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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Microsoft to unveil next-gen Xbox in April

Numerous industry sources, including some Sony employees, expect that Microsoft will unveil the next-generation Xbox at an event in April. A senior Sony official stated he was informed that the PS4 unveiling had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard. We definitely ruffled some feathers."


Another indication that the next-gen Xbox is just around the corner is that a Microsoft media partner, Ustechs, has registered the internet domain Microsoft continues to decline to comment about the next-gen Xbox.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

E-Touch Smart Pen

This Pen would turn any monitor into a touchscreen. Although it has some problems with calibrating screens with less than 10 inch, it worked flawlessly on my Dell Inspiron 14' Ultrabook. This device is a plug and play, you do not have to install any software if you are on Windows 7 or 8.

Monday, February 25, 2013

PS4 to feature 8 cores AMD chip

Now Sony's PR is o ut and we have some concrete specs on the next-gen console from Sony.


The PlayStation 4 will feature an AMD-built, 8-core 64-bit x86-based "Jaguar" CPU, with a Radeon GPU including 18 "compute units" which are capable of pumping out 1.84 FLOPS in graphics performance and more. Backing that up, we definitely have a Blu-ray drive, and 8GB of insanely fast GDDR5 RAM which pumps up to 176GB/sec of bandwidth.

Connectivity wise, we have 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out and Sony have even sprung for analog AV out. How's dem Apple's?

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Innodisk to show full industrial SATA III storage range at Embedded World 2013

Innodisk, an industry-leading manufacturer and solution provider of industrial embedded flash and DRAM storage products and technologies, will be showing its new range of products for 2013 at the Embedded World 2013 exhibition and conference from 26–28 February in Nuremberg, Germany.

Innodisk's complete series of industrial SATA III products includes SSD, SATADOM, SATA Slim, mSATA, and CFast, with a wide variety of form factors and interfaces. With SATA III, Innodisk products can offer sequential read and write speeds two times faster than SATA II, to satisfy almost any embedded systems requirement.

Products on display at the Innodisk booth in Nuremberg will also include the Innodisk InnoRobust series of SATA SSDs which are compliant with military standards for ruggedness, durability and reliability in even the most extreme operating environments.

Building on its research and development strengths, with the upgrade to SATA III, Innodisk offers support for temperatures ranging from -45°C to ~85°C, customized firmware for specific system applications ranging from entertainment to aerospace, power outage data protection and other advanced functions, moving the industrial PC application market forward into the next generation. As well as almost doubling read and write speeds, the upgraded SATA III 2.5-inch SSDs provide a lower power design with enhanced power saving sleep modes. New products are expected to be on the market in March 2013.

Innodisk turns a product into a true solution with the exclusive iSMART disk health monitoring tool to protect customer's investments in SSDs and HDDs. Powerful and easy-to-use, iSMART does not just display passive information and a disk lifespan prediction, but can also save hours of setup and maintenance time by giving users easy one button access to write-protection, ATA Security, quick erase, and power saving features.

Innodisk will also be introducing advanced LR-DIMM memory modules for capacities up to 64GB. With Innodisk 64GB 1333MHz LR-DIMM, servers can break through existing memory capacity constraints for improved performance, greater reliability, and lower operating costs. Finally meeting the demanding requirements of the latest cloud computing applications, these exciting new products are expected to be on the market in the second quarter of 2013.

As well as these new products, Innodisk will be showing other popular products and recent innovations from its existing range. These devices feature iSLC technology that greatly extends the lifetime of NAND flash with similar performance of SLC-based flash, but at a significantly lower cost. There will also be DRAM products with support for the ARM architecture, 32 bit modules, rugged mounting pads, and module height of 17.9mm for small form factor systems.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Samsung plans for Galaxy S IV to be most popular smartphone ever, may cut into Apple's supply chain resource

Samsung is pulling back all reservations and is planning on its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, to be its best-selling phone ever. In a note released to clients this morning, Samsung said that it plans on building 100 million units of its upcoming next-generation Android phone.


Some analysts are speculating that with such a large production run, Samsung's component needs could pull resources from Apple's iPhone production. This news comes on the heels of reports that Apple may already be experiencing LCD manufacturing issues with its next-generation iPhone.

