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Enjoying that old school MEdia Net data plan on your feature phone or smartphone? Get ready to kiss it goodbye should you ever choose to upgrade to a new phone. Proving once again that all good things must eventually end, AT&T has today made clear that any phone that it deems a "smartphone" will be subject to the same $30/month data plan that iPhone and BlackBerry users currently endure.In other words, any Palm, Windows Mobile or Symbian S60-based phone that is purchased from AT&T will have to be paired with a $30/month data plan. And yes, that includes the incredible small Nokia Surge, which is absolutely no a smartphone by anyone's definition other than AT&T's. Of course, if you... Read more...
Global Cloud Computing Customers, Partners Leverage Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors to Increase Business Opportunities, Enhance Service Quality and Deliver Energy-Efficient Solutions- AMD Demonstrates Optimum Cloud Computing Platform at Microsoft PDC 2008 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- October 27, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it is providing its Quad Core AMD Opteron processor for Windows Azure Compute Service, the cloud service operating system which is featured this week at PDC, as well as its selection as a key processor partner for cloud computing solutions by leading global web-based companies such as STRATO and DAUM Communications. Cloud Computing Environments (CCE) provide an... Read more...
Games for Windows Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary Like a Rockstar“Grand Theft Auto IV” ignites cocktail of hot PC titles coming exclusively to Games for Windows and Games for Windows – LIVE. REDMOND, Wash. - Sept. 22, 2008 - Microsoft Corp. celebrates its second anniversary of the Games for Windows initiative this month with the news that the year’s biggest blockbuster, “Grand Theft Auto IV” (Rockstar Games), will debut on the PC this November exclusively as a Games for Windows-branded title, joining a growing list of more than 85 top PC games from today’s hottest publishers. Liberty City comes to life through a revitalized Games for Windows – LIVE experience, including expanded online matches,... Read more...
Ah yes, music piracy. But if your own star isn't exactly close-mouthed (pun intended) with his new tracks, what can you do? U2 has recently put the finishing touches to their first studio album in four years. Four of those songs found their way to the Internet after Bono played the songs a bit too loudly on his stereo at his villa in the south of France. A sharp-eared passerby recorded the songs and apparently posted the songs to YouTube, according to The Sun. Of course, they didn't stick around on YouTube very long. The upcoming album is called "No Line On The Horizon." While this is, of course, offbeat and funny news, it's hardly that important a leak. Assuming what's on the web is current... Read more...
NVIDIA DRAMATICALLY ACCLERATES THE SEARCH FOR A CURE GeForce GPU Runs Folding@home Protein Simulations 140 Times Faster Than Traditional Processors SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 24, 2008—Stanford University’s distributed computing program Folding@home has become a major force in researching cures to life-threatening diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, and Parkinson’s disease by combining the computing horsepower of millions of processors to simulate protein folding. The Folding@home project is the latest example in the expanding list of non-gaming applications for graphics processing units (GPU). By running the Folding@home client on an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, protein-folding simulations can be done... Read more...
A recently published study on the DVD movie copying habits of consumers in the U.S. and U.K. finds that roughly one third of the survey respondents admit to copying commercial DVDs within the last six months. The survey was conducted by Futuresource Consulting and was sponsored by Macrovision--a company that has a vested financial stake in convincing DVD distributors that they are losing revenue by people making copies of discs.The demographic group that is most likely be a DVD copier is 18 to 24-year old males. Curiously, 36 percent of U.K. respondents admitted to copying DVDs, while only 32 percent of U.S. respondents 'fessed up. Either the Brits believe stronger in their right to copy or perhaps... Read more...
VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power SupplyNew VIA EPIA P700 board features in-line I/O pin-headers and extended feature set including Gigabit LAN, S-ATA II and an integrated power adapter Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards. Now featuring native S-ATA II support, Gigabit LAN, and support for GPIO, SM bus and LPC devices, the 10cm x 7.2cm VIA EPIA P700 is based on the VIA VX700 unified... Read more...
AMD sent word this morning of product demos with their new 780G chipset and platform that we recently covered here for you in full detail.  At the time, we provided a detailed look at the capabilities of AMD's IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) in gaming and 3D rendering scenarios, as well as their new Hybrid CrossFire technology but we didn't get a chance to cover HD video decode and playback performance just yet.  We'll be following up on the product's performance ourselves shortly with an update to the original article but in the mean time, AMD has this to show us this morning...   What's perhaps most interesting here, beyond the fact that AMD's new 780G provides excellent... Read more...
According to a forum post at the IsoHunt website, the good folks at AMD were nice enough to hook up the admins with a pair of pre-production B3-stepping Opteron 2352 processors, what appear to be the first processors of their type to be "out in the wild".  AMD's B3 stepping is supposed to fix the TLB errata affecting current quad-core Opteron and Phenom processors.  But what's more interesting is that IsoHunt - a site that facilitates piracy - apparently got the processors directly from AMD to power their servers. "I'd like to thank the nice people at AMD for allowing us to have 2 pre-production engineering samples of their Opteron 2352 CPUs. These cpus have been installed in our primary... Read more...
Microsoft has removed the requirement for WGA validation when downloading Internet Explorer 7, meaning users of pirated copies of Windows XP can now experience tabbed browsing Microsoft-style. "IE7 was released to the public nearly a year ago, but has yet to overtake its predecessor as the most used Web browser. The removal of the WGA requirement is sure to boost install numbers over IE6, and -- as Microsoft notes -- in turn protect more users from security threats on the Web." Although it continues to update IE6 for Windows XP with security fixes, the aging operating system is nearing the end of its mainstream support. In addition, IE7 includes a phishing filter that Microsoft says protects... Read more...
