Apple, Business, Companies

Why Apple is really staying with AT&T in the US

This morning while I was skimming around the internet I came upon an interesting article. It was posted over at the Tech Review Source and talked about the possibility that Apple will stick with AT&T for the Next Gen Phone. In this article they cite Apple?s commitment to AT&T with the launch of the iPad. Many had thought that this would have been an excellent chance for Apple to begin the migration to another [and perhaps more reliable] partner. For some reason Verizon was seen as the carrier of choice. Now, I know that Verizon and Apple have been battling back and forth for some

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Enterprise, Hardware

Seagate launches the Savvio 10k.4 6Gbps SAS 2.5-inch 600GB HDD

Seagate is undeniably one of the leaders in enterprise class storage. They have [for many years] been the name you went to if you needed speed a reliability. Today they are no less of a leader in the industry and can be found in almost every server/workstation manufacturers systems. Their offerings are very broad and even now include the world?s first 2.5-inch enterprise class SSD, the Pulsar. So where does this leave their other more traditional magnetic storage? To put it bluntly, SSDs are not going to kill off traditional magnetic storage any time soon. The reasons for this are many but include things like

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Entertainment, Hardware

UPDATE * PowerGenix brings 100 year old technology back to life for your Digital Camera

We mentioned that CES this year was a bit of a let down from the big guys like Microsoft, nVidia, AMD and Intel. Instead of wowing us with new consumer technology things were pretty much a rehash of items already in play. But that is not to say that CES was a letdown. Quite the opposite in fact; we found that the lack of major announcements by the big guys allowed us to explore the floor much more. One of the smaller companies that we ran across was PowerGenix.  If you have not heard of PowerGenix before do not be too concerned; before meeting them

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Hardware, Technology Security

SMARTSWIPE wants to protect your online shopping

The Internet is a scary place, when you open your browser you can [if you are not careful] expose yourself to numerous viruses and malware applications in a very short span of time. But even if you are careful there are dangers. As we buy more and more items from online retailers we increase our exposure to theft. This is not just identity theft but actual theft. Every time you enter your credit or debit card into an online checkout or bill pay page you are at risk of having those important numbers skimmed right off the top of those pages.  Of course malware protection

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Hardware

Powermat Wireless Charging System – Weighed, Measured and Found Worthy

As more and more portable devices enter our lives the thoughts of where and how all of these can be plugged into for charging has become a popular one. We now have drawers full of cables, cords, power-packs alongside the numerous remotes from our TVs and Other Entertainment devices. To sort out this growing problem Powermat has resurrected an old idea. They looked back over 100 years to the theories and work of Nikola Tesla. His inspiration provided them with an answer; Magnetic Induction. They used this as the basis for their wireless charging device, the Powermat.  We have had one of these in the

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Business, Hardware

Graphene edges closer to real world use

So what is cooler than a new CPU process? How about a completely new material? Ok so graphene [a sheet of graphite that is one atom thick] is not new it is actually about 40 years old according to some estimates of its initial discovery. However the one thing that no one has been able to do so far is to get it into a working form that could be used to produce working chips. At least that was the state until the end of 2008, around that time someone was able to create a simple transistor from grapheme. During 2009 there was quite a

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Apple, Companies, Hardware

Tech on the Go Meets the Mophie Juice Pack Air

Everyone loves their smart phone. We have become attached to them and the need to be connected where ever we go. Arguably the most popular of the smart phones is the Apple iPhone. This device has an interesting attraction for many. It is able to keep you connected, act as a personal media player and to a lesser extent as a mobile gaming device. But, there is a problem with it; the battery on the iPhone [regardless of generation] just does not last as long as most people would want it to. Because of this many companies have begun to manufacture external battery packs of

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Graphics, Hardware

Asus P7H57D-V EVO; Poked, Prodded and Tested

When Intel launched the 32nm Clarkdale CPU it also launched a trio of chipsets to support it. These three chipset have the same basic core with only additional features to separate them. This issue means that in terms of performance there is almost no difference between the H55, H57 and Q57. For the consumer then, the thing that will make the choice of which board to buy will be the features added in and the fine tuning of the available performance for both the CPU and the IGP. To this end Asus has developed the P7H57D-V EVO motherboard. We take a deep dive into its

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Entertainment, Hardware

Orbitsound: Producing stereo from a single source

As we have mentioned before we were a little unimpressed with the big guys at CES. I meant Steve Ballmer told us about what Microsoft has done in 2009, recapped Windows 7 and gave a few vague announcements on things to come in 2010 [including another launch date for Alan Wake]. The same could be said for the other "buy me" guys. We saw some of what they already had out and a few peeks at things to come but no major announcements this year. This left us looking around to see who had something cool for us to look at and write about. Well,

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Audio/Video

Why?