"The enormous 100 million S4 build plan (we estimate the S3 sold 60M) is leading some suppliers to say that they will reallocate resources away from Apple," wrote Peter Misek, analyst for Jefferies & Company. Regardless of the rumors, Apple is still planning two new smartphones this year, and we are willing to bet that they will be able to overcome any supply shortages.

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Frontier computer

With the age of cloud computing, the cost of hosting a website has gone down sharply. Long are the days whereby you have to fear over cooling solutions for your servers or the fire safety aspect of the rooms that are hosting the servers.

But before you transition to the cloud computing era, do you have enough capacity to manage a possible surge in traffic to your servers before you transition there?  As what many IT managers would face, they would have to overcome many hurdles and go through approvals before they can successfully transition there. Here is where frontier computer can help you.  You can buy second hand IT equipment to cope with the current possible surge, this would be cheaper than buying new goods, and you can get some today. If you do not want to buy, you can also rent the equipment from them. They also have this feature which allows you to search the parts that you are short of, and buy specific parts from them. After you have transitioned to the cloud computing era, you can sell all your equipment at their website (

With nearly 40 years of experience, you can consult their sales experts to customise a solution that can best suit your company's needs. They have IT products made from IBM, HP, SUN and CISCO and provide IT service which includes Internet load balancing and VPN bonding solutions.

They have a list of partners that can help you with the logistics aspect of shipping your products from their warehouse to your office. You can ship via FEDEX, UPS, DHL, and many other carriers, so they can ship to any location worldwide.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Testing how tough Toshiba products are!

When it comes to IT products being tough, one would think of the Toughbook range of products that Panasonic manufactures. Well, Panasonic has to up his ante as Toshiba is beefing it's line of products that are able to withstand hard knocks and high pressure. They have just released a range of videos that show how well Toshiba products are able to withstand some of the toughest conditions like getting run over by a 2 ton truck, washing with 50mL of water etc.

Satellite Ultrabook being run over by 2 ton truck

'Car wash' with 50mL of water

LED TV in Steam Room

Satellite Ultrabook with 4kV of discharge

Satellite Ultrabook with 500Hz of vibration

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Touch-based Ubuntu preview will work on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4

Touchbased Ubuntu preview coming February 21st, will work on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4
It's not like we didn't have ample warning, so by now anyone wanting to try out the new Ubuntu smartphone OS should have gotten hold of a Galaxy Nexus to be their test device. Still don't have one? Then you'll be pleased to know that a Nexus 4 will actually serve just as well, and you have six days to get equipped. The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview will be made public on February 21st alongside the open source code and all the tools necessary to flash those two devices.
The official aim is to help devs and enthusiasts learn the platform and start building software for it, whether for core functions or for when a full third-party app storeeventually goes live. The bigger picture is that, by the time Ubuntu 13.10 launches in October, an app written in this platform's Qt/QML lingo should be able to run on any Ubuntu device -- whether it be a PC, TV, tablet or smartphone -- with no porting required. Rest assured that we have a couple of Nexii at the ready and we fully intend to give this newcomer a thorough hazing / write-up as soon as possible.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Google Glass hackathon

Google Glass hackathon in pictures geeks galore in
You might remember that Google decided to host a little get together with those lucky "explorers" that pre-ordered Glass. Well, no one is allowed to tell us a darn thing about what went down thanks to those pesky NDAs the devs were required to sign. But, the folks at Mountain View didn't want us to feel completely left out, so they posted a bunch of pictures from the hackathons so we could get a glimpse at what it's like to be granted early access. Predictably, what you get is a bunch of geeks wearing computers while typing on computers. In total the "pioneers" built 80 new ways to use Glass, at least one of which we're sure involved viewingpornography (that's a right of passage for all new tech), and eight winning teams picked up the grand prize -- Google footing the bill for their Explorer Edition headset. We've got one more image after the break, but you can peruse the entire gallery at the source link.
Google Glass hackathon in pictures geeks galore in

Friday, February 15, 2013

Android 4.x adoption is getting serious, close to 50% now

The Android Developers Dashboard has a new report, unveiling the latest data on just how many devices are running differing versions of Android. The data is good up to February 4, with the data coming from the number of users accessing the Google Play Store in a 14-day period.



