News Bits: Wireless Power, Lenovo X60 Tablets at the NBA Finals, MSI Features Turbo Overclock Button

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Scientists find way to charge and power electronic devices wirelessly

Scientists have discovered how to ‘beam’ power across a room to light up a light bulb or power just about any other electronic device without wires. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was able to beam power 7 ft to light up a 60-watt light bulb. The team calls the invention ‘WiTricity’.

Transfering power without cables is not a new idea; scientists have known for almost two hundred years that it is possible. Transferring power over large distances is not possible however. According to the scientists it only works up to 9 ft away. It is believed by the scientists that the technology could charge a device several yards away. The receiver and transmitter do not have to be in view of each other for this to work.

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As far as safety concerns go, the scientists said that there is little to fear – magnetic fields interact weakly with living organisms and are unlikely to cause any significant side effects.

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MSI notebook features Turbo overclock button

MSI at Computex 2007 showed off their 5.7 pound GX600 gaming notebook, which features a ‘Turbo’ button. When plugged into AC power, pushing the Turbo button turns on Acceleration mode, which increases the processor’s FSB speed by 20%. Pushing the button again returns the processor to stock clocks.

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HP number one notebook brand in Europe

According to statistics from IDC, HP surpassed Acer in Q1 to become the number one notebook brand in Europe. HP shipped 1.38 million notebooks in Europe in Q1, a 53% on-year increase, compared to Acer’s 1.23 million. HP also beat Lenovo to number one in Asia as well.

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ThinkPads power NBA statistis and media

Behind the scenes at the NBA Championships, staticians use Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet PCs to log hundreds of game statistics. Michael Gliedman, the NBA’s CIO, says that “There are more reporters and higher viewership. We need technology that’s going to withstand this and Lenovo does the trick.” When asked about how the Lenovo X60s improves the statician’s jobs, he said "We have had touch-screens in the past, but until now it was always third party. The statisticians like the experience much better.”

Referees also make good use of the ThinkPads, working with the NBA’s Precision Timing System to log events, such as whistle blows. The NBA hopes that the new technologies improve the fan’s viewing experiences.

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