In another move to promote its new "Montecito" Itanium processor, Intel will begin selling "white box" systems that can be emblazoned with other computer makers' logos. White boxes, which are generic systems that companies can brand, are typically geared to market segments where it's harder for those companies to differentiate their products. Although Intel is best known as a processor maker, it also sells white box systems--both in bare-bones configurations or with memory and hard drives installed. Intel's two new white box models will be available in the fourth quarter and each accommodate as many as four Montecito Itaniums, the first in the high-end processor family to incorporate dual-processing cores. The two rack-mountable systems--a dual-processor SR9000MK4U, which is 3.5 inches thick, and a four-processor SR9000WG2U, which is 7 inches thick--use a chipset made by Hitachi to link the processors with subsystems such as memory, storage or input-output, Intel said. The … [Read more...] about Intel to sell new Itanium servers
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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), a corn-based sweetener developed in 1957 and engineered into a wide range of food starting in 1975, looks headed to becoming a major health concern of this generation. In the process Archer Daniels-Midland may become a one-company "big tobacco." ADM is not the only HFCS producer, just the largest and best-known. Overall HFCS production has fallen 13% from 2001. ADM led the push for HFCS in food during the 1970s, and by the mid-90s had one-third of the market. The company helped it replace cane sugar in soda, becoming a major political player. It's also a major advocate for ethanol, also produced from corn. (ADM logo from Wikipedia.) There has been occasional pushback, mostly over foreign policy (ADM gives to both sides and is often most generous to Democrats) but in recent years it is dietary science that has become the focus of criticism. The initial charge against ADM was that it was promoting obesity, since HFCS dominates the U.S. market for soda … [Read more...] about Cancer finding may make corn syrup the new tobacco
There’s only one problem with high class co-branded products, and it’s the Joey Tribbiani effect.Any Friends’ fan will recall the episode in which Joey pretends to own a Porsche parked outside his apartment, and dresses from head to foot in Porsche gear to, in his mind, back up his claim when trying to pick up easily influenced women. Just how far can you go with proudly displaying brand allegiance before you become Joey?We’ve found the limit in the Vertu for Bentley smartphone. Buy it, and aside from the car itself — an essential, in this case — you need own absolutely nothing else with the name Bentley on it to declare your love of the brand to the world. No one will question if you actually own a Bentley, because if you don’t, the Vertu for Bentley phone makes absolutely no sense. If ownership of the car didn’t gain you entry into an exclusive enough club in the first place, then owning the phone sets you apart even further, … [Read more...] about Need a matching smartphone to go with your new Bentley? Vertu has got you covered
After a year of iPhone and iPad news, Apple will shift attention back to the Mac next week. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance, a consortium of Mac management vendors, hopes to see closer ties between iOS and Mac OS X."Will Apple bring the iOS into the Mac OS? iPhone and iPad apps working on your MacBook Pro would be somewhat revolutionary," says Peter Frankl, vice president of lifecycle management at Absolute Software, a software and services provider for managing desktops and also an Enterprise Desktop Alliance member. "In discussions with some of my engineers, they felt it was feasible."Enterprise Desktop Alliance also provided CIO.com with results of its latest customer survey of 460 organizations (not including education institutions), which shows a rise in Mac enterprise adoption. A key finding: The number of Macs will increase in the enterprise by 57 percent, between 2009 and 2011, making Macs the fastest growing type of computer while Windows computers decline."Even some of the … [Read more...] about Will Next Major Version of Mac OS X Spur Enterprise Adoption?
Call me crazy. Call me misguided. But I preordered a Sony PlayStation Vita the other day. That's right, I plunked down a $50 deposit at a GameStop near work, thereby earning the right to own Sony's new handheld game console the day it comes out here in the U.S. on February 22. I didn't catch too much grief among my fellow editors for doing it, although we have an ongoing debate in the office about how successful the Vita will be. A lot of folks think the Vita, like the Nintendo 3DS, will have a rough go of it, largely because it's just too expensive at $250 for the Wi-Fi-only version and $300 for the Wi-Fi+3G model.Part of me agreed. Having played around with the Vita at a few "preview" events in the last few months, I was mostly impressed with the system and its graphical capabilities, which approach those of the PS3. But some of the touch controls seemed gimmicky (in addition to a 5-inch touch screen, it's got a rather superfluous touch pad on the back of the device), the battery … [Read more...] about What if the Vita had an Apple logo instead of Sony’s?
