Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The alarm: the unsuspected killer of hard drives

The noise can cause problems for a hard drive? Apparently, yes. In fact, in recent years, had a host of problems hard disks when testing anti fire when the gas was released Inergen. And surprisingly enough, after some testing, this is not the gas that was causing problems, but ... the alarm. Indeed, the alarms used in data centers are very powerful (up to 120 decibels) and the change in air pressure by the sound wave has a visible impact on hard drives.

World of Warcraft switches to IPv6

About a month ago, we announced a patch for the popular game World of Warcraft providing support for IPv6 - IPv4 and more - was being prepared. This is now done. The publisher Blizzard Entertainment has thus revealing that the patch 4.1 adds two new network options, especially with the possibility to optimize the network for speed (the packets are sent more frequently, which results in an increase in bandwidth used), and especially the activation of the support for IPv6.

New Dual-Core processor, old housing: New Photo: Does the iPhone 5 like that?

If you believe the shots that are about the IT-related blog ", then looks like the iPhone, the iPhone 5 4th The New hidden "under the hood." IPhone rumored to be working in 5 of the "A5" processor from Apple, which is installed in the iPad 2, where it provides for increased speed. Plus, the iPhone will give it 5 from launch also in white - in this case Apple slips up in the previous text generation.

Wii 2 Nintendo Wii Successor in 2012

Nintendo's Wii console is the way out. The show constantly, and the few new announcements from other manufacturers. Games publisher Electronic Arts has recently completed the development of the Wii action game "" stopped because the commercial prospects will not be well profitable. It is therefore hardly surprising that a price reduction is due to the games box.

As the technology blog "" announced, Nintendo lowered the price of the console on 15 May 2011 from 190 to 150 U.S. dollars. To increase the attractiveness of the offer, shall be the console seems to have the fun racer "Mario Kart" with. According to the U.S. trade magazine "The price cut is only the forerunner to the big bang, which is in June on the echo through the halls.

Playstation Network: PSN failure: What is wrong with Sony's online service?

Since 20 April 2011 Sony's Playstation Network (PSN) is not available. Information about the failure of the company served only bit by bit: In the first of the 22nd April said the Japanese company from a dip into the system. The PSN is off accordingly for security reasons. A day later, Sony's communications manager Patrick Seybold that it is a time consuming process to make the secure online service.

Acer offers a N570 Atom CPU in Aspire One Happy

Updated the Acer Aspire One netbook line Happy with a more powerful hardware platform that includes a dual-core N570 Atom CPU 1.66 GHz (on the original model used a 1.5-GHz), 2GB RAM and 250GB hard drive . The small laptop with 10-inch screen has also been adjusted in look, thanks to a wave pattern and new colors such as pastel blue, orange, pink and yellow.

The other specifications are very similar to those of the original model that we reviewed in these pages: 802.11n Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, 1024x600 pixel display and keyboard 'chiclet' but with a new trackpad the same color as the shell. Acer has not provided a specific marketing or sales prices.

Sports game for PS3, Wii and Xbox 360: Top Spin

Game, set and match, it is now at a bargain price: The online retailer Amazon, the tennis game Top Spin 4 "at a price for PS3 and Xbox 360. The Wii version beats them in beech. The title of Take-Two is available only since mid-March 2011. The offer ends on Sunday 1 May 2011. "Top Spin 4 is devoted to the simulation side of the sport.

This means that instead Haudrauf mentality blow for blow for a trade between opportunities and risks is needed. Play the backhand long straight line as surely as a Winner or topspin by the middle? Who decides with a cool head, has good cards in the struggle for fame and glory in the tennis circuit.

Android-based computer: Sony unveils Tablet PCs S1 and S2

The Sony S1 is a tablet computer with the operating system "Android 3.0" (honeycomb). It has a 9.4 inch touch screen and front and rear camera. As processor a "Tegra 2" from Nvidia is used. Thanks to the integrated infrared sensor, the S1 can also use as a remote control. Sony sees the emphasis in the use as an entertainment Tablet PC.

The well-stocked with Android 3.0 S2 has two, a 5.5-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1024x480 pixels. Again, this Tablet PC is equipped with a Tegra-2 processor, this is a digital camera. Thanks to split the S2, a technique appears on the bottom screen as a keyboard, as you see on the top display the text.

Video recordings remotely program Technisat DVR app presents for iPad Touch, iPhone and iPod

About the "DVR-App" You control your Technisat digital television or at receiver. Requirement: The device must support the so-called remote access and be accessible via LAN or WLAN. The programming is then possible up to seven days in advance. Here, the app helps with information about the upcoming TV program.

The administration of all timer settings of the Technisat digital TV or receiver is possible. According to the manufacturer DVR-App is available from May for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to download. A version for "Android" Smartphone and Tablet PCs is in preparation, whose release date is not fixed yet.

