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What's everybody doing at work?  According to Patricia Wallace, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of "The Internet in the Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work," we're goofing off by looking at all sorts of things on the internet. How much are we slacking? About a fifth of our working time is spent engaging in personal activities. Seems low.  A recent survey by online compensation firm Salary.com showed about six out of 10 employees in the United States acknowledged wasting time at work. About 34 percent listed personal Internet use as the leading time-wasting activity in the workplace. Employees said they did so because they were... Read more...
Yesterday we told you about the software unlocking of the iPhone performed by two different companies. One of them, Uniquephones.com, was to go live with its solution today on its www.iphoneunlocking.com site.  However, after a threatening call from an AT&T lawyer, they have delayed the release. The man informed McLaughlin that if he posted the unlock code, he could be sued for copyright infringement and for dissemination of Apple's intellectual property (IP).McLaughlin is concerned that fighting a lawsuit with AT&T or Apple would sink his small company, which does a modestly successful business unlocking wireless handsets in the U.K. and Europe. "It really annoys me," he... Read more...
While the iPhone didn't quite hit the first week/first dale sales targets that many predicted, it was still a strong performer upon its introduction.  Despite the initial demand not being quite as high as many predictions, the demand in the weeks and months following the launch have actually exceeded earlier estimates.Current figures estimate that Apple stores (1800 nation-wide) have sold at least 3 a day, every day, since the launch.  That's about a half-million phones right there. "Factoring in hundreds of thousands of iPhones sold through Apple stores and online via Apple.com, we still believe that our unit estimate is conservative," he told clients. "While Apple has not provided any information... Read more...
Microsoft and Google have been locked together in a corporate struggle of titanic proportions for the past few years, one from which a clear victor has yet to emerge.  The battle sprawls from search engines, to office suites, and now the video services are becoming the new focal point of the conflict.On the Google side of the line is the reigning king of video sharing services, YouTube.  In Microsoft's corner is the up and coming Soapbox.  Both services have a few unique twists, but at the end of the day they're just different takes on the same concept.  Microsoft and Google aren't the only two players present, however.In fact, there are numerous sites following the 'me too' business model, but... Read more...
Dominos Pizza has been experimenting with different forms of digitally ordering pizza in recent years.  It all started with opening a web-site to take online orders (something Papa John’s Pizza made quite popular), then moved on to the infamous /pizza command in EverQuest 2, and now has moved on to the wonderful world of SMS.The big question is just who is going to be the target audience for such a method.  It'd seem that anyone with an SMS-capable phone could just make a call, unless the phones at their local Dominos are too busy. “Yes, if you get a passion for pepperoni when the pubs throw out, just go to your phone and send a message. Your pizza will then arrive from one of Dominos' 470... Read more...
About a year ago we decided our living room furniture was on its last legs.  It had been a cheap sectional set, and it was badly in need of replacement.  We had never tried buying furniture online before, except for small items such as TV stands or footstools.  With the trend toward lower prices on the Internet, and looking at a retail price of $4000 or so for a decent set, we decided to try the Web.  A little searching found something that really suited us, with delivery and assembly for reasonable prices, and satisfaction guaranteed as well.  They even sent swatches for free.Well, the sectional not only met our expectations, it surpassed them.  In fact, it didn't need assembly at all except... 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...
I'm beginning to think all of the world's industry is geared solely to part parents from their money by amusing their children. Now toy makers are getting wise to the fact that even very young children will spend lots of time online if you give them something soft and fuzzy to clutch while they're doing it. That's why toymaker Ganz won the Specialty Toy of the Year award for 2007 for their Webkinz stuffed toy/online game combo. "Kids are on the internet at a younger and younger age," said Ganz communications director Susan McVeigh. "They are comfortable in an online environment, more so than their parents. It just feels natural to them." Webkinz kick-started a trend in... Read more...
Bank hacking is up, despite new & improved security measures and growing public awareness regarding internet security: “SecureWorks reported that between June 2006 and December 2006, they blocked attacks from about 808 hackers per bank per month. From the beginning of this year through June, there's been an average of 1,462 hackers launching attacks at each of the company's bank clients. As for the credit unions, SecureWorks reported blocking attacks from 1,110 hackers per credit union per month. That number rose to 1,799 this year.” What is the root of the increase in hacking?  One of the key reasons is the virus kits that are readily available for purchase.It used to be that it took... Read more...
Online compensation company Salary.com recently conducted its third annual online survey on slacking at work. 2,057 people participated in the survey which found that 60 percent of those surveyed admitted to wasting time at work with the average employee wasting 1.7 hours of a typical 8.5 hour working day. The leading time wasting activity was, gasp, surfing the inter-tubes. 34 percent of the respondents said that personal internet use was their leading cause for slacking. 20.3 percent said socializing with co-workers wasted most of their time while 17 percent said that conducting "personal business" was the leading cause for lack-o-work.  "The reasons why people wasted... Read more...
AMD Unveils Forward-Looking Technology Innovation To Extend Memory Footprint for Server Computing — Latest Customer-Centric Innovation from AMD to Improve Performance Burgeoning Technologies like Virtualization and Multi-Core Computing — SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- July 25, 2007 --Responding to customer and industry demand for increasingly improved system memory capabilities and choice, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it collaborated with leading integrated circuit (IC) companies to develop the Socket G3 Memory Extender (G3MX) technology, which is planned for the AMD Opteron™ processor platform infrastructure ecosystem in 2009. This innovative... Read more...
