4G LTE which will supply the iron-strength notebook with the speed needed for today’s computing.

Microsoft’s New Campaign: Do The Math

Microsoft has just launched a new ad campaign called Do The Math. The website compares Apple computers to Windows counterparts and shows the large price differences for the same exact specs. What confuses me is why this campaign was launched in 2011 and not 2002. Apple has been selling overpriced computers ever since they got fancy.