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Dell to Ship XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook with NVIDIA 8800M GTX with Dual SLI Technology

Submitted by lalit on January 30, 2008 - 10:06am.

Dell has added NVIDIA 8800M GTX with Dual SLI Technology to the XPS M1730 gaming notebook. According to benchmark’s run by Dell’s performance team, the same XPS 1730 score of almost 13.500 in 3Dmark06-which is about 49% performance gain over two 8700M GT cards in the same notebook. Dell will offer an upgrade option for customers who purchased their M1730 with previous generation graphics solution, the NVIDIA 8700M GT SLI edition. To get the 8800M GTX with Dual SLI you will be paying $700 more than the dual 8700M GT option. If you place the order today you will receive your laptop by February 20th.

Nikon Officially Announces D60 DSLR

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 1:47pm.

Nikon today officially announced the new D60 DSLR. It comes with 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, sensitivity up to ISO 3200, 2.5” LCD screen and shutter speed range of 1/4000 of a second to 30 seconds. The D60 has adopted dust reduction system and Active D-Lighting from D300. The D60 comes with Nikon’s Optical stabilization lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction Lens.  There is no live view LCD or Auto focus system like the new Canon Rebel XSi. The camera will be available next month the price is yet not know but it looks like it will be around Rebel’s $799.

AMD Releases High End ATI Radeon 3870 X2 Graphics Card

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 1:08pm.

AMD Released Radeon 3870 X2, a card that pairs two Radeon 3870 GPUs together on a single PCB. The two GPU’s are interconnected via a bridge chip, which communicates with both cores by two PCIe 1.1 x16 links. The card has 1GB of GDDR3 RAM at 1.8GHz and the core is clocked at 825Mhz. The card is 10.5” long same as NVIDIA’s single core 8800 Ultra and will be priced around $450 to $500. The card can be used in CrossFireX technology making it possible to use with another card, which could either have one or two GPUs. So on paper the card looks great and AMD looks all set to take the high-end crown. But the problem with AMD is its drivers. Even though AMD claims performance gain in range of 80 to 110 percent the test conducted by Extreme Tech and Ars Technica show just around 50% increase in performance. Overall if you take everything into account like price and performance, NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800GTS is a better deal. You can read the review of Radeon HD 3870 X2 by clicking on the links below.
Ars Technica’s Review of Radeon HD 3870 X2
Extreme Tech’s Review of Radeon HD 3870 X2

O2 Updates Existing iPhone Plans

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 12:15pm.

O2 has announced that it will upgrade existing iPhone plans in February and the customers will receive a text message by 7th February. The existing ? 35 plan will now get 600 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited UK data. The ?45 plan will now have 1,200 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited data. O2 will reduce the price of ?55 plan (1,200 minutes) to ?45. O2 will automatically update existing customers to the new plans in February and inform the customers about the update via text message when it’s been done.

iPhone 1.1.3 Update Lays Groundwork To Support Third party Apps

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 8:35pm.

Apple will be releasing the iPhone SDK next month and it is already know that Apple has provided early version of the SDK to its close software partners. Officially Apple hasn’t said anything about third party software support in 1.1.3 update. Nate True at claims to have discovered some great additions for running third party iPhone apps. Springboard no longer requires modifications to recognize and display already existing third-party apps. SpringBoard is the app used to drive jailbroken iPhone’s home screen. The other discovery is that iPhone no longer runs apps as root user. Application and preferences are now stored in /var/mobile instead of /var/root. Apple has made some important changes to the foundation of iPhone’s OS in this update, but whether Apple will release another iPhone OS update when it releases iPhone SDK is everyone’s guess.

Nanochip Has Developed Technology To Produce 100GB Memory Chip By 2009

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:55pm.

The Nanochip has designed a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) device that has array of tiny probes, less than 25um in diameter and the probes are movable, so they can write more than one location. Since there are many thousands of probes, they have a lot of bandwidth. The chip is basically 2-chip design, one chip that has probes and the other that has media. The chip can be produced in 1-micron Fab also resulting in lower costs and the design is scalable to 1TB on a single chip. There are now working prototype for this design but Nanochip has just received $14 million in funding from Intel to develop a working prototype by end of this year.

Apple To Release The Latest Leopard Update 10.5.2 by End of January

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:29pm.

Apple has been seeding pre-release builds of the second update to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at a swift pace to the developers. The total number of documented fixes is over 110 and may go up to 125 by the time the update is released to the general consumers. The total size of the update will cross 350MB. This will be the biggest update both in size and number of fixes Apple has every done. Apple will also release 48MB Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 at the same time. The main features that will be affected by the update are Airport, Dock, Stacks, Finder, Safari, Spotlight, Time Machine, Remote Disc sharing, Menu bar, and System Preferences.

AT&T Will Offer Free WiFi to Its Broadband Subscribers

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 6:58pm.

AT&T will soon offer its broadband subscribers unlimited free WiFi access in its hot spots. AT&T will also start offering a supercharged 10Mbps tier of service. The free WiFi will be only available for customers who subscribe to services with 1.5Mbps downloads or higher. AT&T has more then 10,000 WiFi hotspot around US in places like airports, McDonalds, Barnes & noble, coffee shops and sporting venues. Now the bad news, subscribers who only have the company’s wireless service will not be offered free WiFi. So if you were hoping that your iPhone would get free WiFi at AT&T hotspots you are out of luck unless you happen to also subscribe to AT&T broadband service.

Apple Q1-2008 Financial Results, 1.58 Billion Profit

Submitted by lalit on January 22, 2008 - 5:09pm.

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007. The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.58 billion, or $1.76 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $7.1 billion and net quarterly profit of $1 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.7 percent, up from 31.2 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 45 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
Apple shipped 2,319,000 Macintosh® computers, representing 44 percent unit growth and 47 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 22,121,000 iPods during the quarter, representing five percent unit growth and 17 percent revenue growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone sales were 2,315,000. “We’re thrilled to report our best quarter ever, with the highest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We have an incredibly strong new product pipeline for 2008, starting with MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iTunes Movie Rentals in the first two weeks.”

Steve Job’s MacWorld 2008 Keynote Highlights

Submitted by lalit on January 15, 2008 - 2:23pm.

Apple released some very interesting product at Macworld today. In fact every thing I mentioned in rumor roundup came true. Here are the highlights of Steve’s Keynote.
•    MacBook Air $1799 with 13” LED backlit screen, 2GB RAM, 1.6Ghz Standard or 1.8Ghz optional Core 2 Duo processor, 5 hours battery, Wifi, Bluetooth, one USB, Micro-DVI and Audio Out.
•    MacBook Air is just 0.16” to 0.76” thick and is 3 pounds in weight.
•    iTunes Movie Rental $2.99 for library title and $3.99 for new releases. All major studios on board. 30 days to start watching, 24 hours to finish. HD titles for $4.99.
•    Apple TV Take 2 price dropped to $229. Direct movie rental, Podcast download, and music download. Photo Via Flickr and .Mac.
•    5 new apps for iPod Touch: Mail, Stocks, Notes, Maps and weather. $20 upgrade for Existing users.
•    iPhone software update: Maps with location, Webclips, Customize home screen, SMS multiple people, Lyrics for audio and Subtitles for video.
•    Time Capsule: 500GB for $299 and 1TB for $499. Full Airport Extreme base station with server grade hard drive for wireless backup.