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RumorTT: Intel's upcoming Core Haswell to launch in June, just ahead of Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:49 pm

Intel's fourth generation processors, Core Haswell, missed an expected CES launch, but word on the street is that we will see Haswell at Computex Taipei later this year.




As it turns out the official launch of the processor line has been set for June with a press conference taking place just a few days ahead of Computex Taipei 2013, the largest tech trade show in Asia. The press conference will announce the processors downstream partners and maybe layout the new processor line.


The Haswell architecture is designed specially to optimize the power savings and performance benefits from the move to FinFET transistors on the improved 22nm process node. Intel is optimistic about the new chips, estimating them to make up 14-16 percent of its CPU shipments by the end of Q3 2013.

Famous code sharing website GitHub is now blocked in China

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:57 pm

GitHub, the popular code sharing repository, has been caught up in the Great Firewall of China. The news was first reported by Hacker News at around 1:40 a.m. Monday morning.




As of today, Chinese developers, as well as anyone else in the country, are unable to access the project and code sharing site. GitHub, a San Francisco based company, allows developers to share code and creates an easy way to fork existing projects without losing previous code.


GitHub joins the ranks of giants such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ that cannot be accessed in China. We do not know how many total sites are blocked, but Wikipedia claims that over 2600 sites are blocked in the People's Republic of China.

Dotcom's Mega launch crippled by overwhelming popularity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:05 pm

If you happened to be living under a rock over the weekend, you might have missed the small news story about Kim Dotcom's launch of the new file sharing service Mega. For the rest of the world, you did not miss it - you were just unable to use it.




Mega, the replacement of Megaupload, has been long anticipated, and has been expected to be a major success from the beginning. On Saturday the service went live worldwide, and users were able to sign up for an account, which included 50GB of free cloud storage to get you started. That is about all that most were able to do as the service has for the most part, been extremely slow and plagued with outages.


All of this is of course due to is wide, err... mega popularity. Everyone is flocking at once to check out the new encrypted file sharing service, and that is killing the servers. Dotcom has announced that over one million accounts were created in the first 24 hours alone. We expect that things will cool down in the next week or so as the initial rush begins to settle down.

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University student kicked out of school after exposing security flaw

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:03 pm

Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20 year old computer science student at Montreal's Dawson College, recently identified a major security flaw in the universities computer system. Instead of being thanked, or given a pat on the back, the student was expelled from the school.




Al-Khabaz was working on a mobile app that would gain students easier access to their college account, when he discovered what he described as "sloppy coding". The coding flaw allowed easy access to anyone wishing to find student's personal information stored in the system.


When brought to the attention of university officials, Al-Khabaz was promised that he would work with Skytech, the creators of the software in which the flaw was found, to resolve the issue. That call never came however. Two days later, Al-Khabaz ran another security check to see if the flaw had been fixed. It hadn't. A few minutes later he got a call from Edouard Teza, the president of Skytech. It was then that Al-Khabaz was accused of a cyber-attack and threatened with legal action.

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RIM CEO says he would consider selling off BlackBerry hardware business

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 3:16 pm

Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion, has confirmed in an interview with a German newspaper that he would consider selling off RIM's BlackBerry hardware division.




In an interview with Die Welt, RIM's CEO said that he would consider selling the division, following a successful launch of RIM's next-generation platform. "The main thing for now is to successfully introduce Blackberry 10. Then we'll see," Heins told the paper.


No information has been released on if the company has held meetings with interested parties. Heins has also stated that Research in Motion is interested in licensing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 software to other hardware manufacturers.

Intel presents Stepehen Hawking with personalized silicon wafer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 2:27 pm

World renowned physicists Stephen Hawking turned 71 on January 8th, with little fanfare in the media, something we expect Mr. Hawking appreciated. As it turns out, Intel decided that they wanted to present Hawking with a gift of their own.




Intel custom manufactured a one-off 300mm silicon wafer using the company's 32nm manufacturing process. Each die in the wafer has Hawking's name written thousands of times at the nano-scale level, making each letter more than 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair.


