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The EU's attacks on American tech companies appears to be progressing unabated:“European Union regulators said Monday they were again investigating software giant Microsoft Corp. this time on suspicion of abusing its market position by squeezing out competing Internet browsers and software rivals dependent on Microsoft programs.The European Commission opened two formal probes, the first move against the company since a court four months ago backed the EU in a long-running legal battle over Microsoft's actions in using its ubiquitous Windows operating system to elbow into new software markets.”Attention European countries!  There's an expression on this side of the pond: A day late and a... Read more...
We just got received word directly from AMD regarding the purported delays to the next wave of Phenom processors that were initially slated to hit sometime this quarter, but have been pushed out to Q2...You may have seen a few online headlines today indicating “AMD Phenom processor delays.”  I’d like to clarify where things stand with this on-going roll-out of AMD true quad-core and triple-core processors: AMD launched its highest-volume versions of AMD Phenom quad-core processors in mid-November (models 9500 and 9600), and we shipped hundreds of thousands in Q4 2007. OEMs demonstrated production AMD Phenom processor-based desktops during 2008 International CES this week.  For... Read more...
While it isn't a surprise to see Apple releasing new models based on the latest and greatest Intel CPUs, today's updates to the Mac Pro are far more than a simple CPU bump.“Other improvements include 2GB (2x1GB) of RAM standard, PCIe 2.0 slots, built-in Bluetooth standard, and an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card with 256MB of memory and two dual-link DVI ports, supporting dual 30-inch displays out of the box.Processor options include: single 2.8GHz quad-core, dual 2.8GHz quad-core, dual 3.0GHz quad-core, and dual 3.2GHz quad-core.Video card upgrades include NVIDIA's GeForce 8800GT with 512MB of memory, and the Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5GB of memory.”There are no performance numbers in from Mac review... Read more...
Apple's out with their new Mac Pro, and they've gone core crazy. Running two of Intel's  Quadcore Xeon processors at 3.2 GHz,  they're bound to appeal to the many Mac users that need lots of computing horsepower. “The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front side bus and 800 MHz memory, the new Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market.”The new Mac Pro features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors based on state-of-the-art 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture running up to 3.2 GHz, each with 12MB of L2... Read more...
Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology New Transistor Design, Manufacturing Capabilities will Also Power Mobile Internet Devices INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer (nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops. All of these new chips include the company's new transistor formula and 45nm manufacturing process that boost a PC's speed, reduces power requirements, saves on battery life, helps the environment and comes in smaller packages for more fashionable and compact computer designs.... Read more...
AMD Displays Technology Leadership with New AMD Xilleon(tm) Panel Processors for Outstanding LCD TV Image Quality - AMD and Samsung Collaborate to Bring The Ultimate Visual Experience to Life in New Large-Panel LCD TVs - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon(tm) panel processors designed to provide unrivaled visual quality in liquid crystal display (LCD) digital TVs. AMD's new panel processors deliver advanced motion compensation and frame rate conversion technology for excellent image processing, resulting in a rich, immersive entertainment experience. "The visual experience now defines the user experience. We are committed to helping manufacturers... Read more...
Nicholas Negroponte didn't want to share Intel with anyone else, so Intel left the OLPC program.The OLPC board "had asked Intel to end its support for non-OLPC platforms including the Classmate PC and other systems," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. "They wanted us to focus our support exclusively on the OLPC system." A representative for the OLPC project was not immediately reachable.According to reports, Intel was asked not just to drop the Classbook PC, but the Asus Eee as well!  Now that's some exclusivity!... Read more...
Don't get too excited, though.  The promotion is only for MSDN and TechNet subscribers who beta tested Vista.Under terms of “The Ultimate Offer,” testers can go to any retail or online store and buy a copy of Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version) for full price and Microsoft will match it with a second complimentary Vista Ultimate Upgrade product key.To participate in the promotion, invited testers should go to the Vista Tester Offers site. The promotion ends January 15, 2008.For the suspicious among you, Microsoft has verified this isn't a phishing scam on a TechNet forum.Besides this offer, there are two drawings: one for a $250 Amazon.com gift certificate and one for a Bill Gates autographed... Read more...