CAP5 for AMD's Catalyst driver 3.11

AMD has released the fifth update of the package's ZIP code (Catalyst Application Profiles) dedicated front to release of Catalyst drivers. Profiles apply to Crossfire configurations and improve the gaming experience with titles upcoming, recent and otherwise. This package applies to the AMD Catalyst 3.11 driver.

The following new features: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Improves performance CrossFire Shift 2 - Crossfire off Test Drive Unlimited - Resolves Negative CrossFire scaling Need For Speed Hot Pursuit - Resolves Negative CrossFire scaling Gothic III - Resolves Negative CrossFire scaling Downloading Catalyst.

New 3DMark world record with Corsair Dominator GT

Corsair is pleased to announce that its Dominator DDR3 Corsair GT part of the system has again broken the world record performance in 3DMark. Vince overclockers the world famous "K | ngp | n" Lucido and Illya "TiN" Tsemenko have again broken its own record in 3DMark benchmarks, earning a score of P24347 in 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage P79364.

The hardware chosen for this benchmark has been a Classified EVGA SR-2, dual Intel Xeon X5690, 4 custom EVGA GeForce graphics cards in Quad-SLI GTX580 and three modules of Corsair Dominator 2GB DDR3 GT GTX2. A total of seven pitchers used liquid nitrogen to cool Kingpin two processors, four graphics and Intel 5520 chipset.

The father of the Compact Disc has left us

Norio Ohga, former CEO of Sony (1982-1995), died last Saturday at the age of 81. If his name does not say anything maybe some of you, know that it is (in part) to this man that we owe the famous definition of the format of Compact Disc. Norio Ohga has also made history by buying the Sony label, CBS Records and then renamed it Sony Music Entertainment, overseeing the acquisition of Columbia Pictures movie studios or by participating in the launch of the PlayStation.

Of DDR3 Plug and Play At Kingston

The catalog of Kingston grew with the arrival of several new HyperX memory kits. Certified to work with platforms Sandy Bridge (which of course does not you can use them on other platforms), these kits are advertised as "Plug and Play" by the manufacturer, indicating that simply strips that make up these kits comply with JEDEC recommendations.

Either. So we find two kits of 2 x 2 x 2 GB and 4 GB of DDR3-1600 (DIMM) running with timings of 9-9-9, all with a voltage of 1.5 V. The 4 GB kit is available at $ 67, against 122 dollars for the kit's side 8 GB kits for laptops (and therefore the format SO-DIMM), Kingston offers kits of 4 and 8 GB of DDR3 memory -1600 (9-9-9) and DDR3-1866 (11-11-11), all here as well with a voltage of 1.5 V.

LG wants its own processor

LG has announced have dismissed the ARM technology, prior to propose its own SoC for its aircraft. The Korean company will use the Cortex A9 and Cortex CPU and GPU A15 T604 Mali in its SoC. What is the benefit to its own SoC (System on a Chip)? First the price. When buying an LG chip in NVIDIA Tegra 2, there is room for NVIDIA and that of depth.

When LG produces its own SoC, there is only one of the caster, reducing the price. And companies like Samsung, able to burn the chips, further reducing the price. The second advantage comes from the ability to create a specialized chip. In most SoC, there are functions that are not used: ATA, MMC interface, management of I / O, etc..

Gigabyte launches its alims PoweRock EX

Gigabyte has announced the launch of its power PoweRock EX models 80Plus certified and available in powers from 300W, 350W, 400W, 450W and 500W. Complying with the standard ATX 12V V2.0, these supplies have various protections against overvoltage and under. They have a 120mm fan and feature a MTBF of 100,000 hours.

Models of 400W or less have a single +12 V rail while the 450 and 500W versions have two of them. Unfortunately the manufacturer has not yet indicated the price and availability date of these new power supplies.

Sony: dual screen tablet in Honeycomb

Sony has announced two tablets Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Under the code names S1 and S2, the company offers two different visions of the shelves. The S1 is a fairly standard tablet: a screen of 9.4 inches, a Tegra chip 2, a USB port. The shape of the tablet is atypical, with a center of gravity shifted "up" and a slight upward incline, with a cavity to place a finger.

This format seems pretty convenient to use, remains to be seen if the weight shifts to one side is not embarrassing. The big advantage of the shelf ecosystem is Sony. Like Apple with its "digital hub", Sony will install its services: Qriocity, PlayStation Suite, DLNA compatibility, sharing of content between 3 and PlayStation boards, etc.

A standard for circuits assembled in 3D

Si2 consortium comprising the leading names in the semiconductor industry, announced work on Open3D Project, a standard to facilitate the design and manufacture chips that have dies stacked on each other. The list of members belonging to Si2 is long and includes the 95 major semiconductor companies in the world.

