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Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Media seems to be a topic on everyones minds lately, this week it is Betamax versus VHS round 2, aka HD DVD versus Blu-Ray. Do you have a preference? Let us know what it is and why you feel that way. If arguments aren't your thing, you can find a statement that can't be argued with in this thread, and maybe you can share a shocking story or two yourself.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day. Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled. Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly. A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register. This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes. After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end. The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite. You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems. This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0. Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player. Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive. Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We saw a bit of this type of behaviour last week, spurned on by a certain German hurler, and it has spawned a popular new way to interface with your PC. BCCHardware had some fun working over a few old systems they had lying around, and a BBQ too. Check out the video on their site.
Shoot 'em up indeed.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like me, old media formats seem to accumulate faster than dust bunnies. Old audio tapes, 3.5" disks, even a few 5.25" disks are hiding in corners and flat surfaces everywhere, some that even have data I want to keep. By far, the media that consumes the most space is old VHS tapes. If you want to update those old movies you could buy a new version on DVD, or you can copy them onto new media yourself. Of course, for others, it is the vinyl tha
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone finds themselves much more impressed with Microsoft's Surface after watching an episode of DL.TV. The "coffee table" PC has an interface that has been very popular in movies for a while now, but hard to find in reality. The first time you run into Surface it will likely be in a retail store, possibly T-Mobile, and used as a selling aid. When you place a
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 19, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. AMD reported second quarter 2007 revenue of $1.378 billion, an operating loss of $457 million, and a net loss of $600 million, or $1.09 per share.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Novel tried holding a Hack Week, and Ars Technica spoke with Novell's chief open-source
strategy officer, Nat Friedmam about it. It involves Novel employees temporarily abandoning their current projects in favour of a free form week of writing open source software. Letting a bunch of programmers creativity loose was intended not only as stress relief, but also a chance to let the programmers work on projects that they would otherwise have difficulty justifying to their bosses.
Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next Quakecon may be filled with a lot of new people who've never been there before ... console players. Id Software has decided to switch their focus. Now they won't be focusing on PC Games, but instead on consoles, to the point where every PC will have gamepads/controllers attached for testing, not the keyboard & mouse combo that defines PC gaming. Nor will they be pushing the limits of graphics cards anymore.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Professional audiophiles have had little say in the benchmarking suites we see during reviews, even when a sound card is under review. D.A.W. Bench aims to fix that, offering a way to compare audio quality and performance across multiple OSes. The Inquirer can give you an earful on this topic, if you let them.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- You need to scavenge the EVGA website for a special EVGA Scavenger Hunt Gold Ribbon icon that you will need to locate (10) ten times on various pages throughout the EVGA website. When you find this icon on a page all you need to do is simply click on it and a small page will popup, it will ask you (2) two questions one about EVGA and one about one of our partners that donated prizes. You will need to enter your name and email address and our system will track the rest for you. You will need to answer the questions correctly to be eligible to win.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2007 - At a summit hosted by Intel Corporation today, a group of healthcare experts and decision-makers debated solutions to improve care for people with chronic disease and to ease the strain that it and the growing aging population place on individuals and families, the nation and on the healthcare system and providers.
Participants challenged each other to improve the quality and integration of patient care, including the role technology can play in reducing the costs for health institutions and insurance providers.