The Android Who Would Be King. Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1…

Samsung has put all of its cards on the table and released the GALAXY Tab 10.1. The thinnest and lightest 10.1″ tablet to hit the market so far. This is a salvo fired across Apples bow, Samsung finally has hand. With fast hardware, the latest Android Honeycomb OS and a beautiful hi-res display Samsung has all of the ammunition it needs to take the fight right to Apple.

The iPad 2 is the undisputed king of tablets at the moment and will naturally be the yard stick for any new tablet entering the market. The GALAXY Tab 10.1 is 2mm thinner and 15 grams lighter than it’s rival so off to a good start. Nvidis1GHz Dual Core Tegra2 CPU and graphics chip is as good as ARM CPU’s get at the moment. The 1280×800 resolution again just beats the iPad 2s 1024×768 resolution. Onboard DDR memory is another win for Samsung 1GB versus 512MB, a handy advantage for multi-tasking. front and rear-facing cameras are also standard. 4G wireless is a win for Samsung, not a practical win with 4G coverage being limited, so while it is 4G chances are it will run on a 3G network. Galaxy versus iPad 2 purely on specs looks like a win for Samsung, it doesn’t win the hardware spec battle hands down but it does win.

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BlueStacks. Android on Windows…

Android and Windows may not be a match made in heaven, Google and Microsoft haven’t been seen in the same room together for a long while after all. As it turns out the children of the two 900 pound gorilla’s may look good enough together, enough so that one company has given it a shot.. BlueStacks is that company and their software allows you to run Android software on Windows tablets or PCs.

Billed as a way to make real tablet software available for Windows tablets. BlueStacks may be on to something here, until Microsoft release Windows 8 for Tablets and software for it appears Android applications have the advantage of being made for a touch screen world, running standard windows apps on a tablet has been possible for 30 years – GRIDPad released 1989 – but it has never taken off because a tablet and desktop PC are two very different beasts.

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RevoDrive3, OCZ Storage Bonanza…

At this years Computex conference this week OCZ has been showing off their latest storage technology for us to drawl over. With the RevoDrive 3 PCIe SSD card they have set the benchmark for consumer oriented Uber storage solutions. Like greased lightning for your computers insides, this is the newest gadget that every noid computer builder wants. It’s not as glamorous as and new 3D transistor CPU from Intel or the latest Über video card but PCIe storage makes up for it with exclusivity. This is leading edge technology that few people have.

Just like a standard SSD – Solid State Drive – the RevoDrive 3 replaces the hard drive in your system instantly converting your old beige box into a sleek performance machine. This card is fully bootable allowing it to be plugged into any motherboard and used as your systems boot drive, not all PCIe SSD’s are capable of this. What makes the RevoDrive different from hard drives and typical SSD’s is the way it connects to your computer. In the Revo’s case it uses a PCIe slot – Peripheral Component Interconnect Express, motherboard slots -, instead of the slower SATA interface . By connecting directly to your computers motherboard the RevoDrive is able to achieve speeds much higher than the old SATA hard drive interface.

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TDK Transparent Display…

TDK maker of many amazing things has just announced the beginning of production of the first transparent screen for mobile phones. Designated the lyrical name UEL476 TDK has opened the see through doors to the future.

Built using Organic ElectroluminescenceO-EL -materials, which are very similar to the organic compounds found in firefly’s. With an O-EL display a slight electrical charge is used to light up the organic compund that makes up each pixel or dot on the display. Unlike an LCD display the TDK small screen doesn’t require a back light, the organic compound itself emits the light. Sitting behind each LCD panel is a flurescent or LED light source that is coloured by the LCD panel as light passes through. This type of display would be very difficult to turn into a transparent display. The O-EL or OLED displays on the other hand are perfect for this.

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Chameleon Magnets aka Electrically Induced Ferromagnetism…

Magnetism is more than just a fun property to experiment with in Science 101, not just a scientific curiosity. Scientists have discovered the Chameleon Magnet, a permanent magnet that can be switched on and off at will. Magnetism is the glue that holds every atom and molecule together. The very small world of nano magnetism – magnetism of atom’s and molecules – is very a different beast, not high school magnetism. In this world free electrons can be used to pass spin information on to other electrons, large groups of electrons spinning in sync can set up a magnetic field. All of these bizarre effects are being studied and applied to Chameleon Magnets and Spintronics, the science of using the spin of electrons to do work in electronics gadgets.

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Deep Space Voyager…

In the cold dark recesses of space a single mission carries the torch for humanity. Voyager 1 and 2 are soon to leave the solar system completely, entering deep space with its sensors being our eye’s and ears. Will they be required to stay left unless overtaking on some inter-galactic super highway ? That’s the adventure, we don’t know. The Voyager space craft have a history of surprising us, a tradition that will continue as long as the batteries hold up.

“They are about to break free of the solar system,” Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at Caltech in Pasadena, Calif., said during a media teleconference (April 28). “We are trying to get outside of our bubble, into interstellar space, to directly measure what is there.”

The Voyager craft have reached the outer border of our solar system, the heliosphere. The heliosphere is the border-land between our solar system and deep space, like the shiny surface of a bubble. The heliosphere marks the end of the Sun’s sphere of influence, it is where the solar winds run out of steam and the furthest point of the magnetic field. Voyager 1 passed the first layer of the heliosphere, the termination shock and entered the heliosheath in the middle of December 2004.

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Über Storage: The 900 Pound Gorilla Storage…

Storage company Texas Memory Systems have released the new Über King of Storage, RamSan-70. This is the storage worlds equivalent to a 900GB Gorilla. Not just a catchy marketing phrase but an apt description. Replacing the Hard Drive of a Server or desktop computer this is the big daddy of high-speed storage. Able to read 2GB a second sustained, making this drive 25 times faster than a SATA hard drive and 6 times faster than a standard SSD drive. It also bucks the trend of limited space with flash-based drives by offering up to 900GB of space. No price has been announced but you can bet if you need to ask you won’t be able to afford it.

Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS) is a privately held 33-year leader of the enterprise data storage and digital signal processing industries. They have broken records with the storage racks – RamSan-6300 – and are applying the same technology to a single PCIe storage card, the RamSan-70.

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