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It's finally happened: the first official order for the OLPC has been placed.  The country which ordered them was Uruguay. The South American country has bought 100,000 of the machines for schoolchildren aged six to 12. A further 300,000 may be purchased to provide a machine for every child in the country by 2009. The order will be a boost for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organisation behind the project which has admitted difficulties getting concrete orders.An additional boost to the program may happen on November 12th, when the "Give 1, Get 1" program starts, allowing end users to buy their own OLPCs.... Read more...
For those of us that have been wondering when we might start seeing 3rd party applications (not hacks) available for our spiffy new iPhones, the answer is likely to be sometime next year at the very earliest.The delay is initially due to Apple taking a stance against allowing any modification of the iPhone, including non-Apple software.  Apple has quietly dropped that position, one announced by Steve Jobs at the iPhone's unveiling, and now Mr. Jobs is even going on to say that the an iPhone SDK is due in February:“It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the... Read more...
Today, October 8, at 8:00AM Pacific Time, Intel launched a new Web 2.0-inspired Web site. Similar to Digg, it offers a forum where people can submit and vote for their favorite software company or product.You can go to the site, register, set up an account and start submitting stories, sites, etc. They are most interested in software companies, but they are also interested in technologies in general. The site has the following categories: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare which are, of course, the same as the various “platforms” Intel supports. There’s also an Other category, naturally. Much like Digg, you can vote up a story, or “bury” it.This site has been used internally at... Read more...
Gamers Gain Supremacy with the Dell XPS M1730   NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2007 – PC gaming leader Dell today unleashed the XPS™ M1730 notebook, aka “the beast,” for gamers who want to experience the peak of mobile gaming performance. Available immediately, the XPS M1730 is the world’s first notebook to incorporate AGEIA PhysX Mobile Technology™ and Logitech’s GamePanel LCD. The PhysX™ processor helps deliver realistic movement and environmental interaction at incredible speeds without degrading overall performance. The GamePanel LCD allows gamers to view game stats, create new macros and... Read more...
MTV is launching a social network, which makes sense, given the youth of its audience.  What's different about this social network is its focus on activism. The site, Think.MTV.com, is designed to be a resource for social and political issues, aiming to inform as well as let users connect with other like-minded people on issues from the environment to sexual health and discrimination. It will let users create pages, as on other online social networks Facebook and MySpace, and upload photos and videos, some of which may be aired on MTV's online or cable network. In order to sign up for Think.MTV, you either have to have... Read more...
Are you ready to social network, Yahoo-style? On Friday Yahoo! started sending out invitations to Mash, its beta social networking site. Note that you will need an invitation to mash with the rest of us. Mash is different from other social networks in that you can start profiles for your friends and "open" your own profile to friends you trust, according to the Mash blog. What that means, exactly, is still a bit unclear. You can also reportedly customize your profile or friends' profiles with other apps, ala Facebook. "One last note before you jump in: Mash is still pretty raw--there are bugs and we haven't gotten to several of the features it really should... Read more...
There has been much concern over the security and privacy of social networking sites.  Much of the flak has been directed at the sites themselves.  But a study run by security company Sophos showed, once again, that the real security hole, lies in users.By creating a  fake ID around a green frog name "Freddi Staur" (which is an anagram of ID Fraudster), and inviting 200 real users to be its friend, Sophos showed just how easy it is to get private info. Without any "hacking" whatsoever, the tub toy managed to acquire a treasure trove of personal data. About 73 people were willing to post their birthday, while others willingly included places of birth, employers' names and addresses,... Read more...
It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create customized lists of music based on that users purchase history. The widgets can be placed on a user's blog, Web site, or social networking profile.Three widgets are currently available: the first lists recent purchases; the second shows music that the user has reviewed on iTunes; and the last shows a "tag cloud" of the artists the customer has purchased through... Read more...
There has been much speculation recently about Windows Vista SP1 Beta, and even rumors and sightings around the web.  There was also a "leak" of some pre-Beta patches a week or so ago.  Microsoft has now officially released them. Microsoft still isn't commenting on when a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista will be officially released (our money is on November), but the company has posted two updates that are expected to be part of that final package: the "performance and reliability" update and the "compatibility and reliability" update. These are official releases.The "standalone updates" have been posted to Microsoft's support site, and users will need to validate their Vista installs... Read more...
The TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) has recently run a survey of the IRS to determine how well the agency would respond to a little old fashioned social engineering.TIGTA callers posed as helpdesk representatives and requested assistance changing a password.  The results are quite surprising: “In 61 of 102 cases, the TIGTA caller was able to convince an IRS employee to change his or her password as requested. Furthermore, only eight of the 102 IRS employees contacted actually contacted the audit team, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Office of Investigations, or the IRS computer security organization. These results indicate an ongoing problem for... Read more...
Tech Talk with Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United GIGABYTE United, City of Industry, CA, - GIGABYTE, the leading brand of Motherboard manufacturer, has taken Intel P35 motherboard to extreme with its Ultra Durable 2 Series motherboard, aiming at those PC enthusiasts who has been craving for an ultimate solution without sacrificing features, performance and durability to pricing point. In light of its phenomenal success of Ultra Durable 2 Series in Americans Market, GIGABYTE invited media elites to Tech Talk where Mr. Tony Liao, Associate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of GIGABYTE United, sat down with them to talk in... Read more...
