Friday, February 25, 2011

Bits & Pieces

                         Yes you read the title correctly, that's what we have today, just bits and pieces of the news in the world of technology. Today we will start with the release of the new MacBook Pro's. Yes and they released it on Steve Jobs' birthday. Happy Birthday Steve. The updated MacBook's take this fine line of laptop's to the next level. They have truly evolved to one of the best, if not the best laptop out there. With the updated version, the Nvidia graphics are gone, which have been replaced by Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU's paired with switchable graphics between an intergrated Intel chip or a discrete AMD GPU. The mini display port interface now shares it's port with Apple's impentation of Intel's Light Peak Technologhy, code named Thunderbolt. There is more MGz to the chips with 1333 instead of 1066. Obviously these were updated for the release of OSX Lion in a few months. As usual with this release, Apple shows us why they are the biggest technology company in the world. Always the very best products!

                          In other news, if you haven't tried Google Doc's, I would encourage you to do so. Google Doc's ( short for Documents, of course) can open almost any type of office document file, from Microsoft, Open Office, Libre Office, Adobe PDF, the list goes on. Now they have released what they call Google Cloud Connect. It has been in development for awhile. It allows you to synchronise your Microsoft Office 2003,2007, and 2010 documents. Another cleaver application from Google. Speaking of them, it seems as though they have change their search engine algorithm. The change was made in light to those who pay for backlinks. Trying to get a higher page ranking.

                        The Motorola Xoom tablet started shipping today as well. This is the first tablet to be released with a dual core processor ( the Nvidia Tegra 2). Yes, this comes with the newest Android operating system, code named Honeycomb, there are many more tablet's waiting to be released, Motorola was the first though. With 2 processors running at 1 GHz at a time, 3D video capture as well. The Xoom should give the iPad a run for it's money. Apple is sure to beef up their iPad with a new processor. It seems as though that not only are the tablet wars are on, but the processor wars as well.  The Xoom does't have as many apps as the iPad yet.

                         In other notable news, Bing has started adding "Facebook Likes" to their search results. It sounds like a cleaver idea to attract a younger audience. Starting on Sunday Sony will drop the price of the PSP by $40, bringing the Playstation Portable down to $129.00. They are also adding new games to their greatest hits collection. All in all, I think that it has been a great week in the world of technology. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us. Get out there and enjoy your day!




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