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Monday, April 30, 2012

Velocity Micro Announces the Immediate Availability of Desktop PCs Powered by 3rd Generation Intel® Core® Processors

Velocity Micro®, the premier builder of award winning enthusiast desktops, laptops, peripherals, and the remarkable line of Cruz™ tablets announces the immediate availability of 3rd generation Intel® Core® processors on select Gaming, Home & Office, and Workstation systems, starting at just $849. By pairing an expert level of engineering with Intel’s latest processor generation, Velocity Micro continues to make some of the fastest, most efficient, most reliable PCs in the world.

“Intel’s 3rd Generation Core Processors are a perfect fit to Velocity Micro’s enthusiast mentality as we continue to strive to build the best finely crafted desktops, tablets, and peripherals on the market,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. “The speed and power efficiency of these new processors will be a huge hit with our customers.”

Key features of 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors include:

·         Built-in visuals which include a suite of visual enhancements that provide everything you need to enjoy a smooth, seamless, stunning experience on your PC

·         Improved energy efficiency, allowing for innovative system designs and enabling more energy-efficient platforms that can meet ENERGY STAR requirements

·          Unlocked 3rd gen Intel Core processors feature top-of-the-line speed, especially when overclocking

“Velocity Micro has always had a cutting edge product lineup, frequently offering Intel’s latest processors to their enthusiast customers on launch day,” said CJ Bruno, Intel VP, GM Intel Americas. “We’re excited that Velocity Micro has continued that tradition by making the 3rd Gen Intel Core processors available in their industry-leading performance desktop offerings.”

Velocity Micro systems now powered by 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors include the Raptor Z90, Vector Z20, and the Edge Z40, an Editors’ Choice selection from both CNET and PC Magazine. For more information on these systems, to custom configure a Velocity Micro desktop, or learn more about Velocity Micro’s complete line of consumer electronic solutions, visit

Friday, April 27, 2012

Giada releases new nano motherboard

Giada NI-HM65T

The versatile new NI-HM65T Nano ITX motherboard from Giada puts the power of a desktop computer into the tiniest possible space, just 12cm across. This tough but tiny powerhouse is perfect for industrial control, monitoring and automation tasks, and embedded applications, or even for home and office use. Built around Intel's HM65 Express chipset and the Sandy Bridge platform, this motherboard brings its users high performance and connectivity, while keeping power costs low. It provides all the industry-standard features of a desktop PC, but in a tiny 12cm by 12.8cm Nano ITX package, just a fraction of the size of an ordinary PC.

Powered by Intel's fast Core i7,i5, i3 or Celeron 867 CPUs, with by up to 4GB of memory, plus onboard integrated sound, video and graphics support, the Giada NI-HM65T can easily handle almost any computing task.

For industrial control and automation applications, the NI-HM65T offers rock solid reliability, and full compatibility with key industry standards, with a COM header to ensure support for legacy hardware. This extremely low profile board uses a 25mm high mini-ITX backplate, to reduce system space requirements.

With the creation and integration of their own PCI extension on the rim of the motherboard, Giada offers customers with specific requirements the ability to design and manufacture custom add-on boards for additional expandability.

On board there are two Mini PCIe slots. One can support a WiFi and/or Bluetooth card while the other allows users to add a mSATA or a high-speed internal SSD drive. The reliability and durability of an internal SSD drive is perfect for challenging operating environments where dust or vibration might make traditional hard disk drives unsuitable, such as factory floor or external digital signage – as well as offering enhanced performance and lower power consumption for everyday applications. Each board has undergone strict quality control tests, include 5 complete 24 hour tests at 65 C, and testing at -15 C for to ensure suitability for very low temperature environments. Nickel core inductors and solid capacitors are used to further enhance reliability and stability.

In addition to the mSATA drive, a 6Gb/s SATA 3 port supports a wide range of storage devices, including traditional hard disk drives, SSDs, and CD/DVD/BD optical drives. There is a SO-DIMM memory slot for up to 4GB of speedy 1066MHz or 1333MHz DDR3 DRAM.

There are two fast USB 2.0/1.1 connectors on the back panel. These can be used to connect devices such as keyboards, mice, printers, and cameras. USB can also be used to supplement the internal SATA disk drives with additional removable mobile storage for backup purposes, mass data transfer, or storing video, photos, and audio. The NI-HM65T supports Gigabit LAN for connection to a high speed network.

The NI-HM65T has graphics support integrated on board, with HDMI and VGA video outputs. The board also offers vivid 5.1 channel surround sound from the ALC662 audio interface, with a digital output S/PDIF connector for unimpaired audio quality even in environments with high EMI levels. The board's audio and video capabilities make it an ideal choice for dedicated embedded applications such as Smart TV controller or set top box. 

