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Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone.

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Review: Akasa Venom Voodoo

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We got some Voodoo in the lab. No seriously, some Venom Voodoo. I think you got it now. Correct, The Akasa Venom Voodoo spooked it's way in our labs. Let's hope that the poiseness black magic does not effect the outcome of the results.

The company Akasa is well established. Akasa has development and manufacturing operations in Taiwan, China, Brazil and England to makes this an international operation. There is a wide range of products Akasa is developing and manufacturing. We will focus on the retail air cooler and fans segment of the company.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. We hope you enjoy the holiday and hope you will also keep mindful of those in need. It is the time of giving much rather then the time of keeping.

Google Chrome overtakes the Firefox

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The day has come, many thought it would not happen, many said it is not possible...

This week marks a mile stone in Google's Chrome browser history. This week was the first time that the Chrome browser officially counted more users then Firefox. There has been talk that Firefox is releasing new versions to frequent and sometimes to quickly as some builds went from alpha to beta to release candidate in mere weeks but there could be many other reasons as well.

Google Chrome has come a long way from it's inception to what it is today as a browser and as a platform. There have been some visual changes but most of the work was done "under the hood", so to speak.

We would like to know what you are using in our next poll and maybe give us some feedback why in the comments section. Both can be found on the right.

Intel displays it's Exoscale "Knights Cornor" providing 1 TFLOPs with the help of 50 cores packed on 22nm


What is MIC

Intel® MIC architecture combines many Intel® CPU cores onto a single chip. Developers can program these cores using standard C, C++, and FORTRAN source code. The same program source code written for Intel® MIC products can be compiled and run on a standard Intel® Xeon processor. Familiar programming models remove developer-training barriers, allowing the developer to focus on the problems rather than software engineering.

Knights Cornor

“Knights Corner,” the first commercial Intel MIC architecture product, will be manufactured using Intel’s latest 3-D Tri-Gate 22nm transistor process and will feature more than 50 cores. When available, Intel MIC products will offer both high performance from an architecture specifically designed to process highly parallel workloads, and compatibility with existing x86 programming model and tools.

Intel® Xeon® E5 Processor Debuts on TOP500 List; First Intel® Many Integrated Core Co-processor Demonstrated to Deliver Performance Above 1 TFLOPS

  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, world’s first server chip to support the PCI Express* 3.0 I/O integration, debuts on TOP500 list, powering 10 supercomputers.
  • Intel’s “Knights Corner” product, the first commercial co-processor based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) architecture, was shown for the first time breaking the barrier of 1 TFLOPS double precision performance**.
  • Intel announced additional investments and new partner projects with R&D laboratories to pursue the goal of achieving Exascale performance by 2018.
  • Intel processors power 85 percent of all new entries to the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers, with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series being most popular selected for 223 systems.

Intel Refreshes Ultimate Enthusiast Processor Lineup with Six-Core Offerings


Second-Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Family ‘Goes Extreme’ on the Eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Intel 4004 CPU


  • Intel announces two new six-core, 12-thread desktop processors targeted at PC power users and enthusiasts: the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K.
  • These best-in-class enthusiast products are the first six-core client processors in the second-generation Intel Core processor family, and the first-ever Intel client processors supporting quad-channel memory.
  • More software titles are being optimized for multiple cores and more people are working with advanced applications, especially in content creation, 3-D rendering and gaming.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 – Intel Corporation today advanced its highest-end six-core processor family with the introduction of two new processors: the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X processor Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-3930K processor. These are the first six-core client processors in the second-generation “Sandy Bridge” Intel Core processor family. With over 2 billion transistors, Intel’s latest client processors offer the processing power equivalent of approximately 365,000 Intel 4004 processors**. The 40th anniversary of the Intel microprocessor is being celebrated this month.

Google+ introduces Google+ Pages

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Google+ introduces Google+ Pages. This should help build relationships between businesses and people. You can find a link to our Google+ Page in the nav bar.


Different people are interested in different parts of your business. Whether it's breaking news, updates, promotions, links, photos - even talking face-to-face with groups via easy-to-use video chat - Google+ lets you easily share the right things with the right customers.


