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As the old expression goes, I don't know what Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang is smoking, but I want some. Yesterday Yahoo! announced that they had finally really absolutely unequivocally indubitably without question stopped talking to Microsoft about a takeover by, or joint venture with the Redmond giant, and that they had signed a deal with Google that essentially hands over their search marketing to Google for a slice of the revenue. In other words, they gave away what Microsoft was trying to buy from them. By the end of the day $3.6 billion in shareholder value had been lost. And it took about ten seconds... Read more...
Steve Jobs says the next version of Apple's OS, nicknamed Snow Leopard, will concentrate on easing programming for parallel processors. Of course multi-core CPUs already pose challenges to use all the available processing capacity they're capable of, but in addition to that, Jobs is proposing using the OS to grab available graphics processing power for CPU functions too. Jobs said Apple is proposing a new processing standard called Open CL (Open Computing Language) that allows programmers to take advantage of graphics processors. "Basically it lets you use graphics processors to do computation,"... Read more...
CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE VARIETY MAP PACK AVAILABLE NOW FOR WINDOWS PCNVIDIA Offering New Maps as a Free Download through nZone.com Santa Monica, CA – June 5, 2008 – New battle zones are emerging on the Windows® PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare™ Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.  For updates about download destinations,... Read more...
T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation — Computing power, scalability and energy-efficiency of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor contributes to supercomputers with specifications developed by University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University — TOKYO — June 2, 2008 — AMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These... Read more...
Apple issued a large patch yesterday for its Leopard operating system. While the iCal calendar exploit got a good bit of press back when it was discovered in January, most of the over forty bugs and vulnerabilities addressed in the patch haven't really been front page news, although many of them seem fairly serious. The days of "security by obscurity" for Apple users are gone now as Apple gains market share, so if you're running Leopard make sure your computer is patched and up to date. While Security Update 2008-003 targets, Mac OS X v 10.4.11 and Mac Os X Server v 10.4.11, it also incorporates... Read more...
I don't know about you, but I feel fine. Viacom doesn't. It sued Google, the owner of YouTube, for  $1 billion for copyright infringement. Google, in turn, doesn't feel fine either, because Viacom can sue them even though they claim they have made every attempt to comply with the DMCA. According to Google, the suit threatens the very existence of the sharing of any information on the Internet.{Google] said YouTube was faithful to the requirements of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying the federal law was intended to protect companies like YouTube as long as they responded properly... Read more...
Western Digital has quietly updated their 1TB offering to feature three 334GB platters, thus reducing the amount of platters by one.“That means less power is needed and less moving parts are required to make the drive operate.  Impress is reporting that Western Digital has quietly updated its Caviar GP line of drives in Asia with a platter density of 334GB in the 1TB capacity drive.  Other features of the drive remain the same with a 16MB cache.”While lower power is certainly noteworthy, we’re also interested in seeing the performance gains with the trio of higher density platters.  WD seems to... Read more...
Google Sites, the group Website tool that was originally available only to "companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains," can now be utilized by even non-business users--and you don't even need to host it on your own domain anymore: "Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information -- team projects, company intranets, community groups, classrooms, clubs, family updates, you name it -- in one place, for a few people, a group or the world. You can securely host your own website at http://sites.google.com/[your-website] and... Read more...
OLED displays share the promise of low power, high def, ultra-high contrast goodness.  In fact Samsung claims their new line of AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic LED) panels boast 20X the contrast ratio of standard LCDs.  In addition, since the panels do not require any back-lighting, they consume much less power, so they are well suited for portable applications obviously.  Also, since they're based on LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, viewing angles, response times and brightness are also wonderfully impressive.  Though Samsung is currently shipping OLED-based screens... Read more...
Adobe's Flash player has a 98% percent install rate, so I guess it's safe to call it an industry standard for video content. They've just released the latest version, Flash Player 10,  nicknamed "Astro," as a beta test. It's got some interesting things under the hood that work in the background to make video playback faster. On the visual side, it allows interactive 3D display based on 2D pictures, and for some reason, a "Pixel Bender" that allows you to swirl and distort the image and make yourself seasick if you like. Adobe has enhanced performance by enlisting the user's graphics card to... Read more...
Sun Microsystems is a long-time player in the enterprise-level world of servers, software, and services. While the company prides itself on its Java technology, Solaris operating system, and UltraSPARC processors, its true bread-and-butter comes from its servers--including rackmount, x64, blade, enterprise, among other types of servers. Sun's server options seem endless with multi-processor solutions featuring CPU choices from Sun UltraSPARCs, Intel Xeons, and AMD Opterons. Today, Sun's Opteron processor-based options just expanded even more:"AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced enterprise customers... Read more...
Just in time for the (delayed) release of the Windows XP SP3 update, Parallels updates its Mac virtualization application, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. As recent as last week, a Parallels representative stated that an XP SP3-compatible update to Parallels Desktop was as much as a month away. Perhaps what he meat to say was "next month," which in this case meant only a handful of days.Prior to the most-recent Parallels Desktop update, users who were running Windows XP and tried to upgrade XP to the SP3 update were running into a variety of problems. This latest update, build 5600, not only claims... Read more...
The University of Illinois  at Urbana Champaign is a hotbed of high-tech research these days. They've recently demonstrated a process for "growing" upright copper nanowires on surfaces made from a wide array of materials.  These nanowires could be used to make Field-Emission Displays, brighter and sharper than existing flat panel displays, by using the nanowires to shoot electrons at phosphor particles on a screen. The copper nanowires are suitable for use in FEDs because they are uniform and have a very pointed tip. "The smaller the tip size the stronger the electric field," Kim says.... Read more...
If looks could kill?  Or rather, now looks can kill, at least in video games.Technology is being developed to allow people with severe motor disabilities to play 3D computer games like World of Warcraft using only their eyes.Since the 1990s, gaze technology has helped people with conditions such as motor neurone disease (MND), cerebral palsy and other "locked-in syndromes" to control 2D desktop environments and communicate using visual keyboards.Users typically guide a cursor with their eyes, staring at objects for a time to emulate a mouse click. But that is too laborious to let users to... Read more...
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