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The Fastest PC

Posted by arnon_k On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Overclocker claims world’s fastest processor at 8.20GHz using Intel Celeron D-347 CPU cooled with liquid nitrogen

An overclocker has set a new world record for CPU frequency by overclocking a 3.06GHz Intel Celeron D 347 with an internal multiplier of 23x up to a blistering 8.20GHz (8,199.5MHz) clock speed. To keep things cool, liquid nitrogen was used to maintain a temperature of minus 303 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Intel Celeron D-347 processor, which is based on the renowned NetBurst micro-architecture, is made using 65nm process technology and officially works at 3.06GHz. However, with the help of a modified DFI LanParty UT P35 (Intel P35, revision A2), OCZ Technology memory and a lot of liquid nitrogen, overclocker TiN from Xtremelabs.org reached 8199.5MHz clock-speed on the central processing unit.

To keep the CPU from frying, liquid nitrogen was used to maintain a processor temperature of minus 303 degrees Fahrenheit (-186.4 degrees Celsius).

While stability is still an issue, at 8199.5MHz, the results are the highest clock speed ever reached by overclockers as validated by the CPU-Z database.

Facebook takes on Google and Yahoo in Web messages

Posted by arnon_k On November - 16 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

(Reuters) – Facebook rolled out an all-in-one messaging service that for the first time allows its half-billion members to communicate with people outside the social network, intensifying a battle with Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for users’ Internet time.

Addressing speculation the world’s largest social networking site was planning a “Gmail-killer,” Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the new system will let users own “@facebook.com” addresses, but stressed it went beyond mere email.

The new feature — to be rolled out over coming months — lets users send and receive instant and text messages in addition to standard email and Facebook notes.

“This is not an email killer. This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it,” Zuckerberg told reporters at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco.

Zuckerberg, who said more than 350 million of Facebook’s half-billion users now actively send and receive messages on his website, did not expect people to stop using traditional email tomorrow.

But he hoped more and more will shift to an integrated, cross-platform mode of communications over the longer term, such as the service he debuted Monday.

Analysts say that email users are particularly valuable to Web portals like Yahoo, which seek to funnel the traffic into their other online services.

Facebook and Google’s intensifying rivalry is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Internet. The industry is closely watching their pitched struggle for Web surfers’ time online, advertising dollars, and increasingly costly Silicon Valley talent.

RAISING THE STAKES

Forrester Research analyst Augie Ray said the new messaging service will help Facebook in its quest for user-engagement.

“What this allows is Facebook to become more central to people’s communications, and with that they have more (of people’s) time, they have more page views, and with that they have the opportunity to serve more ads,” Ray said.

More than 4 billion messages get sent everyday through Facebook, whose backers include Digital Sky Technologies, Microsoft, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing and venture capital firms Accel Partners, Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital.

Its new product will automatically route messages from a person’s most frequently-contacted acquaintances into a main inbox, with messages from other contacts pooled in a separate inbox.

It also does away with some traditional email customs, such as the “subject” line. Instead, all the messages between two people are threaded together into one long-running conversation.

Users will also be able to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents as attachments to their messages, without having to download or pay for the software. Licensed users can create and send such documents as attachments.
Should all of Facebook’s active users adopt the new service, the social network would begin to approach the number of users now on Microsoft Corp’s hotmail, the most popular Internet email service.

Google, which controls roughly two-thirds of the global search market, offers the third-most popular Web email service, behind second-placed Yahoo, according to Web analytics firm comScore.

Last week, Google began blocking Facebook from importing user contact data from its Gmail email service — until Facebook reciprocates with its own trove of personal data.

In terms of potential privacy concerns, Zuckerberg stressed that the new service may actually be less intrusive than others’.

For instance, it would not automatically scan the contents of people’s email to display ads based on similar keywords, as is done by many of today’s popular Web-based email products like Gmail, he argued.

“Email is still really important to a lot of people. And we just think that this simpler kind of messaging is going to be how a lot more people shift a lot of their communications,” Zuckerberg said.

Acer, Ferrari unveil joint smartphone model

Posted by arnon_k On November - 15 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

(Reuters) – Ferrari and Acer unveiled on Friday a joint new smartphone model using Google’s Android software, hoping to boost its so far limited role in the increasingly crowded smartphone market.

The version of Acer’s Liquid model — with production limited to 200,000 — will be Ferrari branded and sold with pre-loaded content from the company and its racing team.

“The Ferrari branded device will help lift Acer’s latest phone above the ever-crowded Android devices market where it is hard to tell many of the lower cost products apart,” said Ben Wood, head of research at British consultancy CCS Insight.

The world’s second largest PC vendor Acer entered the smartphone industry last year, aiming to reach 6 to 7 percent of the market in three to five years.

Its success has so far been very limited, but handset vendors are closely watching the PC vendors move into their marketplace.

“Acer had a devastating effect on the notebook market and has been the thorn in Dell and HP’s side. Its low cost, low margin approach accelerated commoditization in the notebook market and mobile phone makers are watching its entry into the segment closely,” said Wood.

Google v Facebook: this means passive-aggressive war

Posted by arnon_k On November - 13 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Wait just one minute before you export your data to Facebook, says Google: are you sure you want to hand it over to some New Evil Empire^W^W^W other site?
“Hold on a second. Are you super sure you want to import your contact information for your friends into a service that won’t let you get it out? ”

This is Google’s new passive-aggressive front in its war against Facebook: a “trap my contacts now” page that you get redirected to if you try to export your Gmail contacts out, using the system that Facebook has implemented now that Google has removed the easy way of doing that (see Google halts Facebook data usage – so Facebook polevaults).

In the history of passive-aggressive notes, this is quite a doozy from Google:

“Here’s the not-so-fine print. You have been directed to this page from a site that doesn’t allow you to re-export your data to other services [emphasis added], essentially locking up your contact data about your friends. So once you import your data there, you won’t be able to get it out [emphasis added]. We think this is an important thing for you to know before you import your data there. Although we strongly disagree with this data protectionism, the choice is yours. Because, after all, you should have control over your data.”

You then get two checkbox options: “I want to be able to export my data from Facebook. Please register a complaint on my behalf over data protectionism. (Google will not pass on your name or email address.)” or “I still want to proceed with exporting this data. I recognize that I won’t be able to export it back out.”

We’ll be interested to see how this one plays out – and whether Google gets a large number of people going with its protest.

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