Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category
  • The magical shape-shifting laptop-turned-Xbox 360. Brought to you by Geek Squad.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    Even though we in the tech circle pan Geek Squad fairly frequently, they do produce some useful entertainment from time to time. Mind you, this "entertainment" often comes at the expense of some poor saps sanity. But I digress. Today's Geek Squad face palm of the day comes from Consumerist reader "Taylor". After a two week wait with no end in sight, Taylor ventured to Geek Squad's website and entered his service number. Little did he know a magical event was about to unfold before his eyes....
  • OCZ introduces the 3.5″ desktop dwelling “Colossus” SSD.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    With the advent of flash technology came the realization that the old moving storage mediums that current flood the market are on the way out. Flash offers many advantages over it's older, more mobile siblings with the most notable being lower energy consumption and eventual faster speeds. Flash storage based drives, or SSD's as they're now commonly called are increasing in market presence and dropping in price. Looking to join this wave of the future, OCZ has taken it upon themselves to form...
  • Apple’s Black Friday sale prices spied?!
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 7:14 pm
    Even if your Christmas tree is a bit sparse and your holiday meal is a microwave dinner delight, you can rest assured that you won't lose any sleep over any of Apple's pricing this fine Black Friday. If a leaked poster is to be believed, Black Friday 2009 will be quite a winner for Apple with a rather rare showcasing of generosity by the Cupertino giant. The supposed discounts as they appear: Up to 15% off of all accessories, hardware, and software Up to 25% off of all Macs (Hello 27" Core i...
  • Cray XT5 supercomputer becomes world’s fastest thanks to upgrade — 1.75 petaflops/sec
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Take your current desktop screamer and go for a stroll outside on a bone chilling mid-January mid-west winter. Take your prised rig and drop it in the freshly fallen snow and dump molasses all over it. When you're done, poor water all over the mass of mess and fire up the leave blower. Got a nice vivid picture yet? That's roughly the speed of your computer compared to the current champ -- the Cray XT5 Super Computer. You may recognize the name as it isn't a new development but instead an ...
  • Western Digital to announce 3TB hard drives in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 10:47 am
    The current crop of hard drives max out at 2 TB. If you think this is merely adequate you're no doubt looking forward to when 10TB flash drives are $5 at the dollar store. As cool as it is to dream, we still have several years before storage becomes that cheap or dense. Since I can't give you news of a 10 exabyte drive, I'll patch over the wound with a 3TB drive. Is it here? Not quite. But it's coming. WD was the first to break out with the 2TB hard disk which was a feat of size and stora...
  • Core i7 (Upgrade) equipped iMac’s: The best $200 ever spent…
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 8:29 am
    Results above are in 64-bit modeWhen the new iMac's were announced a couple months back, I like many of you were awestruck. The form was somehow even more delicious than previous generations with upgraded hardware that left me wanting two. Unfortunately for those who were ready to throw down cash on the spot for a new Core i7 beast, a November shipping date put a temporary block on the speed party. Well, it's November and said units are now shipping with benchmarks starting to trickle in. Wh...
  • AMD overclocks processor to 7GHz! Melts everything in site.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 8:29 pm
    Speed is something that attracts humans like most other forces on this planet can do. The pursuit of adrenaline and the high that it brings is an unstoppable force. But this isn't a car blog which means I'm not talking about a car. I'm talking about the fastest 1's and 0's you've ever seen as well as a healthy dose of liquids that in the normal atmosphere of earth are two states higher on the totem pole of matter. AMD succeeded at overclocking a processor of their own up to a mind blowing ...
  • DiamonDisc 1,000 year DVD wonder…
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 6:29 am
    No matter the type of storage format, death will come at some point. We humans exist for but a mere moment when all things are considered. To leave our legacy, ideas, thoughts, and knowledge behind we rely on storage in the form of (these days) DVD's, hard drives, flash memory, and even a few cassette tapes. The problem with these formats is that they are not infinite. Physical compositions degrade, quality suffers, and before long you have a useless piece of plastic. What is the average li...
  • Nvidia Fermi GT300 series cards delayed
    by Mike
    Posted November 10th, 2009 at 6:28 am
    Those looking to pick up the hottest piece of gaming gear at the end of this year, namely an Nvidia Fermi GT300 series card, are going to have quite the bleak and unhappy Christmas. According to DigiTimes, Nvidia is waiting until fiscal year 2011 (read: late January) to release this new gaming beast of a chip. The delay is disappointing to say the least. "Industry sources" had this to say about the matter: Nvidia will ramp Fermi for three different product lines: GeForce, Quadro and Tesl...
  • 6-port mini display port ATI 5870 has us seeing sextuplets!
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    Even we bloggers aren't always gifted with the latest and greatest. Sometimes we have to buy it ourselves and wait just like everyone else before we can get our hands on the gadgets we so desperately crave. Gaming is a great way to relax the mind, unwind, and scrub off some stress. A big, beautiful display does wonders for us nerds and gamers a like. But looks aren't everything. To a gamer, the more pixels they have means the more they can see. Until display port came along, hardware for c...
  • ARM’s next gen mobile processor “Eagle” to usher in multi-core, high-end graphics, and energy efficiency
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 2:38 pm
    The smartphone arena is an ever changing mass of molding parts and software that keeps geeks on their toes. Even though my iPhone 3G is only a year and a half old, the Droid I just picked up today (get used to it...I'm going to talk about it a whoooole lot) is many times faster than my iPhone. Some of it can be contributed to the software. But software isn't everything. You need the hardware to provide the necessary muscle for the software to work correctly. Those who live on the hope of "t...
  • Moto surprises with Android 2.0 MID devices
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 7:44 am
    Feeling a little love for Android 2.0 but aren't necessarily looking for a phone? While the general consensus is that Android 2.0 is going to be a VZW/Moto exclusive for a little bit longer, 2.0 is no longer limited to the DROID. Now hold up a sec because you're not going to be able to stroll down to your local Best Buy and pick up Android 2.0 on some wonder device. Motorola is also using DROID day to launch the first in a series of devices under their Android Media Platform (AMP). These dev...
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