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Intel continues to drive their 45nm process technology down through a larger cross-section of their Core 2 lineup, not only on the desktop side of their offering but also with their mobile CPUs.   If you recall, recently we put Dell's XPS M1730 gaming notebook through its paces and came away impressed.  At the time, the new Dell gaming dream machine came equipped with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900 CPU, built on a 65nm fab process, that clocked in at 2.8GHz with 4MB of L2 cache.  So, what would you call a Core 2 mobile processor at 2.8GHz, with a larger 6MB of L2 cache and built on a smaller, cooler 45nm process?  We're actually not sure what you'd call it but Intel... Read more...
The New York State Supreme Court issued a ruling today against Dell and Dell Financial Services (DFS), finding the company guilty of "fraud, false advertising, deceptive business practices, and abusive debt collection practices." The ruling is the end result of a lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General, Andrew M Cuomo, in May 2007. After the ruling, Cuomo issued a statement saying that Dell and DFS essentially used "a bait and switch that left thousands of people paying for essentially no service at all." He also said:  "We have won an important victory that will force Dell to live up to its responsibilities and pay back its customers for profits that were pocketed but not deserved."... Read more...
I don't know about you, but I feel fine. Viacom doesn't. It sued Google, the owner of YouTube, for  $1 billion for copyright infringement. Google, in turn, doesn't feel fine either, because Viacom can sue them even though they claim they have made every attempt to comply with the DMCA. According to Google, the suit threatens the very existence of the sharing of any information on the Internet.{Google] said YouTube was faithful to the requirements of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying the federal law was intended to protect companies like YouTube as long as they responded properly to content owners' claims of infringement.On that score, Viacom says Google has set a terrible... Read more...
Activision keeps on rockin' with the mega-popular Guitar Hero brand. The gaming giant just announced plans for the next installment of the shreddin' series. Get ready, 'cause Guitar Hero: World Tour is set to hit shelves before the holiday season.In response to the racket created by Rock Band, Activision has turned up the volume with a new set of peripherals for World Tour. Faux rockers will be able to buy a drum kit and bass pedal to form a full band. With the promise of a "battle of the bands" mode in the offing, button-pushing buddies can strut their stuff and face off against four of their closest friends.We're sure to see a full complement of new bands on board, extra downloadable tracks... Read more...
Word from sunny Santa Clara-based NVIDIA Corp, is that the graphics giant has moved in on an acquisition of Utah-based RayScale, a 10 year-old start-up and productization of development work from few key people at the University of Utah.  RayScale currently has a product available for Autodesk Maya, dubbed LightNow.  Lightnow apparently offers interactive feedback with physically-based raytracing techniques, in combination with high quality batch rendering.  One of the advantages of physical-based rendering is that it automatically calculates raytraced shadowing from all available light sources. Raytraced image - courtesy RayScale Rayscale is currently... Read more...
Apple is certainly litigious over the use of the word "pod," and on Wednesday it received a taste of its own medicine, as it was sued over its "Mighty Mouse."  No, it's not for the reason you might think, as its already licensed the name "Mighty Mouse" from CBS.Apple is facing a new lawsuit over its Mighty Mouse peripheral, reports say. The case was filed in Greenbelt, Maryland by a company called Man & Machine, which is accusing Apple of violating a trademark associated with its own Mighty Mouse device, an optical mouse designed to be waterproof and chemical-resistant for use in environments such as labs and hospitals. Crucially, M&M began selling its product in 2004, over a year... Read more...
A common knock on the wildly popular Guitar Hero console gamer is that it's a shame that people don't just learn how to play the guitar instead. It's easier to play the actual guitar than many songs on Guitar Hero on its most challenging setting, after all. Perhaps the critics were wrong about Guitar Hero siphoning off interest in the actual instrument. Six of the top twenty iTunes podcasts are guitar tutorials by iVideosongs.When possible, iVideosongs gets guitarists who actually wrote popular songs to explain each riff in detail. At the very least, the instructors are professional guitarists with in-depth knowledge and a nice way of imparting it. The focus is on the guitar, but the site includes... Read more...