There is an old story that my psychology [from when I was in the military] and philosophy [from high school] teachers used to tell. It goes like this – A college professor proposed an essay question to his doctoral candidates in Philosophy/Psychology. He asked them to take one booklet and return to their desks; where the students were allowed to open the booklet and begin the exam. At the top of the first page was one question. Why? Five minutes later a single student got up and returned the booklet to the professor and left the room. Everyone else spent hours completing the test. The

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Hardware

Powermat shows off wireless charging at CES 2010

CES 2010 saw more than a few jam packed areas; with Intel, Microsoft, and LG pretty much holding the traffic jam titles. However there was one place that seemed to be even worse than those three. This was the Powermat booth, on my trip to visit Vuzix I had to make a large detour around this area just to make my appointment with them. Afterwards I tried to get back by but was unable to even find the end of the line so that I could begin my wait.  I had the feeling that something pretty cool was going on at the other end of

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Entertainment, Hardware

Dolby Adopts the First Rule of Italian Driving ? What?s Behind Me, is not important

While at CES 2010 we had the chance to stop by and talk to the folks at Dolby.  While we were there we saw some impressive audio technology including the new Pro Logic IIz that finally brings height to your listening experience. This is an impressive technology and the demo was great to listen to. After the demo of the home theater experience we were able to talk with one of the Dolby engineers and as a few questions just to see how Dolby sees themselves in the market.  Our first question was one that I have been thinking about for a while; how does

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Hardware

Theft at CES 2010 – Not exactly new, but just as sad and repugnant

CES 2010 ? one little event that was missed by most of the media and others at CES this year was the rampant theft that happened at numerous booths. We first heard about this when we stopped by Otterbox to hear about their new Tandem case for the Palm Pre. We noticed that our contact, Kristin Golliher, kept walking around showing us products with the Tandem sample in hand. When we jokingly asked about this we were told that someone had stolen their other demo sample the night before. While I was not truly surprised I was disgusted that something like that would happen.  I

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Hardware

Patriot shows us the Inferno SSD and their 25th anniversary RAM

Another one of our stops during CES 2010 was the Patriot suite. Here we had a chance to talk to Patriot about where they are heading and what position they feel their products have in the market. As you can imagine they feel they are offering high-quality, high-performance products. To illustrate this they showed us their new Inferno SSD. This is their newest SSD offering; in fact it is so new they have not even finalized the outer shell [the one on display was a mockup]. But despite not being in a finalized package, Patriot was quick to show us its performance. As you can

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Graphics, Hardware

MSI shows off Big Bang Fuzion, still not ready for prime time!

In a suite at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas we had the chance to sit down and talk with the folks from MSI. After the pleasantries of introduction were over Rajiv Kothari moved the conversation to MSI and its direction. Rajiv covered the basics of MSI, their mission, and their direction. He talked about how MSI is almost reinventing itself to be a dominant player in the market. We were quickly shown some of their new products as well as some we already know about. Of course the one thing that we wanted to hear most about was sitting on a table in the

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Hardware

Kingston shows high density, high performance DDR3 1600 kits

We had the chance to stop by the Kingston Suite and see some of their new products. When were entered the ?demo? area the first thing that grabbed my attention was  a system with a label that told us it had 16G of DDR3 1600 memory inside. Above this was an odd item though, it was a panoramic picture. From a distance it looked like an acrylic painting.  After walking over I noticed that is matched an image that was visible in an open instance of Photoshop CS4. When I asked about this setup I was told that it was a display of their new

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Hardware

Lenovo shows off some new toys and a new Phone

CES 2010 ? We were able to catch up with Lenovo yesterday and were shown a few new toys from them. Of course it was not that easy to get in to see them. The first spot of trouble came when it was realized that Lenovo was not completely sure who was supposed to be there. This was a problem as it was invitation only. Eventually they did send someone around to check everyone in. However, as they did not give anything to the people they checked in they had to do it all over again when they opened the doors for the show. It

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Hardware

Asus kicks off CES 2010 with a quartet of new notebooks

Although CES 2010 does not officially start until the 7th there were some great previews that early arrivers were able take a look at. First up was a presentation by Asus. This was delivered by Johnny Shih where we were treated to a few new products from Asus? mobile computing division. But we were subjected to some very boring PR videos before the interesting parts started [The event actually started almost a half hour late]. The first new product up gets its design from the aerodynamic features of the Stealth Fighter, according to Shih [although this is interesting as it is only with advanced avionics

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Graphics, Hardware

Intel 32nm Clarkdale Core i5 661 Dual Core CPU + GPU Evaluation

If you look back at the battle between AMD and Intel you will see something that is both interesting and funny at the same time. This is a comical little irony that has been repeated over and over for more than a few years.  What is the ironic happening? Well it is where AMD dreams up an idea and talks about it openly only to have someone else bring the product to market. We saw this with the first Dual Core CPUs. Intel came out with the Pentium D on May 25th 2005. This was roughly two months before AMD released the First Athlon 64

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Entertainment, Hardware

xpPhone [7-phone?] shows off browsing over 3G

We have been following the xpPhone for some time now. This is a new phone that is built around AMD’s ultra-mobile x86 CPU. Because of this the xpPhone is able to run a stock OS such as Windows XP, Windows Vista [please don’t, Ed.] or Windows 7. Absolutely no need to endure standard cell phone limitation of running an embedded or light mobile OS that many smart phones out there. In fact you can get more than just Windows XP on the xpPhone; once it is publicly available [sometime in first half of 2010] you will even be able to get Windows 7 on your

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