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IBM gets world’s fastest chip to India December 11, 2007

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I got this article from www.timesofindia.com


BANGALORE:
IT major IBM has launched the world’s fastest computer processor chip called the dual-core POWER6 in India.

With this launch, the company’s System p570, which the company says is the world’s most powerful midrange consolidation machine, and bladeCenter JS22 servers, both powered by this new chip, would be available in the country, said IBM India and South Asia Director, Systems and Technology Group, Shashi B Mal. T

he POWER6 features virtualisation capabilities - a means of server consolidation - and is also the latest addition to IBM’s Project Big Green initiative. It allows “unparalleled power savings on mid-range servers through dynamic reallocation of resources, power and cooling benefits,” Mal said.

Mal said, “According to Morgan Stanley, energy used to power and cool today’s data centers represents 44 per cent of the centre’s total cost of ownership - and for a company of any size today, a 50 per cent saving is huge”.

In 2007, USD 10 billion would be spent on data center energy worldwide, and IDC predicts that power and cooling spend in the data center will grow eight times the rate of hardware spend. For the cost conscious Indian companies, virtualisation and adoption of green technologies is the ideal solution, he said.

The POWER6, at 4.7 GHZ, is twice as fast as POWER 5, but uses nearly the same amount of electricity to run and cool. This means customers can use the new processor to either increase their performance by 100 per cent or cut their power consumption by 50 per cent, said Manish Gupta who heads the research Lab at IBM.

LG Voyager November 23, 2007

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LG just released new phone called The LG Voyager and LG said that this phone could be the rival of the iPhone. this touchscreen handset will feature a more iPhone-like interface just like that found in the PRada phone, where the screen will be able to let users make calls, play music and take 2 megapixel photos. You also can find a QWERTY keyboard which is revealed the moment you flip it open as well as a secondary display for email, text messaging, and games. Other features like a microSDHC memory card slot, 3G connectivity, and support for V CAST TV for live digital TV. This phone will hits the market before Thanksgiving. Click here for the whole review

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Xbox 360 Arcade released November 17, 2007

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Microsoft has finally announced the Xbox 360 Arcade and it will go on sale October 23 for 9. XBox 360 Arcade comes with a 256MB Memory Unit, a wireless controller, HDMI port, and a disc that includes five full Xbox Live Arcade trial games: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Pac-Man Championship, and Uno.

SiCortex intros SC072 Catapult — 72 processor cluster for 000 November 17, 2007

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Off hand, we can’t think of how we’d truly utilize the horsepower generated by a 72-processor cluster shoved into a “whisper-quiet, low-power deskside cabinet,” but we’d happily draw up a plan if forced. SiCortex — the same folks who delivered the bicycle-powered supercomputer — has introduced its new SO072 Catapult, which features a standard Linux environment, 48GB of RAM and a trio of (optional) PCIExpress slots. This aptly categorized high performance computer (HPC) sucks down less than 200-watts of power, sports a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports and has room for six internal hard drives. Reportedly, each of the 12 SC072 nodes is a multi-core chip with six CPU cores, and while ,000 may seem steep for your average tower, we’d say this is a pretty good value considering the hardware.

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Android November 17, 2007

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Android™ will deliver a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. An early look at the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available.

Open
Android was built from the ground-up to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of all a handset has to offer. It is built to be truly open. For example, an application could call upon any of the phone’s core functionality such as making calls, sending text messages, or using the camera, allowing developers to create richer and more cohesive experiences for users. Android is built on the open Linux Kernel. Furthermore, it utilizes a custom virtual machine that has been designed to optimize memory and hardware resources in a mobile environment. Android will be open source; it can be liberally extended to incorporate new cutting edge technologies as they emerge. The platform will continue to evolve as the developer community works together to build innovative mobile applications.

All applications are created equal
Android does not differentiate between the phone’s core applications and third-party applications. They can all be built to have equal access to a phone’s capabilities providing users with a broad spectrum of applications and services. With devices built on the Android Platform, users will be able to fully tailor the phone to their interests. They can swap out the phone’s homescreen, the style of the dialer, or any of the applications. They can even instruct their phones to use their favorite photo viewing application to handle the viewing of all photos.

Breaking down application boundaries
Android breaks down the barriers to building new and innovative applications. For example, a developer can combine information from the web with data on an individual’s mobile phone — such as the user’s contacts, calendar, or geographic location — to provide a more relevant user experience. With Android, a developer could build an application that enables users to view the location of their friends and be alerted when they are in the vicinity giving them a chance to connect.

Fast & easy application development
Android provides access to a wide range of useful libraries and tools that can be used to build rich applications. For example, Android enables developers to obtain the location of the device, and allows devices to communicate with one another enabling rich peer-to-peer social applications. In addition, Android includes a full set of tools that have been built from the ground up alongside the platform providing developers with high productivity and deep insight into their applications.

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Hitachi advances technology in hard drive storage October 16, 2007

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Researchers of Hitachi Ltd have created the world’s smallest disk drive heads which are 2,000 times smaller than a human hair. They minimised to ‘nano level’ a key component in hard drives to achieve this miracle. This will enable them to make hard drives of up to 4 terabytes for desktop computers and 1 terabyte for laptops in the next four years creating a revolution of sorts in computing. Even a one-terabyte hard drive can hold a mammoth amount of data, equivalent to the text contained in one million books. It is learnt that Hitachi will unveil its achievement at a conference in Tokyo this week. The technology used is similar to magneto-resistance that earned the Physics Nobel for this year.

