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The 1 Thunderbolt computer without Apple

Sony has presented its new ultra portable, the VAIO Z, which has the particularity to have a Variant owner of the Thunderbolt that connects the computer to Power Media Dock containing external graphics and a Blu - ray player. The Mini Display Port port, it uses a modified USB port, but the firm explains well that it is the architecture code-named Light Peak which allows to pass four lines PCI-Express (cf. "Thunderbolt: 10 gigabits/s, 10 W, Light Peak").

The idea has merit to be interesting. Sony operates the technology of Apple and Intel has different purposes. If there is doubt that it benefits the cause of the Thunderbolt, the firm tries to Light Peak in the hands of individuals, which is not the case of compatible device manufacturers today (cf. "+ 800 MB/s for Thunderbolt discs").

Power Media Dock graphic card is a Radeon HD 6650M that has 1 GB of DDR3. The station also has a HDMI port and a VGA port. It is therefore possible to connect two screens to the dock and a screen to the computer to take advantage of four monitors if one includes the laptop with a 13.3-inch diagonal and a high resolution of 1,600 x 900. Power Media Dock also contains a USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It weighs 685 g.

The idea of using an external graphics on the Thunderbolt is interesting, but it remains limited to entry-level models coupled with small PGI. Indeed, the port carries only four lines PCI-Express 2.0, which will be insufficient to maps above range. Nevertheless, the idea to propose a media station Blu - ray only needing only the processor and the computer software to work should seduce users seeking an ultraportable, but did not want to invest in a desktop computer to fill its gaps.

The computer to which it is connected is impressive. It integrates a Core i7-2620M running at 2.7 GHz and can climb up to 3.4 GHz in TurboBoost and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, a Raid 0 SSD 256 GB, totaling a PGI Intel HD 3000 and the traditional modules Wi - Fi n, 3 G and Bluetooth, the two conventional USB ports and a 1.3 Mpixel webcam. It weighs 1.18 kg, which is less heavy than the MacBook Air 13 inches, reaching 1.32 kg. It is also slightly thinner with a thickness of 16.65 mm, 17 mm for the Apple model. The VAIO Z has to 7 hours depending on the constructor, but it is possible the double with an external battery just attach below the aircraft. Prices remain unknown, but Sony announced in its press release that the European release is planned for the end of July.

Apple should present an update of the MacBook Air the next month. There is no doubt that Sony has just complicate the announcement of the firm to the Apple by offering an attractive alternative.

Google and Facebook should change servers

Google and Facebook should proceed with an update of their servers at the end of the year which will coincide with the release of the Interlagos of AMD and the Romley, the new Sandy Bridge for Intel Server using a Socket LGA 2011. According to DigiTimes, who allegedly received information from manufacturers of servers, this should create a wave of renewal of machines and related products, such as storage or network devices.

Romley will integrate eight cores taking processors support Hyper-Threading and motherboards dual for a maximum of 32 threads. Companies are now restored the economic crisis according to assemblers, which are cited by DigiTimes. Their new economic health explains this desire to update their infrastructure.

Intel showed the first Romley to the IDF in September 2010. They integrate a memory controller channel compatible DDR3 LRDIMM (Load Reduced Dual-Inline Memory Modules) that allows systems using more than 32 GB of memory to turn each bar to its maximum rate. Conventional controllers are unable to maintain the integrity of the data of this type of configuration because of a deterioration of the signal that occurs when using all chip memory. With the LRDIMM, Intel can support 96 GB without loss of frequency.

Carte mère pour processeurs Interlagos

The LRDIMM uses a buffer which reduces the flow of information between the processor and memory. The bus is therefore less taxed by the increase in the memory modules. The LRDIMM is a derivative of the MetaRAM technology. It allows to virtually consolidate a series of memory chips to simplify the task of the controller and increase the capacity of the bar. For example, it is possible to place 32 125 MB modules for a bar of 4 GB and the system sees that 500 MB 8 chips. It can be more modules on a bar. The problem is that the buffer required for the proper functioning of this technology is expensive, which explains that the LRDIMM are before any reserved for servers.

Rumours that circulated last month the Sandy Bridge Romley will use memory cache L3 2.5 MB per core, for a total of 20 MB, and will have a TDP which will be included between 40 W and 95 W following the requests of the system. They will be coupled with the chipset Intel Patsburg-B. The Romley should be marketed under the name of Xeon E5. They will also have two links QPI, 40 rows PCI-Express 3.0, 4 DMI 2.0.

They will be opposed to the Interlagos of AMD will be built on the Bulldozer architecture. They integrate between twelve and sixteen cores, memory four channels and 16 MB of L3 cache controller. They should be marketed at the same time as the Romley.

Shuttle XG41: 775 socket is not dead

No, the platform LGA775 yet said its last word. Shuttle has indeed launched in Europe the XG41, a compact barebone (242 x 200 x 73 mm) based on a card mother G41 and therefore able to accommodate any Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron Dual-Core or Celeron 4xx in socket LGA775, provided that the TDP of the processor exceed not 65W.

With two connectors DDR3-1066 (for a maximum of 8 GB of memory), three ports SATA 3 Gbps, located 3.5 inches (which can also accommodate a drive optical slim) and two slots 2.5-inch, the XG41 comes with a 90W power. Two Gigabit Ethernet connectors, a Mini-PCIe port, a controller 5.1 audio and DVI and HDMI output complement it. The manufacturer finally announces a public price of 159 euros, excluding taxes.

