Microsoft has call for all Windows software developers to participate in an event ‘aptly’ named, Windows AppFest, to be held from September 21 in Bangalore, India, India’s own “Silicon Valley”. The objective? Promote the NEW Windows 8 as a platform to create and design software, nonetheless, there is also an ulterior motive: to smash into and break Guinness Book of Records.
The concept, as outlined on the company’s official blog, is arranging the grandest marathon programming event on earth, which will endure for 18 consecutive hours and will focus on the implementation and creation of tools specifically designed for the new Windows OS, Windows 8 , due to launch this coming October 26.
This is not Microsoft’s first time organizing something, because these conventions draw in programmers everyday in the business, having organized more than 750 events in 50 different countries. Mind you, India is unique, as it seeks to break a record that nobody would have thought possible.
Teens who become addicted to cannabis before age 18 may suffer permanent damage to their intelligence, memory and attention, according to results of an extensive long-term study published.
Researchers from Britain and the United States found that continued use and cannabis-dependent manner by 18 years could have a neurotoxic effect, but after that age seem to be less harmful to the brain.
Terrie Moffitt, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said the scope and extent of the study, which involved tracking 1,000 people over 40 years, gives the results other weight.
“It’s a very special study I have enough confidence that cannabis is safe for brains over 18 years, but risky for children under 18,” he said.
Before 18, the brain is still organizing and remodeling to be more efficient and perhaps more vulnerable to damage from drugs, he added.
Meier worked with Madeleine Moffit, a Ph.D. researcher at Duke University in the U.S., to analyze data of 1,037 New Zealanders in the study.
Approximately 96 percent of the original members remained in the study from 1972 to the present. At 38 years, all participants underwent a series of psychological analysis to assess their memory, processing speed, reasoning and visual processing.
Those who had used marijuana as teenagers consistently reported significantly worse in most analyzes.
Friends and family frequently interviewed as part of the study reported that cannabis smokers had problems with attention and memory.
The researchers also found that people who started using cannabis in adolescence and continued to smoke for years showed an average decrease in test scores of intelligence quotient (IQ) of 8 points for the ages between 13 and 38.
“Study subjects who started using cannabis when they were adults with fully formed brains showed no similar mental declines,” said Moffitt.
“Marijuana is not harmless”
Moffit said the decline in IQ could not be explained by the use of alcohol or other drugs or have less education, and Meier said the key variable was the age when people had started using marijuana.
Meier said the study’s message was clear: “Marijuana is not harmless, especially for adolescents.” While 8 IQ points may not sound like much on a scale where 100 is average, Meier said a decline in IQ of 100-92 would fall from the 50th percentile to the 29th.
Higher IQs also correlate with higher levels of education and income, better health and longer life, said Meier. “Someone who loses 8 IQ points in adolescence may be disadvantaged (…) for the future,” he said.
Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings, who was not involved in the study, said the work was admirable and the results should be taken “very seriously.”
“Of course it’s part of folklore among young people that some heavy cannabis consumers seem gradually lose their abilities and end up making much less than you had anticipated,” said in a statement.
“This study provides an explanation of why this would happen,” he added. Previous research on the use of cannabis have also pointed to the potential long-term psychiatric effects.
A study published in March last year found that people consuming cannabis in their youth dramatically increase the risk of psychotic symptoms, and continued use of the drug can increase the risk of developing a psychotic disorder.
Meier said it was not possible to establish the latter study what would be the safest age for continuous use of marijuana, or how much damage it can cause.
According to the 2011 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which used data from 2009, between 2.8 and 4.5 percent of the global population aged 15 to 64 years -or between 125 and 203 million people used cannabis at least once in the previous 12 months.
Dellhas updated itsline ofportablegamersAlienwareM14x,M17xandM18x, improvementsin graphics andin someinterfacesthat increaseperformance.Butnotably absentthis partywas theAlienwareM11x,which has nowbeen listed as“discontinued“, ienot be madeanymore.
This wasan innovative model forwhen it was releasedasa11-inchsizeshowedfeaturesworthy of alargerteam, with goodCPUandgraphics performanceespeciallyin an agewhere thenotebookof this classwere governedbyIntelAtomnetbookswithintegrated graphicsandlousyperformance.
But apparentlythe niche ofenthusiastic gamersare looking forlarger formats, with the noveltyandspenttwo years after thepremiere of theAlienwareM11x,which has nowpassed away.
