Apple is reportedly taking steps to replace Intel chip by integrating a powerful version of their A6 chip used in the iPhone and iPad devices. Apple is trying to create new chip design technology for their desktops, laptops, and other computers. The hurdle Apple face from moving away from Intel is making sure all the software running on current systems will still continue to work.
Logitech has released ahead of the launch of Windows 8 with gesture products – a wireless touchpad and two touch mice. The Touch Mouse T620 supports Windows 8 gestures out of the box. The T620 mouse entire top surface is touch-enabled. The Zone Touch Mouse T400 has a touch strip that you can use to scroll through live tiles and also move up and down through pages.
These products are like a copy of Apple’s track pad and mouse. The Logitech Touchpad T650 supports thirteen Windows 8 gestures, and can be recharged via USB.
The Logitech Touch Mouse T620 and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 priced at $69.99 and $49.99 respectively. The Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 is priced at $79.99.
Who says Microsoft is not innovative. The big software company is taking a leaf out of Apple’s book in coming up with some well designed accessories for their upcoming Windows 8 and Surface tablet. The ultra compact Wedge Touch Mouse features BlueTrak technology which allows it to work on virtually any surface. Estimated retail price: $69.95.
The Wedge mobile keyboard which has a full-size keyboard in a compact form factor will retail price: $79.95.
The Touch Mouse with updated functionality specifically designed for Windows 8 with new gesture settings to navigate Metro UI. Estimated retail price: $79.95.
Microsoft will add multiple monitor support in its upcoming Windows 8 operating system with these features: multiple monitors, including different backgrounds for each screen, control over taskbar behaviour and the ability to put Metro apps on one screen and desktop apps on another.
From Microsoft blog:
We continue to see increased adoption of multi-monitor configurations, both by enthusiasts and technical professionals. A multiple monitor setup is certainly more common today than they used to be, and many technical professionals (developers, graphics professionals, architects, etc) have started using it.
Security researcher, Barnaby Jack, amazed attendees at the Black Hat security conference by hacking ATM machines by just using the internet. The two exploits are physical access to the ATM machine using a master key available online and the other dialing in remotely to gain access. Apparently Jack boasted that he can hacked into any ATM machines easily.
Jack said: This is the first time anyone has taken the approach of trying to attack the underlying software. It is time to find software defenses rather than hardware defenses. They have a flaw that lets me bypass all authentication on the device on the Internet, and I am the ATM at that stage.
Source: Hack attack hits ATM jackpots
Apple’s new 27-inch LED Cinema Display comes with 2560×1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate than the 24-inch LED Cinema Display. The display offers a built-in iSight video camera, a microphone and speakers, a USB 2.0 hub, and a universal MagSafe connector.
From Apple: The new, larger 27-inch LED Cinema Display features a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge that makes tilting the display almost effortless. The LED Cinema Display has vivid colors and exceptionally high contrast and uses a premium display technology called in-plane switching (IPS) to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle.
Read the full press release on the new LED Cinema Display
With the new iMac, Apple also throws in a new companion product that replaces a mouse, the Magic Trackpad.
From Apple: The new Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer. It uses the same Multi-Touch technology you love on the MacBook Pro. And it supports a full set of gestures, giving you a whole new way to control and interact with what’s on your screen.
The trackpad is made from aluminum and glass and sells for $69.
Apple today updated its all-in-one iMac line featuring 21.5-inch or 27-inch screen and a choice of processors ranging from an Intel Core i3 for one of the two 21.5 inch versions, to a quad-core Intel Core i7 for the 27 inch. You can also get the Intel Core i5, paired with either the 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac. The 21.5-inch screen features a 1920×1080 resolution screen; the 27-inch, 2560×1440.
LaCie has released the Rugged USB 3.0 using the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and the external hard drive comes with 500Gb. It also has a drop resistant up to 2.2 meters. The Rugged will cost $150 and retails in May.
Nvidia has finally revealed the new GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphic cards based on next generation Fermi architecture. Finally Nvidia is playing catch up with ATI by releasing a DirectX 11 card.