The NI-HM65T provides superior performance while keeping operating costs very low. Shenzhen JieHe is very happy to be bringing this extremely versatile new mini-PC to the worldwide market. The company welcomes inquiries from new and existing customers throughout the world.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A 3D printer at an affordable price point

The release of 3D printers have entinced many home users to get a printer to try it out, however at the thousands of dollars price tag, it is really out of reach for many of us. 

Former Markerbot Exc have released a sub $500 3D printer that would soon hit the stores and allow home users to get one 3D printer. 

The printer, which is now up for pre-order, can print plastic pieces up to 6" x 6" x 6", and "all you need to supply is a computer and power." 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

How is smartphones being made?

Wonder how your smartphone is being made? Starting from the plastic mock-ups of the phone design to the engineering specs to how they decide to fit what component in the phone.

A brief summary from Engadget's website states that they would also have user focus groups whereby they starve the user of the phone for 2 weeks and see what features that they miss the most (Supposedly to put that feature in the new phone).

Even things like colour matter as they cannot be the colour of any carrier in the States or it might discourage other carriers to carry the phone. With all this fuss, HTC can spend more than $50,000 per phone phototype.

Via Engadget

Friday, April 20, 2012

Windows 8 Enterprise

Microsoft has released a new edition of Windows 8 for the Enterprise user. Some of the new features that would be added includes the Windows to Go program whereby you can bring your office image of the computer to your home computer in a USB stick, allowing users to bring their own personal computer to work. In addition to that, they would simplify the use of VPN for office workers.

Have Microsoft ever thought of having the old classical Windows 7 start screen as default for Enterprise version as touchscreens are not even the dominant force in the PC market today? What do you think?

Read more at the press release on Microsoft's blog

Friday, April 13, 2012

Google reports $10.65 billion in revenue for Q1 2012, splits stock

Google just announced its earnings for Q1 of 2012 and the company did not disappoint. It raked in $10.65 billion, a full 24 percent higher than last year for the same time period and a hefty improvement over last quarter. Of that rather sizable chunk of cash, $10.2 billion came from advertising revenues -- $7.3 billion of that placed on Google's own properties. GAAP net income for the quarter was $2.89 billion, more than twice that of Q1 2011, which brings its total war chest to $49.3 billion in cash on hand. Perhaps the biggest news for investors, though, is the 2-for-1 stock split, which is a perfect accompaniment for the skyrocketing price. It's worth noting however, that this new stock is a new class of non-voting shares.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Cubitek Announces New Line of Extrusion Aluminum Chassis

Cubitek, a manufacturer of PC chassis, is pleased to announce their new line of chassis – ICE Series. Including 5 new models, these ICE Series chassis using a 2.5(mm) extrusion aluminum construction are stronger than standard aluminum cases, yet thinner than other extrusion aluminum chassis on the market. This unique build gives ICE Series a strong frame while still keeping a more lightweight design.

5 Models from Mini-ITX to HPTX
Cubitek's ICE Series features five new models designed for different sized motherboards:
. Mini ICE    (US$169.90)
. Micro ICE    (US$259.90)
. ATX ICE     (US$279.90)
. EATX ICE    (US$319.90)
. HPTX ICE    (US$359.90)

Anti-Vibration Design
The sturdy extrusion aluminum frame translates to reduced vibration. The hard drives inside the cage body are mounted with thick rubber rings.

Efficient Thermal Cooling
The extrusion aluminum build dissipates heat faster than steel built chassis keeping your system cool. From mATX on up, all models feature a large 200(mm) fan in the front as well as a 140(mm) on the top and a 120(mm) fan in the back. The well-placed fans and interior layout keep your hardware at optimum system temperatures.

Motherboard Tray Designed for Cable Management
The motherboard tray is well-designed with large cut-outs for CPU cooler mounting and plenty of rubber protected holes to guide cables to the 0.7” (19mm ) space behind the motherboard tray. The u-shaped clips behind the motherboard allow you to easily fasten you wires ,making cable management easy and keeping your system neat and organized.

Easy Access Connectivity
All five models of the ICE Series feature an easy-to-reach I/O panel on the top of the chassis including: 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and gold-plated audio input/output with anti-jamming capabilities.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Razer releases new product that allows you to see your enemies

After the recent fuss over the production of a left-handed mouse, Razer have released a new product that allows you to tell between your friend or your foes through your eyes.

The Razer SnakeEyes would place all the vital statistics on the eyewear that you would be wearing, allowing you to tell who is the noob and who is the pro according to one beta tester. It can also tell you how to whip up a really delicious meal when you stare at the food in the fringe, according to another beta tester.  

Check out the video released by Razer