If you thought Google’s Kansan stab at blistering gigabit speeds was lust-worthy, then this latest fiber feat out of Germany should have you flooding the room with drool. Part of Deutsche Telekom’s OSIRIS (Optically Supported UP Router Interfaces) project, the telco’s T-Labs team managed to successfully transfer data “over a single optical fiber wavelength channel” from Berlin to Hanover and back at speeds of up to 512Gbps — that’s over half a terabit. It’s hard to imagine just what exactly you’d be able to do with all that bandwidth (upload your entire music and video library, perhaps?), but this real-world experiment should go a long way towards helping operators shore up increasing network demands, going so far as doubling their backhaul capacity. As for any actual implementation of the next-gen tech, well, the good news is that a costly and lengthy cable deployment won’t be necessary; all that’s required to get these state-of-the-art dumb pipes up and running is some newfangled terminal equipment. Don’t hold your breath, though, as with all things bleeding edge, this tech is still light years away from your mitts.
SkyMiles distributor Delta isn’t a newcomer to the land of in-flight WiFi freebies. And, while this time it’s not setting a time limit on your browsing, you’ll have to stay within the Amazon virtual walls to take advantage. The hook-up between the airline and online retail giant will allow passengers to do some up-in-the-clouds shopping at no cost, including its Wireless store. Delta says the goal is to offer a “convenient way to shop online at 30,000 feet for things they want on the ground.” Other bits announced are also costless access to content from The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, as well as more “exclusive” deals. Now, if only we could be certain folks weren’t going to be hogging all the Gogo bandwidth streaming Netflix — we’d be set.
When we heard last year that the Nokia N9 wouldn’t be coming to the US, we were left feeling a little letdown even though we half-expected the news. Espoo has assigned a similar fate to the esteemed 808 PureView — our pick for the best innovation at Mobile World Congress — and the same string of emotions overwhelmed us once more. According to Nokia’s developer site, the 41MP-toting Belle device will enjoy a global release… with North America as the only listed exception. We assume this is in large part because carriers aren’t expressing interest in subsidizing the device, but it doesn’t necessarily mean interested folks won’t have any way to snag an unlocked version to call their own. Several e-tailers, for instance, currently offer the PureView on pre-order. As long as this isn’t purely an act of finger-crossing, we should at least be able to import it over to this side of the Atlantic soon enough — at a much higher cost than the rest of the world.
Looking to use a USB 3.0 port to connect to that fancy new HD monitor or television? You’re in luck. SIIG has just announced its USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter complete with audio — making multi-tasking during that Justified marathon a breeze. The tech makes use of DisplayLink’s DL-3500 USB virtual graphics chip to employ the speed of your PC’s 5 Gb/s USB connection. Don’t fret, though, the kit is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, should you need it. You’ll find standard and widescreen aspect ratios with resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 without the need for extra audio cables. And if that’s not enough, you can connect up to six of these bad boys at the same time thanks to the latest DisplayLink software. The adapter is available now in the US for $129.99 with UK shipping expected in the next few weeks. Still on the fence? Hit the full PR below before jumping on the source link to snag one (or six) of your own.
The fact that Facebook had a dedicated messaging app up its sleeve for Windows will go down as one of the worst kept secrets in the history of techdom. In fact, after the client leaked back in December, Zuck and Co. unceremoniously dumped the executable on the web, opened up the help page and did so without an ounce of fanfare. Now the program is getting a proper launch, complete with a landing page and a press release (which you’ll find at the source). There’s not much here to shock or surprise — Messenger for Windows allows you to chat with your Facebook friends in a simple tabbed interface, check your news feed and delivers notifications to your desktop. Hit up the source link to download it now.
Chrome adopted by US State Department as optional browser, IE8 prepped for mid-March release (video)
State department workers frustrated with their dated web browsers will get some relief very soon. At the latest town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was questioned on the update roll-out of secure, state-certified browsers and — prefacing with a chuckle — she announced that Google’s Chrome had started already begun its roll-out last month. For now, it’s an optional web browser for those not enamored with Internet Explorer — the only browser compatible with the full breadth of the Department of State’s IT system. Governmental workers that are fans of that big blue ‘e’ also got some good news — they’ll be seeing the roll out of Internet Explorer 8 from March 20th, with the department planning to leap over version 9 and straight into the loving embrace of Internet Explorer 10. Judging by the whoops and applause during the announcement (included after the break), we wouldn’t be shocked if those public servants hugged their updated PCs outright.
So, you’ve got the carriers on board, and the banks and even the handset makers. Problem is, without compatible registers and point of sale terminals, your mobile payment tech is worthless. Thankfully Isis, the NFC wallet system that aims to crush Google’s buzzed-about platform, just scored a host of partners including VeriFone and Equinox that make a pretty large chunk of world’s payment terminals. Those companies, along with Ingenico and ViVOtech have agreed to support Isis on future hardware and, in some cases, update the software on machines in the field to communicate with the app. For a few more details hit up the PR after the break and prepare for the Isis invasion to kick off sometime towards the middle of the year.
Still not sure how the 808 PureView can best other pro camera rigs? Then take a trip over to Nokia’s Conversations blog for an inside look at the obsessive scientists behind the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. These are the men and women responsible for the module included in Espoo’s 41-megapixel wonder and, of course, the Lumia line. So, what’s the magic that makes these phones waft a “certain [professional] smell?” Why, that’d be their use of extremely aspherical, molded plastic lenses; a manufacturing process that creates sensors which lie closer to the surface and a dimple that allows for better refraction of light. The only downside to this high-end optical whizzery is the size required, so fans of anorexic handsets with exceptional imaging will just have to get used to those unsightly rear humps. Be sure to check out the source below for the full synesthetic quote and a more detailed glance at the world of mobile optics.
Globalfoundries has celebrated its third anniversary by announcing that it’s agreed terms with AMD to buy out its remaining stake in the company to go it alone. Whilst Sunnyvale will remain a key customer to the chip foundry, the nuts and bolts of ownership will be wholly in the hands of ATIC. The company now provides a big chunk of AMD’s 32nm wafers and is now kicking off a $3 billion spending plan to kit out its facilities in Singapore, Germany and New York. It looks like the single life will allow it to spend equal time and effort refining those 20nm ARM chips promised for 2013 as well as its new partnership with IBM.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/05/globalfoundries-buys-out-amd/