AMD Unveils Forward-Looking Technology Innovation To Extend Memory Footprint for Server Computing — Latest Customer-Centric Innovation from AMD to Improve Performance Burgeoning Technologies like Virtualization and Multi-Core Computing — SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- July 25, 2007 --Responding to customer and industry demand for increasingly improved system memory capabilities and choice, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it collaborated with leading integrated circuit (IC) companies to develop the Socket G3 Memory Extender (G3MX) technology, which is planned for the AMD Opteron™ processor platform infrastructure ecosystem... Read more...
Graphene is a one atom thick piece of carbon, and its very efficient conductive properties and nano-scale size would make it really useful as a replacement for copper connections on computer chips. The graphite in your pencil is made of lots and lots of graphene. The trick has been to make it in the one atom thickness.  Saroj Nayak and other researchers at Rensselaer Institute have now done the research to show that the process of making graphene nanostructures is at least feasible. The size of computer chips has shrunk dramatically over the past decade, but has recently hit a bottleneck, Nayak said. As copper interconnects get smaller, the copper’s resistance increases and... Read more...
Kingston Technology Unveils First Ultra Low Latency DDR3 Memory Modules Memory Release Drives Performance Benchmarks, Gaming Further, Faster Than Ever Fountain Valley, CA (July 12, 2007) Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with ultra low-latency PC3 1375MHz DDR3 HyperX memory modules, driving memory benchmarking and gaming further and faster than ever before. "Our new HyperX DDR3 ultra low latency modules give early adopters and performance enthusiasts the opportunity to push their DDR3 motherboards as far as current memory technology will... Read more...
In a report charmingly called "The Ampere Strikes Back," Britain's Energy Saving Trust has predicted that electronic gear will consume  nearly half of the total electricity used by the typical household by the year 2020, surpassing the traditionally big electricity eaters in the home: kitchen appliances and lighting. The most striking number might be that in 2020, televisions  on standby will consume 1.4 percent of all domestic electricity. Despite attempts by some manufacturers to make more energy-efficient products, some digital radios still use four times as much power as analogue sets, the report says. The growth of single person households --... Read more...
Over the last year or so, since Intel's Core microarchitecture and Conroe core were ready to be unveiled at the Intel Developers Forum in early March '06, Intel has been more open and has allowed the media a view into more details regarding upcoming products much earlier than they had before.  You don't have to take our word for it, however.  Simply look around at all of the early performance previews out of IDF, and the steady flow of announcements regarding Intel's 45nm manufacturing process, metal gate transistors, the Terascale project, Larrabee, Penryn, Nehalem, and a number of other projects, and it becomes readily apparent that Intel wants to get the word out regarding their future products... Read more...
While inspecting Hall 2 today, we saw Gigabyte’s cartoon mascot and decided to take another walk through their booth, this time focusing on their new, non-motherboard products.       We immediately noticed that Gigabyte was showing off some new processor heatsink fan designs. Most interesting of which is named the Gigabyte Volar.  As you can see from the pictures, the heatsink is tilted at a 45 degree angle, so that the exhaust air can more easily exit the system as well as cool the motherboard MOSFETs in the process.       We then moved on to Gigabyte’s two new power supplies, the Thor 1200W... Read more...
It shouldn't come as any big surprise that catching Robert "Spam King" Soloway hasn't had any major impact on the volume of spam going around.  Of course he was just arrested, but the impact of his actual removal from day to day spamming operations might never be felt by end users according to InformationWeek: "Even if a judge and jury lock up Robert Alan Soloway for the rest of his natural born life, your Inbox will still be inundated with tons of offers for HGH, porn, and penny stocks.Government prosecutors are surely chomping at the chance to present evidence against Soloway. The so-called Spam King (perhaps we should call him Spam Solo?) is accused of identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud,... Read more...
DRAM manufacturing is not sexy. It's a substantial market -  $34 billion dollars worldwide in 2006, slated to grow to $46 billion by 2010- but  it's unlikely to have a made-for-TV-movie made about it anytime soon. But it's a small point of honor for South Korea that they are the world leader in the manufacture of DRAM, and it appears they are poised to lose that title to Taiwan/China manufacturers by the end of the decade. "South Korean companies are adding DRAM manufacturing capacity, but this is contributing significantly to the collapse in pricing for the memory this year," Lidow noted. "These price declines will cause South Korean manufacturers to reduce DRAM output growth next... Read more...
Toshiba will be using AMD processors in their laptop computers again. Look for them to apppear soon in an entry level machine available in America and Europe. Toshiba stopped using AMD chips in laptops around 2001 -- something that was highlighted in court documents when AMD launched an antitrust suit against Intel almost two years ago. AMD alleged that Toshiba dropped the use of its chips after receiving a "very substantial" payment from Intel. Toshiba was receiving "market development funds" from Intel worth about $25 million to $30 million per quarter, and those would be jeopardized if it used AMD chips, the lawsuit alleged.... Read more...
AMD got a little buzz last week when they talked about the bigtime capabilities of their next-generation  processors, code-named Barcelona, due out later this year. As usual, Intel doesn't hesitate to ramp up the pressure on their competitor, and is planning huge price cuts on their  existing versions of  quad-core  processors for desktops and servers. According to DailyTech, the price cuts will kick in on July 22nd. The first part of the price cuts will center on Intel's quad-core desktop processors. The Q6600, which Intel launched in February, currently sells for $530 in quantities of 1000. When the product was originally launched, it was priced at $851 in quantities of 1000. The... Read more...
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