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After more than six months of high-to-mid profile executive departures, AMD has major news to announce on its new executive hire -- and he's a welcome addition. Starting today, Jim Keller will serve as a vice president and the company's Chief Architect for CPU Cores. Keller has spent more than thirty years in the semiconductor business, including a few at AMD. When AMD brought members of DEC's Alpha team aboard in the late 1990s, Keller was one of the CPU architects that came along. Having worked on Alpha's EV5, Jim was lead architect on the first K8 project (the first iteration of K8 was eventually... Read more...
Crowdsourcing just got a new outlet today with the social polling site, millionheads. The millionheads site is positioning itself as a sort of magic eight ball of personal indecision. But instead of relying on the random, one-in-twenty, and often out-of-context responses of the Mattel toy, responses to millionhead user questions are open to anyone with an Internet connection, a keyboard, and an opinion--albeit, hopefully, an informed opinion. All questions are posted on millionhead starting with the words, "Should I..." The question asker then provides details on what s/he is seeking to decide,... Read more...
Most sites love it when someone links to their story. As long as you only clip a short portion of the story, all you'll be doing, essentially, is driving traffic to the linked site.You would think that "most" would include The Associated Press (AP), but apparently not.Rogers Cadenhead has long run a site called the Drudge Retort at www.drudge.com. Today he posted the news that the site has been targeted by the Associated Press with DMCA takedown orders. AP is complaining about a bunch of posts on Drudge Retort that contain brief excerpts of longer AP stories and links to those stories on other... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard probably looked at the big pile of cash Microsoft pushed under Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang's nose, and thought: If you're not interested, I wouldn't mind a piece of that. Microsoft just wants to find a way to drive users to their Live Search toolbar, and they really don't care how they do it. Now Microsoft has struck a deal with Hewlett-Packard to make Live Search the default search engine on Hewlett-Packard PCs in North America, starting in January. The deal also calls for HP, the world's largest PC maker, to install copies of Internet Explorer with an extra Live Search toolbar on those... Read more...
For those waiting on the G45 series of products, especially those that will find their way into the Montevina notebook platforms, we have bad news: The rumor going around is that the HD decode offload is broken, and it’s allegedly not a driver issue.Here’s the rumor direct from the source:“The problem with G45 is in the video decoders. We saw early silicon at CeBIT, and they did not demo that aspect of the chipset.  We have now learned that the shipping step, A2, has bugged HD video decode hardware, and that just won't work on the initial release chips.  There will be another spin, think 2-3 months... Read more...
Great, free Video-on-Deman (VOD)!  Wait, I have to watch commercials?In association with cable company Cox, it's testing a new video-on-demand feature that won't let viewers fast forward through commercials. We'll be the first to say it: this is dumb. While it may make a few more people watch commercials, it won't make them happy about it. And, given just how many other options there are these days, the end result might be that people just choose not to watch such ABC programming at all, let alone the commercials.Yet various ABC executives seem to think that by offering this product, they... Read more...
Some very clever people at Stanford University have devised away to modify lithium-ion batteries with silicon nanowires to expand the capacity of the batteries and allow them to deliver electricity for ten times as long as they currently do before recharging. "It's not a small improvement," Cui said. "It's a revolutionary development."The breakthrough is described in a paper, "High-performance lithium battery anodes using silicon nanowires," published online Dec. 16 in Nature Nanotechnology, written by Cui, his graduate chemistry student Candace Chan and five others.The greatly expanded storage... Read more...
Dell reported a 46% profit increase in its latest results Thursday, topping estimates - but it also indicated that future cost declines would slow, which could indicate problems to come for the beleaguered company. Dell, like competitors Hewlett-Packard Co and Apple Inc, profited from lower costs for computer components amid a supply glut. HP, the top PC maker by market share, also suggested this month that component cost reductions may slow. Dell's challenges are not over.  Remember that it still has to deal with the fallout from the audit it performed earlier this month,... Read more...
Intel has made a recent revision to its game plan: Conroe-based E2140 budget-class desktop CPUs will no longer be phased out, at least not until later on. Intel’s original arrangement was to reduce the price of the E2160 from $84 to $74 USD and launch the E2180 on August 26 to take the E2160’s place at $84 USD. The original plan called for the cancellation of the E2140. Currently, the E2140 sits at a price of $74 USD, which will be reduced to $71 on July 22 and $64 on August 26. Sources claim that the reason for Intel’s change of mind is to compete with AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and 3600+ CPUs for... Read more...
Albatron’s Blue Ray Decoder Card brings HighDef Video and Windows Vista Performance Exciting low-profile VGA card with PureVideo HD reduces CPU utilization 60% during HD playback Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card” giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows... Read more...
Some very smart people over at MIT have come up with an inexpensive way to generate holographic images that works along with standard computer hardware and gaming consoles.  Thus, Bove and his team have developed Mark III--expected to be completed within a couple of months--which is based on the earlier systems but has three major differences. First, explains Bove, the new system processes three-dimensional images on a standard graphics processor rather than on specialized hardware. It turns out, he says, that the graphics cards that are found in high-end PCs and gaming consoles are a good fit... Read more...
According to researchers, a simple formula calculated by a computer could be more effective then asking loved ones whether or not to 'pull the plug'. The program predicted the wishes of a patient accurately 78% of the time where as surrogates only made accurate decisions 68% of the time. Besides being more accurate then a surrogate, researches also claim the program will also preserve ethics. If the idea of a computer choosing whether you live or die gives you the creeps, advanced directives remain your best bet for specifying your future medical decisions, but very few people ever fill... Read more...
Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 18, 2007 -- Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared an 11.25 cents per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2007 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2007. In November the company announced a 12.5 percent increase in its quarterly dividend to 11.25 cents per share ($0.45 per share on an annual basis). READ MORE...... Read more...
Google's search engine has begun placing their own properties atop search engine results in the form of "Tips," ending its protocol of keeping advertisements and search results separate. Blake Ross of Firefox no likey: After all, Google is predicated on the idea that the democratic structure of the Web will push the cream to the top. Search for "photo sharing" and you should already get the highest quality services. According to Google, Picasa is not one of them. These "tips," then, can only be a tacit admission of failure: either the company does not believe in its own search technology,... Read more...
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