Sep 272012

Recent news that the U.S. operator AT&T will train the employees in the stores how sell Windows 8 tablets and WP8 smart phones from September 30 to October 16, and it’s said one of the Windows 8 tablets is Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which supports for AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

According to the latest report that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 price is $799, but the two years contract price should still be quite cost-effective if cooperating with AT&T. And according to the sources products sold at the same time include Samsung and Acer Windows 8 products, but so far AT&T competitors, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile did not disclose any related details.

Sep 262012

Intel CEO Paul Otellini criticized Microsoft Windows 8 system that this operating system is still flawed in meeting with employees in Taiwan, and accused Microsoft released the system before it is ready.

Otellini said Windows 8 still needs some improvements. But he also said, it is the right decision to release this operating system for Microsoft before a completely ready, because it helps Microsoft and PC makers in the crucial holidays to compete with Apple in the shopping season. He also said that Microsoft can make improvements after Windows 8 shipments.

Microsoft and Intel have been closely cooperated in the past few years, but the relations between the two sides get nervous during the Microsoft was developing Windows 8, it’s because Windows 8 will be the first Windows system running based on ARM architecture, and not all are based on the Intel x86 architecture. Recent the AMR version Windows RT operating system has been facing with defeat, such as Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard Company canceled production Windows RT equipments plan. At the same time, Windows 8 system is basically developing in accordance with established track, Intel has released a variety of tablet PCs and notebook designs based on this system, and plans to convene a tablet computer conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

Intel spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, the company’s staff meeting is private, Intel will not disclose specific details. The spokesman said: “We continue to believe that Windows 8 is a comprehensive major opportunity, and we are excited about the prospect of ultrabook, tablet PCs and deformable notebooks new shape coefficient.

Microsoft plans to officially release the Windows 8 operating system on October 26, the company issued a statement and said it looked forward to allowing this system to become available next month. Microsoft spokesman said: “Windows 8 active trial number is as many as 16 million people, which is the best operating system in Microsoft history with most testings and evaluation, and preparation work.”

Sep 262012

Ater been postponing again and again, the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association finally announced the next generation memory specifications, the DDR4 standard specification JEDEC DDR4 (the JESD79-4) today, compared to the current DDR3, it has higher performance, better stability and lower power consumption, the progress is significantly.

The DDR4 memory followed the DDR essence architecture, the most critical mission is to enhance the naturally frequency, and many other improvements are also closely related to it. Its take-off data transfer rate is 1.6GT/s, the initial maximum value is 3.2GT/s, which is equivalent to the minimum DDR4-1600, the highest DDR4-3200, but the legendary DDR4-4266 has yet been joined. Taking into account that DDR3 has greatly exceeded the initial design of 1.6GT/s, the DDR4 continued improving possibility is also very large, but if the higher specifications can become a standard specification is not sure to say.

DDR4 also provides three data width x4, x8, x16, single memory particles capacity is 2Gb-16Gb.

In addition to accelerating the reduction voltage is the task of each generation DDR memory, DDR4 again reduced the standard voltage to 1.2V, which is the new JEDEC POD12 standard. The first three generations voltage standards are 2.5V, 1.8V, 1.5V, but it seems that the DDR4 has no low-voltage version now.

DDR, DDR2, DDR3 are separately 2n, 4n, 8n prefetch, every generation has been doubled, but the DDR4 still stay in the 8n prefetch, which means the internal data rate is 1/8 of the external frequency. The bank group can select two or four, which allows DDR4 memory separately within each individual bank group to perform activation, read, write, or refresh operation, and it can improve overall memory efficiency and bandwidth, especially in the small-capacity memory particles.

Stack memory has become a key element of DDR4, which can stack up eight memory devices in single signal Loading.

Samsung, Hynix, Micron and other manufacturers have gradually fashioned the DDR4 memory samples with different specifications, but JEDEC has not announced the new memory universal roadmap. Taking into account that the Intel Haswell 2014 will begin to support the server level DDR4 memory, the ordinary consumer-level users need to wait until 2015 in order to use DDR4, when DDR3 is completely replace it’s almost 2017.

