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Power

Submission + - Solar Power support for Laptop & Phone

ChaoticCoyote writes: I've been searching, Google and Bing, foe a portable and effective solar power solution — and I haven't found a clear candidate. I want to be able to run or recharge a laptop, and maintain the charge in a cell phone, even after a major hurricane or in areas where I don't have reliable power. What I'd like from the Slashdot audience is actual experiences with such a system, and a pointer to what can be had or built.
Intel

Submission + - Intel goes after ARM with new Atom Z600 series (techreport.com)

EconolineCrush writes: Despite fueling a netbook revolution, the Atom processor has always been destined for smaller devices. Intel's pint-sized platform moves firmly into tablet and smartphone territory with the new Atom Z600 series, whose power draw has been cut dramatically. This detailed look at the "Moorestown" platform explores the extensive power-saving measures Intel employed to bring about a claimed 50X reduction in idle power draw. The article also delves into improvements to the Atom's underlying system architecture, its integrated graphics component, and its x86 CPU core. x86 compatibility looks to be the new Atom's biggest asset over competing platforms, but it remains to be seen whether that will matter as much with tablets and smartphones as it has with netbooks.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft earnings for first time truly stink (networkworld.com) 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "Microsoft revenue dropped in year-over-year comparison for the first time in its 23-year history as a public company as the software giant reported a whopping 6% decline in revenue for its fiscal third quarter coupled with a 32% decline in net income as compared to the same quarter a year ago. A poll of analysts by Thomson Reuters showed expectations for third-quarter revenues of $14.09 billion, down from $14.45 billion in the same quarter last year. The news was bleak across all of Microsoft's business units, with drops in every segment except servers and tools. The server and tools business had been Microsoft's most consistent performing business segment for the past two years. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/042309-microsoft-earnings.html?hpg1=bn"

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