Help word get around. Put the +1 button anywhere you'd like people to be able to recommend your business, products or services to friends and contacts all across the web.


How's your page doing and how could it do better? Google+ makes it easy to learn more about how your followers' interactions on your page affect your brand, and your business.

Join me on Striker Manager

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Striker Manager

Come and play Striker Manager

Striker Manager is a online soccer manager game. The game originated in the UK but has a very strong fan base in Brazil. People from all over the world play in a competitive manager environment. It is free and a login can easily be established with a current Facebook or Google account. We hope to see you soon.

Stiker Manager Barcode

Striker Manager is also available in the Android App Store. Scan the barcode to the right to get it directly. All aspects of the game are available and accessible from the phone app. This is good for on the go fun and to check on the stats and updates of your team.

The game is also available from the Google Chrome App Market. This will give you easy access to the game from your Google Chrome browser.

Striker Manager will also work with Firefox and Internet Explorer.

* Folding@Home Milesstones *

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"Pink for October" week is over and we are happy to announce that we are proud to have supported the effort through the Folding@Home Project.

We were able to gather well over 100.000 points during the month which were accumulated across various teams.

We are now preparing for the "Chimp Challange" and "March Madness". We hope you will join the team in the effort. The Team is #53269. Find more information on the @Home page

7 billion and counting: Should the world adopt a 'one-child' policy?

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The world population has hit a whopping 7 billion, and researchers suggest it could reach 10 billion within the next century. On the one hand, this means we're a great success — after all, the goal of any species is to expand and conquer. But, on the other hand, all that expansion means more mouths to feed, which requires more space and energy, which increases the demand on resources and the environment, perhaps too large a demand for Earth to support.

So Life's Little Mysteries asks: How can we curb this growth? Should there be a global one-child policy, like the one enforced in China?

LSI Announces Agreement to Acquire SandForce

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Today LSI announced that it would be the company to try and do just that.

Pending the typical closing conditions and regulatory approvals, LSI will acquire SandForce for $322M in cash plus assume another $48M in unvested SF stock options. LSI isn't much of a player in the consumer space but it hopes to use SandForce's controllers in a go at the enterprise market. A look back at the Vertex 3 in our Intel SSD 710 review shows just how strong SandForce's architecture can be in database server workloads. As I've written before, the enterprise space is where the high margin sales are and as a result many players in the SSD space are focusing on it.

Review: Gelid Tranquillo Rev2

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The Tranquillo is not Gelid's first attempt at CPU air cooling but Gelid took some time out after the "Silent Spirit" release. The sample we will be reviewing today is actually the v2 or Rev2 of the "Tranquillo" cooler with updated design and mounting to accommodate newer socket configurations.

The Gelid Tranquillo is a tower design CPU heatsink and features 4x heatpipes which measure all 6mm in diameter. The Tranquillo cooler does not feature the popular HDT design and instead provides a traditional uncoated full copper base. The base has a small heatsink in top to enhance cooling. The design of the heatsinks body is unusual as it is shaped like a chevron. This design takes advantage of the airflow gap right between the fan and the cooler as well as extending the airflow out back where it is best.

The 6 uncoated full copper heatpipes add up to a full 1 foot in length if put together. The H612 also features a broad range of applications and installation options.

Intel’s Tri-Gate Transistor Named “Semiconductor Innovation of the Year”


The Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards named Intel's Tri-Gate transistor the semiconductor innovation of the year. Award criteria included breaking with conventional processes in the field and having wide impact on its field or on future technology. For the first time since the invention of silicon transistors over 50 years ago, transistors using a 3-D structure will be put into high-volume manufacturing. Tri-Gate transistors will go into production by the end of this year in an Intel chip codenamed "Ivy Bridge."

The Computer worlds great Dennis Ritchie dies at 70

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RIP - Dennis Richie 1941-2011

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - By Tim Kenneally - The world has lost another computer pioneer. Dennis Ritchie, the computer scientist who invented the C programing language and co-developed the Unix operating system, has died at the age of 70. The New York Times reports that Ritchie's body was found in his New Jersey home.

