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While the internet is rumored to be running out of routing capabilities faster than it is running out of bandwidth, it is still interesting to see companies such as IBM push the envelope.  Of course most of today's bandwidth barrier busting technologies are optical, and this one is no different:“The new technology uses light instead of wires to send information and could allow, for example, the transmission of 8 trillion bits (terabits) per second of information -- equivalent to about 5,000 high-definition video streams -- using the power of a single 100-watt lightbulb.”The overall bandwidth that such a device would be capable of providing would be dependent upon the number of channels. ... Read more...
Microsoft's troubles don't all revolve around Vista.  In fact the Redmond firm's Windows Home Server has been corrupting user's data for  few months now with no end in sight.  Microsoft claimed to burning the midnight oil during the holiday season in order to resolve this issue.  So what are the results of all that burnt oil?Two months have passed and the issue has not been resolved.  Instead, Microsoft conceded that the scope of the problem is much bigger than initially estimated.  Microsoft acknowledged numerous customer reports of corruption in the following programs, though it says it has thus far been unable to replicate them:Apple iTunesZune SoftwarePhotoshop... Read more...
eBay sellers haven't been shy about indicating their feelings over the new policies that eBay is planning.  Then plan to show their displeasure with a boycott, starting Monday.Activists opposed to eBay's upcoming fee and policy changes are readying for a weeklong site boycott starting on Monday, with buyers and sellers waiting to see if this strike will succeed where past protests have failed.The boycott, planned to run Feb. 19 - 25, is scheduled to overlap eBay's Feb. 20 rollout of significant changes announced last month.Dang, and we expected to see a ton of HD-DVD players hit eBay after today's news.... Read more...
In their biggest reduction in employee base since the dot com bust, Yahoo is planning to cut 1000 jobs in an effort to streamline their operations.“The Sunnyvale-based company announced the upcoming 7 percent reduction in its 14,300-employee work force during a Tuesday conference call to review a 23 percent decline in its fourth-quarter profit.”There's no word on exactly which area(s) of the company might be losing employees, but we'll keep you posted as we receive more information.... Read more...
In 2006 IBM settled a lawsuit brought by employees claiming they were denied overtime pay for some $65 million.  It appears that IBM is attempting to punish those same workers by cutting their base salary by 15 percent.“IBM spokesman Fred McNeese said the move would not save the company any money, because the affected employees generally should find that overtime pay makes up for the salary cut.However, internal documents obtained by The Associated Press indicate that many workers will lose money.”It wouldn't be a surprise if there was another lawsuit brewing as a result of the pay cut.... Read more...
The dreaded "R" word is being whispered on Wall Street again, and the boom and bust nature of the Tech sector makes it especially vulnerable to a downturn. Is there a corner of the tech universe where you can hide from a replay of Pets.com this time? According to Forbes, software-as-a service (SaaS) companies, providers of Internet based process software for business, might have a good desk for you to hide under. While some tech pundits believe that Google  (nasdaq: GOOG -  news  -  people ), which gets a lot of buzz for its online software products, will become the vendor of choice for SaaS, I think companies that specialize in software for specific business processes will... Read more...
Not deterred by bad press, it seems that the RIAA is content to continue their latest campaign against piracy.Their latest group of lawsuits has included numerous institutes of higher education:“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of the major record companies, this week sent a new wave of 407 pre-litigation settlement letters to 18 universities nationwide as part of an ongoing campaign against online music theft. The letters reflect evidence of significant abuse of campus computer networks for the purpose of copyright infringement.”Strangely enough, it would seem that the University of Texas at Austin is the recipient of more settlement offers than any of the schools... Read more...
Nintendo announced that the Wii Shop Channel's Gifting Feature, which allows you to give a game to someone you've traded Friend Codes with, will go live later today.Later in the day on Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in their heads, you're in luck. Starting this week, Wii Shop Channel patrons can use a new Gifting feature to send games to other Wii owners with whom they've traded Friend Codes. It's an easy and inexpensive way to give your fellow Nintendo buffs the gift of a classic game?no wrapping paper required. And don't worry about duplication. If your friend already has... Read more...
According to an article posted on the CustomPC website which quotes AMD’s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, AMD has contemplated the purchase of AGEIA, multiple times.  There is no discussion regarding what AMD's plans for AGEIA's technology would be, i.e. would it be incorporated into an ATI GPU or a CPU, but the potential for a purchase is real - especially since Intel bought rival Havok."AMD has admitted that it’s considering buying Ageia, if the price is right. AMD’s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, told Custom PC that ‘we’ve had that discussion, yes. It’s a discussion that goes round every three months – someone turns to me and says ‘why don’t we buy Ageia?’... Read more...
A number of complaints have surfaced which indicate that Sony's latest PS3 firmware may be corrupting consoles, resulting in them having a variety of problems, including complete loss of  functionality.Users report, via the official PlayStation forums, running into numerous hardware problems since updating the PS3’s firmware to the recently released version 2.0. The complaints include a slowdown in console functionality, the loss of content, and even consoles being unable to read discs or ceasing to function at all.It is indeed typical of updates. Our suggestion has always been: don't update right away. Wait a little while to see if any issues shake out. Recall the issues with the Leopard... Read more...
It seems like the people who use these sites feel there's no reason to hide why they're there.  The men want young, beautiful women, and the young beautiful women want, well, what do you think?Forget the bar scene or the personal ads. From her home in Chicago, Blair sifts through prospective suitors at SeekingArrangement.com, which unabashedly markets itself as the Web’s “premier Sugar Daddy dating site.”“We are committed to being the most trusted dating resource for the rich and the beautiful,” says the site, which promises to help the beautiful — and ideally, it says, “ambitious and young” — find “a generous benefactor to pamper, mentor and take care of you — perhaps to help you financially.”In... 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...
