Wow, just wow. China has just surpassed the US and the rest of the world by revealing the world's fastest supercomputer.
Dubbed the Tianhe-1A, it is located at the National Supercomputer Center (where else would you build a Supercomputer but the National Supercomputer Center!!) in Tianjin. The Tianhe-1A scored 2.507 petaflops as measured by the LINPACK benchmark.
The Tianhe-1A now beats the Cray's 2.3 petaflops.
Tianhe-1A was able to achieve it's record by using 7, 168 NVIDIA Tesla M2050 GPU's and 14, 336 Intel Xeon CPU's consuming a very nice 4.04 megawatts.
Nokia-Siemens Networks has scored a contract for the NBN worth $400 million over 10 years, the contract is for Nokia-Siemens to supply optical transmission kit for the NBN Co.
They initially won a $10 million purchase order for "test laboratory equipment and systems to support early release sites". The optical transmission equipment is to be used to provide connectivity between fibre access nodes and points of interconnect.
What is surprising, is Nokia-Siemens said that the NBN Co's network required connectivity at 10, 40 and 100 Gbps.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Kobo for iPhone and iPad.
Kobo may not be the first name you think of when you think of e-readers thanks to the Kindle, but they are making some big waves with the announcement of their Kobo Color and now the updates to their app for the iPhone and iPad.
In addition to the over 1.8 million free books available along with new releases at competitive prices, Kobo now supports magazine and newspaper subscriptions. You can get a 14 day trial of any magazine before beginning to pay for the subscription and e-mags and newspapers are automatically delivered to your device. Other improvements include turning a page with a "page curl" like a real book and touching and holding any word for a definition. Ready to get your reading done? Grab the app on iTunes.
Telstra is really pulling out all the stops for their T-Touch Tab.
Due out in a few days, the mobile tablet promises to gel all of the features available on smartphones (apps, internet, etc) with a larger touch screen, that will bring gaming, video, e-books and web browsing to life, kinda like the iPad.
Telstra are set to launch the T-Touch Tab on Tuesday next week (2nd of November) - the 7 inch tablet is powered by Google's Android OS, set to be $299 on Pre-Paid, it looks to be great value for money. Where it gets it's kick start from is the ability of the Android market with 100, 000 applications and counting.
Apple is said to be tinkering with a built in SIM card that will become an integrated part of iPhones instead of a swappable card. This would allow iPhone owners to purchase their iPhones directly from Apple and choose their own GSM network without having to change SIM cards.
While this wouldn't be the largest news in the U.S. due to the current AT&T exclusivity, places like Europe with multiple GSM networks and none of the silly single carrier nonsense may have the carriers cut out of the iPhone purchasing process with this technology. Cutting out the middleman on iPhone sales would be a sweet deal for Apple, if not the carriers that support them.
Discovering new places and local spots has gotten a lot easier with Google's new Place Search. While lots of searches can give you millions of useless links, Google is personalizing the search experience even more that gives you reviews, information, and mapped out locations of places that may tickle your fancy.
Places can be activated through the left side taskbar or is also automatically used if Google decides your search for "Boston Pizza Places" would make Place Search more useful than a normal googling. The goal is to reduce the amount of searches required to get local information.
Apple has continued their plunge into the Chinese market by officially launching their online store for Chinese customers today. The Apple Store China will allow customers to order custom-configured Mac computers, iPods, iPads, and the iPhone 4 online.
Apple has also launched a Simplified Chinese version of the App Store and announced plans for 25 Apple Stores to open in China by the end of next year. It look like Steve Jobs took the backlash about "neglecting the Chinese market" to heart and is coming after every yuan he can get his hands on.
WebOS, looking to make a comeback after the acquisition by HP, may be doing that by teaming up with Foxconn and Compal Communications. These two companies are said to be currently manufacturing "multiple WebOS devices," including the PalmPad.
Sources state that "Palm's new smartphones manufactured by Foxconn and Compal Communications will all adopt the brand's Linux-based mobile operating system, WebOS, which will more or less allow the two suppliers to gain manufacturing familiarity with Palm's Pre Plus and Pixi Plus phones." It looks like the Palm name won't be disappearing anytime soon, regardless of their HP ownership.
Cheap Android tablets seem to be hitting shelves in a lot of discount stores like K-Mart. Walgreens is adding their name to that list by offering up the $100 Maylong M-150 Android tablet.
Specs aren't really anything to scream about: a 7-inch 800 x 480 screen, 400MHz VIA VM8505+ processor, WiFi, and a microSD expansion slot. The Internet Explorer looking Internet icon and overall iPad look give it kind of a knockoff feel, but for a Benjamin you go in knowing you're not getting the latest and greatest tech. It's still not a bad looking device for the price, so check it out next time you're picking up your prescriptions. Funky grainy preview video after the break.
Impulse buyers watch out - PayPal have just enabled in-app, in-site buys - allowing anyone to purchase something, anywhere.
For example - if you're in a game or on a webpage - you'll no longer need to leave whatever you're doing to use PayPal to fund your task. Instead - you'll use a new tool PayPal has introduced, you just have to click a single link.
Clicking the link will trigger a PayPal pop-up, which you'll obviously have to approve of.