Shuffle Headphones have Authentication chip

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 16, 2009 12:59 PM CDT

Well the rumors that the new iPod Shuffle has an authentication chip to prevent the use of third party headphones might just be true.

The gang over at Boing Boing Gadgets dissected the headphones and found an odd chip. But it was V-Moda that confirmed the chip was in fact an authentication chip.

This means that Apple is now trying to find ways to lock out even using their party earphones on their devices. But I imagine that they will work with anyone willing to pay enough.

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AMD wants to talk battery life with Intel

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 16, 2009 12:38 PM CDT

I tell you there seems to be more finger pointing going on that innovation these days.

The latest in the finger pointing game is AMD saying that people want to talk battery life and Intel saying it is too complicated for the average user.

Well I for one do want to talk about battery life in mobile products and think it would be a good idea for both parties to sit down and come up with something.

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AMD 8-K on Intel's threat to pull cross-license

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 16, 2009 11:58 AM CDT

AMD's 8-K Filing has been released and we have been taking a little read through it. One of the big things that I noticed was the inclusion of Intel's threat to AMD that they will cancel the cross-licensing agreement in 60 days.

This threat came after AMD made the announcement they were splitting into two companies. At the point that Global Foundries opened for business Intel felt that AMD was in violation of the 2001 Patent and Cross-Licensing Agreement.

AMD does not feel this is the case and intends to fight this action by Intel. I do agree that AMD should fight this (to keep competition up if nothing else) but I am not sure how much more in legal fees they can really afford. After all they have spent a small fortune on the anti-competitive cases against Intel in the EU and the US.

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nVidia now says it might make an x86 CPU

Sean Kalinich | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Mar 16, 2009 10:39 AM CDT

Announcements and proclamations by companies are interesting things. To me they are amusing and always taken with a grain of salt. This goes for almost every company.

Today I bring it up because of a comment I read over at Fudzilla about nVidia's announcement that it would be making an x86 SoC system. They publicly announced this at an investors meeting.

Now they are singing a different tune, saying nVidia might do that if it makes sense. No correct me if I am wrong but aren't these two opposing comments?

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Windows 7 To Shutdown Faster

Zac O'Vadka | Software & Apps | Mar 16, 2009 1:06 AM CDT

It looks as though Microsoft is taking a really strong stance on performance when it comes to Windows 7 and the dev team is doing everything it can to increase performance every which way possible, even when shutting down.

Windows 7 To Shutdown Faster

Microsoft has cut down the logoff and shutdown sounds for the upcomming Windows 7 and the results make it seem as though the team has been inspired by a Formula One race team. Much like using carbon fiber instead of fiberglass, the changes in the WAV files shave off an astounding 400 milliseconds, something you wont even notice.

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iTunes 8.1 has new Genius Bar

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 13, 2009 2:45 PM CDT

Ok it is a slow news day but this is interesting for users of Apple's iTunes. It seems that Apple recently pushed out a update that contained almost no new features.

Conspicuously absent was the main new feature, an even smarter Genius Bar that was able to recommend movies etc.

Well now Apple has commented and said that the new component is there, however it is not enabled. Spokes Person's for Apple said that the feature is not live but should be in a couple of days.

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OLPC moving away from X86 to save power

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 13, 2009 1:25 PM CDT

With the news that ARM makers Freescale and Qualcomm are looking to enter the netbook ring it is no surprise that OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) is also looking to replace the x86 CPU with an ARM.

The interesting part of this is that OLPC CTO, Ed McNierney wants Microsoft to write windows to run on ARM CPUs.

The decision to move to ARM SoC chips is pretty straight forward; power. Current OLPC designs used about 5watts, now to enthusiast and normal users this is an amazingly low power system but OLPC wants to cut it back even more through the use of ARM SoCs.

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New 4890 rumors pop up

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 13, 2009 12:38 PM CDT

You have to love the rumor mill and the way things go back and forth up and down. I am not sure how many rumors I have read about the 4890 but I wish it was out so we would know once and for all.

The latest in the stream of speculation comes from Charlie Demerjian. Charlie says that everyone stating that the 4890 is a new chip has got it wrong.

Plainly put Charlie says that the 4890 is nothing more than a superclocked 4870 55nm GPU that will need a revised power setup and PCB.

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Futuremark launches browser benchmark

Sean Kalinich | | Mar 12, 2009 12:39 PM CDT

According to a press release from Futuremark today they have officially entered the browser wars.

Futuremark has gone and made it possible to once and for all know what browser is more efficient running code and rendering using their newest benchmark named Peacekeeper.

The benchmark available online uses javascript to perform a series of tests from rendering to browser searches. Futuremark claims this will indicate just how fast your browser is. Personal testing with IE 8 Beta 2 Vs FireFox 3 shows that FireFox is still faster.

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