While working at Bell Labs in the 1960s and early '70s, Ritchie served as the principal designer of C and was the co-developer of the Unix operating system. C, renowned for its clear, simple language, would become a vital tool in website development, while Unix is the foundation for computer operating systems such as Apples iOS.

"The tools that Dennis built -- and their direct descendants -- run pretty much everything today," Brian Kerhighan, Ritchie's colleague at Bell Labs, told the Times.

AMD Launches FX CPUs with Bulldozer Architecture

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Maximum Performance

  • The industry’s only 8-core desktop processor
  • Overclock with easy to use AMD Overdrive™ and AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software suites1
  • Supreme power available from virtually every core configuration - also available in 6- and 4-core variants
  • Aggressive performance for mega-tasking and intensive applications like video editing and 3D modeling

Innovative Architecture

  • The industry’s first and only native 8-core desktop processor for unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with all new “Bulldozer” architecture
  • New 32 nanometer die shrink designed to reduce leakage for improved efficiency, increased clock rate headroom and better thermals
  • Can deliver more cores and more performance without raising the power requirements

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, ...

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Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being.

Steve Jobs

Codisha is going "Pink for October".

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Codisha is in support of the breast cancer awareness month.
We will support this effort through Folding@Home.
To find out more about this initiative go to: Suasan G Komen Foundation

Apple's unquestioningly loyal customer will hardly notice the difference


Apple May Switch to Inferior, Pricier Chips to Spite Samsung

Even as Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO 005930) legal woes [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] regarding Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) campaign of lawsuits and trade court complaints continue, it faces a perhaps more serious crisis in the form of an eroding supply relationship with its legal rival.

Mr. Geun-chang suggests that while the chips from rival suppliers will likely be slightly inferior in reliability, power performance, and other metrics, and may increase device costs, Apple's unquestioningly loyal customer will hardly notice the difference. They may offer inferior or more expensive components but it's something consumers barely notice and something Apple can successfully use to pressure Samsung."

How to Overclock Sandy Bridge E


As the architecture's codename implies, Sandy Bridge E is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture, despite the new LGA2011 CPU socket and the quad-channel memory controller. This means that it shares many of the characteristics of the LGA1155 CPUs which with we’ve become familiar.

Recently leaked information that showed that only one Sandy Bridge E processor will have an unlocked multiplier was therefore met with shock and dismay – it had seemed that if you wanted to overclock Intel’s supposedly enthusiast-class platform, you’d have to pay through the nose for the top-end LGA2011 CPU, which was rumoured to cost $999 before tax.

The key is a new divider between the Base Clock of the system and the CPU – it’s a gearing mechanism, just like a memory strap or a CPU multiplier.

Happy Birthday Nicolas!!!

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Happy Birthday!!! Nicolas and welcome to the world!

Born on weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces

Multi-Core Goes Mainstream, Computing Pushed to Extremes


The Future Accelerated: Computing to the Extreme

Intel continues to push tech beyond today's limits, looking for the next big leaps that take computing to the next levels of performance with much less power consumption than is possible today. As an example, Rattner demonstrated a Near-Threshold Voltage Processor using novel, ultra-low voltage circuits that dramatically reduce energy consumption by operating close to threshold, or turn-on voltage, of the transistors. This concept CPU runs fast when needed but drops power to below 10 milliwatts when its workload is light – low enough to keep running while powered only by a solar cell the size of a postage stamp. While the research chip will not become a product itself, the results of this research could lead to the integration of scalable near-threshold voltage circuits across a wide range of future products, reducing power consumption by 5-fold or more and extending always-on capability to a wider range of computing devices. Technologies such as this will further Intel Labs' goal to reduce energy consumption per computation by 100- to1000-fold for applications ranging from massive data processing at one end of the spectrum to terascale-in-a-pocket at the other.

