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Apple's superslim MacBook Air laptop sure looks nifty, as most Apple products do. But to paraphrase Edwin Starr: what is it good for? Gizmodo wondered the same thing, and compared it to four other small, high-performance laptops. If you're interested in thinness over all other things, the Air is your best bet. Other than that, not so much.It turns out that, surprise surprise, you pay a premium for a tiny form factor. The MacBook Air is seriously expensive for the guts you get inside, but Apple isn't the only company guilty of charging insane amounts for smaller computers. Just look at the Sony Vaio TZ150N, for example. $2,100 for a 1.06 GHz processor? Are you kidding me? I don't care how small,... Read more...
With 1945 still fresh in a lot of people's minds, Germany is trying to ban violent video games. Like a reformed drunk that refuses to walk past a tavern on the way home, they figure it's best to avoid temptation altogether. But is it legal to ban them? Some German officials link these games to an increase in violence among the young and cite at least one instance where a gamer applied the lessons learned from a first-person shooter to a real-life murderous rampage. Remove the connection, they argue, and you prevent further violence. Germany has a lot of gamers, but the violence found in many of these games is widely criticized there.... Read more...
Mozilla, the company that brings you the internet browser Firefox, has targeted China as a big opportunity to preach its open source sermon. They've decided to open an office in Beijing. China's the second largest pool of internet users in the world, after the US. In China, stricter government rules on piracy and expensive software licences might encourage more consumers to turn to open-source technology, industry watchers say. Ever keen to develop home-grown technology, Beijing is also working on its own computer operating system and third-generation wireless standard, as well as its answer to the open-source movement -- state-backed... 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...
While doing my usual surfing routine today, I came across an interesting read over at CNET. Some creative artists have made their mark in the oddest of places, a microchip. Some of the designs are really neat, I suggest you check them out. Also in the news today, Samsung has agreed to plead guilty to price fixing, and will pay a $300 million fine. Goodnight folks! Ubuntu v5.10 (Breezy Badger) @ Phoronix "Looking at this release first hand, it continues to look incredibly promising for the GNU/Linux movement and we hope that Mark Shuttleworth continues to invest in this valuable commodity. Some of the major improvements to Ubuntu 5.10 include thin client integration, OEM installer support,... Read more...
Gigabyte 7800GT Review @ amdzone.com: "Since ATI got their act together with the Radeon 9700 it has been a very tough battle between Nvidia and ATI over who lays claim to the fastest video card for computer gaming, a constant tug of war that never seems to end. Earlier in the summer Nvidia fought back big with their G70 GPU and the 7800GTX, a card with unparalleled performance across the board. However, with it came a very hefty $500 price tag that most gamers simply cannot afford to pay. At QuakeCon a few weeks ago Nvidia had an answer to this with their 7800GT, the sweet spot of mid-range it cuts the costs by $100 while still being powered by the same graphics processor as the 7800GTX.... Read more...
Hey folks, time for a lunchtime new update for you.  Both Dave and I released our takes on the latest Pentium D and Pentium 4 670 this AM, be sure to click the images at the top of the screen for the full details.  Several other sites piped up with their own takes on Intel's latest, check'em out here: The Tech Report BJorn3D.com We also have some other big news rolling in as well. ATI Leads High-Definition Video Transition On PCs PC video leadership extended with first hardware accelerated public H.264 demonstration at Computex MARKHAM, Ontario & TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2005-- ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) solidifies its PC video and display leadership... Read more...