While maybe not the most creative of names, BingTweets are just what they sound like - a combination of Microsoft's Bing search engine and Twitter messages coming together in a new site.
"Many people share their thoughts on Twitter, and search engines don’t currently do a great job of capturing that real-time content. We designed Bing to help you make faster, more informed decisions, and, since people often turn to real-time content to help them make decisions, BingTweets was a logical next step," Microsoft wrote on Bing's community blog.
To give an example, Microsoft said that as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince opens, surfers can scan the official reviews, local theater listing, and get the scoop from the latest Tweets related to the movie, all in one fell swoop.
In its early form, the BingTweet website shows a list of popular terms at the top of the page grouped into different categories, and a search box sits to the right. Once you search for a term, the results are listed in typical Bing fashion taking up the majority of the page, with a column on the left slowly scrolling through related Twitter messages.
Give it a try right here, then hit the jump and tell us what you think.
It seems as though SSD manufacturers are increasingly taking aim at the performance market, and that's certainly the case with Corsair's new Extreme Series SSDs.
Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, the Extreme Series X32, X64, and X128 boast read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. All three drives also incorporate the Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory.
"The combination of the Indilinx Barefoot controller, Samsung flash memory, and 64MB of on-board cache delivers blistering, stutter-free performance, eliminating the bottleneck imposed by traditional mechanical hard disks," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair.
In addition, Corsair says its Extreme Series also come with user-upgradeable firmware, which will later add features such as the upcoming TRIM command for Windows 7.
Corsair says the drives are available now, though we didn't spot any being sold at the usual online outlets. Suffice to say, no word on price.
The videocard industry typically works on an 18-month cycle for each GPU design. Last year, Nvidia released the GT200 and ATI launched the RV770. Both are speedy, DirectX 10-capable parts, packed with shader processing power and capable of running the most demanding games at top speed. We tested Nvidia’s first refresh of the GT200 last month (the GeForce GTX 285); now it’s time to put ATI’s first re-spin of RV770 under the microscope, with Asus’s Radeon EAH4890 TOP.
The 4890’s RV790 GPU is built on a 55nm process, just like its predecessors; however, ATI made fairly significant tweaks to the GPU’s structure in order to accommodate higher clock speeds. Asus’s stock overclock is a testament to that revamp. The Asus board’s stock clock is 900MHz (the default stock clock for 4890 boards is 850MHz). Likewise, the board’s quad-pumped GDDR5 memory sits on the same 256-bit bus but runs at 1,000MHz (the stock speed for 4890 boards is 950MHz). The star of the Radeon 4890’s show remains the GPU’s 800 shader units, which handle the heavy lifting in shader-heavy modern games, such as Crysis.
Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor company, suffers from a Freudian case of appendage envy. The appendage is an ARM.
Simply put, smartphones (and other mobile consumer-electronics gizmos) are the next PCs, and Intel wants them to run on Intel x86 processors. Right now, your mobile phone, MP3 player, or digicam probably has a custom chip with a microprocessor core licensed from ARM. Although most people have never heard of ARM, it makes the most popular 32-bit microprocessor architecture in the world.
Yet ARM doesn’t make a single chip. It licenses its 23 different processor cores to other companies that design and make chips. These chips are very different from most of Intel’s. They are system-on-chip (SoC) devices—highly integrated chips that surround the processor core with built-in peripherals, memory, I/O interfaces, and application-specific logic.
Apple's iTunes and other online music services might be all the rage, but don't go putting CDs into the same category as 8-track tapes. According to a new survey by The Music Ally Speakerbox, CDs are still the preferred medium.
The survey polled 1,000 people and found that a whopping 73 percent, or nearly three-quarters, preferred purchasing CDs rather than downloading their groovy tunes. And these aren't just older folk resisting change, either. The survey found that 66 percent of respondents between the age of 14 and 18 would rather buy a CD than shell out for an MP3 online.
"Music fans have spoken and digital is evidently not the clear cut replacement to the physical CD," said Tim Walker, chief executive of The Leading Question, the research division of music consultancy Musy Ally responsible for carrying out the survey.
Surprised by the results? Hit the jump and tell us which medium you prefer.
