Weekend tech reading: Intel set to expand Sandy Bridge line

By on April 10, 2011, 3:42 PM
Intel set to expand Sandy Bridge processor family According to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look forward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as in Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next six months or so with a range of new models. In the near future we can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a little bit more long term we're looking at a set of new Celeron processors. VR-Zone

Windows 7 (finally) beats Windows XP's U.S. desktop share Someone get the party balloons and slap a big "7" on them, for Windows 7 has finally overtaken its younger brother, Windows XP, in desktop market share. For those keeping score at home or running an office betting pool, the milestone comes just under two years since the release of Windows 7, and a bit over one year since Windows 7 passed Windows Vista's desktop market share. PCMag

House votes to undo net neutrality rules The House of Representatives voted Friday to overturn net neutrality rules created by the FCC in December. The vote, which fell mostly along partisan lines with 234 Republicans and 6 Democrats voting yes, and 177 Democrats and 2 Republicans voting no. The short bill relies on Congressís authority to override regulatory agencies, rather than revoking funding for the FCC. Wired

Crytek confirms it's working on a DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2 Crytek has posted that, yes, the team is currently working on a DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2. There are no details yet on when to expect it or what exactly it will do (early rumors of the patch, debunked by Crytek, suggested it would unlock an advanced graphics mode), but of course it will enable DirectX 11 compatibility for the game. Crytek says it wants to "get the best out of DX11." Joystiq

Fallouts with Apple and censorship in China: New book lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google A new book released next week lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google, revealing how the founders fell out with Apple's Steve Jobs and what happened in the search engine's exit from China. 'In the Plex' was written by Steven Levy, a technology reporter who says his latest work is 'informed by a two-year deep dive into the company'. Daily Mail

Test moves Navy a step closer to lasers for ship self-defense Marking a milestone for the Navy, the Office of Naval Research and its industry partner on April 6 successfully tested a solid-state, high-energy laser (HEL) from a surface ship, which disabled a small target vessel. The Navy and Northrop Grumman completed at-sea testing of the Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD), which validated the potential to provide advanced self-defense for surface ships and personnel by keeping small boat threats at a safe distance. ScienceBlog

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Guest said:

younger brother... you mean older?

ihaveaname said:

Lasers! Omg I almost want the US to start another pointless war just to see it in action (not really).

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:


Unfortunately America (being an Imperial power) is now in very early stage of decline, and no longer have the means to feed its addiction of interventionism. However, they may heed to your wish and 'borrow' some more money to do just that; and being run by right wingers, there is a good chance of it anyway (read Libya?) .

+1 Guest, first thing came to my mind while reading it as well, with one wish i.e. I hope XP will die very soon, or may be navy can put that laser to good use by 'shooting down any / all computers running XP'

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Guest said:

younger brother... you mean older?

Ah, so I'm not the only one who reacted to it, then.

" Someone get the party balloons and slap a big "7" on them, for Windows 7 has finally overtaken its younger brother, Windows XP, in desktop market share. "

Well, considering the context - that should really be "older brother," shouldn't it?

(In another opinion)

We're all looking forward to the day when the US. navy starts attacking vessels with lasers. It's just like Empire Earth all over again, but for real this time...

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