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AMD has integrated a real-time operating system into their G-Series of processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 10:23 am

AMD have integrated a real-time operating system (RTOS) into their G-Series of processors. What does this entail, you ask? Well, AMD is now loading Green Hill's Integrity OS into the platform. The embedded system is capable of a bunch of tasks where space and power are at a premium.




This would include devices such as TV set-top boxes, other electronic home devices, industrial control systems, networking, the military, and medicine. You know, just a few of the largest markets in the world.


AMD's G-Series of processors combine a low-power CPU with a discrete graphics core into a single form-factor. The RTOS then provides intelligence upon which application specific code can be written. The Green Hill Integrity OS has integrated middleware functionality that includes support for a bunch of necessities like USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IP routing and switching.


The tech is used across the market in devices like printers, network routers, and cars, which often have to handle actions immediately and with a minimum of overhead.

Ivy Bridge CPUs launching on April 29, mostly desktop chips with a few mobile chips thrown in

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 9:26 am

After a couple of delays, it looks like Intel is on track to deliver one side of the Ivy Bridge coin on April 29 according to two different sources, Sweclockers and Donanimhaber. Both desktop and mobile IBs will be released at the same time if these reports are correct.


Just over a week from now on April 8, Intel will announce Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets. On the same day, we should see a slew of reviews for Z75- and Z77-based boards, sporting Sandy Bridge-based CPUs. Ivy Bridge processors are expected to take the stage in the fourth week of April, somewhere between April 22 and April 28.


The announcement will only include quad-core models, Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families, desktop Core i7, Core i5-3570K, i5-3570T, i5-3550, i5-3550S, i5-3450 and i5-3450S. The chips that get announced should be made available for sales on April 29, with benchmarks and reviews hitting the same day. Specifications and pricing on said processors is below:




On June 3, we should get the second side of the Ivy Bridge coin with the following chips: Core i5-3570, i5-3570S, i5-3475S, i5-3470, i5-3470S and i5-3470T desktop CPUs, and Core i5 dual-core mobile microprocessors. Below is a full list of third-generation Core-branded processors:



Anonymous at it again, this time threaten Operation: BLACKOUT, where they'll take the Internet down on March 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 8:23 am

Collective hacking group Anonymous are at it again, this time threatening more than just SOPA, PIPA or Facebook. This time they're threatening to take down the entire Internet. This is said to be as a protest to SOPA, Wall Street, the world's irresponsible leaders, and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs out of sheer sadistic fun.




While I agree with most of those points, why threaten if you can't go through with it? I shouldn't laugh, but I'd cry if the Internet went down on March 31st. So, Anonymous are now saying they "will shut the Internet down" on March 31st. They go into detail, where "in order to shut the Internet down, one thing is to be done. Down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet, those servers are as follows:"
















Anonymous state that by cutting the above DNS servers from the Internet, nobody will be able to perform a domain name look-up, which would effectively disable the HTTP Internet, which is the most widely used function of the Web itself. If someone was to enter in "", or ANY other URL, it will result in an error page, thinking that their service, or the Internet is down, which it kinda is.

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Adobe launch Flash 11.2 as well as AIR 3.2, won't charge for premium features until you hit $50k in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 7:31 am

Adobe are wanting to hit the gaming scene with some punches, where they've announced Flash Player 11.2 as well as AIR 3.2. Adobe's goal: to enable "console quality" games like Shadowgun to run within your browser.



Flash Player 11.2 sports the ability to support mouse-lock, relative mouse coordinates, right/middle click events, multi-threaded video decoding, and the capability for hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics for gameplay at up to 60 frames per second. Not bad for your browser, isn't it.


AIR 3.2 (which is Adobe's platform for building cross-platform web apps) now comes with Stage3D for mobile, which is a technology Adobe released back in October for desktops, that is now used in graphically intensive titles such as Spaced Away and ApexVJ. Adobe also used the announcement to let us all know that they are collaborating with Unity to allow Unity customers to publish 3D games to Flash Player.

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ASUS tease 'awesome new features' for its Transformer Prime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 6:28 am

Owners of the ASUS Transformer Prime should prepare for a new update hitting your slate, with some "awesome new features" coming to the Tegra 3-powered tablet in just a few days time. ASUS teased the news through their Facebook page, which is shown in the picture below:




At first, Android Police didn't know what the "awesome new features" would consist of, but after the news broke ASUS' Italy Facebook page blew the hinges off the news and released a brief summary of what to expect:


  • Market will be updated to Play Store (that should've already happened, actually), as well as Books, Music, and Movies updated to their Play varaints
  • ASUS Vibe will be updated from 1.0 to 2.0 with an improved interface and content
  • LAN Support via USB to ethernet adapter
  • Ad-hoc network support
  • The ability to choose between landscape and portrait mode when using HDMI output to a TV
  • Face unlock


In the words of Napolean Dynamite - "HECK YES!"

