Microsoft will take into account the increased competition with Google and Apple in the development of Windows 8

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Microsoft has acknowledged that the development of Apple and Google are serious competitors in the battle for hearts and minds of existing and prospective users of Windows, and is going to take this into consideration when creating its future operating system, tentatively called Windows 8. Recall that in the current year "fruit" the company introduced a new version of its operating system Mac OS X called Snow Leopard, and Google announced a "cloudy" software platform Chrome OS.

Despite a rather successful start sales of its latest operating system Windows 7, Microsoft acknowledged that more and more users around the world are seeking alternatives to its platform. Naturally, this trend can not but worry the Redmond software giant, whose development they gradually lose their former popularity.

Especially noteworthy competition from Google, whose Android operating system and Chrome OS are obvious challenge to Microsoft, respectively, on the mobile and computer markets. As for Apple, Microsoft had to consider this company as a traditional rival in the market of operating systems. Among other things, there are several open source systems under a common brand of Linux, which, although not mentioned specifically in the future may also compete with Windows.

In connection with this, Microsoft plans to pay particular attention to aspects of the brand Windows, aimed at ordinary consumers (for example, Windows 7 and the service Windows Live). In addition, redmodskaya corporation intends to take into account all the latest trends in creating a new operating system Windows 8. Earlier it was reported that Microsoft has already gained expertise to work on future software platform and plans to focus on the development of Windows 8 in July 2010.

Transcend SDHC Ultimate Class 10 - for high-speed burst shooting and smooth HD video recording

Company Transcend Information introduced the memory card Ultimate Class 10 SDHC. Ruler Transcend Ultimate includes powerful high-speed memory card. Entering into this new line of SDHC Cards Class 10 up to 16 GB outperform the current Class 6 card, allowing you to transfer data at speeds up to 20 Mbps.

New maps Transcend's support as possible at the moment specification Class 10, provided in this year's Association of SD cards as part of the specifications of SD 3.0. New Transcend cards are specially designed for high-speed burst shooting and smooth HD-video recording.

In comparison charts or Class 2, providing a writing speed of 2 Mb / s, Class 6 or performing a write operation at 6 mb / c, new cards are SDHC Class 10 have the opportunity to save data at a speed of 16 Mb / c, and read them at speeds of 20 MB / c. This performance will process the data without delay when recording Full HD video resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with 60 frames per second.

New Transcend SDHC memory cards are available in the Ultimate line of high-capacity options from 4 to 16 GB. 16 GB SDHC card provides photo enthusiasts ample space for recording in high definition - the map is able to store 6552 photos (5 megapixel JPEG), 88 hours of standard quality video (MPEG-4 video, 384 Kbps) or 240 minutes of HD-video (AVCHD 9 Mbit / c). Transcend Ultimate SDHC Class 10 are recommended for use with digital cameras of primary and secondary users and camcorders.

10-inch netbook-transformer ASUS Eee PC T101MT approved by FCC

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified the netbook ASUS Eee PC T101MT. This model with 10-inch swivel touch screen, that is - Netbook-transformer. Unfortunately, the FCC site is not a complete description of the device and its photos. Refers only to wireless support Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Can also assume that the ASUS Eee PC T101MT equipped with a capacitive touch screen with support for multi-touch, because his name is a combination of "MT".

Recall that in November of this year came out 8.9-inch netbook-transformer ASUS Eee PC T91MT. He is running Windows 7 and supports the multisensory control. Apparently, ASUS Eee PC T101MT - is it a larger version. It is not clear when he will go on sale and how much it cost. Perhaps more details will soon.

Computer case Cooler Master USP 100 - Etude in black and red colors

Company Cooler Master decided to complete the 2009 announcement of yet another computer case. Novelty called USP 100, is made of sheet steel and has dimensions of 214 x 483 x 508 mm, which corresponds to the form-factor, Mid-Tower. In addition, a new computer case weighs 7.2 kg and is designed in an attractive design, which combines black and red.

