Sony Unveils Intel Core 2 Quad-Based Computer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 16:31
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According to an article on Engadget, Sony is the first out the door with a publicly available PC based on Intel’s new Core 2 Quad processor.
The Sony Vair R Master, which hit the Japanese market back on the 10th, sports a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, Blu-ray optical drive, can hold three gigabytes of DDR-667 RAM, can be loaded with up to three terabytes of disk space and ships with an nVidia Quadro FX 1500 graphics card. The Vaio R Master also ships with a 24″ LCD screen capable of a 1920 x 1200 resolution, all for an affordable 995,800 Yen or US$8,241.
As of now, there’s been no word as to when Apple will begin including the Core 2 Quad in its own line of computers.

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Estari Now Selling Dual-Screen Laptop to the Public

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 15:47
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The folks over at crave have picked up on a cool dual touch-screen laptop being developed by Estari that was patented and developed for use by the United States military and is now being sold to the public.
The 2-VU model is designed around a 1.83 GHz Intel Dual Core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 60 gigabyte hard drive, complete with two 15″ touch-screen displays (capable of 1024 x 768 resolutions) for US$4,350.
Users can order a 100 gigabyte hard drive for an additional US$95.00, features two USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, an Intel 945GM chipset with 128 megabytes of VRAM, 802.11g wireless networking, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, two internal speakers, an Intel high definition audio chip and can be outfitted with a US$295.00 Slimline external Firewire DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, a US$95.00 external 3.5″ USB floppy drive, a built-in Intel/Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g LAN card for US$99.00 and arrives with a USB keyboard and mouse.
The 2-VU arrives with Windows XP Pro pre-installed.

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Yahoo, Monster Cable Executives Lend Support to Jobs’ DRM Removal Proposals

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 08:30
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Following up on Steve Jobs’s february 6th open letter regarding the presence of digital rights management encoding on music sold online, executives from Yahoo and Monster Cable have lent support to Jobs’ argument that the digital music markets can grow in the absence of DRM-protected content according to an article on AppleInsider.
“I’ve long advocated removing DRM on music because there is already a lot of music available without DRM, and it just makes things complicated for the user,” said Dave Goldberg, head of Yahoo Music in an interview with the Silicon Valley Watcher.
Goldberg mentioned that Yahoo’s music channel has engaged in experiments where it offered non-DRM-protected music and observed a boost in sales.
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Hitch iPod2iPod Allows Direct iPod Data Sharing Without a Computer

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Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 08:00
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting on the Hitch iPod2iPod USB Transfer Device available through ThinkGeek.
The Hitch, which is based off a Linux operating system, allows the user to hook two USB storage devices such as a pair of ipods and select which data to transfer between them via categorizations such as songs, albums and videos without the need of a computer.
Unfortunately, there is a downside. Music purchased through the iTunes Store and encoded with Apple’s FairPlay DRM will not be able to play after a sync, although unprotected files will play immediately and the two iPods need to be configured under Windows’ FAT32 drive format.
The Hitch iPod2iPod features a scroll wheel, USB 2.0 interface, backlit LCD screen and rechargable battery and retails for US$89.99.
If anyone’s gotten their hands on one of these and played with it, let us know what your experience was like.

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Tekkeon Releases myPower GO for iPod and Other Devices

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:11
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MacMinute is reporting that accessory firm Tekkeon has announced its myPower GO emergency power module for devices such as cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, video cameras and iPods.
The myPower GO, which uses four AA batteries, arrives with multiple charger tips to enable the device to charge a wide variety of units. A full charge, as stated by Tekkeon’s web site, can provide and additional six hours for a cell phone, one and a half additional hours on a PDA and eight additional hours of video playback on an iPod.
The myPower GO also functions as a battery charger and can charge four AA batteries via a USB port. The device retails for US$19.95 and is available now.

