Archive for Jan 30, 2012

Tilera TILE-Gx puts 36-core PC on a half-height PCIe card

Tilera TILE-Gx puts 36-core PC on a half-height PCIe card

Multicore processor specialist Tilera has returned with a new "manycore" offering, the 36 and 16-core TILE-Gx 64-bit processors, promising grunt in line with the top-spec chips from Intel and AMD yet with power demands more akin to ultraportable notebooks. According to Tilera, just one TILE-Gx36-based server can outperform a Xeon-based system, despite using only one-fifth the power and one-eighth the space of its Intel-based counterpart.

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White Nokia Lumia 800 hits Australia in March

White Nokia Lumia 800 hits Australia in March

Nokia will launch its Lumia 800 Windows Phone in Australia come March, with the existing black, cyan and magenta variants joined by a white model. Offered on Australian carriers Optus, Telstra, Vodafone "and all major retailers" no pricing for the Lumia 800 has been announced, but the smartphone will come complete with Nokia Drive for turn-by-turn navigation and Nokia Music for subscription-free streaming audio.

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RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

With MegaUpload facing irretrievable data loss later this week and rival services locking down their file sharing options, attention has turned to well-used but clandestine rival RapidShare AG and whether it will occupy the cloud storage vacuum or be next in line for the FBI's attentions. Worlds apart from the showy Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload's CEO, RapidShare founder Christian Schmid has focused his attentions on lobbying the US government, the WSJ reports, spending over $600,000 since 2010 to persuade them the site is a legitimate file repository and not a haven for copyright infringement.

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AT&T Galaxy Note LTE hits stores Feb 19 for $300

AT&T Galaxy Note LTE hits stores Feb 19 for $300

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note will hit stores from February 19 priced at $299.99 with a new, two year agreement, the carrier has announced, though online pre-order customers can get the LTE smartphone up to two days early. Officially launched at CES earlier this month, the AT&T Galaxy Note keeps the 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED HD display and digital stylus of its GSM counterpart, but throws in 4G networking.

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BlackBerry squeezed out of Enterprise say stats

BlackBerry squeezed out of Enterprise say stats

RIM's new CEO faces a dual-challenge, Apple in North America and the ascendence of Samsung in Europe, according new research, though BlackBerry is a surprise hold-out in the UK. "Android and Apple together are eating BlackBerry's lunch" Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett said of the smartphone pincer-movement, the NYTimes reports, with global stats indicating 27-percent of smartphone users have an Android device and 24-percent an iPhone. BlackBerry slots in-between, at 26-percent, but enterprise users are progressively looking elsewhere from previous business darlings RIM.

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Awesome stools made from recycled computer hardware

Awesome stools made from recycled computer hardware

I bet many geeks are like me, when I replaced my old computer hardware and technology products, I tend to keep the old stuff. I keep that old stuff because it's generally not broken, I just want newer, cooler gear, and you never know when something old and slow might come in handy. If you have a bunch of your old tech gear sitting around that you really don't want, and you are trying to think of something cool to do with it a geek named Rodrigo Alonso has a heck of an idea.

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Chevy to place environmental impact labels on all vehicles starting with 2013 line

Chevy to place environmental impact labels on all vehicles starting with 2013 line

Chevy's making a big push in the green segment for cars and the impact those cars have on the environment. The environmental impact includes the technologies and materials used to make the vehicles as well as the emissions that the vehicles produce. To help the average consumer be aware of the green push that Chevy is investing in, it will start placing new stickers touting green on vehicles with the 2013 range.

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Increased solar activity means more aurora borealis over next year

Increased solar activity means more aurora borealis over next year

Many people around the world are getting quite a light show at night thanks to the massive solar flares that have been occurring on the sun and shooting radiation towards the Earth's atmosphere. That radiation bouncing off the atmosphere means that we get an impressive display of northern lights, otherwise known as aurora borealis, in the sky over parts of the world that traditionally don't have such a light show. Last week a strong solar storm that pounded the Earth's magnetic field and made for a beautiful night sky in many locations.

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Nintendo Pearl Pink 3DS launching for Valentine’s

Nintendo Pearl Pink 3DS launching for Valentine’s

Nintendo has announced plans to release the pink 3DS - previous sold only as part of an nintendogs bundle - as a standalone color option, unsurprisingly hoping to cash in on Valentine's Day with the $169.99 handheld. Set to go on sale on February 10, the Pearl Pink 3DS is functionally identical to the existing consoles, which means glasses-free 3D, integrated WiFi and access to the Nintendo eShop.

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Angry Birds heads to Facebook, won’t make up for Timeline

Angry Birds heads to Facebook, won’t make up for Timeline

The insanely popular video game on mobile devices called Angry Birds is set to come to the Internet via Facebook. The giant social network has had some very popular video games in the past, such as the irritatingly popular game Farmville and others. You need to get ready to be hit with another onslaught of your Facebook friends asking for help in video games with Angry Birds headed to Facebook on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012.

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