Vizio Has Announced Their Own 11.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

vizio-tablet-pc-new-620-wideDon’t worry: it’s not a silly Windows RT tablet. Running full Windows 8, Vizio’s new 11.6-inch 1080p display tablet has packs a dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, a 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI / micro-USB ports. On top of all that, it’s signed off by Microsoft Signature, indicating that it is free of any bloatware — a fresh Windows install. No word on pricing or availabilty, but it looks good on paper and in press photos.

Obama Signs Off Communications Satellites: Now They Can Be Exported

Satellites In SpaceRecently, President Obama has signed a defense bill reverts the ban and reclassifies communications satellites as civilian technology. This allows for American companies to build and export them to other countries. The move allows companies that build communication satellites to further expand their project, but there are certain limits, including Boeing not being able to export satellites to China, North Korea, or Iran. This industry is happy about it however: “This is a tremendous assist for an industry that is inherently international,” the president of the Satellite Industry Association told The New York Times, “it will ensure our place at the forefront of space.”

Via: NYT, Image Credit: NASA

Check It Out: A PC Cooled Off, By A Wind Tunnel

wind-tunnel-computerThis is the work of a true geek: Mike at Total Geekdom,has been constructing a wind tunnel case. Built from a box fan, medium-density fiberboard, lexan and aluminum, the tunnel increases airspeed by about 240 percent and cools its contents with a brisk 9 mph breeze. At full bore, however, the fan churns out air speeds between 26 and 30 mph inside the case’s sweet spot. What’s it cooling off? A PC worthy of some gaming, with an Ivy Bridge 3770K processor, a pair of Radeon 7970 (Sapphire Dual-X) GPUs, 8GB of RAM and a 40GB SSD.

While there’s room for overclocking, it’s still humming at a speedy 4.5GHz with temperatures between 64 and 65 degrees Celsius, and can run its GPUs at 1225MHz with core temperatures at 46 and 56 degrees Celsius.

But this cool computer isn’t being used for games; instead it’s processing time has been donated to cancer research via the World Community Grid. Cool, literally.

Via: Total Geekdom

Android Dashboard Update: Jelly Bean Is Now On 10 Percent Of All Active Hardware

androidstats-january42013Still, for the two software versions that Android Jelly Bean is worth, it’s still astonishing that it’s only on 10 percent of all active hardware, considering that most of the high-end Android phones either ship or have been updated to it, as according to the active devices that accessed the Google Play store in the last 14 days. Ice Cream Sandwich devices also grew to represent 29.1 percent of active hardware, and while 2.3 Gingerbread still has the largest slice, it slid below half to 47.6 percent — so developers do have the latest API at their disposal, but they’re mostly missing out the new user interface introduced with Jelly Bean: Project Butter.

All in due time, I guess.

Via: Android Developers

Samsung Knocks Out New Series 7 Ultra Laptop With Sweet Design

series-7-ultra-620-wideSamsung does have a knack for creating interesting designs, and the Series 7 Ultra is no exception. This ultrabook, announced before the big CES (Consumer Electronics Show) on the 8th of January, will come in two versions: one touchscreen, one without. However in the variants there different processors (Intel Core i5 or i7) and different storage capacities (128GB or 256GB), but always with Windows 8 included. Whichever configuration you choose, though, you’ll get a 350-nit, 1080p display, up to 16GB of RAM (whoa!), a backlit keyboard, JBL speakers and a 1GB AMD HD8570M GPU. Other specs include three USB ports (two 2.0, one 3.0), HDMI, Ethernet, mini-VGA, a memory card reader and a battery rated for up to eight hours (probably that’s the non-touch model).

Samsung has another laptop in the work called the Chronos. Apparently this is supposed to be their showstopper and they’re not really talking about it until the show, instead teasing it has very high-end specs and a slim, modern design. Looks like we’ll be waiting on it.


Check It Out: Google’s New Lexus Self-Driving Car In California

We’ve been used to seeing Google’s self-driving cars which were approved by California state, but they usually were Toyota Prius variants, which aren’t amazingly cool cars. But Google seems to have taken a step up the ladder, using a Lexus Self-Driving car instead, as spotted by web entrepreuner Stephen Ou on his way back from Apple HQ. Interesting, no doubt. [Thanks, Stephen!]


Google’s Eric Schmidt Checking-In To North Korea

Gangam StyleKim Jung-Un has never had something like this happen before: first he launches a successful-ish rocket and enters the 20th century. Now, Google’s Eric Schmidt is paying his impoverished kingdom a visit to talk — about something that hasn’t been disclosed. Keep in mind that most of North Korea is dirt poor, has not heard of the Internet, and doesn’t have the infrastructure to support it.

The AP reports Schmidt’s visit will take place “as early as this month,” and that former Governor (and experienced North Korea negotiator) Bill Richardson will escort the Schmidt. The purpose of the trip? Unknown. However, it’s safe to say to go with the vague assumption that it’s for talks and business:

It was not immediately clear who Schmidt and Richardson expect to meet in North Korea, a country that does not have diplomatic relations with the United States. North Korea has almost no business with companies in the U.S., which has banned the import of North Korean-made goods.

This should be interesting. Via: AP

Eye-Control Any Windows 8 Computer With Tobii Rex

originalWith $21 million in funding from Intel, several prototypes, and lots of testing, the Tobii Rex is a stick-like device that once attached to your computer is no larger than the size of a pen, can let you control it using just your eyes. It connects via USB and works via the Gaze UI. That software lets users navigate, zoom, select and scroll using their eyes alone — in Windows 8, it proves to be a recipe for success. The initial consumer unit run will be just about 5,000 units before the end of 2013, but alongside that is a developer edition that comes with a laptop (seen above) costs $1,000. No word yet on the price of the consumer edition, but hopefully we’ll all know about it soon.

Via: Engadget