Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview with officials of Aussa.

Ausser is a new online store that sells computer hardware components and system assembly. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the agreement we reached with them on the discount on postage for systems running them. Today we have taken some time and we sat with them to explain to us a little vision of this young company.

HZ: You can introduce yourselves and tell us your position within Aussa? Sergio: Well, first, thank you for the opportunity to let us know. My name is Sergio Rodriguez, and I agree with Bob Sarabia Aussa management. My work in the company, is based primarily on online advertising, and web maintenance.

Silicon Power V20: SSD SandForce

The manufacturer Silicon Power has launched a new range of SSD called V20. At 2.5-inches, these SSDs use a controller SandForce SF-1xxx and boarded the MLC NAND flash memory. Equipped with a SATA 3 Gbps, these SSDs are available in capacities of 40 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB and 240 GB They support the TRIM control and are capable of reaching speeds of around 285 MB / s read and 275 MB / s write (probably less for models 40 and 60 GB).

Action game for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360: Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft Brotherhood helps to new record

On 31 Ubisoft's third quarter ended December 2010 for the financial year 2010-11. Now the French company puts the numbers on the table. With sales of 600 million euros in the fourth quarter of 2010, the company surpassed the record of the previous year by 21.2 percent. The main reason for this was called the Ubisoft action game "Assassin's Creed - Brotherhood".

6.5 million copies of the game gave the company to the traders. As part of the investor conference announced Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot, that - coming in 2011 an "Assassin's Creed" game - against otherwise. Whether it is to "Assassin's Creed 3" is, is unclear. As the website reports, Ubisoft announced in May 2011 the first information about the latest offshoot.

Action game for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360: Batman - Arkham City: No multiplayer mode

"Dead Space 2" has him "Bioshock 2" has him "Batman - Arkham City" has not it: a multi-player mode. In times of Internet, Xbox Live and the Playstation Network, many developers rely on these online component. Not so Rock steady: In part 2 is placed on the Dark Knight himself. As the game director Sefton Hill confirmed in an interview with the "is" Batman - Arkham City "a pure single player experience.

Rumor: Dell wants to buy AMD

The NASDAQ has seen a recent and rapid rise of the action AMD (+ 42%) during the day yesterday, an increase fueled by a crazy rumor: Dell would buy AMD. This rumor makes some of its roots in the sudden and unexplained departure of CEO and chief financial officer of AMD, two key figures who have still not been replaced.

Such a vertical merger would however not easy to implement, especially if one recalls that AMD has just digest ATI. Nothing is impossible, however, and AMD, which weighs only 5.8 billion dollars in stock market is within the scope of Dell (27 billion dollars).

Hybrid Cube Memory: DDR3 power 20?

While memory DDR4, supposed replacement for the current DDR3 is not expected for many months (even years), Micron has announced the HMC (Hybrid Memory Cube), a type of DRAM supposed to be 20 times faster than a DDR3 memory module. Just that. Micron said that the stack of DRAM memory chips and the integration of the logical layer within the package reduces the consumption of all by a factor of 10.

Scythe Mine 2, New CPU cooler with 140mm fan

Systems specialist Japanese CPU cooling Scythe has announced the launch of its new high-performance heatsink Scythe Mine 2, which has a 140mm fan and voltage regulator. Mine sink 2 has 8 copper heatpipes, high-performance, which dissipate heat from the processor through two blocks of dissipation of generous dimensions.

14cm fan installed between them, air flow (both entering as they exit) will be optimized to provide the highest performance. In addition, the lower fan installed will help cool the components located around the processor. The sink structure allows up to three fans at the same time, so that in this way to maximize air flow and thus the efficiency of this sink to the peak using the push-pull principle.

Cloud gaming shelf for HTC Flyer

The manufacturer HTC has just formalized at the Mobile World Congress, its touch pad Flyer. With a 7-inch screen capable of displaying a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, this tablet aluminum "unibody" has dimensions of 195 x 122 x 13 mm. Android running Gingerbread (an update is scheduled to Honeycomb), the Flyer features a single-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space.

Changes in the App Store: Apple: New subscription system for newspapers, videos and music

Who subscribes to the future via App a newspaper or magazine, an e-paper selected from six times weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semi or annual basis. The corresponding amount is automatically deducted at the start of subscriptions - from your iTunes account, which you buy at the App Store as music or apps.

Your subscriptions you manage your account page, including the ability to disable automatic renewals of subscriptions. Apple handles all transactions and strokes per subscription, a 30 per cent. For subscribers who have completed their subscriptions outside the app, publishers must provide their own authentication process within the app.