While it might not sound as fun as bashing in an opponents face with a well placed move in Virtua Fighter 5, the Cell CPU at the heart of each and every PS3 can also be put to use helping researchers understand diseases such as various forms of cancer, Alzheimer's & even Parkinson's disease.Due to the highly parallel nature of the research project and the aptitude of the Cell CPU for such tasks, it isn't very hard to figure out just why the project supervisors are giving the PS3 such praise:"The recent inclusion of PS3 as part of the Folding@home program has afforded our research group with computing power that goes far beyond what we initially hoped," said Vijay Pande, Associate Professor... Read more...
Hard to believe it's been that long isn't it? Or maybe that's not quite right.  With the iPod and other MP3 players, along digital music downloads, perhaps the "Golden Age" of the CD is over, just as it reaches its 25th birthday. It was Aug. 17, 1982, and row upon row of palm-sized plates with a rainbow sheen began rolling off an assembly line near Hanover, Germany. An engineering marvel at the time, today they are instantly recognizable as Compact Discs, a product that turns 25 years old on Friday and whose future is increasingly in doubt in an age of iPods and digital downloads. Not only did the CD revolutionize music, it also revolutionized computer software.... Read more...
Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 – Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) – from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel® Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers. Increasingly clustered systems are powering a wide variety of activities including... Read more...
Sweden has convicted its first 'pirate' since the country made the downloading of music and movie files illegal in 2005.  45-year-old Jimmy Sjostrom was charged last October with infringing upon intellectual property rights when he allowed four music files to be shared from his computer. The penalty, a fine of a whopping 20,000 Swedish crowns ($2,843), is being seen by the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as a victory in their war against file-sharing. The verdict only concerns four songs and it costs the one sentenced about 20,000 crowns in fines -- that is 5,000 crowns per song," IFPI said in a statement. "Illegal file-sharing... Read more...
For years people have used the internet to pirate all kinds of things, and until fairly recently the pirates rarely got in any serious trouble despite all the new anti-piracy laws passed in dozens of countries.  It seems like all of that is starting to change and it's hard to go a week without hearing about some new high profile case against online pirates like this: "We recently published an article that reported the U.S. FBI busted a Chicago resident who allegedly uploaded four episodes of "24" to the Internet.  Working under the online alias of ECOtotal, Romero uploaded the four episodes to LiveDigital.com, which made them available more than a week before the TV premiere.  Jorge Romero... Read more...
AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier San Francisco - Feb. 28, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today showcased a single-system, Accelerated Computing platform that breaks the teraflop computing barrier. Organizations are ultimately expected to be able to apply this technology to a wide range of scientific, medical, business and consumer computing applications. At a press event in San Francisco, AMD demonstrated a "Teraflop in a Box" system running a standard version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional that harnessed the power of AMD Opteron(tm) dual-core processor technology and two next-generation AMD R600 Stream Processors capable of performing more... Read more...
New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience For Windows Vista at an Affordable Price -Multiple computer manufacturers committed to offering solutions based on the AMD 690 family- -Merger milestone offers improved customer choice with more than ten motherboard partners on board- Sunnyvale, Calif. -- February 28, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company's first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon X1250 GPU. "As a result of the ATI merger, AMD is delivering innovative platforms for the commercial and consumer markets... Read more...
Hot-Swap/Plug of CPU and Memory Resources NEC Corporation today announced it has demonstrated the world's first dynamic partitioning of CPU and memory resources on the Beta 2 version of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server, code-named "Longhorn," using NEC's enterprise server Express5800/1320Xf. Express5800/1320Xf is a large-scale, high-reliability server that can run up to 32 Intel(R) 64-bit Dual-Core Itanium(R) 2 processors. The demonstration was conducted during the iExpo2006 exhibition held on December 6-8 in Tokyo, Japan. Dynamic partitioning allows the replacement of failed modules, as well as the replacement of hardware that show signs of impending failure, on mission critical... Read more...
Intel Demonstrates Its First Mobile Wimax Baseband Chip Next Step Toward Integrated WiMAX/Wi-Fi Technology for Future Laptops, Mobile Devices SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HONG KONG, Dec. 6, 2006 - Intel Corporation today announced design completion of its first mobile WiMAX baseband chip. Combined with the company's previously announced single-chip, multi-band WiMAX/Wi-Fi radio, the pair creates a complete chipset called the Intel WiMAX Connection 2300. This development marks another major step in Intel's efforts to deliver an "always best connected" mobile Internet experience for future laptops and mobile devices. The Intel WiMAX Connection 2300 chipset design was demonstrated during Executive Vice... Read more...
AMD DEMONSTRATES WORLD'S FIRST NATIVE QUAD-CORE X86 SERVER PROCESSOR - Based on 65nm Process, Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processors Designed to Deliver Uncompromising Performance-per-Watt and Low TCO with Seamless Upgradeability for Servers and Workstations - BERKELEY, CALIF. - Nov. 30, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated the industry's first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon. At the annual AMD Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm silicon-on-insulator process technology, was shown utilizing all 16 cores. By delivering... Read more...
Corsair Premium Memory Module YTD Shipments Surpass One Million Units, Celebrates Accelerated Growth of the PC Enthusiast Market by offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits -- Ranked #1 performance module maker and 8th largest global DRAM module maker, Corsair worldwide unit shipments leap in 2006 -- Fremont, CA - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMSTM, XMS PROTM, XMS XPERTTM and the newly released XMS DOMINATORTM line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position... Read more...
AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits AMD Dresden to Commemorate Significant Corporate Milestone SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany, AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO, Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe. On October 24, 1996 AMD broke ground for its first Dresden based microprocessor production facility, Fab 30, initiating ten years of continuous technology... Read more...
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