Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category
  • The camera phone in 2011: 20-megapixels, 1080p video recording.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    Gushing over the 8+ megapixel camera phones grabbing all the headlines and attention in 2009? Psh, that's nothing compared to what 2011 will bring us. Broadcom announced today a new processor of theirs that will usher in a new era and raise the bar as far as mobile picture/video taking is concerned. The chip, named the Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor will enable mobile phones and other MID's to support Full HD 1080p video recording as well as 20+ megapixel stills. But that's not ...
  • 6-core i9 i7 Extreme (Gulftown) processors detailed in leaked spec sheet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    2 cores? What is this, 2005? 4 cores? Still yesterday's news. 6-cores? Now we're talkin'. In the mad race to the top of the processor heap, once achieving the fastest clock speed came and went with manufacturers moving their focus from speed to cores, the processor scene was upped multiple notches. What started as dual core and then progressed to quad-core would ultimately lead to the next logical advancement -- 6-core. Such is the beast that lives within the upcoming Gulftown processors....
  • Microsoft just can’t get a break.
    by Mike
    Posted December 12th, 2009 at 6:26 am
    Look back in time through your typical magic ball and observe how Microsoft at one point had a commanding grasp of many aspects of the technology market. From smartphones to computers to software, Microsoft controlled it all. The last 5-6 years however have seen a massive influx of both hardware and software options from various start ups and seasoned veterans all looking to get in on a piece of the pie Microsoft ate by itself for so long. The days of the Microsoft rule are over. Don't under...
  • Motorola working on AT&T/T-Mobile 3G chip in an attempt to bring the two love birds together
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    Imagine the day when you can pick up either an AT&T; or T-Mobile 3G device and move freely between the two GSM carriers without a care in the world concerning 3G abilities. Such a module seems like it would have been a no brainer. If they can squeeze four 2G frequencies on a chip, what the hell is taking them so long to get three 3G frequencies on a chip? I don't know the answer, but I can tell you that Motorola is working on a solution. A new 3G module they're developing would do what many a...
  • D-Link/Boxee team up to make the first Boxee branded device.
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 9:45 pm
    While cable companies would rather nickel and dime us to death via traditional landline based TV, the internet welcomes us with open arms. Prices and paywalls exist on the great fiber as well, but so far they've remained resilient to most corporate greed that plagues and destroys traditional cable. In my eyes, the current "poster child" for everything that makes the internet great is Boxee. It brings in various channels of tv, entertainment, news, music, social networking, and more. Did we m...
  • Apple passing on 32-nm Arrandale processor because of integrated graphics?
    by Mike
    Posted December 5th, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    To most, Intel's latest 32-nm Arrandale processors are the glean in our eyes. They promise increased speeds, more cores, better integrated graphics, and an overall smaller energy footprint. So why would anyone not want to incorporate such a chip? Of all the companies and manufacturers that come to mind, does it surprise you that Apple may have a problem? You see, the big deal with Arrandale is the greatly increased integrated graphics. Apple themselves have been researching as of late into ...
  • Get that 16GB multi-tasking beast thanks to Crucial
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    RAM, RAM, and more RAM. Just like processing power, it almost seems as if you could never have enough. I'll be real and admit my grandma doesn't need 16GB of RAM to check out the latest knitting how-to's on patch-n-stitch online, but I sure could use the breathing room. And if you're like me, the added breathing room is more than welcome. Starting today for the low low price of $344.58 USD, bleeding edge geeks can snap up Crucial's new 4GB 10600 DDR3 sticks running at a oh so sweet 1333MHz. ...
  • DirectX 11 and Dirt 2: The best eye candy money can currently buy…
    by Mike
    Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 6:36 am
    I'll admit that my time is extremely precious. Between work, blogging on two sites, and college, any spare time I may have is used for simple tasks such as eating, going to the bathroom, and when the mood strikes me, taking a shower (just kidding, I'm much cleaner than that.) But every now and then I do manage to break away from the daily grind and get in some good 'ol gaming time. While first person shooters are one of my old favorites, I find as of late that I'm being more drawn to racing...
  • Core i5/i7 (Arrandale) processors to grace MBP’s come early 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 6:33 pm
    Those with itchy trigger/mouse fingers longing to order a new top-o-the-line Macbook Pro need to get control of themselves and holster their weapons for a brighter horizon is upon us. Would you be so eager to drop 2-3 large on a MBP knowing that Arrandale (read: Core i5/i7) processors are just around the corner from release, bringing a new generation of speed and power in the smallest most energy efficient package yet? Hmm, worded like that, even the king edition of a MBP somehow loses a bit o...
  • Pystar and Apple to reach deal allowing the Mac cloner to continue selling.
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    While we can assume that money is all but absent, we can at least say that Pystar has some fight in them. An extremely quick recap for those out in the cold: Since 2008, Pystar has been selling Mac clones for far cheaper than Apple ever could and, with the recent release of Snow Leopard began installing OS X from their factory. Apple sued. A ruling was levied that at first looked to seal the deal and flood Pystars coffin full of nails. With that out of the way, we can continue. I myself...
  • Core i7 equipped iMacs seeing shipping woes?
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:33 am
    Broken glass and black displays -- not exactly the thing you want to see on a $2,000+ computer you just sold an organ for and waited what seems like eons. Reports from around the web are slowly trickling out this morning as more and more Core i7 Mac users start receiving their units. While not extremely high, the number of reported problems with either cracked glass or a unit simply refusing to turn on is above normal. Apple is supposedly replacing the units quickly and without much question ...
  • This just in: 6 cores are better than 4. Core i9 50% faster than Corei7
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:22 am
    Shocker! 6 cores are better than 4 with the up and coming top dog Core i7 chips performing roughly 50% faster on complex, optimized programs. I can already see you drooling, thinking out loud: "The Core i7 is just becoming mainstream and we're already talking about it's replacement?" Such is the world we live in folks, it never stops. But apart from constantly evolving "top dogs", I have to say that the Core i9 power advantage is compelling to shell out extra for it. It won't come cheap, th...
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