This Week in Geek: Froyo-Free Edition
Google has dominated tech headlines this week with Google TV and the Froyo upgrade for Android. But let's take a look at some of the news stories that might have gotten missed this week: the world's smallest 1080p HD camera, Seagate dropping 32-bit OS support for its future 3 TB drives, a potential widescreen Nintendo 3DS, and supercomputers from IBM with Intel and Nvidia chips. Read on for more!
Do you want more from your laptop's webcam? Get ready for the world's smallest 1080p HD camera. It measures 1/6th of an inch across, and is intended for laptops, netbooks, and perhaps even smartphones. OmniVision claims that this camera supports "conference-quality HD video recording," whatever that means, but we're definitely looking forward to seeing what this little camera can do.
Another nail in the coffin for 32-bit operating systems came on Monday when Seagate announced that their future 3TB drives won't fully support 32-bit versions of XP or Vista. Why is Seagate moving away from supporting older OSes? The newer drives aren't just larger, they require new standards of logical block addressing that older Windows OSes don't support. So if you're considering upgrading the drives on your older Windows machine, think about upgrading to 64-bit Vista or Windows 7 while you're at it.
Will the new Nintendo 3DS have widescreen support? Images submitted to the FCC seem to indicate that Nintendo's upcoming handheld gaming console will not only have a widescreen, but also a proper thumb stick. Backwards compatible with existing DS software, the latest 3DS will display autostereoscopic 3D images (without 3D glasses) and also feature force feedback. Game on!
The iDataPlex Dx360 M3, a new supercomputer due out from IBM, will be the first super-machine from Big Blue to feature an Nvidia chip alongside Intel processors. Combing the power of Intel Xeon CPUs and Nvidia Tesla GPUs, the Dx360 is intended for crunching large amounts of data for Wall Street, university labs, and even oil and gas exploration. Let us know if one winds up in a cluster near you.
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