Intel, Google Announce Plans to Bring Video Search Technology to the Living Room on New Intel® Viiv

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Google today announced plans to bring Google Video to the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.

Intel and MTV Networks Bring Array of Content to New Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology Platform

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and MTV Networks today announced that MTV Networks is optimizing its COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, VH1 and mtvU broadband networks for the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.


Viewers will be able to display content from COMEDY CENTRAL's 'MotherLoad,' MTV's 'Overdrive,' VH1's 'VSPOT' and mtvU's broadband networks directly on Intel Viiv technology—based PCs. Intel Viiv technology is designed to enhance and manage digital entertainment in the home.

Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement to Deliver Content to Intel® Viiv(TM) technology-based PC

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2006 — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel® Viiv™ technology. Yahoo!

Toshiba HD-DVD Player Spotted

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:08 PM |
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The Inquirer got a glance at the first HD-DVD player of the year!

It looks thick to us but so did the first DVD players. This device should probably see the light of the consumer shelves sometimes in summer time but we will try to learn more. Its called HD XA1 and it has support for HD content up to 1080I trough HDMI and can also scale down to 720P and 1080P. It plays conventional old DVD's.

As you can see it has lot of connectors at the back including multi channel decoder with 5.1 out.

Source: The Inquirer

No Playstation 3 at CES 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:02 PM |
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ShackNews discusses the lack of anything PS3 at CES this year...

More time was spent talking about the success of PS2 and PSP. While there was understandably no actual news about PS2, with most of the talk about the machine being on its continually strong sales and continued market dominance, Sony did seem very interested in bolstering the media capabilities of the PSP.

Source: Shacknews

HardOCP Water Cools the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2006 - 11:52 PM |
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Those nuts at HardOCP have ripped apart an Xbox 360 and water cooled it -- and they say its easy to do!!!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with our Xbox 360 H20 project. We met most of the goals we set forth four years ago with our original mod, and we are — once again — the first people to water cool an Xbox.

In the end, we set out to water cool an Xbox 360 simply 'because we could' but it turned out to be a fantastic venture, and overall a huge benefit to the Xbox 360 cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PC Perspective 2005 Hardware Reader's Choice Voting

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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Well it's 2006....and that means it's time for the 2005 awards all across the web!  We here at PC Perspective are going to make sure that the awards we hand out are based on the opinion of YOU, the reader.  It's your money that is spent on all of these vendors goods and we think it should be YOUR voice that gets to vote.  Our categories include:



  • GPU

  • GPU Designer

  • CPU
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Best of 2005 Awards

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 11:05 AM |
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The gang over at The Tech Report have complied a list of the best and worst of 2005, with the worst being the most entertaining options of course. 

Biggest sign of the coming apocalypse: Apple goes for Intel inside
On June 6 of 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company would pull a switch of its own and start using Intel processors.

**CRITICAL** Windows Meta File Vulnerability. READ ME!!

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2005 - 11:31 PM |
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A serious exploit has been found that takes advantage of the Windows Meta File Vulnerability. Please drop by this thread that Ned Slider put together in our SVT forum. It contains steps that can help you protect your system from this exploit.

The exploit uses specially crafted Windows Metafiles (WMF) to execute malicious code, usually a trojan downloader, to download and install malicious software onto the users computer. At present, these WMF's are being hosted on a number of malicious websites.

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Wired Picks Worst Comments

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 05:48 PM |
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These kinds of articles always crack me up -- Wired has gathered the worst/best comments from tech execs in the year 2005. 

"I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again.

Source: Wired News

HD-DVD Gets Nod from Microsoft...again

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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With all the hoop-lah involved in the new DVD format wars, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate once again in favor of the royalty-free HD-DVD. 

MADISON, Wis. — After months of intense wrangling between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups, the battle lines in the war over a next-generation high-definition DVD format have moved to the doorstep of Microsoft Corp.

Source: General

Another Xbox 360 Review

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360?  Then this probably won't help any...

Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.

Source: t-break

Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity Still Churning

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season.  They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!







Source: General

The Year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.


The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)


Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.

Source: boingboing

RAR Leaves Symantec Vulnerable

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

Show me the Gadgets

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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I love my gadgets, but sometimes I can't help but feel some of them are more gimmicky than functional.

Nominate the Worst for WIRED's Vaporware 2005

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:



  • Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Source: Wired News

Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.