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Kodak kept a secret nuclear reactor underground for over 30 years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2012 8:32 pm

Kodak, in recent times, has not been doing very well, but apparently they have managed to keep a secret for over 30 years. Back in 1974, Kodak acquired a small nuclear reactor and has been maintaining the device in an underground bunker for over 30 years. The nuclear reactor was filled with 3.5 pounds of weapons-grade enriched uranium and was kept in a bunker with 2-foot thick concrete walls.

 

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Incredibly, it seems as though very few people knew of the reactors existence. The reactor is one of only two ever made and known as a Californium Neutron Flex multiplier. The bunker in which is was located is in Rochester, New York and seemingly never caused any sort of problem through radiation leaks or other ways.

 

Apparently, Kodak used the device to conduct years of research. It was also used to check materials for impurities and to perform neutron radiography testing. Kodak continues to claim the device is safe and couldn't explode since it wasn't a power plant. The device had been mentioned in some research papers, but was never publicly announced.

 

Incredibly, it would appear that Kodak never alerted the local police or fire departments that the reactor was located there or even existed. The company decommissioned the reactor with the help of federal regulators six years ago. The uranium plates were placed in protective containers and removed in November 2007.

NVIDIA announces Tesla K10 and K20, GK110 makes an appearance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2012 7:34 pm

Today NVIDIA has announced a new line of graphics cards for professional applications. The new Tesla GPUs are called the K10 and K20 and are designed to perform exceptionally for high performance computing (HPC) scientific and technical applications that use GPU-accelerated computing. These Tesla's were designed to be high performance and extremely power efficient.

 

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Kepler is three times as efficient as the Fermi architecture which had established itself as a new standard for computing when released 2 years ago. The Tesla K10 features two GK104 chips which produce 4.58 teraflops of performance and 320GB/s of memory bandwidth. The K10 is optimized for oil and gas exploration and the defense industry.

 

The Tesla K20 is where the GK110 makes its first appearance. The K20 is the new flagship product for the Tesla line of GPUs and provides three times the compute performance of any Fermi-based Tesla product and supports the Hyper-Q and dynamic parallelism capabilities. The K20 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Lenovo launches 14-inch carbon-fiber Ultrabook, weighs in less than 3lbs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 15, 2012 6:32 pm

Dell may have started the carbon-fiber in Ultrabooks fad, but it appears that Lenovo has taken it a step further with their latest creation. Being touted as the "lightest 14-inch Ultrabook in the industry," the ThinkPad X1 weighs in at under 3lbs. And they didn't strip out features to achieve that feat.

 

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What you are looking at is an Ultrabook with all carbon-fiber rollcage. "We crafted the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with premium carbon fiber material in order to make it incredibly thin and light, yet durable," said Lu Yan, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. "Our new ThinkPad laptop portfolio embodies much of the innovative thinking exemplified in the X1 Carbon, such as a backlit keyboard, super-bright high definition display, Dolby® Home Theatre® and rich communications features that balance business performance with personal use."

 

The announcement page gives only some details on the upcoming Ultrabook. The Ultrabook has built in 3G connectivity for "anywhere, anytime access" and comes with a "RapidCharge" battery which, according to Lenovo, can charge to near-full capacity in only 30 minutes. Lenovo is billing this machine as a premium professional machine, and I can see why.

 

More details about it have been spilled by the Verge who were in attendance of Lenovo's presentation. The ThinkPad X1 will have a backlit keyboard along with an Ivy Bridge processor.

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Apple changes Siri's answer to "What is the best smartphone?"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2012 5:31 pm

Last week I reported on how Apple's Siri claims that the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best smartphone when asked and the hilarity that the Lumia says the iPhone 4S is. I made the prediction that Apple would give Siri a "personality tweak" that would change her mind on what the best smarthphone is...and I was right.

 

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After Apple was accused of not returning information for searches for abortion clinics, Apple made the claim that they are unable to change the data Siri returns. However, they have now been caught in a lie as Siri no longer agrees with what WolframAlpha says regarding "what is the best smartphone?"