In a move that will no doubt send double-door armoire makers into a death spiral, Sony announced today that they would stop manufacturing rear-projection televisions next year.  Sony said it would focus its resources on liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to address the flat-TV market, which is growing rapidly as consumers trade in their boxy tube sets for sleeker flat screens.The consumer electronics firm plans to stop making rear-projection TVs at three plants in Japan and overseas in February, company spokesman Shinji Obana said.Sometime in the future, boys and girls, you'll be able to tell your grandchildren about televisions that were as deep... Read more...
HP’s New Year promo to help gamers pwn opponents in ’08HP has announced a new promotion for gamers looking to kick more virtual butt in the New Year. This cool config comes at the hot price of just $2,399 and includes the award winning, liquid-cooled HP Blackbird 002 and a ton of other upgrades. The system will begin shipping in January and is available for order immediately at www.hp.com/blackbird. (Check out our Blackbird review)Rahul Sood, CTO of HP Gaming, and his team are proud to be able to offer such a great product for gamers looking to make the best of the New Year. “We love building liquid-cooled systems because they're not only the quietest, they deliver the best overall performance.... Read more...
The OLPC Foundation's XO-1 laptop is for disadvantaged and needy children in developing nations.  Normal users couldn't buy one, until the "Give One, Get One" program.The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's "Give One, Get One" Program (G1G1), which enabled end users to get an XO-1 for themselves, while at the same time donating an XO-1, was originally scheduled to run from Nov. 12 - Nov. 26. The program has proven so popular, and the public has been asking for more time to participate, so it was been extended until the end of the year.Remember, a G1G1 purchase is $400, but $200 is fully tax-deductible.... Read more...
We love YouTube. It's got a lot of competition for your postage stamp size viewing pleasure, but it's still the default setting for looking for video clips on the Net. Speaking at a conference yesterday, co-founder Steve Chen has confirmed that YouTube is going to make high-quality video streams available soon.Chen told [c/net reporter Rafe Needleman] that he expects that high-quality YouTube vids will be available to everyone within three months.Chen also confirmed that in YouTube's internal archive, all video is stored at the native resolution in which it was sent in. However, he said, a large portion of YouTube videos are pretty poor quality to begin with -- 320 x 240. Streaming them in high-quality... Read more...
Just as the New York Times recently gave up on charging for its premium content, so apparently will the Wall Street Journal."We are studying it and we expect to make that free," Murdoch was quoted by the Associated Press as he spoke to a group of investors in Australia. He said that "instead of having one million (subscribers)," the company will receive readers "in every corner of the earth."Murdoch is banking that a free model for WSJ.com, which recently announced that it had topped the 1 million-subscriber mark, will send readership skyrocketing and that advertisers will then flock to the site. Online "journals" (no pun intended) haven't been able to make a go of subscribed content, and it... Read more...
Now they just have to get this deal past the feds.XM and Sirius' proposed merger received near-unanimous support from shareholders, as the two companies announced they had cleared the next hurdle in becoming a single entity.According to tabulations by XM, 99.8 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the transaction. The merger agreement calls for each XM shareholder to receive 4.6 Sirius shares for each share they own.The news was music to Wall Street's ears. XM skyrocketed nearly 10 percent to close at $15.06, while Sirius rose 6.5 percent to close at $3.63. Both stocks looked poised to add onto those gains come Wednesday.Although they still have some hurdles, both the Justice Dept. and the... Read more...
Well, not exactly. But a technology developed by British boffins to protect soldiers from chemical attack, called "ion-mask," has been released for civilian use to P2i in Oxfordshire, England. It's poised to become the method of choice for protecting electronic devices of all kinds from exposure to water. It doesn't rely on elaborate gaskets to keep moisture out of the case of a protected device. The entire device, including moving parts and circuit boards, can be coated and protected with the marvelous material. Invisible to the naked eye, ion-mask causes water to bounce off treated surfaces like beads of mercury by decreasing the surface energy of the component materials, and, by applying a... Read more...
