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It's always good when we hear the word "investment" bandied about in the tech universe, and Intel has been using that term quite a bit over the past few years. Recently, the company announced plans to sink over $40 million (over the next five years) in a worldwide network of university research centers called "Intel Collaborative Research Institutes" (ICRI). According to Intel, it'll "bring together experts from academia and industry to invent the future of technology,"  with New Institutes including the ICRI for Sustainable Connected Cities in the United Kingdom; ICRI for Secure Computing in Germany; and the ICRI for Computational Intelligence in Israel. Each Intel Collaborative Research... Read more...
After a quick search of Newegg’s site, we’ve found that Intel’s trio of initial Core i7 processors and an array of X58 Express chipset-based motherboards have been made available, just shy of two weeks since our launch article hit the web. The Core i7 920 (2.66GHz), 940 (2.93GHz) and Core i7 Extreme 965 (3.2GHz) are all selling for a small premium at the moment--$319, $599, and 1069, respectively—but the X58 motherboards are priced right in line with expectations. MSI’s offering is the least expensive at the moment at about $220, and ASUS’ flagship Rampage II Extreme is currently the most expensive at almost $400. Coincidentally, we’ve got MSI’s X58 Platinum and ASUS’ Rampage II Extreme in the... Read more...
Though obviously Microsoft has taken a fair amount of heat regarding Windows Vista, there's probably a directly proportional level of hype on their next mainstream OS, Windows 7.  Projected by some to be the OS that Vista should have been, and still by others to be nothing more than Vista on steroids (perhaps just a six-pack of Red Bull, depending on who you talk to); there's plenty of rumor, gossip, leaked and public information to go around to keep your mind off your troubled Vista installation that just crashed again for the eleventh time today.  However, when it comes to unreleased OS information, we like to spend our bandwidth listening to trusted sources close to the development... Read more...
How do you roll out computer access to 1.8 million students at $70 per seat? The answer: Virtualization. The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is undertaking a "massive 5,000-school educational computing initiative" to build computer labs and give computer access to almost two million Indian children. But instead of requiring one computer per user, the system being put in place, supplied by NComputing, will allow up to seven users simultaneous access to a single computer.   Credit: NComputingGet those images of a bunch of kids crowded around a single keyboard and display out of your heads--that's not how this system works. The system will utilize NComputing's X300 kit that essentially... Read more...
We have just received word that Crysis Warhead is now available for purchase via Steam for gamers in North America.In addition, the original Crysis is now available for purchase and play via Steam by gamers the world over. Outside of North America, however, Crysis Warhead will become available for play tomorrow (Thursday, September 17) via Steam.    ... Read more...
You'll recall when OCZ unveiled their Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook, they left out an important thing: when. But you can buy the bare-bones version of the laptop now (at least, if you hurry), courtesy of Buy.com.At least at the time of this writing (Buy.com says they are almost out-of-stock) you can get the bare-bones version for $669 (after $50 mail-in-rebate); shipping is free.  Yes, yes, don't forget the sales tax if you "qualify!"  Building your own gaming desktop can be complicated and meticulous so who would think that building your own gaming notebook would be any easier or even possible. OCZ introduces this exciting initiative to the enthusiast, gamer, and IT professional with... Read more...
Microsoft has released a new DirectX redistributable package into the wild for virtually all versions of Windows, including Vista.  This is a DX9.0c / DX10 update that's not going to show up on the Windows Update website, but it is an official release."This download provides the DirectX end-user multi-languaged redistributable that developers can include with their product.  The DirectX redist installation includes all the latest and previous released DirectX runtime. This includes the bi-monthly D3DX, XInput, and Managed DirectX components." This is not going to make your Vista framerates jump all that much, if at all, but with the relative immaturity of Vista and graphics drivers... Read more...
CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE VARIETY MAP PACK AVAILABLE NOW FOR WINDOWS PCNVIDIA Offering New Maps as a Free Download through nZone.com Santa Monica, CA – June 5, 2008 – New battle zones are emerging on the Windows® PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare™ Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.  For updates about download destinations, visit: www.charlieoscardelta.com or www.nzone.com.The Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack... Read more...
