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Episode #67 - Intel's $50 Scam . . . and more.
« on: September 20, 2010, 08:50:15 PM »
We have just posted up Episode #67 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and more.
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Intel wants to charge you $50 bucks to unlock your PC 2:00
I find this idea absolutely irritating.  Jason says that they are able to cut costs by delivering a cheaper CPU now – but it’s a better CPU! They’ve already invested their money on this chip and are just stripping you of some of the features.  This is bad news and people should surely vote with their wallet on this one.  More of the Intel Nazi as we continue…

Samsung adds 2 free pairs of glasses to sub $1000 3DTV’s 9:54
Samsung is desperately trying to make 3D go mainstream as they are now cutting down the price of their 3D Plasma TV’s to a mere $998 – and they include $300 worth of 3D glasses as well.  Not a bad buy if you’re looking at getting some 3D 720p action.  Either that, or it’s dying and they are trying to clear inventory.

Toshiba makes hard drive capacity breakthrough 15:13
Toshiba is bragging on their capability to put 2.5Tb on a square inch will bring up storage capacity by 400% or 4x.  We could easily see 8TB drives by 2013 if they manage to put this to use.  Storage capacity has increased dramatically over the past few years and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down.

Facebook is apparently building a “Secret” phone 19:37
Although Facebook says they’re not actually building a facebook phone, they may be actually be building a “Facebookish” phone.  Potato, pota-to.  For $50, I’m not sure how crappy it would be, but it wouldn’t be an iPhone – which facebook works great on.  More details at CNET.

Google Chrome will be 60x faster 24:30
We don’t think much about browser speed on a daily basis, but a fast browser really matters as we consume more flash-based or HTML5 media online.  What makes Chrome faster is that it has a great GPU offloading feature – if you have compatible hardware.

Boxee Box – Now powered by Intel Atom 26:30
When the Boxee Box (powered by D-Link) was originally announced, it was powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor that was darn incredible.  It has been delayed for over half a year and the reason is that it has made the move to Intel’s Atom.  This is interesting – and bad news for NVIDIA.  Hopefully they still have a ION chip in there so it can process video at 1080p.

AMD’s new Fusion APU is Kicks the Core i5 30:14
Jason called it.  When AMD bought ATI he said it would happen.  This is before Intel did the deed with the Core i3 and Core i5.  AMD has now released some details on their Zacate and Ontario APU chips.  These are CPUs that have a real GPU integrated.  Bandwidth and latency are a non-issue and it kills Intel’s chips by a whole bunch.

How to make money with Twitter 37:35
A guy with the name of “Israel” made more money in a single transaction on Twitter – that Twitter (the company) has made all year.  He sold @Israel to the country.  Nice.  Funny, Tuvalu hasn’t done that well... I should try @Canada.  They used to call me that at University.

Intel’s new plan to put other Anti-Virus vendors out of business 41:00
Intel is trying to be the evil Nazi as they have recently acquired McAfee and as they try and stuff the market with x86-based media players, they will own the market with vPro and McAfee – enabling hardware-based filtering.  While this may improve security – it kills free-thinking and open platforms based on NVIDIA, ARM and others.  This is bad news...  Intel, I’m losing faith...

Video games help improve decision-making skills 43:24
Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester report the findings of new research, which show video game players make faster decisions – not just "trigger happy" faster decisions, but accurate decisions.  Gamers have a great ability to work in field hospitals as we can quickly and accurately decide who lives and who dies. . . among other things.

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