Well, if you're looking to push an opponent face-first into a live fuse box, don't go to a Target store looking for digital supplies for your venture. Target stores have announced that Take Two's new and controversial game "Manhunt 2" won't be sold in any of their stores. And they don't care that the content in the game has been edited a bit to tone it down. Target points out the edited bits are still on the disks, waiting to be unlocked by intrepid escaped sociopath fans everywhere."All video games and computer software sold at Target currently carry ratings by the Entertainment Software Rating Board — from early childhood through mature audiences," the statement said. "While 'Manhunt 2' was... Read more...
It seems that nearly a year of bug fixes has made Vista a lot more attractive to many consumers, and the Redmond Monolith is predicting a strong holiday season for their latest OS.  This prediction could be in large part to traditional PC/notebook sales, many of which will ship with Vista this holiday season, and it isn't hard to imagine that more than a few consumers waiting on Leopard are going back to the Microsoft fold after reading the numerous message boards around the web crammed with users complaining about Leopard-related bugs.“Vista's success was not always a foregone conclusion. Early Vista buyers complained about the lack of compatibility with existing devices and software programs.Microsoft... Read more...
It's a sad day for the people of Limavady, a city in Ireland's County Derry, especially for the hundreds of local Seagate employees are that are going to be looking for new jobs once Seagate closes their facility in Limavady.Company spokesperson Woody Monroy didn't mention if any of the employees will be transferred to other locations such as the Springton facility in County Londonderry, but it seems doubtful based on the stated reasons for closing the Limavady plant:“Monroy did not know how much money the company would save from the move but said it is part of Seagate's ongoing effort to streamline operations. He said Seagate expanded substrate manufacturing at its facilities in Singapore and... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard is still the world's largest seller of PCs. It surpassed Dell for the top spot a year ago, and is now widening its lead over Dell and everybody else. During the third quarter of 2007, H-P shipped 12.8 million PCs worldwide; that's 18.8% of the total market, and represents a whopping 33% jump from the same period last year. Dell is now a distant second with 9.8 million units shipped, followed by Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba. In the U.S., Dell still maintained its top position, but saw its share eroded by gains from H-P, Apple Inc. and Toshiba. Dell shipped 4.8 million PCs in the U.S., which gave it 29% of the market. However, its shipments fell 5.5% from a year ago. By contrast, H-P... Read more...
While large corporations routinely go through phases of expansion and lay-offs, it is usually something that the company announces before bloggers do it for them.Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case for Intel who had an upcoming downsizing of its IT department revealed in a blog that would seem to be from an inside source.  The source even went on to detail the criteria for the lay-offs, which will based on a skills assesment:"This is primarily [a] 'skills-based' redeployment, which means we are going through a skills assessment process for each employee, scoring them, comparing scores and then determining which skills we can most afford to lose from our individual groups," the blogger wrote.... Read more...
Approximately a month after first announcing the Vista SP1 beta, Microsoft has released it to a private set of testers.Microsoft on Monday said it has released a beta version of the first service pack of Windows Vista to about 12,000 testers. Microsoft had said back in August that it expected to start private testing of the service pack within a few weeks. The update is largely a collection of bug fixes and performance and compatibility improvements, but includes some minor new features such as support for the ability to encrypt multiple hard drive partitions using Vista's BitLocker feature.Yes, unfortunately it's a private beta, but who wants to bet how long it will be before it is leaked?... Read more...
A web site belonging to the Republican Party for the 1st Congressional Disctrict of Wisconsin has been hacked, and was spreading a variant of the Storm Trojan virus for an undisclosed length of time before it was finally rectified.  While the fact that one of the two primary parties has had a web site hacked is nothing new, the fact that the Storm Trojan is infecting web sites is:“This is the first time that Storm has taken to the Web for its victims, said Dan Hubbard, head of research at San Diego-based Websense Inc. "The big news is that Storm has added infecting sites to its arsenal," said Hubbard.Storm debuted in January but only cracked the top malware lists early this summer, and has become... Read more...
The short answer is: yes, Microsoft is updating/changing software in a stealthy fashion.  Microsoft's own Nate Clinton has acknowledged that the Redmond juggernaut is indeed updating computers regardless of the preferences set by the user in the 'automatic updates' settings menu.According to Nate, here's what's happening:“So what is happening here?  Windows Update is a service that primarily delivers updates to Windows. To ensure on-going service reliability and operation, we must also update and enhance the Windows Update service itself, including its client side software.  These upgrades are important if we are to maintain the quality of the service.“So they're updating the update service.... Read more...
Virtual learning has been a big hit with time-starved adults who have jobs and other obligations and still want to continue their education. Now it's becoming more common for students from grades Kindergarten through twelve to get their education, or at least part of it, through virtual classes. Estimates of elementary and secondary students taking virtual classes range from 500,000 to 1 million nationally compared to total public school enrollment of about 50 million. Online learning is used as an alternative for summer school and for students who need remedial help, are disabled, being home schooled or suspended for behavioral problems. It also can help avoid overcrowding in... Read more...
A few days ago rumors circulated that the gPhone would be launching within two weeks.  Now, aside from the fact that the gPhone is most likely the only thing that will make sites like this stop talking about the iPhone, is there any truth to the gPhone rumor? The grapevine is buzzing this week over the "gPhone," Google's long-rumored mobile device that has been in the works for some time now. And while some of the rumors may carry more merit than others, history has shown that when news picks up, something is on the way.Is a gPhone actually coming? At this point, we think the Magic 8-Ball is saying "Yes." This week's tips come after months of similar rumors that have only gotten louder... Read more...
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