This Modern, Porcelain USB Drive Has Its Own Physical Wax Seal

This is pretty far out. The Top Secret USB is a thumb drive that is made of porcelain and comes in 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB models. The casing includes a small indentation where, once sensitive documents have been loaded onto the USB, a tiny amount of molten wax is poured and imprinted with a rather intricate design from an included metal stamp. Once the wax cools off, there is no way to open the drive and access files without breaking the seal — this ensuring no one has accessed your files. Indeed, this is a technique used by the ancients, and now fit for modern times. It is available for $46 (2GB), $52 (4GB) and $59 (8GB), in different colors, at its official website. All pretty decent prices, if you really consider what you’re buying.

Alienware’s Laptops Get Some Ivy Bridge Processor Action From Intel

Remember the new Alienware’s from earlier this month? Well, as of today they’re even newer. All three current Alienware laptops — the M14x, M17x, and M18x — are getting 3rd-generation Intel Core technology added on top of the new Nvidia Kepler graphics processors, making for a totally new and more powerful experience. Prices are pretty diverse: M14x (from $1100), the M17x (starting at  a reasonable $1500) and the big, bad M18x (from $2000).

As for what processors they’re getting exactly: the M14x receives an Intel Core i7-3820QM (up to 2.7GHz), while the larger laptops will get their processors nudged up to the 2.9 GHz Core i7-3920XM (M17x) and last but not least, a 2.9GHz Core i7-3920XM for the M18x. There’s massive list for customization available at the source link.

Press release after the break. Via: Alienware

Barnes & Noble And Microsoft Team Up For E-Book Battle

In a bid against e-Book competitors Apple and Amazon, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have teamed up, however some of the details are rather scarce. What we do know is that a new subsidiary of B&N will include all of its Nook businesses as well as its education-focused College business, and that Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the subsidiary, valuing the company at $1.7 billion in exchange for an approximate 17.6% equity stake. Not bad in terms of numbers, at all. This could allows B&N to further expand the Nook, and even sell off the whole thing to Microsoft if need be. Via: Microsoft

This Week On LaptopMemo: The News Was All Very Neat And Tidy

It’s been a smooth week of tech news. Google Drive was finally announced, Adobe launched the Creative Cloud with CS6, Apple nets a $11.6 billion profit for this quarter, Steam is coming to Linux, plus Samsung announces the Exynos 4 chip that will power the next Galaxy smartphone.

And then…

Google’s Project Glass was on Charlie Rose, Steve Wozniak thinks Windows Phone is the most beautiful mobile phone OS, and the Suunto Core Alu is the next watch I want on my wrist. And lastly, let’s not forget the Windows 8 Release Preview is coming in June.

That was a very solid week on LaptopMemo. And by that, really solid. What is solid you ask? Well, it just means that the news was pretty awesome, and free of lengthy press releases to get the point across.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 690 Is The Holy Grail (Or Whatever) Of Gaming GPUs

This is the most powerful GPU that Nvidia makes. It can run Crysis 2 on its maximum settings — all bells and whistles — at a creamy 58 FPS. And it contains dual-GPUs, 28nm Kepler architecture, 3,072 CUDA parallel processing cores and a fan that spins at 3000rpm. The GTX 690’s casing consists of trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, new magnesium alloy fan housing, nickel-plated fins and dual vapor chambers.

It’s practically a beast, yet is going to quietly reside on the insides of your next gaming computer. And by installing two GeForce GTX 690s in your PC in Quad SLI Mode, you can have four graphic processing units working in unison, starting May 3rd when it’s released. The price of a single GeForce GTX 690? $1,000.

The price of power, indeed. Via: Nvidia 

Origin Outs Its 11-inch Gaming Laptop Powerhouse, The EON11-S

As the days go by, it seems that Alienware’s decision to stop making new versions of the popular M11x is more of a bad decision than before. Today, Origin, a company that sprouted from Alienware’s defected employees, announced their re-branded version of the Clevo 11-inch laptop that many companies are going to use for the basis of their 11.6-inch gaming laptops. This particular version with Origin’s badge on it includes the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors, a 2GB NVIDIA GT 650M GPU for some great gaming, Optimus graphics-switching technology and a battery rated for 6.5 hours of runtime. The laptop starts at $999 (compared with $1,099 for Maingear), except you’d better go to Origin’s site to find out what kind of specs you get for such a low price. At least it looks good and is pretty light.

(Editor’s Note: adding an Ivy Bridge CPU instantly bumps the price to $1,294, and at the base price you get a Pentium processor. Really.)

Via: Origin

The Suunto Core Alu Watch Is Slick Beyond Compare

This is everything amazing about the Suunto Core watch I reviewed last year, but with a new look and all the same features — an altimeter, barometer, compass, depth meter, multiple watch, date, and alarm functions, sunrise/sunset times, a digital thermometer, and the electro-luminescent dot-matrix display — all into one aluminum case with silicone rubber strap. As of yet, there’s no price or release date for the Core Alu, but it’s a certainty it’s launching soon. Via: Suunto

Steve Wozniak Says Windows Phone More Beautiful Than Android, “No Contest”

This is a real blow to Android, which Steve Wozniak (an Apple co-founder) was very much a fan of, and owned plenty of Android devices. It is taken into account that Steve probably has a Nokia Lumia 900, which he stated he was eager to acquire. Moving on towards his praise, he says that Windows Phone 7 is like you’re “with a friend not a tool.” He goes on to say using Android is more of a chore, and there is “no contest” between Google’sOS and Windows Phone. And he’s not done yet; he bashes iOS: it is “more awkward” in its interactions than the Lumia phone containing Windows Phone 7. His only problem? Lack of more (and better) third-party apps for Microsoft’s mobile platform.

Via: Anewdomain