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A Quick Review on USB 3.0, Plus Cable Photos

No doubt you might not be familiar with the Universal Serial Bus (USB), but if you do that’s great to know – Its been ranked as a top PC innovation of all time by maximumpc.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a specification to establish communication between devices and a host controller (usually a personal computer), developed and invented by Ajay Bhatt, while working for Intel. USB has effectively replaced a variety of interfaces such as serial and parallel ports.

But what do you know about the next version of this ubiquitous interface? USB 2.0 (otherwise known as USB Hi-Speed) boosted USB 1.0 from 12Mbps data rate to 480Mbps over eight years ago, and now USB 3.0 (known as USB Superspeed) is set to multiply that bandwidth tenfold. Intel released the Extensible Host Controller Interface to hardware partners last week after some reported disputes with AMD and Nvidia (who, afraid Intel would have a jump start in incorporating the tech in chipsets, threatened to develop their own USB standard). But how does this affect you? We dug up some new information about USB 3.0 from www.maximumpc.com, they got their hands on the new connectors, and even took a look inside the new cables.

USB 3.0 will be backwards-compatible with USB 2.0

Like the upgrade from USB 1.0 to 2.0, the new 3.0 connectors and cables will be physically and functionally compatible with hardware from the older specs. Of course, you won’t be able to maximize your bandwidth unless you’re using a USB 3.0 cable with Superspeed devices and ports, but at least plugging a 3.0 cable into a 2.0 port won’t blow up your PC. The spec’s compatibility lies in the design of the new connectors. USB 2.0 cables worked off of four lines – a pair for in/out data transfer, one line for power, and the last for grounding. USB 3.0 adds five new lines (the cable is noticeably thicker), but the new contacts sit parallel to the old ones on a different plane, as opposed to being adjacent to them. This means you’ll be able to differentiate between 2.0 and 3.0 cables just by looking at the ends.

The maximum speed of USB 3.0 is 4.8Gbps

It’s true: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed will be 10 times faster than the 480Mbps limit of the 2.0 spec. The example Intel likes to give out when talking about the new speed is that transferring a 27GB HD movie to your future media player will only take 70 seconds with USB 3.0, while it would take 15 minutes or more with 2.0. Keep in mind that you’re only going to be able to take advantage of this speed if your portable storage device can write data that quickly. Solid state devices will benefit most from the speed boost, while magnetic hard disks will be limited by their RPM (
Revolutions per minute) and corresponding read/write speeds. Also, new Mass Storage Device drivers will have to be developed for Windows to take advantage of the specification.

USB 3.0 will charge more devices, quicker

Not only will USB 3.0 cables facilitate faster transfer speeds, but they’ll carry more power, too. The USB-IF recognizes the growing number of portable devices that charge via USB (cellphones, MP3 players, digital cameras), and have bumped the power output from about 100miliamps to 900 milliamps. That means not only will you be able to power more than 4 devices from a single hub, but the increase current will let you charge up heftier hardware as well.

Thanks to Maximumpc for this important piece of information…

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Categories: Reviews

Windows XP’s Days are Numbered

Screen shot 2011 04 26 at 9.14.22 AM Windows XPs Days are Numbered

Some Microsoft engineer was definitely having some fun with this one:

Last week, Microsoft quietly a released a desktop gadget to remind customers and businesses of one important fact: Windows XP falls out of support in 2014, and would you please consider purchasing an updated OS?


The End of Support gadget

Getting it is pretty simple: after validating your copy of Windows, you can download and install the gadget from Microsoft’s website. After installation, there will be a blue box on your desktop, quietly counting down the days until Windows XP stops being patched. Read more…

Categories: News

Main One Cable, Cisco tie deal to expand broadband capacity in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Main One Cable has sealed a deal with Cisco to use technologies from the networking giant in expanding its broadband capacity across the West African communications market.

Cisco announced that Main One Cable Company, the first privately owned submarine network cable company in West Africa, will be deploying Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) solution to take broadband capacity in West Africa to the next level. The platform will provide a strong foundation for meeting Main One’s present and future business services requirements.