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Sep 262012

According to media reports, the National Museum of the U.S. health care recently released an iPad application NMHMC Harvey in the Chicago area, which allows the user to observe legendary physics genius Einstein’s brain slices. The application uses the Einstein’s brain slices the pathologist Thomas Harvey got in 1955, for the first time to show the the high IQ genius brain slices Figure to the general public in such a large extent.

After Einstein body cremation, Harvey cut his brain into 240 units to freeze storage. After a few years, Harvey donated multiple to the researchers, including the University of California UC Berkeley neuroscientist Professor Marian Diamond, he donated the remaining part to the Princeton University Medical Center Dr. Elliot Krauss in 1998.

According to the Associated Press, these brain slice data provided reference study for the research papers published in prestigious medical journal “The Lancet”, the paper said, Einstein’s parietal lobe area (this area is mainly in charge of the math and language part of the brain) is more advanced than the average, about 15% wider than the average. This iPad application is priced at $9.99.

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Sep 252012

According to media reports, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the iPhone 5 sales has reached 5.0 million units. Cook also announced that it has 100 million iOS devices are running iOS 6, which means that in the 410 million iOS devices that have been sold, about 25% are running iOS. Apple just released the iOS 6 five days ago.

In the first 48 hours that IOS 6 released , partial developers said 25-35 percent iOS devices were running iOS 6, some other developers said 45%, even 49% iOS devices were running the iOS 6. The difference of iOS 6 penetration lies in the different number iOS devices, Cook said about 25% penetration rate was based on all iOS devices, including the no longer use and can not run iOS 6 iOS devices. Whichever method is used, the iOS 6 popularity speed is faster than the iOS 5, the iOS 5 penetration rate reached 21% after releasing 21 days.

For iOS application developers, it is very important, because it means that they are able to more rapidly support the iOS 6. Out of a variety of reasons, it will be increasingly difficult for the supporting the old version iOS. The new version iOS not only supports functions that the old version does not support, but also provides a lot of functions for developers, to enable them to more quickly improve and expand the applications support. The most attractive functions in the iOS 6 may be Attributed Strings and UICollectionView.

The Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android has been published nearly a year, but the penetration rate is only 20%.

Sep 252012

The report released this Monday by the U.S. time, Apple’s new iPhone 5 continues to break sales records since the release, but the new Lightning connector and the relevant adapters for the iPhone 5 gradual stockout makes Apple feel the pressure. Analyst said Lightning connector supplier shortage problem is caused by Apple suppliers replacement and productivity decline.

Apple’s new iPhone and iPod product line will use the the new Lightning connector, the new connector structure is very complex, which is 80% smaller than the previous, while it uses a new production process, thus the product yield is greatly reduced.

It is expected that the Foxlink Group is currently responsible for 60% of Apple’s Lightning connector, while the Foxconn is responsible for the remaining 40%. Although Foxconn is able to maintain steady shipments, the weakness of the former capacity has led to the emergence of the phenomenon of Lightning products in short supply. According to the data released by Apple suppliers, only when the Foxlink can maintain a high yield and be able to keep stable shipments, Apple Lightening shipments can keep stable, which means that the Lightning connector supply in the iPhone 5 initial listing will be difficult to meet the market demand.

Although there is still no specific data about the share of Apple’s suppliers, the industry generally believes that Apple’s data line orders transferred from Foxconn to Foxlink Group is the biggest reason that caused the shortage Lightning cable supply. The source revealed that Apple has asked Foxlink Group to hire more employees and increase the production line to guarantee the delivery of the Lightning data line. But all these Apple remedies still need time.

Sep 252012

According to media reports, IBM acquired the British software company Butterfly Software. The Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Butterfly is a private data analysis and migration software company whose headquartered is in Maidenhead, England.

