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Say hello to UEFI, the new computer BIOS for the next decade

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

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a boot level program that will replace the BIOS on computers made from this date forward. UEFI defines the software interface between the operating system and platform firmware. It resides in non-volatile memory on the motherboard (or on the hard drive or a network drive) and initializes the computer […]

4 cores, 8 cores, 12 cores, more? Phooey! Intel now shipping 60-core Xeon Phi processors

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

Intel announced today that the first model of the new Xeon Phi (aka Knights Corner) family of processors is now shipping. A response to high-end GPUs from companies such as nVidia and a stepping stone towards Intel’s goal of reaching 1 exaflop by 2018, the first Knights Corner chip, the Xeon Phi 5110P, has 60 […]

The new Titan supercomputer is badass but will China’s Tianhe-2 blow past it in 2015? [UPDATE]

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

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer is expected to arrive in 2015. At 50 petaflops it would be three times faster than the new Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer but let’s face it, vaporware doesn’t count in the supercomputer race and China has only held the title once (in 2010 when its Tianhe-1 briefly held the title of the […]

Memoto discrete, wearable digital camera records your entire life in 30-second intervals and saves recorded “moments” in the cloud

// October 24th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Stockholm-based Memoto, has developed a postage-stamp, waterproof, wearable camera that snaps a photo of your surroundings every 30 seconds, creating a visual archive of your life. The camera shoots 5 megapixel pictures, logs GPS coordinates and date/time, and has a two-day battery. It is capable of storing over 4,000 photos. A small, stainless steel clip […]

ASUS announces VivoTab RT tablet (Windows RT) with quad-core Tegra 3 with keyboard dock available October 26

// October 24th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

ASUS announced its new VivoTab RT, running Windows RT, will be available on October 26 starting at $599 for 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB version (sorry, but we’re going to see these Windows 8/RT devices priced too high for a while longer). The VivoTab RT is pretty much the equivalent of the popular […]

Apple introduces iPad Mini (and a new MacBook Pro, new iMacs, new Mac Mini, and other tiny stuff)

// October 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

A trash talking Schiller made a point to compare the new iPad Mini to the other guys (ahem, Google Nexus 7) in today’s announcements telling the crowd, “You get a tablet experience on the iPad Mini. You get a scaled-up phone experience on the other”. Bunch of exciting Apple gear was announced today. Good specs […]

AMD steps up game while struggling for relevance – introduces Vishera chips overclocked up to 5GHz

// October 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

AMD is stepping up their game with the new Vishera series of chips. AMD notes that the new Piledriver processor architecture boosts performance by 15% over the previous generation of FX chips – and at a lower price. For instance, the unlocked FX-8350 offers 8 cores clocked up to 5GHz for $195. Ziff Davis noted […]

Microsoft sells out of Surface RT tablets (for real?) – here are the specs

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

This seems to be the new corporate way of proclaiming that their devices are so popular that they can’t keep them in stock. We do not know how many pre-launch Surface RT units were available but we do know that Microsoft has run through all of their pre-launch supplies and are now directing customers to […]

Motorola HC1 offers Google Glass alternative with enterprise, industrial, and military applications

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Motorola Solutions unveiled their upcoming HC1 hands-free “wearable” computer to a reporter today and surprisingly, it runs Windows CE 6.0 Professional rather than Android (note: this is “Motorola Solutions”, not “Motorola Mobility” that Google now owns). The HC1 features an oversize camera and boom microphone and utilizes voice recognition, head gestures, and video streaming over […]

Rumor central – what surprises to expect at Google’s hastily arranged October 29 New York City event

// October 21st, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Hardware

There are lots of rumors flying around regarding Google’s hastily arranged October 29, 2012 event in New York City (six days after Apple reveals its iPad mini and the same day as Microsoft’s event in San Francisco). Filtering out all the fluff and sorting out what makes the most sense, here’s what Geek Slop thinks […]

Apple loses UK appeal against Samsung and now must run 14pt ads in UK newspapers admitting their mistaken claim

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

Apple lost its appeal in a UK court against the Samsung Galaxy Tab – the court of appeals upheld its previous judgment that Samsung did not infringe on any of Apple’s design elements. As a result, the court has ordered Apple to run ads in leading UK newspapers as well as on its own website […]

Rumors are Best Buy’s in-house branded tablet, Insignia Flex, will be priced too high to compete

// October 17th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Best Buy’s in-house branded tablet, the Insignia Flex, will feature a dual-core 1GHz processor, 9.7 inch screen, and 10 hour battery life, putting it in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Google’s Nexus 7. But where Amazon and Google’s tablets will be priced at $199, rumors are that the Insignia Flex will run […]

Rumor: Amazon in talks to buy TI mobile chip division bringing vertical business model more in line with Apple and Samsung

// October 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Rumors are circulating that Amazon is looking to buy Texas Instruments’ (TI) smartphone and table oriented OMAP chips division, bringing its table business model more in line with Apple and Samsung. Recall that TI recently announced that it was exiting the smartphone and OMAP chip business and moving its focus to embedded platforms (particularly in […]

China’s Lenovo passes HP to become the world’s #1 PC maker

// October 11th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

Gartner announced yesterday that China’s Lenovo has passed HP to become the world’s No. 1 PC maker in the third quarter. The studies reinforce HP’s struggle against rival manufacturers and technologies as new CEO Meg Whitman tries to overhaul the stalled 73-year-old company.

New MIT discovery prints carbon nanotubes on paper to create chemical sensors

// October 10th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

MIT chemists have printed carbon nanotubes on paper to create a sensor for detecting dangerous gases. The lines are printed on specially treated paper. When an electrical current is passed through the paper, the change in resistance indicates gas molecules that have bound to the printed nanotubes. The test sensor detected small traces of ammonia […]

Say it isn’t so – no microSD nor removable battery on upcoming LG Optimus Nexus?

// October 5th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hardware

More rumors leaked today about LG’s Optimus Nexus, the Nexus phone that LG is rumored to be making for Google. The Nexus smartphone is pretty close to LG’s Optimus G device but some of the spec changes are pretty shocking.