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Revolutionary “Racetrack” Memory in the Works

IBM's new Racetrack Memory

IBM's new Racetrack Memory

Soon your computer and electronic gadgets could be smaller, faster, cheaper, more relliable and even greener thanks to a new form of computer memory technology called racetrack.

Racetrack memory is currently under development at IBM and will be a vast improvement over today’s leading computer memory technology – hard disk and flash – which each have serious limitations.

Racktrack is showing to be more reliable than hard disks, making consistent computer crashes, well, a distant memory.  And it’s cheaper than flash – perhaps 100 times less expensive.

You can read more about Racetrack Memory and how it will revolutionize computing by following this link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Racetrack+speeds+memory/1488396/story.html

Once racetrack becomes an industry standard, STS will be able to show you how to install it!  Until then, STS offers PC Hardware and Installation classes that teach students how to install computer components.  Sign up today at www.wisc.edu/sts

Tom Davich

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DIY Nuclear Disarmament

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As you are probably aware, the United States and Russia have agreed to cut their nuclear arsenals by about a quarter (click here to read more).  Although this still leaves both with at least one (that’s all it takes, no?), we as technology-minded citizens should be willing to use our energies and gifts to help assist such a noble effort in whatever way possible.  Should you ever come across a nuclear warhead/bomb/whatever, Wired Magazine’s How-To-Wiki is here to help you perform your civic duty.

Remain calm.  Take a deep breath.  Do your part.

Here’s what to do:

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Prototype Nokia phone recharges without wires

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FROM YAHOO TECH NEWS

Pardon the cliche, but it’s one of the holiest of Holy Grails of technology: Wireless power. And while early lab experiments have been able to “beam” electricity a few feet to power a light bulb, the day when our laptops and cell phones can charge without having to plug them in to a wall socket still seems decades in the future.

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Zeo ‘sleep coach’ tracks your ZZZs, wakes you up

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FROM CNET CRAVE

It seems like the market for alarm clocks and smart wake-you-up gadgets is getting more competitive than cell phones, MP3 players, and autos. But here’s a new entry worth noting for those who already tried starting the day with the obnoxious Clocky, the Shocking Alarm Clock, the Philips Wake-Up Light, or even the Wake n’ Bacon.

It’s called Zeo, and it’s a “personal sleep coach” that can give you data on the quantity, quality, and depth of your slumber. The product is being released now by Newton, Mass.-based Zeo, formerly known as Axon Labs, a Rhode Island start-up.

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New Xbox 360 coming fall 2010?

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FROM CNET CRAVE

Take this one with a grain of salt, but gaming site 1UP is reporting that it’s hearing a new Xbox 360 is in the works and is set to be released next fall in conjunction with the release of Project Natal. That in itself isn’t all that newsworthy since it seems pretty logical that Microsoft would put out a new console with the release of its fancy new, you-are-the-controller technology that was demonstrated at E3 this month. However, 1UP is saying that while the new Xbox 360 will carry a new name and be a “new platform,” it won’t necessarily be much of an upgrade over the existing 360.

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Virgin Mobile unveils pre-paid broadband service, wireless USB card

FROM YAHOO TECH BLOGS

Dubbed Broadband2Go, the new 3G broadband service comes without a contract, and it might be the perfect fit for those who don’t need on-the-go 3G data access on a regular basis.

Set to go on sale in “late” June at Best Buy, Virgin’s Broadband2Go service uses a 3G USB dongle (the MC760, if you really want to know) from Novatel Wireless. The two-inch, one-ounce dongle is about the size of a standard USB thumbdrive, complete with a Virgin Mobile logo stamped on the side; you can also get an optional external antenna for areas with a weak signal.

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New iPhone Revealed!

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FROM CNET NEWS

10:47 a.m.:Scott Forstall comes up to talk iPhone. Less than a year ago we released OS 2.0 and the SDK, he says. There are currently more than 50,000 apps in the App Store.

10:49 a.m.:Apple has sold 40 million iPhones and iPod Touches, Forstall says. He also brings up the familiar 1 billion app download mark, which was reached in April. Forstall thanks everyone, customers and developers. Now we’re seeing a video of developers talking about building iPhone apps.

10:51 a.m.: Various developers of games, medical apps, and sports-tracking apps talk about how they created their programs, and how much their lives have changed since their apps got accepted to the App Store. It’s standard product-marketing-video fare.

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