Archives for October 2009

ASUS ESC 1000 1.1 Teraflop Supercomputer

asus_esc_1000_supercomputerAsustek have revealed details on their first supercomputer this week named the ASUS ESC 1000. The ESC 1000 is capable of speeds up to 1.1 teraflops by using NVIDIA graphics processors.

One teraflop is one trillion flops (floating point operations per second), a measure of computing speed. Computers able to perform at such high speeds can be used in a variety of ways, including scientific research, image manipulation, engineering modeling or for medical purposes.

The ESC 1000 is powered by a 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 processor that is designed for use in servers. What really gives this machine a good kick is the amount of processing cores it has. The machine has 960 graphics processing cores provided by NVIDIA with three Tesla C1060 Computing Processors along with a Quadro FX5800 each also provided by NVIDIA. [Read more…]

Apple MacBook Pro Upgrade Prices Dropped

apple_macbook_proAlong with all the new announcements last week of the iMac, MacBook and Mac Mini the prices of RAM and CPU upgrades for the MacBook Pro quietly dropped.

From last week onwards you are now able to get a MacBook Pro (high end model) for just above $1000 which shaves a few hundred off the price. Also AppleInsider have reported that the Australian Apple store has also reduced prices on MacBook Pro configurations with the 17″ model dropping by up to $700 AUD down from $4000 to $3300 AUD. [Read more…]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android Phone to be Announced

Sony-Ericsson-Whats-nextSony Ericsson have launched a new page on their site called “whatsnext” which says “Sometimes there’s a thin line between the extraordinary and the magical. Did we cross it? Watch this space on November 3rd.”.

The page indicates a product launch that is more than likely going to be the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 android based phone.

The X10 was previously known as the X3 or Racheal and has a 1GHz Snapdragon processor along with an 8 megapixel camera, HSPA and large touchscreen. [Read more…]

Palm Pixi Coming November 15 – $100

Palm-PixiPalm and Sprint have announced that the new Palm Pixi will be made available for purchase on November 15. The phone will cost $99.99 after the usual rebates that require you to mail them in. You will also need to sign a 2 year contract to get the phone.

The phone will be made available in various places including Sprint Stores, Online, Best Buy, Radio Shack as well as Wal-Mart stores in some locations.

A quick overview of technical specs only shows what we already know in that it has a multi-touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard and is thin in form factor. The Pixi is Palm’s second WebOS device to hit the market after the Palm Pre that was released earlier this year. [Read more…]

Samsung Needle Slim 40 Inch LCD TV Measures 3mm Thick

NEEDLE_SLIM_SAMSUNG_004Samsung have revealed their latest LCD TV the Samsung Needle Slim. The LCD screen measures 40″ which is nothing to brag about really, but what Samsung can brag about is the TV measuring just 3mm thick. The screen it’s self is capable of a full HD resolution refreshed at 120Hz.

We normally expect to see news at this time of the year held off to CES early in the new year, but with this achievement it seems Samsung just couldn’t keep quiet any longer. [Read more…]

Augmented Reality Car System Sees Through Walls

ar-system-to-see-through-wallsAugmented Reality has a number of uses related to vehicles such as BMW’s concept of unskilled people being able to fix car’s by wearing a headset that shows you the steps you need to take to fix a faulty part.

Another use of augmented reality I came across today was that of a car system that allows the driver to see around bends. The system uses two cameras with one recording what the driver sees and another recording what’s hidden behind a corner. By mixing the two images together the driver is able to see a transparent building that reveals what is behind allowing you to drive more safely. The images are superimposed on each other and the second remote cameras image is then adjusted to fit in to perspective with what the driver would see, should the building not be there. [Read more…]

BlackBerry OS 5.0 Officially Launched

BlackBerry-OS-5-0We just gave a list of BlackBerry phones that are capable of being updated to OS 5.0… The operating system is actually ready now for download and can be found over here. Alternatively the other option is to use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software to see if the update is ready and waiting for you.

The new operating system 5.0 for BlackBerry devices is numbered and brings a number of changes to usability including new flick gestures along with greater stability from previous versions. [Read more…]

List of BlackBerry Phones to Get OS 5.0 Update

os50updateBlackBerry are launching their latest OS version 5.0. An official list has been given to CrackBerry showing exactly what BlackBerry phones are able to get this latest update.

There obviously is a cut of point for older devices due to not having the ability to run the new operating system. Thankfully the list will make you wonder no more…

BlackBerry Phones that can use the OS 5.0 Update

* BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8200 series smartphones
* BlackBerry Curve 8330 smartphones
* BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphones
* BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphones
* BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphones
* BlackBerry Storm 9500 series smartphones
* BlackBerry Tour 9630 smartphones [Read more…]

Apple Slate Coming Soon – More Rumours

apple-tabletMore rumours are going around about the Apple Slate and an “imminent launch”. Information from Bill Keller also says that the New York Times are working on bringing content to the new slate.

About a week ago a speech was given by Bill Keller off record, but this speech was put online. About 8.5 minutes in to the video presentation the Apple Slate is mentioned as one of the platforms that the times are working on bringing content to.

“I’m hoping we can get the newsroom more actively involved in the challenge of delivering our best journalism in the form of Times Reader, iPhone apps, WAP, or the impending Apple slate…”

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HTC Desire Spotted

htc-desireThe HTC Desire was recently captured on camera for what seems to be the first time. The Desire was first spotted about 7 weeks ago early in September where all the information that was available there referred to it as a HTC Desire 6200. Also back then it was also indicated that it would be an Android based phone.

The photograph capturing the HTC Desire does confirm that it is indeed an Android based phone. The phone is branded by Verizon and is said to be a very similar size to the HTC Hero. A close look at the picture shows that there could be the usual trackball in the middle towards the bottom of the phone along with 2, possibly 6 hard buttons which I assume is send/end calls for 2 of them along with a Home button, menu, back and search possibly. [Read more…]

GenMobile Portable Genesis Officially Licensed by Sega

sega-genesis-mobileGenMobile is a portable Sega Genesis that allows you to play your old Genesis/Megadrive games while on the move. It’s similar to the Nomad that came out years ago although it has been shrunk down thanks to advances in technology.

Sega have also officially licensed the GenMobile too. The handheld games system comes pre-installed with 20 games such as Sonic Spinball, Kid Chameleon, Golden Axe and Ecco Jr to name a few. [Read more…]

Boot Camp will Support Windows 7 by Christmas

imac-win7-bootcamp-supportIf you are wanting to run Windows 7 on your Mac by using Boot Camp then you are almost in luck as Apple have officially said that Windows 7 will run by the end of this year.

Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.

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