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 Wednesday, 6-January-2010  21:17:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ArsTechnica report on the death of the land-line, thanks Daviesh. POTS and PSTN are "relics of a by gone era," AT&T wrote to the FCC just before the holidays. "Due to technological advances, changes in consumer preference, and market forces, the question is when, not if, POTS service and the PSTN over which it is provided will become obsolete."

After nearly six years on the surface of Mars, the rover Spirit is in a spot of bother with the Martian winter approaching. "At the current rate of dust accumulation, solar arrays at zero tilt would provide barely enough energy to run the survival heaters through the Mars winter solstice," said Jennifer Herman, a rover power engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

TechARP look at Intel's Turbo Boost in a little more detail. This article will focus on the mysterious Intel Turbo Boost Technology. It has been bandied about by Intel as a nifty way to improve the Core i7's performance with older applications that cannot fully utilize its four processing cores, but what exactly is it?

LostCircuits meanwhile wonder about the built-in GPU core of Clarkdale, and how it borrows CPU cycles. In this second part we are looking at the performance of Clarkdale with special emphasis on the synergism between the two separate processors, namely the borrowing of CPU cycles for graphics processing, and where it applies - or not.

LegitReviews report from CES with a 6Gbps SATA SSD demo. Benchmark tests have shown the Crucial C300 to be the fastest desktop and notebook SSD available to end consumers, boasting scorching-fast read speeds of up to 355MB/s. The Crucial C300 natively supports SATA 6Gb/s—the next generation high-speed storage interface—and is backwards compatible with the SATA 3Gb/s interface.

Steve found some info on the upcoming Google Nexus One mobile phone, and Google's larger mobile strategy. One could be forgiven for assuming Google was about to knock over the smartphone market--two and a half years after Apple did just that--with one quick blow going into Tuesday's Android event with a phone designed by Google and sold at retail by Google. After all, that's what the Internet said would happen leading up to the event. Discussion here.

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