A fun e-mail just landed in the in-box that we thought some of you would like to see.  It seems that some folks at Intel have gotten together and come up with a cool appreciation website and set of videos that will bring a tear (of laughter) to a seasoned sysadmin's eye.  Did you know that July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Enjoy new humorous videos by Christopher Guest developed for the IT guy/gal... If you are wondering why there is a random jockey in one of the videos - it's trademark Guest.  He tries to work in Jockeys, miniature horses and little people into all of his work.  In this case it's supposed to perpetuate the chaos... Read more...
Core 2 Duo-based notebooks abound these days and along with Asus, IBM and Dell, HP has always offered innovative designs that can be attention-grabbers with the HH editorial team.  We hereby summon the HP team to provide us with one of these gems for testing and evaluation.  T7100 processor, 15.4 wide screen and special casing.  That is a tasty burger...  "'Round these parts, we can't help but show a little extra love for anything slapped with an oh-so-coveted "limited edition" label, and for folks in the market for a new HP laptop (and residing in Japan, by the way), here's one especially for you. The dv6500 CT Special Edition is said to be limited to 1,000 units and will reportedly... Read more...
The price cuts we told you about yesterday are now official.  Sorry, no Barcelona pricing just yet.  We'll keep an eye out though, as we'd expect that information to be released at about the same time the first CPUs from that family get ready to ship.  Here's just a few of prices, representing the fastest CPUs AMD has to offer in some of the most popular segments: TL-66 (mobile CPU) now $354 6000+ now $178 FX-74 (pair) now $599 X2 BE-2350 (energy efficient model) now $91 Sempron 3800+ now just $53... Read more...
Size isn't everything. At least when it comes to electronics. Driven by popular demand and semiconductor process technology, cell phones, MP3 players, motherboards, and other devices have evolved to become smaller, more powerful, and more portable. At just 10cm x 7.2cm, the pico-ITX VIA EPIA PX10000 motherboard is currently the smallest commercial motherboard available. Of course, it seems that one must always sacrifice performance for a smaller package, and the PX10000 does indeed have many ups and downs. It supports the VIA C7 NanoBGA2 Processor, which runs at just 1.0 GHz. Moreover, the board only has 1 x SATA input, 1 x 10/100 LAN input, and 1 x IDE (UltraDMA) input. UniCrome Pro II AGP graphics... Read more...
AMD To Hold Financial Analyst Day SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- December 7, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET (5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's business. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations. The event will be webcast live and can be accessed at this URL. The web cast will be available for 10 days following the meeting at www.amd.com. For more information regarding the AMD Financial Analyst Day and the... Read more...
Motorola, Inc., has received the 2006 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Award in recognition of its "outstanding contributions to IEEE standards, which allow people to be mobile and connected across the globe." Motorola has been a leader in the creation of many IEEE standards. Most significantly, it has contributed substantially to the broad family of IEEE 802 wireless standards by participating in over 50 IEEE 802 working groups and task groups. For instance, it has held numerous leadership positions in working groups for IEEE 802.11 (local area networks), IEEE 802.15 (personal area networks), IEEE 802.16 (metropolitan area networks) and IEEE 802.22 (regional area networks)... Read more...
Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September that the company can earn more by developing its own games rather than licensing characters and content to other developers. The company wants to make 80 percent of its games internally, and have 80 percent of these titles based on Disney movies, TV shows, or other content. The company has been buying out other game development studios, such as Avalanche... Read more...
Hot off the presses from both MSNBC and Fox News, it appears that the acquisition of YouTube by Google is official.  Google, in its largest purchase in its 8 year history, agreed to buy YouTube for an estimated $1.65 billion dollars.  YouTube has yet to turn a profit, but no doubt they did today.  Under the agreement, YouTube would retain its 67 employees and branding.  Head on over to the above news services for the latest details.   EDIT:  CNN also has a pretty good read on the acquisition as well.... Read more...
The most mundane store has doors that open when you approach. We all have personal communicators now, but ours take pictures, play music, and have GPS. My PDA puts a tricorder to shame. Full body non-invasive scans? Check. All that was left really, from Star Trek's original kit of technology was teleportation. Well, the scientists at Neils Bohr institute in Copenhagen have got that figured out too. Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second. But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University... Read more...
Ripped strait from our speculation last night, Lenovo and IBM have officially recalled about 168,500 Sony manufactured battery packs (an additional 357,500 battery packs were sold worldwide).  The affected part numbers are: ASM P/N     FRU P/N 92P1072     92P1073 92P1088     92P1089 92P1142     92P1141 92P1170     92P1169 or 93P5028 92P1174     92P1173 or 93P5030 and can be found in the following ThinkPad notebook computers: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s).  Users owning the affected batteries should contact Lenovo... Read more...
Tivo has officially announced the much anticipated and talked about Series 3 DVR today.  This series brings to the table a slew of new features such as high definition recording, THX certification, and CableCard slots.  Armed with a 250GB hard drive and dual tuners the DVR will be able to record up to 32 hours of HD video and up to 300 hours of standard programming.  These enhancements to in the Series 3 mark the first major changes to their product line since the Series 2 launched back in 2002. High-definition television, which offers super-sharp images, is growing in popularity, and other rival DVRs by cable operators... Read more...
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