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AMD Fusion Media Explorer


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The AMD Fusion Media Explorer provides you with a very different way to browse through your media. FME allows you to explore your digital media content from either your local machine or online resources such as Flickr, YouTube, and Microsoft Live.

FME lets you experience your media in a 3D application, which helps you to discover related content based on what you’re currently looking at. The application also has Facebook integration, which lets you post and interact with photos of your own… or with those posted by friends.

Fusion Media Explorer doesn’t stop with pictures, though. Music is another thing that you can browse – and discover – with this software. The AutoDJ feature will automatically create a playlist for you from the same genre or artist you are listening to. Click on one song, and let AutoDJ do the rest.

You can also find the videos, movies and television shows you want to watch using the integrated search engine or 3D Ribbon. Watch your selected content on a full screen, or send it to the Mini player so that you can continue surfing the Web while your choice is playing.

While this program is already available, you can download the newest version in beta form and check out the improvements for yourself.

Thanks go to everyone at AMD for helping me to attend the SXSW conference, and for taking the time to showcase so many of their new technologies for our community. http://chris.pirillo.com

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AMD's Vision


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During my trip to SXSW last week, I spent some time at the AMD campus. I was able to talk briefly with Raymond from the AMD Product Marketing Group. I had heard that AMD has a vision for Vision, and wanted to get more information for all of you. It’s a difficult process to buy a new computer these days, with all of the choices there are. AMD Vision was created to simplify that process for you.

When a consumer walks into a store, they typically have ideas as to what they want to buy. Vision, Vision Premium and Vision Ultimate designations are similar to “good”, “better” and “best” hardware configurations. What this will do is give the purchaser a much better idea of what they will get with any particular model, to help them decide if it is the right one for them.

Even without knowing a model number, people can compare models against each other by using the Vision designation. People don’t necessarily care about the tech terms, such as “gigabyte”. They want to be able to look at something, and just know it will work for them. With this program, it’s simple for an average computer user to figure out what is what, and what will do the job.

For instance, let’s say a woman walks into the store and needs to buy a notebook that will allow her to surf the web and watch movies. The Vision line would be perfect for that. However, if she also needed to do some light video processing, she would be better off choosing the Vision Premium model. If she’s a power user who does a lot of processor-intensive work (or even a gamer), she’ll need to go with a machine designated with the Vision Ultimate tag.

This is the vision of Vision – to simplify the buying process, and make it more intuitive. AMD has been seeing very positive results with this program. People understand what they are trying to convey, and are using it to their advantage.

From what I’ve seen, I have to agree. Vision is fantastic, and I highly recommend using this system when you are looking to buy your next computer.

I appreciate the folks at AMD sponsoring my trip to SXSW, and giving me the opportunity to get important product information to our community.

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Acer Ferrari One 200


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If you’ve been watching my live stream this past week, you’ve likely seen the red laptop sitting on my desk. It is an Acer Ferrari One – part of the 200 series. It was sent to me to review by my friends at AMD, and I have to thank them for it. This notebook is part of the new Vision program set forth by AMD. Vision tries to make it easier for consumers to understand if the computer they are about to buy will do the things they want to do… gaming, email, Internet browsing and productivity apps. I’m all about productivity, so I am looking forward to really putting this machine through its paces.

The notebook is running Windows 7 on top of AMD M780G chipset, and is running an AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core processor. This is a beefy notebook. It’s not a netbook. Netbooks are typically cheap and slow, and don’t have enough power. The Ferrari is powerful and portable, weighing in at only about 3.3 pounds.

I have an 11.6 inch screen with this gorgeous little monster, with a 16×9 aspect ratio widescreen. The Ferrari packs 3 GB of RAM inside the case, with Wireless-N networking capabilities built in. You’ll also find a 2.5″ hard drive inside, along with hi-def audio functionality. Thankfully, the built-in card reader will read almost any type of removable media you might have lying around.

The reason why AMD has sent this particular unit is to show off part of their Eyefinity project. This port will let me connect to up to three different screens. Yes, it will run all three of them. How many notebooks can do that? When you’re at school or work, you want to be portable and save space. But at home, you want to hook up to larger monitors. Hook up the Ferrari to them, and you’re good to go. They will be treated as one screen by the machine, and will work flawlessly for you. There’s no need for a separate desktop to use with all those home monitors – the Ferrari has more than enough power and speed to handle nearly anything you would need it to do.

I don’t have to configure anything in software to make three screens work. It’s seamless, making it appear as though it is one giant screen. This is an important technology, fellow Geeks. You really NEED multiple screens these days.

I’ll be testing the Ferrari itself in the coming weeks, along with checking out just how well Eyefinity works. Stay tuned to see video reviews.

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