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Submission + - Nvidia reveals 5th core in upcoming Kal-El SoC (techspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nvidia today revealed some interesting new details about Tegra 2's much-anticipated successor. As it turns out Kal-El will include a fifth core, or companion core, built using a "special low power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. Each of these cores is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that's individually enabled and disabled based on workload, but all five can't run at once.
Hardware

Submission + - Nvidia reveals 5th core in upcoming Kal-El SoC (techspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nvidia today revealed some interesting new details about Tegra 2's much-anticipated successor. As it turns out Kal-El will include a fifth core, or companion core, built using a "special low power silicone process" which works on tasks at a low frequency. Each of these cores is an ARM Cortex A9 CPU that's individually enabled and disabled based on workload, but all five can't run at once.

Submission + - Scientists on trial (cbsnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Italy puts scientists on trial for failure to advise on earthquake. Possibly guilty of manslaughter. Trial ongoing.

Submission + - Apple Sues Maker Of Cables, Batteries (ibtimes.com)

Hkibtimes writes: Apple is cracking down on third-party accessories, filing a patent-infringement lawsuit against TKT, a California company that makes external batteries.

The suit, originally filed last month, accuses Sanho of violating a set of six patents that cover the magnetic connector, called MagSafe, for power cables that Apple introduced for its Macintosh laptop computers in 2006, as well as the 30-pin connector used on iPods and the associated power cables.

Books

Submission + - Hire Randall Munroe For a Custom xkcd Strip (breadpig.com)

Alexis Ohanian writes: "Xkcd is releasing its book next week. As part of the September fundraisers to build an xkcd school through Room to Read, Randall Munroe will auction off commissioned comic strips in at parties in New York City and Silicon Valley in September. (Tickets through the party are being sold through a dutch-style auction a la Google IPO, so you state your price). Also to be auctioned off: lunch with Randall."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft limits Zune HD to the U.S.

Mark writes: Microsoft says it currently has no plans to bring the Zune HD outside of the US, Ars Technica says. 'For the time being the Zune HD device will remain US only,' a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. That's the official word, despite reports from April 2009 indicating that this year's Zune platfrom update would be an international one. It looks as if Microsoft wants to start completely from scratch with the Zune HD; Redmond used the US as a testing ground for the Zune, and it looks as if it wants to do the same with the Zune HD. Microsoft is again entering a saturated market, just this time it's doing it with a device available in two sizes, instead of one. The Zune didn't get very far in terms of the number of markets, nor in the number of sales.

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