Mozilla's Firefox browser has at least one proponent in the Department of State, and likely many more, according to a recent question-and-answer session hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy last week. New State Department employee Jim Finkle brought the matter to attention, saying he was surprised the State Department doesn't yet allow the use of Firefox, while the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (Finkle's previous place of employment) does.
Clinton admitted "there's a lot of support" for Finkle's suggestion, but according to Kennedy, the issue comes down to cost. Finkle pointed out that Firefox is free -- which drew laughter from the room -- but that's not the kind of cost Kennedy was referring to.
"It's a question of the resources to manage multiple systems," Kennedy explained. "It has to be administered, the patches have to be loaded. It may seem small, but when you're running a worldwide operation and trying to push, as the secretary rightly said, out fobs and other devices, you're caught in the terrible bind of triage trying to get the most out that you can, but knowing you can't do everything at once.."
But it wasn't all bad news for Finkle and other Firefox fans. Kennedy noted that allowing Firefox is something the State Department is looking at, while also acknowledging "a significant increase in the 2010 budget request that's pending." Should the budget go through -- which would be used to fund information technology operations -- Kennedy said they would be able to add multiple programs.
As promised earlier this year, Microsoft plans to roll out several Microsoft-branded retail store fronts, but up until now, Microsoft wasn't saying where or when. Keven Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer, answered both of those questions during his Worldwide Partner Conference keynote on July 15.
According to Turner, the first store will open this fall and take residence right next to an Apple store. How's that for a new neighbor?
"As we progress on our retail strategy there will be scenarios where we have stores in proximity to Apple," Microsoft said a statement to CNet. "We are on track to open stores in the Fall timeframe. Beyond that we have no additional details."
Location aside, Turner insists Microsoft wouldn't be imitating Apple, which goes in line with Microsoft previously saying the stores would focus more on building the company's consumer brand than with distribution.
Ever wonder why your inbox gets inundated with spam on a regular basis, even though you've never once clicked on a solicitation to enlarge your favorite body part? The answer is simple - while you might not be falling for the unwelcome sales pitches, there are plenty of others who are.
According to a new study by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), 12 percent of Internet users have wanted to pay for a product or service advertised by email. To come up with that number, the MAAWG interviewed 800 U.S. residents by phone and Internet without an email address managed by a corporate IT staff. Two-thirds claimed to be very or somewhat experienced with Internet security, while most of the participants used a spam filter.
Even though 82 percent said they were aware of bots and botnets, less than half (48 percent) said they never click on spam email.
"Although a small percentage of the computing population, these numbers still earn a significant enough return on investment to support a booming spam-driving underground economy," wrote MAAWG.
Here's your chance to come to clean: Have you ever bought a product or service as a result of a spam email? Hit the jump and repent.
Remember that oddly named motion doohickey Microsoft debuted at E3? Project Natal? Well, while ushering in the Future of Gaming may be its main objective (followed in close second by taking over the world via robot revolution led by conniving A.I. child Milo), Natal isn’t just the tech toy of tomorrow. It can be used to for bigger things, higher purposes. It can be used for office work.
“Both the Xbox guys and the Windows guys latched onto [Natal’s uses for media consumption as a whole] and now even since they latched onto it the idea of how it can be used in the office is getting much more concrete, and is pretty exciting,” Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said.
Your office isn’t the only place a series of subtle facial expressions could potentially organize, either. Home’s where the heart is, as they say, and the heart of the home of the Future will apparently be Natal.
"I think the value is as great for if you're in the home, as you want to manage your movies, music, home system type stuff, it's very cool there," Gates said. "And I think there's incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC. So Microsoft research and the product groups have a lot going on there, because you can use the cost reduction that will take place over the years to say, why shouldn't that be in most office environments."
A flick of the wrist to schedule a meeting. A wave of the hand to organize some files. That’s the future as Microsoft sees it. So, uh, why do we make fun of Apple geeks for needless, overly showy flourishes again?
(…Or a finger motion that totally says, “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” to sort your movie collection. Ok, never mind. This sounds awesome. Like “force-pushing” an automatic door. Come on, we can’t be the only ones who do that.)