Universities and research institutes routinely need to swap huge amounts of information. Many of them have relied on two non-profit Internet networks, Internet2 and National LambdaRail, to supply them with the dedicated superfast network connections they require.  Talks aimed at merging the two have been sporadically attempted. The latest round of negotiations has fallen apart again, and it appears the idea is dead now. What would non-profits who serve essentially the same users with the same service fight about, anyway?  Money.Talks resumed this year, and a committee with top leaders from each network worked out a compromise in August.Internet2's board approved it, despite misgivings... Read more...
Delays, delays and more delays have plagued the OLPC's XO-1 program, but finally --- mass production has begun.Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer in its new Changshu manufacturing center, two hours northwest of Shanghai.The commencement of mass production means children in developing nations could have the rugged, open-source laptops in hand starting this month. The OLPC has already announced orders for kids in Uruguay and Mongolia. (Residents of the U.S. and Canada participating in the Give 1 Get 1 program--which donates an XO to a child in a developing nation for every machine sold online--are expected to start getting laptops... Read more...
Super Talent PICO USB Drives Enter Mass ProductionSlim, Stylish & Smart Mobile StorageSan Jose, California – November 6, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company’s new PICO series USB Flash drives have moved into mass production.Super Talent’s new PICO series USB drives are manufactured using chip-on-board (COB) technology, meaning the unpackaged Flash die is bonded directly to the printed circuit board (PCB). COB technology enables Super Talent to fit up to 4GB of Flash storage in an incredibly small and slim case. PICO-A drives measure merely 38.7mm x 12.4mm x 3.9mm, and weigh less than 5... Read more...
AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors and Upcoming Microsoft Products— At Microsoft TechEd Developers conference, AMD demonstrates commitment to software developers through Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and Visual Studio 2008 integration—BARCELONA, Spain -- November 5, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is demonstrating platforms based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors, including features designed to help Microsoft Windows application developers optimize their software applications through tools in upcoming software products from Microsoft Corp. The technology demonstrations at the conference in Barcelona, Spain show new integration... Read more...
While we were initially hoping that this bit of bad new was somebody's twisted idea of a Halloween trick, it actually appears to be authentic: The 3rd Circuit Appellate Court recently upheld a decision that would grant more authority over physical facilities and data transmission lines to the larger telephone companies, thus potentially causing serious problems to DSL resellers such as Earthlink and Speakeasy.Previously, DSL internet service – and cable modem service before it – was classified as a functionally integrated component of enhanced “telecommunications service,” making it subject to regulations that attempted to ensure fair and open competition. Some of these rules require that the... Read more...
It appears there are a number of threads at HP's support forums.  These forums posts first started in June 2007, and there is no official HP solution yet.  In fact, customers are helping themselves, or at least trying, but there appears to be little or no HP response on the forums.Tipped off by a reader, David Berlind investigates what appears to be a serious problem with the Wi-Fi feature on some Pavilion notebooks. Despite many customer complaints listed on HP's website over a period of nearly five months, there's been little response from HP. Instead, customers have banded together on the forum to figure out remedies for the problems.Disappointingly, some... Read more...
We've been living in a world where a spilled beverage too close to a laptop could result in disaster, but for some unknown reason those people at StarBucks continue to sell untold numbers of drinks to laptop users.  It looks like Intel engineers may have been putting in some time at the local StarBucks as well, because they've got an answer: A spill-proof keyboard for your laptop.“Traditionally, a laptop computer has its air inlets on the underside. Fans use the drawn-in air to cool the computer's inner working.However, at home, many owners work with their laptop on their lap, blocking the vents, causing the microprocessor to overheat and stressing the fan.”Intel's new approach involves... Read more...
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