ThunderBolt Sony, it's optical

Zoom sur le câble optique inséré dans le port USB 3.0 classique (source : Sony)

The Sony Vaio Z is definitely an impressive machine. Not only this notebook is thinner than the MacBook Air from Apple and offers a significantly higher power through its Core i7, but it is also the first machine of the market to have a Light Peak optical port.

Where Apple has chosen a hybrid implementation of Light Peak, with a copper cable and connector owner, Sony took over the original design of Intel: a USB connector and an optical interface. The port connecting the Vaio Z with its external graphic card home station (called Power Media Dock, LDC) can also serve as a classical USB 3.0 port. This implementation seems us much more logical and practical to use: for example, Apple, the ThunderBolt is also used to connect the screen, but it should be at the end of the chain which cannot disconnect a ThunderBolt drive without disconnecting its screen. From the point of view of performance, the two implementations should be identical, providing 10 Gbit/s of bandwidth in each direction.

This divergence between Sony and Apple raises the question of the viability of Light Peak or ThunderBolt in the long term. Wrong to imagine a manufacturer of hard drives develop yet another range of products. Term, if Light Peak is resistant, a single variant survive in the market. And Sony for the benefit of compatibility with the USB. It now expected the reaction of other PC manufacturers to this technology forward.

Samsung NC215S: solar netbook

Solar energy is the energy of the future. It is all that need to think of Samsung engineers who have developed the NC215S.

Based on Intel's Atom platform, this netbook is indeed the peculiarity to be equipped with photovoltaic cells. Not enough to happen completely battery (energy produced is undoubtedly well less than that consumed by the machine), but this will slightly increase the autonomy of the netbook, subject of course that you do not use it in full darkness… In the end, the maximum autonomy reached thus 14 hours.

On other technical features include a 10.1 inch screen capable of displaying a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, a processor Atom N455 or N570, 1 GB of DDR3 memory, a hard drive 250 or 320 GB, WiFi and Bluetooth controllers and memory cards reader.

Expected as early as next month on American soil, the Samsung NC215S should be offered at a price of $ 399.

Nexus Prime: smartphone Google under Android 4.0

The next smartphone Google will take the name of Nexus premium. This will be the official motive for reference under Ice Cream Sandwich, the supposed Android 4.0.This new version of the system of Google will mark a turning point. It should be the Android of the unification, the erasing the barriers between tablets and smartphones. One version will continue for two types of devices. Nexus Prime will demonstrate.Compatible with 4 G networks, the premium charge a Texas InstrumentsOmap 4460processor. Monster power, the latter is dual core (two Cortex A9) and displays a 1.5 GHz operating frequency. For reference, the Omap is the competitor to the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Both are integrated in such as the G9 of Archos Android tablets.According to the prognoses of Texas Instruments, the Omap would be able to read and save streams in 1080p without any slowdown. To ensure a Visual rendering at this processor, the premium could be the first smartphone to have a native HD resolution screen. It would then be in a slab of 4 inches or less displays of 1280 x 720 pixels.BoyGeniusReport reports information on the next Nexus think that its manufacture will be assigned to Samsung. Neither date nor prices are for the moment in rumor.

HTC Eternity: the giant Windows Phone 7 smartphone

HTC continues to inundate all mobile operating systems with new models. Today, we learn about the upcoming release of HTC Eternity, a new rotating smartphone Windows Phone 7. This giant model will offer a screen 4.7 inches, a processor 1.5 GHz, an 8 megapixel camera LCD on the back and a further 1.3 megapixel front.Video recording in 720 p, support of the standard DLNA, 16 GB of internal storage and battery 1 650 mAh are also mentioned by the HTC Inside site, reveals a picture of the terminal. No confirmation is apparition, or price or official release date.

Tom's Hardware: OCZ RevoDrive 3, the ultimate SSD?

Still only little spread, DSS already reached its limits of transfer. In Sata, manufacturers do not exceed the 6 GB/s. This is why that OCZ has decided to interface a SSD in PCIexpress. Therefore, performance is significantly better with 8 GB/s transfer rate, or 1 GB/s. Here is the RevoDrive 3.

OCZ RevoDrive 3: the ultimate SSD?

Apple: 15 million iPhone 5 ordered

While the France of the iPhone release date 5 (the iPhone 5 will be released September 1st) we were blown in exclusivity, Apple is preparing the marketing of the fifth version of its smartphone. According to the site DigiTimes, the Cupertino firm reportedly spent 15 million iPhone order 5 from the Chinese manufacturer Pegatron Technologies.Pegatron is a regular provider of Apple, having worked on the construction of the iPhone 4. For the moment, no technical feature is known of this iPhone 5, despite many rumours: improved photo sensor, larger screen, NFC compatibility, better performance... Response at the beginning of September.

iPhone 5: what will it be done?

Steve Ballmer discusses the failure of Windows Phone 7


Is Steve Ballmer himself who said: Windows Phone 7, in which Microsoft placed great hopes to stand up to the iPhone and Android, is display the expected numbers.It is at the Worldwide Partner Conference, which began July 10 and will be until 14 July, that Microsoft took the opportunity to take stock of Windows Phone 7, among others, by the voice of Steve Ballmer. " We have progressed very little in... very little ", says the CEO of Microsoft. He explains this failure by many factors, starting with the fact that it is a "very dynamic, very competitive" market. It also indicates that "a year ago, we had no Windows Phone", from the generation trap Windows Mobile, it had already rejected in the past.

