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In a recent interview, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin declared Linux the victor in its decades-long war with Microsoft. Asked about the importance of MS as a continuing rival, Zemlin stated, "I think we just don't care that much [about Microsoft] anymore," Zemlin said. "They used to be our big rival, but now it's kind of like kicking a puppy." From Zemlin's perspective, Microsoft's continued domination of the x86 desktop/workstation market isn't the rule, but the exception. "I think that on the 20th anniversary, it's worth reflecting back on where we came from," Zemlin said in an interview with Network World. Linux had a "humble start as a project for a college student in Helsinki,... Read more...
It was rumored earlier that AT&T and Apple were in discussions over tethering. And at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega indicated in an interview with Michael Arrington that an official, AT&T sanctioned method of tethering (using the iPhone as a 3G modem) is on the coming "soon." There are already some tethering apps for jailbroken phones, such as PDANet, but nothing you can download from the App Store, at least not since NetShare was pulled from the store. It's unclear when AT&T will roll out the tethering service; some point in 2009 is the only vague indication given. Would that mean that both PDANet (denied from the start) and NetShare would be allowed... Read more...
World’s Leading Motherboard Manufacturers Turn to NVIDIA SLI for New Intel Bloomfield Platforms 3-Way SLI Will Deliver the Fastest Gaming Solution for Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms SANTA CLARA, CA—OCTOBER 21, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation today announced that the world’s preeminent motherboard manufacturers, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, and DFI, have all licensed NVIDIA® SLI® technology for their new lineup of motherboards designed to work with Intel Bloomfield CPUs and X58 chipsets. The addition of SLI to these motherboards and adoption by major OEMs including Dell and others means consumers will be able to harness the power of award-winning GeForce® GPUs in single, SLI, or 3-way SLI... Read more...
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR LUMIX DMC-G1, THE WORLD’S FIRST MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM CAMERA Secaucus, NJ – Panasonic today announced pricing for the world’s first Micro Four Thirds System camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1 – available in mid-November for a suggested retail price of $799.95, which includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. kit lens. Also available in November, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto Micro Four Thirds lens has a suggested retail price of $349.95. The LUMIX G1, available in black, blue and red models, is the first interchangeable lens camera to offer consumers a choice of colors. Weighing about half as much as a standard digital single-lens... Read more...
It was a little, tiny, tiny addendum at the end of a WSJ article, but it was there: in an interview with the WSJ, Steve Jobs confirmed that the suspected iPhone "kill switch" does indeed exist.  Of course, for investors, talk of the App Store downloads are probably more exciting, and Jobs detailed that as well:If sales stay at the current pace, Apple stands to reap at least $360 million a year in new revenue from the App Store, Mr. Jobs said. "This thing's going to crest a half a billion, soon," he added. "Who knows, maybe it will be a $1 billion marketplace at some point in time.""I've never seen anything like this in my career for software," he said.60 million downloads?  Of course,... Read more...
NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms Multi-GPU Computing Combined with New CPU Architecture will Deliver Powerful Visual Computing Platform SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 14, 2008—PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation’s announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel’s upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs. With this winning combination, consumers will have an SLI platform designed for current and future graphics-intensive games and applications; these platforms can be powered by one, two, or even three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, including the new,... Read more...
NVIDIA Introduces Fastest GeForce Platforms Ever—Optimized For Gaming PCs New GeForce 9-Series GPUs, NVIDIA nForce 790i-Series MCPs, and NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology Reinvigorate the PC Market with Best Performance, Power, and Price SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 10, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) continues to address the global demand for better visual experiences on the PC with the recent market introduction of a series of new powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) and media and communications processors (MCPs) that unleash consumers’ creativity and self-expression. The new NVIDIA GeForce® and NVIDIA nForce® products, including the new GeForce® 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX,... Read more...
First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available- Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Widely Available; Platforms Ranging from Blade to High-End Servers now shipping from HP -SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron... Read more...
It has been said that Microsoft rushed the development of Vista SP1 in order to help correct some of the  stability and compatibility flaws that were keeping some large customers away from the relatively new OS.  New reports from testers indicate that this rush might show itself in all new set of issues.Here's what one tester had to say:“Based on my informal tests conducted in the first hours of having Vista Service Pack 1 in hand, it's hard to draw any hard and fast conclusions. However, these mixed results do show some promise--and also show that your experience with SP1 may vary depending upon the system configuration. Our Test Center will perform further, and more in-depth, testing... Read more...
There are three big open-source blogging  platforms: Blogger, Typepad, and Wordpress. Google owns Blogger, so they're plenty capitalized. Now Automattic, the commercial version of Wordpress, is getting capitalized too. They've received $29.5 million from a range of venture capitalists and interested businesses, including a small stake from the New York Times.  The Times Company had previously maintained a business relationship with Automattic. The About.com guide site, which was purchased by the Times Company in 2005, is published using the WordPress platform. The New York Times has also produced more than 50 blogs using the platform.Martin A. Nisenholtz, the senior vice president for... Read more...
Sony has confirmed what was rumored last week: DRM-free downloads are coming.  The silly part is you have to go to a retail brick-and-mortar store first.The No. 2 record company after Universal Music will sell plastic cards, called Platinum MusicPass, for individual albums for a suggested price of $12.99. Buyers enter a code from the card at new Sony BMG site MusicPass.com to download that card's album.Best Buy, Target and Fred's stores will be first to sell them. By Jan. 31, they'll be in Winn-Dixie, Coconuts, FYE, Spec's and Wherehouse. Like gift cards, MusicPass cards are activated at the store.Sony BMG initially will offer cards for 37 albums by performers including Alicia Keys, Avril... Read more...
