Eric Schmidt Not Paid By Apple, Just Took Some Souvenirs

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Former Apple (s aapl) Board of Directors member and current Google (s goog) CEO Eric Schmidt wasn’t paid for his time at Cupertino. This despite Apple’s habitual practice of offering stock options and a $50,000 retainer to Board members, both of which Schmidt declined during his tenure.

Instead, like other board members, Schmidt settled for some awesome Apple gear in exchange for his contribution to the board. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and BusinessWeek, the Google CEO accepted $8,712 worth of goods, though no specific breakdown of what sort of hardware that number actually represents has been reported. Read More about Eric Schmidt Not Paid By Apple, Just Took Some Souvenirs

Technology Vendors Go to Hollywood

Comparison_Raising_American_Flag_largeIt seems technology vendors just love the movies. Nvidia (s nvda) today said its graphics chips played a role in compiling and restoring footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing — a feat of image processing. Also today, Analog Devices (s adi), a maker of micro electromechanical machines (MEMs),  said its accelerometers and gyroscopes would be used in motion capture suits for the final “Harry Potter” movie. And last week, The Wall Street Journal ran a story touting the use of graphics processors in the most recent “Harry Potter” movie. Many blockbuster movies combine two elements the computer industry loves — a need for processing power and a way to show off what the latest sliver of silicon can do. Read More about Technology Vendors Go to Hollywood

Can 3D Keep Intel on Top?

intelIntel this week announced a $12 million investment into a visual computing research program focused on using three-dimensional imaging for entertainment, data analysis, medical imaging and scientific research. The Intel Visual Computing Institute is located at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, and will receive the $12 million over the next five years. The investment is both a nod to the company’s interest in better imaging tools and a path to selling faster, high-margin processors.

Intel is also on the defensive. Its push into 3D is the chip giant’s attempt to find ways to get folks to buy faster, high-margin chips, be they the current generation of Core i7 CPUs or eventually Intel’s Larrabee specialty graphics chip. But it also needs a high-demand chip that can help pad its margins from the success of its low-cost Atom chip. Read More about Can 3D Keep Intel on Top?

Web Celebs Declare They Are Geeks!

It’s hard to hate too much on the Society for Geek Advancement. I’m not quite sure what or how serious the project is, but the group wants us all to embrace our inner geek while giving a little something to charity (and a lot of self-promotion to a bunch of web celebs who are certainly not starved for online attention).

It would be easier to have fun with the group if it didn’t paint geeks at some kind of tortured sub-culture. From the Society’s about page: “The reality is, while geek seems to be the new chic and is spreading its wings in the land of mainstream culture, us native geeks are still a misunderstood community.”

The Society even created an accompanying video packed with a parade of web stars like Felicia Day, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Kevin Rose waving their geek flag. Which is pretty easy, if you are them. Felicia Day starred in Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible, and signed another exclusive deal with Microsoft and Sprint to air the third season of her hit web series The Guild. Vaynerchuk is expanding his wine empire and just signed a seven-figure, 10-book deal. And Kevin Rose’s segment appears to have been shot at a second floor pool side suite at the swanky Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. Yes, pity the poor geek! Especially after some in the video snidely castigate the hoi polloi for not knowing the difference between Twitter and tweet or how to pronounce meme.

But, as we said at the start of this piece, you can’t get too mad at the so-called society, especially since it (hopefully) doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it encourages people donate to the Room to Read charity, which builds libraries and schools in developing countries.

Now we just need all these geeks to gather in one place for a big song along with Quincy Jones conducting.

We are the geek
We are the nerdlington
We are the ones who actually do get paid
From this web phenomenon

3 Reasons Nvidia Looks Good Despite Its Loss

400px-Nvidia_logo.svgNvidia (s nvda) may have reported a loss of $201.3 million for its fiscal 2010 first quarter after the markets closed yesterday, and a 42 percent drop in revenue from the same period a year ago, but the company still has quite a few things going for it. The trick will be whether it can execute well in the quarters ahead. Here are the three things that could keep Nvidia on top, without accounting for growth in its scientific and mobile computing products, which the company is also expected to ramp up this year. Read More about 3 Reasons Nvidia Looks Good Despite Its Loss

Nvidia Touts New GPU Supercomputer

teslaNvidia (s NVDA) today unveiled a system for high-performance computing that uses four graphics processors to provide 1 teraflop of computing power, and multiple units can be easily combined to form a GPU-based computing cluster. The system competes with CPU-based clusters that employ Intel (s INTC) or AMD (s AMD) chips, but offers faster performance on some tasks while using less energy, Nvidia says. The system uses about 800 watts, meaning a 1-petaflop computer composed of GPUs would consume about half the power of Jaguar, the No. 2 fastest supercomputer on the planet. Read More about Nvidia Touts New GPU Supercomputer

Intel Going Mobile With Moorestown, Pushing Nehalem Everywhere

atom_62Intel (s INTC) made a series of announcements last night that push its low-power Atom processor closer to the smartphone side of the mobile computing spectrum. It announced more details of its Moorestown platform aimed at mobile Internet devices. The platform is coming in 2010 and includes an Atom processor that consumes 10x less power when idle; a graphics, video and memory controller; and an I/O hub. Intel also plans to release a new version of the Moblin software for Mobile Internet Devices that can handle voice calls. It may be as close as we get to an Atom-based smartphone. Read More about Intel Going Mobile With Moorestown, Pushing Nehalem Everywhere

Hybrid Computers Will Hide in the Cloud

Heterogeneous computing, where hardware vendors mix a variety of processors (graphics processors, CPUs, embedded chips or DSPs) on a server to increase energy efficiency and processing speed, will become a reality in the data center in the next decade, says an IBM (s IBM) executive. Such arrangements increase complexity and can cause headaches for developers and customers, but cloud computing could alleviate some of those problems. Read More about Hybrid Computers Will Hide in the Cloud

Can Intel Thrive in a Post x86 World?

Updated at the end: The way we use computers is changing, as device makers and users emphasize mobility and incredible graphics. I’ve argued that these trends signal the end of x86 computing, but what I’ve ignored is Intel’s (s INTC) drive to bring its brand of x86 computing to these markets, which are traditionally based on other instruction sets. If it succeeds, we may see Intel inside everything from our mobile phones to our set-top boxes. Read More about Can Intel Thrive in a Post x86 World?

TI Wants to Use DSPs for Low-power Computing

hdr_ti_logoTexas Instruments (s TXN) is looking to hop on the trend of using non x86 processors in the data center, according to Kathy Brown, general manager of the company’s wireless base station infrastructure business. Last night over dinner, Brown said the wireless chip powerhouse was trying to build a software framework that would enable researchers to run Linux on its high-end digital signal processing chips (DSP) used for scientific computing. Read More about TI Wants to Use DSPs for Low-power Computing