As we can see in the above shot, Android 4.x is getting very close to a 50% adoption rate, broken down into 29.0%, 12.1% and 1.4% for Android 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2, respectively. Android 2.3 is still kicking ass, with 45.6% but we're finally seeing Android 4.x nipping on its heels. This would mostly be thanks to the slew of new devices shipping with Android 4.x on-board.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Web design firms

Have you ever been frustrated by the amount of web design firms that are available on the web and you do not know the difference between the good firms and bad firms?  The constant email promotions that you receive in your Inbox does not help either as you do not know the true effectiveness of a particular web design company. Well, I have a solution for you, which is to visit this website that does the ranking for you, and they have already filtered through the good and the bad companies out there and located the best web design company.

What they have done is to crawl through the web and to review those websites regarding their credibility based on the user reviews and what the web community has said about them.  After which, they classify them according to different service groups; like service groups with video editing, Joomla, PHP etc. What you can do before hiring a web design firm is to enter the website url into their system and they will check it with their database of blacklisted websites to tell you if the company is one that can be trusted.

With an open concept whereby web users can submit their recommendation or complaints to the website, it helps to serve as a self-check for the web design community, filtering the top web design companies. If your firm is not listed on the website, you can also submit a request for them to review your site and afterwards classify it according to their findings.

They have a nice feature to include the latest events in the web design circles, including events spanning across the globe. The latest news on search and design is also on their website, with an news ticker that is constantly scanning for new news and updating it on the site's widget.

Wanna see more?  Visit them today!  Bookmark them today and remember to visit them before you hire your next web design firm.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Xbox will require an always-on internet connection to prevent used games from being played

Gaming console companies have been trying to figure out how to curb the use of used games for decades now, and Microsoft may have just figured it out. Edge Magazine is reporting that the new Xbox set to release later this year will require an "always-on" internet connection.


Edge is claiming that second hand games most likely will not be playable as the new games will require an activation code similar to what is used on PC games today. They will be stored on 50GB Blu-ray disc and it is expected that the activation code will lock that disc to the owners Xbox.

If this new game activation system is true, then it will deal a devastating blow to the used game market and stores like Game Stop, whose major source of revenue is buying and selling used games.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Noctua presents NF-S12A 120mm fan

Noctua today presented the new, third generation of its signature S12 series quiet case fans, which have received more than 250 awards and recommendations from the international press. Featuring a further refined blade design with Anti-Stall Knobs that works in tandem with the new AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frame, the NF-S12A improves the airflow/noise efficiency of its renowned predecessor by up to 8%.

"Introduced in 2006, the original NF-S12 became a cornerstone of our reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of premium quality quiet fans. The second generation NF-S12B, introduced in 2009, continued this tradition with an even better airflow to noise ratio, making it one of our most popular models of all time", says Mag. Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO. "We've been working on the next generation for about three years and now we're thrilled to be able to present a worthy successor with the new NF-S12A: The new Anti-Stall Knobs and our AAO type frame allowed us to squeeze out another 8% in airflow to noise efficiency!"

The NF-S12A's novel Anti-Stall Knobs reduce flow separation phenomena in medium to high impedance situations and thereby increase the fan's stall margin. This means that the NF-S12A is even more versatile than its renowned predecessor and can achieve better performance on heatsinks and radiators. Noctua's AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames feature integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua's proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which further refine the fan's performance/noise efficiency.

Three models will be available upon launch: While the NF-S12A FLX version provides 1200/900/700rpm speed settings via the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors in order to give you full flexibility in fine-tuning the fan for maximum ventilation performance or near-silent operation, the NF-S12A ULN version provides super-slow 800/600rpm speed settings for ultra-low-noise applications and highly noise-sensitive users. The NF-S12A PWM sports Noctua's custom designed NE-FD1 IC for fully automatic speed control via 4-pin fan headers and comes with a Low-Noise-Adaptor to reduce the maximum speed during PWM control from 1200 to 900rpm.

