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We are going to be live in a few hours shooting the next episode of our 2.5 Geeks podcast. In this episode, we are going to have a special guest -- Bob Grim of Killer Networking will joins us to chat about the new Killer Wireless-AC 1550 module co-developed with Intel. We will also discuss the new Intel and Samsung Solid State Drives, NVIDIA says no to cryptominer sales, Spectre and Meltdown fallout strategies, and we're ANNOUNCING WINNERS of our Lenovo Hot Holiday Giveaway prizes. You can watch the madness right here at 4PM EST...... Read more...
An Xbox Live customer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company has been renewing subscriptions and double-billing customers without their consent. The suit was filed by Ryan Graves, an Indiana resident that claims Microsoft's pre-paid subscriptions are "governed by vague and onerous terms of use." Graves claims that he let his automatically-renewing Xbox Live subscription expire by declining to update his credit card information, and that when he renewed the account several months later with a new card, he was charged for both the new subscription and the previously expired automatic subscription. Microsoft told Graves that the issue was not a mistake, according... Read more...
Need to know exactly where your bus is? Who doesn't, right? Google, in typical fashion, has just made one of life's chores even easier. Starting now, Google Maps for mobile and desktop is capable is telling you when your bus is actually going to arrive, courtesy of live transit updates. The company has partnered with transit agencies to integrate live transit data in four U.S. cities and two European cities: Boston, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Francisco, Madrid and Turin. They're already making strides in telling folks when mass transit options are going to be late or on time, and the bus is the next logical piece of the puzzle. When you click on a transit station or plan a transit route with... Read more...
Traffic's a huge pain, is it not? Anyone who has to dodge traffic jams on a daily or weekly basis is undoubtedly tired of it, and so is TomTom. Thankfully, a GPS company wants to work with you on making your life easier. The company has just announced that TomTom HD Traffic Service is now available on every single TomTom LIVE GPS unit. That means that LIVE (a connected GPS unit) owners will receive valuable access to up-to-date traffic information as it happens, enabling their system to dodge upcoming jams and get them to their location more efficiently. Until now, TomTom HD Traffic was only available on the recently released GO 2535 M LIVE, so owners of the other LIVE units have to be celebrating.... Read more...
Ah, live music. Is there anything better? Maybe a nice new triple-GPU setup, or possibly a sweet slate of Core i7, but other than that, we're thinking live music has the edge. Unfortunately, attending your favorite concerts has become synonymous with going broke, but the same folks responsible for jacking the prices are now making it easier than ever to experience your favorite artists up close...but not in the way you might expect. Live Nation has teamed up with artists, labels and iTunes in order to produce and promote a new section that features live music recordings. The service is currently live on iTunes, though only about 20 artists are featured at the moment. The section will expand to... Read more...
In an attempt to gain a stronger foothold in internet "cloud", Microsoft has revamped their Windows Live services with new applications and third-party integration. By providing a hub for web access to e-mail, instant messaging, photos, and other web applications, Microsoft hopes to enhance the consumer experience by consolidating the digital content scattered throughout the PC.   Not only is it a one-stop interface for users, but it also hopes to be the point of contact between friends. This service puts Microsoft into competition with social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. “Our customers have friends across the Web. They communicate through many unconnected... Read more...
So you got up today, sat down to your bowl of Cheerios and Bananas, flipped on the Flinstones for a few minutes and then you really busted a move.  You actually brought the bowl over to the sink, before you brushed your teeth and headed off to the office to strap on that desk for another solid 8.125 hours of turning the crank for the commonwealth of wherever you live.  Let's face it, most of us lead a pretty sorry existence, at least by comparison, versus some of the really smart folks out there.  Folks like the Steve Myers and the boys and girls down at the LHC in Geneva Switzerland crank it up a notch or two when they go to work.   Rocket... Read more...
AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization with Microsoft- Combined Offering Expected to Benefit Underserved Mid-Market by Offering Reduced Cost, Superior Flexibility for Web-based Workloads - SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of robust new virtualization solutions powered by a combination of technologies from AMD and Microsoft Corp. This new deployment model uses AMD Opteron processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to deliver significant efficiencies to enterprises large and small. Mid-market companies in particular, which have traditionally been slower to implement... Read more...
In a Monday press release, Amazon.com announced that buyers who want to get their hands on some upcoming hot games can upgrade their shipping to be assured they'll get them on release day: Gamers have been asking for it and Amazon has answered the call. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it will offer release-date delivery for "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09," "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed," "Fable 2" and "Gears of War 2." For $5.98, Amazon customers can upgrade their shipping option for guaranteed delivery of these titles on the first day of availability to all addresses within the continental United States. Additionally, Amazon Prime customers will receive release-date delivery for... Read more...
The trend towards DRM-free music seems to be giving Dell the notion that the market's ready for another digital music player. They tried to sell MP3 players five years ago, but got washed away in the Apple iPod tsunami and gave up in 2006. There's a whiff of "me too" about anybody trying to make portable music players now; Apple's devices are so ubiquitous that people call any such device "an iPod" at this point. But Dell's hoping that by hiring an ex-Apple executive to oversee the  making of an inexpensive player that will play music from any vendor, they can make inroads into Apple's  iTunes/ iPod audience. As we've noted before, the move to DRM-free tracks won't be enough to help... Read more...
We earlier wrote that Microsoft's fake OS, Mojave, had birthed its own website.  The idea, a sort of blind taste test among Vista critics, was surprisingly successful with an overwhelming number of respondents liking the OS.  The website was, starting today, designed to show videos of the respondents, and indeed that part of the site has launched.For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago. We interviewed and polled 120 participants in San Francisco, in hopes of better understanding everyday users' perceptions of Windows Vista and seeing whether there really is a gap between perception and reality. We wanted to see how people reacted... Read more...
