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Apparently, it looks like Intel will be launching a 600GB 25 nm Solid State Disk(s) by the end of this year. This year, users have already seen the price of the SSDs dwindling to a record low. SSDs are now available for a mere 100$. SSDs have a higher read/write speed compared to traditional Hard Disk drives. They also consume less power, and are smaller in size. Their only downside is their longevity. Traditional Hard Disks have a longer life-span compared to SSDs.
Users can argue that traditional Hard Disks are comparatively cheaper than SSDs, but that is just a matter of time. SSDs prices have been falling down, and soon they will reach a price-point where they are reasonable for general masses to buy them. Intel is one of the most renowned SSDs manufacturer. According to Fudzilla, Intel has big plansfor the holiday season with the launch of new 25 nm MLC NAND Flash memory based SSDs. The company plans to launch the SSD in capacities of 160GB, 300GB and 600GB.
Soon after, Intel will launch 1.8 inch SSDs with their capacities reaching up to 300GB. The launch of these new 25nm 1.8 inch SSDs will mark the end-of-life of the existing 34nm and 50nm 1.8 inch SSDs from Intel. These 1.8 inch SSDs will be primarily used in Camcorders, Blu-Ray players and other similar devices.
HP just announced the HP Pavilion dv6 laptop which has a 15.6 inch touch screen display. The main focus of the laptop is providing the best multimedia experience to its users. The laptop comes with the HP SimplePass technology, which provides the user’s data a greater level of security. The device has a brushed-aluminum finish etched with a streamlined design. This is the first laptop in the market which has a laptop form-factor and comes with a touchscreen display.
The laptop has a maximum storage capacity of up to 1TB. The usual VGA, eSATA, USB 2.0, and HDMI ports are all duly covered. Users have an option to select either an Intel processor or an AMD processor. Along with the HP Pavilion dv6, HP also launched the HP Pavilion dv5 and the Pavilion dv7 laptops.
The HP Pavilion dv5 laptop has a first-of-its-kind 14.5 inch HD display. The HP dv6 and the dv7 laptops also come with a metal finish, and HP SimplePass technology. The HP Pavilion dv7 has an Altec Lansing speaker, accompanied by an HP Triple Bass Subwoofer for a superb audio and virtual surround sound experience. The laptop also comes preloaded with Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 and Corel VideoStudio Pro X3.
All 3 laptops come with the HP TrueVision webcam which optimizes video for any light setting, and HP the QuickWeb which provides the users with quick access to the web.
Seagate – a popular hard disk manufacturer just launched the FreeAgent GoFlex series of external hard drives. The FreeAgent GoFlex series of external hard disks can connect to various ports like USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, and eSATA. The FreeAgent GoFlex external hard disk(s) comes with interchangeable cables and desktop adapters that give these drives such a high level of flexibility.
The FreeAgent GoFlex hard disks also come with a special NTFS driver for Mac, which allows users to use a NTFS drive on a Mac. By default, Mac Snow Leopard (OSX) does not support read/write to NTFS partitions.
GoFlexâ„¢ interface cables are about providing the speed, performance and connectivity people need to support their interaction with their digital content. The explosive growth of video capture and multimedia collecting is expanding personal digital libraries to terabytes worth of content within the home,said Dave Mosley, executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management at Seagate. These trends are driving demand for high-capacity, high-performance storage. The GoFlexâ„¢ family of storage products meets this need by delivering simple, USB 2.0 storage and backup devices, with the flexibility to adapt as interface technology advances by using the various GoFlexâ„¢ cables and accessories to access content stored on the same drive.
The 5400 RPM 2.5 inch 320Gb FreeAgent GoFlex has a MSRP of $99.99, while the 5400 RPM 1TB GoFlex costs $199.99. The 7200RPM 500GB hard disk costs $159.99, and the 750GB 7500RPM hard disk costs $199.99.