All three models employ the further optimised second generation of Noctua's renowned, time-tested SSO bearing and use CNC milled brass bearing shells in order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision, minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability. Like all Noctua fans, the NF-S12A models have an MTBF rating of more than 150.000 hours and come with a full 6 years manufacturer's warranty.

Monday, February 11, 2013

PC sales being eaten away by iPad sales

We all know that tablets are selling like hot cakes, as the need for a traditional desktop PC begins to fade. According to Canalys' latest data, PC market share for desktops and laptops is being eaten away by Apple's iPad and Mac range.


If we combine both the iPad and Mac systems, they ship 27 million units - or 20.1% of the 134 million computers that were shipped during Q4 2012. This is the first time that Apple has reached over 20%. HP have taken over second place ahead of Lenovo, where HP shipped 15 million PCs to take 11% of the market. Samsung walked up into fifth place with 11.7 million PCs shipped, and a nice 9% share.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Google Glasses with bone-conducting technology

With Google saying that their "Explorer Edition" of their augmented reality headset would arrive early in 2013, it looks like they're finally here as they're sliding through the FCC.


Now that they're hitting the FCC, we can see some specs - 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology. The charging method appears to be a USB charger, but another listing tells a story of a "barrel" connector.

Something else that has been spotted is that Glass looks to feature a "vibrating element" that would provide the wearer audio "via contact with the user's head". We don't know exactly what this is, but it does sound like bone conduction technology, which would suit Glass quite well.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Android Key Lime Pie will launch this spring

According to a document posted up by Android Police, which has since been removed, Android's next major operating system, known as Key Lime Pie, will be launching this spring. The document, which apparently belonged to Qualcomm, had details that suggested just this. The removal request could indicate the details were accurate.


Google's I/O conference is scheduled for May 15-17, which would be a great place for the next version of Android to debut. Who knows, maybe they'll hand out upgraded Nexus 7's running Key Lime Pie. We'll be sure to keep looking around for details regarding the next version of Android, including features that will be included or possible release dates.

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Monday, February 04, 2013

Samsung wins phone war for 2012

Strategy Analytics have shared the state of the global smartphone OS market, but today it's focused specifically on the US, where the iPhone 5 helped Apple to reclaimthe last quarter from Samsung. iPhone claimed 34 percent of vendor shipments in the last quarter, while Samsung's smartphone range wasn't far behind with 32.3 percent. Apple's resurgence with its new smartphone couldn't catch up with Samsung's lead earlier in the year, however, with the Korean phone-maker commanding a 31.8 percent share of all smartphones shipped over the last 12 months. Apple was next with 26.2 percent, while LG came third with 12.3 percent of all phones sold.
The analytics firm reckons that 52 million devices were shipped in Q4, increasing just short of 2 million units since the same period last year. However, it also noted that annual sales in the US were actually less than in 2012 than in the preceding year, dropping just under 20 million units in the interim. Strategy Analytics pointed the finger at economic uncertainty and tougher carrier upgrade policies for the drop in shipments.
Strategy Analytics Apple tops US phone market for Q4 2012, but Samsung takes the year

Friday, February 01, 2013

Microsoft's Q2 2013 financial results are in, posts $21.46 billion in revenue

Microsoft has come out with their Q2 2013 financial results and they managed to pull in $21.46 billion in revenue for the quarter. This equates to a 2.7 percent increase year-over-year. Even with a slowing PC market, however, Microsoft's Windows division posted revenues of $5.88 billion, up 24 percent from last year.


Microsoft reported earnings per share of $0.76 and a $6.38 billion net income.

"We saw strong growth in our enterprise business driven by multi-year commitments to the Microsoft platform, which positions us well for long-term growth," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "Multi-year licensing revenue grew double-digits across Windows, Server & Tools, and the Microsoft Business Division."

"We see strong momentum in our enterprise business. With the launch of SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012, we continue to see healthy growth in our data platform and infrastructure businesses and win share from our competitors," said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. "With the coming launch of the new Office, we will provide a cloud-enabled suite of products that will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility."