Intel has this week released the first production samples of its brand new supercomputer on a card, the Xeon Phi 5110P. Destined for the HPC (High Performance Computing) market the Phi cards will help Intel push into a market it has struggled with in the past.
HPC is the world of big computers, super computers so large they are given names by the people that build them, often quite catchy names such as ‘Sequioa’, ‘Stampede’ and who could forget ‘Big Blue’, IBM’s Jeopardy playing supercomputer.
The Phi release has been on the cards for a while now. After being announced in June they are now in the hands of a select few with the cards becoming available in early 2013. The Xeon Phi 5110P will cost $2699USD if you are contemplating building your own bedroom supercomputer.
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LEGO and Minecraft have many similarities; both involve building your own world one little bit at a time. Many have even described Minecraft as LEGO for the touch screen generation. Thankfully the old LEGO generation has now received an upgrade with the Minecraft revolution reaching the world of colored plastics bricks.
It is often said that of a million bright ideas there will be one that is pure gold, the one in a million. LEGO Minecraft started life as one of those bright ideas, going on to become the one amongst the million. As the final product has shown the idea was genius, creating the only brand partnership that could challenge Angry Birds Star Wars this Christmas.
Included for your viewing pleasure is the un-boxing of LEGO Minecraft, with the full 480 piece set sprawled over a table top the fun begins, thankfully a liberal dose of fast forward has already been applied.
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Walking and talking on your mobile phone, a modern pre-occupation in a connected world. The world in 1928 however was a very different place, a mobile phone free world. That is except for one time traveler from the future.
Captured during the filming of promotional footage for Charlie Chaplin’s brand new film (at the time) ‘The Circus’ is a mystery lady that seems to be walking and talking on her mobile phone. Dressed to match the period everything in the scene is pure 1920’s except for a single arm bent holding what appears to be a mobile phone.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is footage of the 1920’s time traveler, captured on film walking and talking on a mobile phone.
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Sony this month gathered its US game developers for a disclosure meeting. Project Orbis is indeed taking shape with Sony showing off and delivering a new generation of dev kit during the closed door meetings.
Sony’s offices were bulging with game developers as the presentations began. While the dev kit looks like any other tower PC it’s what’s on the inside that matters. This particular tall nondescript black tower includes Sony’s latest software and AMD hardware running the show, Project Orbis looks to be well on schedule for a 2013 release.
One more generation of developer kit is due before the PS4 is released, a release that should be simultaneous with the final silicon for the console, a major milestone.
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NASA, the ESA and engineers around the world are putting Lego to work, sometimes for scientific purposes, sometimes purely for fun. NASA has recently put LEGO to work as their unstoppable remote control rover operated over the internet for space.
The Curiosity Rover is the rock star of interplanetary rovers, satellites love him and other rovers want to be him. It’s only natural then that people might try to emulate their favourite rover using the coloured bricks. Unexpectedly though is the number of NASA engineers doing just that with surprising results.
Video’s of the latest Lego Rovers in action have been included for your viewing pleasure. While the small Curiosity built with standard Lego is a project for everyone, the Mindstorm Curiosity is something more; an animatronic remote controlled Curiosity Rover built to impress.
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LG has this week released the world’s first ultra widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD monitor. The stretchy new 29-inch display provides an abundance of desktop real-estate thanks to the 2560 x 1080 resolution. Minimizing window overlap, enhancing productivity and generally just making life at the keyboard better.
LG’s adoption of the cinema ratio has also turned the EA93 into a media playback powerhouse. Movies are able to completely fill the screen while the IPS panel technology provides rich colors from every viewing angle, no more black bars top and bottom. The dual integrated speakers kick out 7 watts a piece and provide a good starting point for media playback. An abundance of input options will keep the EA93 busy on playback duties. The latest HDMI inputs even allow mobile phones to act as media sources.
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A little over a week ago now a single piece of news shocked the tech world to its core. LucasFilm had been acquired by Disney, George it seems had passed the Star Wars torch on to a new generation of cinematic wizards.
Disney announced the news on October 30. Disney CEO and George Lucas finalised the deal, signing on the dotted line and requiring one very large cheque, Disney paid $4.05 Billion USD. Instantly the legions of Star Wars fans set electrons flying as the internet groaned under millions of concerned questions.
Lucas at the press event tried his best to allay the fears of the many, “For the past 35 years [35 it has been young Luke], one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.”
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With recent rumours of a Microsoft smartphone setting the rumour mill spinning Microsoft kicks the mill into top gear with news of a new Surface tablet.
According to website the Verge Microsoft has big plans for the mini tablet market, adding an Xbox twist to the now crowded 7 inch tablet market, an Xbox Surface twist. The development process is still in the early stages, with dev hardware in use at a number of high security facilities in Silicon Valley.
Earlier in the year a series of leaked documents purported to summarize the new tablets hardware specs. The latest rumours confirm the specification as; a 1280×720 display, SD card slot and the usual assortment of communications standards WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC. The operating system will be a customized version of Windows 8, built for gaming. Internally Microsoft is said to be working on its own custom chips, with the possibility that both Intel and ARM based tablets are to be manufactured, in the same way there are both RT and Pro Surface’s.
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Capturing much attention this week Samsung announced the release date for their game changing Galaxy Camera. Samsung’s brand new Android compact camera is set for release on November the 8th, in the UK.
Android seems to be reinvigorating the compact class of cameras, bringing together convenience and image quality. Is Android like Tobasco sauce, simply adding it to anything makes it better or was the compact class of camera well overdue for a service and overhaul?
For those times when both convenience and image quality are a priority there are now Android compact cameras, a new class of compact.
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