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+ - Pocket TV: Smart TV On an HDMI Dongle Runs Android 4.0->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "There's a new USB stick-sized minicomputer coming to market soon called Pocket TV from Infinitech. The product is a dedicated HDMI dongle designed to convert any TV into a Smart TV with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, Mali-400MP HD 1080p graphics, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB of additional storage, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. Ports on the device include mini USB, HDMI 1.3 out, and a USB 2.0 input for connecting all manner of peripherals, including a keyboard, mouse, or the Infinitech air remote. If the video demos are any indication, the Pocket TV indeed delivers what is essentially a giant Android experience, complete with access to the Google Play store. The Pocket TV also offers media streaming services and comes with a slick hand-held remote that allows motion-based swipe control that seems to be a decent substitute for the touch interface."
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+ - FBI used FedEx to sneak Dotcom information out of New Zealand-> 1

Submitted by bpkiwi
bpkiwi (1190575) writes "FBI agents, working with New Zealand police on the Megaupload case, took a copy of Kim Dotcom's hard drives and then immediately sneaked out of the police facility and FedEx'ed them back to the USA. Despite the fact that removal of evidence in this manner without official approval (and a chance for the defendant to challenge it) appears to be illegal, the New Zealand government is now left arguing on a technicality — that the law only covers 'physical' items."
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Power

+ - Zeolite thermal storage retains heat indefinitely, absorbs four times more heat -> 2

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Hold onto your hat/life partner/gonads: Scientists in Germany have created small, zeolite pellets that can store up to four times more heat than water, loss-free for “lengthy periods of time.” In theory, you can store heat in these pellets, and then extract exactly the same amount of heat after an indeterminate amount of time. Zeolites (literally “boil stones”) aren’t exactly new: The term was coined in 1756 by Axel Cronstedt, a Swedish mineralogist who noted that some minerals, upon being heated, release large amounts of steam from water that had been previously adsorbed. For the last 250 years, scientists have tried to shoehorn this process in a heat storage system — and now, the Fraunhofer Institute, working with industrial partners, has worked out how to do it."
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Google

+ - Today is World IPv6 Day, except for Twitter, Amazon, Linked-In, Wikipedia, eBay ->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Internet's biggest players — including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Bing — are turning on IPv6 today as part of the World IPv6 Launch Day challenge coordinated by the Internet Society. But which websites are not ready to support the next-gen Internet Protocol? Well, Twitter, for one. Other high-profile sites that aren't among the 3,000 participants in World IPv6 Launch Day are business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn, e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay, online reference Wikipedia, and classified advertising service Craigslist. Neither Tumblr nor Pinterest — two popular image-sharing websites — is participating in World IPv6 Launch Day. Nor is PayPal."
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+ - Venus to transit the sun Tuesday->

Submitted by shuz
shuz (706678) writes "The more than six-and-a-half-hour transit, which starts just after 22:00 GMT on Tuesday June 5th is a very rare astronomical phenomenon that will not be witnessed again until 2117. Most of the earth should be able to view at least a portion of the transit. Please do not look directly into the sun."
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Wireless Networking

+ - Wireless-Power Gets Airborne->

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fergus07 (1145927) writes "Researchers from NIMBUS Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing a quadrotor that uses strongly-coupled magnetic resonance to transmit power from its batteries to the receiving device, without ever needing to make physical contact. The roboticists see this as a solution for powering devices that are otherwise inaccessible to conventional electrical sources."
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Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 73

by pip1 (#40211401) Attached to: ARM Expects 20-Nanometer Processors By Late 2013
your theory would be fine except for the slight problem that without ARM Inc the massive global low power smartphone market wouldn't exist today, in fact its only since the ARM cortex A8 that most average users finally realized that ARM existed, but they have been around a very long time and all the many ARM vendor licencee's have sown up the Mass low power world markets a very long time ago now.

sure there always was a small contingent of superH, MIPS etc vendors in phones to also contribute a small % and perhaps finally Intel will also find a place and help fill that small sub section of the world markets sometime soon, but remember this is not your old school x86 market place and the masses of long time ARM licencee's will not give up their low power top spot without a fight even for that small NON ARM corner.

as for "dozens of variations that are all incomparable with each other. So the market is flexible" you also have to remember and realize that's exactly what all these many ARM licencee's today are in the "Linaro" initiative to have all their ARM engineers actually write the new Cortex ARM/NEON SIMD optimized code and integrate or throw out all their old disparate ARM code bases into a single binary and submit it upstream in to the Kernel for all ARM/NEON vendors to simply load and use, and yet still remain flexible.

they are in effect providing a new standard base ARM platform infrastructure with ARM cortex at the core , again see Charbax's 32 videos at the Linaro Connect show to get a flavor of whats what http://slashdot.org/submission/2097239/videos-linaro-engineers-talk-about-the-status-of-linux-on-arm