The folks at the Opera Software ASA have released the Opera 10.53 beta version for Linux and FreeBSD. This beta release of Opera for linux has made the web browser faster, and more feature-rich. The new beta version also has better integration with KDE and Gnome desktop environments. There is also full support for skinning in Opera 10.53 in Linux.
Linux has always been a priority at Opera, as many people within our own walls are devoted users,said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder, Opera Software. It was important for us in this release to make alterations to our terms of usage, in order to make Opera even easier to distribute on Linux.
The new version also includes a brand new rendering engine the Presto 2.5. The new version also offers a Private browsing option to its users. Opera has also made changes to its End User License agreement for easier distribution of the software. The new End User License allows Opera 10.53 Beta to be included in software distribution repositories for wide distribution.
Hera are the major changes in this new release :
Leave no trace Private browsing offers windows and tabs that eliminate their browsing history when closed, ensuring your privacy.
Control your view easily Zooming in and out of Web pages is easier with a new zoom slider and view controls accessible from the status bar.
Redefine widgets Widgets are now installed as normal applications on your computer and can work separately from the browser.
More elegant look and feel The user interface for Linux has been reworked, and the new Omenu allows access to all features previously available in the menu bar. The menu bar can be easily reinstated.
No more Qt dependence Opera’s user interface now integrates with either GNOME/GTK or KDE libraries, depending on the users’ installation.
Turbo-charged browsing When surfing on slow, congested networks, for example at an airport or on a train, Opera Turbo comes to the rescue, ensuring the fastest page loading no matter the crowd. Tests show that Opera Turbo provides about 65% faster browsing on Edge and around 50% faster browsing speed on 3G networks.
Users can download Opera 10.53 Beta for linux from here.
Asus today officially announced the Asus EeeKeyboard PC. The Asus EeeKeyboard is a fully functional PC in a stylish keyboard form-factor. The Asus Eeekeyboard has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800×480. The device features Ultra-wideband (UWB) Wireless Display connectivity which allows it to stream HD 720p videos within a range of 5 meters.
The EeeKeyboard features a solid state drive of either 16GB or 32Bb for all your storage needs. The processing needs of the computer is handled by the Intel Atom N270, and the 1Gb of DDR2 RAM helps things chug along smoothly. The Asus Eeekeyboard duly covers the various connectivity fields including Wifi b/g/n, LAN, and Bluetooth v2.1. It also includes 1 x HDMI out port, 1 x VGA out and 2 x USB 2.0 ports. The device runs on Windows XP Home edition. The devices also has 2 in-built speakers.
The battery life of the Asus Eeekeyboard is quoted at 4 hours. Surprisingly, the device manages to maintain a compact shape and size, and weighs in a mere 1.1kg. The Asus EeeKeyboard is now available in the U.S. for a MSRP of $599.
The folks over at Spirit have released an untethered jailbreak for the iTouch devices from Apple. The untethered jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone OS 3.1.2, 3.1.3 and 3.2. The untethered jailbreak works only on activated iPod Touch/iPhone and iPads.
The official site has a word of caution for the iPad users saying On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful. (And no, Cydia’s appearance is not final.)
The iPad users are recommended to make a backup before trying out the jailbreak. If things go wrong, the iPad users are supposed to use the backup to restore the device to a working state. The Spirit Jailbreak works only on the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. The original iPhone users have been left out in the cold.
Please keep in mind that the Spirit jailbreak does not activate your iTouch device(s). Jailbreaking allows you to install 3rd party applications on your iTouch device which have not been approved by Apple.
The ATI HD5970 is already a monster of a graphics card. The card features 2 cores of ATI HD5870, and has 3200 stream processors along with 160 texture units. The card also supports ATI EyeFinity and has 3 Mini DisplayPorts. Users can connect up to three displays and combine them to use make it one large monitor. Well now it seems PowerColor is going to release a modified version of the HD5970 with twelve Mini-DisplayPorts.
Twelve Mini-DisplayPorts will allow users to connect up to 12 monitors to a single graphics card! The graphics memory has also been increased to 4GB. The power consumption of this card is surely going to be high, so users must make sure that they have a beefy PSU.
