Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IBM to lead $4.4 billion chip investment in New York

DG News Service - Five chip makers, including Intel, IBM, Samsung Electronics, GlobalFoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have committed investment of US$4.4 billion in research and development in the state of New York over the next five years, to develop new 450-millimeter chip wafer technology, the state's governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday.

New York secured the investment in competition with other locations worldwide, Cuomo said in a speech that was also webcast.

IBM has committed $3.6 billion of the total investment to work on next generations of computer chips, including those using 22-nanometers and 14-nanometers process technology, said John Kelly, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.

Since 2000, IBM has invested more than $10 billion in New York state, its largest investment anywhere in the world, Kelly said.

The transition from 300mm to 450mm wafers will require unprecedented industry-wide collaboration, and the New York project is critical for the new consortium, called Global 450, said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of manufacturing and supply chain at Intel.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Thermaltake's Chaser MK-I LCS Case with Liquid Cooling

Designed for the e-sports gamer, Thermaltake is launching a new chassis with a built-in liquid cooling system.

The company just announced the E6460 embedded discrete GPU, which complements the higher-performing E6760. Compared to the E6760's 480 shaders, the E6460 has only 160, and has to work with only 512 MB GDDR5 memory instead of 1 GB and supports only four instead of six displays.

AMD pitches the graphics processors as products for casino gaming, digital signage, kiosks, point-of-sale (POS) and industrial measurement and controls applications.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

HP confirms layoffs at Palm unit

Network World - HP has started laying off workers associated with last year's billion-dollar acquisition of Palm, as it closes down the mobile device business it planned to base on Palm's webOS. The news comes almost exactly a month after HP announced a sweeping reorganization and refocusing of its business.

News reports say that HP has confirmed the layoffs have begun, but declined to say how many will end up with pink slips. AllThingsD, The Wall Street Journal's tech blog, says the number could reach 525.

TIMELINE: The decline, further decline and collapse of webOS

"As part of this decision, the webOS (unit) is undergoing a reduction in workforce," according to the HP statement.

HP bought the struggling Palm last year, to launch a new mobile product line based on webOS, which was introduced by Palm with the Pre smartphone. This summer, HP unveiled the HP TouchPad, its first entry in the hot tablet computer market.

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Microsoft Releases Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta

The fourth law of robotics: Monetize

If you've nursed a casual interest in robotics - maybe you love Asimov or you've been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix - but lack funding or a hard robotics background, you might find Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 a good place to start. Just released for beta, the software allows programmers to develop their own applications to control robots using a Windows PC as the CPU and a Kinect sensor as eyes and ears, further demonstrating that of Kinect's large number of useful applications, 'playing video games' is lowest among them.

As with most Microsoft endeavors, the company is only providing software, and they've released a reference platform design spec for third parties wishing to develop robots for the platform. You're not going to be able to make your own doomsday device, but you might be able to make something useful for around the house. Parallax, Inc has already manufactured a hardware kit based on that document, for a cute robot/chair named Eddie, currently available for preorder.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Microsoft opens Windows 8 preview to all

Computerworld - Taking a different tack than it did three years ago, Microsoft has made a preview of Windows 8 available to anyone who takes the time to download it.

Windows 8 Developer Preview, as Microsoft called the pre-beta build, was posted to a company website shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.

The downloads, which range from 2.8GB to 4.8GB in size, come with no restrictions, a company spokeswoman confirmed earlier in the day.

Microsoft gave customers their most-detailed look yet at the new operating system during a two-and-a-half-hour presentation at its BUILD Windows conference, which opened Tuesday and runs through Friday.
Windows 8

When Microsoft debuted a similar developers preview of Windows 7 in October 2008, the company limited the early look to attendees at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC), and told the general public to wait for a beta early the next year.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The First Glimpse of the Windows 8 Start Menu

A new start for Windows 8.

The Microsoft Build event is kicking off in Anaheim, CA this week, so we're expecting lots of Windows 8 related news bits.

Before the conference starts, here is one new tidbit: the Windows 8 start menu. Microsoft has not officially talked about any of its changes in the start menu from Windows 7 to 8, but you can see below that there's been some tweaks that draw from Windows Phone 7.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

HP Unveils Consumer-Priced 3D Scanner

HP Computer division is on spin... but look they have now. 3D Scanner!

"It isn't a holographic projector, but it might bring small businesses one step closer to the Star Trek version of the future.

"Say what you will about Hewlett-Packard's consistently terrible corporate management and laughable failures in tablets and smartphones, HP still knows a thing or two about amazing peripherals. Witness the just-announced HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275, an impressive web-connected printer/scanner that can scan 3D objects and still comes in at a reasonable $399.99. Of course this doesn't mean the kind of 3D for which you probably spent way too much money on a 3DS. The function is intended to streamline the process of photographing objects and getting the images online, for people who make their living from boutique sites or on eBay."

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Yahoo! Fires CEO Carol Bartz Over the Phone

Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz has just been shown the door and, according to a note she sent out to staff earlier today, she was given the news over the phone. Ouch.

All Things D today broke the news that Yahoo!'s Carol Bartz has been "removed by the Board from her role as Chief Executive Officer." The company has since confirmed the news with an official press release announcing "leadership reorganization." The executive shuffle will see Carol replaced by CFO Timothy Morse. Timothy will act as interim CEO (and still fulfill his duties as CFO) while Yahoo! conducts a search for a new chief executive officer. Aside from appointing Morse as interim CEO, Yahoo! has also formed a new Executive Leadership Council that will help in the running of day-to-day operations.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hard Drives 101: Magnetic Storage

SSD, Flash drives, Hard drives, CD/DVD, Floppy disks, Tape drives. More or less our storage technology was developed that way as far as I can remember.

I was very happy to read an article in about how "Hard Drives 101: Magnetic Storage". It discusses the basic technology behind this marvel.

"Most permanent or semipermanent computer data is stored magnetically, meaning a stream of binary computer data bits (0s and 1s) is stored by magnetizing tiny pieces of metal embedded on the surface of a disk or tape in a pattern that represents the data. Later, this magnetic pattern can be read and converted back into the same original stream of bits. This is the principle of magnetic storage and the subject of this chapter.

History of Magnetic Storage

Before magnetic storage, the primary computer storage medium was punch cards (paper cards with holes punched in them to indicate character or binary data), originally invented by Herman Hollerith for use in the 1890 Census."

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