We’re all familiar with Intel’s tiny, low-power Atom CPU–without it the netbook revolution probably wouldn’t have happened. But Intel has just pulled the covers off its next-gen Atom system on a chip, and it has a new target device: Your TV. advertisement advertisement The little sliver of silicon, metal, and plastic we’re talking about is the Atom CE4100, unveiled this week at the Intel Developer Forum. Formerly codenamed Sodaville, it’s the first 45nm consumer electronics system on a chip based on Intel microarchitectures. If that doesn’t tingle your geek nerves, then know this: the Atom CE4100 is capable of decoding two 1080p high-definition video streams simultaneously and putting out Dolby 7.1 audio while drawing a relatively tiny 7 to 9 watts of power. By touting the chip’s twin HDTV-feed powers, Intel is sending a clear signal that they’re aiming the Atom at a new set of devices–possibly leaving its … [Read more...] about Will HDTVs Be Intel Atom-Powered?
One afternoon this past summer, Jeong Kim took a seat at a quiet back table of a suburban New Jersey restaurant and removed a pen from his jacket pocket. Without speaking, Kim cleared away the salt and pepper shakers and brushed away some crumbs. Then he leaned forward and drew a square on the paper tablecloth. He paused. Then he drew another square behind the first and carefully transformed the diagram into a cube. advertisement advertisement Our topic was innovation. A few months before, Kim said, he’d been invited to give a speech on the subject in China. But he wasn’t precisely sure what to say. Half of the problem was linguistic. China’s engineers might consider a technology “new” or “improved,” but “innovative” defied exact translation. The other half of the problem was philosophical. “Everyone talks about innovation; everyone wants it,” Kim remarked, but do we really understand what it means or what it … [Read more...] about Mad Scientist
Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can claim royal status on Twitter. Though he might not be Kim Kardashian, Pope Benedict XVI has already collected hundreds of thousands of followers for his Twitter account, @pontifex, which was announced yesterday. advertisement advertisement It’s not surprising that holy high rollers are drawn to the medium: religious leaders on average pull more weight per tweet, with one retweet for every 500 followers. In comparison, musicians typically get a retweet for every 30,000. “We see a very high level of engagement with religious and spiritual content,” Twitter spokeswoman Rachael Horwitz told CNN. “Followers respond to these topics with replies, retweets, and clicks on links much more often than they do other subjects.” With that in mind, here are 8 religious rock stars of Twitter: Pope Benedict XVI (@Pontifex)Catholic Church leader has just claimed his holy handle, @pontifex. Regardless of the fact that … [Read more...] about Does God Retweet?