Sapphire: a super-compact PC Atom/ION2

The manufacturer Sapphire has announced the launch of EDGE-HD, a platform based on a nettop Atom / Ion 2. Equipped with a D510 processor Atom dual-core clocked at 1.66 GHz, this mini-PC is very compact since it displays the dimensions of 19.3 x 14.8 x 2.2 mm. It embeds 2 GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and Gigabit Ethernet controllers and 802.11n WiFi.

Four USB and two HDMI and VGA outputs are available. Its consumption is finally limited to 22 watts. Supplied with free DOS, EDGE-HD is available at a fee of approximately $ 300.

HTML5 completed in 3 years

The W3C has released the new schedule for the HTML5 with the deadline for final review in May 2011 and set the standard for completion of 2014. "Last Call" (final call in French) is the phase where the W3C invites communities to confirm the format specifications. It is a kind of final reading to ensure consistency.

It was not until engineers determine that all features (feature complete), but it will already be possible to have a first look at all facets of the language. To be finalized and be recommended by the W3C, HTML5 needs a set of tools to ensure interoperability with various media supposed to support.

USB sticks disposable cardboard

Art Lebedev Flashkus just presented his concept of disposable USB to share. The principle is simple. The key is printed on a card and costs so cheap it can tear it and give it to facilitate the sharing of data. There is obviously no information on price or availability. Manufactured in version 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB, these keys are for now a concept that more and more about him on the Web.

However, we doubt its relevance. At a time when the cloud is growing now, where it is possible to pass information between smartphone with a simple application and file sharing by email is more simple and practical such a tool appears to be based on a technology already obsolete. In addition, there are fears a USB cardboard is too fragile to be really interesting

Smartphones: social media Smartphones HTC Salsa and ChaCha

Basis of both smartphones is the current operating system "Android 2.4". The devices show including birthday and photo of the caller - it works for outgoing calls. The touch screen has a resolution of 480x320. When HTC Salsa 3.4 inch display is large, the ChaCha 2.4 inches. The smart phones use each have a 600-megahertz processor from Qualcomm and have 512 megabytes of system memory.

Users extend the internal memory via microSD card to up to 32 gigabytes. N WLAN, Bluetooth and two cameras are on board. HTC brings the Salsa (389 €) and ChaCha (319 €) in the second quarter of 2011 on the market.

Asus at CeBIT: the G74 successor to G73

The Asus G73 is one of the most powerful portable PC market and its design so stealth bomber 80 years marked the spirits. This spear is now more than a year and well deserves to be replaced. This will be done before the next CeBIT opening its doors in Hanover on March 1. Asus is currently silent on the characteristics of her unborn child, but it will of course always the Republic of Gamers range.

iPhone manufacturer controls his partner: Apple finds child labor and toxic chemicals from suppliers

In the 127 businesses audited were 37 irregularities have been discovered, Apple said in its annual report on working conditions at suppliers. In ten companies were working at control point 91 minors. Working with one of the farms was completed, the others have to check the working conditions better.

One of the sites inspected put 137 workers out in poorly ventilated areas of the health-damaging chemical N-hexane. The company had been instructed not to use the material and improve ventilation. Particularly thoroughly researched by the Apple contract manufacturer Foxconn. Reason: A series of suicides among those who work there saw 2010 for worldwide attention.

The Intel chips for smartphones

Intel has announced the first chips from Infineon's mobile division. The company introduced the X-Gold 706, a module in 40 nm etched supports 2G, 3G and LTE. This is the big brother of X-Gold 626 released last year with the LTE and more. Intel hopes that the brands of smartphones already using the old model will transition to this new chip providing the LTE level 1 to their client.

He also spoke of a LTE modem using a PCB of less than 700 mm ² LTE compatible category 3 (100 Mb / s downlink and 50 Mbps upstream speed). The first examples of testing this modem will be available during the third quarter of this year, followed by mass production in the second half of 2012.

Mobile World Congress 2011: Tablet PC Viewsonic ViewPad 4

The ViewPad 4 offers some new features compared to the ". Thus supports the Tablet PC "Flash 10.1". The (Qualcomm "MSM 8255) works with a gigahertz clock rate. By comparison, the ViewPad 7 was content with a 600-megahertz chip. By ViewPad 4 phone calls via Bluetooth headset - without the aid of a special App.

Two cameras (front and rear) allow video conferencing. The playback and recording of HD video (720p) is possible, as the transfer of flat-screen TV or PC monitor via Mini-HDMI. Google Maps use GPS module. Practical: "view scene" fits the user profile by using GPS to each site. In the office, you are therefore business applications, at home more social networking elements.

