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We just received an RC3 for Firefox 3.  Oh no!  Sure it was a Mac-only change, but what does that do to the release date?  Apparently, not much.The Mozilla Foundation has announced the release date for Firefox 3.  It will be June 17th (yep, next Tuesday).At the same time, the Spread Firefox site trumpets that the number of pledges they have received from users who will download FF3 on the release day has surpassed 1 million.  Are we going to download on the release day?  Why not?This would be an official Guinness Book of World Records entry, so go over to Spread Firefox and check it out.  And start your download engines.... Read more...
Broadcom really isn't a sexy business. They supply Integrated Circuits for broadband communications. It is a big business, however; Broadcom had revenue of $3.67 billion in 2006, for instance. According to indictments handed down recently, various people at Broadcom backdated millions of stock options to raid company receipts for themselves and others, and Broadcom co-founder and former CEO Henry T. Nicholas figured you'd be more likely to do business with him if you were high and had a prostitute on each arm. A second, four-count indictment names only Nicholas, 48, and alleges that he maintained homes and commercial properties in Orange County and Las Vegas for the "purpose of using and distributing... Read more...
I never use up my cell-phone plan minutes, do you? The cheapest plan gives you more than I'll ever need. But it's still always in the back of your mind when you're talking on the phone: Don't go over. Time Warner Cable wants to put "don't go over" in the back of your mind, too, when you're uploading or downloading stuff on your cable Internet connection with them. They're introducing monthly allowances on bandwith use, and will levy fees for going over your limit. Metered usage is common overseas, and other U.S. cable providers are looking at ways to rein in heavy users. Most have download caps, but some keep the caps secret so as not to alarm the majority of users, who come nowhere close to... Read more...
38 U.S. and Romanians have been arrested and indicted for phishing and related charges. “The indictments, in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the District of Connecticut, focus on two related phishing schemes with ties to organized crime, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Phishing involves sending e-mail messages that look like official correspondents from banks or credit card vendors in an attempt to get recipients to go to a fake Web site and enter their account numbers. A grand jury in Los Angeles charged 33 people for their alleged participation in a scheme that targeted thousands of individual victims and hundreds of financial institutions.  The... Read more...
As many of you are no doubt aware, Intel is planning to officially release a new mainstream chipset in a few weeks, the P45.  From a feature standpoint, the new P45 is somewhat similar to last year's P35.  The P45, however, will have official support for PCI Express 2.0, with a more flexible lane configuration for multi-GPU graphics, and the chipset itself is being manufactured at 65nm as opposed to 90nm.  Using the more advanced process to build the chips should result in lower power consumption and lower operating temperatures as well.  The P45 will also be paired up with a new ICH10-series southbridge, which is similar to the ICH9 sans a few legacy features. Asus showed... Read more...
Responding to reports that first surfaced in the Wall Street Journal, Dell issued a statement late Tuesday night regarding the future of the XPS line of gaming systems. While the WSJ indicated that Dell would be dumping the XPS line in favor of systems developed by Alienware, which Dell purchased in 2006, Dell denied this was the case - although the company did say that Alienware would get the lion's share of resources."Dell XPS and Alienware are both great brands...and both will live on," spokeswoman Anne Camden said in a blog. "But we are going to expand our focus on Alienware. We are going to invest like crazy in product development, design, and engineering to propel Alienware as the premier... Read more...
Diamond Multimedia has, with the release of the Viper Radeon HD 3650 1GB, added not just one but two different variants to their Radeon 3650 arsenal.  The first stuck with default specifications including clock speed and memory buffer, but at launch we hinted that there would be many models to choose from.  Today we take a look at their second issue, which raises the total amount of memory to 1GB, but in doing so, uses lower cost, slower GDDR2 chips.  In the pages ahead, we'll aim to find out if additional on-board memory really impacts performance more-so than a smaller footprint of faster GDDR3 memory.Stop on by and see.  The answer may surprise you...... Read more...
