Just one week after Facebook deployed its latest design update, the social network is quietly rolling out a pair of beta services -- Facebook Premium and Facebook Classic -- to select users. Facebook Classic lets each user opt in to the Facebook design of his or her choice. From the pre-news feed design (circa 2006) to the single-page design used through much of 2008, beta users will be able to select the Facebook interface that they’re most comfortable with. In an official status update, Christopher Cox, Facebook’s Director of Product, cited the reasons behind this move, which he feels are "in line with the Facebook's intent to both respond to user feedback and adapt the product for different usage models and forward-looking feature opportunities".
Also in beta, and available to select users is the new Facebook Premium service.
Intel this week launched its new Xeon 5500 series, which were previously known as Nehalem-EP, along with a handful of new mobile Core 2 Duo chips built around the 45nm Penryn core. Following the release, Intel has posted an updated price list reflecting the new CPUs.
Pricing for the new Xeon chips range from $188 for the entry-level E5502 (1.86GHz, 4MB L2 cache, 80W) on up to $1,600 for the flagship W5580 (3.2GHz, 8MB L2 cache, 130W). A total of 12 new 45nm Xeons have been added in all, covering just about every price point.
On the mobile front, four new Core 2 mobile chips have been added, starting with the Core 2 Solo SU3500 (1.4GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 5.3W) for $262. Other chips include the Core 2 Duo SU9600 (1.6GHz, 3MB, 10W) for $289, Core 2 Duo SL9600 (2.13GHz, 6MB, 17W) for $316, and Core 2 Duo SP9600 (2.53GHz, 6MB, 25W) for $316.
We're not sure what to make of Moixa's 'Sphere' I/O interface device, for which the company was recently awarded a patent. Moixa describes the device as an "apple sized multi-touch sphere that can be used to display the world (e.g. Google Earth), browse web pages, or control interactive games." Sounds intriguing.
Moixa says the device also weighs about the same as an apple, and can be collapsed to be either used or stored in its second form. This could change, of course, as the concept remains in render form, just as Art.Lebedev's OLED keyboard did before a shipping product finally emerged.
"In the future, phones and portable computing devices reduce to input/output and power. Sphere reinvents the look and feel of the advanced portable device as we rely more on services, memory and mapping stored on the web," commented Simon Daniel, Moixa founder.
Anyone see this concept becoming an actual product? Hit the jump and post your thoughts.
Fedora fans looking to take a sneak peek at the open-source Linux distro's next release can now download the Fedora 11 (Leonidas) beta, which includes new security, desktop, and developer features. This may also serve as an indication of where Red Hat could take its enterprise Linux distribution, though not all features of Fedora end up in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
According to the release notes, changes in Fedora 11 include a new volume control in GNOME with a simplified interface, guest user or kiosk mode now defaults in the Desktop Live CD, enhanced DNS security extensions, ext4 file system is now the default, support for the Btrfs file system, virtualization improvements, and a whole bunch more.
Fedora 11 is expected to be available in final form by the end of May.
Every so often, a product comes out that makes us take pause and wonder "why hasn't anyone thought of that before?" That's the case with Corsair's new Voyager Port portable backup solution for USB flash drives. In this case, the cost of flash memory probably prevented such a concept from being conceived prior to now, but with the memory market in its worst slump in 15 years, Corsair's timing might be just right.
"USB flash drives, such as Corsair’s shock- and water-resistant Flash Voyager drives, are smaller and far more durable than portable hard disk drives, which have moving parts that are vulnerable to shock," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing, Corsair, "And with 64GB Flash Voyagers now available, USB flash drives are ideal backup solutions."
Combined with the included NovaBackup 10 software, the Flash Voyagers turns any USB thumb drive -- Corsair brand or otherwise -- into a one-button backup and restore solution. Even with the memory market in a slump, it's still more cost effective to invest in a HDD-based backup solution, but we could see the Flash Voyager being used with netbooks and other general purpose PCs with modest storage.
Corsair says the Port Voyager is available now with an MSRP set at $35 and backed by a 10-year warranty.
We first learned of Acer's plans to release an Ion-based nettop back in February of this year when leaked slides hit the web, and now another leak reveals what the specs might look like.
