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With midterm elections coming up this November, candidates are on the move to gain voter interest, especially the interest of younger voters. MySpace.com is helping the cause, partnering with the non partisan group Declare Yourself. MySpace.com estimates that 80 percent of its user base is old enough to vote, but will a few new profile tools... Read more...
Today Microsoft has announced that Peter Jackson, director of Kong and the Lord of the Rings series, is planning a unique Xbox Live project. Mr. Jackson feels that technology has now progressed to a point where we can properly blend the art of story telling, with interactive entertainment. "Mr Jackson, who is also producing a movie based on... Read more...
What at one time seemed like the hot new CPU technology to own, AMD's AM2 has turned out to be somewhat of a dud since it's release. While AMD has delivered improved performance and features, the new socket hasn't been what many had hoped. XYZ Computing has decided to delve into the many reasons why AMD's AMD has failed to... Read more...
Today Google has presented a paper at the Intel Developer Forum, requesting the industry create a more efficient power supply. Today's current brand of PSUs convert high-voltage alternating current to low-voltage direct current, and Google is looking to change that by using a single 12-volt standard.... Read more...
While we've posted links to various factory tours in the past, Firingsquad has a unique video tour of the insides of one of Gigabyte's factories. Click here to see the 2:11 minute video of Gigabyte, Taiwan. "Back in June we were invited to tour one of Gigabytes top factories. If you've... Read more...
In a time where job layoffs in the tech industry make the headlines, it's always good to see a company adding to its workforce. Dell will be looking to hire new software and mechanical engineers, as well as program managers, for its Texas building. "Michael Dell declined to comment on last week's announcement that the company had received... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto, the highly popular and controversial game from Rockstar Games, is continuing to take the heat in a high-profile murder trial. Codey Posey has been convicted of killing his father, stepmother, and stepsister, after claiming years of abuse. However, various attorney's, including famous antigame activist Jack Thompson,... Read more...
In an attempt to get their message across, the U.S. government is embracing the YouTube community in an effort to curb drug use. Though there's some controversy on how effective the ads are, the White House has started injecting their anti-drug videos into the service, which receives millions of viewers a day, many of them teenagers.... Read more...
NVIDIA has yet to respond to the lawsuit filed by Scanner Technologies, in which they claim NVIDIA sold products based on a 3D BGA inspection system, used to ensure product reliability. Along with seeking undisclosed damages, Scanner Technologies is also going after preliminary and permanent injunctions, as well legal fees and court fees.... Read more...
Microsoft has set its sites on YouTube's pie, using its new Soapbox service to carve a slice. Like other video services, users will be able comment on, and rate videos, as well as create RSS feeds and share links. Video size is limited to 100MB, though there are no limits on video length.... Read more...
With the demise of Betamax years ago, VHS became the one simple choice for videos, and remained that way up until the late 90's. VHS has since met it's end, and DVD has taken over as the format choice for most, but that's all changing now. With the release of Sony's Blu-Ray format, and Microsoft's competing HD-DVD format,... Read more...
In response to the numerous reports of defective laptop batteries that could pose a fire hazard risk, Virgin Atlantic has banned the use of certain laptops from their flights. The ban covers certain Dell and Apple laptops, ones which contain the faulty batteries manufactured by Sony. The laptops are still permitted to be brought... Read more...
BBC News is reporting on the details Microsoft has released on its upcoming "Zune" music player. Microsoft hopes the promising new device will be a direct rival to Apple's iPod, and will feature wireless connectivity, a radio, video playback, a three-inch screen, and will initially have a 30GB hard drive. With... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment Licenses Havok Physics Technology Blizzard to use Havok 4.0 for both PC and Mac platforms San Francisco, September 14, 2006 - Havok, the premier provider of interactive software and services to digital creators in the game and film industries, announces today that Blizzard Entertainment(R) has licensed Havok 4.0, the... Read more...
The story of Lonelygirl15 exploded faster than any ever thought possible, even the creators of the "show". CNN News is reporting that Lonelygirl15 is indeed a fake, being the creation of three friends attempting to tell a story through short videos. Recently there has been speculation that Lonelygirl15 was actually a creation... Read more...
Gamers can get their first taste of the upcoming expansion pack for F.E.A.R. with the single player demo that was released today. Head on over to whatisfear.com to get yourself started.... Read more...
Almost anyone who's ever spent a few minutes with Wikipedia can start appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge the site has to offer. Though the free encyclopedia is open to a whole host of problems, such as inaccurate information, questionable sources, and vandalism, its popularity continues to grow. Even with all the site's problems,... Read more...
Last Tuesday it was reported that Hewlett-Packard was having an ongoing internal investigation over who was leaking information to the press, and the source was assumed to be one of the company's directors. CNet news is now reporting that HP may have illegally accessed the phone records of the companies directors, as well as a few... Read more...
In West Philadelphia, Microsoft is participating in a promising new program aimed at upgraing the quality of America's high schools. Microsoft has designed a new school which contains many new features unseen to most high schools, including using laptops instead of books(also removing the need for a large library), smartboards... Read more...
OCZ Technology Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory for Gamers and System Builders Sunnyvale, CA - September 7, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the new OCZ PC2-5400 ATI CrossFireTM Certified modules. The... Read more...
IBM has stepped up to the plate with plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer. Codenamed Roadrunner, the computer will be built in a US laboratory, and will contain Sony's Cell chip, which will be used in Sony's Playstation 3. Running at "petaflop speeds", the machine should be able to process 1.6 thousand trillion... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic... Read more...
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