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General Motors, the automotive manufacturing giant attended the largest US Consumer Electronics Show for the first time ever in CES 41 year history. The keynote speaker, General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner was holding no punches and delivered a somewhat atypical promotion of greener pastures where man and machine combine to improve the world we live in. The GM thrust was as a result of several key technologies that enable their new series of luxury cars to guzzle absolutely no petroleum. The line between what is and isn't a consumer electronics gadget is getting thinner and thinner, as in this instance, car technology incorporates many of the conveniences that we consumers love.
The new range of Vue Green line cars work off a lithium ion battery which can plug into a wall socket for a charge, furthermore the electronic motors are amplified with hydrogen fuel cell technology creating water vapor as the only emission. The new technology is said to be affordable too, since GM plans to introduce 16 new hybrid models over the next four years. The cheapest of which is only about $2K more than similar luxury sedans.
Because of the cost issues, the process to create an economical hydrogen fuel driven motor is a long one, so GM have gone for the electrical motor driven by a battery and augmented by several options. Thus cars that need to travel long distances will have to use an included motor which works off of ethanol, gas, diesel or the hydrogen cell and will charge the Lithium ion batteries as needed. However economy is the name of the game and you should get 150 miles to the gallon. The main aim of GM is to use hydrogen fuel cells exclusively; however that is still a relatively long way away due to the low availability of hydrogen pumps.
Bringing his speech to a close, Wagoner announced the world premiere of the Cadillac Provoq, the first luxury model in the E-Flex line. The provocative style and gutsy lines amplified a treasure of technology. The Provoq gets 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, which also keeps the Lithium-Ion battery topped up. The surplus electricity is stored and engages during peak power situations. In addition, the solar power panel on the roof keeps all the electronics within the car in-tune and raring to go.
For more info head over to EFYtimes.
Aussie PC distributer Altech have recently issued out a PR which lets us know they've decided to take things to the ring, sponsoring world champion boxer "Vic Darchinyan".
CeBIT 2007 is commencing down-under soon, and Vic Darchinyan will be present at Altech's stand during the event whereby you can get the chance to battle it out with him in Fight Night on the XBOX 360.
For full details grab the announcement here.
Sydney, April, 23rd 2007 - Altech Computers have entered the ring to sponsor World Champion Boxer, Vic Darchinyan. Undefeated with an impressive record of 20 wins by knockout, Vic Darchinyan is Australia's number one Flyweight boxer and currently holds both the IBF & IBO World Championship belts, the Australian title, the Oceania title, and the IBF Pan Pacific title. Darchinyan is the ideal ambassador for Altech who are also recognised as champions in their own field boasting numerous business awards including a listing in BRW's "FAST 100" list of companies in both 2004 and 2006.
A rush of information on Intel's upcoming 45nm "Penryn" processors has just surfaced on the web, thanks to Intel showing off performance numbers and releasing stacks more details on their characteristics at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China this week.
You knew it had to be coming. A year ago Intel previewed its first Core 2 processors ahead of their release, and with Penryn due out before the end of the year the boys in blue are back again.
Penryn is still pretty early, although Intel was able to reach over 3GHz on all of the samples we tested. Not surprisingly, the number of benchmarks we were able to run was quite limited. Intel also provided us with a handful of its own test results demonstrated at IDF Beijing which we have reproduced here as well.
As a recap, Penryn is the 45nm micro-architectural update to Intel's current Core 2 processors. The slide above shows most of the improvements to Penryn.
A notebook maker by the name of Malibal have just recently launched a notebook with a MONSTER 20.1" widescreen display; Not only this but it also carries full SLI support, two hard drive bays with RAID 0/1 support, and much more.
Get the full rundown on it at Malibal's website.
Las Vegas, Nev., April 5th, 2007 - MALIBAL, a world leader in innovative laptop design and development, today announced the release of its new Veda Series line of notebooks. Available immediately, the Veda Series features an extensive collection of high-end options, including: 20.1" widescreen display, two hard drive bays and RAID 0/1, dual GPU capabilities with NVIDIA® SLI technology and AMD dual-core mobile technology.
NVIDIA® SLI technology is a multi-GPU solution that increases graphical processing power by linking multiple NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) together to produce a single, high-performance output.
Bit of a car buff? Admire the hard work put into a well-built custom PC? Oh you've just GOT to see this. Raktron Inc. have decided to do the unthinkable, and actually turbo-charge a highly customized PC (with red flames, working headlights, custom license plate etc.).
The turbo-charger was pulled from a late 90s Mitsubishi Eclipse and is actually made functional at 3,500rpms to push air through the case.
This was our first PC Case Modification, and this computer generated more attention than we ever could have imagined. Featured in two magazines and many websites (including hardocp.com), the response was overwhelming, and we'd like to say thanks to those who sent in positive comments. It made all the effort worthwhile.
We thought a fast computer should have hot rod flames, working headlights, and a custom license plate. As for the cooling system, an LED case fan just wasn't going to be original enough. Instead, our case fan is a turbocharger commonly found on late 1990's Mitsubishi Eclipses and Eagle Talons.
Whilst attending CeBIT at the moment, OCZ have issued out a PR which highlights all of their bang whizz products currently being showcased there.
Read the announcement here for full details.
CeBIT 2007-Hannover, Germany-March 15, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is unveiling a number of ground-breaking, next generation products at the World's largest digital technology tradeshow, CeBIT. Setting out to impress the worldwide enthusiast community and European market and impact the high-end computing and gaming industry, OCZ will be introducing new memory, power, cooling, flash, and peripherals making use of innovative technology to their product line.
Also following suit, Corsair announce their plans to dazzle us all with an array of exciting new products at this year's CeBIT, set to kick off in Hannover from March 15 through 21.
Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology. Show attendees can expect to see the latest and next generation Corsair products including the DOMINATORTM series as well as the latest announced high performance USB drive - Flash VoyagerTM GT. Corsair executive team as well as regional sales and marketing leads will be on site to conduct meetings and provide interviews.
Milton Keynes, England, 28th February, 2007 - Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it will be displaying all of its latest solutions at CeBIT this year as well as offering visitors first-look information from its new product Road Map. ECS will showcase its latest motherboards, graphics cards, notebook computers, desktop computers, portable multimedia audio/video players and home entertainment products at its booth.
If you've an appreciation for good quality computer speakers you'll no doubt have heard of Klipsch. They've just issued out a PDF file detailing all of their latest offerings which are on display at CES right now. These comprise the following :-
- Klipsch Introduces Multi-Room Entertainment Products With Wireless KlipschCast Technology
- Klipsch Introduces CS-500 DVD Entertainment System
- Klipsch Amplifies TV Sound With Add-On Audio Solution
- Klipsch Ups the iPod Speaker Ante With New iGroove SXT
- Klipsch CS-700 System Snags 2007 CES Innovations Award
Theres been several press releases come to light from NVIDIA since the opening of CES. These consist of some new mobile products in the way of notebooks, handheld devices and remote controls. You can read up on them all via the linkies to NVIDIA's press room below.
- NVIDIA GeForce GFX Processors Deliver Ultimate Visual Experience on New HP PCs and Windows Vista
- NVIDIA and ASUS Deliver World's First Notebook with Windows Sideshow Secondary Display
- NVIDIA and LG Electronics Offer Windows Sideshow Functionality in New Notebooks
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Redefines Functionality in Windows Media Center Remote Controls for Vista
- NVIDIA Preface Platform Enables Windows Vista On The Go