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Is Apple planning a sneaky launch event or other announcement in the last week of February?  According to TUAW, it looks like they might be.TUAW has received a tip that the company that does television for Apple's live events and Macworld is apparently hiring for an unannounced Apple event at the end of February. Keep in mind that this is an unconfirmed rumor -- while TUAW trusts our source, job listings are not available on the video company's website, and Apple has not yet announced any events happening this month.Interesting.  Steve usually isn't reticent about his announcements, but there's still plenty of time for him to put an announcement out to the media.... Read more...
ASUS Outlines Roll-out Plan for Windows Eee PCFremont, CA ( January 16 , 2008 ) – ASUS North American headquarters today confirmed the plan to offer channel-wide availability of the Microsoft W indows™ XP-based Eee PC.  The ASUS Eee PC defines a new category of computing device that offers an excellent Internet experience on-the-go for work, learn and play. With the additional offerings based on the popular operating system in both 4G and 8G models, consumers in North America will have a broader range of devices to choose from to suit their computing needs.“The Eee PC has been a tremendous success since our initial launch in November last year, and our channel customers tell us they... 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...
Alaska Airlines today announced plans to become the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight wi-fi.  While this would keep people like us from becoming bored on a flight, it does have its downside.Seattle-based Alaska plans to install Westlake Village, Calif.-based Row 44's broadband service on one Boeing 737 jet next spring.Row 44's system Manage remotely with one interface -- the HP ProLiant DL360 G5 server. is designed to work over water and across international borders. Alaska Airlines said the service is intended to work on all its routes, which include flights within the lower 48 states and to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.If it works, Alaska may add the service to all 114 of its aircraft.So... Read more...
A U.S. patent application has recently been uncovered that may give us a clue on Nintendo’s next move in the gaming industry. Though the patent was originally filed on March 30, 2007, it was just updated this week. The patent application describes a handheld device that functions in some ways similar to the Wii in that it can detect 3D motion (along x, y, z axes), in addition to “acceleration and degree of virtual impact.” “A game system includes a housing to be held by a player. The housing incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in an X-axis and Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction. These sensor and switch... Read more...
As we reported earlier, technical difficulties at a transformer substation caused Korean memory factories owned by Samsung to go shut down until the situation could be resolved.   It seems that issues have now been resolved and the plants running again are ramping up to full production as quickly as they can.The outage has come a particularly bad time for companies that make hybrid drives, solid state drives, and of course, MP3 players.  Increasing demand and off-line factories mean higher priced products for consumers, at least in the short-term. “Samsung said all six lines were fully operating by 12:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. EDT), earlier than expected. Samsung previously said full operation would... Read more...
After suffering from heavy losses, AMD takes some time to reorganize its two-year map for server and PC chips. According to AMD executives, the number two CPU maker has plans not only to reveal a new server-chip design in 2009 , but also to push forth faster versions of its Barcelona quad-core server chip later on in the year. The company’s short-term goal is to get the Barcelona “out there” into the market. While the Barcelona chips that will be available this quarter will only clock at 2GHz, AMD has plans to deliver faster versions in Q4, according to Randy Allen, corporate VP of AMD’s server products division. “Barcelona will come in three varieties, Allen said. The mainstream version will... Read more...
Pirate sites are here and Microsoft might have a new scheme to make use of them.  The idea is that Zunes transfering pirated files to others will give them only 3 plays before the song has to be purchased: “The technology proposed by Microsoft would essentially allow them to capitalize on this by "encrypting" songs transferred offline (in other words Zune to Zune). The person receiving the file could use it three times, then be forced to pay for the song. Once the song is paid for sales commission go to the sender and Zune Marketplace while the bulk of the money would go to the copyright holder. They system would essentially convert illegal music into legal music. It would also give a strong... Read more...
Just today, AsusTek Computer Inc. announced plans to divide the company into three different corporate entities. The reason given for the move is so that they may maximize performance and minimize disagreements of interest. Unihan Technology Corp. will be the PC-related manufacturing division, whereas the module, casing, and non-PC manufacturing division will be called Pegatron Technology Corp. Finally, AsusTek will handle contract manufacturing and will retain the brand name. However, numerous customers seem to be unhappy with the prospect that competitors can actually hire AsusTek to build their equipment.In terms of revenue, Pegatron is expected to be the biggest company, followed by Asus,... Read more...