Hawking, who is handicapped by a motor neuron disease, is recognized as one of the greatest minds of our time. Intel is working with him on improving his speech, and described him as "extraordinary". From all of us here at TweakTown, Happy Birthday Mr. Hawking, and thanks for your contributions to science.

OWC announces Mercury Viper 3.5-inch 6G SSD and Jupiter mini-SAS DAS/SAN

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:57 pm

OWC has announced their newest SSD in their venerable Mercury line, the OWC Mercury Viper SSD. This 3.5" behemoth sports impressive specifications of up to 600MB/s. This SSD bucks the current 2.5" trend by going with the 3.5" form factor, relegating it to desktop and server applications.




The truly impressive 600MB/s in sequential throughput will place this SSD firmly at the top of the SSD heap, with no other single SSD on the market able to match this top speed. 600MB/s is bumping up against the limits of the 6GB/s interface, and further numbers, such as random performance, will be released in the coming weeks. This large form factor also allows for huge capacity, with the range starting out at 240GB and topping out at a massive 2TB. This large capacity will be well suited to professional usage models.




OWC is also announcing the Jupiter mini-SAS DAS/SAN Scalable Storage Solution, which would be a great pairing with the above mentioned Mercury Viper. This series of enterprise class storage solutions continues OWCs expansion into the enterprise space. The series consist of JBOD and expansion racks, PCIe HBA cards and switches. The attraction of using the mini-SAS specification lies in its high performance, up to 48GB/s, and its relatively low cost when compared to competing fibre channel solutions.

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Google brings Handwrite out of beta, reaches version 1.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:34 am

Google's Handwrite input technology has jumped out of beta status and reached version 1.0. The input technology allows users to draw characters at the mobile version of in order to perform searches.




This isn't useful for Western alphabets, but it makes it much easier in languages like Chinese and Japanese. Handwrite reaching 1.0 provides improved recognition quality, thanks to new interpretation features. For example, if a user writes ambiguous characters, the website will not bring up a list of alternatives to choose from, such as "l" or "1" in place of "L."


The updated sites is also better at dealing with overlapping, which is capable of solving problems with screen space, where in some cases forced people to write one letter at a time. Chinese support has been updated to support multiple onscreen characters.

FCC chairman wants one gigabit Internet community per state by 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:31 am

At the US Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has voiced opinion for at least one "gigabit community" in all 50 states by 2015. The FCC Chairman wants a Google Fiber-like gigabit network across the US and believes that "establishing gigabit communities nationwide will accelerate the creation of a critical mass of markets and innovation hubs" enabled by the gigabit Internet connectivity.




At the moment, 42 communities in 14 states feature fiber optic Internet providers, but most of those installations aren't pushing gigabit speeds. In order to help out with the gigabit rollout, the FCC chairman has announced plans to create a new online and publicly accessable clearinghouse to collect and disseminate information about how to get the costs down, as well as increase the speed of broadband deployment across the United States.


We now have the problem of who would pay for it, as the current worldwide economy isn't strong to have the US government wholly fund the project. Could we see a telco or two step in, or Google possibly half finance the project? It looks like Internet access in the US is about to get interesting.

Project Glass could see a laser keyboard attached thanks to a new patent acquired by Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:34 am

Google have found themselves with a new patent that would see a tiny laser attached to a device to project out a virtual keyboard onto a surface, or better yet, on to users' hands. This might not be too surprising, but it would be perfect for one device: Project Glass.




According to the patent, the Mountain View-based search giant would use the system with Project Glass which would help those sporting the wearable computers input text into situations where voice control or voice input can't be done, such as an elevator or bathroom. Google see users projecting out a keyboard, keypad or graphical UI directly onto the palm of your hand - imagine the possibilities!


We're only talking about a patent at the moment, so this could all disappear, or materialize into something incredibly intuitive from Google. It could change, everything, again.

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