But wait, Diablo3.com was already owned, right? Yeah, it was, but it's now DiabloFans.com, and the site dishes on what happened.Well, there's no point in beating around the bush any longer, so let's get right down to it. A few months ago we were contacted by Blizzard in regards to the Diablo3.com domain name. While they appreciate all the work that's been put into running this big Diablo fan community over the years, they still want the domain name. Hmm, I wonder why? Now before you get all up in arms about it, allow me to explain a few things.First off, this fan site isn't going anywhere, it's just getting a new name: Diablofans.com! Blizzard is actually being really cool about it, giving us... Read more...
In anticipation of Intel-based Mac owners updating their Boot Camp partitions to Microsoft’s Windows XP SP3, which will officially be released on April 29, Apple yesterday made available for download update 2.1 of its Boot Camp utility. Apple claims that the 2.1 update must be installed before installing SP3: “This update addresses issues and improves compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista running on a Mac computer using Boot Camp. It is highly recommended for all Boot Camp users. Important: Installation of Boot Camp 2.1 is required before installing Windows XP ServicePack 3 (SP3).” Versions of the Boot Camp 2.1 update for 32-bit and 64-bit Vista were also available... Read more...
Microsoft's latest attempt to derail the "Vista Capable" class-action law suit via another appeal has been stymied:"In a brief order dated April 21, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Microsoft's request to overturn a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman in February that granted class-action status to a lawsuit that charges the company deceived consumers in 2006 with its Windows Vista Capable marketing program."Perhaps the best part about Microsoft's appeal is that it usually means they have submitted internal and/or external documents that will probably be made public.  Those documents tend to be a gold mine of information about the less-than-cozy world of... Read more...
The One Laptop Per Child project is in kind of a muddle. Their "$100" laptop costs $188; not many ended up in the hands of children around the world they were supposed to help; and now the number two man, Walter Bender, who oversaw content and software for the OLPC has resigned. It's  not clear if it's the factor that drove the decision, but the true believers at OLPC are hardcore open-source software enthusiasts, and don't like the decision to run some form of Windows on the laptops instead of continuing to develop OLPC's  own software, called "Sugar." Officially, OLPC said it was streamlining its organization because the laptop's technology essentially had been built. A different... Read more...
Microsoft continues to purchase smaller companies with intriguing technologies while they wait for Yahoo.  The latest of such acquisitions, Farecast, has managed to slip by without so much as an official press release from Microsoft.So who is Farecast and why did Microsoft find them irresistible?"The Seattle startup tries to predict whether air fares will rise or fall, helping travelers decide when to buy plane tickets for upcoming trips.  Farecast's site also has a section that searches for hotel room rates, then tells Web surfers whether the price is a good deal, or no deal at all."There is no firm information at this time regarding the final price of the acquisition.... Read more...
Pirate Bay has announced plans to Danish ISP Tele2 over their court ordered block of their web site that began in February.   Pirate Bay set up a sister site with trackers called The Jesper Bay to prove just how ineffectual the block was, and as a result the block was more or less an exercise in futility.“The court case was initiated by the IFPI - the infamous anti-piracy organization that represents the recording industry.  The IFPI later tried to use the “landmark decision” to force Swedish ISPs to do the same, but failed.  In fact, it seems that filtering traffic to The Pirate Bay is actually illegal according to European law.”Pirate Bay claims that if they win damages from the case, they... Read more...
We just received some photos of a slick, liquid-cooling system for the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX that we thought you'd all like to see.  The shots come by way of Berlin-based Aqua Computer.  Aqua Computer manufactures a number of custom liquid-cooling kits and accessories for everything from processors to hard drives, but their GPU water blocks are particularly trick.         Click For Hi-Res Photos The aquagrafx 9800 GTX cooling system you see pictured here should be available on the company's website very soon.  In addition to its obvious good looks, the aquagrafx 9800 GTX features purified electrolyte copper construction (99.99% pure cooper)... Read more...
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