Yesterday, Capcom released two demo versions of their upcoming game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. One version is designed for DirectX 9-classs graphics cards and the other for newer DirectX 10-class cards like those in NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series and ATI's Radeon HD 2000 series of products.  There has been a bit of a buzz surrounding the release of this demo, not only because it is the first that uses DirectX 10, but because it currently works poorly on DX10 ATI hardware.  The situation with ATI's hardware and this demo will likely be worked out with future driver releases over time, however, so we're not going to dwell on that here.  Instead, what we want to explore is whether or not there is... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, and according to Big Billy G. almost 40 million of you are, and you've also got a DirectX10 compatible graphics card in your machine today is a milestone in your PC's life. Capcom has released DirectX10 and DirectX 9 compatible versions of their XBox360 port Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, so you'll finally get to see that GPU of yours work some of its DX10 mojo. The files are being hosted on a number of servers around the web, but NVIDIA's nZone site is dishing them out to me at about 1MB per second at the moment, so I recommend you head that way to grab your copies. Downloads are nice at quick right now and you won't have to deal with any registration... Read more...
For anyone out there still running a 3dfx board and looking for a modern driver, it seems that good fortune is smiling down upon you today. "First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and 64-bit Windows have just came out." No Vista drivers...yet.... Read more...
According to this story on the Inquirer, NVIDIA is planning the release of a DX10 compliant, AGP variant of the yet-to-be-released GeForce 8600. If the article is true, NVIDIA is expected to release the card in the April timeframe. "The G84 is set to replace Geforce 7600 GS cards and these cards sell for around ¬100, which is not bad deal for an AGP card. The AGP version is possible due to the fact that G84 chips are pin-to-pin compatible with Geforce 6600 and 7600, so there were no modifications required in order that AGP market gets its DirectX 10 card." If you haven't upgraded your motherboard... Read more...
Supposedly AMD/ATI's R600 is slated to be released in March.  Also rumor has it that ATI is planning quad setups to be a very real possibility for their new line of Direct X 10 cards. By utilizing four cards in a single setup, ATI's R600 promises to be an amazing graphics processing powerhouse but also promises to consume more power then a graphics solution has ever needed before. If you thought a 1000 watt power supply was going overboard, wait until you see the power requirements for running four R600s in one system -- if in fact the rumors are true... We learned one more critical detail about the R600. The chip can and will support Quad setups. It will work... Read more...
What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch a channel filled with advertiser-friendly videos that have been screened by both audio-fingerprinting technology and Google employees for objectionable or copyrighted content. Advertising revenue could then be shared between Google and the producers whose videos generate significant attention on the channel. "This might be filled with content that is safe... Read more...
In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand this, however as CNET reports, many retailers won't be staying open late for the new software. "Releases of new operating systems may not have quite the same appeal as in years past, but Microsoft has a couple of things going for it this time around. First of all, a new version of Office--Office... Read more...
According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated to cost Intel roughly $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion USD. Just several years ago, a full plant would cost Intel nearly $5 billion. Intel already has an established presence throughout China, making the new 65nm plant its third major operation in the country. Shanghai and Chengdu are two locations where Intel branches staff roughly 6,000 employees. CNET's... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report sat in on AMD's four hour financial presentation today and gathered some information regarding AMD's future plans to introduce custom "Accelerated Processing Units" in next-gen multi-core processors. "During its four-hour Financial Analyst Day presentation today, AMD revealed new elements of its processor roadmap spanning the next couple of years, as well as its plans to scale beyond the current multi-core model. Intel talked about processors with "tens to hundreds of cores" at IDF earlier this year, but AMD believes the core race is just a repeat of the megahertz race and that adding more cores... Read more...
Speculation that Intel is planning to make a bid for NVIDIA caused NVIDIA shares to surge by over 8% today. AMD's planned purchase of ATI was the catalyst for the renewed speculation, but there's been no official announcement yet, even though an analyst quoted by Reuters was under the impression something would be said tonight... "Investors have been speculating that Nvidia might be acquired since July, when Advanced Micro Devices agreed to buy Nvidia rival ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion. Rumors of such a transaction resurfaced on Wednesday, spreading quickly across Wall Street trading desks, according to three options market participants. "There is speculation that Intel will make... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(tm) technology, OEMs will be able to standardize on a Torrenza Innovation Socket for many of their current and future server platforms. This game-changing approach to server design will enable OEMs to consolidate server offerings for multiple processors to potentially a single platform, reducing datacenter disruption... Read more...
BBC News is reporting on the details Microsoft has released on its upcoming "Zune" music player. Microsoft hopes the promising new device will be a direct rival to Apple's iPod, and will feature wireless connectivity, a radio, video playback, a three-inch screen, and will initially have a 30GB hard drive. With the release of the player, Microsoft will also be releasing it's own downloading service to compete with Apple's iTunes store. "This online store will allow users to choose to buy songs individually, or alternatively sign up to a subscription service to download a certain number of songs for a flat... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released in the second quarter of 2007. An exciting new product for the value segment will also be the release of the Core 2 Duo E4300 dual-core processor in the first quarter of 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4200 processor which was originally aimed to launch in the fourth quarter of this year will be scrapped in favor of launching the E4300 processor with a healthy 200Mhz... Read more...
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