The Hybrid Memory Cube, a concept DRAM developed by Micron* in collaboration with Intel, demonstrates a new approach to memory design delivering a 7-fold improvement in energy-efficiency over today's DDR3. Hybrid Memory Cube uses a stacked memory chip configuration, forming a compact "cube," and uses a new, highly efficient memory interface which sets the bar for energy consumed per bit transferred while supporting data rates of one trillion bits per second. This research could lead to dramatic improvements in servers optimized for cloud computing as well as ultrabooks, televisions, tablets and smartphones

Review: Noiseblocker TwinTec

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Coming a long way to use, all the way from Germany, today we have the Noiseblocker TwinTec in the house. The TwinTec from Noiseblocker is Is one of the few ventures the company made into actual CPU cooling hardware. Noiseblocker has impressed so far with it's products and it's ability to live up to it's promise, which is to deliver a silent product.

The NB TwinTec features some interesting design differences. First, instead of using the traditional 6 to 8 heatpipe design, the NB TwinTec has only 2 heatpipes but that is not really the highlight. The highlight of this cooler is a 25 mm-thick central industrial heat-pipe. This Monster of a heatpipe is located in the center, right above the CPU heat-spreader.

Apple's Steve Jobs steps down, says can no longer serve

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Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since Jan. 17, resigned as chief executive of Apple Wednesday, saying he could "no longer meet my duties and expectations."

Interim CEO Tim Cook was immediately elevated to CEO, while Jobs, 55, will stay on as chairman of the board.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs said in a letter to "the Apple community" that was released by the company. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

Itanium Poulson Update - Greater Parallelism, New Instruction Replay & More: Catch the details from Hotchips!


Intel is using this week’s Hotchips conference to disclose additional new information about its next generation Itanium chip, codenamed Poulson.

So, what’s new? There are three key feature areas. The first is Intel Instruction Reply Technology, which is a major RAS enhancement. This is the first Intel processor with Instruction Replay RAS capability, and it utilizes a new pipeline architecture to expand error detection in order to capture transient errors in execution. Upon error detection, instructions can then be re-executed from the instruction buffer queue to automatically recover from severe errors to improve resiliency.

The same instruction buffer capability also enables the second new feature, an improved Hyper-Threading Technology. It supports performance enhancement with Dual Domain Multithreading support, which enables independent front and backend pipeline execution to improve multi-thread efficiency. As EPIC architecture is already known for its highly parallel nature, this enhancement will help take Poulson’s overall parallelism to the next level.

Lastly, Poulson is adding new instructions in four key areas. First there are new Integer operations (mpy4, mpyshl4, clz). In support of the higher parallelism and multithreading capabilities, there is expanded Data Access Hints (mov dahr), Expanded Software Prefetch (ifetch.count) and Thread Control (hint@priority). These new instructions lay the foundation for the Itanium architecture to grow with future needs.

IBM's cognitive computing chip functions like a human brain


After having created a supercomputer capable of hanging with Jeopardy's finest, IBM has now taken another step toward human-like artificial intelligence, with an experimental chip designed to function like a real brain. Developed as part of a DARPA project called SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics), IBM's so-called "neurosynaptic computing chip" features a silicon core capable of digitally replicating the brain's neurons, synapses and axons. To achieve this, researchers took a dramatic departure from the conventional von Neumann computer architecture, which links internal memory and a processor with a single data channel. This structure allows for data to be transmitted at high, but limited rates, and isn't especially power efficient -- especially for more sophisticated, scaled-up systems. Instead, IBM integrated memory directly within its processors, wedding hardware with software in a design that more closely resembles the brain's cognitive structure.

Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and LIBERTYVILLE, IL – AUGUST 15, 2011 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $40.00 per share in cash, or a total of about $12.5 billion, a premium of 63% to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday, August 12, 2011. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”

SETI Receives Over $200,000 in Donations; Allen Telescope Array Back in Action


Back in April of this year, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) was temporarily shut down due to reduced federal dollars and a state budget crisis. But after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from fans, SETI is now back in action.

SETI, which is located in Mountain View, California, searches the skies for extraterrestrial life through the use of the Allen Telescope Array located 290 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Review: Cooler Master H612PWM

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Today we have an exclusive Cooler Master release product on the bench. The H612PWM from Cooler Master is an ambitious attempt to take the cooling crown. We are very proud to be one of the first to have it here and to get an exclusive look at what could be the future of the air cooling market.

