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Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-October-2009  04:55:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have some new budget GPUs, the GeForce GT 210 and 220. PCPerspective have some coverage, as do HWZone. While we can't fault Galaxy for this at all, the new GeForce 210s and GT 220s have a hard time standing up against the almost exactly one-year-old Radeon HD 4670 card.

There's some red faces at T-Mobile and Danger, who have lost a load of Sidekick user data and seem to not have any kind of backup process, thanks Nick. That means that any contacts, photos, calendars, or to-do lists that haven't been locally backed up are gone. Apparently if you don't turn off your Sidekick and make sure its battery doesn’t run out you can salvage what's currently stored on the device, otherwise you're out of luck: Microsoft/Danger is describing the likelihood of recovering the data from their servers as "extremely low".

Sniper spotted an upgraded supercomputer, becoming the first academic system to pass one petaflop. Kraken came online on 5 October with a peak performance of 1.03 petaflops. It features more than 16,000 six-core 2.6GHz AMD Istanbul processors with nearly 100,000 compute cores. It also now has 129TB of memory, which doubles the size of Kraken for researchers running some of the world's most sophisticated 3D scientific computing applications.

HWZone have a P55 motherboard shootout. With the new mainstream Lynnfield processors lowering the price of entry for Intel's current platform, it's time to look at the rest of the supporting cast. Today, we bring together five of the top P55 motherboards from major vendors to find out which one deserves to be in your next PC.

LostCircuits have some info on threaded DDR3. To be clear from the get-go, the original Rambus technology as implemented in the Rambus Inline Memory Modules (RIMMs) used in Intel's i820 and i840 chipsets is obsolete and not a topic here. XDR/XDR2 and mobile memory initiative silicon vehicle are other legs Rambus is standing on but they are not the topic here either. The technology we are discussing here instead is an adaptation of standard DDR3 technology to better fit the requirement of multi-core, multi-CPU computing.

Quan-Time spotted an interesting keyboard biometrics video. We used the keyboard to biometrically authenticate a user with just eight entered characters. We measure four attributes about each keystroke, allowing us to compress a significant number of attributes within a relatively small word. More info here.

Believe it or not, but Photoshop is now available on iPhone. Featuring basic tasks such as image rotation, cropping and flipping as well as adjusting exposure and saturation, the app integrates well with your free 2GB Photoshop.com account. Its pretty impressive to see what the iPhone platform is capable of.

Apparently the French President is a DVD pirate, thanks Enigma. According to the French paper Le Canard Enchaine (The Chained Duck), the president rather fancied himself in a documentary called 'A visage decouvert : Nicolas Sarkozy', done by Galaxie Presse, and wanted to give copies of it to fellow diplomats attending a conference.



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