NEWS

July 26th, 2012, 11:39 AM

With Google Fiber, Kansas City Has Fastest Internet on the Continent

Consumers in an otherwise unremarkable city in the mid-west United States now have some of the world’s fastest Internet connections, thanks to the launch of Google Fiber today. Available in Kansas City, Google Fiber offers 1Gbps download and upload speeds with no data cap for $120 per month in a package that also includes fiber [...]

July 25th, 2012, 4:32 PM

ASUS Launches the RT-AC66U 5G WiFi Router

ASUS today launched the RT-AC66U 5G WiFi Router, a superfast router that uses the 5GHz spectrum range to offer a maximum data throughput of 1.3GBps. From the press release: The ASUS RT-AC66U router is the new standard in WiFi. Featuring the world’s fastest WiFi capabilities the RT-AC66U router delivers amazing wireless performance and increased coverage [...]

July 25th, 2012, 3:36 PM

ARM Outperforms Rivals, Beats Industry Forecasts

ARM is proving to be the exception to the rule in the summer of silicon discontent, as its second-quarter earnings released on Tuesday show it is outperforming the semiconductor industry as a whole. ARM’s chips power virtually the entire smart phone and tablet industry, with Apple’s iPhone and iPad using the processors, along with Samsung’s [...]

July 25th, 2012, 1:03 PM

Delays Reportedly Plague Radeon 7990

AMD’s Radeon 7990, which was supposed to be launched at Computex according to information obtained by Hardware Canucks, has been apparently delayed again and pushed back until August according to a report by VR-Zone. Allegedly, the reason for the delay is a shortage of PEX8747 PCI-e bridge chips manufactured by PLX  – which are an [...]

July 25th, 2012, 10:55 AM

Report Claims Microsoft Limiting Release of Windows RT to OEMs

Microsoft is tightly limiting the release of Windows RT to OEMs during the initial launch period and then will lift the restrictions in January, according to an unconfirmed report by the China Economic Times. The Times says that Microsoft has enforced partnerships between ARM chipset vendors and OEMs: NVIDIA is teaming with Lenovo and Asus, [...]

July 24th, 2012, 3:37 PM

Can 100W USB Make Proprietary Chargers Obsolete?

One of the only major non-Tablet or Ultrabook related stories at Computex this year was Intel’s coming out party of Thunderbolt on the PC. As Intel’s peripheral connectivity protocol is capable of 10Gbps of data throughput, it was marketed at Computex as the USB 3.0 killer. The USB protocol can’t beat Thunderbolt on speed throughput, [...]

July 24th, 2012, 1:15 PM

Two Executives Depart AMD for Rivals

AMD has lost two high ranking executives to rivals: Bob Feldstein, who oversaw the company’s relationship with console manufactures departed for NVIDIA, while AMD’s man in the Asia Pacific, Ben Williams, has left for Calxeda. Mr. Feldstein, who came to AMD when the company acquired ATI, has taken up the position of vice president of [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 2:25 PM

NVIDIA Releases New Tech Demo, “A New Dawn”

NVIDIA has released a new tech demo, called “A New Dawn”, on the tenth anniversary of the release of the Geforce FX-era tech demo “Dawn”. From NVIDIA: “A New Dawn” showcases the latest graphics advancements in hair, skin, and environment rendering. Based on fan feedback, “A New Dawn” has been tweaked to run on both [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 2:03 PM

ARM’s Advances Into Sub-20nm Chips Puts Pressure on Legacy Chipmakers

ARM announced today that it had began collaboration with Taiwan Silicon Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) to produce sub-20nm 64-bit CPUs based upon new 3D transistor technology. “By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 10:50 AM

Report: SSDs Are “No Threat” to Hard Disk in Notebook Sector

The death of Hard Disk-based notebooks in favour of Solid State Drives has been greatly exaggerated, according to analyst group IHS iSuppli. The research group’s main argument about the lack of market dominance by SSD devices? Price. On average, the price of a notebook with 500 GB HDD is between $450 and $550 while an [...]