Thursday, April 29, 2010

SAMSUNG Producing Industry’s First Higher-performing 20nm-class NAND Flash Memory

Samsung has announced production of the first flash memory cards to use its 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. It will incorporate the new 32 gigabit MLC NAND chips into memory cards ranging from 4GB through 64GB capacities. According to the company, the 20nm-class MLC NAND chips deliver 50% higher productivity level and 30% faster write speeds than the previous generation 30nm chips. Samsung has started shipping 20nm-class 32Gb NAND based SD card samples to customers and plans to expand production later this year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Marina Bay Sands opens its doors

Singapore's second integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, opened its doors on today at an auspicious time of 3.18pm. Members of the public will be able to visit the resort from 5pm.

The casino has four levels, and two levels are for mass gaming while the other two are for VIPs. There are also over 1,500 slot machines.

When fully completed, Marina Bay Sands will have some 2,500 hotel rooms.

The resort's shopping area boasts luxury stores, and four floors of shopping space with 300 stores. But many have yet to open.

There is also an events plaza, which can sit up to 10,000 people. It faces the sea offering a view of the Fullerton Hotel and the Esplanade.

Marina Bay Sands also has some 250 meeting rooms and its ballrooms can hold up to 45,000 delegates.

The rest of the resort is expected to open in June.

Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson said that he expects the investment in Marina Bay Sands to break even in five years.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Marina Bay Sands gets casino licence

ONE of the most important pieces of the jigsaw puzzle - the casino licence - has fallen in place, just in time for Marina Bay Sands' (MBS) opening on Tuesday.

The Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued MBS its casino licence on Monday morning.
The US$5.5 billion project is slated to open Phase One of the project on Tuesday, and speculation had been rife on whether or not it could secure its licence on time to open its casino.

Its rival, Resorts World Sentosa, secured its casino licence eight days before its casino opening on Feb 14.

MBS is slated to open Phase One of its project, with 963 hotel rooms, part of the exhibition and convention centre, some restaurants and bars, retail shops, the events plaza and the casino.

Watch out for the grand opening.

Monday, April 19, 2010

ITG-Vidix - Watch Videos on a Virtual 50" Screen

The ITG-Vidix is a new type of iTVGoggles, a pair of video glasses that can support a wide range of media formats.

These glasses feature a built-in microSD card reader which you can used to watch all types of videos, listen to the music, watch images and more.

The device supports up to 32GB of memory via the microSD card.

There's also a media player and a browser incorporated in the ITG-Vidix.

These features allow the device to play multimedia files and view e-books.

When you put the glasses on, you see a virtual 50" screen that seems to be located about 6.5 feet away from your eyes.

The ITG-Vidix is available at $ 279.99.  Check it out: Here

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ever wish you could get all the great free entertainment from the Internet onto your TV? Or playback your personal collection of movies, TV shows, music, and photos in your living room without having to sacrifice your laptop? Ever wish you could enjoy and share that movie, TV show, or YouTube clip with your friends on Facebook and Twitter with the push of a button on your remote, from the couch? All of this power and more is coming in a killer new box from D-Link & Boxee.

What is Boxee?

Boxee is the best way to enjoy entertainment from the Internet or a computer on a TV. Their free, open source, downloadable software for Mac, Linux and Windows brings all your entertainment into one place - whether it's from the Internet or from your hard drive or home network. Plus, they overlay everything with a heaping helping of social by letting you share what you're playing with friends on Boxee, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Boxee Box by D-Link takes the same popular software and offers it up as a great device -- the perfect companion to a high definition TV. The Boxee Box by D-Link provides access to more than just traditional TV content. It includes a huge library that spans the Internet, such as university courses, panel discussions, academic lectures, presentations, web-only videos and more from TED, Stanford, FORA.tv, Kid Mango, Next New Networks and more. Boxee also makes it easy for users to add their own favorite entertainment sources with simple RSS or XML feeds available for most online video.
In addition to video content, Boxee users can access great music from sites like Pandora, last.fm, shoutcast, and We are Hunted as well as fun photos from sites like flickr, Picasa and the Facebook.
So get comfortable on that big old couch, grab your remote and see what it's all about.

