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     Google announces an OS
      Posted on 08/07/2009 at 13:45 by Marc - source: Google
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    You already know Chrome the search engine, now get ready for the Chrome OS! Google has announced the launch of a new project that should be ready for netbooks sometime between now and the beginning of 2010. It will be free and available to all for netbooks, notebooks and desktop PCs. Chrome OS is based on Linux and will work with a classic but minimalist windows interface. It is an open-source project so the source code will be available very soon.

    Sundar Pichai and Linus Upson from Google outlined the principles of the new Google OS in the following terms:

    "Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don't have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates"

    They go on to say that their moto, which in a perfect world should be the moto of any developer, is: "It should just work".

    Google Chrome OS will work on the x86 and ARM platforms and the company is working at the moment with various OEM partners to integrate it in as many of next year’s netbooks as possible. Google are putting the accent on inter-operability with other systems and on an architecture that is based on online applications. The fact that it is an open-source system is also an invitation to customization.

     Seagate: SSDs for end 2009
      Posted on 08/07/2009 at 13:32 by Marc
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    Rumours last week indicated that Seagate wouldn’t be able to supply a range of SSDs for businesses originally planned for this year until 2011. This rumour has been denounced by the manufacturer as follows:

    “In addition to our industry leading enterprise product lines, we remain committed to solid state development, and are on track to deliver our first enterprise SSD enterprise product shipments later this calendar year. We have increased our development focus on solid state ,and will continue to invest the appropriate resources to be successful in this emerging storage market.”

     Corsair takes the Dominator GT off the shelves
      Posted on 08/07/2009 at 13:00 by Marc
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    Corsair has temporarily removed its DDR3 Dominator GT memory kits from sale. It appears that part of these bars equipped with Elpida DDR3-2000 CAS 7 chips are defective. Corsair says that the percentage of defective kits is minimal but neverertheless unacceptable, which is good news for users who until now seem to have had a lot of problems returning their memory bars...

    According to tests carried out by Anantech, it seems as if Corsair is not the only manufacturer to have had the problem which seems to originate in the Elpida "Hyper RAM" chips that are also in the OCZ Blade 2133 chips. The symptoms observed are the following: either the bars “die” at POST, or the signs of weakness appear in usage, such as for example the OS not being able to map the whole memory. Some bars are fine at first and then aftern a few hours little by little stop supporting anything but lowest clocks down to 1200 MHz, which is a shame for 2000 MHz chips.

     OCZ Vertex Turbo – it’s official
      Posted on 08/07/2009 at 12:42 by Marc - source: OCZ
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    A couple of weeks ago, information was unveiled by OCZ on a new range of SSD drives, named Vertex Turbo. This range has now been announced officially and a few more details on the specs of these SSDs have been released. First of all, to confirm, they are based on the Indilinx Barefoot but, like the 64 MB cache, functioning at the higher clock of 180 MHz instead of 166 MHz. So then, overclocked SSDs in this range, with very attractive theoretical performances. Reads of 270 MB/s and writes of 210 MB/s.

    OCZ also says that the Vertex Turbos will be equally economic in terms of energy consumption, as the Vertexes. We’ll have to wait and see whether this is the case in practice. In any case, they’ll be available in 30, 60, 120 and 250 GB versions at an as yet unconfirmed price but which looks likely to be 10% more than the Vertexes.

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