FishPi Will Make Raspberry Pi Cross the Atlantic

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:50 | Web and Industry News

FishPi Proof of Concept Vehicle

Ever wonder what you could do with a Raspberry Pi? Of course, there's always the option of throwing Fedora on it and using it for an HTPC. But what about something more.. unique? Well, that's where FishPi comes in. It's a project that will use a Raspberry Pi to autonomously navigate a solar-powered boat across the Atlantic Ocean. Right now they're still in the testing stages, and currently they're working on a Proof of Concept Vehicle (PoVC for an acronym; pictured above). Read on for more.


New Design Implementation Automation Could Make New CPUs Come Out in Months Rather Than Years

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:31 | Web and Industry News

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a way to automate one of the most grueling parts of building a CPU: taking the CPU core architectural designs and implementing them. Usually, the process of going from architectural design to implementation takes hundreds of engineers years, but this new automation process could bring that time down to just months. Read on for more.


Dell Launches XPS 14 Ultrabook and XPS 15

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:05 | Web and Industry News

Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook

Dell has launched some new additions to the XPS family of laptops, namely the XPS 14 Ultrabook and the XPS 15. The noteworthy part of this announcement is the XPS 14 Ultrabook, which boasts (according to Dell's numbers) 11 hours of battery life, higher than any other ultrabook. The XPS 14 Ultrabook also has optional integrated mobile internet. If you choose this option, the back of the lid (screen) will be leather instead of machined aluminum in order to not interfere with the signal. Read on for more.


Seagate Invests in DensBits for Low-cost, High-performance SSDs

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:40 | Web and Industry News

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Seagate, a well-known storage solutions company, and DensBits, a not-so-well-known company who is touted as the inventor of the first "Memory Modem," have teamed up to make worse SSDs better. The "Memory Modem" is a special SSD controller that apparently improves performance of lower-priced SSDs by quite a bit. Seagate invested a not-released amount of money in DensBits so they could use this "revolutionary" controller with their own SSDs. With it, Seagate can take lower-priced flash memory and make it performance like higher-priced flash memory. Read on for more.


Apple Changes No-Virus Statement

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 25 June 2012 15:13 | Web and Industry News

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Everyone knows the (false) claim that Macs don't get viruses, and readers of this site know that that just simply isn't true. It looks as if Apple's PR has finally realized that, too, as they've removed the claim that "It doesn't get PC viruses" from their website. It's funny that it's taken Apple this long to change, even though Macs were getting infected with malware further back than March of 2011. To their credit, Apple is doing some good things in terms of security with the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion. From using developer IDs for each program to sandboxing, Macs should stay pretty secure. But still, viruses on Mac is a big thing for Apple. They haven't officially claimed they're virus-free for a while, but that's always been the popular opinion and I'm sure Apple still had subconscious advertising making everyone think that. From "It doesn't get PC viruses" to "It's built to be secure" is a big change in statement, and I wonder how that will affect Apple's public image. See the before and after here, read more about it here, and read more about Mountain Lion's security features here


Spectrum Trading with Verizon and T-Mobile

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 25 June 2012 14:34 | Web and Industry News

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Verizon Wireless has lately been trying to buy more of the electromagnetic spectrum from cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast to use for its mobile network, much to the displeasure of other companies. T-Mobile was the loudest voice against the purchase, and it was shot down by the FCC mostly because of T-Mobile's protest. Well, Verizon and T-Mobile have just inked an agreement where in T-Mobile will buy some of Verizon's spectrum to improve their network in the Northeast where T-Mobile is generally weak, while Verizon will buy some of T-Mobile's spectrum in parts of California where T-Mobile is all ready strong, all for cash and for T-Mobile's silence. Basically, it looks like Verizon is paying off T-Mobile to not protest Verizon's purchase of more of the spectrum. Read on for more.


Diablo III Real Money Auction House Security Causing Problems

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 22 June 2012 16:31 | Web and Industry News

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Recently Blizzard put the real money auction house into effect in Diablo III, meaning you can now buy and sell items for real-world dollars. With the introduction of real money into Diablo's economy comes a greater need for security, both for Blizzard so they don't get sued and for users so they don't lose their money to in-game fraud. So after patch 1.0.3 Blizzard implemented some new security measures for people who digitally buy the game. An unintended bug with the new security was that players can no longer pass level 13 or go past Act I, which obviously has a lot of people in a huff. Read on for more.


Canonical Talks About Ubuntu and Secure Boot

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 22 June 2012 16:18 | Web and Industry News

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With the advent of Windows 8, the Linux community has been scrambling to figure out how it's going to work on future hardware. With Windows 8 will come a requirement for a "Secure Boot" key that the the operating system gives the BIOS via UEFI in order to boot. It's called "secure" because it will make the whole boot process more securely, making malware unable to take over the boot process. The Linux community has been scrambling because they need to find some way to boot their OS's on hardware that (so it's looking like) will only support booting with keys from Microsoft. Recently Fedora has announced that they will be paying Microsoft for use of Microsoft's keys. About a week after that, Canonical has announced how Ubuntu will take care of booting with Secure Boot. Read on for more.


Electronic Arts COO Believes Free-to-Play Microtransactions are the Way of the Future

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:20 | Web and Industry News

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In a recent interview with Kotaku, Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said something very interesting (paraphrase): free to play may be the business model of the future. This is extremely surprising coming from the the money-grubbing company that most people consider EA to be. To be more specific, he said, "I think, ultimately, those microtransactions will be in every game, but the game itself or the access to the game will be free." Read on for more.


Sandia Shows Off Fundamentally New CPU Cooler Design

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 21 June 2012 16:01 | Web and Industry News

Scandia Impeller CPU Cooler

Currently, one of the biggest challenges with designing computers is cooling. With the most widely used design of a CPU heatsink, it's a matter of balance between efficiency, noise, and size. Sure, theoretically you could get great cooling from a traditional heatisnk/fan if you made the radiator gigantic and strapped a huge fan to it. But that's not going to happen. It'd be incredibly noisy and very inconvenient. So what are we to do? Companies keep trying to make the traditional heatsink/fan combination work, using more conductive tubing and better fin design while making the fans more efficient and more quiet. But you can only make one design so great. So what about a new design? That's where Sandia National Laboratories comes in. They've recently shown off their new cooling design which uses an impeller instead of a fan, and blades on the impeller ran than blades on a radiator. You can see the picture of the prototype above. Looks interesting, right? Read on to see a video of it in action.


Acer Announces Timeline M5 Ultrabook

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:17 | Web and Industry News

Acer Timeline M5

It's an Acer kind of day, I guess. Newly announced from Acer is yet another ultrabook, this time in the Timeline series. Namely, they've announced the Timeline M5 ultrabook. Coming in at just 4.3lbs (obviously for the lightest model) and .81 inches thick, the Timeline M5 doesn't seem too shabby with Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA discrete graphics. There are two different sizes, 14" and 15.5". Surprisingly, they've left out 13.3", but that's not too bad considering how thin and light they are. Battery life is pretty standard at up to 8 hours. Read on for more.


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