Razer Blade Stealth laptop turns into a powerful gaming PC

Ultra thin and light for on the go and ultra powerful for gaming at home.

Source: Razer Blade Stealth laptop turns into a powerful gaming PC


Google develops computer inspired by Star Trek

A computer interface that can supply answers to users without requiring them to dig their phones out of their pockets or tap away at a keyboard is being developed by Google.Amit Singhal, Google vice-president and senior search engineer, said that the company has been inspired by sci-fi series Star Trek to develop the “ubiquitous computing” concept, where gadgets woven into users daily lives seamlessly respond to questions.”Why should someone stop their conversation because theyre missing a tiny piece of information that you need to take that conversation further?” said Mr Singhal. “You have to pull out your phone. You have to unlock the phone. You have to type. Already you have lost valuable seconds and the conversation has become unnatural and awkward.”I would make a bold prediction that in the next three to five years you will have a Star Trek assistant, with a lot more capability than your phone has now. We have built baby steps of this already.”In future, answers to questions could be delivered to users through devices for the living room and kitchen appliances that respond to spoken commands.

via Google develops computer inspired by Star Trek – Telegraph.

Does This Wearable Computer Make My Butt Look Fat?


Google’s Project Glass is in limelight at the moment because it’s amazing technology that’s only now becoming viable, even while it’s been a Star Trek staple for years. And Glass is actually just one component in a quiet revolution in wearable computing that’s going on all around you–which may change how you learn about just about everything.

Of course Google’s not alone, and the New York Times pointed out this week that Google’s arch-rival Apple has recently filed a patent for a similar sort of head-worn device (just the latest of many Apple’s filed over a long period). And where Google and Apple tread, others will follow…

via Does This Wearable Computer Make My Butt Look Fat? | Fast Company.

Nanoscale ion microtrap array for quantum information processing


A groundbreaking new device from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory NPL could help to usher in the long-awaited era of quantum computers.Researchers at NPL have demonstrated for the first time a monolithic 3D ion microtrap array that could be scaled up to handle several tens of ion-based quantum bits qubits.An ion trap is a combination of electric or magnetic fields that captures ions in a region of a vacuum the ions’ quantum state can be manipulated.The research shows how it is possible to realize this device embedded in a semiconductor chip, and demonstrates the device’s ability to confine individual ions at the nanoscale…

via Nanoscale ion microtrap array for quantum information processing | KurzweilAI.

Office 2013 preview: cloud subscriptions, Metro flair, and touch improvements | The Verge

Microsoft’s Office 2013 reaches its public Customer Preview milestone today, available for end users to test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft is calling its Office 2013 suite, codenamed Office 15, a “modern” version of the software that is used on a billion PCs worldwide. Cloud-connected and designed to work well on Windows 8 tablets, Office 2013 signals a shift to document collaboration and anywhere any device access. Notably, Microsoft is introducing an on-demand subscription version of Office 2013 that can be streamed from any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with the ability to sync settings and documents. With strong competition from Google Apps and Apple’s iCloud storage and iPad hardware, how does Microsoft plan to keep Office 2013 desktop software and its cloud offerings relevant in a multi device era? Read on to find out…

via Office 2013 preview: cloud subscriptions, Metro flair, and touch improvements | The Verge.

Computer that could outlive the universe a step closer

The heat-death of the universe need not bring an end to the computing age. A strange device known as a time crystal can theoretically continue to work as a computer even after the universe cools. A new blueprint for such a time crystal brings its construction a step closer…

via Computer that could outlive the universe a step closer | New Scientist.

Windows 8 Upgrades Will Cost Just $39.99!

When it launches this fall, upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will cost just $39.99. This aggressive pricing isn’t limited to recent Windows owners — it will be available for PC owners who are currently running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Downloadable from Windows.com after launch, you’ll also be able to add Windows Media Center for free from the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after you download the update. Thanks Microsoft for showing some heart! 🙂

Windows 8 Upgrades Will Cost Just $39.99.

1 core, 2 core, now 4 core!

Intel Corp. says its new 50-watt quad core Xeon processors, released Monday 12/03/2007, would help the chipmaker gain market leverage in an energy-conscious business environment.

Quadcore processor

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said the two new 50-watt server processors — dubbed the Intel Xeon L5320 and L5310 respectively — would decrease users’ server power consumption by 35 to 60 percent versus Intel’s current 80-watt and 120-watt quad core server processors.

Clearly, Intel’s strategy with these two chips is aimed at a server market in which its’ main competitor Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc. intends to release processors that feature lower power consumption rates.

