Panasonic has launched their Toughbook S9 series of ultra-portable and impact resistant laptops. Touted as "the world's lightest 12.1" laptop with a DVD drive," the S9 weighs in at 3.0 pounds and boasts 11 hours of battery life.
With a magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, the S9 is rated to handle drops of up to 30 inches and the spill resisitant keyboard offers protection against liquid-based mishaps as well. A 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, a DVD writer, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 round out the specs. The Panasonic Toughbook S9 retails for around $2,499 depending on final specs.
You've got a remote control for all your other electronic gadgets; why not your smartphone? Sony Ericsson has released the LiveView Screen to work as a tiny "second screen" to keep up with calls, music control, and other apps all without having to take your phone out of your pocket.
The LiveView connects with compatible Android-powered Sony-Ericsson phone via Bluetooth to give access to your music player, Android apps, and look at incoming calls without breaking stride. It can be worn in a watch strap, clipped to your laptop, or on a keychain. No price has been released, but Sony Ericsson expects the LiveView to become available by the end of the year.
Remember when AOL was known for sending you thousands of free dial up internet CDs and "You've Got Mail?" AOL is now making their move to consume tech media outlets, and TechCrunch is the latest to join the fold.
AOL has acquired TechCrunch, a popular tech news outlet, and their related properties like MobileCrunch for a reported $40 million. The deal was officially announced and signed at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today in San Francisco between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch Founder and Co-editor Michael Arrington. TechCrunch joins Engadget, Switched, and Download Squad as major tech media players now flying under the AOL flag.
Intel's Larrabee just won't die, will it?
Intel are adamant of entering into this market, and with the money they have - there's obviously no stopping them.
Intel are planning for a release in 2012, codename is "Knight's Corner", it's a 22nm HPC part and will hopefully compete with NVIDIA's Kepler and Maxwell GPGPU parts.
Intel has currently planned for it to have more than 50 cores, once they get down to 22nm. The TDP's will hopefully be good and "Knight's Corner" should at least come out before NVIDIA's Maxwell part. Intel plan to hit 22nm before the second half of 2011 while TMSC and GloFo won't be climbing the 22nm wall anytime before 2012.
All this talk of the 6xxx series from AMD, NVIDIA can get a little left out, not now.
NVIDIA have the new Fermi rumours at a nice sizzle - a mid-life kicker Fermi could be coming out. It would help bridge the gap between Fermi's half-baked 40nm release and 2011's Kepler, 28nm.
At the moment, "Fermi 1.5" looks to be the 6xxx competition - there are no firm details on it yet, all we know is that "it's coming". But, I'm sure, like me and the rest of the TT team, being a fan of technology is great right now, and if you're a fan of GPU's - then the next 6 months is going to be great times.
New 6k series from AMD, and a possible Fermi 1.5 from NVIDIA - a tonne of new games to play them on out over the next few months!
Again, as we hear things - we'll keep you informed.
Toshiba are set to show off a 3D TV on Monday that doesn't require 3D glasses.
3D TV's have been out for less than a year from the big manufacturers, all of them require the user/s to wear special glasses to see the 3D content. At the moment the technology involved in the glasses are presented with similar images, then rapidly change between each eye - this is how the 3D effect is shown to your eyes, but because it's going so fast - you don't notice the flicker, you just enjoy the 3D effect, albeit - with glasses on.
Toshiba's new technology throws the glasses away. Exact details of the technology won't be unveiled until Monday - but research by other companies has relied on a filter being placed on top of the TV screen - this filter sends a slightly different image to each eye.
Checked your piggy bank lately?? Been doing the paper run for your neighborhood? Good. You'll need it for this beast.
ORIGIN have revealed a $22, 799 PC-Xbox 360 hybrid gaming beast.
This thing is the absolute bees-knees of high end tech, kinda like Cold Rock ice-cream, it mashes together things that shouldn't be mashed together - but ultimately, it tastes awesome. Mixing a high end, overclocked, liquid-cooled PC with the popular Xbox 360 gaming platform is a pretty ingenius idea.
Just look at the specs!!
Oracle corporation is on a spending spree after this years acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a large system builder. Oracle wants to reinforce it's enterprise IT business with the acquisition of a major chip-maker.
At the moment, AMD, IBM (it's processor division) and NVIDIA are being named as potentials.
CEO Larry Ellison said, "You're going to see us buying chip companies,"
Ellison said he wants to copy the approach of Apple's CEO Steve Jobs by owning more of the IP that goes into computer chips.
While it makes sense to purchase chip-makers, an acquisition of a large GPU company like AMD or NVIDIA would be interesting to say the least. While NVIDIA is "down" (high end sales, when compared to 5k series sales) it looks very interesting - it would give NVIDIA more strength to start the obvious fight next year when AMD treads the APU territory, while NVIDIA are stuck with just a GPGPU and no integration of an x86 chip.
More interestingly, share prices of both AMD and NVIDIA rose slightly yesterday after this news hit.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Moodagent.
Are you angry at the world and feel like rocking to the heaviest stuff in your library? Or are you trying to get that special someone "in the mood" and need tunes that will help you get there? If you can't be bothered sitting down with your music library to come up with a playlist for every occasion, let Moodagent do it for you.
Moodagent is an app that will scan your music library and put together a five to fifty song playlist for you according to your mood. It syncs with your music library and uses the user's "sliders" to decide what songs to put in your playlist. The slider let you choose from Sensual, Tender, Happy, Angry, and Tempo selections and chooses tunes according to the height of the slider. If Moodagent doesn't recognize a song, you can manually adjust the song's Moodagent settings in their profiler for desktop computers. A free version is available, or you can purchase the Pro version that does not have ads for $5.00 USD. Check it out for iPhone or Android here.
Our Download of the Day today is CPU-Z 1.55.2 Beta.
CPU-Z is a freeware utility that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system. CPU-Z does not need to be installed, just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files. The program does not copy any file in any Windows directory, nor write to the registry.
Name and number.
Core stepping and process.
Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
Supported instructions sets.
All cache levels (location, size, speed, technology).
Vendor, model and revision.
BIOS model and date.
Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
Frequency and timings.
Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
Windows and DirectX version.