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AMD's Shanghai Chips Revealed [CPUs]

AMD's Shanghai Chips Revealed [CPUs]

The rat race continues: Shanghai will be 45nm, have up to 12 cores, include the long awaited Hypertransport 3.0 for socket-to-socket and southbridge communication, and can emulate quad channel memory. For more: [DailyTech]

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NASA's 2009 Cryosphere Video Is Really Cool, Literally

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjAXoETeVIc[/youtube] Check Out the Video in the post Above. Did you know that there is something called "cryosphere" on this little blue gem called Earth? I didn't. And I didn't know that seeing it animated from thousands of satellite high definition photog

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The Entangled Light Emitting Diode

The Entangled Light Emitting Diode

I don't know when optical quantum computers are going to arrive, but I sure hope they look like this crazy Toshiba visualization of an Entangled Light Emitting Diode. This new LED type could finally make practical quantum computers possible.According to Mark Stevenson—from Toshiba Research Euro

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Mighty Mouse Has One Less Gene, Lives 20% Longer

Mighty Mouse Has One Less Gene, Lives 20% Longer

Researchers have created a mightier mouse: By deleting a single gene from a mouse's genetic makeup, they've enabled it to suffer fewer age related ailments and live 20% longer. On humans, that'd be about 16 bonus years. So what exactly did those crazy scientists do? They bred mice with the "gene t

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Microsoft Announces InstaLoad, Batteries That Work Any Way You Insert Them

Microsoft Announces InstaLoad, Batteries That Work Any Way You Insert Them

Microsoft just introduced InstaLoad, a new battery technology that allows batteries to be placed in any direction without regard to positive or negative polarity. Meaning you can put a battery in however you want and it'll just work. It's genius. InstaLoad uses a new, patented contact design

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Dell's Inspiron Duo Is a 10 Netbook/Tablet Transformer

Dell's Inspiron Duo Is a 10 Netbook/Tablet Transformer

What, pray tell, is this? It's Dell's new Inspiron Duo, a 10" tablet that opens up and twirls its screen to transform itself into a netbook. Craziest of all? They're saying it'll be available before the end of the year. Dell showed off the crazy little guy, which runs Windows 7 Premium and packs

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Zune HD Is Real, Has Multitouch Web Browsing, OLED Screen and HD Video

Zune HD Is Real, Has Multitouch Web Browsing, OLED Screen and HD Video

Microsoft officially announced the Zune HD today, confirming the earlier rumors and fleshing out the hardware side a bit. It's clearly going to go head-to-head with the iPod touch, featuring multitouch and a web browser, but will its high-end media features be enough to dethrone the touch? The flas

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Samsung BD-P3600/P4600: Super-Slim, Wall-Friendly Blu-ray Decks

Samsung BD-P3600/P4600: Super-Slim, Wall-Friendly Blu-ray Decks

Samsung's latest two BD-Live Blu-ray decks are design conscious to the max—one is a wall-mountable 1.5-inches thin (BD-P4600) and the other is a low-profile, sleek tabletop deck (BD-P3600), and both stream Netflix and Pandora. Nice to see some creativity in the BD player z

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JavaFX Preview SDK to be released this week

Sun will release a preview version of the JavaFX Development Kit later this week, fulfilling a pledge made at JavaOne this year. Joshua Marinacci writes:

I’m excited by what we’ve put together but also exhausted. We’ve done an incredible amount of work during the last year. Now I know what it was like in the early days of Java. Since JavaOne 2007 we’ve built (from scratch), a compiler for a new language with many non-trivial features, a GUI runtime with a new graphics and animation stack, new Netbeans plugins with code completion, utilities for graphic designers, a new kind of Javadocs (rewritten from the ground up), plus docs, samples, and demos. And that’s not even counting the many improvements that are going into JavaSE 6 update 10. Whew! It’s been a long year.

According to Simon Brocklehurst, a few features will not make the preview release but will be coming in version 1.0 due out later this year. These include: 3d vector graphics, the ON2 VP6 codec, streaming video, and local file system access. However all the basics are there including standard UI elements, regular and key frame animation, 2d graphics, and export from Adobe Illustrator to JavaFX.

That last piece is important to Sun if it wishes to compete against Adobe’s Flash and Flex products. People working on a particular rich internet application have different skill sets. Artists need a way to develop content, such as the skin of a video player, in a tool like Photoshop or Illustrator which is optimized for their creative talent. Then they need a way to pass that content to programmers to add the behavior behind the art. Flash has had this capability for years. Instead of trying to create artist tools from scratch, Sun will try to piggyback on top of the Adobe tools through exporters. The preview version will export from Illustrator, and the final 1.0 version will export from Photoshop.

Will JavaFX be enough to unseat Flash/Flex? At this point, I just don’t see it. Flex 3 is growing like gangbusters, and Adobe controls the whole tool chain. They have the workflow covered, and they have years of experience bridging the gap from designers to developers. More importantly, Adobe has earned the trust of those same designers and developers. It’s a shame, really, but after 10+ years of leaving Java applets to wither on the vine, it’s going to take many more years for Sun to prove that it understands rich internet applications and that it can deliver a compelling vision of the future. Tellingly, even the JavaFX home page doesn’t actually use JavaFX; it uses Ajax and Quicktime movies.

There are some niches, however, where JavaFX may flourish. In particular, consider environments like certain TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and mobile phones that already have Java running (sometimes as the only way to run programs). A scaled back JavaFX Mobile running on top of Java Mobile Edition (ME) will give JavaFX an instant base that can’t be ignored. It remains to be seen how much of the speed and functionality that we see on JavaFX Desktop will translate over to the mobile and embedded side, but Sun has a definite opportunity there.

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