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Galaxy S Froyo updates delayed until October

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 23, 2010 2:56 am

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Bad news for Galaxy S owners out there; multiple sources have verified that Froyo will be delayed for the popular Samsung handsets until as late as the end of October. Originally scheduled for a late September release, Samsung Mobile's Spanish Facebook page broke the news with a confirmation from Samsung India as well. This seems a bit excessive considering the Galaxy S Froyo build has been making its way through the rooting community since July, but let's hope this means a solid and stable release.

NVIDIA's CUDA set to support x86 processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 23, 2010 12:43 am

Right now, in order to get the benefits of NVIDIA's CUDA, you require a GPU from NVIDIA capable of this - any new GPU off the shelf will do it, but up until now that has been a limitation.

 

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NVIDIA revealed that it's going to start to support x8 processors as a target for CUDA applications - what this means is, any applications written to support NVIDIA's GPU's for CUDA for compute applications will now be able to run on standard x86 CPU's - without the need of a GPU.

 

It's strange of NVIDIA to do this - but it's also a good move. For CUDA applications - an NVIDIA GPU is absolutely amazing at smashing through the compute app, but allowing it to run on an x86 CPU is a good move. Solely because it'll show just how much an NVIDIA GPU helps.

New 7 inch tablet teased by Dell CEO

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Dell's predecessor to the Streak pseudo-tablet was initially leaked way back in April, but all had been quiet on that front until today. Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Inc., gave a big tease to the audience at a conference by pulling a 7 inch Android tablet from his pocket and showing it off for the crowd.

 

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He was pretty tight lipped on specs or a release date, but the tablet resembles the "Looking Glass" tablet that was leaked with a Tegra 2 processor, 800x480 display, and 1.3 mp camera running Android 2.1. Dell also announced that the Streak would be heading to Best Buy stores next month, but gave nothing up on whether the Streak (or the new tablet) would be getting Froyo anytime soon.

All five major U.K. mobile carriers will stock Windows Phone 7 devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 9:45 pm

Windows Phone 7 is slated to hit Europe next month according to most of the rumormongers out there, and Microsoft has confirmed via a press release that the five biggest U.K. mobile carriers will all be stocking Windows Phone 7 devices by the end of this year.

 

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Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, Orange, and Three are all on the WP7 bandwagon, although we are still searching for a specific launch date to look forward to. At least those in the U.K. won't have to consider a network swap if they want to get their hands on one of these devices.

AMD Dragon Special Edition chassis launched by iBUYPOWER

By: Don Lynn | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 8:50 pm

The custom gaming PC company iBUYPOWER has teamed up with AMD to design and launch a new limited edition Dragon chassis. Centered around NZXT's Lexa chassis, the custom paintjob features the metallic AMD dragon "with its piercing red eyes, wings spread and jaws open poised to strike."

 

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Dragon gaming systems can be personally configured by the buyer to contain AMD's top end Phenom II X6 processors, fans, and even watercooling to keep the highest end systems "cool under fire." All iBUYPOWER systems come with a 1 year limited warranty and lifetime technical support. The Dragon special edition systems are now available at iBUYPOWER.com and start at $439 USD.

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Getac updates rugged B300 notebook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 7:04 pm

Your average notebook or netbook wouldn't last long out in the field with workers in remote locations or with the military. A single drop or hard bump could be the end of many computers. Workers in the field and military types need a rugged machine and Getac has a lot of rugged offerings in its lineup.

 

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The company has announced that it has updated its rugged B300 machine with some very nice new features. One of the key updates for the B300 is a new, faster processor. The processor is an Intel Core i7 running at 2GHz and at up to 2.8Ghz with Turbo Boost enabled. The machine also gets new display options. The standard display is a 700nit unit and the optional display is aimed at the field worker in the outdoors a lot.

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Buffalo offers new Blu-ray drive with USB 3.0 connectivity

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 6:02 pm

Buffalo makes all sorts of computer peripherals like external storage and optical drives. With the USB 3.0 port now becoming more common on many computers that are available, it makes sense that we would see more peripherals that use USB 3.0 coming to the market as well. Most of the USB 3.0 stuff so far has been external storage like HDDs. Buffalo has unveiled a new Blu-ray drive that uses the USB 3.0 port.

 

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The faster connectivity offered by the USB 3.0 port does the same thing for the Blu-ray drive that it does for external HDDs with faster data transfers. The Buffalo USB 3.0 Blu-ray drive burns discs at 12x on single layer BDRs. The drive can also burn just about every other optical disc format as well including CD and DVD media.

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GTC 2010 - Real-time beating heart simulation for doctors shows promise

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 5:09 pm

Nicole Scott of Netbook News is on the ground for us again and this time she is at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose.

 

The next stop was at an NVIDIA demo station where we were shown a real-time rendered beating heart and just how it can be used in hospitals in the future to assist doctors to help patients with heart related issues in potentially a quicker and more accurate fashion.

 

 

Not only are would be doctors who implement this software able to measure and see real-time heart density data and blood flow, but using NVIDIA 3D Vision stereo technology, the doctors would be able to see it in 3D. It was mentioned in the video that this type of rendering has been possible in the past, but just one frame would take too long to render, hence making the technology pretty useless in a practical sense. In the video above, we see many thousands of particles moving around the heart and they indicate blood flow. Of course being an NVIDIA sponsored event, the video card GPU used to make this tech possible is a Quadro 6000.

 

Pretty incredible technology on display here. I think I would like my doctor to have access to this sort of real-time data if something were to happen to me. How about you?

Quirky shows off cool Trek Support backpack for charging gadgets

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 22, 2010 5:04 pm

If you aren't familiar with the company called Quirky it is an interesting firm. Quirky takes product ideas from users and then they build some of those products and share the money with the people that came up with the idea and those that help to design the product as the process goes along. One of the latest products to come from Quirky is a cool one called the Trek Support backpack.

 

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The Trek Support backpack looks like a normal backpack, but it is designed to help you keep your gadgets charged up. The bag has an internal, removable battery that is rechargeable and gets power from an AC outlet. The bag is able to charge up to three gadgets at one time. The bag also has a laptop sleeve that is detachable and works with security scans at the airport so you don't have to take the notebook out of the bag.

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