Perhaps sensing an increasing divide between the latest fad in ultra-portable laptops (like the Eee PC) and costly desktop replacements, Dell is setting its sights squarely on the middle ground while also appealing to the fashion conscious. Consumers can customize the Studio 15 and Studio 17 notebooks by choosing between 7 seven different color configurations along with a handful of trim color options.
But looks run only skin deep. To see what these new notebooks are packing under the hood, click through the jump.
It hasn't always been smooth sailing for Firefox fans, and complaints of memory leaks always seem to resonate with each new release. And while scattered complaints still exist for Mozilla's latest update, it appears Firefox 3 may finally have a memory management scheme ready for the masses. Mozilla claims to have reduced the effects of memory fragmentation, tweaked in-memory cache, altered the way images are stored, and squashed over 400 leak bugs, and the result, at least according to one roundup, shows the efforts paying off.
To see how Firefox fared against the competition, and whether it'll affect you, click through the jump.
Intel’s new Atom mobile processor has been adopted by Panasonic which has incorporated it into their new UMPC the Toughbook CF-U1. The Atom Z520 with it’s power sipping 1.33GHz processor is living with it's new friends a Solid State Drive, WIndows OS, and 1024MB of DDR2 RAM, in the ultra mobile rugged U1 with it’s magnesium alloy chassis, spill-dust resistant, sealed, all weather enclosure. It is sure to be a hit with anyone that likes it rough. The backlit QWERTY keyboard and a 5.6" WSVGA sunlight-viewable touch screen, makes it usable in almost any lighting conditions. It sounds like just the thing, I need to replace my poor laptop that I beat to death and keep resurrecting.
According to eWeek.comit is expected to go on sale in August with a starting price of $2,499.
StopBadware.org, using data from Google’s Safe Browsing initiative, analyzed over 200,000 websites that were engaged in badware behavior. The top two offenders on the list are China and the US. Their analysis found that a majority of the sites (52%) were based on a small number of Chinese networks. The U.S. accounted for 21% of infected sites however these were spread across a wide range of networks. It is interesting that in China 68% of the country’s infected sites are hosted on just three AS blocks versus the US, which has just 25% of it’s infected sites in it’s top three blocks. This just highlights the differences in the hosting spread.
Their research doesn’t specify a reason for this, however they “postulated that part of the reason for this could be the lack of economic incentives for Chinese hosting providers and site owners to inform their users of infected sites and/or to take action to clean or remove these sites.”
Fortunately, I go no where on the internet without my protection and a good dose of common sense.
Word is trickling out that Intel has decided against upgrading its 80,000 employee’s computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating system. I wonder why? Vista’s reception has only been slightly better than Windows Millennium was. It is worse than Girlfriend 1.0, with nag screen after nag screen. Performance lags behind XP across the board, who would want to adopt Vista? It is the ugly stepchild and if many companies can swing it they will leave it on Microsoft’s doorstep, hoping the next version of Windows due out in 2010 is something better.
Nytimes.com cites an anonymous source at Intel as saying, “This isn’t a matter of dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista,” The article goes on to say that Intel’s decision is certain to sting Microsoft because of the companies close working relationship.
We can hope that this serves as a reminder to Microsoft of what we want and do not want in Windows 7.
Forget that whole Microsoft Sync thing, satellite radio, GPS, mobile phone convos, quick one-handed SMS chats, shaving (or eyeliner application) and Wiggles DVDs (for the kids, of course....). Chrysler's taking it to a whole 'notha level of distraction with its 2009 lineup. With a more than 19% dip in sales last year, the U.S. automaker is looking for something to get buyers' attention. So they're putting in a wireless router (on top of a 600-800 kb/sec cellular data stream).
It's pretty much like the rollouts on planes and trains, but now, automobile drivers (and passengers) can stay logged on to WoW, get in a round of UT3 deathmatch approaching the tolls, snipe that winning bid on Ebay, and finish that torrent as you pull into the driveway. And don't worry, the driver in the Corolla up your tailpipe actually doesn't have road rage. Dude's just leeching your Wifi.
From the same company who brought enthusiasts sub-zero CPU temperatures through its Vapocill cooling sytem, and, more recently, was chosen by HP to handle cooling duties for the Blackbird 002, Asetek now sets its sights on the Radeon HD 4870 and becomes the first to offer a liquid cooling solution for ATI's new flagship videocard. Not settling for simply being first, Asetek looks to set the bar high by touting a GPU temperature reduction by as much as 26 degrees, while operating at a fairly quiet 30 dBA, all in a single-slot cooling package.
If DigiTimes is to be taken at its word, Intel has already pushed back the launch of the dual-core Atom to September, 2008. The delay is due to the shortage of the 230 single-core Atom, according to the unnamed sources cited in the story. Interestingly, Intel hadn’t even given any launch date for the dual-core Atom in the first place, let alone announcing a delay.
Things are going to hot up in the high stakes low-power processor market with AMD readying its ‘Bobcat’ processor. NVIDIA’s Tegra is the other processor in the race. Given the competition, Intel might just be waiting for the correct time to launch the Atom 320 processor.
Some things are so obvious that one completely ignores them and the computer mouse is one of them. However, Gartner analyst Steve Prentice still managed to turn his attention to the generic device – maybe for the lack of a better subject of attention - and came up with an ominously titled paper “Gestural Computing: The End of the Mouse”. He has sounded the death knell for the mouse. But you will need to read further to know why the computer mouse is steadily scrolling towards its grave.
A report by network equipment manufacturer Sandvine has once again saddled P2P traffic with the blame for hogging most of the precious North American bandwidth. The report pegs P2P traffic’s share of internet bandwidth at 44% - up 3% from the preceding year.
The scales are heavily lopsided as web traffic comes a distant second with 27.3% followed by streaming media with 14.8% of internet bandwidth.
VoIP is expected to grow steadily over the coming few years but it currently consumes the least internet bandwidth, a paltry .2%. Although there has been no consistency in reports detailing bandwidth usage, P2P traffic is logically most bandwidth-intensive.