Hitachi announced a new breakthrough in technology storage by developing the world’s smallest read/write head for hard drives. The name for the storage device is dubbed, “Current Perpendicular-to-the-Plane Giant Magneto-Resistive” or CPP-GMR head.

The new hard disk drive can be installed in desktops, notebooks and even little gadgets such as multimedia devices or digital cameras. This would give digital video recorders approximately 4 terabytes in storage. Currently, digital devices such as digital cams using a removable flash-card that holds about 1 gigabyte.

Hitachi says the new hard drive will be available for desktops by 2009. The notebook version will be available 2011.

As for storage, the common hard drive today can read media tracks that are 70 nanometers apart, but the new Hitachi drives have read media tracks that are only 50 nanometers apart.

Hitachi researchers plan to present its new hard drive at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo.

Microsoft’s next move? Code-name Falcon October 7, 2007

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“Here’s a trade secret that Microsoft is unlikely to publicly acknowledge.

Sony’s cutting the price on the PlayStation 3. How will Microsoft react? We’ll find out soon. But a key part of the strategy is going to be a project code-named Falcon.

Falcon is the name for the latest internal electronics in the Xbox 360. It will have an IBM microprocessor and an AMD/ATI graphics chip that are manufactured in a 65-nanometer production process. These are cost-reduced chips that do the same thing as their 90-nanometer predecessors, but they’re smaller.

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SIT BACK, RELAX - Self Adjusting Chair September 23, 2007

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The chair of the future will form-fit your back, adjust itself, and possibly disappear altogether Sitting up straight is bad for you. Scottish radiologists confirmed in a study last year that a 130-degree angle of recline between torso and thighs reduces pressure on the discs in the lower back. This (and its sleek design) is why the ubiquitous Aeron chair was so ahead of its time in 1994. It deeply reclined by pivoting at the hips.But designers find that the features of chairs like the Aeron are lost on most sitters. The array of levers and knobs—recline tension, lumbar support, seat-pan depth, forward tilt—are commonly ignored by users, who only think to change the chair’s height.This neglect has manufacturers such as Herman Miller and umanscale looking toward the next frontier: a self-adjusting chair. “We’re working on a chair that will listen to who’s sitting on it and adjust itself to their weight,” says Bill Dowell, director of research at Herman Miller, which makes the Aeron. Humanscale’s Freedom chair includes a counterbalance system that adjusts itself like scales to the sitter’s weight as he or she reclines, eliminating the need for recline controls.
Or perhaps the chair of the future isn’t one at all. Chairs contribute in part to the high rate of back pain, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, affects eight out of 10 Americans. “Our notion of a machine for sitting may not make sense in a globalized world,” says Herman Miller designer Cameron Campbell. Galen Cranz of the University of California at Berkeley points out in her book The Chair that the Indian practice of squatting and the Muslim practice of stretching five times a day to pray have great ergonomic benefits. Ten years from now, one worker may settle into a low recliner, another will kneel on a soft carpet, and they’ll talk across a pile of office cushions.

Projection Screen Paint!! September 23, 2007

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Turn your wall into a theaterquality projection screen with this reflective paint. Tailor brightness and contrast to your room’s lighting by adding more or less gray tint before rolling it on.

Many people still project straight on to an untreated white wall, but this produces a poor quality image. Until now, the only other option was buying an projection screen that can sometimes cost almost as much as the projector itself.

With a separate screen comes the hassle of setting it up and finding a place to store it, or even worse, installing a permanent bulky tube in your ceiling. Plus, there’s a good chance that the screen will stretch out of shape over time. Mighty Brighty Projection Screen Paint is a much better way to go. You just paint it onto your wall and you always get the perfect picture.

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USB drive that speaks! September 23, 2007

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In past few months there is more and more strange and silly, maybe for those who are not fans of gadgets needlessly gadgets. This time it’s USB speaker bulit at the and of the flash device.

eNECESSITIES USB Sound Flash Drive is a intersting USB sound flash drive that can be used for many things. On example you can use it to leave a sound message to somebody you like, but you don’t have guts to tell that personally. From the other side this little device can be very interesting for commercials. It has sound clip (in WAV, AIFF, or MP3 format) length 10 to 20 seconds that automatically start reproducing it self when the drive is attached to a PC.

 

Now you can record your site address or company name and then the others that are in the same room as you can hear it. On example in internet cafe or on some other public place. People who want to buy this gadget must order at least 250 devices, because that is minimal order. That means that this product is more oriented to business users.

Maybe in the near future pencils and calendars are going to be replaced with devices like this one and then to be given as a gift to a business partners. Every time they attach it to a PC it’s going to remind them from who they got the present. Very convenient solution for promoting your business or leaving a message.

Specifications

Sound file can be set to play for 10 or 20 seconds once the Sound Drive is connected to a PC

Customer must provide an audio file in .MP3, .WAV, .AIFF to be downloaded to Flash

Compatible with Windows and Apple based computers

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