Microsoft's Surface Strategy According to Acer Founder

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:39 | Web and Industry News

Microsoft Surface

If you haven't heard of Microsoft's Surface tablet that was recently announced, you must have no been on the internet much at all in the past couple days. It really looks like it will be a solid tablet, albeit a little on the expensive side. All of the features and the design of the Surface really help put Windows 8 into perspective. My impressions from using the Release Preview were that it's not such a great desktop OS, but it'd be a great tablet OS. In the past Microsoft has almost always been about software (majority of their revenue is from software licensing), which makes their announcement of their own tablet a little odd. Stan Shih, who is the found of Acer, thinks the Surface is a ploy, which makes everything a whole lot more interesting. Read on for what he thinks Microsoft is really doing.

 

NVIDIA Responds to Linus Torvalds' 'Statement'

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 18:14 | Web and Industry News

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Just yesterday the internet was abuzz with the story of Linus Torvalds' (the man who came up with Linux) giving NVIDIA the finger (both in sign and in words). In the video, which was recorded at a talk Torvalds had with the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurrship, Linus claimed that NVIDIA was the worst company they've had to deal with in terms of Linux support. Well, NVIDIA obviously isn't so happy about the negative press, so they've issued a statement in response. Read on for a summary and for the original statement.

 

LEGO Turing Machine

Written by John Ponio on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 17:56 | Web and Industry News

As a fan of LEGOs, any way to combine computers and LEGOs intrigues me to no end. Recently a couple enthusiasts of everything computer-related teamed up to build a Turing Machine, which is basically a machine that simulates computer processing, out of a LEGO Mindstorms kit. The main purpose of a Turing Machine is to show a simpler model of how a modern-day computer works. The LEGO machine in the video below was made to honor Alan Turing, who came up with the idea of the original (non-LEGO) machine. 

Read more on it here

 

Linus Torvalds Talks at Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 18 June 2012 16:17 | Web and Industry News

If you haven't heard the sensationalized news, Linus Torvalds had some.. fiery words for NVIDIA. Even more interesting than just that was the entire talk that that short bit of news came from. It's just over an hour long, but all of what he has to say is very interesting. If you're the type of person to be reading Insanetek, you'll probably like the video. Watch it below.

 

How Much Faster is SPDY?

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 18 June 2012 16:12 | Web and Industry News

Fiber Optic Cable End

A new protocol called SPDY (pronounced the same way was "speedy," and it's no an acronym) has been making the rounds around the internet. The protocol is meant to be more secure and faster than the currently-used HTTP. What it is is a modification of HTTP; what it isn't is a replacement for HTTP. Since it got more mainstream, many people have claimed that websites that use SPDY load faster than those websites that don't use SPDY. Recently that claim was put to the test, and the results are interesting. Read on for more.

 

Verizon FiOS Launches New Speeds

Written by John Ponio on Monday, 18 June 2012 15:18 | Web and Industry News

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Verizon's FiOS internet service, which uses fiber optic cables rather than telephone or television cables like DSL and cable internet use, has gotten an upgrade, yet again. All internet tiers aside from the lowest have gotten new speeds. That speeds would be upgraded was announced back in May, but they weren't going to be available until now. Read on for more.

 

Intel Releases Windows 8 Release Preview Graphics Drivers

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 15 June 2012 17:24 | Web and Industry News

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For those of you who have upgrade your Intel Core systems without dedicated graphics cards to the Windows 8 Release Preview, Intel has released a graphics driver for Intel HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 graphics. Intel HD 2000 is the pre-Sandy Bridge graphics controller, Intel HD 3000 is the Sandy Bridge graphics controller, and Intel HD 4000 is the Ivy Bridge graphics controller. Read on for links.

 

Logitech Announces G600 MMO Gaming Mouse

Written by John Ponio on Friday, 15 June 2012 17:15 | Web and Industry News

Logitech G600

Logitech has announced a new addition to their G Series gaming mice: the G600 MMO gaming mouse. Similar to Razer's Naga, this mouse includes 12 programmable thumb-buttons. The total number of buttons is 20, up 3 from the Naga's 17 buttons. There are three default modes for the mouse, two for MMO gaming and one for other gaming. There's also a "G-shift" button that, like the shift key on your keyboard, lets each button perform two functions. Read on for more.

 

TSMC to Begin 450mm Wafer Factory

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:30 | Web and Industry News

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TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, has been granted the necessary permission from the Taiwanese government to build a 450mm (almost 18") wafer factory. While the factory was given the go-ahead, the technology to manufacture 450mm wafers isn't quite there. The chairman of TSMC, Morris Chang, said that the technology could be as far as 5 years away. Read on for more.

 

Acer Announces the Thinnest Ultrabook Ever

Written by John Ponio on Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:14 | Web and Industry News

Acer S5 Ultrabook

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Acer today announced what they're calling the thinnest ultrabook ever. At .44" at the thinnest point and .59" at the thickest, they definitely take the cake. While the thinnest ultrabook is nice, does it really matter? It's on the expensive side of ultrabooks, so I wonder how well it will do. One nice touch is a Thunderbolt port, which might be nice for the few of you out there with Thunderbolt devices. Read on for more.

 

Skype to Introduce 'Conversation Ads'

Written by John Ponio on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 20:22 | Web and Industry News

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Skype, one of the most popular VOIP services, has announced they will introduce "conversation ads" into 1:1 Skype-to-Skype calls. It looks like it will only be in audio calls, so video chatting is safe for now. The ads will be for users who don't have Skype credit or a subscription, although they still won't allow you to make "free" Skype-to-phone calls. As part of their marketing gimmick, Skype says that the ads will act "as an opportunity for marketers to reach our hundreds of millions of connected users in a place where they can have meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment." Read on for more, and for a picture of what the ads will look like. 

 


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