Carl Zeiss Cine Lenses Target HDSLR Filmmakers this June

Later this June, well-known lens manufacturer Carl Zeiss will begin offer a line of Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with the HDSLR filmmakers in mind.
The new is no surprise, really, given the versatility and functionality that HDSLR rigs have shown over the past year in the film making space. As you may recall, the season finale of House was shot entirely on a Canon 5D Mark II. That's one example of mainstream acceptance, and there are many more.
Anyway, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are rumored to be compatible with Nikon F, Arri PL, and Canon EF mounts. There's also a lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 lens that will presumably offer similar mount compatibility.

 Pricing, unfortunately, will probably arrive a bit closer to the rumored June release date.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Split The Grip - Quick Tips on preventing the slice

Split The Grip

Split GripWe’ve all experienced this one time or another. Midway through the round, after hitting what seems to be a decent number of fairways, the ball starts to slice. And not only does the ball begin creeping to the right, the slice becomes more and more pronounced with each swing. This then causes the body to tense up and limit the needed rotation of the hands through the impact zone. Now that’s an awful thought, isn’t it?

Well, if you’ve suffered through a “slice attack,” here’s an immediate and simple remedy. To help diagram this simple drill, my daughter Carly Ray Goldstein has stepped in. Carly, who’s no stranger to winning her fair share of junior events (she’s won more than 40 junior tournaments at the age of 11!), isn’t immune to a slice, either. But with this simple drill, she’s found a way to get back on track and in the fairway in a hurry.

First, get a hold of your driver. Set up as if you’re going to make a normal practice swing, only lower your right hand on the grip, about two to three inches below your upper hand. This will cause you to have a split grip. Now, in a smooth and slow motion, simulate a three-quarter golf swing  and pay attention to these three critical positions.

Position 1. On the backswing, once the arms reach chest high, the right arm should bend with the elbow pointing inward, and the left arm is to remain straight. The shaft should be pointing vertically. These three lines should form a triangle, between your left forearm, the shaft and your right forearm. See the photo for help.

Position 2. Through the impact zone, the hands should be rolling to a closed position. Because of the split grip, the closing of the clubface will feel more pronounced, which is the desired effect to counteract that slice! At impact, the lower hand (Carly’s right hand) is directly below her left, indicating her hands are in the process of closing the clubface through the hitting zone.

Position 3. About halfway through the followthrough, the hands should act as a mirror image of the hands in Position 1, where the forearms and shaft once again form a triangle. If they don’t, that means you’re not releasing and rolling the hands properly! Practice this drill as often as needed to counteract a slice, and don’t forget it come time to battle the effects of an unexpected banana ball.

Barry Goldstein is a professional golf teacher at Inverrary CC in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Dell Steak / Mini 5

It's been a while since we've heard much about the Dell Streak / Mini 5, but it seems like the plus-size phone (or mini-size tablet, whichever you prefer) went on a bit of an undercover media promotion tour last week: Viacom MTV exec Greg Clayman tweeted that it's "amazing," while Rob Enderle brought one to the set of John C. Dvorak's Cranky Geeks and said it would launch for around $300 on contract. What does it all mean? We're assuming it's being shown off in an effort to drum up some content partnerships: we've already heard about tie-ins with Amazon's MP3, video, and Kindle stores, and we'd bet that Dell's also going after newspapers, magazines, and video sites hard in an effort to push back at the iPad -- especially since the company is planning to bring out an entire "family of tablets" in the future. Or... it's nothing at all, and AT&T is going to completely wreck this thing before it launches, like it did with the Aero. Dreams or nightmares, the choice is yours.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Enchanting Folding-out Laptop With Utopian Specs

No matter how advanced, progressive, sleek and lightweight our laptops get, the one thing that we sorely miss is an elaborate keyboard. I know of someone who uses his Macbook but in conjunction with a wireless keyboard. Many hybrids and self-built versions are out there being used by folks, so the question really is, are we happy with what the industry is dishing out to us? Or do we have to lust after Utopian concepts like the iWEB 2.0…with really drool-worthy features!

Designer: Yang Yongchang

To read more, click here.