Intel, Samsung, and TSMC--big players in the fabrication of semiconductors--have announced that they will be collaborating in order to target an industry-wide transition to 450mm wafers starting in the year 2012. Most semiconductors today are manufactured on 300mm wafers--a transition that started in 2001--which was 10 years after the transition to 200mm wafers. Targeting 2012 as the next transition period keeps "in line with the historical pace of growth." The reasons for this planned transition were spelled out in a joint press release from the three companies:"Historically, manufacturing with larger wafers helps increase the ability to produce semiconductors at a lower cost. The total silicon... Read more...
ASUS Eee PC 900 Now Available for Pre-Order at Exclusive ASUS Authorized Retailers in the United States FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (May 5th, 2008)-ASUS North American headquarters today announced the availability of the long-awaited ASUS Eee PC 900. The US is the 3rd in-line to offer the 8.9-inch ASUS Eee PC following its release in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Both Linux and Microsoft Windows operation system will be available for the pre-order. This new generation of ASUS Eee PC includes a package of new features. The new 8.9-inch (1024 x 600) is equipped with a 1.3 Mega Pixel webcam, 1GB of memory, and has a FigerGlide feature which enables users to zoom in and out of pictures with simple finger... Read more...
The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC 512MB Graphics Card Is Available Now Company Offers Three Discounts with Online PurchasePARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 08, 2008 – PNY Technologies®, Inc. today announced that its PNY XLR8™ GeForce® 9800 GTX OC 512MB PCI-e 2.0 graphics card is available now for purchase.  Based on the NVIDIA® GeForce 9 Series of GPUs, this overclocked graphics card features 512MB of GDDR3 frame buffer memory, a 725 MHz core clock and 1813 MHz shader clock.  PNY will provide three bonus offers for a limited time when customers purchase its new XLR8 9800 GTX OC card at https://www.pny.com/9800gtxoc-offers.  “With the XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC card, gamers... Read more...
HP has a new ultra portable notebook available for purchase today, that seems poised to do battle with ASUS' upcoming 8.9" version of the EeePC.  The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is offered in a wide variety of configurations with price points starting at $499.  At the moment, five different pre-configured options are listed on the HP website, with VIA C7-M ULV processors speeds ranging from 1.0 to 1.6GHz and DDR2 memory configurations from 512MB to 2GB.All of the HP 2133 series Mini-Note PCs feature 8.9" WXGA screens, VIA (S3) Chrome 9 graphics processors, and Broadcom WiFi controllers.  Two models also feature Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.  Operating systems options include the 32-bit... Read more...
Considering that News Corp. owns both MySpace and The New York Post, this is probably pretty reliable info.MySpace's plan to launch a digital-music joint venture with the major record companies is picking up steam, as the social networking giant nears deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, multiple sources familiar with the situation told The Post.The agreements could be signed as soon as this week. The service is expected to launch later this year. BTW, since Universal Music and MySpace have an ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit, don't expect a deal to be signed between those two anytime soon.... Read more...
AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008 to Deliver Industry Leading Solution to Customers - Microsoft's New Operating System Paired with AMD Processors Provides a Solid Business Foundation with Better Investment Protection, Low Energy Usage and Unmatched Performance - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution. Through their strong partnership, both companies have optimized their respective hardware and software technologies to work together to address the demands of today's global digital economy and meet the computing... Read more...
Don't get your hopes up; it's not Universal Music or even EMI.  It's a small label  from Germany, and it's already folded. Nonetheless, a few days ago Dependent records’ CEO Stefan Herwig decided to upload all the albums from his label -which mainly features aggrotech, electro-industrial and futurepop artists- onto The Pirate Bay.In the description on the torrent download page Herwig writes: “I closed down my record label Dependent Records for good. But since I want my music to be heard by the people out there, everything I have ever published is now available on The Pirate Bay,” stressing that it’s a legal torrent, approved by the label. Ironically, the reason the label closed down:... Read more...
