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Upon first glance, today's press release from AMD, "AMD and Havok to Optimize Physics for Gaming," caused us to do a double take. Considering the long-time feud between AMD and Intel, it seemed surprising that any sort of amicable partnership could develop between AMD and an Intel-owned company, such as Havok:  "AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Havok today announced plans to jointly investigate the optimization of physics effects utilizing AMD's full line of products. With over 100 developers and 300 leading titles already using Havok’s physics engine -- Havok Physics -- the company has clearly defined... Read more...
Last night, Google unveiled something called "Gmail Labs." It can be found under your Settings tab in Gmail. Of course, typically, this will roll out gradually to users, so you may not see it, though it went live at 6 PM PDT Thursday night, so most should have it by now.Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally pick and let you all (who use Gmail) decide whether they're good or not. When you sign in, you'll see a new page in Settings called Labs. It has a list of experimental new features, and you can enable or disable each one. Some of the popular ones will become... Read more...
 The hype is gearing up for Madden 09. The latest installment of the sports gaming world's biggest franchise won't hit store shelves until August 12, but excitement about the gridiron goliath is bubbling up. If you're a hardcore Madden-ite, you're bound to be interested in the new relative strength rankings of each NFL squad. For true Madden devotees, the QB ratings featured in this year's edition will likely whet your appetite for game action.We were curious about the trajectory of Madden 09's popularity and Google Trends shows the game on an uptick over the last couple of weeks... Madden... Read more...
The FCC is gearing up to auction off exclusive use to a spectrum of airwaves (2155 – 2175MHz, a.k.a. the AWS-3 band), and it is considering requiring the purchaser to provide high-speed (768Kbps) Internet access to most of the U.S. for free: ''We're hoping there will be increased interest (in the proposal) and because this will provide wireless broadband services to more Americans it is certainly something we want to see,'' said FCC spokesman Rob Kenny.Kenny said he didn't know when the auction would be held and details must still be worked out. However, he said the resulting network must reach... Read more...
If a story posted at DigiTimes today is true, Abit could possibly be exiting the motherboard business sometime soon."Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is reportedly considering phasing out of the motherboard market after evaluating its shipment performance of Intel 4 series motherboards, according to channel sources.Abit, however, maintains it does not know anything about the speculation and will continue to develop motherboard products.Abit's has failed to meet the expectations of parent company Universal Scientific Industrial (USI) in its ability to compete with fellow second-tier makers in... Read more...
All of the three major browsers are given away free to anyone that will take them. But that doesn't make the the competition among them any less ferocious; just the opposite, really. Microsoft's Internet Explorer enjoys about a 75 percent share of users, Mozilla's Firefox 18 percent, and Apple's Safari has 5 percent. Mozilla and Microsoft are battling one another by offering newer versions of their browsers, out in beta now, and Apple is trying to gain market share by surreptitiously bundling Safari with automatic updates for its iTunes music player. Why fight over free stuff? Because many feel... Read more...
Google is going to experiment with SSDs and they have chosen to go with Intel’s SSD technology.  The move is said to be part of plan to help reduce electric bills, but it could potentially offer some performance gains too.“The more power efficient SSDs will be installed at severs at Google's US headquarters. Intel will supply flash chips and Marvell the corresponding controller ICs, the sources detailed.  Shipments are slated for late second quarter, they added.With the increasing use of SSDs in server applications, a shortage for 16Gb and 32Gb NAND flash chips could become a possibility, the sources... Read more...
We had an interesting press release from NextComputing cross the news wire recently that we wanted to share with you all.  If you're unfamiliar with NextComputing, they specialize in field deployable distributed computing appliances designed for a number of different types of work environments, that are also compatible with off-the shelf components.NextComputing's just introduced the Vigor Evo HD, a ruggedized workstation that features an integrated 17" LCD.  Here's what the company has to say about it... Nashua, NH - NextComputing, manufacturers of high-performance mobile workstations... Read more...
IBM is allegedly interested in adopting OS X according to internal documents.“In line with IBM’s external strategy of offering a true ‘Open Client’ that may be Windows, Linux or a Mac,” the document noted, “Research IS is focusing on providing an IBM application stack on multiple Operating Systems, rather than be confined to one or the other.”It certainly seems that Windows Vista’s slip in the corporate sector has allowed the Cupertino-based company to catch up.  Who would have thought that Macs would ever find a home on the desks at IBM, who once set up operations with the direct intent of crushing... Read more...
Psystar continues to make headlines, this time because the company’s OS X Leopard-based systems are now being attacked for what seems like the most basic oversight imaginable:"The company didn't get permission from developers working on the OSx86 Project to sell their work.  Netkas, who developed the EFI emulator Psystar is using, posted up a blog entry yesterday calling Psystar "liars" and has re-released his code under a license that specifically forbids commercial usage."If Psystar starts shipping their machines, it might end up causing a lot of trouble for the entire OSx86 group.  Thus far... Read more...
The "most published author in the history of the planet" doesn't write much of anything. Philip Parker has "authored" more than 200,000 books, on topics that would seem to be of little interest to the average person. He's done it by developing computer algorithms that collect publicly available information on the Web, and then compiles the information and uses print on demand to produce a copy for an interested reader - and makes money even if only one person buys it. If you're interested in "The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet... Read more...
Yet another reason to keep your teen from talking you into a cell phone?Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.The messages often spread quickly and sometimes find their way to public Web sites.Yes, yes, we know a lot of parents cite safety reasons for giving teens and younger cell phones, but it seems like they're getting access to things they shouldn't have without the responsibility... Read more...
Microsoft has certainly been on a buying spree of late, and their latest acquisition is an anti-rootkit vendor Komoku.  The purchase price has not been made public at this time, but it is expected that Microsoft will offer Komoku's technology to their enterprise customers as soon as possible and might open a few doors to security conscious organizations that have thus far shunned Vista."Komoku's customers include the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Microsoft security division general manager Ryan Hamlin said in a statement that it was Komoku's work for "ultra... Read more...
On Wednesday a rumor started circulating that AMD was starting to making cutbacks in its workforce, not entirely uncommon for a company that is attempting to become profitable again.  As with all rumors, they don't always turn out to be factual:An AMD representative denied that any cuts have taken place as of Thursday morning, but when asked if cuts were impending, declined to comment on "rumors and speculation." The source of the rumor also went on say that AMD was going to miss its quarterly earnings target.  Time will tell if this part of the rumor is accurate, otherwise it seems that... Read more...
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