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Microsoft's plans to lay off some 18,000 employees have caused ripples in the tech industry -- it's one of the largest layoffs ever announced at a major IT company -- and some of those ripples have spread to Capitol Hill. On Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) tore into Microsoft for the hypocrisy of pushing for more H1-B visas while it simultaneously laid off thousands of workers. Sessions blasted a recent op-ed by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Sheldon Adelson in which the three industry titans called for Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, noting that: What did we see in the newspaper today? News from Microsoft—was it that they are having to raise wages to try... Read more...
It use to be that video game developers were geeks in their basements crunching code for hours on end until their eyes bled, with hardly a business plan behind them, never mind a justifiable business case that would support making a career out of their artform.  In fact, gaming itself only really took off in the mass market as recent as the past ten years or so.  Let's face it, back then, with a customer base of predominantly kids in their teens or less, the average PC or Console game consumer just didn't have the disposable income to support anything more than a niche' market.  Likewise, if you were a gifted computer programmer, cinematographer or the like, you probably... Read more...
Super Talent Develops Small Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for Hard Disk Drive Replacement 0.85-Inch and 1.0-Inch SSD Uses Intel® NAND Flash-based Solid-State Drive technology SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2008 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced two new ultra-small solid-state drives (SSDs) that were developed using Intel technology for use in UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) and DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) devices.Super Talent is introducing 1.0-inch and 0.85-inch SSD models, both of which employ a parallel ATA (PATA/IDE) interface with a ZIF connector. These are definitely among the world’s tiniest SSDs, designed... Read more...
Microsoft Kicks Off Competition for Developers Who “Dare to Dream Different”Contest provides developers with opportunity to create simple yet powerful embedded devices based on the .NET Micro Framework. REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. today announced a call for entries for the Microsoft Dare to Dream Different challenge, a skills-based competition for software developers to design and build innovative devices on the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework, Microsoft’s smallest embedded platform for resource-constrained devices. The Microsoft Dare to Dream Different competition is designed to recognize the many unique and creative ways that developers can use the .NET Micro Framework to spur the innovation... Read more...
A new commercial PC game came out two days ago from a brand new game development and publishing company. The game is called CellZenith and the company is called Faramix Enterprises. What make this a unique story is not actually the game (full disclosure: we've not played the game, so we cannot comment intelligently about it), but the story behind the game's making and the genesis of the company... Credit: Faramix Enterprises Three young men in their twenties, from three different states, enrolled in the online bachelor's degree program for Game and Simulation Programming (GSP) with DeVry University. Their mutual interest in games development quickly clicked with each other and they not only decided... Read more...
If you are an Apple iPhone or iPod touch owner, you've likely noticed that nearly every time you check out the App Store, there are several updates available for applications you've downloaded. At first, this makes sense, as the iPhone/iPod touch is still a relatively new platform for developers, which puts them still early on the learning curve--bugs needs to be squashed and new features added. But many users are finding that these "updated apps" neither fix bugs nor add new features. So then what is the purpose of the updates? As TouchMeme developer, Krishna Vegesna, points out in his blog, developers have been "gaming the system" in order to get their apps to show up as "new applications":... Read more...
In the final IDF keynote address on Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager for Software and Solutions at Intel, Renee James, spoke about the "digital revolution" and what sort of opportunities the recent advances in Intel technology will enable. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and John Carmack of id software were among the guest speakers in this keynote... IDF Day 2: Renee James: "Developing for the Future of Computing"... Read more...
In the final IDF keynote address on Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager for Software and Solutions at Intel, Renee James, spoke about the "digital revolution" and what sort of opportunities the recent advances in Intel technology will enable.       Just as the Pentium processor helped shepherd in multimedia on the PC, multi-core processors are opening the door further for HD and 3D worlds on computers. James stated that all of Intel's platforms will be multi-core by 2010.    As an example of the kind of real-world, immersive environment recent processor improvements are enabling, James showed a preview of Ubisoft's FarCry 2, which is due out this November.... Read more...
