Items tagged with Death

Talk about a sobering story. Just hours before Apple is expected to deliver its Q3 earnings via conference call, the Cupertino, California-based company is dealing with a tragedy halfway across the globe. Reports from China began popping up a few days ago that a man working in a Foxconn manufacturing facility had done the unthinkable: he had committed suicide, and he did so in part because of being connected to Apple.Crazy, right? According to a variety of overseas reports, the employee decided to take his own life after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype that he was responsible for went missing.... Read more...
Making contingency plans for the possibility of becoming incapacitated or for our inevitable demise is seldom a pleasant subject to discuss or even think about. Many people often postpone or even never get around to creating a living will or a last will and testament. For those that do, their concerns are usually focused on their quality of life, assigning guardianship for their children, and designating beneficiaries for their assets. That covers what to do when you are on life support, what happens to the kids, and who gets your stuff, but what about your "online assets"?A new startup by the... Read more...
RAZER™ ANNOUNCES THE LIMITED EDITION PAX 08 RAZER DEATHADDER™Only 400 units of the customized multi-award winning Razer DeathAdder will be available for sale at PAX 08  Seattle, WA – August 28, 2008 – Razer™, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming peripherals, has announced that an exclusive and limited edition Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) 08 Razer DeathAdder will be available for purchase at PAX, set to begin on August 29, 2008. The PAX 08 Razer DeathAdder’s sleek new custom design delivers on both style and performance. Equipped with the award-winning... Read more...
Many have heard of Megan Meier, the teenager who committed suicide over a MySpace romance gone bad - one which turned out to be a hoax.  Here we have another social networking death; is this a troubling trend?A teenager said to have been bullied on the social networking site Bebo has been found hanged in his bedroom.Blaming Bebo for his 'utterly pointless death', Sam's mother said the family discovered the extent of the bullying only when they checked his Web page after his death.Worse: the cyberbulling was over his taste in alternative music!  Bullying is bad enough, but come on!Bebo... Read more...
Some folks step into the ring ready for battle with a round-house kick and a 1-2 jab-cross.  Still others would rather enter the arena with a plasma cannon, link gun or sniper rifle.  It all depends on whether your prefer the real or virtual octagon.  Then again the octagon could be more of a circle of death too.  How uplifting.  Perhaps in the latter case you might bring something with you cut from a similar geometrical sphere of influence.  Enter the FPS "Circle of Death" keyboard...   FPS Circle of Death "A circle of all the important FPS keys surrounds your... Read more...
As the saying goes, it's all over but the shouting and we're sure there are more than a few heated words that are still yet to be exchanged.  Reports are continuing to flow in quickly since Friday, on the news that Walmart was stepping back from the sale of HD DVD players moving forward, offering only Blu-Ray format players by June 2008. With Walmart Senior VP, Gary Severson quoted as saying,  "we've listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases", the writing was on the wall.  With the world's... Read more...
Here's the ultimate in sick and tasteless websites: a site that is offering a PS3 if you correctly predict the date of Britney Spears death. The site is linked above. Let's be honest: her lifestyle is destructive, but predicting her death? The site says: We’ll all have a date with our maker someday, but like Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears just can’t seem to wait. A couple of years ago she looks stunning and was a wet dream for every man. But for some reason Britney also landed in a self-destruction derby. Guess her final breath and be crowned Mr. Or Mrs. Death. Winner will be rewarded with a PS3.... Read more...
If you're running a pirated copy of Vista and worried about the Black Screen Of Death (the other BSOD), then rest easy for the next few minutes.Apparently the info that PC World Australia picked up isn't exactly accurate according to Microsoft:“Microsoft was quick to debunk this e-mail warning of a Black Screen of Death. A Microsoft representative told Wired News "the reporter received inaccurate information," and that the company has not rolled out any updates to Windows Vista's anti-piracy platform.”Not that they're not saying anything about the future.  It's entirely possible that this could... Read more...
What was that old saying?  "The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated?"  This appears to be the case with Quicken for the Mac, despite Internet reports of its cancellation. The Macintosh version of Quicken is s alive and well, according to Intuit spokesperson Jodi Reinman. Reinman refuted reports floating on the Web that Quicken for Mac has been cancelled, in a telephone interview with Macworld on Wednesday. Following Intuit’s announcement yesterday of a new version of Quicken for Windows, some Mac users have asked the company when the next version for the Mac was to be... Read more...
LCD monitors are getting bigger and more affordable. Likewise LCD televisions. Although slightly more expensive, the LCD monitors are competing against TVs now, as their increased functionality makes up for their slightly higher prices. Digitimes does some research into the near future and and predicts who'll be buying what and how much it will cost. Worlwide LCD monitor shipments are expected to reach 158 million units in 2007, with the 19-inch widescreen segment to grow the most in terms of shipment share percetage, according to DisplaySearch.... Read more...
Anonymity on the internet isn't working out. Phishing, spamming, spoofing, and all the other ways bad people wreck -- or steal -- your stuff is getting out of hand. The answer to a lot of it is TPM --Trusted Platform Module -- and it's already being built into computer chips: The TPM chip was created by a coalition of over one hundred hardware and software companies, led by AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft and Sun. The chip permanently assigns a unique and permanent identifier to every computer before it leaves the factory and that identifier can't subsequently be changed. It also checks... Read more...
Microsoft and Novell have announced a truce in their ongoing war over Windows based proprietary and Linux open source compatability: Large businesses and organizations typically have complicated computer systems that run both open-source software, such as Linux, and closed- or proprietary-source software from Microsoft. Now, said Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the agreements his company reached with Novell will "bridge the divide" between open source and Microsoft's Windows. For some time, Microsoft has been taking steps toward... Read more...
Good morning folks.  We've got some major announcements today, some good, some bad, all very interesting.  Let's jump into it and see what is going on... VIA Raises the Performance Bar for the AMD64 Processor Platform with Introduction of VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Asynchronous bus architecture enables power users to fully optimize their system settings for the ultimate PC gaming and entertainment experience Taipei, Taiwan, May 6, 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA K8T800... Read more...