So far, not manyare convincedof the need tochange yournotebook forthe “new”ultrabooksand Intelisthat if thereis commitmentnowto convincethe millionsof potential buyers, AMDmayplay aconvincing enoughletterto the nextlaunch of the newlaptop anddesktopplatform, Trinity.
More over, considering thatIntel‘s net profitsoaredin Q1 of2011,there iscash to spend so much moneythat the campaignis calledthe“hundredsof millionsof dollars”, one ofthe most powerfulmade ??by themark inthe last tenyears andthat makeswhat they call“the new ageof computing“
It all started withthis YouTube videoandatelevision advertising campaign, plus thepublicity possibleto find inthe streetin the formof posters andthe sitewill be created topromote this newformatlaptopspowered byIntel.
Now,at firstsaid “new”ultrabooksbecausethe ideaoriginallycomes fromApple with itsMacBookAir,despite havingIntelhardwareinsideis the work ofApple.
Thechallenge of theseteams is nottrivial,since they expect tobereplacingthe cumbersome andheavylaptopsthatwe have today, targeted athigh performanceCPUand graphical,withultracompactcooling systemand also withbatteries length, all ina small space.We had theopportunity to try oneof these newteams, theAcerAspireTimelineU.
We leave you withthe videoUltrabook:Desperado,thatthe styleof the Old Westhopes to showgraphicallythe difference betweenthe “oldnotebooks”and “new ultrabooks“
The idea is not exactly new nor innovative, as the thermoelectric effect is known and there are other technologies that do the same, but at a much higher cost.To see that this is not new, the known Peltiers are using this effect, but in the case of the Peltier effect – discovered by French physicist Jean-Charles Peltier-cooling allows temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, with the help of an electrical flow and also by the Peltier cooler with a large side which is heated, while the cold side makes contact with the chip to be cooled.The big hit that gave the researchers the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, University of Wake Forest, is managed that carbon nanotubes could serve the same purpose, make use of the temperature difference between the environment and our bodies to generate a useful electrical load, producing energy and furthermore they may be fabricated as a synthetic fabric.Now, this new discovery will have a long way since its nearest competitor, the bismuth telluride, semiconductor that today is said to be the natural replacement of silicon in the manufacture of chips for its unusual ability to allow the flow of electrons across its surface without dissipating energy as heat, also has the ability to be used in thermoelectric materials.What is clear is that the bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) is much more expensive than the Power Felt, as the former per gram costs $ 1, while for the second with the same dollar can add the Power Felt all the carcass of a smartphone and are confident that with few dollars more to a gadget, portable console, notebook and technically anything.Now, there is a healthy variety, as each line of research will focus on finding the strengths of its discovery and strengthening it so that tomorrow is elected for various tasks, from making chips to think of replacing the solar panels.For now, nanotechnology and molecular materials studies are beginning to shed light on many of our problems of daily living, in a way that we thought might happen, but the fact is that solutions to many of our problems are closer than we think.Just imagine, that our car was able to power the air conditioning waste heat from the exhaust system if the vehicle is using an internal combustion engine, or car seats can charge the battery, or the roof using the temperature difference outside and inside I acted like a solar panel, but thermoelectric effect and photoelectric.
The possibilitiesfor research,developmentandsuccessful outcomes forour daily livesare endless, whatdo you think?.
Although there have been too many rumors without any basis on the Kepler family of GPUs from Nvidia. From SemiAccurate report that Nvidia has finally completed the design (taped-out) of your GPU Kepler GK110. The chip GK110 has a size of die approximately 550mm ², size slightly greater than 520mm ² GPUs Fermi GF100 and GF110 used in the upper range of GPUs Geforce 400 and 500 Series respectively, and obviously greater than 324 to 361mm ² approximate GK104 Kepler chip, although less than 576mm ² of Tesla GT200 GPU (Geforce 260 to 295). Nvidia actually ended their chip design GK110 few weeks ago, but such information has been disclosed recently. After having frozen the design stage of the chip, should spend a few weeks polishing some bugs and leakage power, and then finally enter the mass production process, for it is estimated that GK110 will be released during Q3 of this year (July to September), or remain optimistic from May to June. According to Charlie Demerjian, GK110 continue using a memory bus of 384 bits, denying rumors of a possible use of a 512-bit bus, though you do not have any data on chip performance, this GPU should leave Geforce commercially under the nomenclature Geforce GTX 670 and GTX 680, both models differing by only some units disabled. It is noteworthy that according to the nomenclature of Nvidia, the chip Kepler of 1 generation of more power should be called GK100, but apparently the GPU had to be canceled by themes of enormous energy leaks that kept their consumption around 300W, so Nvidia decided to replace it with a more evolved version of the chip (GK110: the 2nd generation architecture Kepler) with many of these defects corrected. GK110 joins other chips ended as Kepler and GK107 GK104, although it is rumored that there is also a GK105, which has not yet have any information. We will keep you informed.
