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Mona Shaw, of Bristow Virginia, decided that she'd had enough of Comcast's customer service and chose to do something about it: The 75-year-old took a hammer and starting demolishing a Comcast office.  Not bad for someone who lived through World War II and has a heart condition.While this obviously isn't the recommended way to settle disputes and problems, she isn't exactly viewed as a crazed lunatic by everybody in her community.  Apparently the kinds of problems she encountered are far from rare:“The city is negotiating an updated franchise agreement with Comcast, as well as a new cable agreement with Verizon.Customer service is one of the main issues the city examined in its recent... Read more...
There it is, Miss America's browser ... Lauren Nelson made children's Internet security her main issue during the most recent pageant because of a disturbing online encounter she and her friends had as 13-year-olds.  Now a kid-safe browser bearing her name will launch.The Miss America Kid-Safe Web Browser is to debut on Thursday. The free download includes blocking mechanisms that have existed for years. But it also features an animated Nelson who walks kids through their online experience, advising them about Internet safety and spouting random trivia: "There are twice as many kangaroos as people in Australia!"She'll read their e-mail out loud and can be programmed by Mom or Dad to remind... 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 recent news that Ameritrade had been leaking sensitive customer data was enough to drive some investors away from Ameritrade for the time being, and possibly forever.  If you're an investor who is on the fence deciding when you might put your faith and financial security into Ameritrade's hands again, then you might want to know that Ameritrade was aware of some of their security breaches for over a year.The breach was so serious that Ameritrade found 'unauthorized code' in their systems, and have yet to be able to fully account for how it got there.  The breaches allowed for about 6 million customer records to be compromised, but the limits of what data was stolen hasn't been completely... Read more...
It's possible consumers may see such rebates in the future.  Right now, buy an energy efficient dishwasher, furnace, A/C unit, or something similar and you can often get a rebate from your utility company. Will utilities also give rebates for energy-efficient PCs?  It's being discussed.The Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a consortium of tech companies that is trying to get the industry and consumers to adopt energy-efficient components, has started to explore the idea of direct rebates with utilities, said Erik Teeszer, a program manager at Google during a meeting at the Intel Developer Forum taking place in San Francisco. Google and Intel are the driving forces behind Climate Savers.Some... Read more...
Revolutionizing the Way Games Are Meant To Be Played Taipei, Taiwan, 31st August 2007) Shuttle Inc. – leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories today announced the launch of its top gamers’ platform XPC Prima series – the Shuttle XPC Prima SP35P2 Pro platform for extreme gamers. The Shuttle XPC Prima series SP35P2 Pro supports the latest Intel® multi-core processors up to 1333MHz FSB, accommodating up to 8GB of DDR2-800 memory in a pair of dual-channel mode, over clock-able to 1066MHz. With Intel® P35 Express Chipset’s optimized system memory capabilities and chipset over-speed removed attain maximized over-clocking... Read more...
A requirement for a new residence has always been, in our opinion, broadband of some type, either DSL or cable modem service.  Rural America is still pretty broadband-less, and may stay that way, because of the forever mighty profit margin. As population density drops outside of metropolitan areas, it's impossible for telecommunications companies or cable service providers to justify the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile it can cost to bring fiber to every rural community, let alone every home. The result: Today, just 17 percent of rural U.S. households subscribe to broadband service, according to the Government Accountability Office. This may be the opening broadband... Read more...
What's a good investment nowadays? We don't give such advice here at HotHardware, but we can tell you to steer clear of offering jumbo loans on third houses right now. That's a bad investment. What's a good investment? According to Standard and Poor's Clyde Montevirgen, Intel is a five star, strong buy monster. According to market researcher IDC, worldwide PC shipments have recently risen above expectations, rebounding from single-digit growth at the end of 2006 to 11% growth in the first quarter of 2007 and 12% in the second quarter. Growth was supported by strong sales of mobile computers, which advanced 29.5% in the second quarter from the same quarter last year, compared to... Read more...
A few weeks ago, news broke of an upcoming AMD technology co-developed with a couple of their IC partners dubbed G3MX, or the Socket G3 Memory eXtension.  In essence, G3MX is designed to be AMD’s answer to the current FB-DIMM (Fully Buffered) memory used on Intel’s high-end server and workstation platforms.  While DDR2 FB-DIMMs, that are outfitted with an AMB (Advanced Memory Buffer), offer a number of key benefits, including a serial point-to-point memory interface, improved reliability, scalability, signal integrity, increased bandwidth in some configurations, and higher capacity per memory channel, these benefits come at the cost of power consumption. Due to the fact that each FB-DIMM... Read more...
A recent poll shows that more and more Americans are turning to the Internet for information about health and health issues.  In fact, according to the 2007 Consumer Medical and Health Information poll, nearly as many Americans list the Web as their primary source of medical information as do their doctor. The 2007 Consumer Medical and Health Information poll, commissioned by search engine Ask.com and performed by Harris Interactive Inc., revealed that 70% of adults use the Internet as a primary source for health information and that 72% describe their doctor as a primary source. The study also found that 76% of adults older than 55 -- a group sometimes stereotyped as eschewing the Web --... Read more...
Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car.  Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving.  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found over 90% of those surveyed do believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned. The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89 percent of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.Even so, 66 percent of the adults surveyed who drive... Read more...
Former Take-Two CEO, Ryan Brant, has pleaded guilty to the illegal backdating of stock-options.  What kind of penalty did he get?A few million dollars, 5 years of probation and national media attention that will probably embarrass him in a way that few people ever get to experience. “Brant was the first of three officials convicted at the New York-based company. Former General Counsel Kenneth Selterman and ex-Chief Accounting Officer Patti Tay also pleaded guilty earlier this year to falsifying business records. Tay, 31, admitted she made false entries on a spreadsheet of 2001 and 2002 stock-option grants, according to court records. Selterman, 52, pleaded guilty to providing false information... Read more...
There's bad, and then there's evil. But spammers are worse than evil. And the worst version of evil is to use our beloved Homer Simpson to trick you into giving up your e-mail address, and then signing you up for a spam barrage. Don't click on that survey about the Simpsons movie. The spammed e-mails try to lure unsuspecting users to a Web site, where their e-mail addresses will be harvested for later spamming attacks, according to researchers at Sophos. To get users to visit the site, the spam claims recipients will be given a $500 Visa gift card if they click on a link and participate in an online survey about the movie. Each e-mail contains... Read more...
AMD hosted a small gathering in the Penthouse at the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York City yesterday, to showcase some of their existing products and technologies, to show off a few products built by their partners, and to demo some products due to be released in the coming months.  We attended the event and snapped some photos of the various demo stations and thought we'd share them with you all here.  We suspect the shots and info regarding the quad-core Phenom-powered system running John Woo’s ‘Stranglehold’ will be of interest, as will the slick notebooks, HTPCs, and hand-held devices.  Check them out at the link below... AMD Consumer Electronics... Read more...
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