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No, we (China) really, really don't want you to hear anything about the Dalai Lama.  Or so that's the theory behind search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search being redirected to Baidu.Various reports indicate that YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search are all being redirected to Baidu, in a possible move to block out news of the Dalai Lama's receipt of the Congressional Gold Medal.Such a move would not be surprising, considering China has already done something similar in the past. In 2002, it redirected Google surfers away from the site ahead of the Communist Party Congress meetings.In what should surprise no one, there's been no comment from Chinese authorities.... Read more...
Since Amazon MP3 opened, it's been obvious that Apple would have to respond to its lower prices, and they have, by lowering prices on its unprotected music files to match at 99 cents.While there is no reason to think that Amazon has taken the market by storm, it’s clear that it is a competitive force. If iPod users decide to try Amazon’s store in order to save 30 cents a track, suddenly the iTunes would become less central to the online music business. Nothing would do more to please the music labels, which have been increasingly concerned that Apple is dictating the terms of their business.Amazon still has advantages, with MP3 format vs AAC, and with tracks from Universal Music Group. ... Read more...
Though perhaps not always in the lime-light, VIA Technologies continues to impress with low power innovation in X86 computing, targeted not only at embedded markets but higher volume, mainstream applications as well... VIA Announces Ultra Thin VESA Mounted PC for Instant Display Systems The VIA vmpc vm7700, a unique approach to digital signage and media display, converts any standard LCD monitor into a full x86 PC in minutes Taipei, Taiwan, 8 October 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading developer of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today announced the new VIA vm7700 VESA mounted PC (vmpc) that turns a standard display panel into a fully functional PC for signage, kiosk and other intelligent... Read more...
Yesterday reports surfaced of what appeared to be a scratched disc problem with Halo 3 Limited Editions. It seemed that the plastic used to hold discs in place wasn't designed too well.  In a small note on the official Xbox site, Microsoft today admitted the issue, and offered free replacement.NOTE:  This program covers the Halo 3 Limited Edition Game Disc and Essentials Disc at no charge through 12/31/07.If you really want it fast, go back to the retailer ... but there's always the chance those will be scratched (during shipping to the store) as well ...... Read more...
Gmail was launched in 2004, and after over 3 years, it's still in beta.  Despite this, Garett Rogers of ZDNet thinks Google is testing a new version.Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email. The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it’s soon to undergo a change in what they describe as a “New Version”. Only a select few people have access to use the new interface — mainly employees and trusted people outside the company called “Trusted Testers“.One of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous, stumbled across an interesting snippet of text (which I confirmed exists) spilling the beans on a new version of Gmail... Read more...
As if the potential danger to the hardware (and occasionally the owner/hacker) isn't enough to make people shy away from an 'unlocked' iPhone, it seems that the phones are possibly becoming blacklisted.If this turns out to be the case across the board, owners of 'unlocked' iPhones shouldn't be expecting replacements, repairs, or possibly even connections to other services.  What can owners of hacked iPhones do?  Complaining loudly and often might work for some:“Only after asking for the manager and having several conversations with her, did they finally allow me to return it, but charged me a 10% restocking fee…Pretty Scary! Didn’t Steve and Woz get their start in college by selling a device... Read more...
MediaDefender, on the of major players in the anti-piracy software industry, apparently had their source code heisted and BitTorrented to the far corners of the planet.  Who would do such a thing?Was it clever hackers using some super-secret back-door hack into MD's server(s)?   Perhaps some sort of virus disguised as an e-mail selling discount medication?   Maybe, but it seems more likely that this was an inside job:“It appears that this leak was not collected from the e-mails. The MD-Defenders themselves claim that a MD employee handed over the files to them, but this hasn’t be verified by other sources at this point.This leak contains a wealth of information and seriously harm MediaDefender’s... Read more...
