Friday, December 19, 2008

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Mini-ITX SBC with Intel Atom - Electronics News


Mini-ITX SBC with Intel Atom
Electronics News, Australia - Dec 17, 2008
The KINO-ATOM is configured with the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor N270 based on 45nm technology. The motherboard features Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator ...


nVidia Ion Turbocharges Intel Atom - PC World



nVidia Ion Turbocharges Intel Atom
PC World - 22 hours ago
Ion [ahy-uhn, ahy-on] noun: 1. a charged atom 2. nVidia's new two-chip product that works with the Intel Atom netbook CPU for affordable, ...
Nvidia Looks to Combine Graphics, Intel`s Atom Processor for Mini ... eWeek
Nvidia Ion Platform for the Intel Atom Neoseeker
Nvidia Ion Platform Expected in Netbooks By June InformationWeek
X-bit Labs - I4U
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Atom-on-ETX runs all Windows flavors - WindowsForDevices



Atom-on-ETX runs all Windows flavors
WindowsForDevices, CA - 20 hours ago
Adlink announced a Windows-friendly ETX computer-on-module (COM) using Intel's Atom N270. Targeting "truly fanless or deeply embedded systems," the "ETX-AT" ...
ADLINK Technology Inc. Introduces New ETX® Module with Atom™ N270 ... PR Leap (press release)
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VIA's Trinity Netbook Chips Take On Intel, Nvidia - InformationWeek


VIA's Trinity Netbook Chips Take On Intel, Nvidia
InformationWeek, NY - 16 hours ago
Nvidia has introduced its Ion platform, which combines its GeForce 9400M motherboard graphics chipset with Intel's Atom processor, which is quickly gaining ...
VIA Trinity becomes the latest non-Atom attempt for small-system ... HEXUS
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New Solar Balloon Creates 400 Times More Energy Than The Average Solar Cell



There are many new forms of alternative energy but maybe none as interesting as the Cool Earth Solar "Balloon." The concept behind this design is that they create an "inflatable plastic thin-film balloon (solar concentrator) that, upon inflation, focuses sunlight onto a photovoltaic cell held at its focal point.

The design produces 400 times the electricity that a solar cell would create without the company's concentrator." Cool Earth has already began construction on a power plant in Livermore, CA that will utilize this new technology. The plant is modest in size, creating only 1.4 Megawatts but if this plant works as well as they expect it to, they plan on launching a full sized plant next summer. One great thing about this device is that it's made up of a very common and cheap material. "Plastic thin film is abundant and cheap," said Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin. "It only costs two dollars for the plastic material necessary for our solar concentrator."

It's ideas like this that I think will stick. It's cost efficient. It's made of an easy to find material and it's an environmentally sound concept.

Do you think this sounds like a good way to harness solar energy?

To read more environment-related news, please visit the Causecast Environment Page.

Photo: cleantechnica


CV-MP01 Mobile Projector is Marginally Smaller, Significantly Cuter Than Its Competitors [Projectors]


The CV-MP01 shares a lot with some other mobile projectors we've seen—namely from 3M—but measures up at a stunningly small 40x57x59mm and 90 grams.

In terms of styling, the CV-MP01 is much more toylike than business-oriented PowerPoint machines from the likes of 3M and Dell, but it boasts roughly the same specs: a blacklit LED projection system, VGA (640x480) resolution, a 10,000h predicted lifespan and a small speaker to round out the minimal featureset. It's Japan-only for now, but the projector—or something like it—will likely meet our shores before too long. [Akihabara]


Agile Lie Detector: Tell Me the Truth, iPhone! [IPhone Apps]


No good can come of this, but if you're in need to a quick and unreliable way to test your spouse's fidelity, then the $8 Agile Lie Detector for the iPhone might work.

Allow me to repeat myself. No good can come of this.

The Agile Lie Detector uses voice stress analysis to judge a speaker's words in real time. And while you admire the 3D spectrograph with no real clue what it means, a simple "lie meter" will indicate just how much your kids really like your chili, your mom didn't mind changing your diapers or your wife...well...that woman is a saint just to be with you. Maybe you DON'T want to know if she's just in it for the chili. Maybe you should just take her smile for what it is, a smile, and be thankful it's there at all.

Besides, I already know that loved ones are telling me the truth. Or at least that's the one little lie I allow myself. [Agile Lie Detector via TUAW]


Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America Gets FAA Green Light [Space Tourism]


It becomes less and less a future fever dream every day: Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM, Virgin Galactic's future home, has gotten FAA approval to begin construction.

The design has been set since September 2007, but now that an environmental impact assessment has been passed, construction can now begin. Branson is banking on the rich still paying for a suborbital flight in our current economic clime, and yeah, I probably believe him.

Virgin Galactic and its SpaceShipTwo/White Knight launch system will be the main attraction, but the spaceport's license for vertical and horizontal takeoffs can be used by any number of clients willing to lease some launchpad time. [Ars Technica]


Phantom Keystroker V2 is Guaranteed to Drive Any Co-Worker Totally Insane [Pranks]


The Phantom Keystroker has gotten an update, allowing you to make a victim's computer randomly type garbage text, move the mouse or turn on caps lock. Hilarious?