Android 4.0.4 is now arriving on HSPA+ GALAXY Nexus, GSM Nexus S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 5:24 am

Sporting a HSPA+ Samsung GALAXY Nexus (i9250) or an UMTS/GSM Nexus S (i9020), well, you might want to check System Update for a brand new update that Google took to Google+ to announce: Android 4.0.4.




Android 4.0.4 is also rolling out to the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi, which is a bonus. At the moment, the Android 4.0.4 update isn't going to arrive on the CDMA-based versions of the phones, not yet anyway. What about Verizon GALAXY Nexus' phones, or Sprint's Nexus S 4G? No word on that yet either.


If you've gone one of the above phones, we suggest you update. Ice Cream Sandwich is beautiful and if you have a smart device capable of being updated to it, you should do it.

New type of self-repairing plastic acts like skin, 'bleeds' and 'heals', doesn't require a bandaid

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 4:25 am

A slow golf clap by myself is being done for some researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where they've developed a new type of plastic that can mimic human skin. Yes, it mimics the skin on your body. It was presented at an annual meeting of the American Chemical Society on Monday, where the material turns red when damaged, and can self-heal if simply put into some light.




Researcher and professor, Marek W. Urban, who reported on the development in San Diego this week says:


Mother Nature has endowed all kinds of biological systems with the ability to repair themselves. Some we can see, like the skin healing and new bark forming in cuts on a tree trunk.


The new technology behind the plastic is made from water-based copolymers, which are said to be more environmentally-friendly than other plastics and contains small molecular links referred to as "bridges" that span the length of the material. If the item is damaged, bridges break and form a red splotch around the "injury".

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Google Go gets its first proper release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 3:27 am

Google have finally gotten around to releasing Google Go, which was announced in 2009, with the software hitting version 1.0. Google Go is set to bring a general networked and multi-core computing language.




Part of the release includes Go supporting Windows-based developers, natively, for the first time. Go, in part, is derived from C. It mixes all design concepts from Pascal, Newsqueak, and Limbo. Go's development team claims that the version 1.0 release is very stable, and will be forward compatible with future releases.


At the same time, Google has updated their cloud-based App Engine SDK to support Go.

EVGA set to unleash a new global warranty policy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 2:21 am

EVGA are set to update their warranty policy with a new global-based policy, which will be announced in a week or so. EVGA's "New and Improved Global Warranty" will soon be publicly announced through their website, but between now and then we can look at the basic overview of the biggest changes to their system:




  • Warranties are now transferable - they follow the product, and not the owner.
  • All products purchased on or after July 1st, 2011 have a minimum of a 3-Year warranty, regardless of registration. (except Recertified 90-day, and 1-Year Warranty products)
  • Incentives and bonuses are given out to those who do register within 30 days of purchase - such as eligibility towards EVGA's Step-Up Program and Extended Warranty options.
  • Registration is no longer required for RMAs.
  • If a customer moves to another region, and their product fails, they can now send it to a local warranty center regardless of product origin.


On top of this, EVGA will offer a Standard Cross-Shipping RMA service, free of charge. EVGA will cross-ship a replacement product to the customer, as long as the customer provides a valid credit card as collateral, and the customer will pay for the return shipping of their malfunctioning part. At the moment, the Advanced RMA Program covers shipping both ways.

Ron Burgundy announces Anchorman 2 on Conan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 29, 2012 1:49 am

Will Ferrell appeared in character as the super-amazing Ron Burgundy from Anchorman on Conan tonight, where he announced that Paramount has had a change of heart, and have agreed to make a sequel to one of the most quotable movies of all time: Anchorman.



Ron took the stage, playing the flute and took a few stabs at Conan saying how awful he looked, telling him to go to a plastic surgeon, to point to his face and say "this is a page 1 re-write". In full character, Will Ferrell is just amazing.




Anchorman 2 has now been announced, people, and has gone to my number 2 most wanted to see movie list under Superman: Man of Steel in 2013. Anchorman 2 is no longer stuck in a glass cage of emotion, and has now kicked back with a 30-year-old scotch and is sipping away until release.

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