It is however not complete system mobile from Microsoft, although instead. "We have already 20,000 applications," says Steve Ballmer, which has insisted on this point to give arguments to the system. It considers that this shows that developers themselves are better accommodated to its system to Android or iOS, and there are more applications. It is therefore not moved to believe in the term, it could surpass its competitors in terms of number of proposed applications. He also cites Gartner and IDC, who believe that "Windows Phone 7 will be the second mobile platform by 2015". There are also work more closely with its partner: Nokia.

Touch Mouse: Microsoft puts the touch in his mouse

The next Microsoft mouse are tactile. Touch Mouse plays in the field of the Magic Mouse from Apple. No clickable button appears on the surface. Nevertheless, they are present through a few gestures the finger. In addition to the two selection buttons and wheel, it is possible to use the "next" and "previous" functions by sliding the fingers on one side or the other. Of course, it also has "Blue Track" of Microsoft technology. For recall, it allows to use the mouse on any surface with the same comfort of handling.Operated by radio with a receiver mini USB, it will be available current August against the equivalent of 80 euros.

The Explorer Touch Mouse is endorsed. Not yet officially announced, it was exhibited at the event "Christmas in July", in London. Adopting a classical form, it is also suitable for left-handed and right-handed. It has five physical buttons and a touch wheel. For greater ease of use, this virtual wheel has a haptic feedback felt a vibration in the operation. As the Mouse Touch, it is equipped with the Blue Track technology. Scheduled for the month of July in England, it is will be sold the equivalent of 80 euros.

Galaxy S2: update Android 2.3.4



Samsung has not yet announced it, the update in the Galaxy S2 2.3.4 is already available on the Web.It is the Samfirmware site that hosts the update. This version, already present on the Nexus, brings video chat native from Google Talk. Android is also a greater fluidity in 2.3.4 and optimizes the battery of the device for a lower consumption. Note that this update is not officially available. Therefore, if it is installed, the S2 Galaxy loses its security problem.


"appstore" is no longer exclusive to Apple


Amazon will be able to use the "appstore" name for its store of terminals under Android applications.It is the judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled on this matter between Amazon and Apple. According to the Cupertino firm, the name "Amazon Appstore for Android" that uses Amazon since March 2011 was confusing.Nevertheless, the American judge does not heard it this ear. According to it, the term AppStore is not to Apple. "This name is known." However, the fact is also the name "appstore" is used by other companies as a descriptive term for a place where you will find software applications for portable devices. »Apple had first filed a complaint against Amazon for fraudulent use of the name of its online applications store. Amazon had countered this move in justifying that the AppStore term was much too generic to be reserved for a single entity.In this counterattack, Amazon had received support from Sony Ericsson, HTC, Nokia and Microsoft who in turn brought complaint against Apple. This was enough to bend the justice in his camp.

Sony KDL46HX820 test: a high-quality TV


With its HX820 series, Sony plays in the top of range. As specified in our brothers of EreNumérique, "need to pass in front of the family commission". Nevertheless, the model 46 inches of this series is a safe value. The entry ticket is high, but this led 3D TV worth.

Sony KDL46HX820: mirror my beautiful mirror

Wii U: streaming, 3D and online innovative

In an interview with Forbes magazine, Reggie Fils-Aimé, President of the American division of Nintendo, gave more detailed information on the next Wii U.

Nothing would prevent the next Nintendo console display video content streamed on the shelf that will serve as her joystick. Thus, it will not be a game accessory, but could also pass the stage of touchscreen tablet with audio and video player and perhaps even a browser. In the State, it is closer to iPad, Xoom and other Playbook.

For its part, Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, spoke to Mercury News of the relationship between the 3D and Wii U. "If you connect a Wii U on a TV capable of displaying 3D images technologically, Yes, it will be possible, but this is not something on which we focus", he says. Nevertheless, this possibility is not a priority for Big N. Covered under low televisions installed 3D, Satoru Iwata Park explains that "instead of wasting much energy in this kind of idea, prefer us focus so that each owner of Wii U can benefit fairly from his console."Finally, Reggie Fils-Aimé adds that Wii U online services will be different from that currently offer the PS3 and Xbox 360. The master word is "flexible". Publishers may have to mount their platforms on the party in line to the console. In this sense, the speaker of the US division of Nintendo headed looks these actors who would be more to talk about the part connected Wii u.Scheduled for April 2012, the Wii U does not replace the Wii. The latter will always marketed, the DS and the 3DS.

Samsung Galaxy S II: 3 million in less than two months

The Galaxy S II of Samsung is already sold more than three million copies within two months of marketing.55 days, to be exact, will be enough to hoist this Android to the rank of record sales for its Korean Designer. It is the equivalent of 55 000 pieces per day. In the best of times, it was selling a Galaxy S II all the 1.5 second, i.e. 57 600 a day.It is a real bomb just touching the smartphone market. It is also and especially a Samsung product which is gaining on Apple. The two companies are currently in legal trouble, these figures can only satisfy Samsung. Add that the Galaxy S had needed a month in addition to the three million units sold.

iPhone, iPad and iPod banned in the USA? The new application for Samsung

Samsung wants to be banned in the United States by the iPhone and the iPad. In this sense, the Korean firm relies on the breach of multiple patents.This is the escalation continues between Apple and Samsung. Already at war violated patents on part of both parties, the two giants continue judicial combat. Today, it is therefore Samsung provides oil on the fire by asking the international trade of the United States Commission to ban Apple products copieraient its patents.AFP reported the facts explained that the patents in question concern wireless technologies. In all, five patents from Samsung would be used by Apple without prior agreements. The father of the Galaxy S calls "a permanent exclusion order prohibiting entry to the United States of all the Apple products that violate its patents." If justice spies in its meaning, the US market close to the iPad, iPod and iPhone, unless the case is resolved amicably.This would be possible. Apple has just concluded an agreement with Nokia to close a similar case. Add thatApple is the second client of Samsung's components. In 2010, it represented 4% of the turnover of Korean society.