NEC Tegra 2 in a 7-inch netbook

The manufacturer NEC has just introduced in Japan its new mini-notebook: Lifetouch Note Netbook. With a resistive touch screen 7-inch LED backlight that can display a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, this netbook displays a weight of 699 grams on the scale. The Lifetouch Note features a NVIDIA Tegra 2 and 2 or 8 GB of storage space depending on the version.

There is also a microSD card reader, Bluetooth 2.1 controllers and 802.11n WiFi, a webcam 2MPixels, GPS, an accelerometer and a miniUSB port. Its battery gives it to his side a maximum range of 9 hours of operation. Two versions will be initially available on 10 March. The first, with 2 GB of storage space, will be posted at approximately $ 480 (2 GB microSD card included).

Sapphire HD Mini-Edge PC, nettop super compact

Sapphire is now the leading desktop solution, characterized by very small overall dimensions and adequate performance for basic home use. Edge-HD Mini PC measures only 193x148x22 mm, weighing just over a pound. The chassis, has an extremely thin volume of less than half a liter and it is easy to place anywhere you want.

The accompanying stand allows a vertical position close to the TV display in your home or office. The compact size made it possible to install a motherboard based on nVidia video accelerator ION2 and central microprocessor at 1.66 GHz Intel Atom D510 This combination allows you to work without too much difficulty with the most common applications and operating environments to run as Windows 7 and Vista Aero graphics interface.

Bitkom balance for 2010: Extreme rise in sales App

Bitkom speaks of a explositionsartigen growth year on year and is the mini-programs as a key to the success of the mobile Internet. There are currently about 520,000 worldwide for news applications, games or online services available. Almost 90 percent of the bid is the users free of charge. The average price for a paid app amounts to follow the Bitkom to 3.25 €.

110 million downloads of the pay programs have provided last year for a turnover of 357 million euros. Not ipso facto raises the App market as a lucrative source of revenue: advertising placements within a App flush more money into the coffers of the providers. A rapidly increasing use of smartphones and Tablet PCs in the past year contributed to the strong growth of the App Market.

iOS 4.3 release postponed to February 28?

The release of IOS 4.3 was postponed until February 28. In recognition of this delay was the lengthening of the probationary period for The Daily, the newspaper for iPad Rupert Murdoch. At first the trial of the same newspaper had been set at two weeks, but in the last hour has been extended until 28 February 2011.

Reading between the lines this extension could be a sign that shows that Apple is not ready to release of IOS 4.3. The Daily iOS 4.3 and are closely linked, since the new operating system release will present the API function that brings the in-app subscription, ie the ability to subscribe to the newspaper through Apple's mobile devices.

Available the first power supply certified for 80 Plus Platinum

The site Akiba PC Hotline reports on the debut of Japanese territory as the first supply "consumer" 80 Plus Certified Platinum. This type of certification is issued when the PSU is capable of delivering at least 90%, 94% and 91% of rated power under a load of 20%, 50% and 100% (on 230V supply). The model is called the SF-550P14PE and is developed by Super Flower.

Declares a power of 550W of power and adopt a single-rail circuit 45.5A on the 12V +. The cable design is modular while the cooling fan has a diameter of 140mm and is activated only when the internal temperature exceeds 65 ° C. The marketing price is 19800 JPY at an exchange rate around 175 Euro.

Toolkit: Software Tip of the Day: open source in the study

"Open source in the study" is a collection of programs. The package contains important programs that you access while studying under the arms. Thus, the collection contains software such as Office or tools like Scribus, learning programs such as FreeMind and Evernote, security tools such as AVG Anti-Virus Free or TrueCrypt and other useful programs such as Astroburn, CCleaner, and many more.

Mobile World Congress 2011: Android smartphone HTC Desire S

The Desire S has a one gigahertz processor from Qualcomm, 768 megabytes of work and four gigabytes of data storage you expand using microSD card, an eight-gigabyte card, the smartphone is already. The operating system "Android 2.4" pre-installed. Amenities include wireless-n, Bluetooth and HSPA. The Desire S is DLNA compliant, can thus be integrated into a home network.

The aluminum housing contains two digital cameras, a five-megapixel resolution, LED flash (with video recording in HD) on the back and a front VGA webcam. The touch screen measures 3.7 inches. Download apps from the Android Market, Skype is already on board from the factory. The HTC Desire S costs 489 € without contract.

Samsung introduces their compact cameras and ES80 PL20

Samsung has announced the launch of two new compact automatic cameras. This is the PL20 and ES80 models that offer a photographic experience fun for the whole family and provide access to crisp, high definition through a combination of high quality features and cutting-edge innovations. In a smart and simple device to use, PL20 camera is nothing less than a 14 megapixel sensor, a wide-angle lens of 27 mm., A raised five times optical zoom (5x) and enables high-definition video recording.

Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine

For the first time, an IBM computer against the best players in the first inning and Jeopardy holds man and machine tie. IBM prepares the game for years. It puts forward Watson, a system of artificial intelligence capable of understanding a question and answer (see "A computer will play Jeopardy"). The task is difficult because not only must understand the syntax, but the wordplay and the complexity of the issues that are given, search through its database to output the correct answer.

Action Game: Serious Sam 3 - BFE: shoot-confirmed

2011, the year is the fun-Action: First 'Bullet Storm', then the resurrection of "Duke Nukem" and then returns to hero even Serious Sam. How novel Ribaric, President of the Croatian developer Croteam Studios, the work on "Serious Sam 3 - BFE" in full swing. Further details on the game or the meaning of the abbreviation "BFE" are not yet known.

Appear to the shoot-already in summer 2011.

Intel has Core i7 EE 990X and revises the list LGA-1366 CPU

Despite the launch of the new Sandy Bridge architecture, Intel continues to use the previous Westmere architecture for its CPU-end enthusiast. Yesterday, the giant U.S. chip-maker has officially unveiled the 990X Core i7 Extreme Edition, a new proposal based on top of the line core Gulftown (Westmere architecture with native 6-core).

The only change from the previous top model Core i7 EE 980X is the increase in clock rate, which fell from 3.33MHz to 3.46MHz, because the rest of the specifications is always the same manufacturing process to 32nm, LGA -1366, 130W TDP, multiplied unlocked upwards and 12MB of shared L3 cache, as well as price on the trade: $ 999.

ARM - who does what Samsung (8)

Samsung is a specialist ARM SoC. The company team because some of its phones with its own chips (the Hummingbird is quite famous) but also the team of Apple phones since the beginning. The Samsung SoC are the usual S5L8900 the APL0298C05 S5PC111 and even if Apple A4 is also considered by some as a Samsung, because the Korean firm has worked with Apple for its design.

The first was used in first generation iPhone, the second in the iPhone 3G? the latest in Tablet Tab and smartphones Galaxy and Galaxy Nexus S. S5L8900 the team is the SoC that the first generation iPhone and iPod touch. 90 nm in the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPod touch 1G, it is clocked at 412 MHz.

AMD is not the most user marks Athlon, Athlon and Sempron

AMD could eliminate the specific brands of its processors in order to give more space to the brand AMD Vision. Xbitlabs him back. with the company citing an internal document from which we learn that the names Athlon, Athlon and Sempron processors will slowly disappear. The transition will start with its new desktop CPUs now known by the codename of Llano Zambezi and for which no new brand will be introduced and will be divided into different classes of the Vision platform.

Apple will be the biggest customer of Samsung

According to the Korea Economic Daily newspaper, Apple would become the first customer of Samsung with a series of orders totaling $ 7.8 billion (approx. 5.8 billion euros). The Cupertino company is used to place large orders to take advantage of low prices, maintain inventory and stifle competition.

This strategy is not new, but with the various successes of the firm, the controls are becoming increasingly important. Despite the fact that Samsung is a competitor of Apple in the market for tablets and smartphones, both companies have trade long ago. Cupertino usual to provide in NAND (see "Apple robs Samsung") and uses its facilities to manufacture its processor A4 (see "Apple Samsung S5PC110A01 = A4 = Cortex A8").

Motorola Xoom in Europe since the second quarter of 2011

The tablet Xoomarriverà 3G/WiFi versions in Europe and only WiFi, from the second quarter of 2011. Confirmation of Motorola is the same as he announced from the stage of the MWC. In the U.S., the device should be released on February 17 instead. As we saw at the CES 2011, the Xoom uses the Android operating system 3.0 (Honeycomb), a dual-core CPU Tegra 2 1GHz and a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels 16:10, the same Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

TDJ: Core i7 2600K and GTX 580 on Mini ITX

Our fellow Cowcotland just upload the test configuration Mini ITX original, combining a Core i7 2600K and a GeForce GTX 580 on a motherboard Zotac ITX WiFi H67. Ease of installation, performance, power consumption and temperatures: Silverstone SG07 housing and 600 watts of power will they cope?

Eink of "lively" for reading lights

At the MWC, and pending a more comprehensive point on ARM chips, we've seen prototypes of screens eink (electronic ink) which - for once - came alive. Indeed, Freescale offers ARM SoC with integrated controller eink (the MX508 i) that accelerates quite dramatically the frequency of animation. Even if it's still quite slow, with up to 8 fps is more than the usual eink screens, which leveled off to an image every one to two seconds.