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If you've been on the hunt for a Nintendo Wii system this holiday season, along with what seems to be the entire free world, but have given up your quest due to lack of availability, perhaps this will give you some additional motivation.  Without any hands-on experience with the system, you may have more easily dismissed the Wii as just another game console with an innovative controller twist that has merely become a fad of sorts.  Johnny Chung Lee, on the other hand, will show you just how innovative Wiimote technology really is and why millions have flocked to the hot new Nintendo game console.  In reality, you'll see why the Wii console and more importantly,... Read more...
GIGABYTE Online Overclocking ContestHonor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame- Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –                    City of Industry, CA, December 19, 2007 – GIGABYTE United, Inc., a leading Motherboard and Graphics Cards manufacturer, today has proudly announced its highly anticipated online overclocking contest kick off at https://oc.gigabyte.us/ , from December 19, 2007 to January 20, 2008. Winners will be awarded with $12,000 in cash and prize at GIGABYTE Overclocking Hall of Fame.GIGABYTE Intel® P35 and Intel® X38 Series Motherboards are one... Read more...
According to research provided by the security firm Securina, Mac OS X has approximately 10 times the number of critical vulnerabilities of Windows XP and Vista combined.  We'll let the numbers speak for themselves:“While Mac OS X had 234 highly critical vulnerabilities reported in 2007, Vista and XP combined had 23, Ou wrote."This shows that Apple had more than five times the number of flaws per month than Windows XP and Vista in 2007, and most of these flaws are serious," wrote Ou. "Clearly this goes against conventional wisdom."Macs have traditionally been viewed as suffering from fewer vulnerabilities than Windows.”Of course the number of flaws isn't the only important metric... Read more...
Opera software doesn't think it can compete with Microsoft in the European Union, and has filed an anti-trust suit with the European Commission. The EU has shown a willingness to listen to complaints about Microsoft in the past, levying an enormous fine and demanding Microsoft unbundle utilities like media players from their Windows Operating System. Opera is asking the Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to force Microsoft to unbundle IE from Windows, or include other browsers as a standard part of its operating system. It also wants it to require Microsoft to adhere to industry standards with its Web browser. The issue of standards is seen as important because if all... Read more...
Market share? Worldwide, the biggest -- and growing. Laptop sales growth? Explosive. Net income? A gusher. Revenue growth? Firehose style. The numbers for Hewlett-Packard's latest quarter are in. They're real, and they're spectacular. HP said Monday that sales of notebook computers grew nearly 50% compared to a year earlier. That helped push net income up 26%, beating Wall Street expectations. And HP was bullish about the future, predicting continued gains in sales."There's a tremendous opportunity out there and we like how we're positioned," said Chief Executive Mark Hurd in a conference call.The Palo Alto-based company said overall business grew fastest in emerging economies, such as Brazil,... Read more...
The ongoing format war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD is continuing unabated and the battle has officially spilled over to the PC with the announcement of the $199 Phillips/Lite-On PLDS DH-4O1S internal drive.  The drive may or may not be a direct answer to recent HD players from the likes of Toshiba both for the set top and the PC.So what kind of a Blu-Ray player does $199 buy you?  Here's the answer:“Spec-wise, the drive reads either single- or dual-layer BD-R/RE/ROM discs at up to 4X speeds, while single- or double-layer DVD±R or DVD-ROM discs can be read at 12X and single or double-layer DVD±RW discs can be read at 8X speeds. DVD, Single-layer or Double-layer media at 4X maximum.... Read more...
It's a grand time to be in the GPU business. According to Jon Peddie Research, graphics chips manufacturers shipped 97.9 million units in the third quarter, a 20% rise over the preceding quarter, and 18% more than during the same period last year.  Intel is still king; AMD is the little engine that could; but it's Nvidia that's showing the biggest market-share rise.Overall, Intel held its lead, shipping 37.2 million units (+21.2% over Q3 2006) and claiming a 38.0% market share, which, however is down 3.8 points from 41.8% the company held in Q3 2006. AMD posted a slight shipment growth of 8.4% to 18.7 million units, translating into a 19.1% market share, down from 23.4% last year. ... Read more...
Chipmaker Intel is opening up a huge new factory in Arizona to make 45 nanometer scaled microprocessors. They're also upgrading their existing factory in New Mexico and building a new facility in Israel to change over from the soon-to-be-obsolete standard of 65 nanometers. The transistors on such chips are so small that more than 30 million can fit onto the head of a pin. How small they are is critical to the fight between Intel and AMD, because having more transistors on a single slice of silicon raises performance while lowering manufacturing costs. The new processors also are made with materials that reduce the amount of electric current escaping from transistors, a major problem as chip... Read more...
In recent months Comcast has been accused of blocking BitTorrent traffic on more than one occasion and the company has even gone so far as to cut customers off who use an 'excessive' amount of their 'unlimited' bandwidth.On one side of the recently drawn battle lines are the customers who are claiming that Comcast needs to spend more money on infastructure instead of taking such restrictive measures.  On the other side is, of course, Comcast who maintains that their TOS gives them discretion to cut off users whenever they feel like it.  Users have taken their war to local news agencies and forums while Comcast has issued statements through their PR department.“The original response,... Read more...
Hitachi makes personal computers? Well, they did; but now they don't. Hitachi announced today they are ceasing manufacturing of most kinds of personal computers.  Hitachi is already outsourcing the production of their business computers to Hewlett-Packard, and will continue to sell them under the Hitachi nameplate."We will not develop normal, consumer-use personal computers and will focus our resources on new products, namely televisions with PC functions or PCs that can show television programs," he said. Hitachi will maintain production of special business-use computers, such as ones without hard disks, the spokesman said, without elaborating further. Hitachi, which helped pioneer PC development... Read more...
Why would Silicon Valley, which birthed the idea of the cubicle, be moving away from it?  Even Intel, which is often credited with the idea, is rethinking it.Cubicles can prompt odd behavior, people who have studied them said. It is hard to see if colleagues are busy, so some cube-dwellers will send emails to a neighbor about a simple question that could have been answered more easily in a conversation. Some technology companies never adopted cubes. Microsoft Corp., for example, promotes quiet and concentration by giving most workers offices with doors. That is costly. Chris Hood, a manager in what H-P calls its Workplace program, said contact and collaboration boost productivity for many... Read more...
Microsoft and Toshiba today announced the formation of a consortium to hype advanced HD DVD interactive technology.  They mentioned "interactivity and interoperability" and  said they'd "maximize consumer satisfaction," among other things. Long story short: They want to sell you things while you're watching movies. Major Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. as well as DreamWorks Animation SKG will join the consortium, which will be established by the end of the year, a Toshiba spokeswoman told Dow Jones Newswires. Technology that will be introduced, for instance, will enable users watching HD DVD movies to purchase goods used by the actors... Read more...
Is Microsoft bored with making office software and operating systems? Seems that way. In May of 2007, it purchased online marketing firm aQuantive for $6 billion. Speaking at a media event in Paris yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined a future for the company over the next decade to realize 25 percent of their revenues from online and in-game advertising. Microsoft, the media company? That's right. As growth slows in Microsoft's core operating systems and desktop applications businesses—and as the threat grows from free software and applications offered over the Internet by the likes of Google -the software giant is scrambling for new sources of revenue and growth. Microsoft aims to... Read more...
The newspapers are full, every day, of reports of borderline crazy people suing  anybody they can think of for bizarre reasons. Every once in a while, you read  about one, and think: This is just crazy enough to work. How about suing the entire pay TV industry because you are required to pay for channels you don't want or  you can't purchase the service? "The antitrust laws protect the right of choice," antitrust lawyer Maxwell M. Blecher said. "Here the customer is denied that choice." The complex web of contractual arrangements among service providers and networks amounts to a monopoly or cartel that has "deprived consumers of choice, caused them to pay inflated... Read more...
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