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IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

IBM Roadrunner Tops Cray as the Official World's Fastest Supercomputer

It's like a geek soap opera. Just last week, Cray bragged that their updated Jaguar XT supercomputer was the world's fastest. Now this week, IBM responds to the trash talk with a number one ranking of their Roadrunner system on the newly published Top500 supercomputing list. Both the IBM and

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MSI's X-Slim X340, X600 Are Two More Sub-$1000 Macbook Air Lookalikes

MSI's X-Slim X340, X600 Are Two More Sub-$1000 Macbook Air Lookalikes

We don't know much about MSI's X-Slim netbook line being touted in China, but from the looks of it, these machines are winners: super-slim form factors, light-weight, 13.4 or 15.6-inch screens, and low cost. Thus far the X-Slims have only been unveiled in China, and details, such as the processor a

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Atmel maxTouch Technology Used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Atmel maxTouch Technology Used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8weBw6M9HHY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] It’s been announced that Samsung’s chosen Atmel’s maxTouch display technology for use in their Samsung Galaxy Tab – something they also did with their Samsung Galaxy S phones. HTC also decided to go

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Nvidia GeForce 200M Graphics Cards Just Made Your Notebook Old and Busted

Nvidia GeForce 200M Graphics Cards Just Made Your Notebook Old and Busted

A year after Nvidia's monstrous GeForce 200 series graphics cards first stomped onto the scene (literally the biggest GPUs ever), Nvidia's finished making them mobile, delivering double the performance of current 9M series using half the power. The first GeForce 200M notebook cards—the GTX 280M a

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Super Talent Releases Mini PCIe SSDs Specifically For ASUS Eee PCs

Super Talent Releases Mini PCIe SSDs Specifically For ASUS Eee PCs

Super Talent launched a special series of mini PCIe SSDs for the ASUS Eee PC in 16, 32 and 64 GB sizes, meant to complement the 20 GB HDD found in some of the higher end models. The drives read at 40 mbps, write at 10 mbps and come in NAND MLC or NAND SLC configurations. The drives are expected

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Cheers To Finger Power!

Cheers To Finger Power!

Mind you, this is not a “Green” concept and neither does it claim to be “Eco Friendly”. It’s just a helpful solution for a tricky situation. The situation being: you running out of juice on your mobile phone. So what do you do? Remove the battery from the back of the phone; give it

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JavaFX Preview SDK to be released this week

JavaFX Preview SDK to be released this week

Sun will release a preview version of the JavaFX Software 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 kno

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Thirsty ethanol? An insider's view.

An exec from an energy company has repliedc to my earlier blog on a study of ethanol production and its water requirements. Here are some comments from Growth Energy’s CEO, Tom Buis. “America’s ethanol producers recognize that water is a precious natural resource that must be conserved. Throu

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HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

You have to respect any phone that takes its brand name and styling cues from HTC, model name from RIM and then throws Android on it. Because that's exactly what the HKC Pearl did. Ok, maybe its not the ultimate knockoff when you look at the tech specs, but the phone actually isn't too shabby,

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$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

The Indian government has revealed its super-super-low-priced tablet computer, which it says it'll start selling to students this year—for $35. It's a bit bulky, but for $35 you can't really whine about the bezel size. Indian authorities expect to be able to make and sell the chunky comput

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Viliv S5 Lightning Review (Netbook, Meet MID)

The gadget: Viliv S5, a computer that fits in your palm, packing all the processor power of the latest netbooks along with .

The price: $599 (configured with 4.8″ WSVGA display, 60gb , Atom 1.33GHz CPU, free spare , car kit and pouch)

The verdict: The S5 is a good value, but you may not like it anyway.

At .92lbs, the Viliv is a bit hefty in your hands even though it’s 1.5lbs lighter than most netbooks (it’s sitting on an Asus Eee 1000HE here). Still, the Viliv kept surprising me with its speed. Loaded with the same processor as the Vaio P, the system doesn’t actually run XP faster than any Atom-based, but to see installation bars and downloads move so quickly on such a tiny device is always a bit of a mindfrak.

The has passable color, brightness and contrast—luckily, it’s also ridiculously accurate. Yeah, the buttons and icons are as minuscule as you’d expect, but I never had a hard time, say, hitting the “X” to close a window (with my precision “nail” tool, of course)…unless my browser was full screen. Then my finger just never fit in the corner properly. For when you need extreme precision, the four-way thumbstick doubles as a mouse, or you can use the bundled “Cube” interface for larger icons (which is fine for a skin, but you’ll need to tinker in the real XP sooner or later).

As for the keyboard, it pops up with a conveniently placed button on the right. Pressing keys offers a satisfying moment of haptic feedback. It works about 90% of the time, but however the keyboard skin was designed, your finger press sometimes goes through the keyboard and hits a link or something that’s on your screen. It can make typing a simple phrase quite taxing as you unintentionally swap text boxes.

The GPS? It works, but you’ll need to supply your own nav software (an additional cost). The battery? It’s rated at 6 hours, but we received four hours (and two minutes) when tested with nonstop WMV playback (Wi-Fi on with the screen at medium brightness). Since many manufacturers claim battery life that’s double actual testing, I considered four hours to be decent.
The , headphone and Multi I/O ports are enough in a device of this size, because between them, you could plug in a keyboard, monitor (with adapter) and speakers. In this respect, the Viliv could make for an extremely portable home-to-office computer.

Here’s the issue: I just don’t like MIDs. I hate them, really. If I want to use something small, I’ll use a smartphone. If I want to use something slightly bigger, that’s / territory. The MID, in my mind, is a failed idea of the future still stuck in the 90s. It’s a computer that neither fits in your pocket nor serves as your main computer. So if you hate MIDs, the Viliv S5 won’t do anything to change that.

But for a MID, I must say, I liked the Viliv. If you are the type of person who can stand the 4.8-inch screen and is looking for their GPS to do a little more, then it might interest you. And at $599, it’s sort of the netbook of MIDs—a whole lot cheaper than what you can get from Sony or the soon defunct OQO.

As fast as any netbook

Relatively cheap

Utilitarian but solid build

Accurate touchscreen

Some keyboard quirks

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