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One Laptop Per Child Project Ships Initial Laptops to Eight Nations

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:12
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The One Laptop Per Child project, the effort undertaken by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with dozens of technology industry partners, has announced that it will ship nearly 2,500 of its $150 laptops to eight nations this month according to an article on ZDNet.
The shipment will function as an experiment prior to mass production of the laptops, which is set for July 5th when five million of the units, dubbed the XO, will be built. Prices for each laptop should fall from US$150 to US$100 (thereby matching the project’s long-standing nickname of the “$100 Laptop”) and fall below US$100 in production costs per unit when the project hopes to supply 150 million laptops worldwide.
Education ministries in Brazil, Uruguay, Libya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Thailand and possibly Ethiopia and the West Bank will receive the initial machines before the program expands to Indonesia and other countries.
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Apple in Talks with EA About iPhone Game Titles

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 08:02
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An article on BusinessWeek.com cites Apple as having tapped game publishers such as Electronic Arts and Namco to deliver a slew of casual video games such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Sudoku and Texas Hold’em.
The games, when complete, could be downloaded from the iTunes Store for US$4.99 each with the target market being the customer base that would catch up with a quick game available on their cell phone in the space of an extra 10 minutes. In 2006, the U.S. mobile game market was valued at US$722 million according to research firm IDC. The market is expected to grow to US$952 million in 2007 and reach US$1.3 billion in 2010.
While Apple has kept silent about the possibility of games for its upcoming iPhone and Apple TV products, Mitch Lasky, senior vice-president of EA Mobile, mentioned that “we have been talking to Apple about games on (the iPhone.” Lasky also mentioned that EA sees technologies they’ve become used to from the iPod being incorporated into the iPhone.”
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Intel Puts 80-core Chip Design Through Its Paces

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 13:16
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Macworld News is reporting that Intel researchers are putting an 80-core processor that could perform multiple teraflops (trillions of floating point operations per second) through its paces. The chip design could also use less electricity than a current desktop PC processor.
The processor design fits 80 individual chip cores onto a fingernail-size 275 square millimeter area. According to Jerry Bautista, the director of Intel’s tera-scale research program, the company has no plans to bring the chip to market, but is using it to test high-bandwidth interconnects, revised energy management techniques and new methods of constructing multicore chips.
The design, which currently runs at 3.16 GHz, managed to achieve a 1.01 teraflop rating with an efficiency rating of 16 gigaflops per watt. The chip could have been set to run at a higher speed, but loses efficiency in doing so.
Despite the faster speeds and greatly increased number of cores, the processor is able to save power by placing inactive processor cores into sleep modes, then activating them as needed. The presence of a router built alongside the core allows for a miniature network to be created on the chip. Intel’s engineers have also included memory-based thread scheduling and faster on-chip memory caches to boost the data flow from memory to the processor cores. A layer of “3D stacked memory” located under the chip helps minimize the time, distance and power required to deliver data to the cores.
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Newest AirPort Extreme Base Stations Begin to Surface

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:28
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The Unofficial Apple Weblog is reporting that Apple’s new 802.11n-compatible AirPort Extreme Base Station has been sighted and purchased in Apple Store locations around the United States as well as internationally.
Reports have come in from Indianapolis, London, Connecticut, New York City and Providence, Rhode Island of the units being available.
If you’ve seen the units around or picked one up for yourself, let us know.

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Samsung Announces iPhone Contender

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Date: Monday, February 12th, 2007, 08:00
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Per Computerworld‘s report, Samsung has unveiled a new phone designed to take on Apple’s iPhone, due to be released in June of this year.
Samsung’s new Ultra Smart F700, will sport a touch screen interface as well as be able to play audio and video files. The unit will support a 2.78″ screen with a maximum resolution of 440 x 240 pixels and measure approximately 4″ in length by 2″ inches in width and about 0.66″ in depth..
In a released statement, the company mentioned that its unit will feature a pull-down QWERTY keyboard and support for 3G technologies, specifically the HSDPA protocol (which features speeds of 7.2 megabits per second) as opposed to the iPhone’s slower supported EDGE protocol.
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