Only a demotion? My, they're certainly lenient in Japan.  A Japanese civil servant was demoted for logging more than 780,000 hits on pornographic websites on his office computer over nine months, an official said Friday.The man, a Kinokawa city government employee in western Japan, visited porn sites from June 2007 to February 2008, city official Tomiko Waki said. The man's name was withheld.City officials said the number of hits discovered on his computer's internal log was so high in part because one click on certain types of pornographic sites registers multiple hits.Ah, I see.  So multiple clicks registered for one?  That's why they're so lenient. Possibly he only clicked about... Read more...
On Monday Skype, announced new subscription plans that allow flat-rate unlimited calling to 34 countries. It should be noted that for Skype defines unlimited as 10,000 minutes / month; after that standard fees apply.  Of course, 10,000 minutes equates to about 5 hours a day, so what the heck?The company said it was offering unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada for $2.95 a month.It also offers unlimited calls to phones in 34 countries including Australia, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, for $9.95 per month, it said.Skype users in Europe can choose from unlimited plans ranging from 2.95 euros to 8.95 euros a month depending on the destination of... Read more...
If you’re looking to buy a motherboard from DFI then be on the lookout for signs of a fake board.  Apparently an unknown company has decided to rebrand a few of their own motherboards, and even ship them in boxes that resemble authentic DFI boxes.“Two models have been discovered so far; MCP73V and MCP68V.  They are not made by DFI and will not be covered by any kind of warranty or support, and we can only recommend you to stay away from these boards.”Currently the boards are circulating around Indonesian vendors, but they may already be on their way to other markets.... Read more...
When we recently updated you on the release date for Vista’s successor, currently known as 7, we were a bit skeptical that the ‘slip’ Mr. Gates made was concerning a retail or RTM version. "It seems that Microsoft is getting the word out that Mr. Gates was indeed referring to some sort of pre-release beta program: “Microsoft wants to chill everyone out with the somber news that its got no plans to introduce Windows 7 any earlier than January 2010 (three years from the launch of Vista)...” Considering how many times this release date has changed, we don’t expect this to be the final word on the subject.... Read more...
April 15th is not my favorite day of the year. I doubt it's yours, either. But the IRS is not the only acronym you need to start worrying about on that date. This year, your DirecTV digital video recorder will be getting the DRM treatment for pay-per-view content on April 15th. The days of recording and watching entirely at your leisure are over.Under the new policy when you purchase PPV movies, sporting events, etc., you’ll have 24-hours to finish watching it, after which time it will expire and if you want to watch it again you’ll need to pay for it again.The same rule applies to things you’ve started watching but haven’t finished–once you pay for something the 24-hour clock starts ticking.Not... Read more...
Put this in your rumor bucket for now, but the Financial Times says Apple is in discussion with the music industry over a possible "all you can eat" music plan for iTunes.Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.The “all you can eat” model, a replica of Nokia’s “comes with music” deal with Universal Music last December, could provide the struggling recorded music industry with a much-needed fillip, and drive demand for a new generation of Apple’s hardware. It very much seems out of character for Apple.  Apple... Read more...
Intel's announcement about their forthcoming CPU architectures hasn't fazed AMD.  In fact AMD claims that the integrated memory controller and QPI sound a lot like features AMD CPUs have had for several years now.  What's even better is that AMD more or less tipped their hand regarding AMD's future CPUs:On Dunnington (AMD's Randy) Allen said that AMD’s forthcoming Shanghai will be 45nm. “In 2009 we will have enhancement to hyper threading with HT3, DDR3 technology and eight cores or more. We’ll have six cores by the end of the year and you can expect to see eight cores in the 2009 timeframe,” he said.If AMD manages to squeeze two Shanghai quad-cores onto a single CPU package, the fight... Read more...
This little palette of portable processing certainly won't compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC or the XO-1 from OLPC from a price standpoint but if you're the type that likes to keep things diminutive, the new SR8 from Kohjinsha is impressive.  Built on Intel's S45GU chipset and sporting an 800MHz Intel A110 processor, along with 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 60GB hard drive, the SR8 is also the first UMPC of its size that sports an integrated DVD super multi-drive.  Its 7" TFT LED backlit touchscreen display runs at a native res of 1024X600 with a max resolution of 1600X1200.  And get this, the little bugger comes standard with Windows Vista Home Premium. ... Read more...