PowerColor intends to give the users a public demo of this monster at the upcoming Computex in June. Earlier, Powercolor had also released a modified version of the ATI HD5770 with five mini-DisplayPorts.
Micro Star International (MSI) is mainly known for its motherboards and netbooks. After Apple released the iPad at the starting of the year, all the major computer manufacturers have launched or will soon be launching a tablet based device. This includes Asus, Dell, HP and now MSI. MSI is all set to announce an Android, and a Windows 7 based tablet device at the upcoming Computex in June. This year, the Computex 2010 will be held in Taiwan.
An insider from the company says that the tablet will come in an 8.9 inch and a 10 inch form factor. The tablets will be powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 and/or Intel Atom processors. The pricing is expected to be “extremely aggressive.”
MSI was also expected to release a dual screen tablet at Computex. Sadly, the launch of the device has been delayed.
MSI’s Andy Tung said “The two screens are a major drain on the battery, and even with a higher density battery and the Menlow CPU we are only getting three hours.”
The release date of the dual screen tablet has now been pushed back to the fourth quarter of this year.
Nokia has just rolled out a new firmware update for the Nokia E75. In the last few weeks, Nokia has rolled out firmware updates for nearly all of its popular handsets including the Nokia E63, E66, E71, E72, N86, 5230, X6 and the Nokia 5800. The new firmware update for the Nokia E75 is numbered v210.12.15. The Nokia E75 has a 2.4 inch QVGA screen and also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
The last firmware update which the Nokia E75 got was numbered v201.12.01 and it was a pretty major update. The update included the v7.1 web-kit based web-browser, integrated QuickOffice into the device etcetera. Currently no official change log is available for the firmware update. Looking at the firmware update released for previous phones, we can safely assume that Ovi Sync application, and the latest version of Ovi Maps are included in this firmware update. It is also expected that the new firmware update will improve system performance and reliability.
Users can update the firmware of the device either by OTA (Over The Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU). It is recommended that users take a backup of their data on the device before proceeding with the firmware update.
It seems that the social networking bug has bitten the Amazon Kindle eBook reader as well. The Amazon Kindle will soon be getting a firmware update which will integrate social networking into the device. The firmware update is compatible with both the Kindle and the Kindle DX. The Kindle and the Kindle DX from Amazon, are one of the most successful digital eBook readers in the market. The new firmware update is numbered 2.5.
Other notable improvements of the upcoming firmware update includes the ability to zoom and pan within PDF files, two new larger font sizes and password protection for your Kindle. Users can now also organize their books and documents into one or more collection(s). The social networking integration will allow users to share book passages with their friends on Twitter and Facebook.
Amazon said that they will be rolling out the new software update for a limited group of users for now. The firmware update will be released for the general mass in late May, 2010.
Super Talent is quite popular for its memory modules and SSDs. Today, the company launched a value for money solid state drive product line-up known as the Super Talent VSSD. The VSSD line-up of SSDs from Super Talent have a SATA II port, and feature sequential read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. The sequential write speeds are at an impressive 100MB/sec.
The drives are enclosed in a polymer shell that protect the drives against sudden shock and physical damages. The capacity of the VSSD’s ranges from a mere 8Gb to 64Gb. The VSSDs are of the 2.5inch form factor. According to Super Talent, the VSSD line-up of SSD’s offer shorter OS bootup time, faster application loading, less system power consumption and a brand new experience the customer can never get from traditional hard-disks.
The price of the 8Gb VSSD drive is 65$, while the 64GB model costs 175$. The VSSDs are currently available all over the world at Super Talent resellers shop.
All around the globe, Apple fans eagerly wait for the WWDC event. Apple has had a history of announcing many of its new products or a refresh of their existing line up of their iGadgets at the WWDC. Last year at WWDC, Apple had introduced Snow Leopard and the iPhone 3GS. Earlier, it was expected that the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) from Apple would be held on 22nd June. But Today, Apple announced that the WWDC 2010 will be held on June 7 and continue until June 11.