The much-anticipated PS3 Firmware 2.40 - has gone live, as promised, just as July 2nd rolled around.  The update includes: XMB access in-game Trophy Support (the PS3's answer to the Xbox 360's achievements) Expanded Gamer Profiles Of course, the big question is: why are you still reading this?  Start downloading.... Read more...
Last year we brought you some information regarding AMD's Griffin and Puma mobile processor and platform in this short article.  It has taken a bit of time to bring them to market, but AMD is now ready with the newly designed processors and chipsets.  The Griffin CPU is now known as the Turion X2 Ultra and notebooks based on the platform should be arriving soon.  The technical specifications are available in our earlier post, and the official press release is below... AMD Delivers the Ultimate HD Visual Performance on the Go with Next-Generation Notebook Platform — Balanced notebook platform achieves superior 3D performance and HD-image quality with greater energy efficiency —... Read more...
Following up on their February promise to release a free version of their award-winning physics and animation software product – Havok Complete - Havok's website now has the download available.Havok announced in February an Intel sponsored PC version of our award-winning physics and animation products for dowload at no charge. The products are now available!The No-Charge Havok PC download is a binary-only bundle that includes all of the standard features and functionality of both the Havok™ Physics and Havok™ Animation products. The download includes Havok SDK libraries, samples, and technical documentation for software developers; as well as Havok's Content Tools for preparation... Read more...
There seems to be some confusion in the Microsoft camp as to whether or not XP will continue on or not.  A spokeswoman for the Redmond giant had this to say:"We feel we've made the right accommodations for customers in certain segments who may need more time to transition to Windows Vista," she said. "But as [CEO] Steve [Ballmer] noted, we maintain a constant stance of listening to our customers and our partners. That's what is guiding our plan, and will continue to guide us going forward."So to sum it up: The CEO says yes, the spokeswoman says it’s all dependent upon the customers.   Now is the time to let your voices be heard.... Read more...
If you’ve played games online, we’re sure by now that you’ve seen somebody go off on a tirade after being fragged one too many times. Sometimes this is a result of poor skills, other times it may be the result of cheaters flooding an enemy’s network in a sort of mini-DDoS attack. Often threats of real life repercussions just seem childish, and often add a comical element to the whole situation.What happens when you try it on a technician working for the company the handles your ISP’s network and customer service? One youngster decided to find out and for some reason the tier 2.5 tech at Convergsys decided to post his retaliation on the internet for all to see:I proceeded to input his ip address... Read more...
You had to see this coming (and it was rumored, too), with the popularity of low-cost ultra-portable laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the OLPC, and the Classmate. Microsoft has given Windows XP another reprieve, but only for a class of devices they call ULCPCs or Ultra-Low-Cost PCs.Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold for a class of computers it calls "ultra-low-cost PCs." It's a category that covers machines with slower processors, smaller screens, and in many cases flash memory for storage, rather than a traditional hard drive.Microsoft will give PC makers the option of using Windows XP or Vista on ULCPC devices, said Michael Dix, general... Read more...
AMD Delivers Industry’s First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort Support—       ATI FireGL™ V7700 provides superb performance and image quality for professional 3D and imaging markets —SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 31, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL™ V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and... Read more...
The “switcher's” Mac hasn't done so well in sales, but it seems that somebody in Cupertino thinks that at least having a low-cost Mac brings people into Apple Stores and thus the little Mac is going to get a refresh instead of the axe:“Among the improvements destined for the new lineup are 45-nanometer Core 2 Duo mobile chips starting at 2.1GHz with 3MB of shared L2 cache, an 800MHz front-side bus (up from 667MHz), and a step up to the same Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics processor employed by the existing line of 13-inch consumer MacBooks.”The release date is unclear, but currently retailers are experiencing a shortage of iMacs in preparation for a rumored update of that lineup.  It... Read more...
BD-Live (AKA Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0) titles were released earlier this year, despite the fact that there were no players yet capable of supporting BD-Live.  But ...Hi again everyone. Here’s a quick preview of the next PLAYSTATION 3 system software update coming up in the next few days. Firmware v2.20, introduces a number of features to further enhance your PLAYSTATION 3 as the hub of your entertainment center.Most notably, the update enables the PS3 to support Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. You can connect now to the Internet while playing discs that support BD-Live to obtain additional content and special features. These features vary from disc to disc, and will keep... Read more...
Things seemed settled. Blu-ray, the high definition format favored by Sony, finally overcame the competition offered by rival Toshiba, HD DVD, and the next-generation format wars were over. Not so fast, says New Medium Enterprises, who are touting an alternative to Blu-ray they call the versatile multilayer disc. VMD has the one attribute no one has ever ascribed to Blu-ray; it's cheap.An HD VMD player costs less than a Blu-ray because it uses the red-laser technologies found in today’s standard-definition DVD players. The Blu-ray and HD DVD machines use a more-expensive blue laser system. “We do not intend to take on Blu-ray,” said Shirly Levich, New Medium’s vice president and product development... Read more...
INTEL DELIVERS ‘HARD-CORE’ EIGHT-CORE PLATFORM FOR PC PERFORMANCE AFICIONADOS ‘Skulltrail’-Based Desktop PCs Lead to 3-D, Hi-Definition Media and Gaming Bliss GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 – For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform. Formerly codenamed “Skulltrail,” this is one of the first enthusiast desktop platforms to support two Intel quad core processors for a total of eight processing engines and a choice of multi-card graphics solutions from either ATI or NVIDIA. “When it comes to delivering innovation to the... Read more...
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