As it stands, Acer's Hornet nettop will come in three SKUs, each one outfitted with Intel's Atom N230 processor. Other specs, depending on the model, include up to 2GB of RAM, up 160GB of storage, optional WiFi, optional wireless keyboard and mouse, and other odds and ends.
The upcoming Hornet also looks to take a page from Nintendo with a Wii-style remote that can be used for both gaming and media controls.
No word yet on availability, although news and rumor site DigiTimes says it will debut in Beijing on April 8. Pricing is expected to be in the $150 to $300 range.
Any geek worth his mettle has, among other things, a bundle or three of Ethernet cables sitting in some box in a dingy corner of the basement. If you've considered tossing the cables in the garbage, don't do it. Instead, why not make a fashion statement?
That's exactly what took place in Medellin, Colombia, and could catch on if...who are we kidding, this will never catch on. Looking more like data disasters than data divas, one outfit, which was designed by students of the Pontificia Bolivariana University in Medellin, consisted of several bundles of different color cables used as a makeshift wig (see pic below). Another model appears to have covered herself in thousands of zip ties.
Doing the impossible can certainly score you all manner of fame and publicity, but as online gaming service OnLive has recently proven, merely alluding to the fact that you intend to do the impossible can earn just as many ears. Last week, after hearing about the service only a few days prior, gamers looked on with a mix of horror and grim satisfaction as OnLive’s big talker received his first stern talking-to, courtesy of Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter.
Now, though, OnLive CEO Steve Perlman is firing back. Check out his retorts below.
Problem #1: Servers are too expensive.
“Regarding server costs, [Leadbetter] does not understand server economics. It doesn’t matter how many subscribers you have per server. It matters how much revenue you earn per server.… OnLive servers earn many dollars per user each month (many orders of magnitude more than a CPM-based business), and when one user is offline, another user is online, so even a server that is only serving one user at a time (e.g. for Crysis), is reused by many users each month.”
“And lastly, the cost of a server is much less than a home gamer PC: we don’t have the case, disk drive, optical drive, etc. And we don’t have to worry about retail markup, customer service, etc.”
Problem #2: OnLive’s encoder can’t possibly run at 1000fps.
“He’s confusing compression latency (1ms) with frame time. The frame time is NOT 1ms (which would imply 1000 fps). It’s 16.7ms (which implies 60fps). Just as linear video compression time is much HIGHER latency than one frame time (e.g. 500ms latency does NOT imply a 2fps frame rate), interactive video compression is much LOWER latency that one frame time.”
Perlman also concluded by noting that many “top-tier game publishers” spent years behind the curtain with OnLive, verifying that their technology is more than just smoke and mirrors. Otherwise, one can infer, they wouldn’t have thrown their support behind OnLive in the first place.
Seems pretty air-tight to us. OnLive launches this fall. We’ll be there on day one, slurping down every last bit of pudding, searching tirelessly for the proof.
It's been about six weeks since Redmond rolled out the Release Candidate for Vista SP2, and now the RTM Escrow build is available to Microsoft Connect beta testers, DailyTechreports. To make sure everything's working, the RTM Escrow build includes both slipstream and standalone installers.
If you find an unofficial source for something claiming to be the RTM Escrow build, the build string is 6002.17043.090312-1835. Typically, the RTM Escrow build is the last step before a public release, probably in April.
Check out our complete Vista SP2 coverage here. Have you tried this new build? Join us after the jump and give us your thoughts.
Some leaked reports suggest that AMD has finally hammered out the details of their Radeon HD 4770, one of the new graphics cards to be based off of the 40nm RV740 chip.
The HD 4770 will come with 512MB of 128-bit GDDR5 memory (providing 1960 GFLOPs of processing power), and will pack a core clock of 750MHz, memory clock of 800MHz and a memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s. And, thanks to the 40nm manufacturing process, it’ll only draw around 80W of power.
But, while it’s bigger brothers the 4830 and 4850 come with 956 million stream processors, the 4770 will only have 826 million on board (130 million less).
It’s expected that the Radeon HD 4770 will only cost a paltry $99, and will be available to consumers as early as May 4th.