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New MAC mini with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The new Apple MAC mini is an entry level desktop Mac computer for Apple fans since its inception in 2005. The dimension of the MAC mini has always been exactly 2 x 6.5 inches for their entire existences. However, this time the interior design was enhanced. These improvements, which although keeps the price tags intact, prove to be a convincing choice for Windows to Mac switchers and also for the mini lovers.

The Apple Mac Mini includes 2GHz core 2 Duo processor and it identified in Windows as Core 2 Duo P7350 processor which runs at 2.0 GHz. The new Mac mini also has the same NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics and chipset like that included in iMac, updated MacBook Air and MacBoojk 13 inch Aluminum. This reasonably priced Mac mini now features 2 GB of standard memory which is a welcome addition. The best thing is that the internals would now include the 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi adapter that offers you a faster 802.11n transfer speed if you have draft-n router. The outstanding 320GB hard drive is large enough to hold iTunes library of a household and fill up the biggest iPod available today. Apart form this, the optical drive is still a DVD burning SuperDrive but the Mac Mini also has a DVD burner apart from a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. However there is no mouse or keyboard included.

The Mac mini is designed in the same traditional manner which fits in the white plastic and aluminum chassis and you can only find out the difference after looking at the back panel. The Mac mini would now include FireWire 800 on its back rather than FireWire 400 including an extra USB port in the total of five. It is also designed with two monitor ports one the mini DVI and the other Mini DisplayPort. The newly included FireWire 800 port is considerably faster compared to the previous FireWire 400 port. Most of the quad port external hard drives would easily work with this mini even without an adapter.

You should know that the 24 inch LED backlit Cinema Display of Apple is probably the only monitor which you can directly connect to a mini DisplayPort. Therefore if you need to connect it to the 30 inch display then you will require an optional DisplayPort to the Dual-Link DVI adapter. This means that if you have two 24 inch monitors connected through the DVI and mini DisplayPort simultaneously would give you almost unheard screen space along with desktop spanning and alternate dual display mirroring. Additionally the performance of Mac Mini has also set it apart from other small PCs and particularly those in budget and nettop category. The new Mac Min was successfully able to easily complete the Photoshop CS4 tests and other performance tests conducted. The bottom line is that the Apple Mac Mini can make a great second PC in the houses or as a great home based PC for people with iPhone or iPod as includes several great upgrades over its previous mini.

64-bit computing – coming to a computer near you

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The technology enthusiasts who think and feel ideas take time to germinate can now be sure as the 64-bit computing has finally arrived where the software and the operating system run on the 64-bit CPU from AMD or Intel. The operating system of Apple has been 64-bit for nearly five years and Linux for around eight years. However, the compatibility problem has dogged this 64-bit Windows version since Windows XP were introduced. There are a number of key benefits like an improved performance and support for several gigabytes of RAM. However, the question remains why 64-bit now and also why you should care for it now?

To be honest, the promises of 64-bit computing were around for quite a while and some even think it can be a broken promise. However Microsoft offers a 64-bit version for their both Windows XP pro and Windows Vista Ultimate while there are also 64-bit versions freely available for Linux. According to Gartner one PC from every four that is sold today is built with 64-bit operating system. When it comes to hardware, both AMD and Intel have also offered 64-bit processors for several years. Apart form this; the additional RAM that is supported by the several buses is now surprisingly affordable due to the smooth manufacturing process and the typical levels of demand. The most important thing is that several companies like Autodesk, Apple and Adobe also offer their flagship software products in versions of 64-bit. For the first time Adobe offers their Creative Suit 4 with 64-bit version.

Therefore the main benefit has much to do with the memory addressing. Long ago, the master minds working at Intel and several other companies had decided that a PC will require just 32-bit register size as the amount of RAM that a CPU can easily access. Right after that in 2003 AMD had launched the first 64-bit processor called as the Opteron. However the rules suddenly changes as the CPU was able to access a surprising amount of RAM which can be translated to several gigabytes of RAM. This does not mean that you could not install so much of memory but even if you wanted to you could not. Therefore since then the software and operating system have been gradually catching up to the hardware to finally reach then today.

There are basically two main advantages of 64-bit for computers. For the consumers it would be like adding 8GB or 16GB of RAM so that the memory intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop CS4 can have enough overhead to cut off page swapping virtual memory. However running 64-bit version of Adobe Lightroom 2 on MacBook, additional RAM would mean never overloading your computer as it often tries to process several megabytes of images. Additionally for the consumers running 64-bit computing would mean that they never have to worry about how many programs and applications they are running. You will hardly experience a BSOD on a computer with 16GB of RAM as the programs are free to consumer the sufficient RAM they need so that the computer is processing information rapidly.

Intel readies push into mobile Internet devices

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Apple Corporation did not take it kindly to the disparaging remarks being made openly recently by some of the Intel executives regarding the iPhone and its chips. In fact the computer makers were so incensed that Steve Jobs the chief executive called the Chief Executive of Intel to complain that people become familiar with the matter. However although the jobs stopped and the publicity of Intel was backed off the episode is still a reminder of their larger ambitions for the handheld computers and cell phones and how these plans would put it at loggerheads with good longtime partners.

Intel is one of the largest chipmaker in the world, currently designing new chips along with a new version of open source Linux operating system that would specially be designed to run the new class of MIDs or Mobile internet Devices. This would let the consumers enjoy high definition videos, download directions or local business listing while on the go or even make internet powered phone calls. This effort by Intel could foretell an attempt by the company to land their products in the pocket size smartphones which is a category where Apple has already sole nearly 17.4 million products.

However as Intel tries to step into the growing market of Smartphone and handheld chip devices, it was estimated it would be worth nearly $3 billion this year by iSuppli as mobile internet devices would even compete with several iPhone for consumers. The Linux effort of Intel also facades a threat to a longtime association with Microsoft, which is also trying to launch their Windows Mobile operating system in several handheld devices. Additionally Intel would also be stuffing up with Linux talent partially to aid in the handheld effort.

The new Linux software that is named as Moblin 2 is expected to be in the hands of software developers by March which would run new portable computers which are set to arrive into the markets during this midyear. As companies like BenQ, Hitachi and Lenovo have already made MIDs through some previous designs; Intel also plans to announce their new partners by February at the Mobile Technology conference in Spain.

After Intel provided a few version of Linux for the mobile devices that would run its chips, they are hoping to jump starts a new breed of handheld computers into a category which they are largely shut off. Most of the Smartphones like Palm’s new Pre and iPhone which have gathered great compliments right from their launch actually run chips that are designed by ARM and are licensed by manufacturers like Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. The fight on which most companies supply software and chips for smaller and powerful handheld computers like MIDs actually comes as the PC retreat from the tech industry. However the worldwide PC sales are expected to drop a bit by nearly 5 percent as the waning demand has split forth quarter profit of Intel and has also exhausted second quarter earning of Microsoft.