AMD Phenom II CPU roadmap foreshadows potent Spring

Not that AMD’s being overly secretive about its forthcoming Phenom II processor, but it hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with model names / estimated ship dates, either. And that folks, is why we look to leaks. A recent writeup over on Chinese site HKEPC details the impending chip family by listing over a dozen new CPUs (including two Phenom II X3s and seven Phenom II X4s) that are destined to be announced between CES and June 2009. Not surprisingly, some of the model names aren’t — shall we way, completely original — with the 3GHz Phenom II X4 940 and 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 920 sharing eerily similar naming schemes with Intel’s fresh Core i7. Of course, we’re not sticklers for silly things like that — we just want to see a few slabs of silicon get out the door on time. Is that really too much to ask, AMD?

[Via CNET]

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Surfing for Seniors: In Case You Need a Refresher on How a Mouse and IE 3.0 Work [Old People]

On one level, this video is fun because it explains how computers work in the most dumbed-down language imaginable. On another level, it’s from the 90s, the golden early age of the internet. And it’s aimed at the elderly, creating the trifecta.

Yes, Surfing for Seniors is a real gem, explaining how computers work in terms old people understand, like fair games and libraries. The video itself isn’t too exciting, mostly consisting of a shot of this old lady’s back as she scrolls up and down intercut with close-ups of her clicking those mouse buttons of hers. But the sensible, incredibly dumbed down advice is pretty awesome. [Cynical C via The Daily What]

Apple Finally Tells Mac Users: Best Get A Virus Checker


Apple isn’t exactly used to eating humble pie but took in a slice recently when it was forced to remove its iPhone advert for misleading consumers.

Knife and fork at the ready then since one of the companies most notorious claims, namely that of the lack of virus threats on its computers, is now something that must be confined to the past.

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At last count there were 70-some responses with the following favorite from “mkechaz”:

Can’t seem to understand the words I type
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There are some other real gems in there but they were also just un-printable here (but definitely good for a laugh)!!  Visit the CrunchGear blog and vote for your fave!

Apple’s in-ear headphones finally, really available now

Remember those new in-ear headphones we heard about from Mr. Jobs himself back in September? Well, he promised them for October (see the giant slide behind him), and here we are, in December, and they’ve finally appeared. Each earbud’s got its own woofer and tweeter, so be prepared for Master of Puppets to sound better than ever. They’ve got a built-in remote and mic — yet curiously aren’t compatible with the iPhone — and they come with three sets of interchangeable silicone tips for small, medium, and large ears. Are you rocked to the very core of your existence yet? Well, the $79 price tag should finish the job.

[Thanks, Adam]

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Xbox 360 Outsells PS3 3:1 on Black Friday [Sales]

Each passing holiday season has become a critical, missed chance for Sony to catch up with the Xbox 360, and it’s starting to become silly to say “maybe next year.”

According to Microsoft reported retailer data, the Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 3:1 in the US on Black Friday. Needless to say, aside from sales on that particular day, it’s probably an indicator of complete 2008 holiday sales for these two competitors.

Of course, the notably absent data was regarding the Nintendo Wii’s sales on Black Friday. But our guess is that if Microsoft toppled that giant, even for a day, they would have mentioned it (at the top of their lungs from the tallest mountain they could find). [Kotaku]

Bel Canto’s USB Link 24/96 converts USB audio to S/PDIF

Wait just a second there, vaquero. We know you’re invigorated, but you should probably attempt to digest the price tag here before blowing a gasket in excitement. Bel Canto — not known for trickling out low-end gear — has just introduced the $495 USB Link 24/96, which presumably does an impeccable job at converting high quality USB audio (up to 24-bits and 96kHz) to S/PDIF via a single 75-ohm BNC cable. The unit works natively in both Windows and OS X, comes bundled with a Stereovox XV2 BNC / BNC S/PDIF cable (with RCA adapter) and gets all the juice it needs from your powered USB socket. Now, if only five unclaimed bills weren’t so difficult to obtain…

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New 400GB Optical Disc Readable in Blu-Ray Players, Pioneer Says [Blu-Ray]

If true, I love this: According to Pioneer, this 16-layer 400GB optical disc can be read in any normal Blu-ray player. And it’s only the beginning, because they have planned 1TB for 2013.

The technology of the super multi-layer read-only disc is based on Blu-ray Disc (BD) with a breakthrough in material of reflective layers, according to Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan. The specifications of the pick-up head (PUH) of the disc is the same as those for the PUH of blank BD discs, and therefore the Pioneer discs can be read on BD players.

How is this possible, you ask? I don’t know for sure. In theory, it may be compatible, since they both use 405 nanometer heads, but then again, the track pitch is different (10 and 14 nanometer in the Pioneer super-disc versus 25 nanometer in a Blu-ray disc). But Pioneer seems pretty adamant about it in their statement. Maybe existing Blu-ray players would only need a firmware update? We will have to wait and see when it’s released during the next year. [Digitimes]

Half-Life Being Remade For 2009 – You Want Source With That?


Fans of Valve’s Half-Life series will be pleased to hear of a new addition that’s been announced for 2009.

It’s going by the name of Black Mesa and isn’t a new game, which would be rather silly since we’re still waiting for Half-Life 2 Episode 3 to arrive, but a remake of the original.

Laptop Cooler Features Slot-Loading Hard Drive Dock [Laptops]

One look at this conglomeration and you pretty much know it’s from Brando. Their latest clunky tech masterpiece is officially named a USB Notebook Cooling Pad + 3-Port Hub + 2.5″ HDD.

At its core, the system is a dual-fan USB-powered laptop cooler with extra USB ports. Enter Brando, and this simple device gets injected with a rear-loaded 2.5″ SATA hard drive dock to add extra storage. It’s hard to believe that the average laptop USB port can power two fans, a SATA drive and three additional USB devices, but it looks like there’s AC power to back up the system (the product description was a bit light on this point).

The USB Notebook Cooling Pad + 3-Port Hub + 2.5″ HDD is available now for $33. Live it up. [Brando]