An ARM roadmap from TI

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2011 - 12:12 PM |

Drop by AnandTech if you want a complex diagram of the new OMAP 5, a SoC which will be using a pair of 28nm Cortex A15s.  According to TI you can expect a 50% increase in processing power at the same clock speed compared to the previous generation A9.  The new OMAP 5 will also sport a pair of ARM Cortex M4 which should help speed video encoding and decoding.  If you are into these tiny stand alone systems then head over for a look under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

Bluetooth powered speakers

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:37 PM |

With a Bluetooth enabled laptop you can use that earpiece that normally talks to your phone to listen to audio, but it mostly remains underutilized.  A company by the name of iui Design has another idea for you, their BeLive Bluetooth portable speaker will let you share your audio and not have to use the built in speakers that are often not the best way to listen to a movie or song.  Techware Labs had a chance to check them out and were quite impressed with the quality, specificall

SandyBridge continues to improve over Linux

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:25 PM |

Fans of Linux have some good news today from Phoronix involving Advanced Vector Extensions the successor to the SSE4 instruction set.  We are still waiting on AMD's first part to arrive on the market while not only has Intel released a part that can handle the new technology, Linux is now able to take advantage of that with the new GCC 4.6.  You can see how well the support has been implemented by reading through the variety of benchmarks in the full article.

Source: Phoronix

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 06:31 PM |

The Tech Talk Forum abounds with mysteries this week, from an ECS motherboard with some issues and far too many BIOSes to choose from to an attempt to recover some unpartitioned space on a HDD.  The Motherboard Forum is more concerned about how a single transistor can ruin an entire motherboard family.  The Graphics Forum is also pretty busy, though in a

2011, the year of socket madness

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 11:32 AM |

In case you were feeling on top of things and feel that you can tell the difference between a Core i7 on LGA1366 versus LGA1156 accurately and aren't overly concerned about discerning an LGA1155 or yet to arrive LGA2011 SandyBridge part, Intel has made things more confusing.  The server room has avoided most of the socket ecosystem flourishing but that is not going to last according to SemiAccurate

Source: SemiAccurate

ARM's low latency is key to it's market share in the mobile world

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2011 - 11:49 AM |

Josh recently touched on the state of the current mobile processor generation, contrasting the efforts of NVIDIA and ARM to improve the performance of the upcoming generation of smart phones.  The Inquirer has done something similar, sitting down with Richard York, director of product marketing at ARM
to hear what he had to say.  The resulting article focuses more on the connectivity side of the required processing power from the silicon within smartphones and the very low latency displayed by ARM's new baseband

Source: The Inquirer

How do you deal with a broken SandyBridge?

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 06:29 PM |

If you are Gigabyte, you promise refunds or replacements.  Obviously you will likely get the refund quicker, but as you are probably going to spend the money on a new motherboard, so you could always wait for the details of the replacement program to solidify.

CoolerMaster spawns a new mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 03:30 PM |

The Cooler Master Storm Spawn has 7 customizable buttons, a sleek red and black color scheme and an adjustable 3500 DPI sensor.  The software it comes with will be familiar to anyone who has used a gaming mouse, with perhaps a bit more depth as the mouse is capable of macros with a maximum of 10 key presses and releases.  Overall it received a positive review from Neoseeker, though the reviewer would have liked it to be a bit larger so those with big hands be warned.

Source: Neoseeker

No BulletStorm demo, but how about a tongue in cheek Call of Duty

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 12:53 PM |

Drop by Rock, Paper, Shotgun for a free look at The Duty Calls, which is what Epic Games is offering up instead of a BulletStorm demo.  While you can't kill with style yet, you can see a nice movie setting you up for a free download of The Duty Calls.  It is 765MB, so Canadians should grab it now before UBB kicks in and it counts against your limits.

More fun with the B&N Nook; this time it's honeycomb

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 11:55 AM |

Rooting your Nook colour is nothing new, various projects have been underway for a while to allow more control and functionality on the device.  The newest project involves the new Android Honeycomb platform and you can get the details on how this was done at Hack a Day.  This is a successful project in its early stages so while they have enabled a lot of the features not all are quite up to snuff.  Try it out for yourse

Source: Hack a Day