Archive for November, 2010

The mega-billion entity known as Facebook has scooped up most of Drop.io’s technology and assets, the file sharing firm announced in a blog post. Sam Lessin, the head of Drop.io and also a former Harvard student (just like Mark Zuckerberg), is making the move to Facebook as well.

“In the coming weeks, we’ll be winding down the Drop.io service,” the company said. “As of this week, people will no longer be able to create new free drops, but you’ll be able to download content from existing drops until December 15. Paid user accounts will still be available through December 15 and paid users will be able to continue using the service normally. After December 15, paid accounts will be discontinued as well.”

Drop.io is Facebook’s eight acquisition this year and follows the social networking service’s trend of snatching up companies primarily for the people involved.

“We have never once bought a company for the company. We buy companies for excellent people,” Mark Zuckerberg said at this year’s Startup School event at Stanford.

With the release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and Sony looking like its going to release a PlayStation phone, will the next gaming console war take place in the smartphone sector? If so, don’t bet on Nintendo making an appearance.

Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes it’s much more interested in handheld consoles than it is smartphones.

“Certainly we are adding more and more elements to fill out the experience and take away more and more time from competing devices,” Fils-Aime said. “But our handhelds will always lead with games.”

Instead of releasing a mobile phone, like Sony is doing, Fils-Aime sees Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS as the epitome of mobile gaming, giving Nintendo a major competitive edge over the competition.

“3DS content will be dramatically unique to our platform, because I don’t think a smartphone manufacturer will invest to put a 3D parallax screen in their device and not have the content to bring to life.”

News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Intel is on the cusp of releasing a new low power Core i3 part, the Core i3 2100T. Built around Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, the Core i3 2100T (where the “T” stands for Power Optimized Lifestyle) comes rated at just 35W TDP.

That’s pretty impressive considering this is a desktop part, one that will mostly likely land in all-in-one (AIO) PCs and other systems where heat output has to be strictly controlled. From a performance standpoint, the upcoming chip features two cores (four threads) hustling along at 2.5GHz. Other features include 3MB of cache, dual-channel DDR3 1066/1333 support, and a graphics core clocked at 650MHz (1,00MHz Turbo).


Core i3 2100T will require a motherboard built around Intel’s new socket 1155.

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OCZ pushed the SSD speed limit with the release of its RevoDrive PCI-E solid state drive earlier this year, and now the company looks to shift to an even higher gear with its new RevoDrive X2.

“The original OCZ RevoDrive SSD was designed to be the first high-performance, bootable PCI-E SSD solution and has become a popular choice for demanding computing applications that require faster, more reliable storage,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology. “Building on the success of the original design, we are excited to introduce the RevoDrive X2, which delivers both increased performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive X2 a viable option for a wide spectrum of applications that include professional graphic design, multimedia rendering, and workstations.”

Side-stepping the SATA II bottleneck, the RevoDrive X2 plops into a PCI-E x4 slot to deliver up to 740MB/s read and writes, and up to 120,000 IOPS. Part of that is achieved by using an onboard RAID 0 design, though the X2 also employs four — yes, FOUR– SandForce 1200 controllers versus two in the original, OCZ says.

The RevoDrive X2 is available now in capacities ranging from 100GB to 960GB.

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Linux has found a new home: in your wallet. The Linux Foundation is now offering a platinum rewards Linux credit card complete with the Tux penguin on the front.

The Linux Foundation receives a percentage of every purchase made with the card, as well $50 for every new card activation.

“All funds from the Visa card program will go directly towards providing community technical events and providing travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation.”

There are two designs to choose from, both with Tux on the front and both with the same features (no annual fee, zero liability protection, etc). However, it’s only available to U.S. residents, which isn’t likely to change “due to a lack of partners to work with to expand the program to other countries.”

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You know it has to be asked: What’s in your wallet?

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