Computer case Cooler Master USP 100 has four external 5.25-inch size compartments located above the panel with USB and audio ports, as well as 120 mm fan with red LED lighting, placed in a mesh front panel. Speed of the fan is 1200 rpm, and the noise level when the work to 19 acoustic decibels. Besides, it can install without any tools 5.25-inch optical drives and 3.5-inch hard drives and expansion cards, PCI.

Case Cooler Master USP 100 is equipped with power supply, Extreme Power Plus with a constant power of 500 watts and a rather low efficiency of about 70 per cent. MTBF of the BP reached 100 000 hours, and cooling is responsible for its 120 mm fan. It remains to add that the Cooler Master USP 100 will go on sale in the markets of North and South America in the first quarter of 2010, and the cost of the computer case will be about $ 100

Averatec HS-105 - "retro"-netbook based on Intel Atom N270

The company announced a netbook Averatec HS-105. This is a model with characteristics that are well suited netbook a year old or even older. Unlike other vendors, Averatec has decided to ignore the new platform Intel Pine Trail: its new netbook based on Intel Atom N270 processor and chipset 945GSE. Averatec HS-105 is equipped with 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

Other characteristics of the netbook does not carry any surprises: 2 GB of RAM, hard disk capacity of 160 or 250 GB wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and 1.3 megapixel web camera. While nothing is reported about when Averatec HS-105 goes on sale and how much it will cost. It is hoped that the device will be inexpensive.

Brando launches external case for HDD / SSD drive with USB 3.0 interface

Hi-Speed USB 3.0 interface feels more confident in the market. We have already reported on some well-known manufacturers of computer components, has a product to support this promising standard. Now in their ranks and joined the company Brando, which began selling its new external enclosures for HDD / SSD drives, equipped with interface USB 3.0. This theoretically allows the device to transmit data at speeds up to 5 Gbps.

New outer casing is designed to accommodate the hard disk or solid state drive size 2.5-inch SATA interface. The device has dimensions of 135 x 82 x 15 mm and weighs 111 grams, and its aluminum coating not only improves the reliability and security located within the disk, but also contributes to a better teplorasseyaniyu. In addition, the outer casing of Brando supports connection to standard Plug and Play, is backward compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 interface and costs $ 49.

LG Prada 3 - for CDMA networks, and based on Android

According to the resource Unthinkable, the company LG Electronics plans to release a third model for fashion brand Prada. New LG Prada 3, in contrast to the first two devices of the line, will operate on the basis of the operating system Android. Recall, LG Prada and Prada 2 were just mobile phones based on proprietary platforms. With regard to the form-factor innovations, we know that it will be touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.

Another interesting fact is that the LG Prada 3, for the first time this series, will be designed for CDMA cellular networks and the U.S. operator Sprint. On this basis, one can assume that the device will be relatively inexpensive when purchasing contract. Former Prada offered a high price, which, however it is not surprising for fashion models, and even under such well-known brand. It is reported that the LG Prada 3 will enter the market in the first quarter of next year and will probably debut at CES 2010. It is not clear whether this Android smartphone sold outside the United States in the GSM version.

Home Theater Philips HES4900 - quality picture and sound in a sleek design

Philips has introduced to Russia's new home theater market HES4900, which provides multi-channel surround sound and high quality images in HD quality. A novelty Philips applies technology Dolby Virtual audio virtualization, which provides a rich, surround sound from 2-channel speaker system. DVD playback is enhanced by expanding 2-channel sound. In conjunction with the processing of Dolby Pro Logic II stereo source is transformed into multi-channel surround sound. This wireless subwoofer can be placed separately, and the main unit and speakers placed on the wall.

Digital data interface HDMI 1080p with high definition video, which is equipped with Philips HES4900, crisp. Progressive scan replaces the image line structure prevalent on TV screens. In addition, the HDMI interface allows a direct digital connection that can carry video transmission in uncompressed digital HD, as well as digital multichannel audio without the need to convert the signal to analog.

The new system is equipped with a USB protocol, which is used to link PCs, peripherals and other electronic equipment. In the model Philips HES4900 has a function of playing MP3 files directly from portable devices - MP3 Link. In addition, the technology EasyLink lets you control multiple devices using the EasyLink only one remote control. The device plays many formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, Divx 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX Ultra, WMA, MPEG4 - with any disc CD and DVD. Also, the system has a built-in FM tuner.