Warren Shiau, associate partner and senior analyst, IT research for The Strategic Counsel, said Intel has been taking it to AMD on price and performance. The new Xeons are part of the next wave of Intel’s attack: Performance per watt.

Intel quadcore

“This isn’t necessarily about having the lowest power consumption,” he said. “Intel traditionally has not been able to get lower consumption rates than AMD, so it’s gone for decreasing it’s power consumption to offer competitive levels with AMD, but not necessarily equal or better. The upside being that Intel, across the board, is going for and getting better performance-per-watt which seems to be the more relevant measure in the marketplace than having the absolute lowest power consumption.”

Shiau said the general consensus is that AMD isn’t really going to have an answer for everything Intel is hitting it with until AMD gets Barcelona-based products out the door in volume, which probably means another half-year of Intel taking it to AMD’s margins.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst for The Enderle Group, said latching onto the ‘green’ movement Stateside is a wise strategy, one that is in vogue with most companies, and particularly in the run-up to the forthcoming U.S. federal election in 2008.

“Green is big right now and likely to get bigger in the U.S. as elections approach. Initially much of the cause isn’t an environmental concern as it is that many IT shops are hitting thermal limits in their data centers and the cost of increasing the cooling can run into millions of dollars for an existing building,” he explained. “As a result, power, or in this case heat, has become a big concern. But, with the increased focus on the environment and the growing cost of fossil fuels suddenly there is even more focus on doing things efficiently.


“Both Intel and AMD have seen this trend coming and one of the major areas the two will be competing on is which company can do the most with the least amount of power, heat, and noise.”

Moreover, Enderle said the new Intel Xeons also showcases a skill set that would become more popular going forward in the channel. That is, the ability to efficiently map out and design data centers to maximize capacity and minimize the thermal load and power requirements for the site.

“This should also help drive a swap out of the older, less efficient technology from both AMD and Intel, as well as older UNIX mainframe and mid-range products that are not power or heat efficient to new products that can do more, but without increasing the heat or power requirements and possibly reduce them,” he remarked.

Overall this is a signal for change, and change generally means good revenue for the channel if the players can position themselves to take advantage of it, Enderle added.

“Green is also the color of money, at least here in the U.S.,” he quipped.

A processor that throws off less heat is easier to package and requires less ancillaries, Shiau said.

“All other things being equal, a processor that consumes less power is going to reduce data center costs compared to one that consumes more,” he said. “If energy costs were inconsequential you could bet it wouldn’t be an issue.

“Marketing people and what’s in vogue; it all goes hand-in-hand.”

The goal is absolutely about finding solutions for customers who are facing increased electricity costs, said Bill Calder, spokesperson for Intel in Hillsboro, Ore.

“This is particularly acute in today’s data centers. The growing number and density of servers has made electricity costs a significant factor in IT purchases,” he said. “With products like the Intel Xeon 5300 series we offer both incredible performance and energy efficiency — the best of both worlds. As such, it is not about latching on to any particular movement as much as it is offering customers the right choices that meet their needs to lower overall cost and still have outstanding performance with the latest server technology.”

Of the new quad core chips, Intel’s Xeon L5320 runs at 1.86 GHz and the L5310 runs at 1.60 GHz and features 8MB on die cache for faster memory data communication and run on dedicated 1066 MHz front side buses. Servers based on the new low-power, quad-core processors are designed for dense data centers, blade servers, and industries such as financial services where the scale and density of servers are highly sensitive to power, real estate and cooling costs, the company said.

Intel said its’ Tier 1 server vendors would build solutions with the new Xeon chips in the coming months. Acer, Dell, Digital Henge, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, HCL, IBM Corp., Samsung, Verari and Wipro are all expected to announce plans to do so. Milpitas, Calif.-based Rackable Systems Inc., a server and storage products provider, did so recently when it unveiled plans to deploy servers featuring the L5320 and L5310 via unique server designs and delivered fully racked and cabled.

“Our newest low wattage servers demonstrate our ongoing commitment to green technology and reducing data center operational expenses,” said Giovanni Coglitore, CTO, Rackable Systems, in a statement. “With Intel’s new 50-watt quad core processors inside Rackable Systems’ thermally efficient servers, we can meet companies’ computing needs while effectively managing skyrocketing energy costs.”

Officials said the quad core Intel Xeon L5320 is priced at US$519 in quantities of 1,000. The Intel Xeon L5310 is priced at $455.

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