Today Apple sent out invitations to one of its typically hush-hush press conferences.  It's expected that this will be the announcement of the UK version of the iPhone.Apple has began sending out invitations to members of the UK press on Thursday, as it planned to hold an event at its flagship store in London on Regents Street next week. In typical Apple fashion, few details were given in the invitation other than the tagline "Mum's no longer the word." Speculation is rampant, with most analysts expecting the Cupertino company to announce its UK carrier for the iPhone.The UK carrier for the iPhone, though still unconfirmed, is expected to be O2.  One good thing - with all the publicity over the... Read more...
No, we're not referring to the former vice-president with the weather fetish. Vint Cerf is a vice-president over at Google, and if anyone can claim to have invented the internet, it's him. Working with Bob Kahn in 1973, they came up with the TCP/IP protocol that allows computers to communicate with one another and makes the net possible. Mr. Cerf has offered a warning that the reliability of the internet is being undermined, and had some insights into why that is. “The biggest hole we have is with internet browsers, because we have too much access to the functionality of the operating system,” he said, explaining that this made it easy to be infected by viruses and “Trojans”, malicious... Read more...
Gaming on integrated graphics?  You've got to be kidding, right?  I mean, standalone cards are pushed to the limit by games.  You would expect that a system "saddled" with integrated graphics would be too handicapped.  According to an Intel blog, with the latest release of their G965 integrated graphics chipset drivers, that's not necessarily the case. Traditionally, integrated graphics have been the weaklings of the graphics world – sure there are a lot of them sold, but traditionally they have been practically useless for 3D gaming. Until now that is - G965 has grown some muscle…Until very recently, Intel’s G965 software drivers did not support hardware vertex shading, but rather let the... Read more...
As you may or may not know, AMD has recently announced the release date for Barcelona. Dubbed “the most anticipated premiere of 2007,” Barcelona will be released on September 10. Nevertheless, things are heating up at Bungie Studios as Halo 3 is poised for release. Bungie’s third game in the highly successful Halo trilogy is now officially the “most anticipated” game in history. In fact, pre-orders for the game have reached an unprecedented 1 million. Halo 3 might actually be in a position to overtake its predecessor, Halo 2, in record sales. Back in 2004, the release of Halo 2 saw an incredible sales figure of 2.4 million copies on the first day. “Some analysts have predicted that the Halo... Read more...
AMD Validated Server Platforms Now Certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell - AMD expands Validated Server Program; empowers solution providers with increased platform choice and new opportunities to engage customers - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8, 2007 - At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.  With today's news,... Read more...
SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group for Computer GRAPHics, is an annual conference on computer graphics attended by tens of thousands of computer professionals from the computer graphics, CAD, rendering and interactive technology industries. At this year's conference, held in San Diego from August 5th to 9th, NVIDIA will premier an animated short film called "The Plush Life". The film, which features two plush characters named Lundo and Flint and their adventures while joyriding in their 1969 Buick Electra, is the brainchild of Timothy Heath of the NVIDIA Digital Film Group and is the first of several films which will showcase NVIDIA's Gelato GPU-accelerated rendering software. The film,... Read more...
Digitimes, using information obtained from motherboard manufacturers, is reporting that TSMC will likely build the GPU portion of AMD's upcoming Fusion processors, while the CPU cores will be made by either AMD themselves or partner Chartered Semiconductor. "AMD's Fusion processor will consist of a GPU manufactured on a 55nm process by TSMC plus a silicon-on-insulator (SOI-) based CPU manufactured on a 45nm process at AMD's Fab 36 and Fab 38 or outsourced to Chartered. A packaging and testing plant will then package the CPU and GPU together as a Fusion processor. AMD's CPU and GPU products are already being produced on a 65nm process and the company is preparing to enter mass... Read more...
There has been a lot of news on the PC gaming front as of late, with rumors of Crysis' release in November of this year, the World in Conflict public beta, and most recently id's release of a trailer for their former super-secret project, Rage.  Not to mention the much talked about Spore and, of course, Unreal Tournament: 3.  There seems to be plenty to look forward to in the coming months if your a PC gamer, but we want to know which game has you most excited.  Which one of these games is going to make you call in sick to work and play until you can no longer see straight?  Let us know in the new poll over at right side of the site.  And if we didn't list a game you think is going to rock, let... Read more...
