How often have you heard the word “cloud” this week? We tend to believe
that you should hear this word at least once a day, if you consider
yourself an informed computer user. Following cloud computing devices,
legal questions, various cloud computing projects of industry giants,
we are also hearing more and more about possible services – services
that may offer value and convince users to subscribe to cloud services.
One of most convincing services we have seen so far is CloudAV, a
project developed at the University of Michigan.
Big U.S. transportation companies are obviously hearing the noise
coming from T. Boone Pickens’ campaign. Larry Burns, GM vice president
of research and development, recently revealed on the company’s blog
that GM has taken a positive stance in regards to the utilization of
natural gas for vehicles. This comes as a surprise, considering the
fact that GM has been pushing biofuels and their Volt program a lot
more than they have made any decisions or had any major discussions
regarding natural gas vehicles.
Speculations about Microsoft’s iPhone beater are about as old as the
iPhone itself. Rumors that both Microsoft and Nokia are worried about
Apple’s advances aren’t dying down and if we believe the latest wave of
speculations then both companies could be working together to prevent
Apple from repeating even a fraction of the success the company had
with the iPod. Microsoft's effort to integrate Zune Marketplace content
with Windows Mobile and Nokia handsets is seen as part of this effort.
Mozilla, developer of the Firefox web browser, is asking
people from around the world to participate in the creation of what
could become a next-generation browser. The first ideas posted on the
website include AdaptivePath’s Aurora idea, which is - to our knowledge
- the first concept to describe Web 3.0 capability in a web browser.
Tokyo (Japan) - Nissan plans to introduce lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles within
the next two years. One of these cars will be an all-electric model,
while the other one will be introduced as a high-performance rear-wheel
Nissan has become the third Japanese manufacturer to announce hybrid and/or electric cars. Next to Toyota/Lexus and Honda, the company has been offering the Altima Hybrid sedan for some time; this model however uses Toyota’s synergy drive system.
Opinion – Intel unveiled some key details about its upcoming Larrabee
accelerator/discrete graphics architecture earlier this week, sparking
speculation how this new technology will stack up to what is already
out there in the market. We had some time to digest the information and
talk to developers - and it appears to be clear that there is more to
Larrabee than what meets the eye. For example, we are convinced that
Larrabee is much more than a graphics card and will debut as a graphics
card just for one particular reason. While consumers may be interested
in the graphics performance, developers are more interested in standard
versus peak performance and how much performance will be provided in
exchange for how much coding effort: If Larrabee can deliver what Intel
claims it can do, and if Intel can convince developers to work with
this new architecture, then general computing could see its most
significant performance jumps yet.
It was supposed to be a textbook landing to show
off the new Airbus A380 flown by Emirates Air, but an American Airlines
jet stole the spotlight. At 8:40 AM, an American Airlines Boeing 757
took off from Los Angeles to Hawaii, but returned after someone on the
plane smelled smoke. After landing, inflatable chutes were deployed
and startled passengers scrambled to the exits … all while the Airbus
landed in the background.
The $100 laptop was, well, not really a $100 laptop. In fact, the first
OLPC notebook sells for close to $200 and clearly broke its initial
promise. The second generation of the notebook, called XO-2, is
expected to hit the market in 2010 for about $75, but market research
firm Gartner doubts that it will be possible to break the $100 barrier.
AirCell just scored a major coup, delivering Internet capability the
U.S. airline market. Despite the current dramatic financial situation
of airlines, today's announcement with Delta Airlines dwarfs any
in-flight Wi-Fi announcements of the past.
This week should be very exciting for PC gamers as
Intel is publishing its Larrabee paper, detailing the upcoming
x86-compatible cGPU, AMD is hosting its annual CTO Summit in Reykjavik
(Iceland), while Nvidia is releasing its PhysX content pack.
Newly married Gavin Newsom is just back from
his honeymoon and is wasting no time in cleaning up the city. The
mayor is proposing tough, very tough, new recycling measures that
require residents to properly place trash in the appropriate bins.
Violators would be fined up to $1000 and have their trash service
suspended. Mayor Newsom has been on a trash crusade and recently
announced a 19% drop in litter going to the landfill. He hopes the new
measure can reduce waste another 50% in five years.