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2015 Lamborghini Huracan dashboard powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 30 graphics chip

// March 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hardware

2015 Lamborghini digital instrument cluster

The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan was introduced this week and demonstrates that yes, dashboards can indeed be colorful fully-digital screens. The Huracan’s instrument panel displays virtual 3D gauges on a 12.3-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1440×540 pixels and driven by a Tegra 30 chip from Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Series. The processor can spin the […]

Helium-filled hard drives reduce friction and hence allow more storage with 20% less power

// November 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Helium, the 2nd lightest element, is already used in the cooling of superconducting magnets. Helium reduces friction, vibration, and heat and thus, when utilized in hard drive design, reduces mechanical issues that limit the storage density while using 20% less power than conventional hard drives. And it’s not a pipe dream either. Data-storage company HGST […]

New Belkin devices lets you monitor electric usage of every electrical appliance in your home

// August 1st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Belkin is working on a new device called the Echo Electricity, that they say will make it possible to see how much electricity each device in your home is using. The device will connect to your utility meter and monitor the electromagnetic interference (noise) emitted over the power lines by all of the electrical appliances […]

Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa chip raises the bar once again. Will we find it in the Note 3?

// July 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Samsung has been teasing its updated Exynos 5 chip since last week and today we find that the dangling carrot is well worth reaching for. The updated Exynos 5 SoC is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE design, offering four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.3GHz giving the CPU […]

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer destroys speed record to become fastest supercomputer on the planet

// June 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

The Cray Titan lost bragging rights this past week as China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer clocked in at a silicon-scorching 30.65 petaflops (74% faster than Titan) making it the fastest supercomputer on the planet. The feat was even more impressive given that Tianhe-2 was not even running at full capacity. Theoretically it could hit 50 petaflops although

Oh no, not again. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include an eight-core processor? Looks like it might.

// May 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware, Mobile

Really, again? SamMobile, who has a good record when it comes to Samsung leaks, has reported that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will indeed arrive with a octa-core processor, which was unexpectedly absent from the UK and US release of the Galaxy S4 flagship. The device will reportedly also include an eight-core Mali 450 […]

Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) memory standard promises 15 times better performance than traditional DDR1/2/3 SDRAM

// April 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium finished hammering out the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) 1.0 standard this week. With a max bandwidth of 320GB/sec to a nearby CPU or GPU (compared to 24GB/sec for DDR3 SDRAM), HMC offers up to 15 times the performance of DDR3, while using 70% less energy. Rather than placing RAM dies […]

Seagate ships world’s first 4TB Hard Drive – priced at less than $200 per unit

// April 3rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Today, Seagate began shipping what it claims is“the world’s first 4TB Hard Drive”. The new technology will utilize four 1TB platters giving the drive 800,000 times more storage space than the first desktop drive it introduced way back in 1979. According to Seagate, “There’s enough storage space to tuck away 800,000 photos, 450 hours of […]

Samsung Galaxy S4 fizzle but device does solidify position as king of the mobile arena – for now…

// March 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was revealed today and although there were no mind-blowing revelations (and a couple of disappointments), it is indeed a beauty. With a 5 inch Super AMOLED 1920×1080 display (441ppi and protected via Gorilla Glass 3) and 1.6GHz 8-core Exynos Octa 5410 SoC (which is really two quad-cores – four Cortex-A15 cores […]

Google rumored to be prepping upgraded Nexus 10 with more powerful quad-core processor and 8-core GPU

// January 29th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hardware

Rumors are beginning to circulate that Google is prepping a major upgrade to their flagship Nexus 10 tablet. The Nexus 10, introduced in October 2012, is equipped with a powerful Exynos 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a Mali-T604 GPU but users have reported performance issues such as lag and stutter as the processor struggles to power […]

LG announces 100 inch “Laser TV” – throws image on wall from 22 inches

// December 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Just ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), LG has announced a television that could become the most talked about piece of gear at CES. The new “Hecto” Laser TV system is designed to project a 100 inch 1080p image onto a screen from just 22 inches away. Unlike traditional projectors that require dark […]

Tegra 4 leak hints at 72-core graphics chip in next generation mobile processor

// December 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Chinese website, Chip Hell, has leaked what could be the specs of Nvidia’s next-generation Tegra processor, codenamed “Wayne” (following Nvidia’s superhero naming scheme). If the leak is true, Qualcomm and Samsung better stay on their toes. The Tegra 4 will apparently follow the same 28nm process (battery saving) as its rivals and according to the […]

More reports that Apple is working on Apple-branded TV prototypes

// December 12th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

They are. They aren’t More reports come in today that Apple is working with Asian suppliers to create a new Apple branded TV set. Excitement is high because Steve Jobs had previously stated that Apple had finally cracked the code for a television OS that was as clean and simple as the iPhone. Reportedly, several […]

Microsoft announces pricing for the x86 version (Windows 8 Pro) of their Surface tablet

// November 29th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

One month after the Surface RT hit the market, Microsoft today announced pricing for the x86 version of their Surface tablet. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions: a 64GB version for $899 and a 128GB version for $999 and of course, both will run all current Windows 7 […]

Nexus 7 killer – meet SmartQ X7 tablet with better specs than Nexus 7 at the same price

// November 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

The SmartQ X7 7” tablet goes for $249 and includes an impressive arsenal of stats and functionality. In some ways, it’s quite similar to the Nexus 7. They both feature 7” IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and they both run Android Jelly Bean. But beyond that, the SmartQ spanks the Nexus 7 […]

Fanless CPU cooler is noiseless but takes the largest (UNBELIEVABLE) heatsink we’ve ever seen to dissipate heat

// November 16th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

No, this is not a joke. If you want a fanless and noiseless CPU cooler that REALLY works, this is what it takes. Meet the 2 pound Zalman CNPS FX100-Cube CPU cooler which does not draw dust or generate vibration due to its passive operation. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum and works […]