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Of course you'd love to know what that Google engineer makes. But the idea behind Glassdoor, a startup which launched in public beta on Wednesday at 12:01 AM EDT, is more than just that. In addition, the site wants you to review your company, and let people know just what you really think about your CEO, your workplace atmosphere, its politics - and your salary. Anonymously, and free, of course.Founded by veterans of Microsoft and Expedia (Rich Barton, the CEO of real estate site Zillow, is non-executive chairman) Glassdoor has a fairly simple goal: Make salary and workplace-quality information (the kind of stuff you'd love to have when you're interviewing for a new job) as public as possible.It's... Read more...
Thecus Sensation At Computex 2008 Reporting live from Thecus booth at Computex 2008 in Taipei, it is packed with visitors who are looking for latest innovation in digital storage technology. During the exhibition, users have the opportunity to meet with the most outstanding NAS products from Thecus. This year, Thecus is introducing 5 new products to be launched this year, offering much higher data security and performance plus more functionalities and convenience. Home users extremely enjoy the experience with the latest N4100PRO and M3800. Powered by AMD Geode LX800 CPU and 256MB of DDR memory, the N4100PRO is capable to provide supreme performance with much lower power consumption. The additional... Read more...
This week marks the beginning of Comcast's month-long experiment with protocol-agnostic network management practices in Chambersburg, PA and Warrenton, VA. Comcast has come under fire recently for throttling certain types of traffic on its network, such as with data for P2P clients. This alternative approach focuses purely on how much bandwidth is being consumed, and not the type of data being transmitted. "This new technique does not look at particular protocols or applications. Instead, it will focus on the bandwidth consumption activity of individual customers who are contributing to congestion on Comcast's network. The technique measures only aggregate bandwidth consumption, not the protocol... Read more...
This coming Monday, June 9, should be a big day for Apple. It is the first day of Apple's 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC08) in San Francisco--which not coincidentally--has been at sold out at capacity for some time now. When Steve Jobs takes the stage at the Moscone Center at 10 a.m. PT, he is expected to unveil the much-anticipated, 3G-capable, iPhone 2.0. News.com's Tom Krazit reports that Steve Jobs should also be announcing that the iPhone App Store will be open for business: "The App Store is going to be the only way to get official third-party iPhone applications onto your device. Developers have been submitting their applications to Apple for testing and verification since... Read more...
T2K Open Supercomputer Systems with Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now in Operation — Computing power, scalability and energy-efficiency of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor contributes to supercomputers with specifications developed by University of Tsukuba, University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University — TOKYO — June 2, 2008 — AMD Japan (NYSE: AMD) today announced the official start of operation of the T2K supercomputer systems featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and with specifications developed jointly by the University of Tsukuba, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University. These T2K systems were delivered to the University of Tsukuba by Cray Japan Inc. and Sumisho Computer Systems,... Read more...
With the so-called "Amazon Tax" taking effect in New York state on Sunday, Overstock.com filed suit Friday against New York, joining Amazon.com, which filed a similar lawsuit in early May.Overstock.com, which is based only in Utah, has no operations in New York, and sells exclusively through the internet, views the new law as unconstitutional under both New York and federal constitutional provisions, including due process clauses under both constitutions and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution as well. The complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court calls upon the court to issue an injunction and to declare the law unconstitutional. It names as defendants in the suit the New York State... Read more...
Move over Microsoft; Comcast is taking over the role as being perceived as the next "evil empire." Just ask hackers, Defiant and EBK, who managed to take over Comcast's Web portal for over five hours Wednesday night and into Thursday morning: Thursday, the pair were dealing with their newfound fame, laughing over the press coverage with a mix of glee and nervous excitement. Some reports have speculated that the hackers were retaliating for Comcast's recent sabotage of BitTorrent traffic; Defiant and EBK say that's false: they just hate Comcast in general. "I'm sure they hate us too," says Defiant."Comcast is just a huge corporation, and we wanted to take them out, and we did," he says.The pair... Read more...