Looks like sheer size and the brutal force of 6 heat pipes is the magic behind the Cooler Master H612. The cooler was not intended for small cases but performance was the primary idea behind this design. The H612 features a 120mm fan with a clip on retention clip. The package also comes with a second set of clips and screws to enable a second fan to be installed in the rear of the cooler. This will further enhance the cooling characteristic and ability of this cooler.

Ultrabooks Uncovered


The world of computing is in the midst of a sea change. Some might call it a "strategic inflection point." You can see it all around, especially in the massive growth of device types -- smartphones, tablets, hybrid devices, e-readers, netbooks, Chromebooks. It's a time of great creative ferment. We at Intel love this. The variety of all of these different devices is changing how people think about computing. In terms of the devices themselves, we are working hard to bring the benefits of Intel technology not only to improve the overall mobile experience, but to revolutionize it.

In late 2011, you'll begin to see systems that offer:

  • Thin/light designs - Less than 21 mm thick - some much thinner than even that.
  • Ultra-fast start up - Intel Rapid Start Technology gets your system up and running faster from even the deepest sleep, saving time and battery life.
  • PC wakes up almost instantly - Quick access to your data and applications
  • Extended battery life - Ultrabooks will offer 5 hours of battery life even in the sleekest form factors with some systems delivering 8 hours or more for all-day usage.
  • Security enabled - Bios/Firmware enabled to expose hardware features for Intel Anti-Theft Technology and Intel Identity Protection Technology

* Folding@Home Milestones *


* The Codisha Folding@Home Team hits 9.000.000 points!!! *

We Added a Google +1 button to the website.


We have added a Google +1 button to the website. The button will allow you to "like" our page via the Google +1 API. This can also be linked to Your Google Account as well as Google+

The +1 button can be found in the top right corner of the page. In the Navigation bar on the right.

We added "Google Friend Connect" to the website.

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We have now added several options from the Google Friend Connect API. We implemented a Friend view,Sign in, Poll, Comments and Review comments and ratings. These features will help you to connect with the site, share content and interests and connect with like-minded individuals.

The "Review Comments and Ratings" feature lets you give feedback about the reviews. You can rate the review and leave comments. The Review Comments are specific for each review.

There is also a "Comments" box in the center of the right sidebar. This comments box is for general chat, questions, concerns or just a blurb. Feel free to post here.

We would appreciate if you would sign up which is pretty easy if you already have a Google account but all boxes are also accessible Ananomysely. So, there are no obligations.

You will find the "Sign In" in the top right corner of the page.

VIA/WTI Sell Stakes in S3 Graphics to HTC


"VIA has announced today that it has sold its stake in S3 Graphics to HTC. HTC is well known in the Android smartphone and tablet realm."

"VIA, WTI, and HTC have signed an agreement that will see all shares in S3 go to HTC. VIA acquired S3 in 2001. The terms of the agreement show HTC will pay $300 million for all of the outstanding shares of S3 Graphics. VIA will receive $147 million of that amount and VIA's current partner WTI Investment International will receive $153 million."

Review: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283

Xigmatek GAIA SD1283

Last but not least in our Xigmatek review lineup is the Xigmatek GAIA SD1283. We have been talking about the company in previous reviews already and won't go into much detail again. Xigmatek has impressed consumers with a good quality product line up and performance that can be shown off, remaining at an affordable price level. Xigmatek's "ICE" philosophy is well-illustrated in the company and its products.

Google Introduces Possible Facebook Rival: Google+


"Since Facebook's launch in 2004, it has established itself as an unrivaled social networking superpower. No one has been able to match its broad audience and number of features, but now, Google will give it a shot with a new project called Google+."

"Google made the argument that existing online interactions are awkward and needs a "fix." For instance, in current instant messaging systems, someone may seem available on the list, but when you actually message them and they don't respond, you're not sure if they're away or not interested. Also, Google made mention that users mainly want to connect with certain people at certain times, but current social networking systems put everything out there at once and makes everything you say a "public performance.""

"To remedy these issues, Google has created Google+ which offers four key features that were created specifically for the user: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, and Mobile. "