This week, among other gadgets and gizmos, we look at some new chips from Intel and a line of new iMacs that include their new Thunderbolt high speed interface.
Intel Keeps Shrinking Atoms Intel’s Atom processors may not be showing up in as many smartphones and tablets but until Microsoft makes their OS play with ARM chips the Atom remains the best choice for mobile devices needing x86 compatibility. Last year we saw the introduction of the Pineview 45nm Atom processors with integrated GPU. The next generation Atom processors codenamed Cedar Trail shrink to 32nm and will appear in the second half of 2011. The first Cedar Trail chips, the dual core D2500 and D2700 will bring the GPU onto the chip. These chips will use very little power and won’t generate a lot of heat making them candidates for a Windows tablet or “fanless” netbooks.
The 2011 iMacs Unveiled The all-in-one PC category continues to thrive with help from products like the Apple iMac which was quietly updated this week. The new improved iMacs include high speed Thunderbolt ports, the hot new Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the ability to use FaceTime and a beefed up graphics processor. All they’re missing is the ability to run iPhone/iPad apps. The entry level iMac has a 21.5-inch screen, a Core i5 processor and costs $1,199. At the top of the iMac line there is a large 27-inch model with two Thunderbolt ports which starts at $1,999.
Mac Malware Making the Rounds As Apple Mac computers continue to grow in popularity it had to be just a matter of time before malware creators thought the Mac audience had reached critical mass to justify spending time creating malware for Macs. An example of this is a malware app that is all too familiar on PCs where the user is alerted to the presence of malware and told to install something to remove it. In this case the app is called MACDefender that loads through the Safari browser. If you ever see it show up on your Mac don’t click the install button.
New Onkyo AV Receivers Upscale Video to 4K Two new receivers from Onkyo in addition to having all the state-of-the-art features like Internet connectivity and iPhone remote control apps also boast of the ability to upscale video from HD resolutions to 4K, UHD resolutions. Although 4K is nice and you can say it “future-proofs” your purchase there doesn’t appear to be any devices like UHD TVs coming on the scene anytime soon. The HT-RC370 will cost $849 and the lower priced HT-RC360 will go for $549.
Lightweight Bluetooth Headset is Made of Carbon Fiber Blutrek claims they have produced the first carbon fiber Bluetooth headset that makes it lightweight and strong. It supports Bluetooth 3.0, has all kinds of noise, wind and echo cancellation and only costs around $70.
Your Own Personal Flying Machine If you happened to have a spare $40,000 and an interest in flying around a body of water you should check out the FlyNano which doesn’t require the pilot to have a license. It takes off and lands on water, goes up to 76 MPH, has a range of around 50 miles and only weighs around 150 lbs.