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Damn Mother Nature, You Crazier Than That Gum That Changes Flavors: There’s A Giant Pink Lake In Senegal
This is a set of photos of Lake Retba in Senegal. It’s pink. The lake has an unusually high salt concentration (like the Dead Sea), where Dunaliella salina micro-algae thrive, offering it its pink color. Neato. You understand exactly what would be also cooler though? If the Lost City of Atlantis truly existed. Consider it– you damn well RECOGNIZE we would certainly have hoverboards and time equipments currently.
Hit the jump for several even more shots.
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Drops, shocks, heavy vibrations, dust, water and temperatures in the extremes — just the kind of punishment you’d expect a DRS Armor slab to put up with, and the firm’s latest do so without the briefcase-like look. With MIL-STD 810G certification and an IP65 rating, the 7-inch multi-touch slates can withstand some rough and tumble — though there’s no word if they can pass the tesla coil benchmark. At 1.3 pounds, the Android 3.2-loaded X7ad squeezes out eight hours of battery life with a 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 processor. Its Windows-minded doppelganger, the X7et, holds a six-hour charge, sports an Atom Z670 processor and tips the scales at just under 1.5 pounds. If the chunkier look strikes your fancy, the 12.1 inch X12kb has you covered — though at 5.5 pounds, it’s the lightest MIL-STD-810G certified convertible tablet currently available. The swivel screened slate has up to eight hours of battery life, a Core i5 560UMCPU processor, a polarized LCD glass display, a spillproof keyboard and touchpad in addition to a one-click stealth mode that disables light and sound for “covert operations.” With GPS, WiFi and Gobi Wireless Broadband options, all three of these are ready for missions at home and abroad, however you might need that stealth function to find out the (currently unspecified) pricing.
Can’t say we’re surprised, but Meizu’s finally giving us the lowdown on the quad-core variant of its flagship Android smartphone. Simply dubbed the MX Quad-core, this new device will be powered by a Cortex-A9-based, 32nm HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) quad-core Samsung Exynos chip — no word on the clock speed or RAM, but we’re betting our money on the Exynos 4412 that goes up to 1.5GHz. Meizu claims this will save up to 20 percent of CPU power consumption compared to its dual-core counterpart. Also, the battery will be bumped up from 1,600mAh to 1,700mAh — we shall see how much difference this makes when we eventually get our hands on the phone. And yes, in addition to the original white back cover, you’ll be able to swap it with one of the five optional colored covers pictured above.
On the software side you’ll get a Meizu-customized Ice Cream Sandwich system (aka Flyme OS), though it isn’t clear whether the company will stick to its old promise of simultaneously releasing a vanilla ROM. The rest of the new phone’s identical to the dual-core MX, especially the 4-inch 960 x 640 ASV display and the eight-megapixel BSI camera. While there’s still no microSD expansion, here’s some good news to make up for this flaw: the base model starts at 32GB and it’ll cost the same as the current 16GB MX! In other words, come June the unsubsidized MX Quad-core will go from ¥2,999 (US$ 480) in China and HK$ 3,099 (US$ 400) in Hong Kong; and then there’ll also be a 64GB version priced at ¥3,999 (US$ 635) and HK$ 4,099 (US$ 530), respectively. Meanwhile, starting today, the original MX is reduced to ¥2,399 (US$ 380) and HK$ 2,599 (US$ 335). Press release after the break.
Now, with Meizu proudly claiming to have the world’s first smartphone to utilize the quad-core Exynos chip, we wonder where Samsung’s at with its own unicorn device?
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For better or worse, it seems as if Windows 8 will be available in nine separate editions. That’s up three flavors from Windows 7. The unofficial news comes from a registry key found within the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If this key is to be believed, Windows 8 will be available in the six editions of Windows 7 with the addition of Windows 8 Professional Plus, Enterprise Evaluation, and ARM edition. That makes nine Windows 8 versions in all — seven more editions than Apple’s OS X.
The difference is important. It speaks to the approach these to companies have toward OS sales. Microsoft, the still massively dominant player in desktop computing, has a version for nearly every environment ranging from OEM netbooks to massive enterprise environments. The difference between the versions often involves additional (or missing) applications, networking support and security features. On the other hand, Apple puts all their goodies in one basket and sells only one consumer desktop option. There’s always OS X server, too, which Apple branded as the “Server For Everyone”.
These differences are even more apparent when considering their price. OS X costs $ 29.99 and Server is only $ 49.99. Windows 7 Starter and Basic isn’t sold directly to consumers but they can still be found online for less than $ 100. The Microsoft Store lists Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate from $ 199, $ 299, and $ 319, respectively (upgrade prices are a bit less).
Navigating the different versions of Windows is a hassle. The operating system can cost nearly as much as new computer. Plus, if a consumer was going to spend hundreds of dollars for the OS, they’re forced to either spend even more money or live with missing features. Windows is heavily pirated for a reason.
Apple on the other hand shoehorns everything into one version and makes it available for a relatively low price. Why? Apple is a hardware company that happens to also sell software. Apple makes money when they ship hardware, not software. Apple just needs its software to keep users happy and interested in coming back for more hardware, not pay the company’s light bill.
As a software company, Microsoft doesn’t have this luxury. Redmond must make money off software like Windows and Office. This is their bread and butter. However, prior to Windows 7, Microsoft had trouble encouraging enterprises to upgrade to the latest version of Windows — Windows XP SP3 is just that good, like Windows 2000 before it. Windows Vista was a bust just short of the disaster of Windows ME. Microsoft hit it out of the park with Windows 7, though, and is going to have a hard time convincing enterprise customers to upgrade to Windows 8.
