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Comcast has taken a lot of heat for limiting their customer's P2P traffic based on vague references to traffic overload concerns. They confused and angered many of their customers by offering "unlimited" bandwith that was limited, and added a bit of insult to injury by never revealing what the ceiling on traffic actually was. Broadband Reports interviewed someone inside Comcast who says the company is poised to make explicit the limits on downloading -- and charging for exceeding that limit. Looks like P2P Comcast users are going on a 250 GB a month diet."The intent appears to be to go after the people who consistently download far more than the typical user without hurting those who may have... Read more...
Going on vacation and want to make sure you can exercise in your room with your Wii Fit? Or can't bear to leave your Super Mario Galaxy game behind? Nintendo has announced a partnership with Westin Hotels to make sure you don't have to.Tennis, anyone? Nintendo and Westin Hotels & Resorts announce a partnership today that will allow guests to experience the Wii™ sensation with a special version of the console ideally suited for use in the hotel environment. Westin Hotels is the first hotel company to partner with Nintendo for its Wii console and will feature this specially designed console as part of the brand's WestinWORKOUT program at 10 hotels across the United States.  The special... Read more...
But wait, Diablo3.com was already owned, right? Yeah, it was, but it's now DiabloFans.com, and the site dishes on what happened.Well, there's no point in beating around the bush any longer, so let's get right down to it. A few months ago we were contacted by Blizzard in regards to the Diablo3.com domain name. While they appreciate all the work that's been put into running this big Diablo fan community over the years, they still want the domain name. Hmm, I wonder why? Now before you get all up in arms about it, allow me to explain a few things.First off, this fan site isn't going anywhere, it's just getting a new name: Diablofans.com! Blizzard is actually being really cool about it, giving us... Read more...
The lawsuits that the RIAA bring against illegal downloaders garner most of the attention paid to online music royalties, but suing grandmas and college kids is never really about the money; it's about discouraging many by suing a few. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, better known as ASCAP, took a more direct approach. They asked a court to establish a framework of payments to artists represented by ASCAP from three large online music services. A decision was recently handed down, and it's a doozy: AOL, Yahoo, and Real Networks might be on the hook for as much as $100 million dollars for offering ad-supported streaming music on their websites from as far back as 2002,... Read more...
Fist it was: Psystar who? Followed by: Psystar wherefore art thou? Then nipping on those heels came: okay, I see it, but I don't believe it. Now the latest installment in the Psystar soap opera has us eating crow, because Engadget actually has a preliminary hands-on review of a Psystar Open Computer, including video and benchmarks."As far as benchmarks, it doesn't exactly blow Apple's gear away, but it definitely holds its own -- and the GeForce card just destroys the integrated graphics in the MacBook / Mac mini."It works, but it's not perfect. Apparently the system fans stay on all the time and they are loud. Plus every fifteen minutes they had to manually reset the DHCP lease.At the end of... Read more...
The folks over at Engadget appear to have received an actual Psystar Open Computer Mac clone, and they've posted a number of photos from the system's unboxing. The case looks to be the same design as appeared in the video post we wrote about yesterday. Which means we're probably going to have to eat our words: We theorized that the video was just an elaborate OSx86 Project hoax. We'll have to check back in with Engadget to see what their experience is once they power the system up.... Read more...
CNET blogger, Brooke Crothers, reports that AMD is running into compatibility issues with its quad-core Phenom CPU. Some motherboard makers and system builders are mistakingly trying to pair the 125-watt, quad-core Phenon with motherboards that only support the lower-power, 95-watt AMD processors. Crothers includes these quotes from AMD spokesman, Jake Whitman: "They've taken an enthusiast-class quad-core part and paired it with a mainstream motherboard..." "And not all motherboard manufacturers have tweaked their boards to support a 125-watt TDP..." "We've never made claims that 780G motherboards are enthusiast-class motherboards." Enthusiasts and hobbyists have dealt with just these sort... Read more...
You may or may not know web mogul and conversational media entrepreneur Jason Calacanis but it's safe to say that he "got it" when weblogs were just starting to become hip.  Along the way, the properties he built (Engadget, Joystiq etc) were picked by companies like AOL for just a little bit of coin.  Though not breaking news, it's safe to say his latest start-up is gaining traction and proving relevance. Calacanis' latest vision is called Mahalo and he's taking on traditional search engines giants like Google and Yahoo but with Wikipedia-like capabilities and couple of strategic twists.  Sounds interesting, but what does that... Read more...
As the debate for net neutrality still rages, the FCC continues its hearings into Comcast’s throttling of P2P traffic: "FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, testifying before a Senate committee, said Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent P-to-P (peer-to-peer) traffic appeared to happen when there wasn't network congestion, in contrast to claims from the broadband provider" If Comcast is in fact taking a more draconian stance on P2P traffic than they would like folks to believe, this could be the definitive move that finally pushes Congress to enact net neutrality legislation. The irony is that P2P traffic is not the largest bandwidth hog anymore on the Internet. That claim now goes to video streaming and downloading... Read more...
The saga of Microsoft's Yahoo! Buyout that began in late January looks as if it is about to come to a close: "Steve Ballmer says Microsoft Corp. is willing to go it alone rather than buy Yahoo Inc. And he has a reason besides opposition from the Internet company: skepticism among his own employees." We also wouldn't be surprised if more than a couple of shareholders were holding large numbers of shares in both companies and saw a merger as a loss for them.... 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 and servers, introduces the next generation of extreme-performance, rugged, portable computers,... Read more...