Kingston is preparing new HyperX memory modules with support of water cooling

The company Kingston Technology, known as one of the leading suppliers of solutions based on memory, decided to tease the enthusiast and published several photos of new DDR3 DIMM memory series HyperX. These modules are currently undergoing tests in laboratories, proprietary and probably will be available as early as next year.

In the photograph is clearly evident that the new memory modules series HyperX DDR3 DIMM can be attached to the system of liquid cooling. Obviously, this structural feature will also appeal to overclockers and enthusiasts, since it would allow to overclock the RAM to higher frequencies. In addition, the images can be seen that the new HyperX memory modules with support for water cooling works in tandem with the motherboard chipset X58. However, it is safe to assume that these modules are also compatible with systems based on chips in the performance of LGA 1156, and even AMD AM3.

No further details about the new memory modules, HyperX DDR3 DIMM series was not disclosed. Perhaps, Kingston Technology is going to present its new development at CES 2010, which will be held from 7 to 10 January in Las Vegas.

Samsung Corby POP close to release

The website of Samsung Electronics, appeared the picture of a mobile phone Corby POP (GT-C3510). This model is already known by hearsay: it looks like Samsung Corby 3650, only a little bit easier and cheaper. For example, in Corby POP is not 2-megapixel and 1.3 megapixel camera. Furthermore, judging by the picture on the site of the manufacturer, the new product looks a little different, though similar predecessor. In all likelihood, it is also besklaviaturnogo candy bar with 2.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of QVGA.

On the other characteristics of the Samsung Corby POP also already have some data. It is known that the device is equipped with 22 MB of internal memory and an FM radio, supports Bluetooth interface and can work up to 8 hours of talk time on one battery charge. As previously reported, although this is unofficial information that Samsung Corby POP will initially be sold in India at a price of $ 150.

Dual core Celeron SU2300 will release in the second quarter of 2010

According to the resource Fudzilla, Intel is going to release a successor to its popular dual-core processor Celeron SU2300 in the second quarter of 2010. Your mobile chip with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz has already found application in many existing models of entry-level laptops cost about 500 euros, for example, in a special "Olympic" edition Acer Aspire 1410.

Dual-Core Celeron SU2300 is an excellent alternative to single-core chip CULV Celeron 743, because of the relatively small money offers much better performance. With regard to his probable successor, no details on the new mobile CPU is not reported. We only know that it will be a model of the product line for the Montevina platform or Calpella.

Already mentioned chip Celeron 743 should retain its relevance, at least until the second quarter of 2010, and his successor is likely to get a higher clock speed. At the same time, it is obvious that the upper segment of the Intel mobile processors in the coming year will take the model Core i7 620 and Core i7 UM 640 UM. These chips will be the basis of high-performance notebooks cost more than a thousand euros.

LEXAND Si-365 and Si-511 - New Year Collection automotive GPS navigators

Laboratory Leksand announced the immediate availability of two new models of automotive GPS navigators: LEXAND Si-365 with a screen 3.5 inches and LEXAND Si-511 with a diagonal of 4.3 inches.

Both devices are made based on the chipset SiRF Atlas IV processor at 500 MHz. Package multimedia features include video playback and music, view text. With pre-detailed map of Russia, you can use the navigation without additional activation. As the producer, new items to ease of operation, with them will be able to understand not only the advanced user, but also a man who had no prior experience with navigation.

Distinctive feature of all browsers LEXAND an ultra-slim and the screen "with no rim. New models were no exception: the thickness LEXAND Si-365 and LEXAND Si-511 is 13 mm. Housing navigators made using a practical slip cover Soft Touch and the silver lining of the screen, which makes the navigator is not only convenient, but also a stylish element of your car.

In the sale LEXAND Si-365 and LEXAND Si-511 has already received.

New SSD in a series of Intel X-25 E will receive a code name Lyndonville and capacity to 400 GB

They began to know further details about the plans of Intel Corporation in the market of solid-state drives. According to data derived from the roadmap Intel, the company plans to release in the fourth quarter of next year, SSD, built at 2x nm chip memory with multilevel cell (MLC) and have a much greater capacity.

