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  • Cowon D20 launches in Japan, keeps MP3 players alive 90 hours at a time

    Cowon D20 launches in Japan, keeps MP3 players alive 90 hours at a time

    There’s no denying it: the MP3 player market is in free fall, and competitors often have to either go big or go home if they want to justify their work over the many smartphone alternatives. Cowon is still kicking, and the extreme battery life of its new D20 player may be a good explanation as to why. Along with 13 hours of video, it can play 90 hours of music on a charge — enough that the tunes could blast non-stop through a long weekend. Not that the player will otherwise rock the boat, as it’s still carrying a 2.5-inch, 320 x 240 resistive touchscreen, 8GB to 32GB of built-in storage, an SD card slot and Cowon’s familiar (if hyper-stylized) interface. The company is partly counting on a low cost to get its foot in the door. Following a tease earlier this month in Russia, the D20 is launching in Japan at prices between ¥11,800 ($125) and ¥16,800 ($178) — not a bad deal, so long as endurance rules your world.

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    Via: Akihabara News

    Source: Cowon

  • IBM Roadrunner retires from the supercomputer race

    IBM Roadrunner retires from the supercomputer race

    For all the money and effort poured into supercomputers, their lifespans can be brutally short. See IBM’s Roadrunner as a textbook example: the 116,640-core cluster was smashing records just five years ago, and yet it’s already considered so behind the times that Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking it out of action today. Don’t mourn too much for the one-time legend, however. The blend of Opteron and Cell processors proved instrumental to understanding energy flow in weapons while also advancing the studies of HIV, nanowires and the known universe. Roadrunner should even be useful in its last gasps, as researchers will have a month to experiment with the system’s data routing and OS memory compression before it’s dismantled in earnest. It’s true that the supercomputer has been eclipsed by cheaper, faster or greener competitors, including its reborn Cray arch-nemesis — but there’s no question that we’ll have learned from Roadrunner’s brief moment in the spotlight.

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    Via: NBC

    Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • IRL: IOGEAR GearPower GMP10K, SteelSeries Free Mobile Gaming Controller and the Metabones Speed Booster
    Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.

    IRL: Timbuk2 Commute bag, SteelSeries Free Mobile Gaming Controller and the Metabones Speed Booster
    Anyone out there a fan of Sony’s mirrorless cameras? How about Canon’s premium glass? Good. We knew there’d be some of you. In any case, with this week’s IRL, we’ll be sharing everything you ever wanted to know about the Metabones Speed Booster, which fastens your full-frame EF lenses onto Sony’s E-mount NEX cameras. And, of course, what would an IRL column be without an external battery pack? (Seriously, we can’t live without ’em.)

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