The latest happenings from around the web - November 30th, 2010
- ECS A785GM-M Socket AM3 Motherboard Unboxing Video @ eTeknix
- ECS H67H2-M Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP @ XtremeComputing
- Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS 27 inch Monitor @ Kitguru
- SPARKLE Calibre X460G Video Card @ Madshrimps
- AMD Radeon HD 6850/6870 Graphics Cards @ IXBTlabs
- PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1 GB @ Techpowerup
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic @ HT4U
Right now, Compact Flash is hitting 167MB/sec with it's recently released CF6.0 specification - with Sandisk, Sony and Nikon looking forward with new tech. The trio of companies have proposed a new memory card format that switches from the PATA interface to PCI-Express.
This change will have a potential data transfer rate of 500GB/sec and the second potential to extend size to 2TB. This may sound crazy now but DSLR's and camcorders are getting more complex and burst shooting RAW images and high-def video is getting quite crazy.
Reports are starting to surface that Google has purchased Groupon, a popular local deals site, for around $2.5 billion. The purchase has not been made official by either party yet, but Vatornews has received the info from a "reliable source."
Should this deal be legit, it was be quite an addition to Google's small business directory and programs like Google Places. This would also give Groupon the inside track against all of the copycat sites that have been popping up due to the success of their site, which has reported revenues of $50 million per month.
There was a bit of speak a few months ago that HTC were looking to buy up some space in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. A few companies like Nortel and Sony Ericsson had offices there, but during the recession left.
Obviously with their absense, HTC is able to nab up some spots at a much cheaper price than last year. HTC is staying reserved with their plans for the expansion but with multiple job listings, ideas and imagination can be wonderful things.
Ah, XDA hackers; how we love watching your many exploits. The latest on the list? Hacking the new Nook Color and running it as a fully functional Android tablet.
Yep, that's Angry Birds flying free on a Nook Color. The bugs are still being worked out, but when it's done a fully functional Android tablet for $250 isn't a bad proposition. Keep up with their progress here.
Have you put your mind back together after glimpsing at the picture? Because it would typically blow your mind looking at it. The design is something that has never really been done before and obviously it's a concept - so we might never see this in the retail market.
Doesn't stop you from dreaming though, don't dream too much though as this phone will detect your emotions. No, seriously it will. A RIM-sponsored design project at the Art Center College of Design are talking about how they have designed the Empathy to detect the emotion of it's user and his or her contacts.
With the launch of the 6000 series of desktop cards well underway, it's about time that the mobile segment got a little love. That love has arrived with AMD's announcement of the Radeon HD 6500M and Radeon HD 6300M mobile GPUs.
Both GPUs boast DX11 compatibility, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 11, and HDR texture compression support as standard along with a programmable hardware tessellation unit. OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.1 support is also included as well as support for ATI's dynamic switchable graphics technology for alternating between low-power integrated graphics and high-performance dedicated graphics.
In this modern world of wanting high resolution video on smaller and smaller screens, sometimes there's some give and take involved when it comes to download speeds and how much of the video you can see. KDDI is trying to take some of the pain away with their zoom and enhance platform for video.
Since it's hard to make out some things on smaller screens, the trick that KDDI is giving you is the ability to zoom in on the part of the video that's important and that you want to see. Since many cameras usually stay centered on the action in things like ballgames, you can cut out the clutter and even save yourself from having to download that section of the video. The picture fidelity loss is supposed to be minimal, so this may be an interesting idea for video watching on items like smartphones and tablets.
In the words of the great Ron Burgundy, "Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast!" And by getting out of hand, I mean Facebook's value, $50 billion!!
The last company valuation put them at $35 billion, at the moment there are 2.5 billion shares at around $20.76 a share.
Digital Realty Trust are a data centre reseller and hosting provider to Facebook, the company is setting a flag in Sydney for 2011 where it plans to spend $350 million on a data centre.
Digital Realty has partnered with Macquarie Capital to bid for the NSW government's data centre consolidation project. Kris Kumar who is the Asia-Pacific chief has said that it [Digital Realty Trust] have ambitious plans for regional growth, saying "I'd like to see 10 per cent of global revenue coming from Asia-Pacific in the next few years."