IBM launched a new set of cloud computing consulting and implementation services on Monday, framing the move as something that could spark wider adoption of the model.While cloud computing has gained a huge amount of attention in recent years, questions linger around issues such as security and reliability, compared to traditional on-premises infrastructure. IBM intends to dispel those concerns with industry-specific consulting services for assessing the total cost of ownership of cloud computing, as well as for designing and implementing cloud operations. The company is also starting a company-wide effort aimed at hardening cloud security.In addition, IBM is rolling out the "Resilient Cloud Validation" program, which will enable cloud computing vendors that undergo a certification process to use an IBM "Resilient Cloud" logo in their marketing materials. One industry observer questioned whether IBM is being too hasty in rolling out such services and programs."It's far to early in the … [Read more...] about New IBM Services Offer Cloud Setup, ‘Validation’
When you talk with folks in an IT shop running virtualization in their environment, one of the common complaints heard is that ISVs don't always "officially support" their own applications running inside a virtual machine. And if you choose to virtualize those application anyway and a problem arises -- well, you could be on your own.If there is no official support from the ISV for running the application on a virtualization platform and a problem does arise, the ISV typically requires you to then reproduce the problem on a physical machine. Hey, no problem, right? After all, what administrator doesn't have all the spare time in the world to build out an exact replica of the guest environment on to a physical machine just to prove a point?[ Keep up with the latest virtualization news with InfoWorld's virtualization newsletter and visit the InfoWorld Virtualization Topic Center for news, blogs, essentials, and information about InfoWorld … [Read more...] about Microsoft adds Hyper-V support into Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo Program
"Father of Java" James Gosling says he sees Blu-ray's victory over HD DVD as a catalyst for more interesting forms of entertainment for the disc format. Speaking at the Sun Tech Day in Sydney, Gosling told ZDNet Australia's Builder AU that he hopes that Blu-ray Disc win--combined with the possibility of having Java's new graphical framework, JavaFX, within the Blu-ray specification--would enable a graphical user experience beyond solely playing Blu-ray discs. "There's actually this Profile 2.0 spec for Blu-ray, which almost all of the Blu-ray players out now don't implement...that adds all this networking ability. So you can actually use a Blu-ray box to do things other than play Blu-ray discs," Gosling said. "You can do things that are hybrids between playing discs and content over the network." Gosling cited the primitive nature of many current Blu-ray players as a reason for holding back the Blu-ray experience. "The Blu-ray spec right now has really primitive graphics, which … [Read more...] about Gosling: Blu-ray victory to spur Java creativity
When you go to buy a charger, it comes with a reasonable expectation it won’t fry your phone.Unfortunately, with newer USB-C chargers the reality hasn’t been so clear cut. Many third-party cables have been shoddy, spurring Google engineer Benson Leung into a one-man campaign to call out offenders. OnePlus had to issue replacements after it sent out a damaging USB-C cable and adapter.The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group behind certification, announced a new logo and compliance program that should go a long way towards preventing such tragedies.Certified chargers will “resemble a traditional power brick or wall wart” and interoperate with compatible with USB-C devices, according to the group. Manufacturers will be able to put a logo on the charger that also indicates the wattage it can supply so there’s no more guesswork. It may help sort out what can be a confusing area. For example, PCWorld’s Gordon Mah Ung performed a charging … [Read more...] about New USB-C certification program to guide consumers away from faulty chargers
The people of Los Angeles whose Spanish name means “the City of Angels” are asking people everywhere to “Follow the Sun” in 2024 to bring back the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the US after 28 years hiatus of being conducted in other countries around the world. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The Los Angeles 2024 bid leaders unveiled the official logo to be adopted for the games when it is finally approved; and the logo shows a symbol of athletes reaching for their dreams, illuminated and lifted by the shining rays of the sun. This is what also inspires the “Follow the Sun” slogan chosen for the LA 2024 event.“Everyday people follow the sun to our city in pursuit of their dreams, spurring unprecedented creativity, innovation and progress,” said LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman. “We’re inviting the world to Follow the Sun to California in 2024, to join us in LA for an Olympic and Paralympic … [Read more...] about Los Angeles 2024 Unveils Official Logo And Slogan – Follow The Sun