Today at HotHardware, we have looked at two affordably priced Core 2 platforms based on the Intel P3x series chipset, to see if there were any major differences in terms of performance, features, and overclockability between the two.  Representing the P35 Express, we have the ECS P35T-A, which retails for a little over $100 USD. In addition, we have the new Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L representing the P31 Express. This new Gigabyte motherboard is currently selling for about 20% less (around $80 USD), making it one of the least expensive P3x boards currently on the market.  Click the link below and take a look...Budget Core 2 Platforms from ECS and Gigabyte... Read more...
Intel’s latest chipset family, the P3x-series, can certainly be qualified as a hit thus far. While Intel P3x-series chipsets, like the mid-range P35 series and the budget-targeted P31 series, don’t sport any truly exciting new features in comparison to their previous generation counterparts, they’re showing themselves to be extremely reliable and very flexible thus far. While high-end (performance minded) buyers will most likely opt for Intel’s coming upcoming X38 and X48 chipsets, the P35 and P31 Express chipsets will no doubt become the base for the vast majority of Intel platforms over the next several years. Currently Intel has two chipsets in the P3x family, the Intel P35 Express and the... Read more...
It's bad enough Comcast has their secret limited unlimited service, whereby they will cut you off if you (in their opinion) hog too much bandwidth (although they won't tell anyone what that limit is).  Now AT&T won't let you be critical of them.Have you taken a look at AT&T’s Terms of Service for High-Speed Internet (HSI) lately? Some changes they’ve made are downright draconian. In the section labeled “5.1 Suspension/Termination,” AT&T says the normal stuff about lack of payment and so forth. But clause (c) says they can terminate your service for conduct that AT&T believes: tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. That... Read more...
One day after a federal jury ruled Vonage had infringed on Sprint Nextel patents, an appeals court reaffirmed the March decision against Vonage with regards to Verizon patents.  It's been a bad two days for them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed an order barring Vonage from using Internet phone call technology related to two of the three patents which Verizon claimed had been infringed. The court reversed a lower court's interpretation on the third patent, however, and ordered more proceedings to recalculate damages and royalties from a previous verdict of $58 million plus 5.5 percent in royalties.What was it we said about looking for a new provider?... Read more...
The days of the importance of a single core processor's speed alone seem to be over. With major manufacturers already able to put up to 80 cores on one chip, the consensus is that multicore is where it's at going forward. There's a problem, of course. Nobody knows how to program the things properly to use the digital horsepower already available, and seem unlikely to be able to handle the even more complex cores coming down the pike.  Mark Lewin, program manager in External Research & Programs for Microsoft Research, said the solution will require more than inventing new programming languages as developers need to invent entirely new ways to build software. "It will... Read more...
It's likely that the recently announced security flaw in Apple's QuickTime media player will be expoited by hackers in just a matter of days. The vulnerability is caused by an error in the way Apple QuickTime handles Java. It can be exploited if a user visits a malicious Web site, running a Java-enabled browser. Researchers said that includes Microsoft's Internet Explorer, along with Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari browser. The bug also affects Windows Vista through Internet Explorer 7. Dmitri Alperovitch, principal research scientist at Secure Computing, said the bug also could be exploited through e-mail, either through links to malicious Web sites or by using HTML... Read more...
So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current Premium systems, minus the black case. "Considering the number of corroborating rumors it seems likely that at least a few of the details, like price and HDMI inclusion, will indeed become reality. Until an official announcement is made, however, nothing can be confirmed, and Microsoft once again declined to comment on the speculation of an Elite edition."... Read more...
An article at X-Bit Labs has unveiled NVIDIA's confirmation for the production of the GeForce 8 series for notebooks. While not currently available, it is speculated the launch of the notebook GeForce 8 series will coincide with the release of Intel's Santa-Rosa notebook platform in Q2 of 2007. The head of Nvidia also confirmed that the company has plans to release a family of GPUs for notebooks based on the GeForce 8 architecture in time for Intel's code-named Santa Rosa platform launch, which is likely to be late Q1 or early Q2 2007, which means that commercial shipments of lower-power GeForce 8 are just around the corner. "We are ramping production on our GeForce... Read more...
Seagate announces a monster hard drive! "We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months." In a statement to DailyTech earlier today, the company claimed: Seagate's 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight. Read more here...... Read more...
The crummy camera in your phone would have been considered a multi-megapixel wonder just a few years ago. But advances in cramming megapixels into cameras have run up against the limits of what's usable. Wired has some suggestions about how to choose a digital camera, now that they're all powerful enough. But piling on pixels can actually hurt the quality of your photos, because manufacturers typically just squeeze more little diodes into the same space on the image sensor. That means the physical size of each pixel shrinks, causing them to pick up more digital artifacts, such as colored flecks. The larger you print the photo, the more... Read more...
Those of you hoping save a few bucks by just upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate will be disappointed to hear that Microsoft will offer no such plan. The features and functionality set it apart from other versions of Windows Vista, as Microsoft explains, and it will be the only version of Windows Vista that does not offer an upgrade path. Currently, Windows Vista is still slated for a January 2007 release. " This is how the program works: upgrades from Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 to Windows Vista Home Premium, and upgrades from Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Business... Read more...
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