A few days ago I wrote about the Virtu technology making its way to ASUS motherboards based on the Intel Z68 chipset. Yesterday, Gigabyte Technology followed by announcing a partnership agreement with LucidLogix.
Gigabyte motherboards featuring Virtu will go on sale as soon as the new Intel chipsets are rolled out officially. Boards will also feature company's newest icon-based BIOS — Touch BIOS — that should offer a more convenient way of managing BIOS options and parameters.
Here's the list of Virtu-enabled motherboards from Gigabyte: Z68X-UD3H-B3, Z68A-D3H-B3, Z68MX-UD2H-B3, and Z68MA-D2H-B3.
Source: Gigabyte Technology
The Human Media Lab, Queen's University, Canada, created a working prototype of a flexible smartphone they call PaperPhone. The prototype does everything a smartphone does: stores books, plays music, makes phone calls. But also has a 9.5-cm thin-film flexible E Ink display which makes it much more portable that any current mobile computer, because it shapes with your pocket.
"This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years," says creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen."
Being able to store and interact with documents on larger versions of these light, flexible computers means offices will no longer require paper or printers.
"The paperless office is here. Everything can be stored digitally and you can place these computers on top of each other just like a stack of paper, or throw them around the desk," says Dr. Vertegaal.
The invention heralds a new generation of computers that are super lightweight, thin-film and flexible. They use no power when nobody is interacting with them. When users are reading, they don't feel like they're holding a sheet of glass or metal.
The development team included researchers Byron Lahey and Win Burleson of the Motivational Environments Research Group at Arizona State University (ASU), Audrey Girouard and Aneesh Tarun from the Human Media Lab at Queen's University, Jann Kaminski and Nick Colaneri, director of ASU's Flexible Display Center, and Seth Bishop and Michael McCreary, the VP R&D of E Ink Corporation.
Source: Queen's University
TUL Corporation, the company behind the PowerColor brand, rolled out its first liquid-cooled Radeon HD 6990: PowerColor LCS HD6990 4GB GDDR5. The cooler has been provided by EKwaterblocks.
PowerColor LCS HD6990 has a water block mounted on the card, fully covering the key components to be cooled down. The company claims that GPU temperatures are now up to 30% lower, thanks to the LCS.
The card comes bundled with a high-flow 3/8" and 1/2" fittings (barbs) to maximize waterflow with captured O-rings to prevent leakage.
Dr. Gene Spafford of Purdue University said in a congressional testimony that Sony used outdated software on its servers, and knew about it months before the theft of over 100 million user accounts.
According to Spafford, security experts learned months ago from Internet forums that Sony was using old versions of Apache which "was unpatched and had no firewall installed." He also said that the issue was "reported in an open forum monitored by Sony employees" two to three months before the theft.
Spafford commented on the situation in a hearing at the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Sony was invited to participate, but declined to attend. In a letter to the committee, Sony said it has added automated software monitoring and enhanced data security and encryption — a bit too late now that everything had been stolen already.
Source: The Consumerist
The Sandy Bridge-EP platform should debut in about half a year, but such processors in the LGA 2011 package are already sampling to Intel partners. One of those, octacore Q19D ES, has been seen on eBay for $1360.
The model supports Hyper-Threading and, while being sold as a Core i7, may actually be a Xeon E5-4600 or E5-2600. According to the source, the processor will work in a motherboard based on Patsburg C600 or Patsburg-HEDT X79 chipset. The clock rate is said to be 1.60 GHz, cache, 20MB. According to preliminary information, mass-produced Core i7 in the LGA 2011 package will feature up to 15MB of cache.
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