No, it's not science fiction ... it is infact REAL. Quantum computers do exist and it's now being used by Nasa, Google and Universities. Developed by D-Wave Systems ... this supercomputer is said said to be up to 3,600 times faster than conventional computers.
"A $15m computer that uses "quantum physics" effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a Nasa facility. It will be shared by Google, Nasa, and other scientists, providing access to a machine said to be up to 3,600 times faster than conventional computers.
Unlike standard machines, the D-Wave Two processor appears to make use of an effect called quantum tunnelling. This allows it to reach solutions to certain types of mathematical problems in fractions of a second. Effectively, it can try all possible solutions at the same time and then select the best.
Google wants to use the facility at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California to find out how quantum computing might advance techniques of machine learning and artificial intelligence, including voice recognition. University researchers will also get 20% of the time on the machine via the Universities Space Research Agency (USRA)."
Not surprising ... but it's quite an achievement having sold 10 million Galaxy S 4 smartphones since its launch only a few months ago. Well done Samsung!
"According to co-CEO JK Shin, Samsung's Galaxy S 4 will soon hit the 10 million mark in sales, less than a month after its debut. That beats the Galaxy S III's time to that mark by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company's quickest seller, ever. The model will also get another push thanks to a stock Android 4.2 version that'll be available for $649 at Google Play on June 26th, but so far it's an impressive figure, considering its bizarre reveal."
We'll be seeing an explosion of ruggedized tablets in 7-inch and 8-inch format to flood the market real soon. I for one will be very interested in getting one of these.
"As 7- to 8-inch displays are expected to become a new specification for ruggedized tablets in 2014, vendors, such as Taiwan-based Getac Technology and Japan-based Panasonic, are eyeing the market for such devices.
Getac has launched the Getac Z710, a ruggedized tablet featuring Android 4.1, OMAP 4430 1GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch WSVGA TFT-LCD touch panel, GPS support, dimensions of 21.8(W) by 14.2(H) by 2.7(D)mm, weight of 800g and working temperatures from minus 20- to 50-degrees C.
The Z710 tablet will mainly target markets such as the utility industry, automobile and traffic applications, logistic systems for convenience store chains."
Press Release: Razer launches Atrox arcade stick. Beta Testing Concludes, Customizability and Build Quality Set Razer Arcade Stick Apart
CARLSBAD, Calif. – May 16, 2013 – Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick for Xbox 360®, the final product following an extensive beta testing program.
Tested by some of the world's best pro-gamers and Fighting Game Community members all over the world, the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick is constructed with modders and tournament gamers in mind. Featuring premium quality Sanwa™ components, the 10 highly responsive buttons and a precision eight-way joystick allow gamers to strike instantly and surely, game after game, while maintaining peak performance and reliability.
Gran Turismo fans will be salavating ... available first on the PS3.
"GT6 will support the PlayStation 3 and launch in time for the holiday season. Of all the driving and racing games available on the Sony PlayStation game consoles, the most popular have easily been in the Gran Turismo franchise. Sony's press team has noted that 10 million copies of the fifth game in the franchise have been sold to date. Sony also notes that the Gran Turismo franchise is the most successful franchise on the PlayStation console with over 70 million copies sold.
Along with these tidbits about the popularity of the Gran Turismo franchise comes news that the sixth game in the franchise is due in time for the Holiday 2013 shopping season on the PlayStation 3."
Intel's new series 8 motherboards are starting to appear ... Asus are among the first to unveil their new motherboards using Intel's latest chipset.
"Asustek Computer has unveiled its latest Intel 8 series motherboards ahead of the chipset's official launch on June 2 as the company received Intel's agreements for allowing partial leakage.
Asustek revealed the Z87-Deluxe motherboard that supports the most functions and features advanced connectivity; the Z87-A that features mainstream designs; the Z87-Pro, the Z87-Plus, the Z87I-Deluxe with mini-ITX form factor and the Z87-WS for workstations.
Asustek's new motherboards will also feature some exclusive technologies such as EPU for power saving, TPU for boosting CPU performance, DIGI+VRM for digitalized power supply management and Fan Xpert2 for cooling fan adjustment."
Imagine you can now load all your old PlayStation 1 ISOs on the console using the PSIO prototype.
"Project PlayStation Input Output has been trying to load PlayStation 1 game images through the game system's parallel I/O port since 2010, and now it's ready to show off the first prototype.
If piracy is your aim, then modchips that let users play burned discs and emulators that have been available through the console's 19-year history should suffice, but this project aims to bypass those methods. The potential benefits include easier homebrew support and playing of ripped discs on the original hardware without worrying about wearing out an aging console's laser."
We've just published a review on the Steelseries Siberia V2 - Frost Blue Edition. Steelseries is back with their latest addition to the Siberia family of headsets. The USB-powered Siberia V2 Frost Blue limited edition headset. Let's take a closer look ...
"The Steelseries Siberia V2 - Frost Blue Edition offer a good balance between gaming and music ... FPS gaming performance was solid as always with Steelseries headsets."
It's coming ... Nvidia's first ever gaming console! For this console to succeed ... it needs games, and lots of it.
"US chipmaker Nvidia has revealed its launch plans for Shield - its handheld video-games console. It says the Android-powered device will ship to North America in June and be priced at $349 (£229). That makes it $100 more expensive than Sony's PlayStation Vita and nearly double the cost of Nintendo's 3DS XL.
One expert said Shield was unlikely to appeal to more than a "niche audience" but it would act as a showpiece for Nvidia's technology. The console is equipped with the firm's Tegra 4 chip - its new top-end mobile processor.
The ARM-based component features 72 graphic processing unit (GPU) cores and four central processing unit (CPU) cores. Nvidia says this allows it to offer "rich graphics and unbeatable performance"."