“This year’s WWDC offers developers in-depth sessions and hands-on working labs to learn more about iPhone OS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software. “WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better.”
Thanks to the huge iPhone 4G or iPhoneHD fiasco, users already know about the new upcoming iPhone inside out. The five-day event will also include iPad application development sessions and a hands-on session on the iPhone OS 4.
RIM just announced the Blackberry 6 OS at the ongoing WES 2010. The new Blackberry 6 OS features multi touch support, a new HTML 5 compatible web-kit based web browser, a brand new UI and a cover flow like music player.
RIM did not mention anything about the new features of the upcoming OS, but some information did leak out. The new OS will feature a brand new homescreen, along with smooth transitions and new pop-up menus. The Messaging and the Gallery application of the phone have also been revamped. It is also said that the web browser will support multiple tabs. The phone supports pinch zooming as well. The new OS is also more touch optimized.
The company also released a demo video of the new OS at their official youtube channel.
AMD today unveiled two new processors featuring six cores for the general consumer. The two new processors Phenom II 1055T and the Phenom II X6 1090T run at 2.8Ghz and 3.2Ghz respectively. Both the processors have 3MB of L2 cache, and 6Mb of L3 cache. The TDP of both the processors is rated at 125W. The processors will work on motherboards with either AM2+ or AM3 socket, having proper BIOS support.
With AMD Phenom II X6 processors, discerning customers can build an incredible, immersive entertainment system and content creation powerhouse. AMD is answering the call for elite desktop PC performance and features at an affordable price.- said Bob Grim, Director of Client Platform Marketing at AMD.
The processors also feature AMD’s Turbo COREtechnology, which can automatically overclock up to 3 cores. This will allow an increase in performance for single threaded applications. Both the processors have been built on the 45nm fabrication process. The processors contain 904 million transistors and have a die size of 346mm2. AMD also launched the 890FX chipset. The 890FX chipset is more or less identical to its predecessor the 790FX.
The new chipset is built on the 65nm fabrication process. The main difference is the new SB850 Southbridge. The new chipset has support for 14 USB 2.0 ports, and 6 SATA ports but has no USB 3.0 ports. AMD calls the 890FX chipset, a Dx11 based ATI graphics card and a Thuban based six core processor combination Leo the successor to the Dragonplatform.
The MSRP for the Phenom II X6 1090T is 285$ while that of Phenom II X6 1050T is 199$. At this price point the AMD Phenom II X6 processors, seem a much more valuable option compared to the six core i7-980X CPU from Intel, which cost 1000$.
AMD launched its 5xxx series of graphics card for consumers in September, last year. The 5xxx series of graphics card featured many new technological improvements including ATI’s Eyefinity. ATI Eyefinity technology allows users to attach and use up to 3 monitors simultaneously, excluding the ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition. The ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition features 6 DisplayPorts, so users can hook up to 6 monitors and use them simultaneously.
Now AMD has unveiled its FirePro line-up of graphics card for professionals. At the beginning of this month, AMD had announced the ATI FirePro V8800 graphics card. AMD had described the card as “the industry’s most powerful professional graphics card ever created.” The ATI V8800 features 1600 stream processors, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory and costs 1,499$.
The cards which AMD announced today are specification wise – placed below the ATI FirePro V8800. The ATI V7800 has 1440 stream processors, along with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory. The card also features a dual DisplayPort, and a single dual-link DVI output. AMD describes the FirePro V8800 as ultra-fast.Next in line is the true workhorseV5800. At 800 stream processors, the V5800 has 640 stream processors less than the V7800. The graphics memory has also been halved at 1Gb.
The entry-levelcards the V4800 and the V3800 have 400 stream processors. The V4800 has 1Gb of GDDR5 memory while the V3800 has 512Mb of GDDR3 memory. The FirePro V4800 is equipped with two DisplayPort and one dual-link DVI port. The ATI FirePro V3800 has one display port and one dual-link DVI port. AMD did not mention the pricing or the release dates of these cards.