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Overpaid much?  Or overestimated your chances? Could possibly be, if you purchased a company and the combined result is now worth less than your acquisition.AMD reached its lowest share price for more than four years last week and, as a result, its market value dropped to around US$5 billion – that's $400 million less than it paid for ATI in July 2006.Intel, AMD’s major competitor in the CPU business, has been on a roll for the past 18 months and is now worth around US$162 billion, which makes the chip giant more than 32 times the size of AMD in monetary terms.Even worse for AMD is that its partner-cum-archrival, Nvidia, has a market cap of around $19 billion, which makes it almost four... 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...
Well, I assume they do. They seem to know more about it than anybody. In a breakthrough paper  delivered in the Optics Express journal, IBM has demonstrated their method for greatly improving the  transfer of information between multiple computer chip cores, substituting  optical signals sent through silicon for electrical pulses sent through copper wire.  By greatly shrinking the size of the optical router, or modulator, IBM claims they'll be able to shrink a supercomputer-grade machine down to laptop size. A major challenge for scientists is finding a way to improve communication between [multiple] cores without increasing power consumption.The most promising solution is... Read more...
Facebook has gotten all the bad publicity anybody could ever want over their intrusive "Beacon"  marketing/advertising/information gathering widget. On top of everything else, researchers have discovered that despite Facebook's modification of their permission settings, Facebook is still collecting information about all your  purchases at retailers participating in the program, even if you are not logged on to Facebook. "When a Facebook user takes a Beacon-enabled action on a participating site, information is sent to Facebook in order for Facebook to operate Beacon technologically. If a Facebook user clicks "No, thanks" on the partner site notification, Facebook does not use the data... Read more...
I knew it felt crowded here on teh intarnets. They're a series of tubes, you know. According to a new Harris poll, 79% of American adults are currently using the Internet. And they report that they're spending an average of 11 hours a week online. Slackers.The results reflect a steady rise since 2000, when 57 percent of adults polled said they went online. In 2006, the number was 77 percent.When Harris Interactive, a market research firm, first began tracking online use among adults in 1995, the group found that only nine percent of the population -- or 17.5 million -- said they went online.The poll also found that adults are spending more time online at home and at work, up two percent each... 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...
On October 22nd, innovative memory chipmaker SanDisk is rolling out its TakeTV, a big ole flash memory drive that loads television shows or movies from your computer and plays them on your television. It uses a cradle for their drive that you hook up to your television, and allows you to simply scroll through a menu of available files to play them. It's offering content, too, through a video download service they call Fanfare. For David Poltrack, president of CBS Vision, the TV broadcaster's research division, it's a matter of getting the networks' programming in places that consumers will use it. "When we tested the SanDisk product it clearly resonated with consumers," Poltrack says. "There... Read more...
Sony is offering US buyers a new and less expensive model of its Playstation3 gaming console, and cutting the price on its existing model, to try to spur sales. The current model, sporting an 80 GB hard drive, will now retail for $500, down from $600. The new model, already available in Europe and Japan, has a 40 GB drive and will sell for $400."I think the educational curve is starting to be broached with the general consumer," (SCEA President) Tretton told Reuters in an interview, when asked about his expectations for the PS3 through the end of the year. Sales of the PS3, which has a built-in Blu-ray drive for playing high-definition DVDs, have lagged those of Microsoft Corp's  Xbox 360,... Read more...
Intel, the giant semiconductor manufacturer, is the darling of Wall Street today. It reported a 43% increase in 3rd quarter profits over last year's figures.  It has also announced their intention to shed 2000 jobs, and investors like the idea of making more money with fewer people; shares of Intel surged 5% in before-stock-market-opening trading. Analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research said the chipmaker offered "very strong" fourth-quarter earnings projections. "This should push next year's numbers higher, as the gross margin starting point is higher and ripples through the model," he added. Analyst John Dryden of Charter Equity Research said "PC demand continues to exceed... Read more...
Napster, now offering legal music via streaming, has decided to move to a complete web-based format.  No more software to download, and anyone who can run a browser (probably with Java enabled) should be able to enjoy songs from Napter's library of over 5 million tracks.The question remains whether or not people will be happy to stream vs. just buy songs.“Napster sells a subscription service for $10 to $15 a month where users can stream or download an unlimited number of songs from its 5 million-strong library. But Napster's and other music subscription services have so far lagged behind larger rival iTunes, which uses a more traditional buy-to-own model. Itunes sells songs as permanent... Read more...
If you've been waiting for SP1 to be released before giving Vista a try, Microsoft says don't bother.  There's not going to be too many new features for the home user, but many of the new features are going to be targeted at the large organizations.  Perhaps the same organizations that made public comments about why they wouldn't upgrade to Vista shortly after the launch of the new OS earlier this year.Since everyone seems to enjoy comparing Vista to XP, how does Vista SP1 stack up against XP SP2?"Unlike the buzz surrounding Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1 won't include a new version of Internet Explorer, and won't include any new features that are considered must haves. Most of the... Read more...