Of these, six have agreed to work on this new project (Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc.. (ESA), Altera Corp.. Analog Devices Inc.. (ADI), LSI Corp.., On Semiconductor Corp.. And Qualcomm Inc.). They join Globalfoundries, Hewlett Packard, Hynix, IBM, Intel, Samsung, and UMC, which are already in the game.

Three cards from ASRock Z68

As already made some of its competitors, ASRock has unveiled several models of motherboards based on Intel chipset Z68: The Z68 Extreme4, Z68 and Z68 Pro3 Pro3-M. The first two are the ATX format while the latter is the micro ATX format. Designed for Sandy Bridge processors, these motherboards has four DDR3-2133 connectors, two (or four on Extreme4) 6 Gbps SATA ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports and Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 audio and USB 3.0.

Kingmax: 64 GB who are not afraid of water

The manufacturer Kingmax has announced the launch of a memory card SDXC fearing neither dust nor water (without specifying if it is resistant to immersion, or just splash). With a capacity of 64 GB, this card is certified and UHS Class 10-I is according to Kingmax capable of reaching speeds of around 65 MB / s read and 40MB / s write.

ExFAT formatted, it also supports technologies ECC (Error Correction Code) and CPRM (Content Protection for Recordable Media). Unfortunately the manufacturer has not yet indicated the price of this card.

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Intel was delivering with its CPU watercooling

A paper from Intel shows that the firm is studying the possibility of supplying cooling water with some of its processors. These systems are sold with Sandy Bridge processors E LGA2011 premium for overclockers. As a reminder, these chips should be available during the fourth quarter of this year and have a large cache to optimize each thread and a memory controller to four channels.

These processors are the most likely to benefit from a cooling system further. So a break with air systems that Intel relatively simple book boxes in versions of its processors. The question is whether this strategy is really interesting. The audience for the Sandy Bridge E has the knowledge to build your own water cooling system and often buys a processor OEM version and not boxed.

A substrate touchscreen world champion

AGC, otherwise known as the Glass Asachi, announced it has developed the glass substrate for touchscreen finest in the world. It has a thickness of 0.28 mm and is intended for smartphones and slates. To recall, the glass substrate is placed under the protective layer touch, as shown in diagram cons. AGS uses a substrate composed primarily of sodium oxide and silicon dioxide to form a soda-lime glass previously used in the automotive world.

AMD profits, but down

AMD has released its results for the first quarter of the year. If they are not the same as those of Intel, the manufacturer, however, a new record quarter profit. Thus, the turnover reached 1.61 billion dollars, down 2% from the previous quarter but up 2% year on year. The net profit climbs on him to $ 510 million (or $ 0.68 per share) against $ 375 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Operating profit, however, that only amounts to $ 54 million, the difference from financial transactions related GlobalFoundries. In practice, these figures indicate that despite higher sales expectations of the first APU from AMD, the average price of manufacturer chips are down. As for GPU, the turnover is also down 3% from the previous quarter, reaching only 413 million dollars.

NVIDIA Optimus arrives on the Desktop

Nvidia will introduce its Desktop Optimus also known as Synergy. This technology will move from integrated graphics to dedicated card based applications. According to preliminary information we have, this technology would not be tied to the purchase of a license or a bullet. Any manufacturer could appeal.

This means that even AMD could use it, but we doubt very much that the firm should look to technology to its competitor. The Desktop is similar to Optimus Virtue LucidLogix. The system enters the integrated circuit to the dedicated adapter, and takes advantage of the Sandy Bridge QuickSync for encoding or decoding of video (see "Quick Sync: the secret weapon of the Sandy Bridge" As a reminder, this technology is to first appeared on laptops (see "NVIDIA Optimus switches between GPU and IGP).

Apple thinks the Mac for its Retina Display

The Developer Preview 2 for Mac OS X Lion contains wallpapers with a resolution of 3200 x 2000 and icons 1024 x 1024, which suggests that the firm is planning Mac with a screen high resolution like the Retina Display iPhone 4. Apple has also developed a method HiDPI which allows developers to more easily adapt their applications to the new resolution.

As a reminder, the firm came up with the term to refer Retina Display screens whose pixels are distinct in principle invisible to the naked eye. If the appellation is primarily a marketing maneuver, the iPhone screen 4 is one of his strengths and one wonders when Apple will install slabs such high resolution on its other products.

Can we do a RAID disk 3.5 "?

Dear readers, have you had a good Easter weekend? Yes? So much the better, we! Forced to put our delicate skin geek safe from the aggression of the sun's rays, we embarked on a really good test: building a RAID0 cluster of USB floppy drives. But if you remember, the floppy disk 3.5 ", this soft stuff vaguely that some still use to flash the BIOS of their motherboards or graphics cards.

Not really suitable for the RAID at the base, the old storage medium may still serve?