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Intel's Visual Computing Group (VCG), a new entry into the graphics arena, recently went over its roadmap for the next few years with the press and revealed that the company is looking to release a new graphics solutions to compete NVIDIA and ATI as early as 2008/2009. VCG wants to produce a GPU based on as many as 16 cores in a single die working together to provide the best gaming experience possible. Intel's Visual Computing Group (VCG) gave an interesting overview of the discrete graphics plans this week. There seems to be a few interesting developments down the pipeline that could prove quite a challenge to NVIDIA and AMD in 2 years time. As already stated on their website,... Read more...
People like to complain about PayPal and other online payment methods. People also like to complain about Bill Gates. But they will build a shrine to the guy if he manages to slash credit card fees by pioneering micropayments on the web. Because he's not gunning just to make PayPal obsolete; he's going for the big dogs, too: MasterCard and Visa. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates indicated that Microsoft was looking into finding a way to make so-called micropayments a reality online. And to make it a reality, Gates noted that traditional credit card fees would need to be undercut, and severely. See,... Read more...
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a process for printing all sorts of components right on a substrate, one right over another, that could be used to fabricate electronic and optical devices inexpensively. And it works on flexible or curved surfaces, too. The method could have an impact on various aspects of the display industry. Today's flat-screen LCD televisions are made in enormous, expensive chambers in which the electronics that control individual pixels in the display are formed on large slabs of glass. Rogers says his technique could make it possible to form these electronics in smaller batches in less expensive... Read more...
Not really. But Google has pioneered the business model of giving away a service for the privilege of showing you a small advertisement. They think the time is about right for cell phones to do the same. Web search leader Google Inc.'s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising. Schmidt said Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy. "Your mobile phone should be free," Schmidt told Reuters. "It just makes sense that subsidies... Read more...
Worried that people are climbing in your windows and stealing all your Hot Hardware while you're at work trying to make enough money to buy a new hi-def flatscreen? Well, ATT/Cingular has announced the availability of their home monitoring system that will work on a computer or their cellphones: Customers would also need to pay a one-time fee of $199 for a starter package that includes a camera, a wireless door or window sensor, as well as software and hardware that connects them to the home network. The service could support up to four cameras and wireless sensors that could alert customers on everything from high or low temperatures to the presence of water or an intruder. You could receive... Read more...
What if you could recall everything you'd ever said, or had been said to you, or search through a database of every life event, no matter how mundane? Researchers for Microsoft think computers could act as a sort of back-up for your brain: There are two parts to the project. The first is Bell's experiment with life storage -- capturing his papers, faxes, phone calls, photographs and home movies in digitalized form. The second part focuses on developing software that would support this type of lifetime library on anyone's computer. "The quest is to essentially build a surrogate memory. Something that's as good as my own memory, that I can... Read more...
Comcast knows you hardly every leave the house. They're already selling 23 million customers like you cable television and broadband internet and VoIp phone. They've decided to take up the remaining few minutes of your waking life by selling on-demand movie downloads right over the wire they already have running into your house. According to one source that spoke with Gizmodo, Comcast will ensure that users get the movies as quickly as possible by uncapping the bandwidth limits in place on an account for the duration of the download. If that is indeed the case, those pesky 6Mbps bandwidth caps may disappear until customers have finished... Read more...
As Yahoo! News reports, AOL is fully commited to continuing the drastic changes that are being made to its service. The latest change for AOL is their decision to jump into the online film distribution market, as they are announcing plans to start selling movies and TV shows through their service. Movies will likley retail from $9.99 to $19.99, while shows will be available for $1.99, or will be offered free with advertisements included. "Conroy said AOL's decision to charge for some programs is consistent with its desire to offer users choice - download-to-own offerings alongside free, ad-supported items. He said AOL is becoming one of... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI will be shipping standard and Crossfire edition variants of their upcoming R580+ GPU with the same operating frequencies. Traditionally, the Crossfire edition master card trailed the flagship level model in terms of frequency. For the first time, owners of the top of the line cards will be able to have two cards running in Crossfire mode with no forced decrease in core speed. Although a very welcomed change, it is somewhat ironic that this topic is already destined to become a null issue as ATI's upcoming RD600 chipset will not require a Crossfire edition card in order to run two cards in Crossfire mode. Regardless, it will be interesting to see... Read more...
The debate over how to ethically handle China's internet censorship carried on in Congress today, as major tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, and Google were brought in for questioning. While the argument over internet freedoms is only about as old as the internet, the debate on Business vs. ethics, and where do draw the line is nothing new. "Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications and public affairs for Google, said Google's decision to censor its Chinese Internet search engine was "not something we did enthusiastically or something we're proud of at all. ... We have begun a path that we believe will ultimately... Read more...
A Dutch tech firm is pitching the idea of ridding the internet of suffixes like .org, and .com, and instead use single names, even different character sets. Is the "UnifiedRoot" approach really worth scrapping the current system though? "UnifiedRoot offers practically unlimited numbers of suffixes, unlike the short list of suffixes currently in use. Its offer is different from other "alternative root" providers such as New.net which offers to register names in front of a small range of new suffixes, such as .club and .law."... Read more...
Good Morning All, Intel lets fly with their new i925X and i915 chipsets today, along with a couple of LGA775 based P4's to go with them.  PCI Express, DDR2 and a host of other new goodies are on the bench at HotHardware.com. Have a look at all this new good stuff, right here!... Read more...
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