Forget the quest to build the $100 computer; a group of graduate students think they can create the $12 computer--the perfect PC for developing countries. And no, this is not the $10 computer than India announced last week--which turned out to actually be a $100 computer. But India does play an important role in this story...Graduate student, Derek Lomas who lives in India, noticed inexpensive "TV Computers" being sold in India for 500 rupees (less than $12 based on today's exchange rates). Lomas was intrigued by the low price and wide availability of the TV Computers, but was skeptical as to their usefulness. Lomas finally bought one and this is his impression, which he reported on his blog... Read more...
Update: The news story below was originally posted on Friday, June 13. It is a brief summary of a longer news article written by Cade Metz of The Register. After our article posted we were contacted by Technology Consultant George Ou, who was briefly referenced in our news story. Ou felt that Metz's coverage--and therefore our coverage as well--did not accurately represent his statements or some of the arguments for network prioritization. For the sake of balanced news coverage, we are adding a link to Ou's blog here, where he provides another perspective on this story.Google has been very vocal on its stance for net neutrality. Now, Richard Whitt--Senior Policy Director for Google--announces... Read more...
While Bill Gates claims that Vista is selling well, the big question is how many customers out there are requesting software with Vista specific technology. The answer came in a recent survey of developers claimed that less than 1 in 12 developers were actively developing software that was Vista-specific.Is the continued existence of XP causing this?  Or is it something deeper?   The answer probably has a lot to do with both."None of our customers are saying, 'G******it, we need those WPF controls now!'" said Julian Bucknall, CTO for Windows programming tools maker Developer Express Inc. , referring to one of Vista's most highly-touted features, its new graphical subsystem, Windows Presentation... Read more...
The FBI recently uncovered approximately 3500 fake Cisco systems routers in government networks, but that isn’t the end of the problem.  Now it seems that Cisco routers may soon come under attack by rootkits:"A security researcher has developed malicious rootkit software for Cisco's routers, a development that has placed increasing scrutiny on the routers that carry the majority of the Internet's traffic.Sebastian Muniz, a researcher with Core Security Technologies, developed the software, which he will unveil on May 22 at the EuSecWest conference in London."Considering how many Cisco products are in use in various ISPs, hosts, and even backbones, this could be a massive problem for anyone who's... Read more...
Not only did Id Games announce today that it is hard at work on the next installment of the first-person shooter DOOM series, DOOM 4, but the company is looking to hire designers, artists, animators, and programmers to develop the new title."DOOM is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software.  "It's critical for id Software to have the best creative minds in-house to develop games that meet the standards synonymous with our titles."No less than 15 positions were listed on the Id Software job listings page at the time of this news post.... Read more...
Here's an idea that - well, read it, then you decide.Indian manufacturer Spice Mobile on Tuesday introduced a phone with a built-in optical disc player, the first of its kind, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show.VMedia produces a 1.2", blue laser optical disk that holds one gigabyte per layer. Current discs have one layer, which is good enough to hold a 3.5-hour Bollywood movie in H.264 format at 720x576 resolution, Packman said. The company is working on a 2GB disk for next year, he said. In an era when everyone's talking about moving to online media, physical media still has a commanding presence in sales, Packman said.About that online media - while streaming to a cell phone isn't... Read more...
Sometimes it pays to keep a low profile.  Navy and Air Force pilots refer to it as flying under the radar, but IT people refer to the concept as security via obscurity.  No matter what you call it, the idea is simple: if you don't draw attention to yourself, you should end up with less problems.In the world of malware this more or less means that it's not worth a developer's time to attack anything but Windows operating systems because of the research/development time versus the potential installed base.  Now that Mac OS X is picking up popularity, it seems that it is finally a blip on some radars.“In some cases, attackers will seek to exploit vulnerabilities such as currently... Read more...
