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Like high-end graphics cards setup in multi-GPU configurations, terabyte desktop drives, and 3GHz quad-core processors, 30-inch wide screen LCDs cater to what we like to call the "enthusiast" niche.  And though this niche obviously drives lower volume demand versus the mainstream, you have to remember that the enthusiast end-user is a very influential segment of the market, often times assisting in the definition of what will become mainstream technology tomorrow.  Not to mention 30 inches of screen real-estate is a professional workstation designer's nirvana, so perhaps this niche isn't as small as it would appear on the surface.  Regardless, though there are fewer... Read more...
Another grinch appears as a ten-year-old in Tennessee received a decidedly unwelcome present.Hill bought three of the players as Christmas presents for his children. He said one of the devices had apparently been returned to the store from a previous owner who loaded sex clips and songs with lyrics about using drugs."Within 10 minutes, my daughter was crying," Hill said Thursday. "I wish I could take the thoughts and images out of her head."Hill questioned why Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would sell used merchandise as new, which he said violates its own policies.The father is keeping the player until he speaks to a lawyer (obviously).... Read more...
Apple certainly picked an excellent time to partner with Intel.  The two firms have worked together to deliver a wide range of products that have greatly improved the computing experience for “the rest of us.”It seems that the relationship between the two companies might spawn a completely new range of Apple products: Intel-powered UMPCs.“People familiar with the matter tell AppleInsider that Apple will soon emerge as one of the largest supporters of Intel's "Menlow" Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform -- the same platform the Santa Clara-based chipmaker has been harping about for the past several months.More specifically, those same people say, Apple has taken a liking to the upcoming... Read more...
Jonesing for a way to play PS 1 games, and happen to have an iPod handy?  An enterprising developer may have the answer to your woes.Previously only available as a private beta to donators, a PlayStation 1 emulator for the iPhone and iPod has been released to the public. The version is 0.1.0 so it’s obviously far from done, but psx4iPhone is available now.The developer, ZodTTD, indicates that although there will be public releases to come, if you want to see the full range of beta releases, you should sign up for the ZodTTD Beta Testers Club by donating.Good luck getting used to a touchscreen instead of a regular controller, but honestly, who knows?  It might just catch on.... Read more...
We've got a bit of show-and-tell for you here this morning.  You might recall recent announcements of a new digital display interface, dubbed DisplayPort by VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association.  This new interface will supplant DVI and VGA connections eventually and its micropacket architecture offers significantly more bandwidth with multi-monitor support over a single cable.  Like HDMI, a DisplayPort connection can carry 8-channel 24-bit audio, but also offers a dedicated auxiliary link for control communications of things like panel I/O and microphone connections.  There are hundreds of big brand name... 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...
According to Taiwan-based motherboard manufacturers, mainland China's mobo manufacturers are not "playing fair," and are engaged in a price war that Taiwan can't compete in. The three-quarters of the world's globe put out of the motherboard manufacturing business by Taiwan are seen reaching for their tiny violins. And their checkbooks, to buy Chinese. While Intel's P35 motherboard should have an average selling price (ASP) above US$100, China-based second-tier makers have slashed their P35 prices to US$60. The price competition has greatly affected Taiwan-based motherboard makers, especially those focused on the entry-level market such as ASRock and Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS).Most of China's... Read more...
According to an article posted on the CustomPC website which quotes AMD’s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, AMD has contemplated the purchase of AGEIA, multiple times.  There is no discussion regarding what AMD's plans for AGEIA's technology would be, i.e. would it be incorporated into an ATI GPU or a CPU, but the potential for a purchase is real - especially since Intel bought rival Havok."AMD has admitted that it’s considering buying Ageia, if the price is right. AMD’s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, told Custom PC that ‘we’ve had that discussion, yes. It’s a discussion that goes round every three months – someone turns to me and says ‘why don’t we buy Ageia?’... Read more...
  A few days ago, AMD officially unveiled their RV670 GPU, the chip at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series of graphics cards.  Just in case you missed it on the day of the launch, our coverage of the new Radeon HD 3870 and HD 3850 cards is available right here.  While we did thoroughly explain the RV670’s architecture and explored its performance in that article, we did not tell you that the new Radeon HD 3800 series is but one part of an entirely new platform from AMD dubbed “Spider”.The rest of the Spider platform is comprised of not only new desktop processors, but core logic as well.  The second piece to the Spider puzzle is AMD’s native quad-core Phenom processor... Read more...
Good Morning All.  AMD has taken the wraps of their platform for the Phenom series of quad-core processors.  Put together the AMD Phenom quad-core processor, along with the new 790FX chipset and RV670, aka Radeon HD 3800 series graphics cards, and you have what AMD affectionately calls “Spider”.The Phenom 9600 and 9500 processor make their debut today, dressed up in an entirely new platform of technology.  And we have all the numbers; yes all the numbers, even from an unreleased Phenom 9700.AMD Spider Platform - Phenom, 790FX, RV670... Read more...
As with all rumors, take the following story with a grain of salt until it is confirmed: It appears that a rumor is circulating amongst Wall Street traders that AMD might replace CEO Hector Ruiz.This may not be entirely surprising to some as AMD hasn't been performing at their best in recent months.  The K10 is far behind its original launch date, the R600 series was late and didn't ship with drivers that would make the most of its performance.  On top of all this, rivals Intel and NVIDIA have both managed to have pull off very successful product launches.“Speculation has been heightened by recent events, including the exit of investor relations head Mike Hasse, and the September departure... Read more...