Apple accused Samsung of harassment

iPhone 5: finer and lighter










Expected it to September 1, but its characteristics are totally unknown. IPhone 5 will no doubt sank much ink in the next two months, every day his new batch of rumours. Today, the very serious and often knowledgeable Wall Street Journal understands that the fifth generation of iPhone will be lighter and finer than the current iPhone 4.The American newspaper confirms the rumor of a sensor 8 Megapixels on the back of the device, is three more than on version 4. On the other hand side processor, it is Qualcomm who would relay, which would suggest an international version able to both manage the CDMA and GSM networks.Then the figure of 15 million ordered equipment for the month of September, the WSJ refers to share not less 25 million iPhone 5 units by the end of the year. Foxconn would always in the Assembly, which may be longer than for the iPhone 4, the fifth version is more complicated to ride than previous versions. Is it the addition of a new technology? Response to the re-entry.

Apple: 15 million iPhone 5 ordered

High-tech sales fall 2011

Même les PC portables déclinent


The economic environment is still not very good high-tech products sales fall 4% on the first five months.According to data from the GfK Institute, technology sales declined by 4.1% in January to may France. Socio-economic conditions "tense that leads to reports in consumer purchases decisions" is the main reason for this decline. Thus, the overall turnover rose from 9,66 EUR 9,26 billion.In detail, it is especially the television market is the loser in the first half, the fault last year historical sales triggered by the football World Cup. Even if positions sales increased 6% to 3.6 million, sales decline as due to the sharp decline in consumer prices. It has not much better with a drop in volume and in net sales of 2%. Desktop PCs lost 16% of their turnover; and laptops, but until then stable 4%.It is finally only tablets and smartphones that derive the market top. The growth of the latter is 80% with 3.8 million pieces. This hinders and the collapse of the global market for telephony:-15% in volume and 40% in value. The end of the year 2011 should instead see smartphones sales exceed that of mobile classiqu

Dell and IBM plancheraient chip ARM servers

Ibm serveursDell and IBM, two of the leading manufacturers of servers in the world, ?tudieraient currently the design of unit?s in which fleas bas?es on the ARM architecture would replace processors x 86 employ?s traditionally in this universe. If they get a satisfactory r?sultats, new servers low consumption could make their appearance on the march?.

Paul Prince, in charge of the technological d?veloppement in the business division of Dell, thus indicates site EETimes have test? more than eighteen months the operation of a stack LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) on a core ARM A8. In other words, a chip similar ? that which ?quipe smartphones pr?sents today on the march?.

Dell reportedly intends to continue its exp?rimentations with the upcoming processors all-in-one (SoC) ARM Cortex A9 that currently produces Marvell, which pr?sentent the int?r?t to embark two hearts of ex?cution. Of its c?t?, IBM not d?voile not its projects in the mati?re, but admits by the interm?diaire of one of its spokesmen that the proposal makes sense, and no pr?senterait no caract?re disruptive r?dhibitoire.

Due to a much less significant computing power, these new entrants would not have vocation ? supplant traditional x 86 processors, but their existence would make sense in applications although sp?cifiques. Among the tracks envisag?es: huge donn?es centres as b?tissent major actors of the Web, in which the multiplication of the machines more important than the power calculation pure and hard.

The universe of servers, which has several d?j? ann?es is int?ressent flea x 86 low consumption such as product VIA, could soon embrace the ARM architecture, confort?s by the multiplicit? of the manufacturers that produce these processors (Marvell, Samsung, TI, etc.).

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The Mini DisplayPort/HDMI cables are not legal!

Here's a news which might embarrass some builders. HDMI Org, the body in charge of the HDMI standard, request the withdrawal of the sale of the cable to convert Mini DisplayPort to HDMI. Indeed, HDMI Org estimated thatthey are not licensed and therefore illegal.

"The HDMI specification defines a HDMI cable as having only a HDMI connectors at the ends." "All the rest does not use a licensee of the specification and is, therefore, not allowed", says a press release of the body. Not tested and not licensed, these cables should be removed from the market.

Two marks are particularly targeted: Apple and Toshiba. However, HDMI Org "recognizes that there may be a need in the market for this type of product ". It remains to operators builders these cables to run tests to legalize all. And hope for a legalization of their use.

The Minitel (still alive) reports still 200,000 euros

The French ancestor of the Internet, understand the Minitel, generates more 200,000 euros of turnover on 2011. A result that still grant him a stay of one year.

Although it is less and less used, this system of remote connection is still verbose. A year ago, it learned that two million French still used the Minitel. However, when one speaks of Minitel, is the service that is called and the device. Thus, half of the faithful of the Minitel consult from a computer. Despite a still satisfactory result, it is in free fall. Turnover in 2007 EUR 100 million, it fell to 200,000 euros, representing a decrease of 99.8% in four years.

France Telecom was first programmed closed for 2010. The date was then postponed to September 2011. Today, we learn that the definitive closure of the ancestor of the Internet is still off. It should be effective on June 30, 2012.

