Laptops May Be Seized on Entry to U.S.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that authorities can search and/or seize your laptop for any reason they like. Refusal or resisting only gets you a free trip to the baton testing room.
If you can't let a day go by without accessing your personal data and files, you'd better think twice about crossing the border back into the U.S. with your computer. That's because digital devices such as a laptop computer can be seized at the border without a warrant and sent to a secondary site for forensic inspection.
That ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week is the second in less than a year that allows the U.S. government to conduct offsite searches of digital devices seized at the border without a warrant, Network World reported.
This could have big implications for business travelers, in particular, who are increasingly mobile and frequently carry laptops and other digital devices containing sensitive personal and company information across our borders. If your data reveals traces of criminality or illegal kinkiness when examined, your troubles will go way beyond temporary data denial.
BRINK: Ready and Able Gameplay Trailer
Elements of War trailer
Alienware M14x surfaces
Engadget found some details about Dell's upcoming Alienware M14x gaming laptop. This 14" system offers the Intel Core i7-2820QM (2.3GHz) processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics, a 750GB 7200RPM HDD, 256GB SATA 3Gbps or SATA 6Gbps SSD, LTE or WiMAX connectivity and a pair or Klipsch speakers. The default screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels but you can upgrade this to 1920 x 1080.
Zotac GeForce GTX 580 AMP2!
Zotac releases their GeForce GTX 580 AMP2!, this model offers a triple slot cooling solution with two 92mm fans and offers a 815MHz core, 1630MHz shaders and 3GB GDDR5 clocked at 4100MHz.
Battlefield 3 Confirmed for November 2011 Launch
A CEO, John Riccitiello spoke today at the Ad Age Digital Conference in New York and confirmed that Battlefield 3 will launch in November of this year. (thanks PlanetBattlefield) Additionally, Riccitiello stated they have a $100 million marketing budget for Battlefield 3.
Speaking during the Ad Age Digital Conference in New York City today, CEO John Riccitiello confirm it will launch Battlefield 3 in November of this year and said the publisher has rival Activision's Call of Duty series in its sights.
"This November, we're launching Battlefield 3. It's going up against the next Call of Duty, which is presently the #1 game in the game industry," he said. "A game that last year did $400 million dollars in revenue on day one. [Battlefield 3] is designed to take that game down."
Riccitiello later compared this holiday's battle between the two games to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry in baseball and said gamers can expect to see massive advertising campaigns for both titles.
"There will be a couple hundred million dollars of marketing against these two products going head to head. We think we have the better product," Riccitiello added.
EA Games president Frank Gibeau echoed similar comments during GDC last month when he told us: "Everybody loves a heavyweight fight, and that's what this is going to be. We're here to compete."
Under The Hood of Unreal Engine 3
Radeon HD 6450 review
The Radeon HD 6450 addresses the low-level market yet AMD has decided to double the number of stream processors available to the Caicos core over previous products. The Radeon HD 6450 graphics card has a 40nm based GPU and packs a very decent 160 SPs, as well as 8 texturing units, 16 Z/Stencil ROP units and 4 color ROP units. It might make an excellent HTPC card with the full UVD 3 engine onboard as well.
Check out a petit quick review right here.
Nvidia GeForce GT 520 GPU Surfaces
Check 'r out, NVIDIA is worjkiong on a new low-level GPU, olikely to be called the GT 520 and Zol.com.cn website received a GT 520 graphics card built by a Chinese manufacturer that goes by the name of ASL.
The product includes a dual-link DVI port, VGA out and an HDMI port. The chip itself would be the the GF119 core, which seems to be a castrated future GF118 that Nvidia plans to use for building the GeForce GT 530 ;)
Having just 48 CUDA cores and 8 ROP units with 1GB of DDR3 memory / 64-bit memory bus makes us thing this could be a truly excellent HTPC card.The card scored 2642 in the performance mode, interesting enough thats really similar to what a Core i7 2600K with integrated graphics caughs up in the same benchmark.
Psyko Audio Carbon and Krypton headsets
Psyko Audio Labs unleashed their Psyko Carbon and Psyko Krypton, two new gaming headsets that use the company's 5.1 surround technology. These headsets are available on the company's website for $199 and $149, respectively.
Both new products are based on Psyko
Intel reveals new Xeon CPUs for embedded devices
Intel announced the availability of the Xeon E3-1200 series for embedded devices.
Intel Corporation announced today the availability of its Intel
MSI Radeon HD 6790
MSI introduces its Radeon HD 6790, this model features a custom cooling solution with three direct-touch heatpipes and a 90mm PWM fan. Clockspeeds are the same as the reference card; 840MHz for the core and 4200MHz for the 1GB GDDR5.
The world-class mainboard and graphics card manufacturer, MSI, officially launches the R6790-2PM2D1GD5 Graphics Card supporting DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a outputs. The R6790-2PM2D1GD5
PowerColor Radeon HD 6790
PowerColor intoduced its Radeon HD 6790, this card has similar clockspeeds to the reference model, it offers a 840MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4200MHz.
TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AMD graphic cards, today announced an affordable full HD gaming video card: the PowerColor HD6790. Announced at a great price, the PowerColor HD6790 clocks in at 840MHz core speed and 1050MHz of memory speed, easily accelerating your PC with 1.34 TeraFLOPs of computing power, delivering an exciting gaming experience that won
Llano APUs now shipping
AMD reports that they are shipping Llano APUs (processors), the first family of its performance-mainstream accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops that Advanced Micro Devices will introduce in July will include will include five A-series models with 65W or 100W thermal design power (TDP). Later in the year AMD will broaden the lineup of chips previously known under Llano code-name.
As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine.
The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.
Production units of AMD
Hynix Introduces High Performance DDR4 DRAM
DDR4 DRAM is a next generation memory product which consumes less electronic power while it transfers data as twice as faster than the existing DDR3 DRAM. The device works at the industry
Logitech Wireless Mouse M325
Logitech shows off the Wireless Mouse M325, it will start shipping later this month but the pricing isn't disclosed.
The new Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 is here, combining our world's best selling shape with new micro-precise technology that is specifically designed to improve your online navigation experience with a better mix of precision, comfort and control.
No matter how much time you spend at your computer, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M325 keeps your hand happy thanks to its feel-good shape and textured rubber grips. Optimized for web browsing, the micro-precise scroll wheel - with four times the number of ratchets as the average mouse - fits your style, and makes reading Facebook or reviewing Google searches even easier. Plus the tilted wheel gives you trouble-free backward or forward Web movement.
Most standard mice have a scroll wheel with 18 to 24 ratchets. Each ratchet corresponds to about one line of scrolling. When you quickly scroll down a page, skipping from line to line, moving from one ratchet to another, the on-screen motion can appear choppy.
That's not the case with Logitech's newest scroll wheel. Our precision scroll wheel contains 72 rugged, tiny ratchets. As a result, the ratchets are small enough so the wheel spins smoothly. And you'll have the precise control you need for websites, spreadsheets, slideshows and other presentations.
And with up to 18 months of battery life and a three-year limited hardware warranty, you can expect less hassles and dependability - plus the tiny plug and go Logitech Unifying receiver can stay in your laptop when you're not using it.
ASUS Lamborghini VX7 gaming laptop
ASUS is prepping the Lamborghini VX7, a new Sandy Bridge gaming laptop with 15.6" Full HD screen, a Core i7-2630QM quad-core 2GHz processor, 16GB DDR3, up to 1.5TB storage, and GeForce GTX 460M graphics. The system is currently available for pre-order at 1,995EUR.
Seen below, the VX7 features an aerodynamic and aggressive design inspired by the Italian company's Murcielago LP640, and utilizes premium materials like leather which is found on its palm rest. Asus' laptop comes in two colors - orange and carbon fiber, and packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit screen, a 2.0 GHz Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, up to 1.5TB of storage space (via two HDDs), a GeForce GTX 460M graphics card with 3GB of dedicated memory, a Blu-ray combo drive, a 2.0 megapixel webcam, an 8-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, one USB 3.0 port, two speakers, a HDMI output, and an 8-cell battery.
AMD to only pay GlobalFoundries for good 32nm chips
AMD has renegotiated its deal with GlobalFoundries. From now on, the chip designer will only pay GlobalFoundries for 32nm dies that work, instead of a fixed price per wafer. Full details in the PR below.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it amended its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. The primary purpose of the amendment was to revise the pricing methodology applicable to wafers delivered in 2011 for AMD's microprocessor and accelerated processing unit (APU) products. The amendment also modified AMD's existing commitments regarding future increases in production of certain graphics processing unit (GPU) and chipset products at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
Under the amended agreement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has committed to provide AMD with, and AMD has committed to purchase, a fixed number of 45nm and 32nm wafers per quarter in 2011. AMD will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES fixed prices for 45nm wafers delivered in 2011. AMD's price for 32nm products will be based on good die.
In addition, AMD also agreed to pay an additional quarterly amount to GLOBALFOUNDRIES during 2012 if GLOBALFOUNDRIES meets specified conditions related to continued availability of 32nm capacity as of the beginning of 2012.
For 2012, AMD will resume compensating GLOBALFOUNDRIES on a cost-plus basis to manufacture wafers for its microprocessor and APU products. AMD currently estimates that it will pay GLOBALFOUNDRIES approximately $1.1 to $1.5 billion in 2011 and $1.5 to $1.9 billion in 2012(1) for wafer purchases under the amended WSA. In 2010, AMD paid GLOBALFOUNDRIES approximately $1.2 billion for wafer purchases. In addition, and unrelated to the WSA amendment, AMD began accounting for its investment in GLOBALFOUNDRIES under the cost method as of the first fiscal quarter of 2011. This transition was triggered by the contribution of Chartered Semiconductor to GLOBALFOUNDRIES and amendments to certain agreements. As a result of this contribution AMD will recognize a noncash gain in its first fiscal quarter 2011 financial results, net of certain costs, of approximately $492 million. The noncash gain is related to the dilution of its equity interest in GLOBALFOUNDRIES and will be reflected in the Equity in net income (loss) of investee line of its Consolidated Statement of Operations.