Archive for May 21, 2009

Ionic-cooling system may soon cool off notebooks

Ionic-cooling system may soon cool off notebooks

Well this is pretty cool! It seems a company called Tessera is working on a new system that uses ionic-cooling for cooling down hot laptops that are running at faster and faster speeds. This new cooling idea might be able to offer 30% more cooling than a standard fan according to Tessera and the University of Washington.

The added bonus is it uses half the power. And with no moving parts, there's less likelihood of breakdown and noise. During the demonstration of this new technology, the cooler was put by a vent in a notebook. Then, pipes that are filled with liquid pull the heat away from the chipset and move it to the ionic system.

The system contains two electrodes, one with ionizing air molecules, the other with a receiver for the molecules. As these ions move from one spot to the other, this causes neutral air to move across hot areas, making for cooling. This is still a ways off from being included in your next notebook, but it's an interesting technology that we might see as soon as next year.

MSI Wind U123 now on sale

MSI Wind U123 now on sale

If you've been interested in a new netbook for quite some time but have been hoping for one to be released that's within your price range, the MSI Wind U123 , just might be your answer. The computer manufacturer, MSI Computer, has just released their latest netbook and it has quite a bit to offer.

This new netbook sports an Intel Atom 1.66 GHz N280 processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It also features an ergonomic keyboard for ease of use and a 10.2-inch LCD display.

The U123 comes with EasyFace identification software, and the option of a 6-cell or a 9-cell battery. It's also available in four different color options including white, grey, red and blue. You can get the MSI Wind U123 starting today for $379.99.

Apple Media Pad won’t launch until 2010 says analyst

Apple Media Pad won’t launch until 2010 says analyst

Apple's rumored Media Pad touchscreen tablet is coming, but not as fast as many are expecting.  That's the latest opinion from perennial Apple commentator, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.  Munster has published a note today stating his opinion that development a touchscreen tablet is underway, but that since it'll require a third-generation of mobile OS X "more robust" than that on the iPhone, it won't hit the market until 2010.

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Next-gen iPhone processor & graphics boost tipped in job listing

Next-gen iPhone processor & graphics boost tipped in job listing

Apple are advertising for a low level iPhone programmer with aptitude in ARM processors and NEON vector units.  The job listing suggests that the next-gen iPhone will use an ARMv7 Cortex processor rather than the ARMv6 processor as in the iPhone 3G and iPod touch, as NEON is the extended multimedia acceleration instruction set associated with the newer, faster CPU.

That would certainly fit with the most recent specification tips for the upcoming third-generation smartphone, which predict that the iPhone will have double the processing power of the current model, together with video recording and editing capabilities.  NEON would certainly allow the new phone to take advantage of the ARMv7 Cortex's increased multimedia prowess.

Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

Taking something very familiar and twisting it into something new, this "Rubik's Cube Font Generator" adapts the swiveling, rotating form-factor of the classic puzzle and changes it into a printing stamp.  The handiwork of Jas Bhachu of the Liverpool School of Art & Design, the cube has rubber stamp impressions on four of its sides, and by twisting it through different orientations can create a variety of characters.

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