Microsoft and Samsung are working on a new hybrid hard drive that will use 1Gbit NAND flash memory as a buffer. The goal here is to take part of the load off the spinning drive and to lower loading times and boot times. Longhorn will fully support this technology once it ships. However, the question remains about how the two companies plan on addressing the flash memory’s erasure endurance. Knowing Microsoft, they will give us an answer next year along with a big marketing technique. If this comes into fruition, we have heard that bootup times can be sped up to mere seconds.
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I love stupid lawsuits - they put a smile on my face. This is why I chuckled with glee as I read the email telling me of how Tiger Direct - one of the worst IT resellers around - has decided to sue Apple over the Tiger moniker. Apparently, they don’t like how Apple has been referring to their new operating system as “Tiger”, and go on to say that the suit is meant “to stop further damage to Tiger Direct’s well-known Tiger brand.” Wow. Good thing they waited until the day before Tiger is set to be released to drop that one on us. Good show.
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After a very long wait, software has finally caught up to hardware. Well at least when it comes to Microsoft. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition has been shipped on Monday. These operating systems are set to function on AMD’s and Intel’s 64-bit microprocessors and cost the same as the 32-bit versions of the OS. Finally we get a Windows tailored to the chips, but early adopters beware. Since this is basically a re-write of the OS, all the drivers need to be re-written as well. This means that even thought the OS comes with over 16,000 drivers there’s a chance there will be at least one driver you need and cannot find. Check the OS out and tell us what you think.
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German electronics giant Siemens is planning to doing away with their mobile division. It seems that the approximate loss of almost $2 million a day, which can be attributed to the mobile division, is reason enough to justify its sale. So far none of the other popular mobile companies (LG, Motorola, Nokia, etc.) seem interested in investing in Siemens technologies.
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Microsoft is ready to take Windows further into the digital lifestyle and they want you to do the work for them. They have announced a PC Design competition and if you are the creative type, you could walk away with $125,000.
Rethink the Windows-based PC experience today and the role it plays in people’s lives. Envision how the digital lifestyle—from personal productivity at work or home, to entertainment, mobility, lifestyle and form—all play a part in development. Think big, be bold, and inspiring, but pay attention to sustainable technologies, and ecological and environmental innovation.
Check out the trailer for the competition - good stuff.
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As you can imagine, Apple isn’t too happy about the fact that their latest OS X update, Tiger, is making the rounds on the Internet via BitTorrent. In fact, Apple has had their lawyers send cease and desist letters to a few known torrent distribution sites linking to the 8A428 Tiger release.
“Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple’s software.”
Apple says they will not support these illegally obtained versions of the Tiger software - nor will they support those versions that were accidentally shipped out a week early from resellers. My question is, how will they know which version you are using since they don’t have any sort of activation protection?
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The New York Post, which is not the most accurate source in the world, is reporting that the Motion Picture Association of America might have possibly tipped of the NYPD to the locations of illegal street vendors selling pirated versions of their movies. Nothing wrong with that. The sticky part is that it is being reported that they then offered gratuities to officers if and when they made the arrests. That is the illegal part. Two officers are currently under investigation, and the MPAA is denying any wrongdoing.
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Sony and Toshiba are said to be as close to an agreement on the next gen DVD standard which could be announced as soon as the end of the month. This is great news for us technology hounds. Usually it’s the lack of an industry standard that keeps us waiting. The compromise will allow Sony to use it’s Blu-Ray structure on Toshiba’s HD-DVDs. Sony’s Blu-Ray discs hold 50GB vs Toshiba’s HD-DVD at 30GB. However, by using Toshiba’s HD-DVDs, DVD facilities won’t have to do as much retooling as Sony’s format would require. Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, nothing is a done deal until it’s signed, sealed, and delivered. Here is a bit more on the issue.
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It looks like TDK has obtained a licensing agreement with Sony to start the manufacturing and distribution of Blu-Ray media. The rewritable discs will be called TDK Professional Discs and will store a whopping 23.3 GB of data. The transfer rate of these bad boys is 72 Mbps, and they will be compatible with Sony’s Professional Disc System, XDCAM. The discs should be available this June. The future is coming, friends.
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Intel has announced today that their dual core chips have shipped to computer manufactures Alienware, Dell and Velocity Micro to be sold in their new computers. The new systems are powered by the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHZ and the Intel 955X Express Chipset.
“With dual-core processor-based system availability, today is a historic date for the computer industry as PCs begin having “two brains” instead of one,” said Don MacDonald, vice president of Intel’s Digital Home Group.
The new dual core processor includes two full cores in a single processor and allows a system to process four software threads at the same time by using Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. Granted, all this power does not come cheap – each processor is priced at $999 and the chipset is priced at $50 in 1,000 unit quantities. Prices will probably drop when AMD joins the dual core game. Check out the full press release after the jump.