HTC will offer a tool for unblocking of its smartphones

Would manufacturers now regain control on the release of their terminals? This is what suggests a release of the HTC brand on his Facebook page. The constructor of smartphones will soon offer its own tool for unblocking on his latest models. The idea is not to make HTC phones available with all operators, but to allow developers to install different versions of Android, to test compatibility and stability of their applications on these devices.For example, an HTC can host both a version 2.2 of Android and a 2.3 version, and move from one to the other only by restarting the device. As a first step, it is the HTC sense, spearheaded by the Taiwanese brand, which will benefit from this feature. Terms, all new HTC models benefit, as the 4 G Evo 3D Sensation.HTC thus reaches out to developers, attracting to its smartphone to test their applications. Term, one can even imagine phones on which would be installed two different OS (Windows Phone 7 and Android for example). Recently, a rumor claimed that Samsung thought seriously to adapt the mobile OS of Microsoft on its Galaxy SII, currently under Android 2.3.

Samsung: soon a Galaxy S2 on Windows Phone 7?

Tom's Hardware: the best configurations of the month of July

Tom's Hardware has updated its configurations for the month of July. 13 configurations have been developed. They each reflect a particular use of the computer. Players, professionals and film lovers will not struggle to find their happiness in this selection of components.

The best configurations of the month of July

Samsung: soon a Galaxy S2 on Windows Phone 7?

And if smartphones were available on several OS? Here's an idea which seems to work Samsung. The Korean manufacturer would seriously think about wearing his Galaxy S2, running on Android, Windows Phone 7. A terminal code-named GHS-i937, close to that of the Galaxy S2 (GHS-i927) appeared from the Bluetooth SIG test organization.

This machine could host the latest version of Windows Phone 7, Mango, expected this fall. The site also presents a device of this type, in a list of smartphones, Windows Phone 7 to come. Response to the re-entry.

Samsung Galaxy S II: 3 million in less than two months

Tom's Hardware: The most beautiful "mods" of laptops


Some like code on computers, others simply edit the design of these machines. Our colleagues from Tom's Hardware thus grouped 20 Visual changes of laptops, which one of their own!The most beautiful "mods" of laptops

Tom's Hardware: comparison of 5 mechanical keyboards

Often neglected when buying a computer, keyboard is an important device. Fans say that mechanical keyboard remains by far the best. Tom's hardware has therefore established a comparison of 5 models while recalling a few points, as the difference between USB and the PS2 or even different switches.

5 mechanical keyboards: the happiness for your hands

Test the E6 Nokia: the latest Symbian?


After an E7 halftone, Nokia completes its range with a new smartphone with physical keyboard. Always under Symbian, dying system of the Finnish mark, the E6 has qualities that merit that it is interested.

Nokia E6: telephone long-term

Chromebook: test of the Google PC, Google and Google

The Chromebook is not one computer like the others. It works on Chrome OS. This new Google operating system puts all the data in the clouds, on remote servers. Therefore, nothing remains on the computer. Indeed, it has no Office. For any interface, it simply for the Chrome browser. That is worth this dematerialization advocated by Google?

Chromebook: a PC in the cloud to better do the wind?

Rumor: iPhone 3GS soon free?

And if the third-generation iPhone became free? With the arrival of the iPhone 5, fall, rumors flourish. RBC Capital Markets analysis firm is is planned a few months forward to advance the opportunity for Apple to offer iPhone 3GS for free, in exchange for a two year subscription. Single, released in 2009, the aircraft would be available for $399 (about €275).A marketing operation to stem a little more growth of Android, particularly in the area of entry-level phones. According to the study of the analysis firm, 14% of customers might be interested in such an offer. Currently, the iPhone 3GS is sold from 99 euros in France, at $49 (approximately €34) at AT & T to the United States.This would be especially a revolution for the positioning of the Apple smartphone, launched as a high-end phone. For several months, the possibility of a 'low-cost' iPhone is mentioned by many media, but no confirmation has yet occurred. Of course, this information is taken with tweezers given the lack of relationship between the Office of analysis and the Cupertino firm.

iPhone 5: rumors swells about output in September

NVIDIA: The new GeForce 9 soon












Several manufacturers of graphics cards, the firm to the Chameleon should propose us its new cards as soon as the month of February 2008. Stamped GeForce 9, its new models would be in the same way as the Radeon HD 3800, compatible DirectX10.1, and although obviously incur 4.1 shaders.

All we hope is that the AMD firm with its future chip R700 arrives to return to the Summit and thus compete with Nvidia in terms of performance, in all cases, a beautiful battle in perspective.

TT-Hardware tackles the Radeon HD 3800

It is now the turn of our colleague TT-Hardware we propose its own new firm AMD Radeon HD test: "In November 2006, NVIDIA has launched its first DirectX 10 GPU". ATI which now belongs to AMD has experienced some difficulties before retaliating. The Radeon HD 2900 XT made their appearance in May 2007, i.e. six months more tard… In addition, they have experienced only considers primarily success with fans of the Canadian ex-constructeur. Indeed, their performance is often comparable to that of the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB and in rare cases close to the GeForce 8800 GTX. More annoying, despite an impressive 512-bit memory bus, performance is very important when filters are actifs… AMD is now equivalent to the load with the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850. Engraved finer, their RV670 gum builds on the defects of the R600? "."



The new 8800 GTS according to Gigabyte!


Gigabyte pulls the first and we unveiled its new GeForce 8800 GTS. GV-NX88S512H-B code name, the new GTS is based on the G92 chip that reminder already animates the current 8800 GT.The frequency of the core will be 650 MHz, the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory are processors at a frequency of 970 MHz, in addition, this new model will have 128 Shaders Processors. Unfortunately no price or availability date have been communicated for the moment.


