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George Carlin said it best, we all "need a place to put our stuff." Carlin likened the entire meaning of life as just finding a place to put your stuff. Well it seems the folks at Google understand this age old wisdom as well and as such will be launching a new service.  Google Mine will soon be integrated with Google+ so that users can share their belongings with friends in circles they so designate.  The new service will also allow G+ users to "rate and review" items as well, so that anyone in your Google+ stream that you allow, can see the items and your opinion of them.  Reportedly... Read more...
It looks like the rumored spin-off of AMD's manufacturing operations is just hours away now and reports are starting to ping across the wire of a "significant announcement" that AMD CEO Dirk Meyer will be making shortly.  In fact, we've been invited to a press web cast at 8AM EST that AMD will hold in the morning.  Historically, AMD has taken largely an in-house fabrication model for their wafer fabrication.  However, capitalizing this effort is a huge recurring and perpetual investment that frankly only makes sense if there are significant and off-setting economies... Read more...
One of the surest signs of an Apple product being replaced/refreshed is that said product is no longer available and lacks an expected availability date.  The latest product to go unavailable w/no expected availability date is the iPhone."The change follows multiple weeks during which the American website had already cited delays of between five to seven days for new orders.Apple's shortfall for its direct channel is also the culmination of a slowly widening shortage that first became evident in late March, when stores in New York City began having trouble carrying the devices -- a supply problem... Read more...
The battle between Microsoft and Apple may have caused Microsoft to lose some of its luster in the global brand rankings.  The Redmond giant has slipped from number 11 to number 59 over the past three years."The effect of Apple's 'Hi, I'm a Mac' advertising campaign may have taken its toll on Microsoft," CoreBrand CEO James Gregory said in a statement. "The launch of a series of new products, following a long, relatively dormant period, will be closely watched to see if it will have a positive impact on the Microsoft brand."Microsoft remains a strongly recognized brand in virtually all markets,... Read more...
Gamers that we are, we suppose we should feel good that "w00t" pwned all other nominees for 2007 Word of the Year.  Or maybe we should be thinking ... eh?Merriam-Webster's president, John Morse, said "w00t" was an ideal choice because it blends whimsy and new technology."It shows a really interesting thing that's going on in language. It's a term that's arrived only because we're now communicating electronically with each other," Morse said.Gamers commonly substitute numbers and symbols for the letters they resemble, Morse says, creating what they call "l33t speak" that's "leet" when spoken,... Read more...
For years the defense department and even some large corporations have utilized games as a method of teaching people various trade tasks.  It appears that miners are perhaps the newest recipients of 'video game' based training.Considering the staggering cost of serious mining equipment (think 7 and 8 figures each), the idea of training and even employment pre-qualification on a virtual platform might make sense.  It certainly seems that it makes sense to Caterpillar, who brought their video game 'simulation' to Peru this week for a mining convention.  Apparently the new training method earned some... Read more...
Eminem’s management and their legal team are taking on Apple, in what may be the first battle of many against Apple.  The problem isn't actually between Eminem and Apple, but rather Eminem and his label.  Stopping music sales on iTunes is the first step in changing the way record labels award royalties for songs sold on iTunes. The issue at hand is whether or not contracts between artists and labels allow the labels to authorize online sales of songs. “The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit is the latest move by Eminem's music publishers to aggressively protect the rights... Read more...
CNNMoney examined the growing use of worker performance software by large companies to rate their employees' skills, ongoing progress, and value, and how it's transforming the mundane yearly review into a bar chart extravaganza.  Does it work? Since only 39% of employees surveyed by Salary.com think the current employment practice of a yearly performance sitdown argument with your boss is a useful way to review an employee's status and prospects, it can't do much worse. Most management software is delivered as an online service. A typical package provides a resume-like profile that workers... Read more...
Ivan Krstc is the director of security for the 'One Laptop Per Child Project', and in a speech at the AusCert 2007 conference recently he offered an interesting take on the underlying problem with desktop security: Everything does everything - and that's bad. "The No. 1 broken assumption of desktop security...is this very simple premise that all executing software should execute with the full permission that its user possesses," Krstic said. "There are a bunch of programs that ship with all major operating systems--including Linux, Mac OS and Windows--that can format your... Read more...
Spanish Wi-Fi startup Fon has convinced Time Warner Cable to allow home broadband customers to turn  their connections into public wireless hotspots using Fon's hardware. It's a sort of take a penny leave a penny format for subscribers to the service, and they call their members "Foneros."  "La Fonera splits a Wi-Fi connection in two: an encrypted channel for the Fonero and a public one for neighbors or passers-by. Foneros can decide how much of their bandwidth to share with the public and can log on to any Fon router without charge. "Aliens," as Fon calls nonmembers, can register on a Web... Read more...
Magma(R) Design Automation Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will reexamine U.S. Patent No. 6,725,438 (the'438 patent), one of three patents at issue in a lawsuit between Magma and Synopsys Inc. pending in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. With this decision, the PTO is now in the process of reexamining two of the three patents in the lawsuit, and the PTO will soon decide whether it will reexamine the third. The PTO is reexamining U.S. Patent Number 6,378,114 (the '114 patent), and in August rejected all 15 claims in that... Read more...
By now you've probably heard all the buzz going on around the rumored AMD buy-out of ATI. CNN Money has a quick-take on the deal, which supposedly clocks in at a neat round number of about $5.5 Billion. Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI for $5.5 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Any such deal would shake up the processor industry, which is witnessing a battle over market share between AMD and larger rival Intel... While some may look at this move as a bit over-priced or perhaps... Read more...
VIA's VTF2006 to Feature Prominent Keynote Speakers and Technology Leadership in Fast-Growing Markets Seventh VIA Technology Forum boasts support from renowned industry players, with keynote addresses by executives from VIA, AMD and Microsoft Taipei, Taiwan, 16 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced an outstanding array of top executives from leading industry players to address the seventh VIA Technology Forum (VTF2006), taking place in Taipei from Wednesday, 7th June to Friday, 9th June. VTF2006... Read more...
After hearing about the GeForce 6150 for ages and not seeing any real influx of reviews, Anand has managed to get his hands on a board and run it through its paces for your viewing pleasure. With a ton of features iuncluding HD support and PureVideo technology, boards based on NVIDIA's new flagship IGP chipset will certainly capture the attention of those looking to build a media-center type PC.The features of the 6150/430 chipset are another story, however. You will definitely notice the advantages of the 6150/430 if you are building a Multimedia or HTPC. For starters, there are two video ports... Read more...
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