How to choose the best PSU (Power Supply Unit) for the money

By Tom McDonald | May 9, 2011 3:49:00 PM

Buying a power supply can be a daunting task for many PC builders, the prices and rated capabilities range widely and there is little in comparable specifications. To make matters worse the power supply doesn’t affect performance in any direct way. Buying a $200 dollar power supply won’t make your computer run any faster compared to a $50 dollar supply, this leaves people with the unfortunate task of trying to not spend more money than they need to, as this money could be better spent on other components, but at the same time not buying a power supply that will underperform.

Brand is Key

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12 Android Apps to help with your Productivity

By Tom McDonald | May 6, 2011 3:09:00 PM

Looking for the some Essential Android apps for your phone, well look no further we have a list of 12 apps to help improve your productivity throughout the day.

Google Docs – Google has finally released a mobile version of their Google Docs program giving people mobile access to their uploaded documents and the ability to edit them from their mobile phone. One of the more unique features is you can take a picture of a word document on your phone and Google will analyze the text for you and put it in a word document for you.

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Intel releases the world's first 3D transistor

By Tom McDonald | May 5, 2011 3:05:00 PM
What is being called one of the most significant transistor design changes since the 1950’s, Intel has officially created a 3D transistor. Now many companies are jumping on the 3D bandwagon making 3D phones, tablets, and TV’s; but Intel’s new transistor design finally completes a design goal of CPU manufactures for the last decade. Every year or 2 Intel or AMD has a die shrink, which is creating smaller transistors in the CPU, allowing them to place more of them in a smaller area and lowers heat and power consumption. The problem with this is that you can only shrink the transistors so many times before you hit an size so small that you can’t physically shrink the transistors anymore. This hasn’t happened yet, but looms over the horizon forcing both Intel and AMD to start planning on how they are going to over come this obstacle.

Intel’s new Tri-gate design uses a 22-nanometer process with a "fin" jutting up from the base giving it a third dimension. This small improvement over Intel’s current 32nm Sandybridge CPU’s will give their upcoming Ivybridge CPU a 37% increase in speed while still using the same amount of energy as the Sandybridge CPUs. This new breakthrough is Intel’s next move as they try to enter the mobile market that is dominated by ARM cpu’s that use extremely little power, something that Intel has not been able to compete with before. These new CPU’s should be available to consumers in 2012 with pricing and models information not being released at this time.

IT Guide for Small Business Owners
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What is e-ink technology? And how does it compare to LCDs

By Tom McDonald | Apr 19, 2011 4:32:00 PM

The Kindle took the market by storm and in June of 2010 the electronic editions were outselling hardcover books, by January of 2011 they were outselling paper back. This trend shows that e-readers are the way the industry is moving and while books aren't going away yet, as prices of e-readers drop, more and more people are finding the convenience of e-readers as a major selling point. But the real question is how do these devices work? They have battery life measured not in hours, like many smart phones, but rather in weeks and are fully visible in daylight, making them seem like magic compared to their LCD brethren.

The first thing to notice is that e-ink works nothing like a normal screen on a monitor or phone. An LCD screen is made of millions of dots that all glow Red, Green, and Blue. Each pixel, dot, is made up of these 3 colors and using various mixtures of these colors you can form the wide range of colors that your screen displays. The problem is that these displays generate light; this light fatigues your eyes over time and is hard to see when in direct sun light. Because of this LCD screens use a lot of power and can't be easily used when outdoors.

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Comparison Between Open Source and Closed Source Software

By Tom McDonald | Apr 8, 2011 2:03:00 PM

With Android and iOS being the top 2 OS’s in the mobile market many analysis compare the two by looking at the software model that Google applies versus Apple. Google’s Android is considered an Open Source mobile OS, while Apple’s iOS is considered closed source and each has its own benefits and issues. Google uses an open model, which means that they release the source code for the mobile OS, the source code is the code in English before it compiled into 1’s and 0’s, this gives developers the option to look deeper into the code and alter things as they wish. 

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