As if on cue after Amazon tested the limits of just how inelegant an electronic paper display could be, Seiko Epson has delivered their prototype e-paper display terminal. It's so thin and elegant it gives the booth babe model holding it in the pictures the dreaded "man-hands" look. The terminal measures 180 x 120mm, which is about the size of a notebook (B6 size). Featuring a design with portability in mind, it is only 3mm thick and only weighs 57g. It is equipped with an USB port for USB-based data exchange. The commercialization schedule of the product has yet to be decided, the company said.The display unit is equipped with a 6.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1200 x 1600. The screen features... Read more...
The ongoing format war between Blu-Ray and HD DVD is continuing unabated and the battle has officially spilled over to the PC with the announcement of the $199 Phillips/Lite-On PLDS DH-4O1S internal drive.  The drive may or may not be a direct answer to recent HD players from the likes of Toshiba both for the set top and the PC.So what kind of a Blu-Ray player does $199 buy you?  Here's the answer:“Spec-wise, the drive reads either single- or dual-layer BD-R/RE/ROM discs at up to 4X speeds, while single- or double-layer DVD±R or DVD-ROM discs can be read at 12X and single or double-layer DVD±RW discs can be read at 8X speeds. DVD, Single-layer or Double-layer media at 4X maximum.... Read more...
I love the words "according to sources" in an article. Buy a cleaning lady lunch and you're off to the races. Well, according to the cleaning lad... um, sources at Intel, next year Intel will launch Shelton08, a super-cheap platform that will be used in sub $300 notebooks and a $100 desktop system.  $100? Does Shelton need a hearing aid as well as a pocket protector?According to the sources, the platform will use 45nm Diamondville processors, with either Intel's 945GC or SiS 671 chipsets. It supports Microsoft Vista Basic.US$100 desktop systems will be much lower-priced than just about all current mid-range and entry-level branded desktop PCs, which range in price from NT$10,000-20,000 (US$309.82-619.64),... Read more...
For months there has been wild speculation about Google getting into the mobile phone business or getting into the OS game, strangely enough both rumors are actually true.  Even stranger is that they're actually the same rumor: Google and partners are developing a completely new mobile device platform: Android.So what have Google and their partners managed to come up with?  A completely open OS with a lot of promise:“Android holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers, developers and manufacturers of mobile services and devices. Handset manufacturers and wireless operators will be free to customize Android in order to bring to market innovative new products faster and... Read more...
Doing business internationally always comes with compromises and tough choices, even more so when a company decides to open shop in a country as unique as China.Yahoo was put in the unenviable position of either turning over confidential records that could help convict or refusing on the grounds of privacy laws which may not even apply in China and risk losing their investments in that country.Yahoo chose the former and it appears that they're not being raked over the coals for it, strangely enough, on Capitol Hill.  Here's what lawmakers had to say:"While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies," Rep. Tom Lantos (D., Calif.), who called the hearing on Capitol... Read more...
It's a sad day for the people of Limavady, a city in Ireland's County Derry, especially for the hundreds of local Seagate employees are that are going to be looking for new jobs once Seagate closes their facility in Limavady.Company spokesperson Woody Monroy didn't mention if any of the employees will be transferred to other locations such as the Springton facility in County Londonderry, but it seems doubtful based on the stated reasons for closing the Limavady plant:“Monroy did not know how much money the company would save from the move but said it is part of Seagate's ongoing effort to streamline operations. He said Seagate expanded substrate manufacturing at its facilities in Singapore and... Read more...
The continuing battle between Blu-Ray and HD DVD might eventually boil down to who can get their player into more consumer hands.  A large part of that equation is price.  How does less than $200 sound?If you're worried that $200 will buy you a cut rate player, think again.  We're talking about a HD DVD player that was going for $499 just a year ago:“Toshiba's HD-A2 was originally released in December 2006 with a $499 price tag. Over the past year, the price for the player has steadily dropped to $399 in April and to $299 in July. Toshiba's long-running five free HD DVD movie offer [PDF] has also been available to give customers more bang for the buck.”The jury is still out as... Read more...
All is not well in Apple-Land. Several threads on the Apple discussion forums indicate a defective batch of DVDs, as well as BSODs ("blue screen of death") after installation. Now, much as we always say about Microsoft, you can't expect 100% flawless behavior; there's no such thing as bug-free software after all. But the defective DVDs, on the other hand, seem pretty widespread.According to this thread, the bad batch of DVDs has been confirmed by Apple, and support says you should not go back to the same store you originally purchased the DVD from, as the remainder of DVDs at that store would likely be bad as well.In one of the BSOD threads; it seems Apple Support wasn't able to help very much.... Read more...
Want to find out if you're dating a player?  Or simply want revenge (as we could see as a possible abuse of this service)?  This could be the service for you, and it's all text message-based.Based on the highly optimistic starting assumption that "people cheat and lie while dating and in relationships," PlayerBlock claims to be the first ever text-based service that enables romance seekers to investigate the dating habits of others (the Web already hosts similar date- and fidelity-tracking sites).PlayerBlock members (who pay $4.99 per month for up to 100 messages) are encouraged to report both positive and negative dating experiences, with their insights then linked to the phone number... 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...
It's astrophysics, not rocket science, actually. Frustrated with the complexity and expense of running computations on big arrays of supercomputers, Dr. Gaurav Khanna of the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth has assembled 8 Playstation 3s into a cluster, loaded it up with Linux, and used it to perform massive calculations seeking to prove the existence of so-called gravity waves. Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity postulates that such waves exist, but it's never been proven.He also says that the console's Cell processor, co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, can deliver massive amounts of power, comparable even to that of a supercomputer -- if you know how to optimize code and have... Read more...
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