Current Issue current SSD drives X25-M, built on 34-nm MLC chips, as well as flash drives X18-M, established standards for 50-nm process technology, will be discontinued in the third quarter of 2010. They must be replaced with generation of Postville Refresh, includes a model with a capacity of 160, 300 and 600 GB.

Moreover, the data SSD will be built on MLC chips created by the rules finer 2x nm technology. Meanwhile, Intel plans to update and its series of X-25 E, presenting it in the fourth quarter of 2010 the new solution, codenamed Lyndonville. These devices are expected, will replace the model X25-E on 32 and 64 GB, are now among the fastest SSD drives.

New solid-state drives Lyndonville must leave in three versions with a capacity of 100, 200 and 400 GB. At the same time, they will be built on 34 nm MLC chips, whereas the existing models X25-E using 40 nm memory chips with a one-level cell (SLC). Finally, Intel plans to update and in the line of their entry-level SSD. Slots in the series X25-V, as well as the older model, replacing the end of 2010 the production technology and will be issued on the basis of 2x-nm NAND flash memory, which allows them to bring capacity up to 80 GB.

A pair of low-profile graphics card from Sparkle based GeForce GT 220 and GT 240 for HTPC

Company Sparkle Computer announced a pair of low-profile graphics cards based on GeForce GT 220 and GeForce GT 240, targeted at fans of compact computers and HTPC systems. The first adapter is built on the video chip GT216, while the second is based on the GPU GT215.

Both new video card from Sparkle have a low-profile PCB height of 6 cm, which is enough even for a small computer case, and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory with 128-bit memory interface. In addition, there is support technology DirectX 10.1, and active cooling system accelerators generate noise at the level of 27.3 decibels acoustic.

The system interfaces both adapters includes video outputs D-Sub, DVI and HDMI. In this model based on GeForce GT 220 has 48 stream processors and operating frequencies of 625/1360/1580 MHz for the GPU, shader, and memory, respectively. At the same time graphics card based on GeForce GT 240 is equipped with 96 stream processors, and its clock speeds are equal to 550/1340/1580 MHz for the GPU, shader, and memory, respectively. The cost of new low-profile boosters are not reported.

Incomplete 3DTV products in CES spotlight

Three-dimensional image is increasingly intrudes into our daily lives. For example, the opening in January in Las Vegas show Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is expected presentation of multiple devices in consumer class that can show stereo. It is also expected that at CES 2010 will be submitted to the newest format 3D Blu-ray, transmitting three-dimensional image in the highest resolution and quality.

Popularization and promotion to market devices with 3D functionality to a large extent contribute to Hollywood studios and broadcasters worldwide. They are clearly interested in ensuring that consumers can watch the latest stereofilmy, for example, the same "Avatar," not only in special cinemas, but also at home with a licensed carrier or through a set-top box.

In connection with the latest trends in the world of television and film industry organization of HDMI Licensing LLC is planning to amend the latest version of the standard, HDMI 1.4, thus ensuring its compatibility with the requirements of 3D content. Recall HDMI 1.4 specification was published in May 2009 and is the standard for the transfer of high-quality images in high resolution. Not by chance among the latest additions to the HDMI 1.4 support is present resolution 2K x 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels at 24/25/30 Hz 4096 x 2160 pixels at 24 Hz).

At the regular meeting of the consortium HDMI, which will be held in January, will consider a number of changes in the standard HDMI 1.4, aimed at supporting the three-dimensional content. In particular, the organization intends to include in the HDMI interface support for the latest 3D format, known as the tentative title Top / Bottom. This format is actively promoted by some television studios, can reduce the expense of some resolution to save bandwidth sufficient to transmit images to the left and right eye in a single frame.

InnoDisk represents SSD capacity up to 2 TB for PCIe

Taiwanese company InnoDisk, known as a developer and manufacturer of flash drives for industrial and embedded systems, provide high-speed SSD Interface PCI-Express. With this data exchange rate with the new solid state drive called Matador reaches 800 MB / s, and its capacity in various versions reaches up to 2 terabytes.

