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Asus launches tiny PC

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361w ago - Asus has formally rolled out its Eee PC line of sub-notebook computers, a week after UK supplier RM - formerly Research Machines - spilled the beans on two of the models. The complete line-up comprises four computers.

All four models are based around the same 7in display; 900MHz Intel Celeron processor and chipset; 10/100Mbps Ethernet port and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi for internet access; HD audio; three USB ports; SD card slot; stereo speakers and microphone input; and a version of the Linux open source operating system, Xandros.

The basic model, the 2G Surf has a 2GB of Flash storage and 256MB of DDR 2 memory. The 4G Surf ups the storage to 4GB and the memory to 512MB. The next machine up, the plain 4G model, matches that spec but introduces a 0.3-megapixel webcam into the display's bezel. It also ups the first two machines' 2.8-hour, 4400mAh battery to a 3.5-hour, 5200mAh unit.

The top-of-the-range 8G builds on the 4G and is fitted out with 1GB of DDR 2 and 8GB of Flash in addition to the extras the 4G offers.

While the Eee PCs are designed to run Linux, they will operate with Windows XP too, and Asus has already posted a stack of drivers necessary for folk who do want to use the Microsoft OS. The on-board Linux distro comes with email, web browsing and internet radio apps, along with...
 

Meijer Goes All Blu-ray At Site

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361w ago - Retailer says the format is outselling HD DVD by 4-1. Meijer, a Mideast-based electronics retailer with 180 stores, says it's now only carrying Blu-ray at its web site. That's according to an article by Video Business.

Dawn Bronkema, Meijer's director of e-commerce marketing, tells the publication that Blu-ray discs are outselling rival HD DVD by 4-1.

Consequently, Meijer.com now offers 300 Blu-ray titles, a near-complete catalogue of what's available in the format to date.

Despite the Blu-ray expansion, Bronkema says Meijer will eventually carry HD DVD at the site but current sales prompted the company to expand its Blu-ray inventory rather than add HD DVD titles at this point.

The retailer does offer a limited number of Blu-ray and HD DVD titles in its stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and other states in the Mideast, Video Business reports.
 

How to Play WoW with Xbox 360 Controller

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361w ago - SwitchBlade is an easy-to-use application that brings a fully configured game controller interface to any PC game. Once SwitchBlade is installed, it provides a console gaming experience for the gamer looking for a new way to play popular PC games. The first game supported by SwitchBlade is World of Warcraft.

Video on this is available here.
 

Playstation 3 XDR Memory Architecture video

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361w ago - The Rambus XDR™ memory architecture is a total memory system solution that achieves an order of magnitude higher performance than today's standard memories while utilizing the fewest ICs. Perfect for compute and consumer electronics applications, a single, 2-byte wide, 4.0 GHz XDR DRAM component provides 8.0 GB/s of peak memory bandwidth.

Video can be seen here. Key components enabling the breakthrough performance of the XDR memory architecture are:

XDR DRAM is a high-speed memory IC that turbo-charges standard CMOS DRAM cores with a high-speed interface capable of 4.0 GHz data rates providing up to 8 GB/s of bandwidth with a single device.

XIO controller IO cell provides the same high-speed signaling capability found on the DRAM, but adds additional enhancements like FlexPhase™ technology that eliminates the need for trace length matching.

XMC memory controller is a fully synthesizable logical memory controller that is optimized to take advantage of innovations like Dynamic Point-to-Point which provides for capacity expansion while delivering the signal integrity benefits of point-to-point signaling.

XCG clock generator provides the system clocks with four programmable outputs and is guaranteed to...
 

The RoboCars of 2057

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362w ago - The LA Auto Show, which kicks off in mid-November, is holding its fourth annual Design Challenge. This year, it asked leading manufacturers to create a concept for a "RoboCar of 2057." What do Audi, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen think you'll be driving by then? The answers take into consideration environmental concerns, safety and your wildest dreams.

Audi came up with the Virtuea Quattro, a hydrogen-powered vehicle with artificial intelligence and a holographic exterior so that people can customize and change their car's look at whim without environmental impact.
 
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