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Why DIDN'T the MacBook Air get the new 45nm CPU?

Intel launched their brand new 45nm mobile dual-core processors last week with 60% smaller packaging size.  Yesterday Apple announced their Über-sleek MacBook Air ultra-slim notebook which also uses a specially designed Intel dual-core CPU with 60% smaller packaging.

January 15, 2008 by George Ou

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Beware of flawed CPU efficiency study

Update 2/22/2008 - I originally used the word "rigged" to describe Neal Nelson's study. My reasoning for using the word "rigged" was due to the fact that the test platforms used in Nelson's study painted an inaccurate picture.

January 14, 2008 by George Ou

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Samsung multi-function printers scan direct to USB

Unfortunately, one of the least used features on all-in-one multi-function printers and heavy duty copier/scanner/printer machines is the scan function because it's simply too complicated.  If you're lucky, IT will set up your email account as a preconfigured setting and they'll teach you how to scan a document to your email inbox.

January 13, 2008 by George Ou

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Gizmodo prank trashes CES presentations

Carey Holzman of Computer America brought to my attention this prank that Gizmodo is bragging about. Apparently, Gizmodo's Richard Blakeley brought an infrared device that shuts TVs down and went around the show floor crashing people's presentation.

January 11, 2008 by George Ou

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Lesson from CES: Wait a few months for new gadgets

Updated 12:10PM - If you're in the market for new gadgets, wait a few months for the new gear shown this year at CES. You'll see items like the pocket sized Panasonic 3CCD 1080p (24p) camera at this end of this quarter as will many other items.

January 10, 2008 by George Ou

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Sharp shows off true 100K contrast ratio LCDs at 1" thick

On day 3 of my CES experience, I saw two prototype LCDs at Sharp's booth that absolutely knocked me on my behind. The two one inch thick LCDs at 52" and 65" diagonal size stood prominently at the middle of Sharp's massive booth showing off 100,000 to 1 contrast ratios and a massive NTSC color gamut of 150%.

January 9, 2008 by George Ou

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Plasmas giving way to LCD technology at CES 2008

It seems like where ever you go at CES 2008, LCD technology dominates the show floor on everything from tiny 1" LCD photo chains to massive 108" LCD HDTVs. I checked with China-based Konka (OEM as Insignia at Best Buy) and they have given up on Plasma technology and are focusing exclusively on LCD.

January 9, 2008 by George Ou

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This ad brought to you via Bluetooth

I spoke to Tiffany Burns from iSign Media Corp at a CES party last night which offers some interesting if not controversial technology.  This technology will send you spa, I mean advertisements to you via Bluetooth technology.

January 9, 2008 by George Ou

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Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost

Conventional wisdom tells us that a digital content creation and CAD professional had to fork out $6000 to $10,000 dollars for a high-end 8-core dual-processor workstation, but this is Real World IT where I say screw conventional wisdom.  I've put on my mad scientist hat again and brewed something up for $2311 with equal or better performance than a $6803 Mac Pro (as configured in Apple screen cap to the left).

January 2, 2008 by George Ou

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