Sony to Update 80GB PS3 to 120GB and Release a Slim PS3 by Fall 2008

Submitted by lalit on February 4, 2008 - 7:40pm.

Sales of PS3 have been on rise since the price cut in November 2007 and now the sales will rise even more since Blu-ray is emerging winner in the HD format war. Plus Sony is doing everything in its power to keep the PS3 interesting. Engadget has reported that GameStop has practically confirmed the new PS3 SKU; the 80GB console will be replaced with a 120GB console with Dual Shock 3 controller. T3 has posted a rumor that Sony will release an all-new PS3 that is slimmer and lighter. According to T3 the specs will remain same as the present machine but will have a bigger Hard-drive (160GB). It is believed that we will see this new PS3 by fall.

Future of Operating System’s Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4 Released

Submitted by lalit on February 2, 2008 - 4:13pm.

To get an idea about how the 90% of computers will look or work in future, you should look at the present development in Linux and Mac operating systems. It is a known fact that the latest development in networking, system architecture, and core features of the OS are first added to Linux or Mac. Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 4 that was officially released and is now available for testing is no different. Few of the important features that have been added to the new Ubuntu 8.04 are PulseAudio, GIO, GVFS, PolicyKit and P2P implementation with-in the core OS. PulseAudio will make it possible to independently control the volume of individual applications, support moving audio streams between devices on the fly, and output audio on multiple devices simultaneously. GVFS is a virtual file system mechanism that uses the D-Bus interprocess communication protocol to coordinate between various processes of file operations. PolicyKit gives higher level of security and also gives administrators more flexible control over what operations are accessible to individual users. Linux was the first OS to implement BitTorrent P2P technology in the OS and now in 8.04 Transmission, a cross platform BitTorrent client has been added. Use of P2P in legal file transfer can increase transfer speed and decrease server load. The impressive use of new technology in Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 4 is good for everyone as very soon, say in 3 or 4 years we will see these technologies in Windows.

Apple’s Mac OS and Safari Web Browsers Market Share Hits All-Time High

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 3:38pm.

Net Application today released its Web Browser and OS stats for January 2008. Apple’s Safari hit a new all time high with 5.82% share of the browsers visiting net Applications’ network of websites worldwide. Both Safari and Firefox gained market share at Internet Explorers expense, which has lost more the 3% market share in past one year. Apple’s Mac also hit a new all time high with 7.57% share of the operating systems visiting Net Applications network of websites worldwide. In OS market share also Apple is gaining at Microsoft’s expense. Microsoft has lost almost 2% market share to Apple in past one year. Apple’s share of mobile devices is growing rapidly and has reached 0.17% which is now nearly triple that of Windows CE’s 0.06%. You can get more details about Browser market share and OS market share at Net Applications website.

Micron Develops the Fastest NAND Flash Chip

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 2:54pm.

Micron Technology today announced 8-gigabit single-level cell (SLC) high speed NAND product. High speed NAND can read data at 200 MB/s and write data at 100 MB/s that is five times the speed of present SLC NAND Flash. This increase in performance is achieved by leveraging the new ONFI 2.0 specification and a four-plane architecture with higher clock speeds. The performance gain will result in faster way of transferring digital content between devices such as computers, digital cameras, MP3 players and Cell phones. The chip is manufactured by 50-nanometer process node and the mass production will commence in the second half of 2008.

Microsoft Proposes $44.6 Billion Buy Out Deal, Yahoo Describes the Deal “Unsolicited”

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 12:13pm.

Microsoft has proposed $44.6 billion buyout deal to Yahoo. According to Microsoft the talk has been going on for more the one year. Microsoft believes that the deal would be important in boosting the importance of search and expanding social platforms. Microsoft also said that there would be benefits for Yahoo also in advanced research and development for Yahoo’s mobile platform as well as its video services. Yahoo has described the deal as “unsolicited” and though Yahoo has not rejected the deal but it will carefully and promptly determine the answer to ensure that a takeover by Microsoft is in its best interests.

After One Year on Sale Windows Vista is Still Second Choice to Windows Xp

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 11:52am.

Yesterday Microsoft marked the one-year anniversary of Windows Vista and released a press release to highlight Vista’s achievements in past one year. According to Microsoft Vista has almost doubled hardware support, 79% of users feel that Windows Vista is Safer and more than 100 million Vista licenses has been issued to date. Now the facts even though hardware support has doubled my 2005’s Canon printer still doesn’t works with Vista and its not just me or Canon printer, if you go online on any Window’s related forum you will find hundreds of people having problems with their hardware. President of Puget Systems a high-end custom computer maker said, the big challenge has been getting computers running Windows Vista to reliably enter and exit standby mode, in many cases the system requires a reboot to resume full operation. One of Microsoft’s biggest goals with Vista was to improve security and intruding pop-up dialogues for every common task is bad user experience and not improved security. Microsoft very proudly announced that they have sold 100 million Vista licenses that is just 40% of all the Windows based computers sold in 2007. So almost 60% of the computers sold today are Windows Xp. Most businesses are not planning to upgrade to Vista before 2009. Microsoft’s General manager Neil Charney said that some of the features made available in Vista might yet prove indispensable once they catch on. If it were taking more than one year for some feature to catch on, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Sony Announces Development of 35mm Full-size CMOS Sensor for Digital SLR

Submitted by lalit on January 30, 2008 - 10:22am.

Sony Corporation today announced that it has development a high-quality and high-speed full-size 35mm CMOS sensor for high performance digital SLR cameras. The total number of effective pixels is 6104(H) x 4064(v) that brings the total to 24.81 million effective pixels. The chip size is 41mm X 31.9mm and has an integrated 12-bit AD converter. Well all this means that Sony has developed a low-noise high sensitivity, high-speed and high-quality CMOS sensor for digital SLR, which they will start shipping in 2008.

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