Category Archives: COMPUTING

Anything to do with computing, be it mobile or desktop and encompasses area such as peripherals, tablets, desktop PC and similar.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg named TIME’s Person of the Year

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by now we should be all familiar with Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the popular social network website, Facebook. Mark has recently been named the TIME’s Person of the Year. unlike other media, i thought it was of no surprise. judging from the limelight Mark Zuckerberg has been getting. especially, after the movie The Social Network was released.

i have been a ‘Facebooker’ for more than two years now and frankly, i don’t quite know who Mark Zuckerberg is. at least, i do not have a clear picture of whatever or however Facebook began. i must admit, the movie did gives me some fairly good idea of the story of FaceBook. though it may not be entirely factual, still it was a ‘good introduction’ to the world most popular social network site. Continue reading Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg named TIME’s Person of the Year

Uber-cool crystallized Galaxy Tab for those who has deep pockets

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Android-based tablets may not have the myriad of cases to choose from like the iOS devices. but if you have one chance to pimp up your Galaxy Tab, how about getting a £2,669 Galaxy Tab covered with 5,700 Swarovski crystals and top up with a logo done in Jet Hematite? in that way, you get your a Tab and not needing any case to go with it. it will be a shame to hide those bling, isn’t it? Continue reading Uber-cool crystallized Galaxy Tab for those who has deep pockets

PS3-powered supercomputer used by US Air Force

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well, the US Air Force didn’t actually use the Playstation 3 console as a whole, much less to play games. in fact, what the US Air Force did was using more than 1,700 Sony PS3 processors. the supercomputer which also incorporates 168 separate graphical processing units, is capable of crunching 500 trillions calculations per second. that’s like 50, 000 times faster than your average laptop.

by using off-the-shelf components, it reduces the cost of the supercomputer. according to Mark Barnell (director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s high-power computing division), the system cost somewhere around US$2 million, “which is a cost savings of between 10 to 20 times for the equivalent capability.” at least tax payers know that the Department of Defense is ‘trying not to spend too much’ which should be good for PR, though not everyone will be amused.

the system, dubbed the Condor Cluster will undertake a range of tasks which include synthetic aperture radar enhancement and a bunch of other stuff which, we commoners, would never understand. maybe that’s why we always lament how our money was being spend frivolously for defense.

via CRAVE

custom gaming PC under the guise of V8 engine

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(image credit: Wayne aka v121) V8 Gaming PC | $Auction Price

PC enthusiasts has thousands of ideas to customize their gaming rig. this one is my personal favorite, though i don’t use PC that much these days. this one of the kind V8 gaming rig is the work of art of New Zealanders, Wayne and his Dad. some of the features include bits of lightings, card reader, fan controllers, sound DB meters and light color changers. it even has a florescent light within the PC for working light.

this V8 gaming rig does come with manuals and CD-ROM. on the site, Wayne stated it comes with Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit). not sure if its preinstalled or come with the disc for Windows 7. other specs include Intel Core 2 Extreme X9650 CPU (3GHz), 4GB of RAM, ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Mother Board, 2 x 500 GB hard drives, 2 x NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB (SLi) graphic cards and Pioneer DVD-RW drive.

according to Wayne, the machine is so huge that he would recommend a 4WD to pick this rig up. if you want to own this, you gotta be in Auckland, New Zealand or somewhere near so you can actually pick it up. but first you got be the winner of this auction which ends on December 14th @ 1041 hours – New Zealand time i presume. perfect compliment to your real V8 powered automobile. why no one pimps a Mac like this?

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Logitec Pro’s Master Series of Japan HDD released

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first of all, Logitec is a Japanese company that design and manufacture peripheral-devices, not to be confused with the the Swiss peripheral-device manufacturer Logitech. anyway, Logitec (the Japanese company, without the ‘h’) has just released a new USB 2.0 external hard drive targeted at professionals. from the photos, the device looks pretty sleek and minimalist, something which LaCie would have designed. Continue reading Logitec Pro’s Master Series of Japan HDD released

