Attention Windows 7 beta users, up to five (5), I said f-i-v-e test updates are coming via Windows Update tomorrow (February 24). These updates are strictly for testing purposes, our friends in Redmond tell us. By the way, you must install these updates manually via Windows Update - even if you run WU in Automatic mode. BTW Mark 2: these updates replace some system files with the same version that's already on your system.
So, what's the point of running WU and selecting these updates? Mama Microsoft want to make sure it can update Windows 7 properly. Don't want to play? See the Microsoft Update Team Blog to learn more.
Nvidia showcased its bantam Ion platform during CES 2009. The Ion platform basically combines Intel’s Atom CPU with the GeForce 9400M GPU. Ion-toting netbooks are expected to be head and shoulders above today’s netbooks - that make a meal of even the simplest graphical tasks - in terms of graphics.
It’s no secret that the global economy is in a rough place, and there are few industries not feeling the pain. Unfortunately, the chip industry isn’t one of those that finds itself immune, and while it’s taken some heavy blows recently it’s not at rock bottom. Though, it is “pretty close” according to Morris Chang, the chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
“I think it will be 2012 before the total revenue of the semiconductor industry gets back to the '08 level,” stated Chang, who has been in the industry for more than half a century. Last month Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported a gigantic 64 percent drop in profit for Q4 2008.
He continued to state that there will be a “continued decline for companines that make both consumer products and semiconductors.” Though, the companies that do both (such as Samsung and Intel) are “in a strong position.”
This week a German company introduced a wearable fuel cell that uses methanol fuel cell technology, allowing soldiers that wear them to rid themselves of the heavy mechanical components generally associated with the generation of electrical power.
The fuel cell, known as the Jenny 600S, is capable of delivering 25 watts of power for 20 hours, according to the Smart Fuel Cell company. Their fuel cells took the top spot in the U.S. Department of Defense’s Wearable Power Competition last October against heavy competition from powerhouse competitors.
The Jenny’s liquid methanol fuel cartridges are replicable, and can be worn in a vest. It will also swap from standby mode to automatically recharge its own batteries when required to. It’s silent and can work in any position, and will reduce the weight in batteries that soldiers have to carry by an estimated 70 percent.
It hasn’t been announced when these will start hitting the front lines, but for the sake of the soldiers, we can only hope that it won’t be too long!
First unveiled last month during CES, there has been some question as to when Dell's Inspiron Mini 10 netbook would actually ship. Two weeks ago, Paul Synott, one of Dell's UK representatives, said the Mini 10 would be released on February 27th, and that's beginning to look a lot more likely now that Dell has updated its website with a Mini 10 product page.
According to Dell, the Inspiron Mini 10 will come configurable with either an Intel Z520 (1.33GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) or Z530 (1.6GHz, 512K L2 cache, 533MHz frontside bus) Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2-533MHz RAM, Intel GMA 500 graphics, 120GB or 160GB hard drive, WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 3-in-1 card reader, and a 3-cell battery. On the software front, the Mini 10 will come with Windows XP Home w/ SP3.
Externally, Dell says its Mini 10 will sport a keyboard 92 percent the size of a standard laptop, along with a 10.1-inch glossy LED display with a 16:9 aspect ratio (1024x576). There will be six color options and five artist designs to choose from.
If you find yourself in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, Germany late at night be sure that you’ve got your cell phone with you. In an attempt to save energy, the citizens of the town have set up their streetlights to turn off unless you use your cell phone to turn them on!
The program has been a moderate success so far. So far the town of only 900 has managed to save $5,300. Not too shabby! Other towns, such as Döblitz, resident Heinrich Frühauf tripped and fell in the darkness, and not long after the town was turning on their lights with cell phones as well.
Though, main issues with the program still remain. Many worry that this is just a gateway for corner cutting. Perhaps it might cause people to not use as much light as safety would require, causing for manhole accidents or night crime.
It's not too often that we get to see a computer case that stands taller than Houston Rocket Yao Ming, but at nearly 8 feet tall, D. Mattocks' Frankenstein machine has nearly half a foot on the NBA star.
Mattocks' impressive Steampunk mod consists of a vent salvaged from an old church, lots of copper piping, vintage gauges, green cold-cathode tubes, and a plethora of other parts. More than just aesthetics, one of the gauges serves a useful purpose by showing the computer temperature. Save for the optical and floppy drives' black face-plates, you wouldn't even know this tower housed a computer inside.
And speaking of the PC inside, two radiators cool the CPU and dual 8800 GTX videocards. Yates Loon fans help keep the components cool, and according to Mattocks, the rig never ramps up more than 10 degrees above room temperature, even when playing high end games for hours on end.
Microsoft Windows’ hegemony in the netbook market is currently unimpeachable. Contrary to conjectures and forecasts, Linux has failed to take control of the netbook market, a segment tailor-made for it. But can an entirely new Linux distro reverse the trend?
We expect to hear more than a few expletives being fired off in Microsoft's direction by some of its 1,400 ex-employees that were laid off last month. That's because Microsoft has begun sending letters to some of those that have been let go claiming it overpaid severance and would now like some of the money returned, according to TechCrunch.
"An inadvertent administrative error occurred that resulted in an overpayment in severance pay by Microsoft," the letter states. "We ask that you repay the overpayment and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience to you."
CNet says a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the letter but wouldn't comment further, saying it was "a private matter between the company and the affected people." It's also unknown how many of the letters have been sent out, what exactly the "administrative error" was, or what the overpayments add up to, but apparently under-compensation also occurred.
Hit the jump and tell us if you agree with Microsoft asking for the money back.
From the 10-inch floppy disk to Super Talent's ultra-tiny 16GB Pico USB key, storage makers are always looking for ways to shove more storage capacity into smaller mediums. A pair of professors -- Ting Xu at the University of California, Berkeley and Thomas Russell at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst -- have come up with a technique they say could stuff up to 10.5 terabits of data, which is the equivalent of 250 DVDs, into a disk no larger than a quarter. That's 15 times more dense than the densest data storage device that currently exists.
"If you can't keep up with Moore's Law, forget it," says Russell. "This is beating Moore's Law by a couple orders of magnitude."