This isn't technically a story on tech, or even on science, but how could we not write about the death of Alexander Courage, composer of the theme of the original Star Trek series (ST:TOS)? He was 88.Courage died May 15 at the Sunrise assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades, his stepdaughter Renata Pompelli of Los Angeles, said Thursday. He had been in poor health for three years.Over a decades-long career, Courage collaborated on dozens of movies and orchestrated some of the greatest musicals of the 1950s and 1960s, including "My Fair Lady," "Hello, Dolly!" "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Gigi," "Porgy and Bess" and "Fiddler on the Roof."But his most famous work is undoubtedly the... Read more...
You might remeber the name "Splashtop" from when DeviceVM, made a, er, splash, with DeviceVM's announcement last October that it was partnering with Asus to integrate the light-weight Splashtop OS into Asus motherboards. Asus calls the technology "Express Gate," and includes it with a number of its motherboards. Beginning in June, Asus will be integrating Splashdot/Express Gate into a some of its laptop models as well. "Splashtop software enables users to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music, chat with friends, share photos, and more - just seconds after turning on their PC. Express Gate is already available on a wide range of PC motherboards from ASUS. The notebooks announced today... Read more...
In the real estate world, there's an old saying explaining the three reasons for the relative value of properties: Location; location; location. One prime location that was verboten for realtors has been the Internet. The National Association of Realtors had obstructed member realtors from using the Internet to mine the Multiple Listing Service for their clients. The Department of Justice didn't like the anti-competitive nature of only allowing traditional brokers access to the MLS, and filed suit in Chicago to end the practice. They've now reached a settlement with the NAR, and Internet-based realtors will no longer be treated as second-class brokers. With the settlement, NAR will enact a new... Read more...
Billionaire J.R. Simplot, whose wealth earned him the title of "spud king" of America, passed away Sunday at his Boise home (where else but Boise for the "spud king") at the age of 99.In 1980, at age 71, Simplot took a gamble on the next generation of businessmen, giving Ward and Joe Parkinson $1 million for 40 percent of what would become computer chip maker Micron Technology Inc. Over the years, he pumped in $20 million more to help Micron build its first manufacturing plant and to stay afloat. Micron went on to become a major producer of DRAM memory chips, which are used to store information in personal computers.At one time Simplot was a McDonald's board member, and later in life he could... Read more...
With less than two weeks to go until the start of Computex 2008, the whirlwind of product announcements and rumored announcements continue to fly. The latest of which is that ASUS is ready to show off the Eee PC’s desktop cousin. “The only details that have been delivered to use at present are that it contains a 160GB Hard Drive, 2GB ram, will run Linux OS as found on the EeePC. Although no CPU details [are available], the likely suspect is still the Intel Atom.” The fact that Intel’s Atom has been rumored to be in short supply doesn’t bode well for a quick and clean launch, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.  We suspect that we'll get a complete breakdown on the Eee desktop at Computex,... Read more...
Amazonian beetles, to be more precise. Researchers have long understood that if they could produce a photonic crystal, a diamond-like structure that would allow light to be shunted around inside instead of electricity, that they would be able to make superfast optical computers that used little power and wouldn't generate heat the way your current chip does. They could even envision the structure necessary, they just couldn't produce it. But then someone noticed that the iridescent scales of a lowly beetle had the structure they were seeking all along. When the researchers scoped the scales, they noticed something strange: No matter the angle of viewing, the scales always appeared in the same... Read more...
Just in time for the hotly-rumored release of the 3G iPhone, AT&T announces that it will complete the U.S. deployment of its 3G broadband service by the end of June. This will complete a $20 billion investment AT&T has made since 2005 in upgrading the infrastructure of its almost 350 markets--of which 275 markets are already running at 3G speeds. "With the new addition of HSUPA [High Speed Uplink Packet Access] technology, AT&T 3G users can enjoy uplink speeds between 500 and 800 Kbps. The technology is available in all but the few remaining AT&T 3G markets and will be included in all future deployments. The new upload speeds complement AT&T's 3G download capabilities, which... Read more...
Eurocom launches world's first Montevina FSB1066 based 15.4-inch gaming-class Notebook powered by nVidia GeForce Go 9800M GTX with 1GB of Video, 8GB of DDR3-1333  Memory, 320GB of 7200rpm SATA-300 and Blu Ray drive.Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the EUROCOM M860TU Montebello 15.4-inch Gaming Notebook or Mobile Workstation based on Intel Montevina processors, Intel Cantiga PM45 chipset, DDR3-1333 Memory and next generation  Nvidias GeForce 9xxx series upgradeable VGA technology. EUROCOM M860TU Notebook PC provides gaming and/or workstation-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance... Read more...
