Futuremark have today released the Windows-based benchmarking program PCMark. The new version takes various features into account such as hardware acceleration for transcoding video and solid state drives, it also uses real applications and games to generate a system score. One large feature of PCMark 7 is the inclusion of stress-testing the storage-based portion of systems, it can now run tests that allow users to compare scores of systems with and without SSDs.
PCMark 7 is available in three different versions, a free version which has limited testing included and of course paid versions which let users gain access to all of the tests that are designed to give a much broader test and range of benchmarks. Go get your benchmark on!
VIA and its CPU development department Centaur have unveiled a new low-power Quad-core x86 processor. The new energy-efficient multi-core architecture has a TDP of just 27.5-watts and cranks along at 1.2GHz+ which makes it 21-percent more efficient than the closest competitor. The new VIA QuadCore processors are natively 64-bit compatible and come with additional performance features such as Adaptive Overclocking, 4MB L2 Cache and a 1333MHz V4 Bus.
Other features include VIA VT virtualization, which allows legacy software applications to be used in virtual scenarios and VIA PadLock with the Advanced Cryptography Engine which packs AES encyption. The chip is fabbed on a 40nm-based process at just 21x21mm. The processor is pin-compatible with VIA's older processors and will be featured at Computex in Taipei starting May 31st.
Superman is something very important to me, as a child I grew up with the Christopher Reeve movies and since then have been a big fan of anything Superman. I've watched Smallville for ten years now and have enjoyed the show, it has evolved into something so much better than the Freak of the Week and with introductions with actors such as the great Cassidy Freeman as Tess and Justin Hartley as Oliver, the show has really started to shine.
Out of season 7 came the departure of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar departed the show and their rule of "no tights, no flight" left too. In came maturity and an ever-growing story of Clark finally meeting his destiny of becoming Superman. At this time season greats such as Michael Rosenbaum who plays (in my opinion) the best Lex Luthor in the Superman mythos left, but, this is the big thing - he comes back for the Series Finale tomorrow night.
Another day, another SSD release... it doesn't seem to stop and I love it. OCZ today unveil their new Talos line of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs which are designed for enterprise applications that require ultra-fast, high capacity solutions equipped with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND. Talos brings new strength to OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) technology to storage OEMs.
Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology Group says:
We have experienced considerable demand for our high-capacity VCA-enabled SAS products, both with and without enhanced power fail protection. The new OCZ Talos SSD series delivers the ultimate combination of performance, scalability, and reliability. Talos series drives are tailored to meet the needs of most enterprises in a non-customer specific format, including balanced compressed and incompressible data performance and balanced read/write IOPS, all in the highest capacity SAS 6Gbps drive available today.
The future of Atom is looking rosey, Intel are touting that the new Atom-based "micro-architecture" which is codenamed "Silvermont" is due in 2013 and should be rocking a new architecture as well as a new transistor structure. Intel's new Atom when combined with the powers of 3D transistors, should push forward new levels of integration, performance and most of all power efficiency.
Silvermont will be a system-on-a-chip design just like current smartphone and tablet chips, even including Intel's upcoming Z760 processor which is a SOC design. Intel are looking to move the Atom processor road map at speeds faster than Moore's Law (here's hoping they don't get a speeding ticket) which generally states that the number of transistors that can be placed on a chip doubles roughly every two years.
In case you missed the Google I/O Livestream and the coverage by every online tech blog in the world, here's what Google posted on their blog yesterday, as well as some great video including a Chromebook promo and the Day 2 Keynote where they announced it:
A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better. Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer. These are not typical notebooks. With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start. You'll be reading your email in seconds. Thanks to automatic updates the software on your Chromebook will get faster over time. Your apps, games, photos, music, movies and documents will be accessible wherever you are and you won't need to worry about losing your computer or forgetting to back up files. Chromebooks will last a day of use on a single charge, so you don't need to carry a power cord everywhere. And with optional 3G, just like your phone, you'll have the web when you need it. Chromebooks have many layers of security built in so there is no anti-virus software to buy and maintain. Even more importantly, you won't spend hours fighting your computer to set it up and keep it up to date.
You've undoubtedly heard about the controversy surrounding Facebook's attempt to smear Google via what turned out to be a pretty shady public relations firm. If you haven't, here's a quick summary:
Last night, Dan Lyons of The Daily Beast exposed that the social network had hired PR firm Burson-Marsteller to get newspapers and news outlets to publish stories about how Google was invading its users' privacy:
Confronted with evidence, a Facebook spokesman last night confirmed that Facebook hired Burson, citing two reasons: First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google's attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.
Like a Cold War spy case made public, the PR fiasco reveals-and ratchets up-the growing rivalry between Google and Facebook. Google, the search giant, views Facebook as a threat, and has been determined to fight back by launching a social-networking system of its own. So far, however, Google has not had much luck, but Facebook nonetheless felt it necessary to return fire-clandestinely
Do Bluetooth devices frustrate anyone else? Sometimes they connect, other times they don't. Sometimes a coworker in the vicinity accidentally hijacks your discoverable mouse. Sometimes you forget to turn it off before you head home for the day only to find a dead mouse on your desk the next morning. Sometimes, or rather, alltimes, you wish you had more versatility with your USB ports. There's a solution- today HP announced the new, and very first of its kind, Wi-Fi mouse.
This mouse connects to your computer simply and directly through its Wi-Fi connection, and can be operated up to 30 feet away from the computer (Bluetooth devices have similar operating paramaters). More importantly, it has a 9-month battery life. Some actual mice don't even survive that long (especially where my grandmother is concerned).
The design isn't too shabby either, with a 4-way scroll wheel (up and down and side-to-side my friends), 5 customizable buttons and a "sculpted form" with rubber sides to ensure the latest luxury in comfortability. It's yours in June for $50- kinda steep, but with a 9-month battery life it's not like you're going to need another. Check out the video above and the press release below for more info.
On the heels of a massive PR shitstorm, Facebook announced this morning that they have partnered with the Web of Trust to ensure that your profile stays shiny and clean.
Though Facebook already has a system that automatically checks for malware and spam-ridden links, the partnership with Web of Trust with add to their databases with the identities of many more bad links and massively increase the extent of their security coverage. Clement Genzmer, one of the Facebook security engineers, posted this morning that Facebook has updated a slew of security features, including added protection from link and "like" button "clickjacking", notifications for malicious code pasted in address bars, and more sensitive login approvals from third-party sites, including security codes to confirm your cell phone number when prompted. Facebook is also working with browsers like IE 9 to fix bugs and loopholes that allow spammers to take advantage of Facebook users.
Not entirely surprised that this news, and the downloadable profile option break today.
(UPDATE: We clearly got way too excited about this- it's evidently been around for a while, but may have just become active today for us here at Tweak Town. )
It's true. The social network notorious for hoarding user data just opened up its vaults. You will now find the following option in your Facebook account settings:
Anti-Facebook and open-web advocates have been decrying the site's miserly approach to user data for years. The ill-fledged Diaspora open-source Facebook clone even launched on that very premise. Users can now leave, well, anytime they want, with all of their data in tow. I doubt that this changes Facebook's policy on retaining your data after you deactivate your account "for your convenience", but it's definitely a step forward.