In the long battle between malware creators and companies developing and distributing anti-virus software, there seems to be a clear leader at the moment: the malware creators.This isn't entirely unexpected as one would assume that the anti-virus companies can't possibly guess all the different ways which somebody might be able to exploit vulnerabilities within an OS or software package.  While we know that companies such as MacAfee and Symantec have internal teams dedicated to simulating what they believe the next generation of malware might look like, apparently the malware writers are doing much the same thing.  They're actively testing their software, and in some cases even developing... Read more...
The US Postal service has allegedly delivered an ultimatum to Netflix: Change your envelopes or pay $0.17 a piece.  While 17 pennies doesn't seem like a lot on the surface, that could impact their operating income/customer by as much as a reported 67%!“Not surprisingly, it sounds as if Netflix will bite the bullet and redesign the problematic mailer if the USPS is serious about the charges, so feel free to keep an eye out for a design change in the not-too-distant future.”The whole issue boils down to Netflix's use of “nonmachinable” packaging, which the USPS estimates has cost them $41.9 million in additional labor over the past 2 years.  Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night,... Read more...
A recent article in The Inquirer indicated that ATI, as well as other vendors, had  "particularly badly" written drivers which could expose the Vista kernel to attack.  This afternoon ATI plans to release a new driver package with a critical security fix in response to this issue. "The market recently discovered a potential security vulnerability that could impact AMD's Catalyst software package. After immediate investigation, AMD determined that a small section of code from one of the files in our installer package is potentially vulnerable," Carvill said. AMD is advising ATI Radeon graphics users to update to Catalyst version 7.8 once it is available at its software and drivers... Read more...
Though we wouldn’t say that credit cards have “revolutionized” our lives, one could argue that they have changed, to an extent, the way we spend money. A card is more compact, more hygienic (we hope), and much less risky to use for purchases, and to carry around. Nonetheless, things could always be better, as indicated by the recent fad that revolves around biometric devices. Now it seems that even our fingers can be used to make purchases, and it should come as no surprise that a Japanese company decided to spearhead the venture. “Hitachi’s new e-credit system uses an increasingly common biometric technique to verify an individual's identity by scanning the veins in their finger. The finger... Read more...
In the race to develop the first LCD panel that supports the new DisplayPort interface, the champion turns out to be none other than memory chip giant Samsung. After its approval by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), DisplayPort is said to be the successor to the DVI, LVDS, and eventually VGA interfaces. As for Samsung’s first LCD panel to incorporate DisplayPort, it measures 30 inches and supports a total data rate of 10.8Gbps, which is twice the rate of contemporary display interfaces and thus allows the LCD panel to display a 2,560x1,600 pixel resolution image at 10 bits of color depth (1.07 billion colors) without any color smear. Such a feat is said to require at least three... Read more...
Automobiles are becoming more and more advanced thanks to the development of various sensory and wireless technologies. Indeed, car manufacturers are quite enthusiastic about tomorrow’s car, stating that drivers of the future can enjoy a safer ride as the vehicles they drive will be able to communicate with each other and with the road itself. But with such a large volume of information moving around, you need a computer giant like IBM to pick up the ball. IBM has recently initiated a project to create a system that can supply drivers with the right information at the right time, namely information on congestion, accidents, and weather via roadway sensors. “IBM calls the research initiative... Read more...
Recently CMP Game Group, a market research company that focuses on the professional game industry, compiled a census report on nearly 600 companies in North America. CMP has determined that there are over 39,000 professional developers and publishers of games in the U.S., and over 8,000 in Canada. A whopping 46% of professional game developers in the U.S. are situated in California, whereas Washington State is home base for about 12%, and about 7% in Texas. New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and the previously mentioned top three states have over 1,000 professionals in each. The stats describe people who strictly publish and/or develop the games and does not include marketers, PR, or... Read more...
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