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 73

by pip1 (#40210633) Attached to: ARM Expects 20-Nanometer Processors By Late 2013
as you say Tough Love, i too cant see Intel matching $ for $ the likes in bulk of for instance Freescale and their £22ish per 1.2ghz i.MX6 Quad core SOC with any of their intel offerings today or any time soon and that's just one single ARM white box vendor never mind any of the other vendors with faster ARM A15 and better SOC on the table this year.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 5, Informative) 73

by pip1 (#40209503) Attached to: ARM Expects 20-Nanometer Processors By Late 2013
Guspaz, they skipped 22nm and went directly to 20nm as per their original 2010 plan

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4088580/TSMC-skips-22-nm-rolls-20-nm-process
"Mark LaPedus
4/13/2010 1:30 PM EDT

TSMC skips 22-nm, rolls 20-nm process ....
(TSMC) is putting a new spin on its strategy: After the 28-nm node, it plans to skip the 22-nm ''full node'' and will move directly to the 20-nm ''half node.''

At its technology conference here, the world's largest silicon foundry also provided details about its 20-nm CMOS process, which will be the company's main technology platform after the 28-nm node. TSMC will also not offer an 18-nm process.

TSMC's 20-nm process is a 10-level metal technology based on a planar technology. It will feature a high-k/metal gate scheme, strained silicon and newfangled ''low-resistance'' copper ultra-low-k interconnects--or what it calls ''low-r.

'' For the 20-nm node, it will only offer a high-k/metal-gate scheme for the gate stack--and not a silicon dioxide option.
TSMC (Hsinchu) will continue to use 193-nm immersion lithography at 20-nm, but it will also deploy a double-patterning and source-mask optimization schemes.

Unlike its previous processes in recent times--which focused on low power first--TSMC's initial 20-nm process will be a high-performance technology. Following that process, it will roll out a low-power technology.

With the announcement, TSMC is seeking to gain an edge over its leading-edge rivals, such a GlobalFoundries, Samsung and UMC. ...."

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 4, Informative) 73

by pip1 (#40209009) Attached to: ARM Expects 20-Nanometer Processors By Late 2013
thats what TSMC is for and why ARM inc have them and IBM etc as core partners for their tape out implementation program as in
http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4229820/ARM-TSMC-design-20-nm-A15-processor
from way back in 10/18/2011

ARM said it would now optimize its physical IP to the TSMC 20-nm process for power, performance and area and produce a specification for a Cortex-A15 processor optimization pack (POP). It did not say how soon this would be completed.

"This first 20-nm ARM Cortex-A15 tape out paves the way for the next generation of SoC integration and performance," said Mike Inglis, general manager of ARM's processor division, in a statement. These SoCs will be suitable for smartphones, tablet computers, digital home systems, servers and wireless infrastructure, ARM said.

Comment: Re:Who is going to fab it? (Score 1) 2

by pip1 (#40208797) Attached to: ARM expects 20-nanometer processors by late 2013
"Is Intel gonna fab the 20nm ARM chips?"

LOL the days not any where near where intel would be producing arm core tape out silicon, not even in obscure ARM FPGA chips.

thats what TSMC is for and why ARM inc have them and IBM etc as core partners for their tape out implementation program as in
http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4229820/ARM-TSMC-design-20-nm-A15-processor from way back in 10/18/2011

ARM said it would now optimize its physical IP to the TSMC 20-nm process for power, performance and area and produce a specification for a Cortex-A15 processor optimization pack (POP). It did not say how soon this would be completed.

"This first 20-nm ARM Cortex-A15 tape out paves the way for the next generation of SoC integration and performance," said Mike Inglis, general manager of ARM's processor division, in a statement. These SoCs will be suitable for smartphones, tablet computers, digital home systems, servers and wireless infrastructure, ARM said.
Windows

+ - Acer: Windows 8 on ARM performance "isn't great"->

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Barence
Barence writes "Acer says it has no plans to launch Windows 8 laptops based on ARM processors, after claiming performance "isn't great".

Acer is planning to launch a series of Ultrabooks and laptops after the release of Windows 8, but says it won't be using ARM for any non-tablet devices because the performance isn't up to scratch. "According to engineer studies, unless we go into ARM 64-bit, otherwise performance is still not so great," said Acer chairman J.T. Wang. "ARM is a newcomer, young and attractive but it takes some time.""

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Linux

+ - [Videos] Linaro engineers talk about the status of Linux on ARM-> 2

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Charbax
Charbax writes "Some of the worlds best developers work at Linaro optimizing the future of Linux on ARM. In this 4-hour video series several of them describe software solutions for the upcoming ARM big.LITTLE architecture (ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7), demonstrate how Linaro Android 4.0.4 runs twice as fast as stock Android 4.0.4 on the TI OMAP4430 Pandaboard, talk about the future of Android, unify the ARM bootloader, combine multiple ARM SoCs into one Linux Kernel for ARM. Canonical works to support ARM Servers, Mark Shuttleworth talks about the opportunity that ARM constitutes for Ubuntu on Laptops and Servers. The CTO of Linaro talks about the next billions of ARM Powered devices that they are working to optimize Linux for."
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