The Butterfly software main feature is able to migrate the data center infrastructure. According to the website of the company, the Butterfly’s focus is to reduce the cost and risk of maintenance the old storage as well as backup and recovery environment. This software enables enterprises to integrate data and analysis these data for strategic purposes.

IBM has said to have the data analysis market. This acquisition will play an important role in IBM’s strategy.

IBM acquired the Kenexa company last month with $1.3 billion, whose technology will help businesses picks large amount of data for decision-making and research trends.

IBM plans to continue the implementation of its acquisition of the data analysis company strategy. IBM’s goal is to generate $16 billion in revenue from business analysis before the 2015.

Another effect of this acquisition is that IBM is able to provide a more in-depth capacity in the storage market. Backup is the backbone of the enterprise. The more data the corporate stores, the more important the analysis will be.

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Sep 242012

Last week, Aptina released two new image sensors, the models were AR1011HS and AR1820HS. The AR1011HS is a 1.0-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, while the AR1820HS is a 1/2.3 inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

In addition, the AR1011HS sensor is with 10 million pixels, the unit pixel size is 3.4 microns, with its unique DR-Pix technology it can provide 60fps continuous shooting, 120f/ s 1080p HD video recording and slow motion playback functions. The AR1820HS is a 18 million pixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, combined with the A-PixHS technology, it can provide users with efficient, high-quality and low-noise imaging results. In the 18 million pixel mode, the continuous shooting speed is approximately 24/s, when reduce to 14 million pixels (aspect ratio: 16:9), the continuous shooting speed can be raised to 30/s, and it can provide high-quality high-definition video recording function. It is an image sensor positioned in the portable digital cameras and camera.

Sep 242012

According to official information, the Samsung named the two tablets as “Smart PC” and “Smart PC Pro.

Both devices have two forms, first it can be connected to the keyboard base via extended interface and transformed into a laptop with keyboard. Second it can be used alone as a thin Tablet PC. These two devices support up to 10-point touch, and it’s about to be powered by the revolutionary Windows 8 operating system.

Both tablet devices will also be configured the S Pen stylus which is highly acclaimed in the Samsung Note Series, the S Pen adopts the 1024 level touch control pressure. Samsung will also custom-make sNote applications to cooperate with the S Pen, to help users to enhance the use feelings.

Samsung “Smart PC Pro” is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, which is able to handle a particularly harsh demand for professional and multimedia playback; the “Smart PC” is equipped with a new generation of Intel Atom processor. Both the “Smart PC” and “Smart PC Pro” uses the 11.6-inch display, but the “Smart PC Pro” is with a high resolution of 1920×1080, while the Smart PC ” is with a resolution of 1366×768. Both devices also vary in thickness, the “Smart PC Pro” thickness is 11.9 mm, while the “Smart PC” is 9.9mm.

The “Smart PC Pro” is with 4GB memory and 128GB storage space. “Smart PC” has 2GB memory and 64GB storage space. Both Tablet PCs are equipped with microHDMI interface and miniSD card slot,, there are two additional USB 2.0 interfaces at the keyboard base. The built-In S Camera fully demonstrated the performance of the front and rear camera integrated in the body. In terms of battery life, the “Smart PC” power is enough to support 10 hours while the “Smart PC Pro” battery life is 8 hours.

Sep 242012

Microsoft Windows 8 will be officially released on October 26. WPCentral disclosed that, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be pre-installed with Windows 8 operating system, with the keyboard docking station, and the price is about $799.

Although the price is high, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has attractive place. Previously it is detailedly explained, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is with Intel processors and running Windows 8 operating system, with 10.1 inches 1366×768 resolution display and 10 hours battery life.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 price is far more than the Lenovo Windows RT flat price ($300), but it’s nearly the same with the Asus Vivo Tab tablet priced, and it’s estimated that the configuration will be near to the high-end Surface. Anyway, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 Business Tablet PC will be launched October 26, compared to the cheaper Windows RT Tablet or Apple iPad, perhaps the price will make some users difficult to accept, but it’s still worth attention.