 

Siri now says "You're kidding, right?" or "The one you're holding" in response to the question. Clearly this shows that Apple is able to modify what Siri returns and this could lend credence to the claims of moral censorship that had previously been alleged. It also makes me wonder what other searches have been modified to suit Apple's fantasy.

ROCCAT releases new Savu gaming mouse, claims to be "the new king"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 15, 2012 4:28 pm

Soldiers have their guns, pilots have their planes, congressmen have their pens, and gamers, well, they have their mice. A good mouse is critical to gaining the advantage in an online game, a place where everyone is extremely competitive. This is why companies like ROCCAT produce mice like the new Savu, to give gamers the advantage in a game.

 

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Not only will a new, high quality mouse give you an advantage in an online game, but this mouse will give you that advantage in style. You see, this new Savu mouse features a lighting system that allows up to 1.8 million different colors. The device also features changeable DPI resolutions all the way up to 4000DPI.

 

The feature list is quite extensive, so I'll post the press release below. The mouse, with more information, is available at ROCCAT's site.

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Team Group releases Xtreem DDR3 3000 CL11 RAM, claims fastest DDR3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: RAM | Posted: May 15, 2012 3:32 pm

Without good RAM, your system overclock isn't really going to get off the ground. That's why Team Group has released their latest RAM clocked at 3000MHz which allows for 24,000Mbps data transfer rate. The timings are also really tight so as to provide the best possible experience for users. The timings are set at CL11-13-13-35.

 

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The RAM is compatible with Intel's Z77 chipset and is equipped with the latest XMP v1.3. With this kind of speed, don't exactly expect capacity records. The chips can go up to 8GB by using two 4GB sticks. If you have to have the very fastest, there is nothing that can compete with this RAM as it stands. The full press release is below:

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Customers who purchase a Windows 7 PC after June 2 will get a $15 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 15, 2012 2:03 pm

Microsoft has always given a good deal on an upgrade to the next generation upgrade when a customer has purchased a computer just months before its release. Often that good deal is a free upgrade, however, that is not the case with Windows 7 to Windows 8. The reasoning for this good deal is simple: if customers know the next version is right around the corner, they often will hold off which kills sales for a few months.

 

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The fee for users to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 will be $15, according to one source. This upgrade will get you Windows Pro and no upgrade path will be offered to Windows 8 standard. The offer will be valid for users who purchase a computer after June 2, which roughly coincides with the Release Preview version of Windows 8.

 

Windows 8 is expected to be widely available in the second half of 2012. Microsoft will also be providing "in-the-box" upgrades packaged along with Windows 8. These upgrades will be in the form of "packs" that will provide Pro and Media Center capabilities. These packs take the place of the antiquated Windows Anytime Upgrade system.

Mobile App of the Day: OfficeSuite Pro 6+ for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2012 1:01 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is OfficeSuite Pro 6+ for Android.

 

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View, Edit, Print and Share your office documents on the go!

 

**** Now with 33% off! ****

 

Create, view, edit, print and share Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments and view PDF files on your Android based phone with a single complete feature-rich mobile office solution. The software utilizes the most commonly used desktop document formats and also includes a File Browser and integration with Google Docs, DropBox, Box and SugarSync to help you manage your local, remote files and email attachments. OfficeSuite Pro is an essential productivity application offering greater office efficiency than ever anywhere, anytime.

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Deal of the Day: 120GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos SATA III SSD for $102.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 15, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 120GB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $102.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Amazon has the 120GB Mushkin Chronos 2.5" SATA 6.0 hard drive with up to 550 Mbps sequential read, up to 515 Mbps sequential write, and 3 year warranty for $102.99 with FREE shipping.

 

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Download of the Day: WinRAR 4.20 beta 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 15, 2012 11:28 am

Our Download of the Day is WinRAR 4.20 beta 2.

 

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WinRAR has reached version 4.20 beta 2, and with it has the following change:

 

1. RAR compression speed is further improved in multi-core environment compared with beta 1.

 

A full changelog for version 4.20 beta 1 (which has tonnes of fixes/improvements) is available here.

 

WinRAR 4.20 beta 2 (32-bit)

WinRAR 4.20 beta 2 (64-bit)

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