First test of the 8800 GTS 512!












Nvidia, key words associated with: none Tweaktown has published the first test of the new geforce 8800 GTS with 512 MB of memory. This new version brings about 10 FPS more than 8800 GT 512.Pour callback has map of 128 pipeline instead of 96 for the old 8800 GTS 640/320.

The test of the Geforce 8800 GTS 512.

The next integrated graphics cards?


It is not only independent graphics cards in the world of personal computers, and that the future of integrated cards

Already nVidia will replace its MCP73 (GeForce 7150) by a MCP78.It will be compatible DirectX10 and support hybrid Sli (it allows to use its graphics integrated office automation and switch on the pci-express when needs are felt).
The rest will be classic, namely: two ports PCI-Express x 16, Serial - ATA 3 Gb/s...

Side at Amd, is RS790 will integrate interfaces DVI, VGA, HDMI and Compatible PCI-Express 2.0, it will manage a 16 port x, or two 8 x (as the MCP78) and it is intended for the AM3.

All of these integrated chips arrive early 2008 for nVidia and mid-2008 for Amd, we already know that this is will be not the wrath of war (view the hybrid sli for nVidia option), at the same time this is not what asked.

New drivers GeForce 197.75 for series 400

Pending output drivers GeForce g?n?ration 256, an output which is d?cid?ment d?sirer, the firm to the cam?l?on has online version 197.75 of its drivers. It has pass?e Microsoft's WHQL testing and is aimed at the GeForce GTX 470 and GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards. The nouveaut?s of this version are minimal with the support of the 4 - Way SLI (Quad-SLI) for the GeForce GTX 480 and support of the PC PDB game in Beta version. In the m?me time, these pilots int?grent API NVIDIA PhysX 9.10.0129 version and the version of drivers NVIDIA HD Audio.

The t?l?chargement of these new drivers are d?roule from the servers of NVIDIA by following this link.

Pilote NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

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The AMD A8-3500M APU Review: Llano Is Unleashed

Code-named Llano, AMD’s first desktop-class APU arrives today. This single-chip combination of the Stars CPU architecture and Radeon graphics brings unique strengths (and weaknesses) to the table, and we’re here to compare them to Intel's Sandy Bridge.

Just after the turn of the century, AMD took a big gamble on K8—better known as Athlon 64—and gave up the pursuit of clock speed in the interest of successfully executing more instructions per clock, in addition to introducing native 64-bit extensions. Meanwhile, Intel leveraged its manufacturing superiority to push the NetBurst architecture as fast as possible. It expected to see the Pentium 4 hit 10 GHz, in fact.

Of course, the Pentium 4’s high clocks quickly ran into the immovable walls of physics and power usage, and the realistic limit turned out to be closer to 4 GHz. If you wanted the highest-performing CPU money could buy at that time, you probably bought an Athlon 64; back then, Pentium 4 processors cost more and achieved less. It took a while for the market to accept it, but AMD’s David was beating Intel’s Goliath.

But Goliath didn’t give up; rather, it woke up. Intel moved on from the Pentium 4’s doomed NetBurst design and started over with the Core architecture—though it wasn’t really starting over at all. The tenets of Core were born from earlier efforts in the mobile space. Naturally, it came out better, faster, and less power-hungry. If you do a lot of fast-forwarding, the Nehalem-based Core i7 came next, followed most recently by the Sandy Bridge-based 32 nm desktop Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs.

Somewhere along the line, AMD allowed its unexpected advantage in computing to shrink and then disappear. Now, to be brutally honest, AMD’s fastest Phenom II processors fare better against Core 2 Quads than modern Core i7s. In fact, the $125 dual-core Core i3-2100, manufactured at 32 nm, stands right up to AMD’s $150 quad-core Phenom II X4 955 (a 45 nm part) in many benchmarks. AMD is more than a generation behind when it comes to desktop CPU performance, and continues to leverage the same Stars architecture that it first introduced more than two years ago. Squeezing out an extra hundred MHz every couple months kept the company’s momentum moving forward. However, when your main competitor is launching new architectures, it’s almost impossible to compete through incremental speed-ups. Frankly, it’s hard to recommend the AM3 platform for a new build today.

Perhaps realizing that it didn’t have the R&D resources of its primary competitor, AMD made another gamble back in 2006: it acquired ATI, the graphics card company responsible for the Radeon products many of you know and love. Shortly after the merger, AMD’s Fusion initiative was announced. The plan was to combine central processing and graphics processing resources on the same die. It took five years, but the first commercial Fusion processors were released earlier this year on the Brazos platform, and the E- and C-series APUs have already proven very viable in the notebook and netbook space. AMD even claims that it sold out of these APUs in Q1 2011. From the graphics angle, no Intel Atom-based platform can compete. Brazos even outclasses Atom when it’s complemented by Nvidia’s Ion 2 platform. 

While low-power netbooks are an ideal market for Fusion, the laptop and desktop segments are far more competitive. All Sandy Bridge-based Core i3/i5/i7 processors are equipped with Intel HD Graphics, which is fairly capable when it comes to basic productivity tasks in Windows, video playback, and even light gaming. If Fusion is to prove itself on its own terms, it has to deliver something special: true discrete-class graphics performance, along with competitive CPU performance.

