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Sony's Next Gen Gaming Device: The Vita

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Sony's Next Gen Gaming Device: The Vita

Unveiled at E3, Sony launches its next gen, quad core gaming handheld, the PlayStation Vita.

Part of Sony’s networked strategy to connecting all its CE devices, Vita lets gamers to play against people using PlayStation 3 consoles over the internet (the currently besieged PlayStation Network) via cellphone networks as well as wi-fi hotspots.

Shipping at end of 2011, prices for wifi model are expected to be 249 euro and euro 299 for 3G.

In America, the cellphone network service is exclusive to Continue reading...

Reinventing Li-on Batteries With Nanowires

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Reinventing Li-on Batteries With Nanowires

Stanford researchers use silicon nanowires to produce 10x the amount of electricity of current lithium-ion (li-on) batteries.

Rechargeable li-on batteries power all sorts of devices-- laptops, iPods, video camers, cell phones, and so on.

This technology could even make li-on batteries a possibility for manufacture of future electric cars. The team behind the discovery even suggests possible uses in homes or offices, storing electricity from rooftop solar panels.

Current li-on batteries depend Continue reading...

ARM Claims Intel is "Doomed"

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ARM Claims Intel is

ARM co-founder Dr. Hermann Hauser tells the Wall Street Journal Intel's microprocessor business is doomed-- because it cannot take advantage of the mobile market.

He says Intel has the wrong business model-- people in mobile architecture do not buy microprocessors, they license them. This means Intel will have to compete with every semiconductor company in the world.

Hauser continues there is no case in computing history where a company dominating one wave also dominated the next one-- as Intel Continue reading...

Facebook Wants All to Switch From Email to Messages

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Facebook Wants All to Switch From Email to Messages

Facebook confirms rumours of its 'e-mail killer' with its "modern messaging system". It combines all ways people send messages-- e-mail, IM, and SMS-- into a single interface the social network calls "the social inbox".

Over 350 million people use Facebook messages, sending 4 billion messages a day.

It sounds fairly simple, too. One clicks on a friend's face (or types their name), types a message and presses Enter. No subject line, cc or bcc get in the way.

Facebook even offers e-mail addresses-- Continue reading...

Chipmakers Join Efforts to Reduce Chip Size

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Chipmakers Join Efforts to Reduce Chip Size

Intel, Toshiba and Samsung will team up to develop technologies to reduce NAND flash memory circuitry sizes to nearly 10nm by 2016.

Current flash chips are 20nm in size.

The 3 companies intend to form a consortium with around 10 other semiconductor companies.

Toshiba and Samsung will use the technologies to make more dense NAND flash chips, and Intell will use it to develop faster microprocessors.

The Nikkei daily reports Japan's ministry of economy, trade and industry will likely provide Continue reading...

Channels in the Cloud Era

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Channels in the Cloud Era

Forrester Research reports 12-15% of IT channel companies will wash out of the market in the next 5 years. The reason? Failure to adapt to the new era of cloud computing.

A Forrester researcher blog entry shows results from a recent channel company survey.

These results show: there is confusion amongst channel partners over their role in the cloud services value chain; they are not simply waiting for tech vendors to tell them what to do; but they need a lot of help to transform their business Continue reading...

IBM Hunting Down Vampires?

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IBM Hunting Down Vampires?

IBM seeks to cut device power consumption by 90%-- thus reducing vampire energy, power used while equipment is turned off.

Development is underway on a transistor to regulate energy usage more tightly. This will prevent energy use while devices are left plugged into electrical outlets. Reducing power consumption in products with transistors (laptops, smartphones) will help reduce users' energy bills.

In a Bloomberg interview, IBM says CE and IT energy use will double by 2022 and triple by 2030 Continue reading...

Tablet-Crazed Market Feeds a Frenzy

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Apple will still have more than 60% of the tablet market in 2012, says iSuppli despite Acer's chairman prediction that Apple will shrink to 20% when market stabilizes.

Certainly all the big guns will aim at iPad: vendors working on tablets include Acer, Dell, HP, LG, Motorola, Blackberry and Samsung.

But that list lulls distracts from the real deluge that will come from Asian OEMs using any OS they can bend to the task (think Android, Chrome, MeeGo, Brew, Windows7 etc) and any form of channel (think Continue reading...

Stamp-size SSD from SanDisk

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 Stamp-size SSD from SanDisk

SanDisk's new SSD, smaller than a postage stamp and weighing less than a Euro cent, comes in capacities from 4GB to 64GB. This iSSD is fast enough for use with advanced operating systems such as Windows 7 or Mac OS X

SanDisk aims this at mobile computing platforms such as tablets and ultra-thin netbooks.

The iSSD uses a serial ATA (SATA) interface in a small ball grid array (BGA) package that can be soldered onto any motherboard. It offers 160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write Continue reading...

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