Google has recently announced plans to employ advanced copyright protection technology to thwart unauthorized video posts on YouTube. The company expects to have the filtering software up and running by September. Beck assures us that Google’s new defensive software is as advanced as FBI fingerprinting technology. “The software will enable copyright holders to submit a digital fingerprint. This will be compared with any videos uploaded to YouTube, allowing attempts to upload copyright content to be quickly blocked.” The announcement was made by Philip Beck, a lawyer that is representing Google in a case initiated by English football’s Premier League and music publisher Bourne Co. The plaintiffs... Read more...
Google has finally started detailing the specific details of their plan to filter copyrighted material from their video service, YouTube.  Hopefully this will appease media giants such as Viacom, who have filed suit against Google.The plan will take effect in September, and will use digital video fingerprinting to help ID copyrighted material. There are no estimates yet about how long this plan might take to achieve results deemed acceptable to Viacom and company. “Google, which acquired YouTube in October, plans to generate a library of digital video fingerprints that would be used by a computer system to screen clips being uploaded to YouTube, said Philip Beck, one of the attorneys representing... Read more...
AMD held a Technology Analyst Day in Sunnyvale, California today, where members of their management team delivered presentations related to the company's various technologies and roadmaps.  There were a number of details revealed during the presentations regarding AMD's modular M-SPACE design methodology, next-generation graphics technology and CPU / GPU Fusion, and attendees were also given a glimpse into AMD's more distant future with information about Bulldozer and Bobcat; the company's next-generation desktop and mobile CPU core architectures.  AMD even went so far as to say Bulldozer was 'Designed to be the highest performing single and multi-threaded compute core in history'.  The presentation... Read more...
Have you ever wondered why there are so many viruses and other malware out there just waiting to infect your PC(s)?  Is it really possible that there are so many people these days who have the intelligence and the lack of scruples required to make so many viruses?  Or is it more probable that there are a few bright people out there who have let greed override their sense of right and wrong and are willing to sell the fruits of their intellectual labor to others?  It could very well end up being a mix of the two and other factors, but it certainly seems that a program called Pinch could very well be an example of the latter: “One of the most dangerous features of Pinch can be exploited through... Read more...
The nominations for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held on Sept. 16 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, were announced yesterday. The South Park episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" was nominated in the Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) category, along with other hit shows like SpongeBob, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken and Avatar. "Make Love, Not Warcraft" is episode 147 (Season 10) of Comedy Central's animated series South Park which originally aired on October 4, 2006. The episode is a parody of World Of Warcraft and the gamers who play it. The episode was created in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, who provided character... Read more...
NTT DoCoMo has just announced plans to start testing its new prototype “Super 3G” system for ultra-high speed data transfer over mobile devices. Japan’s largest mobile carrier hopes to attain a remarkable 300Mbps in its testing trials over the wireless network. Although the Super 3G system will not be implemented in Japan until at least 2009, the company has already started to take proposals from suppliers. “The company said that it planned to start experimenting with Super 3G in an indoor setting with only one transmitting antenna and one receiving antenna. From there, NTT DoCoMo plans to expand the experiment by using four Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas on both the transmitting... Read more...
A report by financial firm American Technology Research has proclaimed that approximately 25% of iPhone consumers are “switchers” to AT&T from other carriers. “‘We find these numbers impressive, showing that a fair amount of customers are willing to pay high early cancellation fees (~$125-$200) to get out of their existing service contracts for an iPhone,’ analyst Shaw Wu wrote in the report.” Wu comments that the Motorola RAZR, during its golden age from mid- to late-2004, is the only other recent product that has commanded so much admiration (at least initially). The Motorola RAZR has sold over 50 million units. Wu also alludes to sources that highlight Vodafone, with its broad geographic... Read more...
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