The new SSD drive from Matador InnoDisk shows a maximum speed of read and write data at 800 and 600 Mb / s, respectively, whereas the majority of the existing solid-state drive speed information exchange reaches only up to 230 Mbps.

Note that the maximum capacity of this device is fully comparable with the best examples of standard hard drives that are present on the market. Thus, new development InnoDisk ideally suited for high-performance solutions, including enterprise-class server systems, gaming machines and devices for military use. The date of sales and cost of high-speed SSD drives Matador not reported.

Lenovo introduce the IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3t netbooks

The network has more details on the netbook Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3t, which last month were approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This 10.1-inch model on the basis of the new platform Intel Pine Trail and the Atom N450 processor with a clock speed of 1.66 GHz. Netbook IdeaPad S10-3t, apparently, is equipped with a swivel touch screen with support for multi-touch, and the IdeaPad S10-3 - is the standard netbook. The rest of the device, obviously, do not differ.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3t equipped with 2 GB of RAM, hard drives of 250 GB and an integrated Intel GMA 3150 graphics. Also, they have modules of 3G and GPS, but it is probably option. Both netbook running the operating system Windows 7. Presumably, Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 and S10-3t go on sale in January next year.

BenQ introduced Full HD monitors G2222HDL and G2420HDBL

Company BenQ introduced two new models Full HD display with LED backlight. This 21.5-inch BenQ G2222HDL and 24 inch - BenQ G2420HDBL.

Both screen edged glossy black frame. Their native resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, and they have a matrix TN. Response time is 5 ms, and contrast - 1000:1 (claimed 5000000:1 dynamic contrast), brightness of the display is 250 nits. Both monitors have video connectors as D-Sub, and DVI.

Appearance in the sale of monitors BenQ G2222HDL and BenQ G2420HDBL expected this week for around $ 275 and $ 312 respectively.

iPhone fourth-generation will have 5-megapixel camera, a 7-inch Apple tablet will be in January

Rumors around Apple's devices are multiplying constantly. In contrast to the official information. While the very fact of developing the next generation iPhone became known only when several prototypes have been stolen, the information that it will be for the device are already available. At this time information on the future shape of iPhone are coming from DigiTimes. According to this resource, manufacturers of photographic modules are not only expected to increase the number of orders (assuming that in 2010 Apple will deliver to the market order of 4.045 billion mobile devices), but also preparing for the production of new models. Thus, the company OmniVision, has already received pre-order the 5-megapixel matrix.

On the other hand, resource Boy Genius Report, Financial Times confirms the information that will be announced in January a new model of Apple. According to the source in the company, in January 2010 will be a preview 7-inch tablet. In this case, according to recent rumors, the basic model of the tablet was considered a 10-inch version, however, Boy Genius Report claims that the existence of a model with 7-inch screen is close to 100%, while the 10-inch versions of their source did not knows.

FinePix REAL 3D W1: world's first 3D camera, soon for sale

Fujifilm introduced to Russia's market of the world's first 3D digital camera, FinePix REAL 3D W1. It allows you to capture and view pictures in stereo mode. FinePix REAL 3D W1 is equipped with two lenses and two sensors such as CCD. With the control system lenses, two frames are made simultaneously. Image processing system combines the two frames together, creating a spectacular 3D images. This new technology also allows you to view footage directly to the 2.8-inch display camera.

FinePix REAL 3D W1 features:
  • Two CCD sensor 1/2.3 "for every 10 Megapixels, resolution up to 3648x736 pixels.
  • 3 x optical zoom.
  • Proprietary optical Fujinon.
  • 2.8-inch LCD screen for viewing photos and videos in stereo 3D without special glasses.
  • Switching between modes 3D/2D one button.
  • Mode creation of two images simultaneously with different settings (Tele / Wide, 2-Colour, 2-Sensitivity)
  • Dimensions: 123,6 x 68 x 25,6 mm. (excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
  • Weight: 260 g.
Sales FinePix REAL 3D W1 in Russia will begin in January 2010.