CEO, Main One, Funke Opeke, says demand for highly secure, high-bandwidth network capacity from government and global enterprise customers is driving Main One to deploy its new network. Read more…

Categories: News

How To – Part 9 (Blackberry tips):- Blackberry Battery Saving Tips

Delete Apps You Won’t Use

Deleting apps is as simple as following the instructions below:

  • Click Options
  • Click Advanced Options
  • Click on Applications
  • Highlight the App you want to delete
  • Click Delete
  • The more apps you delete the less memory you’re app will use and even if only marginally it can help your battery life.

Charging

  • Charge BlackBerry® smartphone as much as possible
  • Use wall chargers as the preferred charging method Read more…

How To – Part 8 (Blackberry tips):- Change your BlackBerry auto signature

Are you one of those people that really don’t fancy seeing “Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone from BIS Carrier” and the likes when you send a mail? Well I am. Here’s an easy fix to that:

1- Go to email settings(this can be found in the setup folder or your home screen depending on how you arranged your icons)

2- Bring up the menu and select edit on the desired email account
3- Scroll to signature and edit the contents (I usually replace with my full name and phone number)
4- Select Save and enter your email password when prompted and click ok
Note: If you have more than one email account configured on your device you would have to repeat the process for each of them.
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Fixmo Extend – A perfect companion for mobile surfers

If you use your BlackBerry to aid you in every facet of your life, you probably have heard of, or have even used, Tethering (is a method to share the Internet connection of an Internet-capable mobile phone. This sharing can be via cable, or wirelessly over Bluetooth)

Unreliable Wi-fi? Not a problem if you have Fixmo Extend.Fixmo Extend allows you to connect your laptop to the internet via the BlackBerry’s internet connection (BiS) – anywhere, anytime.

Fixmo Extend is the perfect companion for mobile workers, mobile surfers and anyone who needs to stay connected on the go. No Wi-fi? No problem. Fixmo Extend allows you to connect your laptop to the internet using the existing data connection on your BlackBerry®

Features

  • Get connected quickly with an elegant user interface
  • Handy charts and metrics help you monitor your data usage
  • A simple download of mobile and desktop applications to get connected

Requirements

  • BlackBerry (OS 4.6 and greater)
  • Windows PC (Windows XP or greater)
  • Microsoft .Net Framework (2.0 or greater)
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software (available from RIM)
  • A mini-USB cable to connect your laptop to your BlackBerry

Mobile Application Screenshots

Desktop Application Screenshot

Download the Fixmo Extend Mobile Application

Download the Desktop Application

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Will goal-line technology bring justice to football?

First of all I would start off from defining – what is Goal-line Technology?

This is a technology that detects whether a ball has crossed the goal line or not.

The world of sport is continually changing over the years, and the use of technology is just one of those areas that has made an impact on many sports in the modern day. One criticism of the use of technology is that it can slow down the speed of the game.

I guess we all remember about the Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany in last year’s 2010 South Africa World Cup. The call for goal-line technology have been around for a while now, but Fifa still refuses to add that to its football. It’s getting harder for Fifa to ignore calls for goal-line technology after such a blatant mistake which caused the England mid-fielder a huge setback if i may use those words..

After the match Fifa president Sepp Blatter made a comment most likely to be an apology

Blatter said:

“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology. Yesterday I spoke to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees’ mistakes. I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticizing. We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity in July at the business meeting.”

It’s not game over for goal line detection technology in soccer as some had feared: the systems wil be tested for another year.

FIFA says in this statement:

The IFAB received a presentation on the Goal Line Technology tests conducted by EMPA between 7-13 February at the Home of FIFA. The IFAB heard that none of the ten companies were successful in meeting the criteria set out by the IFAB Annual Business Meeting on 20 October 2010, and therefore agreed to a further one year testing period.”

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has laid down four criteria that they want to see in goal-line systems:

  • The technology should only apply to goal-line decisions.
  • The system must be 100 per cent accurate.
  • The signal sent to the referee must be instantaneous.
  • The signal is only communicated to the match officials.

 

 

Categories: Tech and Sports
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