The amount of videos viewed online rose 66 percent in the US in February, compared to the same period last year. The huge goose in traffic is interesting, but what might be even more interesting is how little of that traffic is enjoyed by sites run by television networks. From the figures, the only way networks can get anybody to look at what they're offering online is to get it pirated and uploaded to YouTube.Some networks said they are stymied by instant piracy in which uploads of their content make it to other Web sites just minutes after broadcast.The culprits often post the footage on Google Inc.'s YouTube.com, the dominant video service in the new survey.YouTube racked up one-third of the... Read more...
It's Tax Day, and we could hardly be blamed for last-minute filing and not paying attention to the news.  However, rumor has it that 4/21 is the day: XP SP3 Release Day, that is.Today, however, Neowin was able to get the release schedule for the Release to Manufacturer (RTM) version of Windows XP SP3. According to Neowin, OEMs, Volume License customers, Windows Connect users and MSDN/TechNet subscribers will have access to SP3 on April 21. The public will have to wait until April 29 to access SP3 via Windows Update and Microsoft's Download Center.Microsoft will not push SP3 via Automatic Updates until June 10 which should give IT managers enough time to work with the service pack should... Read more...
VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Module MarketVIA to introduce first COM Express modules with VIA processor platform, enabling cost effective, flexible customization and faster time to market Taipei, Taiwan, April 14th 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the extension of embedded board portfolio to include COM Express modules that will be the first to harness the power and thermal advantages of VIA's processor platforms. Measuring 95mm x 125 mm, COM Express is an industry standard embedded form factor developed by the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) to provide greater connectivity... Read more...
It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word, but with facial expressions too."MIT's Nexi robot expresses emotions the same way you do - with your highly mobile face. Nexi's head and face were designed by Xitome Design with MIT. The expressive robotics started with a neck mechanism sporting 4 degrees of freedom (DoF) at the base, plus pan-tilt-yaw of the head itself. The mechanism has been constructed... Read more...
Chris Clark became a multi-millionaire just for forking over $20 a year to keep the pizza.com domain name he registered in 1994. The 43 year old resident of North Potomac, MA, bought the domain name with the goal of getting consulting contracts, but he also made money with the site via advertising.In January, Mr Clark decided to sell it after hearing that another domain - Vodka.com - was sold for $3m in 2006."I thought, 'Why don't I just try to see what the level of interest is?'Mr Clark said."If someone's willing to pay that much for Vodka.com, maybe there's more interest in pizza.com."The online auction was launched on 27 March. The first bid was $100, jumping to $2.6m a week later.The winner... Read more...
After reversing their stance on BitTorrent, Comcast has announced plans to offer their 50Mb/sec broadband in all existing markets by 2010. What would people use the extra bandwidth for? Digital distribution of movies and music seems a likely candidate and BitTorrent seems like it is going to be a key player in that arena.  So how fast is a 50Mb/sec connection in terms of downloading movies?  Fast enough:“With the faster service, a customer could download a 4 gigabyte high-definition movie in about 10 minutes, compared with about an hour at previous speeds.”?With this kind of bandwidth on tap, we can’t help but wonder if Comcast will start increasing the unofficial usage limits they currently... Read more...
It's too fast, says the International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA)!April 1, 2008 – The International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA), the largest non-profit membership organization serving PC game developers and enthusiasts, today announced that HP Blackbird 002 has been banned from next month’s 2008 International PC Gaming Tournament due to concerns that the next-gen PC is too powerful.The IPCGA’s International PC Gaming Tournament represents the PC gaming industry’s largest worldwide annual gaming competition. The prestigious event features top PC gaming competition with more than 1,000 top-tier players from all over the world.The IPCGA’s official reasons for the disqualification of the HP Blackbird... Read more...
Less than a decade ago Apple was in serious trouble, and even after Steve Jobs retuning to the helm, the company still wasn't out of the woods until the iPod phenomenon hit.  They were losing ground to windows on all fronts, and one of the most important might have turned out to be schools.  While this is all old news to most of us, not everyone has taken a close look at the ramifications of the success of the iPod.“...students who are used to Apple products grow up, get jobs, and make money. They will then buy more Macs, and will also make Apple products more "mainstream" and become more common in the workforce.”It may still take a while before the adoption of Macs hits critical mass,... Read more...
And people wonder why we sometimes look askance at the future of the human race.Internet griefers descended on an epilepsy support message board last weekend and used JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation, which runs the forum, briefly closed the site Sunday to purge the offending messages and to boost security."We are seeing people affected," says Ken Lowenberg, senior director of web and print publishing at the Epilepsy Foundation. "It's fortunately only a handful. It's possible that people are just not reporting yet -- people affected by it may not be coming back to the forum so fast." The... Read more...
Ah yes, the good news is they are collaborating. The bad news is ... wait for it ... The deal comes as BitTorrent, which became known for developing software technology widely used to illegally share files, is trying to reinvent itself. The companies are in talks to collaborate on ways to run BitTorrent's technology more smoothly on Comcast's broadband network, and allow Comcast to transport video files more effectively over its own network in the future, said Tony Warner, Comcast's chief technology officer. Comcast and BitTorrent have been at odds since the cable operator said it was delaying traffic from BitTorrent at peak times. Legislators and some advocacy groups argued that Comcast's efforts... Read more...
BD-Live (AKA Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0) titles were released earlier this year, despite the fact that there were no players yet capable of supporting BD-Live.  But ...Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.Most notably, the update enables the PS3 to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. You can connect now to the Internet while playing discs that support BD-Live to obtain additional content and special features. These features vary from disc to disc, and will keep... Read more...
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