AMD launches the Puma

Amd_turion_x2_ultra_logoAMD has upped the ante in the mobile processor space with the launch of their latest notebook computing platform, informally known as Puma.  From the press release:

COMPUTEX, TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 4, 2008 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of its next-generation notebook platform, delivering the ultimate HD visual performance and increased energy efficiency on the go. The platform features new AMD Turion™ X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile Processors with ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series Graphics for superior 3D performance and HD image quality, with industry-leading wireless for greater throughput and range. AMD customers overwhelmingly embrace the new platform, as evidenced by more than double the number of design wins compared to the last major AMD Turion processor introduction. These new notebook designs come from leading OEMs including Acer, Asus, Clevo, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, MSI, NEC and Toshiba.

This next-generation AMD notebook platform also serves as the foundation for new AMD Business Class, AMD GAME! and AMD LIVE!™ notebook solutions.

“AMD is uniquely positioned to deliver balanced platform solutions that tightly couple computing and graphics capabilities for a visually rich user experience,” said Dirk Meyer, president and COO, AMD. “Our next-generation AMD notebook platform contains a host of interrelated innovations that together deliver enhanced business productivity and the ultimate in HD visual performance on the go.”

HTC adds to the Touch family- HTC Touch Pro

HTC is always introducing new devices it seems and today it’s true as the newest member of the Touch family is announced.  The HTC Touch Pro adds functions to the popular Touch family that are designed to appeal to professionals while meshing it all together with the TouchFLO 3D interface.  The Touch Pro adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard making it the most versatile and capable Touch phone yet.  It will be released in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in the summer and North America later this year.  HTC is touting "broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps andHSUPA wireless connectivity, a 1350 mAh battery with up to 8 hours of talktime, 512 MB flash, 288 MB RAM with micro SD memory card expansion, GPScapabilities, 2.8-inch VGA touch screen and 3.2MP camera equipped with videocalling."


Full press release after the jump.

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Attack Your Online Clutter

Last week, we talked about ways of eliminating the file clutter in your life. Now let’s take care of the mess online:

1. Read It Later. A very cool Firefox extension from the Idea Shower, Read It Later sits in Firefox’s toolbar with two simple icons: one to save your current page to a reading list, and another to serve you with a page from your reading list. You can also right-click on links that you want to read later, which is useful on social bookmarking sites such as delicious or Digg, or on your favorite blog (such as Web Worker Daily).

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Clean Break: Clear Out Your File Clutter as the Year Closes

We’re nearing the end of the year, and with the holiday season upon us, many web workers will be getting pretty busy. But with 2008 approaching, it might not be a bad idea to clean out the clutter in your paper and digital files, and start the year afresh and reinvigorated.
So let’s take a look at some simple ways to clear through your pile of old files — in your file cabinet, on your computer, and online.
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Take Action: How to Make Quick Decisions

Piles of paper on your desk, a full email inbox, clutter in your home, anything that’s piled up really, are all results of a lack of decisions. While indecision can have many costs, from lost revenue to a suffering reputation to hindering your career, one of the surest symptoms of indecision are piles of any kind.

On the other hand, an empty inbox and a clear desk are the results of quick decisions.

Quick decision-making can have many positive results: it can help you stay on top of a rising flow of information and communication, it can reduce stress, it can improve your productivity, and give you a reputation for being on top of your work.

But the habits of years of indecision can be hard to break. Let’s take a look at some tips that can help build the habit of quick decision-making, and clear the piles from your life.

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DivX Pro + Mac = FREE!

Why do you want DivX Pro? Because it’s free! At least for today, DivX is offering a free download of DivX Pro for Mac users, normally $19.99.

DivX Pro gives you the DivX Converter and DivX Pro Codec. Unless you are making videos there is no reason for you download this, even though it’s free. If you are a video maker editing on an Apple have at it. The Pro version gives you a high end codec allowing you to tweak everything in the encoding process from bitrate to quantization. The Converter is useful for converting large video files from whatever format to DivX with extra control and ability to batch conversions.

Sometimes, it is not just cricket

Wall Street Journal has a great editorial this morning on the current India-Pakistan cricket series. While it has nothing to do with broadband or technology (except that i watched the damn series in a tiny window on my laptop over a DSL connection), this is about a game which changes the real game in South Asia.

bq. The public mood reflects not merely a weariness with the seemingly unending conflict between the two countries; it reveals, also, a genuine political optimism, the result of the recent rapprochement between Islamabad and Delhi. It was this summit-level warming, of course, that laid the ground for the Indian cricket team to visit. And given the passion for the game on the subcontinent, it was the Indian government’s willingness to let the cricketers tour Pakistan that convinced Pakistanis that Delhi’s apparent conciliatoriness was sincere. No more proof of India’s good faith was needed.

bq. But the Indian cricketers appear to have contracted the verve and self-belief of contemporary India: If India can take on the world on the high-tech front, the thinking seems to be, it can do so on the cricket field as well. The Pakistanis, by contrast — and reflecting, also, their national mood — are uncertain, torn between different ideas, and seemingly in transition to a new order. Their team, like their country, is talented and robust; but it is, like their country, deeply unsettled.

What’s this WiMAX thing?

Business 2.0 futureboy, in his latest column, The Problem With WiMax writes, “Before this purported successor to Wi-Fi can take off, somebody is going to have to build out a whole new wireless network. But it won’t be as easy for WiMax to take hold of our computers as it’s been for Wi-Fi.”

Clarification, for WiMAX is more of a back-haul technology, is a new variant of Fixed Wireless and thanks to guys like Towerstream is working quite well.

Another problem: The technology won’t be laptop-ready for at least a few years. As it is conceived now, WiMax will be introduced in several phases. The first will be in the form of an antenna that must be bolted to the outside of the building that is receiving service.

Well the antenna are now the size of a paperback, don’t need to be omnidirectional, and well it is less laptop more back haul technology anyway.

As Rajeev Chand, a wireless analyst with private-equity investment bank Rutberg & Co., puts it: “WiMax doesn’t take over the world. It will be one of numerous wireless technologies, like Wi-Fi and 3G.”

Stating the obvious! For further contrary reading check out, Revenge of WiMAX.