ASUS Announces World’s First 24” LCD Monitor with Integrated Video Conferencing Capabilities -- ASUS MK241H combines real-time communication with high definition 1080P display to deliver the ultimate interactive user experience -- FREMONT, CA (MARCH 12, 2008) - Designed for users who insist on watching high definition (HD) content on a PC while enjoying real-time video communication, ASUS, worldwide leader in open architecture products and notebook design and manufacturing, today launched the new MK241H LCD monitor. Touted as the world’s most versatile 24” wide screen LCD monitor, the MK241H features native High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) support for full HD 1080p video playback and... Read more...
Verizon Wireless started a price war on Tuesday by announcing a $99.99 unlimited calling plan across the United States. The ink barely had time to dry on the press release before AT&T matched the offer.Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan for $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA and weighed down stock prices for all U.S. mobile carriers.Verizon Wireless was apparently the first major carrier to make an "unlimited" plan available nationwide with no domestic roaming or long-distance fees. Its announcement was all but five hours old when AT&T announced its own unlimited plan.Three hours later, T-Mobile followed... Read more...
The Wii Fit has already hit one million in sales in Japan, but those of us here in the States lucky enough to have a Nintendo Wii who want a new way to lose some weight have been left out.  Well, Nintendo has detailed a "partial" list of upcoming Wii and DS games through the first of half of 2008, and Wii Fit is on the list - though not nailed down to a specific month or date.Perhaps a sign that America is finally getting its obesity scare under control, Nintendo has cautiously scheduled Wii Fit for a Q2 2008 release. Despite last week's rumor, today's announcement is the first official word from Nintendo that its latest balancing act is being prepped for the US. Q2 will give Nintendo time... Read more...
Apple is expected to announce a movie rental service at Macworld. Hoping to reduce some of the impact, Netflix is going to expand its streaming movie service. Formerly users could only watch a limited number of hours based on their subscription tier, but beginning Monday, all but the lowest tier will have unlimited access to streaming video.The Associated Press has learned the change will become effective Monday, on the eve of Apple's widely anticipated move into the movie rental industry. Although Apple hasn't confirmed anything yet, Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to make it official during a presentation Tuesday in San Francisco.Netflix is gearing up for the increased competition by... Read more...
Not something you could get away with in the U.S., obviously, but Islamic law is something different. After missing a call from her husband on her mobile phone, Iqbal Abul Nasr received a text message from him saying "I divorce you because you didn't answer your husband," Al-Akhbar said.In line with sharia (Islamic law) men do not need to go to court to file for divorce. A unilateral declaration of divorce by a man, repeated three times, formally ends a marriage.It was the third time Abul Nasr, an engineer from Cairo, received a divorce text message from her husband, prompting her to seek a legal decision from the a family court on the status of her marriage. This practice has already been outlawed... Read more...
One thing you have to love about Apple are their benchmarks.  When they used to tout the PowerPC series of chips, they had benchmarks showing how the G4 and G5 could topple anything that AMD or Intel were producing.  Then came the transition to Intel, and those benchmarks magically reversed themselves, perhaps in small part due to the major improvements brought about by Intel's “Core” architecture.So what does Apple do for benchmarks when it upgrades one of its product lines from an “older” Intel platform to a new one?  Make ridiculous benchmark comparisons of course!  Here are a few of our favorites:“In an iPhoto common application task -- which involves importing 100 photos... Read more...
Anyone who is trafficking in illicit copies of copyrighted media beware!  A major blow against global piracy was made recently in the United Kingdom when tv-links.co.uk was shut down and its management arrested.“The arrest and the closure of the site - www.tv-links.co.uk - came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police.Fact claims that tv-links.co.uk was providing links to illegal film content that had been camcorder recorded from cinemas and then uploaded to the internet. The site also provided links to TV shows that were being illegally distributed.”With such a major blow... Read more...
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