As part ofatelevisioninterview, formerCEOand founder ofMicrosoft, BillGatesexpressed hisviews ontax policythat should governthe United States.And itsays, facingfinancial problemsin his countrythereare “the rich whomustmake a sacrifice,” arguing thatthe wealthyshould payhigher taxesthan others andthat evenhe would not becontributingas much asit should,because that’s thecurrent policies,which in his opinionwould bewrong.
BillGatesdescribedhisideaas “justjustice,”and he calledthe rest of hisfriends with moneyto “sharethis sense ofsacrifice” and“dotheir part” tonotonlykeephim withtheconcept of payingmore taxes,something that probablywill not dropany goodamong those whoaccumulate great fortunesand seekto keep them asintactas possible.
Remember thatBillGateshas long beendedicatedto philanthropy,donatinghelping the restincredible amountsof money thateven the mostdetractorsof this characterhas changed theirimageof him, allthrough theBill &MelindaGatesFoundation, thehas beenresponsible for collectingliterallybillions ofdollars to helpin different areas ofhuman welfare.
Android,Google‘s mobile operatingsystem,do not want tobemobile withARM architecture.During the lastCES,AMDpeoplehad intheir possessiona tabletAMDFusionwasrunningAndroid4.0.The110WMSIhad achievedWinPadthis taskwith the support ofAndroid-x86project.
Thebest part isthat theROMIce CreamSandwichAndroidforx86platformsis now availablefor download.This isa cordial invitationtoall usersrunningWindows 7tablets, trythis flavorofAndroid.AMDdoes not officially supportthis development, despiteshowing itat CES,so do notexpectto support.Butthey are notunrelatedand are expectedin the futuremore heavilyinvolved.
For now,it would be interestingif any of youdare toinstall thisROMon yourAndroidx86tablet,tell usyourexperience inthe installation anduse.
PaulOtellini,IntelPresident andCEO, beginsthe press releaseannouncing thecompany’s financialresultsas follows: “The2011 wasa banner year forIntel.”Andnowonder,sincein 2011they sold thesum ofUSD$ 54,000million (USD$ 10,000million more thanin 2010), registeringa gaindirectlyinto the pockets ofUSD$ 12,900million.
In detail, the area of??PCsfor consumerssold USD$ 35,400million, up 17% over2010, whilethe group ofdata centersplayed alongwith aUSD$ 10,100million (up 17%), other architecturesIntelreportedUSD$ 5,000million (64%above)and the division ofIntelCPUsand chipsets forAtomsold USD$ 1,200million,a precipitous dropof 25%by the year2010.
Interms offiguresbounded,in the last threemonths of last year(Q4) were soldUSD$ 13,900millionand earnedUSD$ 3,400million, withAtombeingthe only one whohas been downward, likeall year,but with a57% differenceaccording to theQ4of last year, showing that thistechnology is alreadyobsolete andIntelare givingsomethingso strongthe issue ofUltrabooks,naturalreplacementfornetbookswith Atom.
OnJanuary 24theU.S.Congresswill vote onlawsandPIPASOUP, which seeks toprotectcopyrightthrough measuresthat can be usedto censor the Internet. Against this,several companies inthe networkhave raised theirvoice andare not justWikipediaand Redditwho expresstheir discontentand goblackduring these24 hours, but also Google, Mozilla and manyothers alsodo their own thing.
Because Googlehas included alink in yourhomethat invites us totake actionagainst these laws, while WordPress.org, likeWikipedia,replaced itswebsiteawarningannouncementand call forinformation,action taken by thesamepopularCuevanomoviespage, the website Reddit,the homepage ofMinecraftand the coverof Greenpeace.
Othernames such asFlickrorTwitpicalsoadd to thediscontent withSOPAand pipethrough smallgesturesindesign orentries in theirblogswhere theyexpress theirposition.
Now, whilethis is not thebig blackoutwas expectedforJanuary 23, where he allegedly was involvedup toAmazon, the initiativecontinuestodayespeciallyvaluethe gestures ofWikipediaand Google, two major Internetthat could potentiallymotivatethe restin order to fulfillthe prediction ofJanuary 23.