Today we get our first taste of the Llano APU, which is intended to address mobile and desktop customers. Here’s where we see if the gamble pays off. And it needs to. The current Phenom II and Athlon II have little to offer beyond the $100 price point compared to the competition. Sure, a case can be made for the $160-and-over Phenom II X6 processors if you’re into heavily-threaded applications. But in general, Sandy Bridge-based chips are kicking butt in comparisons based on performance, power, and value.  

AMD needs a way to differentiate itself from Intel in order to woo customers. The Fusion initiative might be the key to that goal in the notebook space. After all, the company claims Llano offers better battery life and graphics performance compared to a similarly-priced Sandy Bridge-based platform, with the added promise of OpenCL compute potential from the Radeon core’s shaders. AMD is serious about Fusion's future; over half of its notebook processors are APUs right now, and it anticipates that these will represent more than 90% within a year (Ed.: This isn’t surprising, of course, given AMD’s lack of a commanding presence in the notebook space up until now).

We expect the Fusion initiative to struggle for a foothold a little more in the desktop space, where it’s relatively easy to add discrete graphics. But AMD has a benefit to offer here, too: Llano’s graphics engine can work in conjunction with an add-in card in Dual Graphics mode. In layman’s terms, Dual Graphics is a flexible asymmetrical version of CrossFire that allows the APU’s resources to render in cooperation with a Radeon HD 5000- or 6000-series board for a frame rate boost.

Of course we’d be remiss to ignore AMD’s next-generation micro-architecture, code-named Bulldozer. The Stars replacement should arrive in the third quarter of this year—within the next three months, basically. This represents the first fundamental retooling of AMD’s CPU design since the Athlon 64. So, right out of the gate, Llano’s days are numbered, and its replacement (code-named Trinity) is already slated to swap the CPU block with Bulldozer-derived silicon.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’ll be 2012 before we see Trinity, and that’s if it’s on time. Let’s just focus on the here and now.

What are Llano’s sexiest attributes? Roughly half of its die is a Phenom II X4 CPU stripped of the 6 MB L3 cache, but with L2 cache doubled to 4 MB. The other half is composed of something very similar to a Radeon HD 5570, with up to 400 Radeon cores (what AMD used to call Stream cores; apparently that name went out of vogue already) and an updated UVD3 video block. All of this is plumbed together on a single 32 nm chip. 

That’s the short explanation. Of course, there’s a lot more going on here and we’re about to dig in to the details. Having said that, if you know what a Phenom II X4 and a Radeon HD 5570 can do together then you already have a pretty good idea of where we’ll end up in this piece.

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Web Browser Grand Prix 5: Opera 11.50, Firefox 5, And Chrome 12

Three major released have landed since our last impromptu Web Browser Grand Prix (WBGP4): Chrome 12, Firefox 5, and Opera 11.50. Can Chrome or Opera regain the WBGP championship? Will Mozilla Firefox ever overtake Microsoft's IE9 in the rankings?

If it seems like it was only weeks ago when we were compelled to test the then-new Mozilla Firefox 4 against the reigning Web Browser Grand Prix champion Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 in Web Browser Grand Prix 4: Firefox 4 Goes Final, that's because it was only a few weeks ago.

In an attempt to curb the siphoning of its user base to Google, Mozilla decided to keep pace with the frenetic development cycle of Chrome. Firefox 5 is now a reality. But will Mozilla also keep up with innovation like Google? Furthermore, will a higher integer finally allow Mozilla to overtake arch-rival Microsoft in our performance metrics? Can former speed-kings Chrome and Opera reclaim the dual domination of our WBGP crown, as they did in 2010?

We've tightened up our suite of benchmarks for this article, cutting the fat that was Google's V8 JavaScript Benchmark and the redundant two-pixel variant of the GUIMark2 HTML5 Vector Charting test. We also fleshed it out by adding Facebook's JSGameBench, as well as battery life and reliability testing. But before we get to the benchmarks, let's get caught up on the latest developments in the continuing browser wars.


3/28/2011 Microsoft claims that IE9 is the most power efficient Web browser.4/14/2011 Safari is updated to version 5.055/18/2011 Opera is updated to version 11.116/14/2011 Google upgrades Chrome to version 126/21/2011 Mozilla releases Firefox 56/28/2011 Opera is updated to version 11.50


The release of Firefox 5 was met with harsh criticism for its apparent lack of anything new. It has been said that Firefox 5 should have been called Firefox 4.1 or 4.2. Or even 4.02.

There is also a growing concern over whether the new rapid release schedule jives with IT departments. Firefox became a viable choice for many companies during the version 2 and 3 days. Mozilla also offers the preferred development platform for most Web designers. Basically, Firefox gained the reputation of being the most stable choice. By mimicking Chrome's development cycle, Mozilla may have shot itself in the foot.

Smack Talk

Microsoft took a shot right across the bow of Google and Mozilla by announcing that WebGL is “harmful,” and that IE10 would not be utilizing the specification. Several experts came out in support of Microsoft's assertion, though it should be noted that Redmond may have a dog in this fight with DirectX.

Attacking Mozilla even further, the Internet Explorer development team sent the Firefox development team a cupcake to celebrate the release of Firefox 5. Mozilla also received cakes from Microsoft for the release of Firefox 3 and 4. Full cakes. Obviously, this is in response to the criticism that Firefox 5 is nothing more than a minor update to Firefox 4. The included note read: "Congratulations on shipping! Love, The IE Team". "Congratulations on shipping" might have been in reference to the frequent delays that plagued Firefox 4, which was eventually made available more than six months late. Now that's a classy way to rag on somebody.