Toshiba adds NB520 and NB500 to its netbook family tree

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Toshiba NB500 & NB520 | US$tbc | www.toshiba.com

was it just me feeling that the netbook market has somewhat ‘tone-down’? perhaps it might be due to the overwhelming attention to tablet over the last few months – which has taken the spotlight away from the once darling of portable computing. in anyway, Toshiba has announces a duo of new netbook, the NB500 and NB520, to be available sometime first quarter of 2011. generally, both netbooks will spot a 10.1-inch LED-backlit TRUBRITE displays with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 600, up to 250GB of hard drive storage, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and VGA webcam. connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports (why not 3.0?), Ethernet, as well as a 2-in-1 card reader. needless to say, one would be the entry-level netbook, while the other would be the ‘higher-end’ model.

other than the aforementioned similarities, processor, memory, battery life and connectivity will differ between the mini NB500 and mini NB520. the NB520 will be powered by Intel Atom N550 processor, gets up 2GB of DDR3 memory and features Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. while the NB500 will be powered by Intel Atom N455 processor and gets 1GB of DDR2 memory. additionally, the mini NB520 will get some sweet sound treatment in the form of embedded Harman/Kardon stereo speakers with 2 x 2 watts output and Dolby Advance Audio technology.

there’s no words on the pricing as yet but we expect some hints on the pricing in coming month. seriously, with all the rage for tablets in the market right now, i wonder if there’s a market for netbooks. somehow, consumers has turned their attention to tablet more and hence, any announcement of netbooks isn’t going to turn heads much. just some months ago, any casual conversation would involve notebooks in the topic. these days, its “have you seen that tablet?” – well mostly.

via ZDNET

Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad

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this is one iPad that you do not wish to have a case over it. seriously, with the iPad back etched with images from the video ‘Dominate Another Day’, you wouldn’t want to keep them hidden away. apparently, only selected list of people gets to receive this limited edition “Dominate Another Day” iPad. according to CNET, “Dominated Another Day” is a viral marketing campaign on YouTube promoting basketball legend Michael Jordan’s brand. Continue reading Air Jordan limited edition Dominate Another Day iPad

the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive

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fans of the 80s sci-fi movie ‘Back To The Future’ (Universal Pictures, 1985) will definitely go gaga over this piece of hard drive in DeLorean Time Machine guise. this 1:18 scale replica features working hood and gull wing doors and has every bits of detail you would expect from a proper DeLorean Time Machine including the Fusion reactor and the 1950s moon rims. Continue reading the perfect time machine: the DeLorean Time Machine Hard Drive

Japan to get Snoopy-themed Onkyo Windows-based Tablet

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(image credit: Onkyo Japan) Onkyo Snoopy-themed Tablet | ¥79,800 | www.jp.onkyo.com

Onkyo seeks to give its Onkyo tablet a boost with the Japan-only Snoopy-themed tablet. Snoopy or Peanuts fan can expect a Snoopy drawing (with his best friend, Woodstock) on the back of the tablet, a Snoopy stylus and a special “Peanuts” (the comic, not the nut…) case. also included with tablet are special screensavers, icons, wallpapers and a Snoopy calendar.

spotting a 10.1 inch LCD with 1024 x 600px resolution and running on Atom N450 1.66GHz processor, the tablet will have 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 160GB hard drive, two USB ports, SD/SDHC/MMC card reader and a built-in webcam. connectivity includes wireless 802.11b/g/n and bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

on the software front, it will be powered by Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. the Snoopy Onkyo Windows Tablet is open for pre-order now with an expected shipment in March 2011. do note that this is a limited edition Japan-only tablet, so Snoopy fans outside of Japan has to seek other means of acquiring it.

then again, being a Japan-only product, the language used will be in Japanese. that includes the documentations and the Operating System. unless you are able to read Japanese language, you can probably give it a pass.

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via CrunchGear

sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer

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(image credit: Razer) TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer | US$99.99 | www.razerzone.com

if you feel all grown up and the toy TRON Zero G Light Cycle isn’t your cup of tea then the TRON Gaming Mouse might be an alternative for fans of TRON. video games and other product movie tie-ins are not uncommon but not a common thing for gaming peripherals.

TRON Gaming Mouse features 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor and an ambidextrous design which is both left and right hand-friendly. of course, there’s the ‘compulsory’ iconic blue lights trickling all over the mouse. other features include light and sound effects at startup and shutdown, lighting alerts, seven Hyperesponse buttons, ultrapolling and the now-common-to-Razer braided USB cable. Continue reading sci-fi looking TRON Gaming Mouse Designed by Razer