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NBC Universal and Sandisk Partner-up to Deliver Shows on Fanfare Service

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 4:27pm.

Since NBC has removed its content from iTunes it has partnered with every online video service. Now NBC has announced its partnership with SanDisk to deliver shows on the Fanfare service. The beta service will start in January and offer all the NBC, USA, SciFi and Bravo shows. The service will only work with SanDisk’s TakeTV Players, which is the biggest disappointment of the service. 90% percent of the online video download is done through iTunes store only 10% is done through other online video provider. To make other services successful the content bought from those services should work with as many gadgets as possible. Till that is done iTunes will be the leader of online video download service.

Toshiba to Showcase 128GB 1.8” SSD at CES

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 3:20pm.

Toshiba has managed to cram 128GB in a 1.8” enclosure space. The SSD reads at 100MB per second and writes at 40MB per second. Toshiba uses 56nm process to make these drives that helps in increasing power efficiency and read/write speeds. Toshiba is using the 16GB flash chips in the drive, which are their highest density chips. Toshiba uses 8 flash chips in the SSD, just imagine what can be achieved by using the new 32GB chips produced by Samsung, 256Gb in the same enclosure.

IBM Announces 32nm high-k/metal Gate Semiconductor Process Technology

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2007 - 11:05am.

IBM announced that the high-k/metal gate semiconductor process technology will be available to IBM alliance members in second half of 2009, the new technology uses 32nm process and was demonstrated using a working SOI. The new technology reduces the operational voltages and a 45% reduction in total power consumption was observed. The technology will be implemented in future multi-core processors showed 30% speed gain compared to present processing technology. IBM’s new technology will not be available until the 32nm process node. The first products based on the technology will not be available until 2010. IBM’s Partners in the project include AMD, Chartered, Freescale, Infineon and Samsung. AMD definitely needs all the help IBM’s new technology can give them as Intel has already started using hafnium based high-k/metal gate technology in there current generation of 45nm processor technology and they will start production of 32nm chips in 2009.

Mac OS X Leopard Feature: Quick Look

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2007 - 6:48pm.

It’s been six weeks since Leopard was released on October 26th. One of the most talked about feature was Quick Look, in Quick Look you can look inside any document without launching an application. You can use Quick Look in Finder, Mail and Time Machine. Quick Look makes it easy to view full-screen preview of the files, flip through multi-page documents and add image directly to iPhoto. You can quickly preview multiple files at once in a table view or individually with slideshow controls. By just pressing the space bar in Finder you can view the content of the selected file/files. Though Quick Look is a very helpful feature it has its limitations, if a folder is selected you just see the size of the folder but you don't get any information about the files inside the folder, its same for the zip files too. There is a work around for this problem you can download folder and/or zip plugin that would show details about the files in the folder or zip file. The plugin increases the functionality of an already excellent feature. To install the folder and/or zip plugin just drag the plugin (Folder.qlgenerator or Zip.qlgenerator) into /Library/QuickLook and relaunch Finder.  You can get more details about the plugin on the website.
Quick Look Folder Plugin
Quick Look Zip Plugin

Workaround for Microsoft Zune’s Three Play Rule For Shared Songs

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2007 - 5:17pm.

Engadget has post a solution for the annoying three play rule for shared songs. To free a song forever simply accept a shared track, go on your computer and change the genre of the song to ‘Podcast’ and play the tune over as many times as you like. The problem with this solution is the song will show up in podcast section and if you are like me you would want the ID3 tags to be perfect for all your songs collection. So over all it’s a solution with its own set of problem, but if you don’t care about arranging your music library this process can get you a free song.

Intel Will Launch Dual-Core Celeron on January 20th

Submitted by lalit on December 7, 2007 - 2:17pm.

Intel will be updating its budget chip line with a dual-core Celeron E1200. This will be the first dual core processor for Celeron line-up. The processor will run at 1.6GHz and will have 512KB of L2 cache that is ¼ the size of cache in the lowest end Core 2 Duo processor. The bus speed will be 800MHz and the processor will cost $53 only. Intel will also update its Penryn based processor line-up. The Core 2 Extreme will get a speed boast and will clock at 3.2GHz, it will sell for $1399. The Core 2 Quad chips will also get speed boast and clock at 2.83GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.5GHz. Intel will also have two Core 2 Duo chips clocked at 2.66GHz and 3.16GHz. The price will range from $163 for 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo to $530 for 2.83 Core 2 Quad chips.

O2 Says 75% of iPhone Buyers Will be New

Submitted by lalit on December 7, 2007 - 1:00pm.

Matthew Key the incoming CEO of O2 said, three out of every four buyers of the iPhone in Britain will be people switching to O2. Both Key and Erskine (outgoing CEO) are refusing to say exactly how many iPhones have been sold since the product’s UK debut, except that the number is within expectations. According to analyst as many as 70,000 handsets were sold on first weekend of its release and around 400,000 iPhones will be sold before end of 2007. If the above numbers are true then the iPhone had a great launch in all three European countries. We will get the exact details when Apple announces its first quarter financial result in January 2008.


American Airlines to Offer Free In-flight Wi-Fi Service in 2008

Submitted by lalit on December 7, 2007 - 11:45am.

Yesterday JetBlue announced that it would provide free in-flight WiFi access for Yahoo IM and email. The first thing that came to my mind was I want full Internet access not just Yahoo. Well that dream of mine came true with in 24 hours, American Airlines will start providing free WiFi Internet access via Aircell on its transcontinental 767-200s from next year. The service won’t be crippled and will provide full Internet access. The only thing bothering me now is the person sitting next to me on flight and talking on VoIP.  American Airlines WiFi service is a pilot program but if successful, it would be implemented in all AA planes.

Apple Starts Production of Thinner Macbook Pro, 3G iPhone in June 2008

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 1:51pm.

CNBC's Jim Goldman is reporting that, based on accounts of "Asian manufacturers partnering with Apple Inc.," a new 3G iPhone is due in June 2008 and that Apple has begun production of a new sub-portable (50% thinner) Macbook Pro featuring flash memory instead of a hard drive. Goldman also reports that, due to heavy demand, Apple has increased iPod touch production to 5.1 million units for the current quarter.
CNBC Video

Do You Want Core-2-Duo or Core-2-Supercomputer Laptop

Submitted by lalit on December 6, 2007 - 1:42pm.

The biggest hurdle in development of processors with hundreds of cores is data transfer speed and efficiency. It looks like IBM researchers have found a solution to this problem they have developed a technology called silicon nanophotonics, which replaces some of the wires on a chip with pulses of light on optical fibers for quicker and more power-efficient data transfer. The technology, which can transfer data up to a distance of few centimeters, is about 100 times faster that wires and consumes one-tenth as much power. The improved bandwidth and power efficiency of silicon nanophotonics will make it possible to have hundreds or thousands of cores on a chip bringing supercomputer power to the desk. Though this technology is still in research phase and any implementation would at least take 10-12 years, just imagine the power you will have on your lap or desk in 10 years.