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The world's smallest USB memory stick is here, goes up to a wall and awaits the impending measuring contest

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 6:23 am

Dutch-based promotional product manufacturer, Deonet, who made the diamond-studded Golden USB memory stick and the FSC-certified maple-enclosed Eco Wood drive have just announced something quite special before the holidays: the world's smallest USB memory stick.

 

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The USB memory stick measures in at just 19.5 x 14.5 x 2.9mm, which is thicker, but a fair bit shorter than the already small Kingmax Super Stick Mini. It comes in three sizes, 4, 8 and 16GB and will launch in January at PSI Düsseldorf. The drive is based on something called the Micro UDP chip, with the UDP standing for USB Disk In Package assembly process, which has the controller, flash IC, substrate and passive components molded into a very small, single package. This makes it less than half the physical size of other USB memory solutions.

 

The company says that once the drive is plugged in, it can hardly be seen coming out of the USB port itself. Impressively small. At the moment, Deonet has not revealed any pricing on the new world's smallest USB memory stick. Hopefully the price matches the small footprint of the drive.

PCI-e 3.0 provides 9% increase in performance in compute tasks for AMD Radeon HD 7970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 5:29 am

PCI-Express 3.0 has been here for a little while now, but it has only been with the launch of the PCI-Express 3.0-capable AMD Radeon HD 7000-series that there has been some proper testing. The world's first 28nm GPU to support PCI-e 3.0 is here, people!

 

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PCIe 3.0 increases per-land bandwidth from 500MB/sec to 1GB/sec, this means for an x16 slot, double the bandwidth from 8GB/sec to 16GB/sec. Impressive, but will we see anything close to double the performance? Not now, and not in games. GPU compute tasks do see a difference in performance, however.

 

Improving bandwidth and latency between the CPU and GPU is always a good thing, but for high-performance GPU compute tasks, this is the difference between night and day. AnandTech tested AMD's AES Encrypt/Decrypt sample application. The test bed consisted of an EVGA X79 SLI motherboard, with a BIOS provided by EVGA for the PCIe 3.0 toggle on/off.

 

With this in hand, AnandTech saw a 9-percent increase in performance on the Radeon HD 7970 which told them two things. First, you can get PCIe 3.0 working on a Sandy Bridge-E/X79 board with the Radeon HD 7970, and secondly, PCIe 3.0 will definitely be useful for GPU compute applications.

7-inch panels surpass 9.7-inch panels in supplier chain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 4:32 am

Sources in Taipei have commented on the demand of 7-inch panels have surpassed the requirement of 9.7-inch panels in the supply chain. This reportedly is because of the increased demand of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble 7-inch tablets.

 

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This is the first time in supplier history that the figures have been stronger for the smaller size, which is usually dominated by the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. 7-inch panel shipments have risen by 18-percent in November, compared to the previous month. As Apple prepare the iPad 3, these numbers should change once again, but then again Apple could also opt for a 7-inch tablet, too.

 

We could see a "Mini" version of the iPad, which could sport a 7-inch screen. As Apple's iPad and iPad 2 both feature 9.7-inch screens, Apple could choose to release a smaller iPad to help combat the soon-to-be-popular Kindle Fire and other 7-inch tablets.

Make Siri dictate for your Mac with a new App

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 3:24 am

Do you own both an iPhone 4S and a Mac-based system? Well, you could try out the new hands-free typing app called Air Dictate. Right now, there are no public APIs for using the Siri voice-activated assistant for dictation, so developer Avatron found a way to control Siri and convert speech into text.

 

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The text then translates to the Mac, which has to be OS X 10.6.8 or higher, running the Air Dictate Receiving App. What this means is you can turn your iPhone 4S into a speech recognition microphone and input text into apps like Mail, Word, Pages, and any other application that involves text.

 

There are plenty of apps that can be used on the Mac for speech-recognition, and is a step in a completely different direction to the world of microphones. Most people who have an iPhone, usually have a Mac (of course there are those who don't), but for those who have both, and usually type a lot, this could be a really handy app.

Cheezburger will take their 1000+ domains elsewhere if GoDaddy supports SOPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 1:30 am

SOPA is continuing to mark its territory with news of anti-SOPA rallying the tech world's best. Cheezburger (who also does I Can Has Cheeseburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, and more) CEO Ben Huh has announced that they would be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act.

 

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The question now is, will Huh's threat be enough to get GoDaddy on his side? GoDaddy is a large enough company with plenty of controversies under their belt, so they're used to this sort of heat. But, the more news, the more awareness is being raised on the issue.

 

If SOPA is supported by GoDaddy, it could be not only a big change to Cheezeburger, but to virtually the entire Internet as we know it. With Cheezeburger's 1000 domains, just imagine the implications of SOPA to the rest of the world.

Prometheus trailer, a kind of prequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2011 12:49 am

Most people I know haven't even heard of 'Prometheus', so if you haven't, then check out the trailer below. The movie works two ways, by itself as a stand-alone Ridley Scott-directed movie, and secondly, a sort-of prequel to Ridley Scott's awesome 'Alien'.

 

 

Alien really changed things up in the genre when it came out, and paved the way for James Cameron's awesome Aliens. Prometheus looks much more epic in scale than what I thought it did, so for those of you who have (like me) watched the constant trickle of leaked screenshots, teasers and real lack of info, the trailer will really blow you away.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner v3.14

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 2:18 pm

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner v3.14.

 

CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

 

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Sony Ericsson's 'Super Phone', includes 13-megapixel camera, LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 11:23 am

Sony Ericsson's first big foray into the United States could be quite special, with news details from a Bluetooth End Product List teasing the Sony Ericsson LT28at (which will be on AT&T).

 

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The smartphone will sport a 4.55-inch "Reality" display with a 1280x720 pixel display, LTE-enabled and comes with an amazingly high 13-megapixel, back-illuminated camera sensor with LED flash as well as a 720p front-facing camera.

 

The previous reveal of the phone told us it was a 1.5GHz dual-core. Rumor has it, SE will unveil the device at CES in early January.

Microsoft to stop attending CES after 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 10:39 am

Microsoft have announced that their attendance at CES 2012 will be their last, where on January 9 at 6:30PM, CEO Steve Ballmer will give his third keynote speech. Microsoft will continue to attend to connect with partners and customers, but won't deliver a keynote or schedule a booth.

 

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Microsoft have explained that CES simply doesn't gel with its marketing strategy. Microsoft asks:

 

What's the right time and place to make announcements? Are we adjusting to the changing dynamics of our customers? Are we doing something because it's the right thing to do, or because it's the way we've always done it?

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AMD Radeon HD 7970 launches, red team waves the winning flag

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 22, 2011 8:55 am

AMD have launched their Radeon HD 7970 next-generation GPU today, and the reviews seem to be loving it. As a single-GPU card, it performs amazingly, and can actually keep up with the dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590. There are plenty of reviews to check out, and one CrossFire review which got my blood pumping.

 

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AMD's GCN is featured, Graphics Core Next, which is built on a 28nm process. The Radeon HD 7970 is now the fastest single-GPU in the world and does a damn good job punching the dual-GPUs square in the nuts, too.

 

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