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It has been a while since we’ve had anything to report on the Sony/Digital Video Distribution front, but it looks like it’s almost a reality.According to sources the long-awaited feature is nearly available.  For their part Sony is, of course, keeping quiet.  This could be due to negotiations or the fact that the service may not be quite ready from a technical and/or infrastructure standpoint."We don't have anything new to announce at this time," Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an e-mail.But a Sony marketing executive said in a blog post last week that news could come soon."Ultimately the... Read more...
As hard as it may be to believe, Windows XP SP3 has finally shipped to manufacturing.  Users will be able to download it on 4/29.Keroack confirmed that date today. "We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the Web on April 29, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center," he said.Users will be able to update their XP systems to SP3 starting next week, but they will have to select the optional download in Windows Update or download a much larger, stand-alone installer from the Microsoft site. The company won't begin pushing XP SP3 to users who have Windows Update... Read more...
Psystar, the maker of the so called “Open Computer” series, is now being actively investigated by various web communities.  One of which has dug up some fairly interesting information:"First, let's revisit what we already know.  Not only does the Miami Chamber of Commerce and BBB not know anything about any company named Psystar (confirmed by reader [Gizmodo] Travis through his contacts in the chamber), the actual physical address they listed on their website actually changed halfway through the day yesterday.  What's going on here?  Did they all of a sudden move from a home business into a new... Read more...
Intel and Epic Games Launch "$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest" Legendary Mod-Making Contest with More than $1 Million in Cash and Prizes to Spark Game Development CARY, N.C. –  Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation. Winnings exceed $1 million in value, and consist of one coveted Unreal Engine 3 license as a grand prize and... Read more...
Soft errors, they sound a little less ominous than hard errors, don't they?  Actually, both are not a lot of fun for the average computer processor or memory chip.  A soft error, relative to semiconductor technology, is corruption inside of the memory structure of a device where bits are flipped inadvertently. Soft errors have become much more of a concern than ever before, as chip technologies shrink smaller and smaller.  And the chip manufacturer with the most skin in the game right now is of course, Intel.  Bleeding-edge 45nm process technology... Read more...
What is Net Neutrality and why should everyone care?  It's the basic concept that data should get from where it starts to where it's going without any discrimination based on the type of data or its content.  But how does a non-neutral 'net impact you?In short, it limits your options to potentially be 'wowed' by new technologies and services before they can even get a foothold.  For instance, Comcast has set up throttles for BitTorrent traffic that more or less kill BT traffic except in a few cases such as World Of Warcraft patchers.  So companies that rely on BT to distribute... Read more...
A lot of users have called RealPlayer "badware," but mostly for performance reasons.  All right, all right, we're being kind; there have been plenty of complaints over Real Networks' policies before.StopBadware.org said Tuesday it has labeled two versions of the RealPlayer media player as "badware," or spyware.RealPlayer 10.5, it claims, "fails to accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on the user's computer." And RealPlayer 11, it claims, "does not disclose the fact that it installs Rhapsody Player Engine software, and fails to remove this software... Read more...
Today Western Digital announced volume availability of their newest addition to the Caviar family of desktop hard drives, now sporting a whopping 320GB per-platter areal denisty, based on 250Gb (gigabit) per square inch platter technology.  The first drive out of the gate is a 320Gb model but higher densities are to follow... Lake Forest, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2008 - WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping in volume its WD Caviar® family of 3.5-inch hard drives based on 320 GB-per-platter technology, the same industry-leading storage areal density that the company... Read more...
Online video games are serious business, with millions playing games around the world. Usually the pwning occurs in the virtual world, but sometimes as in this case, the line gets blurred and it crosses into the real world.It all started when two clans - the Coo-clocks, made up of mostly students, and the so-called Platanium with more experienced gamers of over thirty - started fighting to wipe out each other on screen.   33-year-old Albert used to spend hours in front of his computer. On the web he had his own clan and a dozen of warriors. Just days before the New Year in a virtual battle... Read more...
After what happened to Think Secret, is "Fake Steve" now in trouble with Apple?  Nah.When I wrote about the closure of Think Secret, I wondered what the next rumor site that Big Brother, I mean Apple, would target was. I certainly didn’t think they would go after Fake Steve, or Daniel Lyons, and his “Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” satire blog. And honestly, I still don’t.I could be completely wrong, but if I’m right, and I think I am, Dec. 22 just became the new April 1.The story outlines the reasons in detail that this probably is fake news and not reality.  Number one, of course, is that... Read more...
The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more about the ultra-portable“...he has now heard from manufacturing partners in Asia that Apple is preparing to unveil a new, ultra portable laptop computer at the company's Macworld event next month in San Francisco.The blogs have speculated about this, but he says... Read more...
Only a few days after Valve's Gabe Newell dished on why Valve, makers of the Half-Life series, doesn't develop for OS X, it seems that Apple decided that they needed to make their position known as well.Bear in mind that Newell's general explanation revolved around Apple changing their support team rather frequently, and not seeming to have any continuity between the outgoing teams and the incomming teams.  The net result, Newell claims, is that every time Apple approaches Valve about gaming, they do it with a completely new (small) group of internal engineers/developers that seem to have... Read more...
MTV has decided to shut down its URGE service, while joining RealNetworks and Verizon Wireless together in a joint venture, centered around RealNetworks' Rhapsody.  URGE users will be able to migrate their accounts from URGE to Rhapsody. As part of this alliance, MTV Networks and Real are forming a new company, Rhapsody America, whose offering will be the exclusive digital music service for Real and for MTV Networks' premier music and pop culture brands in the United States. Real and MTV Networks, through their Rhapsody America venture, have formed a long-term, groundbreaking... Read more...
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance Optimization for Software Applications -- AMD “Light-Weight Profiling” is the first specification under AMD’s Hardware Extensions for Software Parallelism initiative; targeted to helping developers fully leverage the benefits of multi-core processing -- SUNNYVALE, Calif -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today made available a new specification describing “Light-Weight Profiling” (LWP), a technology designed to increase the performance of software... Read more...
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