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So you heard them! Intel has completed the development phase of its next-generation 32 nanometers (nm) processors. They are now planning to roll out an entirely new 32nm processor in the fourth quarter of 2009! No sign of slowing down in processor development despite cutting its next year revenue forecast by 1 billion.
In fact, it’s always the plan in Intel to introduce an entirely new processor micro-architecture with a cutting edge manufacturing process about every 12 months. They proudly claimed such achievement to be an effort unmatched in the industry, this I totally agree with no doubt at all.
Besides, producing 32nm chips next year would mark the fourth consecutive year Intel has met its goal.
You may ask what’s so fascinating about 32nm?
Well, it simply means by using such technology Intel is able to use more energy-efficient, denser and higher performing transistors on a processor. Hence, giving you more power with less energy consumption.
Hopefully we’ll also see price dropping for older processors, which will be a bargain for the consumers.
On a side note, AMD just released their first 45nm Opteron server processor last month, now Intel is talking about manufacturing 32nm processors next year. Looks like AMD still have a long way to catch its main competitor’s tail, huh?
It seems that not everyone is anticipating the launch of iPhone in their country. Well, at least not in India.
The launch in Hong Kong and Singapore was fascinating and quite successful. I was there in Hong Kong when the iPhone was first launched, long queues and big crowds were easily to be seen outside the selected mobile phone outlets. So does what happened in Singapore, but unfortunately not in India.
It is reported there were only around 12,000 units sold since its first day launching in India, which is less than a quarter of the imported 50,000 iPhones for sale in India. Is this the effect of the economy slowdown? Or disappointing marketing campaign? Or just merely difference in taste?
Anyway, some say that a flawed sales and distribution model and communications failure contributed heavily to the debacle, such as :-
- Outlets failed to obtain necessary permissions to stay open in midnight for the midnight sale.
- Apple spent very little on marketing for the iPhone prior to its launch
- Apple’s failure to properly communicate how much the iPhone would cost in India
Apple initially announced that iPhone would be selling for about US$199 globally and this news gave potential customers false hope because Apple is now selling 8Gig version for US$700, while 16Gig version for US$825 in India.
I suppose iPhone will be launched in Malaysia next year, which is a year troubled by bad economy. Do you think we’ll see pathetic sale here as well?
WordPress 2.6.5 has just been released this morning. It’s a recommended upgrade as it includes 1 security fix and 3 bugs. This new version is a minor upgrade from WP2.6.3 so the upgrade is almost as easy as the previous WP2.6.3 upgrade.
Please note that there is no WordPress 2.6.4 version released by WordPress, so don’t get fooled by the fake one if you see any.
If you are upgrading from WP2.6.3, you just need to replace 5 files.
You may choose to overwrite these 5 files, or delete them first then upload the new ones from WP2.6.5.
- Download WordPress 2.6.5 and extract it.
- Replace the following 5 files:
- That’s it! :D
If you are using any version older than WP2.6.3, then unfortunately the above upgrade method is not for you. You’ll need to follow the full upgrade instructions.
I can’t believe this is the 3rd post I write about GMail in 7 days. Last Thursday, they rolled out voice & video chat, then I mentioned about GMail Mobile, today they announced another new feature : Change theme for your GMail.
GMail Themes feature is not officially enabled yet, you’ll only see it in coming days. Anyway, below is a sneak peak of the 30+ themes that you get to select :-
If you like the movie Matrix, GMail engineer even came out a theme called Terminal for you :-
Besides, the default GMail theme also will have a minor facelift. I just can’t wait to see them!
GMail Mobile 2.0 was released on 23rd Oct and I upgraded it immediately. The newer version is still very small in size (256kb), but now supports more J2ME phones (Nokia N95, BlackBerry, etc.) with over 35 languages for users to select.
Well, it’s undeniable more useful features have been added into v2.0, but I still experience slow connection (even on 3G) every now and then.
Useful features :-
- Application loading up pretty fast – You don’t have to wait for too long until you see the emails list
- Support multiple accounts – Log in to different gmail accounts in 1 application
- Offline message composing – You may compose email when you are having poor signal then send it later
- Multiple mobile email drafts – Compose multiple email draft and save it in the mobile phone
- Need refreshing (to load new emails) after logging in.
- Loss of connection even signal is good.
I suppose GMail has become the top pick for free email service nowadays, so if you are using it GMail Mobile 2.0 is the application you must have on your mobile phone especially you are always on the move.
Intel just did a counter attack at the right time! After knewing AMD is catching up with the launching of its first 45nm Opteron processor, Intel today announced its latest desktop processor, Core i7!
This new desktop processor from Intel, the first member of a new family of Nehalem processor designs, is claimed to be the fastest desktop processor by scoring a world record of 117 for the SPECint_base_rate2006 benchmark test. This is by far the most sophisticated Intel desktop processor ever built with new technologies that boost performance.
Some highlights of Intel Core i7 :-
- Clock Speed at 2.66GHz-3.20GHz
- 8MB L3 Cache, shared among all 4 cores
- Turbo Boost Technology
- Integrated memory controller for higher memory bandwidth (somehow AMD has been doing this since 2001).
- 2x the bandwidth, compared to previous Intel Quad Core “Extreme” processors
- 40% performance increase for immersive 3-D games, without increasing power consumption
- Intel Quickpath Technology, enables it to 8-threaded (4 cores running multiple computing threads simultaneously) performance
- Power Gates, for power-saving & performance boosting