A lot of users have called RealPlayer "badware," but mostly for performance reasons.  All right, all right, we're being kind; there have been plenty of complaints over Real Networks' policies before.StopBadware.org said Tuesday it has labeled two versions of the RealPlayer media player as "badware," or spyware.RealPlayer 10.5, it claims, "fails to accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on the user's computer." And RealPlayer 11, it claims, "does not disclose the fact that it installs Rhapsody Player Engine software, and fails to remove this software when RealPlayer is uninstalled." Ryan Lukin, PR manager for RealNetworks, disputed some of the claims.... Read more...
Asustek's nifty and inexpensive Eee PC laptop certainly captivated the market and all us assorted tech writers,  so now seems as good a time as any for Asustek to go after other segments of the market.  They've decided people might like their version of a desktop PC, an "all -in-one" like the iMac, and an "E-TV." The E-DT, a desktop PC which will not be sold with a monitor, is scheduled to launch in April or May this year and will be showcased at CeBIT 2008. The first E-DT will adopt an Intel Celeron processor, while later generations will adopt Intel's Shelton'08 platform with Diamondville processors and the 945GC chipset. The company has set the price of the PC at between US$200-300... Read more...
Now Available: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI MCPsMaximum Performance, Ultimate Control  NVIDIA® nForce® 780i SLI® media and communications processors (MCPs) are the must-have platform for Intel Yorkfield CPUs. Maximize your rig's performance with 3-way SLI technology. Achieve ultimate control with the real-time component monitoring and tuning features of the first platform designed for ESA-certified components. And experience spectacular DirectX® 10 gaming with the best platform for GeForce® GPUs.  Buy now from the following online retailers: Mwave.com NCIXUS.com Newegg.com TigerDirect.com ZipZoomfly.com... Read more...
We received some news from Lenovo that we thought would interest you all.  Lenovo representatives informed us that Novell SLED 10 is now available on the ThinkPad T61 and R61 14-wide notebooks based on Intel Centrino processor technology, giving customers yet another opportunity to select a system with an operating system that will best meet their business needs. Novell SLED 10 Operating System features include: Beagle-Integrated Search Firefox-Internet Browser RealPlayer, Macromedia Flash Player, Banshee, F-Spot-Multimedia support XGL 3-D Graphics-3D rendered interface OpenOffice.org Novell Edition-Productivity Applications Evolution Gaim-Collaboration Applications Lenovo will provide direct... Read more...
Linux users might actually agree with this "false positive". On the other hand Microsoft breathes a sigh of relief, as for once the antivirus software in question is not Windows Live OneCare.The security company's systems had decided that a virus called Huhk-C was present in the explorer.exe file, leading to its confinement or, in some cases, deletion. As Windows Explorer is the graphical user interface (GUI) for Windows' file system, this made it difficult to perform many common tasks within the operating system, such as finding files.David Emm, a senior technology consultant at Kaspersky Lab, told ZDNet UK on Friday that the company was still examining its checklist to find out why the false... Read more...
It's here.  Now the question is, can we toggle the Ribbon off?As promised, Microsoft has released SP1 for Office 2007 today, available on their Office download site. At the same time, Microsoft has released SP1 for Visio 2007 and Project 2007.The Office 2007 SP1 link, which was dead until just a few minutes ago, is now live, and is here. As I indicated earlier, for now, due to recent concerns over Automatic Updating, this will be a manual-only install.Did we ask about the Ribbon yet?  Based on the linked whitepaper, it doesn't look like turning off the oft-criticized Ribbon is a new option.  Heavy sigh.... Read more...
OCZ Technology Group Announces Availability of Premium Hypersonic Gaming Notebooks for the Global Consumer Electronics Retail Channel Sunnyvale, CA—December 6, 2007—OCZ Technology Group a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, PC components, and system builds, is pleased to announce that gamers and enthusiasts will now have access to purchase pre-built Hypersonic notebooks from a wide spectrum of online and retail outlets. High-performance laptop seekers will be afforded greater and quicker access to laptops that fit their performance expectations, while more selective users can still customize the ultimate gaming notebook through the online Hypersonic... Read more...
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