Not missing a single opportunity to slam its competition, Microsoft also capitalized on the other major criticism of Firefox 5 when an IE developer boasted Microsoft's commitment to IT.

Mozilla shot back with a blog post addressing the IT issue, although in a very non-concrete way:

"We are exploring solutions that balance these needs..."

Not to be outdone, an Opera employee also had this to say in regard to rapid release schedule:

“Despite the version number (11.50), we've packed a lot of new features into it. While other browsers rush to release whole new version numbers with small tweaks, I think we've kept traditional versioning, while simply releasing a little faster.”

Obviously, this comes at an unfortunate time for Mozilla, but one cannot help but wonder if this comment was meant for Google. Opera and Google have gotten into it pretty heavily in the past, and, for a time (before IE9), Chrome and Opera swapped places on a semi-monthly basis in the performance charts.

Now that we're all caught up, let's take a look at the WBGP5 contenders.

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Five Mechanical-Switch Keyboards: Only The Best For Your Hands

Today's we're venturing into the world of mechanical-switch keyboards, which are oh-so-satisfying to use. We'll present five different models and offer an educational exploration of the technology. At the end of the day, these are all a pleasure to use.

Keyboards, along with mice, are the most important input devices on a PC, and should therefore be chosen carefully. Like a good pair of shoes, the ideal keyboard is well-made, comfortable, and suited to its purpose. But what if the technology doesn't conform to our needs?

Before we put the samples in this story through their paces, we want to get rid of some of the myths and uncertainties surrounding these devices:

   We'll explore differences between the two main key switch designs. All buttons are not created equal!
• USB or PS/2: hype, legend, or nonsense? We perform a more detailed analysis.
• We demystify the myth of anti-ghosting. It's a tale of marketing versus reality.

What will readers find in this article?  First, we'll present the different kinds of switches and the accompanying application scenarios. Then we'll explain some of the most important keyboard concepts. And finally, of course, we'll give you the results of our practical tests, including:

Five models with different types of keysFive hours gaming use per keyboard by various usersTyping test by a professional secretaryEvaluation of materials, workmanship, and durability

Each of the keyboards we're testing underwent many hours of taxing gaming use, was mercilessly pounded by a professional composing long documents, and was subjected to hands of varying strength and size. Not every keyboard is right for every user, but once you find a keyboard that works for you, it may define whether work is enjoyable or not.

Let's first take a look at the switches, the heart of any keyboard.

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Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Reviewed In Depth

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) has arrived, and we have the scoop on everything you need to know about Canonical's latest Linux, along with the usual review and benchmarks. Is this the change we've been waiting for, or is the Natty Narwhal a fail whale?

A couple of weeks ago, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, launched Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal', one of the most highly anticipated and controversial desktop Linux distributions ever introduced. What makes Natty a landmark release is the inclusion of the brand new Canonical-developed Unity user interface. Unity replaces the GNOME 2 shell that served as Ubuntu's default UI since the distribution's inception.

The timing of Canonical's decision polarized both the Ubuntu and GNOME communities, as the GNOME project also recently finalized GNOME 3. Ubuntu 11.04 was originally slated to use GNOME 3, along with the new GNOME 3 shell, as its default GUI. The GNOME 3 shell is no less a drastic departure from GNOME 2 than Unity, and popular opinion is split in all directions.

As the most widely-used desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu was a major driving force behind GNOME's adoption. Linux Mint is the second most popular desktop distribution, and an Ubuntu derivative. Mint will use GNOME 3 in upcoming releases, but without the GNOME 3 shell. Whether you're a fan of Unity or GNOME 3, one thing was always certain: Ubuntu was destined to change in a big way this spring.

But enough with GNOME and the political back-story; we have a whole lot of Ubuntu 11.04 to cover. This is such an atypical release that the question “What is Natty Narwhal?” cannot be answered simply.

Let's start with the meaning of Natty. Here in the States, Natty is short for Anheuser-Busch's bottom-shelf line of “Natural” beers. If you were ever a struggling student, there's a good chance you subsisted at one point on ramen and Natty Ice. Consequently, it has also come to mean cheap, trashy, or sub-par. How's that for a rough start?

And for that matter, what is a narwhal? I mean, look at that thing.

Apparently, Canonical's name for this release gets worse. The word narwhal dates back to Norse seafarers who explored the Arctic waters where this horned beast lives. Narwhal quite literally means “corpse whale” because its skin resembles a water-logged corpse. Oof. Ubuntu 11.04: Cheap, Drunk, Dead, and Bloated.

Let's hope not!

We typically bring you an Ubuntu: Benchmarked and Reviewed article every April and October, but since Unity introduces such tremendous change to Ubuntu, there's a ton of new stuff to go over. Thus, we decided to include a full-on guide to the new OS. We have an installation walkthrough, a roundup of changes to the software, a spotlight on the graphical redesigns, a Unity tour, uTouch testing, keyboard/mouse shortcuts, and even a few essential tips to get you up and running in Ubuntu 11.04.

And of course we still benchmarked the new version of Ubuntu. However, this time there is a twist. Instead of testing Natty Narwhal against its predecessor (Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat) and the latest LTS (Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx), we replaced Maverick with Natty. That's right; since Unity is the big deal in this release, we benchmarked Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal with Unity versus Natty Narwhal with the GNOME 2 shell, now referred to as the 'Classic' interface. We took this route to see if the new GUI has any performance implications. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is still a part of our data to provide a comparison to the latest Long Term Support release.

Before we get into the numbers, let's kick this off with an installation walkthrough of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

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