The One Laptop per Child program's XO-1, orginally slated to be $100, has now nearly reached $200 in price.  Current estimates have risen to $188. While less than $200 for an innovative, wireless-enabled, hand-powered laptop is a relative bargain, a price nearly twice what the project's memorable nickname promised could make it harder for One Laptop Per Child to sign up international governments as customers. Those governments are expected to give the computers to children for them to keep and tinker with, which the project's founders believe will cause critical thinking and creativity to blossom. "Where does it end? It started out at $130, then it was $148,... Read more...
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 Architecture Now Available Top-to-Bottom Powerful GPU Architecture Enables Breakthrough Capabilities from Ultra-High-End 3D to Professional 2D Segments SANTA CLARA, CA—September 12, 2007—Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled its record-setting NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 and Quadro FX 4600 professional graphics boards based on an industry-changing unified architecture that delivers high-performance processing, support for Shader Model 4.0, NVIDIA GPU computing, and other breakthrough features. Today, the company extended the family, with the launch of new mid-range and entry-level 2D... Read more...
It seems to be something we will never get rid of - email spam.  Right now, an estimated 60 - 150 billion spam emails, that's billion with a "b", are sent daily.  That's a huge number, and one has to wonder how much time and effort is spent on stopping, or at least slowing down, the torrent. Unwanted commercial e-mail is growing by electronic leaps and bounds: An Internet-buckling 60 billion to 150 billion messages per day. Put another way: A whopping 83% of all e-mail comes from suspicious Internet addresses. Spam is up 100% from a year ago because "there still is money to be made from marketing Viagra and get-rich-quick schemes," says David Mayer, a product manager at e-mail security... Read more...
On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced NBC television shows will be available on Amazon Unbox. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and NBC Universal today announced that a wealth of quality TV content from NBC Universal is now available on Amazon Unbox (https://unbox.amazon.com), Amazon.com's digital video download service. Amazon Unbox and NBC Universal are offering customers a variety... Read more...
Sharp Electronics of Japan is a fascinating success story. Founded in 1912, it derived its name from one of its first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil. Almost 100 years later, it's one of the leading electronic companies in the world. And now it's decided to speak Polish, too. They held an opening ceremony for their new and huge manufacturing plant for LCD TV production near Torun in north-central Poland yesterday. Europe has been experiencing vibrant demand for LCD TVs these past years. It is estimated that in fiscal 2011, demand will grow to 36 million units, accounting for 30% of world LCD TV demand. And now that the timeframe to phase out terrestrial analog broadcasts... Read more...
What's everybody doing at work?  According to Patricia Wallace, a Johns Hopkins University professor and author of "The Internet in the Workplace: How New Technology Is Transforming Work," we're goofing off by looking at all sorts of things on the internet. How much are we slacking? About a fifth of our working time is spent engaging in personal activities. Seems low.  A recent survey by online compensation firm Salary.com showed about six out of 10 employees in the United States acknowledged wasting time at work. About 34 percent listed personal Internet use as the leading time-wasting activity in the workplace. Employees said they did so because they were... Read more...
After the mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin, leveled allegations of child prostitution against Craigslist, it was reported that Craig Newmark may have stepped back from some of his more demanding corporate duties.Mr. Newmark’s profile was removed from the management page on the site, which opened the door to a lot of questions.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that they asked Craigslist spokesperon, Susan MacTavish Best, for details and she allegedly made a comment that Mr. Newmark was no longer involved in the daily affairs of the company.That early report is now being contradicted by the man himself, with Newmark’s profile returning to the management page and addressing the rumors:... Read more...
Earlier today we reported on the hardware unlocking of the iPhone.  But that's ALREADY so over, as the group that operates iPhoneSIMfree.com has created a way to do it in software - and they say it will resists upgrades and restores. The group has not published the details of their unlocking procedure because they plan to sell the service beginning next week.  The event comes almost two full months after the iPhone's widely-publicized release by Apple and AT&T. And, like most cell phones sold through carriers in the US, the iPhone comes from the store locked to AT&T. New purchasers are required to either commit to a 2-year contract with AT&T in order to use it, or go with AT&T's... Read more...
Dominos Pizza has been experimenting with different forms of digitally ordering pizza in recent years.  It all started with opening a web-site to take online orders (something Papa John’s Pizza made quite popular), then moved on to the infamous /pizza command in EverQuest 2, and now has moved on to the wonderful world of SMS.The big question is just who is going to be the target audience for such a method.  It'd seem that anyone with an SMS-capable phone could just make a call, unless the phones at their local Dominos are too busy. “Yes, if you get a passion for pepperoni when the pubs throw out, just go to your phone and send a message. Your pizza will then arrive from one of Dominos' 470... Read more...
When people think of content missing from iTunes (that they'd really, really like to see), a majority think of the Beatles. Well, they're still missing, but John Lennon's solo music is not. Apple announced today they would be selling 16 of his solo albums on iTunes, joining Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as former Beatles with music on the online store. Apple Inc. has begun selling downloads of tracks from 16 of John Lennon's post-Beatles albums, including "Working Class Hero" and "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," on iTunes, the company said Tuesday. The albums represent Lennon's recording output while he was with Capitol Records, a unit of Britain's EMI Group PLC. Video content... Read more...
AMD Validated Server Platforms Now Certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell - AMD expands Validated Server Program; empowers solution providers with increased platform choice and new opportunities to engage customers - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8, 2007 - At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.  With today's news,... Read more...
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