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Some retailers have been offering credits or trade-ins for returns of HD-DVD players, but you always need to buy a new Blu-ray player in exchange. Circuit City is going them one better, extending its 30-day return policy to 90 days for HD-DVD players.Circuit City Stores Inc. is getting on the Blu-ray digital video format bandwagon by tripling the period in which customers who purchased a rival HD DVD player can return them.The nation's No. 2 electronics retailer has instructed its stores to "take care of our customers" and accept returns of HD DVD players within 90 days of purchase, spokesman Jim... Read more...
Yahoo's rejection of Microsoft's $44.6 billion buyout offer has stirred up a lot of controversy and even more lawsuits than we reported earlier this week.Yahoo's board of directors claim that the offer isn't sufficient, while Microsoft is of the opinion that anything above and beyond $44.6 billion is too much and it'd be more efficient to start buying stock in preparation for a hostile takeover.   Neither company has budged publicly, but Yahoo shareholders are up in arms according to a recent filing Yahoo provided the Securities and Exchange. “The impasse has triggered four shareholder... Read more...
As with all rumors, please take the following news item with a  grain of salt until we can receive official confirmation or denial from AMD.For those of you who've been hoping for a more competitive high-end CPU landscape, it seems that your wishes might be met as early as the end of this year:“...the inputs from trusted Far Eastern friends about the 45 nm desktop parts say that, if AMD does its job right, we're gonna have a quad-core 6MB cache part running at 3.2 GHz with DDR2-1066 memory a few months before year's end.”It makes a lot of sense for AMD to be throwing their effort into getting... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg is 23 years old. He founded the social networking site Facebook while he was still in college. He's made the mistake most bright people make when one of their notions becomes wildly popular overnight: He's thinks it has nothing to do with luck, or being in the right place at the right time.  Unchastened by his foolhardy foray into Big Brother spying on his customers with the Beacon widget, he continues to behave like what he is:  an inexperienced businessman in charge of a suddenly prominent business.Want to know about how privately held Facebook is doing from a financial... Read more...
Do you ever get that feeling that all day you're just taking one step forward, two steps back?  How about that uncanny sort of chill that goes down your spine when you're skulking in late from a night out with the boys, only to realize that your wife or significant other really isn't asleep, she's faking it and your dog-breath, over-indulged, wretchedness won't slide past her, even if you paid her handsomely.  Well, it could just be that you haven't yet mastered all time, space and dimension yet, young Jedi.  Grand Poo-Baa of all the smart guys in history, Albert Einstein... Read more...
Google Inc.'s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission despite heavy opposition from Microsoft and AT&T.The next step of the deal is to be cleared by the powers that be in other regions of the world that Google operates in.“The deal, announced in April, will combine Google's leading position in online text ads with DoubleClick's ad-serving tools that help publishers place and track display ads.”This acquisition could very well put Google into a very dominant position in the online advertising arena for the foreseeable future.... Read more...
Google's plan to acquire DoubleClick Inc. has run into a snag.  That snag's name is the European Commission, which acts as the EU's anti-competition watchdog.  Despite the Federal Trade Commission approving the takeover, the EC feels that the merger will have a detrimental effect to European consumers:"The Google/DoubleClick merger would harm consumer welfare by creating a structure that almost certainly will be less respectful of user privacy," the BEUC said Thursday in a letter to the European Commission this week.There is also concern that Google would control major portions of advertising... Read more...
We're wondering when Microsoft is going to release a series of advertisements that poke fun at Apple's latest OS, much like Apple's anti-Vista media blitz that started almost a year ago.The problem is that Apple was comparing an OS that had over a year of post-release patches/updates and bug-fixes and was trying to compare it to an ambitious release from Microsoft.  Let's not lose sight of the fact that OS 10.4 (a.k.a. Tiger) was the subject of many complaints and compatibility issues upon launch itself.  Now the tables have turned, and Vista is nearing the 1 year mark and Apple's Leopard... Read more...
If watching all 3 “Back To The Future” movies was supposed to teach us anything, it's that people shouldn't tinker with time.  Nor should anyone modify DMC-12s without serious contemplation of the consequences, but perhaps attempting to treat time like a toy was perhaps the more serious message.Apparently nobody got this message out to the good people in the U.S. Congress, and their 2005 change to the daylight savings system has caused all kinds of havoc.  Thankfully nothing along the lines of Armageddon-esque/Y2K-horror story events seem to have happened, but rather plenty of small things... Read more...
Look for the mark of excellence with Diamond Multimedia’s xDNA™ CHATSWORTH, CA —November 11, 2007— Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, today unveiled their newly developed xDNA©™ technology platform. This new technology platform enables heterogeneous graphics cards to function and operate on heterogeneous platforms. With advanced performance and unprecedented software architecture, the newly released Diamond xDNA software platform is the ideal solution on graphics cards for the most demanding... Read more...
Picture A One-Stop Multimedia Studio With The Dell XPS 420Round Rock, Texas, October 23, 2007 - Dell today announced the XPS 420 – a premium multimedia desktop PC that features Dell-exclusive Adobe  Elements Studio software pre-installed, including Adobe Photoshop  Elements 6 & Premiere Elements 4 software as well as Adobe Soundbooth CS3 – to simplify multimedia creativity whether it’s producing a slide show, editing a family video or cleaning up audio recordings.Dell also announced a new 20-inch widescreen flat panel display, its first to include a built-in webcam, and refreshed... Read more...
Electronics are supposed to make our lives easier and more pleasant. Gibson guitars have certainly made our lives more pleasant, at least if the proper person is playing them. Gibson decided to make life easier for the guitar player, too, by offering a new line of instruments that tune themselves automatically. Purists say it's cheating, but at least that fellow playing "Stairway To Heaven" at the music store will be playing the wrong notes in tune now.As the strings are played, the Powertune processor compares their actual frequencies with the desired notes and sends instructions--tighten the... Read more...
The company whose name is virtually synonymous with on-line searches has been rumored to be interested in getting into the telecom business for quite a while now.  Apparently that rumor may be more fascinating than the truth: Google has a need for speed that only fiber optics can fufill:Google does have an abiding interest in bandwidth. Google's previous fiber optic cable purchases have been to connect its data centers and to "peer" with telecommunications companies. Google's peering arrangements help ensure that its traffic gets delivered in a timely manner to points where the network infrastructure... Read more...
Around midday on Friday Google Inc.'s stock hit an all time high price of $560.55, which would give the 9-year-old company a market value near $175 billion.For those of you hoping that the new advertisements on YouTube, Google's video service, would be going away, this should probably be proof that it isn't likely to happen any time soon.  Those ads, along with other advertising technologies paired with Google's dominance in many aspects of daily web life are considered key factors for share prices having reached that new summit.“Despite aggressive challenges by rivals like Yahoo  Inc. and Microsoft... Read more...
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