The little USB stick lets you select which of the three annoyances you want turned on (or all of them) as well as allowing you to set how often the random disturbances happen. Pick a sweet spot and your victim will think they have some sort of horrible virus, probably wasting valuable time and money trying to get rid of it. Oh boy, you sure are hilarious! [ThinkGeek]


Evernote Lets You Sync Your Office Docs to Your iPhone [Evernote]


The latest update to Evernote adds a new feature to its premium version: adding, syncing, and accessing your Word, Excel, Powerpoint docs, or any other file you throw at it, on any device or platform.

Users will now be able to drop any file into a note which is then synchronized with the Evernote Service. The note is made instantly available to all versions of the app, including the one for the iPhone. While you won't be able to edit those files on the iPhone, you will be able to view, listen to, and even email them. Currently, this feature is limited to Evernote Premium. The service costs $5/month or $45/year if you pay annually. [Evernote via Wired]


Light Balls Stack, Recharge in Compromising Positions [Designmodo]


Maarten DeCeulaer's Nomad Light Molecules lighting project consists of individual light "atoms" that can stand alone, but are recharged by plugging back into a "molecule."

When fully recharged, the light spheres can light up for about 4 hours individually. In order to recharge each sphere, it gets plugged back into the light molecule. The shape of the molecule is completely amorphous and can be flipped, twisted or turned around in any shape the owner desires.

Unfortunately, the project is still under development. The idea of changing the shape is unique—stick it in some interesting positions and it could provide great conversation fodder whenever you have guests over. "So, uh, is that what I think it's supposed to be?"


[Maarten De Ceulaer via Technabob]


LaCie Says 6TB Ethernet Disk Actually Works With Apple's Time Machine [LaCie]


LaCie's newest ethernet disk isn't only cool because it stores up to a whopping six terabytes in its stack. According to the company, it's also a NAS that's compatible with Apple's Time Machine.

We're note sure if it's officially sanctioned by Apple, but its press material suggests it has the same capabilities for Time Machine backups as a Time Capsule or an Airport Extreme with a USB disk attached.

The NAS features 6TB in a 1U 19-inch rack-mounted case and can work with all OSes out on the market. It can support a total of 100 users with customizable access rights and up to 25 users accessing it at the same time.

It's not exactly cheap. The 6TB edition costs $1,500. If that's a little too much space for you, there's a 4TB option for $1,100 or 2TB for $749. As for the Time Machine capabilities, here's what LaCie said:

LaCie Ethernet Disk: Up to 6TB in a Rack-Mounted Backup Appliance

* 1U 19" rack-mounted backup solution for small and medium business

* Most comprehensive data backup and protection software suite in its class

* Can be used together with Apple® Time Machine™

* Powered by trusted Windows® XP Embedded

* Instantly store and share files with Mac®, PC, Linux or Unix users

LaCie today introduced a new version of its award-winning Ethernet Disk, a network-attached storage (NAS) device featuring a capacity increase of up to 6TB in a 1U 19" rack form factor. Designed by Neil Poulton, it is the most compact all-in-one rack-mounted backup appliance operating in heterogeneous ecosystems.

Designed for small and medium business needs, the Ethernet Disk is powered by the field-prove! n Window s XP embedded operating system that provides all the necessary features for data backup, storage and file-sharing through its Gigabit Ethernet connection. Thanks to Active Directory compatibility, the LaCie Ethernet Disk supports a total of 100 users with customizable access rights to different shares, with up to 25 concurrent users.

"Microsoft is pleased to work with LaCie to provide the core embedded foundation for its new Ethernet Disk," said John Doyle, Senior Product Manager for the Windows Embedded Business. "We are excited to provide customers with an innovative platform that allows them to develop a, smart, connected device that offers increased security and storage capabilities."

Developed to provide data protection for Windows, MAC, Linux and Unix-based workstations, the LaCie Ethernet Disk ships with three licenses of both Genie Backup Manager ProTM for Windows and Intego Backup Manager ProTM for Mac, which can perform scheduled file backups for workstations. The LaCie Ethernet Disk's ability to work together with Apple Time Machine allows Mac users to take advantage of the continuous data protection the software provides.

The included backup software protects against major disasters and natural catastrophes by offering a computer recovery function for selected workstations. Optional extra licenses are available through the LaCie online store.

The LaCie Ethernet Disk can integrate into any global disaster recovery plan, as its built-in engine can back up its volumes either onto a USB-connected DAS (direct-attached storage) to be taken off-site, or remotely onto another NAS.

"Backing up data – even mission-critical data – always boils down to making and storing copies of data, located on your primary storage device, onto a secondary device," said Erwan Girard, LaCie Product Manager. "For this reason, the perfect backup companion for your information system should be kept simple and cost-effective. The LaCie Ethernet Disk offers computer backup and recovery! , and ba cks itself up onto a NAS or DAS, all at the best price-per-terabyte ratio in the market. It is therefore an excellent complement to the complex and expensive technology used in front end storage servers."

The LaCie Ethernet Disk is available immediately in capacities of 2TB, 4TB and 6TB through the LaCie Online Store or LaCie resellers at the suggested retail price starting at $749.99 (excluding VAT), which includes a three-year limited warranty. Silicon feet and bracket covers are included for standalone use, as well as power and Ethernet cables. The optional Rack Rail Kit is available for $59.99 while the Advance Replacement Option is available for European customers for €124. For more information visit

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit