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Intel  announced price cuts, as much as 40%, on  both its desktop and server processors.  Rival chipmaker AMD announced a 611 million dollar loss for the first quarter already. Someone please take AMD's belt and shoelaces away for the rest of the week. For the desktop market, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 has fallen in price to US$530 while CPUs in the Core 2 Duo E6X00-series have been cut by up to 40%. Intel also introduced two new processors, the E6420 and E6320, which share equivalent features to the similarly numbered E6400 and E6300 CPUs but have an increased L2 cache of 4MB. Entire list after the jump. What  do you think? Do you like the idea of AMD challenging Intel enough... Read more...
Charlie from The Inquirer has been lurking behind closed doors at IDF in Bejing and stumbled upon a couple of HP workstations with interesting GPU configurations. One machine had a pair of NVIDIA GPUs, the other a pair of ATI GPUs.  What they both had in common, however, was that they were PCIe 2.0 compliant. "That was a move that took me, personally, by complete surprise. Neither set of cards were identified, but they both were running two cards on 5Gbps links. It was only about a month ago that NV showed off their chips behind closed doors at the PCIe SIG meeting. ATI wasn't there. Now, they are both here, and both are working." Check out the pics and more of the story... Read more...
Dan Warne from APCMag.com spent some time with Intel's Mooly Eden at the Intel Developer's Forum going on in Beijing and has some more information posted regarding Enhanced Intel Dynamic Acceleration Technology. We reported last week that EIDAT would be available with Penryn, but according to the story on APCMag.com, the technology will be available in the upcoming mobile Santa Rosa platform first. "We call this processor Core 2 Duo but really it's Core 2 Duo on steroids. This microprocessor is going to be more powerful than the previous generation," said Intel's mobility chief, Mooly Eden. The new chips will be able to overclock one of the cores if the other core is not being used."... Read more...
AMD has been working very hard for several years now to catch up to Intel when it comes to developing and perfecting new manufacturing process technology. New process technology allows more transistors to be packed into the same physical area, which can relate to more features and performance in a given chip and/or more chips per material used. So there is either more performance, better price, or both, and what customer can resist better prices and/or better performance? AMD has done a good job of narrowing the gap, but Intel really pulled out all the stops to get both their 65 nm and 45 nm processes up and running well ahead of AMD. According to Reuters, it seems like AMD might be seeking outside... Read more...
When you register a domain name, you have to give them all sorts of contact information about yourself, or risk losing the domain outright. It's become a rich repository of information for all sorts of people, including spammers. Should you be allowed to register domains privately? Privacy wasn't a big consideration when the current addressing system started in the 1980s. Back then, government and university researchers who dominated the Internet knew one another and didn't mind sharing personal details to resolve technical problems. Today, the Whois database is used for much more. Law-enforcement officials and Internet service providers... Read more...
In a job posting on AMD.com, it seems that the company is already looking for engineers to take on the challenge of the always shrinking die. AMD has started shipping 65 nm CPUs a few months ago, and one would imagine that 22 nm is probably a few years out at the least. "DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: This position is for technical assignment within the AMD/IBM research alliance in New York. Primary responsibilities of this position will include generation of detailed lithography requirements for the 32 nm and 22 nm nodes, including overlay, CD, and focus budgets. Projects will consist of research in advanced optical lithography, EUV lithography,... Read more...
Symantec estimates that computer hijackings have risen 30% in the last year. Crackers hijack computers in order to send out spam e-mails, viruses, and other malicious software and according to further studies from Symantec, more then a third of attacks in the second half of 2006 originated from within the United States. While the number of hijackings continues to increase, research indicates that the number of servers controlling 'bot networks' is decreasing. According to Symantec, bot network owners are beginning to consolidate servers in order to create a more centralized center for deploying malicious software. The number of computers... Read more...
If you've been thinking about purchasing an Apple TV, then you might want to look at the new EVA8000 from Netgear first. Here's a snip from their product release announcement: "The Digital Entertainer HD automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple computers, and organizes these into a single media library displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer. Users of the innovative Digital Entertainer HD can play HD movie downloads, including those from BitTorrent's new online marketplace, as well as stream HD movies and Internet videos to their TV from Web sites such as YouTube.... Read more...
Intel is going to bring 802.11n and quad-core to the the mobile masses in 2008 with their Montevina platform.  Check out what DailyTech has to say: "Intel guidance this week revealed that a number of changes have taken place. Intel will offer two versions of its 2008 mobile platform -- Montevina Fundamental and Montevina Professional."  Montevina Professional: * Penryn-based * Cantiga GM/PM chipsets with ICH9M-Enhanced * Echo Peak 3x3 or 1x2 AGN * Shirley Peak 3x3 AGN or 1x2 AGN * Gigabit Ethernet * Intel AMT 4.0 * Intel VT-x and VT-d * Intel Turbo Memory 2.0 Montevina Fundamental: * Penryn-based * Cantiga GM and PM chipsets with ICH9M * Echo Peak 3x3 or 1x2 AGN * Shirley Peak 3x3 AGN... Read more...
Keats must have had a vision of the new Estari notebook when he wrote "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". "Today's announcement that Estari, Inc. ( https://www.Estari.com ) is accepting orders for their new model of the patented Dual Screen(TM) Laptop Computer will revolutionize the way professionals do work outside the office. Study after study shows the efficiency of using two monitors on the desktop. Now computer users can have the same efficiency when they need to do work in a mobile environment." While 15" monitors are a great starting point, I have a feeling major players like Alienware and VicousPC are going to up the ante way past dual 17" with dizzying speed if... Read more...
Adtron announced that it is now shipping its new generation of Flashpak drives in both SATA and IDE interfaces in the 2.5" form factor. Here's a quick blurb: "Solid state flash disk manufacturer Adtron Corporation, announces today the immediate availability of its most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models" Adtron has typically serviced aerospace, medical, and enterprise fields, however the release of this drive is very good news for the average Joe. It is likely that once some of the major players start developing and using such high density NAND devices, that trend is going to help drive... Read more...
Google's idea of web based applications have Microsoft thinking. As the idea of web based applications continues to grow, Microsoft is getting busy with plans to keep Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point competitive. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's new chief software architect, does not think the company will develop web-only applications but instead, applications based on mobile devices that will take advantage of the PC as well as web and mobile services. Watching Google Inc. rake in advertising revenue "was a wake-up call within Microsoft," the company's top technical executive, Ray Ozzie, said Tuesday. But he said Microsoft... Read more...
Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been the subject of much debate for quite some time now and unfortunately it doesn't look like that will change any time soon. Recently, an e-petition signed by over 1,400 people to ban DRM was rejected by the United Kingdom, which plans on continuing to support DRM practices. While the government plans to continue to back DRM as a way for companies to protect their content, there is a possible plan in the works to make reporting abusive DRM technology possible. The government has rejected a call to ban the digital locks that limit what people can do with the software, music and movies they own. A... Read more...
AMD Ushers in Breathtaking Multimedia for Mobile Devices with Next-Generation AMD Imageon Media Processors - New AMD Technology Enables Handheld Manufacturers to Captivate Consumers with Remarkable Video, Audio and Imaging - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - February 12, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors, offering ultra-fast, high-resolution image processing, DVD-quality video and high-definition audio for compelling mobile multimedia experiences. These new processors further enhance the industry-leading AMD Imageon family of discrete media processors, helping handheld manufacturers to quickly and cost-efficiently deliver the latest multimedia features... Read more...
If you don't have hundreds or thousands of dollars to spend updating your new rig with one of AMD's socket AM2 CPUs, Thermalright is doing its best to keep your old AMD K8 CPUs running cool with their Thermalright SLK-948U until upgrading your processor isn't life threatening to you're wallet. "The Thermalright SLK-948U is an oldie but a goodie. This 635 gram chunk of copper is still a relevant heatsink however, resembling something akin to a metallic Toblerone with copper fins. It's this design which keeps the SLK-948U alive and kicking, and as you'll see in a moment more than capable for any K8 processor. The heatsink ships in a very plain cardboard box with a small... Read more...
New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range New Compatibility Program for Intel Centrino Users with Wireless-N SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 - Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks. As notebook PCs increasingly download broadband-intense content such as movies, videos and music, a more powerful networking solution is needed. Based on the draft 802.11n Wi-Fi specification, the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N technology addresses that need by offering... Read more...
Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström are fascinating entrepreneurs. First they built the Kazaa file sharing empire, then built Skype VoIP into a business eBay was willing to pay 2.6 billion dollars for. Now they've decided to turn their attention to streaming TV over the internet. Is their "Joost" going to destroy the television, or perfect it? Can they wrestle the broadcast beast onto the Net? Friis and Zennström are players now, big names with a fearsome track record. Even more amazing (or scary, if you're a TV insider), they have zero stake in the traditional media pillars. They don't own shows, channels, or networks. They don't... Read more...
Toshiba announced at the CES that they've made a triple-stacked HD-DVD read-only disc that can hold more ones and zeros than a standard Blu-Ray disc --51 gigabytes. That's a lot of 1080p hi-def goodness: The new disc shares the same disc structure as standard DVD and previously announced HD DVD formats: two 0.6-mm thick discs bonded back-to-back. According to Toshiba, the added cost to produce discs with the third layer is minimal, thanks to the use of the same physical disc structure as DVD. Toshiba aims to secure approval of the new disc by the DVD Forum within this year. Ritek said not so fast. We can stack up to ten, and do it in both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats. That's up... Read more...
Avis is teaming up with Autonet Mobile to offer a WiFi hotspot that serves the rental car, and about a hundred foot radius around it. Autonet Mobile's In-Car Router is about the size of a laptop and draws power from the car's cigarette lighter outlet. The hardware itself is a bridge for a cellular provider's 3G network (Avis will likely have contracts with 3G providers around the country), acting as a WiFi gateway for those connected to it. Other 3G-WiFi bridges are already available from the likes of Linksys and Kyocera, but this appears to be the first targeted exclusively at vehicles. Business travelers will have one fewer excuse to offer about why they didn't see the e-mail.... Read more...
Finally, a government program regarding technology that I can support. HotHardware has reported in prior articles Seagate Announces Encrypted Hard Drives for Notebooks and How To Turn Your Stolen Laptop Into A Snitching Doorstop both concerning the issues that are being served by this memorandum. After story after story of government laptops being stolen and compromised, the U.S. government is making progress in encrypting all information stored on its data devices. On June 23, 2006, a memorandum (PDF) from the Executive Office of the President mandated that all government mobile computers and devices must fully encrypt all data. The document... Read more...
Wired has their Vaporware '06 awards on-line today, and you'll never guess what makes its triumphant return to the top of the charts.  Here's a hint, the main character first appeared in an Apogee title way back in 1991... "Pull back the red curtain and dim the lights. It's the 9th annual presentation of the Wired News Vaporware Awards, our ode to the year's top technology products promised, hyped and scheduled, but not delivered." Still not sure?  Here's another hint.  It's a game that was first demoed in 1997.  And that's all I'm telling you.... Read more...
Panasonic has been working on a new approach to the design and production of litium-ion batteries that seems to have solved the pesky problem of having them burst into flames from time to time. The battery is protected from overheating by the addition of a heat-resistant insulator to the battery cell. Normally, a li-ion battery would only have a thin separator between the cathode and the anode that could easily be punctured by a short-circuit. And as we are now painfully aware, short-circuiting batteries can sometimes lead to bad things such as fires and explosions. The additional heat insulator, according to Matsushita, has better insulating... Read more...
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