Comcast customers are still waiting for the nation’s largest broadband provider to make good on their promise to stop throttling BitTorrent traffic according to a recent survey:The Max Planck Institute tested the connections of 788 Comcast customers, 494 (62%) experienced a slowdown of BitTorrent traffic. Comcast is not alone though, well over 50% of the Cox subscribers that participated in the study were also throttled. The good news is, other ISPs don’t seem to restrict BitTorrent traffic on a wide scale.Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, said in a response: “Consumers have no reason left to trust their cable company. This independent study confirms that Comcast is still blocking its... Read more...
Vista has certainly faced some adoption issues and it looks like recent comments about how soon Windows 7 might be available could be causing those on the fence to stay there a little while longer.  This could very well be a motivating factor for companies to “Just Say No.” to Vista.Among the latest to jump on this bandwagon is General Motors.  The automobile giant has said that it has encountered so many problems getting Vista to work on its machines that it is likely to skip the OS and wait for Windows 7.  Says GM's Chief Systems & Technology Officer Fred Killeen, "We're considering bypassing Vista and going straight to Windows 7."There are numerous reasons why large corporations are looking... Read more...
Reuters reports that the second-largest U.S. ISP, Comcast, has agreed to acquire online address book and social networking site Plaxo for somewhere between $145 million and $175 million. "Comcast will use Plaxo to offer social network links across Comcast-connected devices from TVs to digital video recorders to, eventually, wireless devices, thanks to a new partnership with Sprint, Clearwire and Google." Plaxo currently has approximately 20 million members, and estimates that it can net up to another 30 million members from Comcast's roughly 24 million television and 14 million broadband Internet subscribers. Comcast had already been working with Plaxo on its SmartZone communications center service,... Read more...
Have you heard of the so-called "Amazon Tax?"  It's New York State's attempt to force etailers collect sales taxes if they have affiliates in New York.  Amazon.com has already sued over it, and Overstock.com has decided it won't collect the tax either - but it has taken a different route.Overstock.com is apparently taking a different approach. The company has begun sending out letters to affiliates in New York, letting them know that the company will, at least temporarily, be ending its relationships with NY affiliates.In other words, New York doesn't get to collect any taxes from Overstock.com, and the state has probably just ticked off a whole lot of New Yorkers who had affiliate... Read more...
Sounds like a science fiction movie doesn't it?  But it's not.The newly recognized species is believed to have arrived in a cargo shipment through the port of Houston. Scientists are not sure exactly where the ants came from, but their cousins, commonly called crazy ants, are found in the Southeast and the Caribbean."At this point, it would be nearly impossible to eradicate the ant because it is so widely dispersed," said Roger Gold, a Texas A&M University entomologist.The good news? They eat fire ants, the stinging red terrors of Texas summers.They have ruined pumps at sewage pumping stations, fouled computers and at least one homeowner's gas meter, and caused fire alarms to malfunction.... Read more...
Eurocom launches Portable Server Notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON Processor for On-the-Road Development. The World s First server-class notebook with Intel Quad Core XEON processor; 1.5 Terabytes of storage, RAID 5 and internal 1 hour Battery. Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and energy efficient All-in-One PCs, introduced the EUROCOM D901C PHANTOM-X Mobile Server powered by Intel's newest line of Quad Core XEON processors. The EUROCOM Mobile Server significantly reduces the time and cost of deploying short-term LAN based solutions and of extending usage of existing business applications to users wherever is required.EUROCOM PHANTOM-X... Read more...
Just in time for the (delayed) release of the Windows XP SP3 update, Parallels updates its Mac virtualization application, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac. As recent as last week, a Parallels representative stated that an XP SP3-compatible update to Parallels Desktop was as much as a month away. Perhaps what he meat to say was "next month," which in this case meant only a handful of days.Prior to the most-recent Parallels Desktop update, users who were running Windows XP and tried to upgrade XP to the SP3 update were running into a variety of problems. This latest update, build 5600, not only claims full support for XP SP3, but also for the Vista SP1 update as well. Macbook Air users using Parallels... Read more...
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