Windows 7 was nearly an instant hit. It hit 4 percent of the total desktop market share just three weeks after its release. Microsoft moved more than 100 million copies in six months, making it the company’s fastest selling operating system ever. As of January 2012, it’s estimated that Microsoft sold more than 525 million copies of Windows — a feat partly accomplished by the six separate versions of the OS.
There isn’t a winner here. Microsoft and Apple have different approaches and goals in regards to their desktop operating systems. It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and yell at Redmond, “You’re doing it wrong! No one wants to spend $ 300 on an OS!” But that fact is Microsoft seems to know what they’re doing and have the numbers to back it up. Likewise, Apple is on a tear lately, pushing out new revisions of OS X every year as the Mac’s market share increases. That said, Microsoft has a lot more riding on the success of Windows 8 than Apple does on Mountain Lion.
Windows 8 will be released later this year and will finally push Microsoft into the so-called post-PC world. It has a tough game ahead. Windows 8 needs to curb OS X’s explosive growth and kill the iPad. Like Windows 7 before it, Microsoft is letting consumers try out a final beta copy prior to its release (download info here). Windows 8 needs to be more than a home run; it needs to be a World Series game 7 walk-off grand slam against team Apple.
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The march of the mini PCs continues, this time with a pumped-up little number from CompuLab. We’ve already reported on the Fit-PC3, which forgoes the Atom and Tegra 2 of previous models in favor of AMD’s APUs, but it’s only now that full pricing has been divulged. You’re looking at $ 328 for the cheapest barebones nettop, which includes the fan-less case, motherboard and a 1GHz single-core processor with integrated Radeon HD 6290 graphics. Sure, some rivals might be cheaper, but the Fit-PC3 has above-average connectivity, including USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, HDMI, DisplayPort and digital audio out, as well as gigabit Ethernet and mini-serial. If you want a more powerful APU, or if you’re too busy to go rummaging for your screwdriver, then there are plenty of dual-core and pre-built options up to $ 700 at the source link. Be advised though, only the pilot batch is currently available and end-users are being advised to wait a little longer.
No surprises here, just the straight-up news that RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is one small step closer to retail: it’s gotten FCC clearance. Well, at least the WiFi-only version has — no sign of the WiMAX-capable version for Sprint yet — but RIM’s actually sneaked all three capacities of the device through on one filing (16GB, 32GB, and 64GB). There’s still quite a bit of material protected under the company’s confidentiality request with the feds, so we can’t see internal or external pictures or the all-important user’s manual… yet. But that label document is certainly cute in blue, isn’t it?
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Like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore or Hublot Big Bang, the Chopard Mille Miglia is a constant force of consistency, which little changes each year to help spice up a core collection timepiece that hopes to find a delicious new flavor to tempt you. It is like you know you enjoy ice cream, but are sick of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. So in this case, with the Mille Miglia, Chopard offers up potentially tasty new flavors to re-enliven your interest. 2010 first sees two new limited edition models with the Chopard Mille Miglia XL GT Chrono 2010, which is limited to 2010 pieces (imagine that), and the new Chopard Mille Miglia Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph 2010 – a new version of a Monaco tribute watch limited to 250 pieces in rose gold, with the steel version being a new edition to the overall collection (until they discontinue it down the line). Both watches are pleasing to the eye, fun, and fashionable.
So the Pre 2 has been announced for SFR in France and Verizon in the States, along with an unlocked model for developers… but so far, we’d only seen one of the three in the FCC. Well, here are the other two: on the left, the P102EWW, and on the right, the P102UNA. Palm’s naming convention is a little strange, so it probably bears explaining again — the “P102″ tells you that it’s a Pre 2, while “EWW” indicates CDMA and “UNA” indicates North American GSM / UMTS. From the UNA model’s filing, it would seem there isn’t any AWS capability on board, so users of T-Mobile, WIND, Mobilicity, and the like are going to have to plod along at 2G speeds if they want to play ball. You know, Murphy’s Law and all.
The Samsung Galaxy, the companyâ€™s upcoming Android-based (2.2, even) tablet, may not even be called that here in the U.S. While that will be the name for its Korean release, its U.S. name is still under consideration. Supposedly it will debut at the IFA trade show in Germany in a few weeks. Yay.
There will be two models of the tablet, a 7-inch model and a 10-inch model. The 7-inch model may be as inexpensive as a mobile phone.
Other highlights: 1GHz processor, 16GB built-in storage (upgradeable to 32GB), Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera.
Itâ€™s a tablet—surely youâ€™ve heard of these things before? The big draw is that itâ€™s Android-based.
All hail Android, etc.
Well, â€œall hail Androidâ€ unless youâ€™re Oracle!
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NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 460 hasn’t even been officially announced, much less reviewed, but that won’t keep you from buying the company’s latest Fermi-based graphics card anyhow. Over at Newegg, usual suspects ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI and Palit have fielded twelve models in all, most with slightly different features, thought it seems the base configuration has 336 CUDA cores (down from 352) and a mere 768MB of GDDR5 memory. Interestingly enough, this silicon’s actually rated faster than its older brother the $280 GTX 465 with 675MHz graphics and 1,350MHz processor speeds, and a 3.6GHz effective memory clock. All your frames are pushed through a decidedly narrower 192-bit memory interface, though, so we’d guess that for around $200, you won’t be getting (much) more than you pay for. Let’s just hope they run cool.
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