Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Best Buy

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong January 27, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has shipped product to Best Buy. Galaxy graphic accelerators will be available in top-selling stores immediately.

"Galaxy has private labeled for years for many of the US graphics companies and now they are excited to offer their superior quality, great service, and aggressive prices under their own name.

On die cooling to prevent heat death

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool.  Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging.  The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.

Source: Slashdot

Entry level SLI

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine.  The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance.  On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights. 

Gaming on a beta

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta.  A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users.  One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems.  They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.

Source: Extremetech

All the news that's fit to type

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:10 PM |
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It seems amazing that the memory of one bad occurrence
can stick in the memory and be pulled out years later to refute current fact.  You still run into claims that VIA chipsets are horribly unstable and inefficient and that ATI drivers are bad.  In the Processor forum, an old video of Tom's has reared it's head in a thread talking about how AMD chips have a higher failure rate than Intel.  Thankfully, the fellows here on the forums set the record straight. 

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to Retire in May

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that Craig Barrett intends to retire from active management and his role as chairman and member of the board of directors in May at the company's annual stockholders' meeting.

Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and has served in many capacities including CEO from 1998 through 2005. In recent years, Barrett has been active in Intel's World Ahead Program bringing information technology to emerging economies and has been active in issues as far ranging as education, health care and U.S. competitiveness.

Free yourself from the leash

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:37 PM |
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Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone.  It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality.  If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Vista's last hope before 7

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add.  You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX.  If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.

Source: Tech ARP

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 05:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.

Source: AMD

Not so pretty in pink

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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The bumpy ride downhill for the IT industry has picked up a little more speed today.  Slashdot has linked to three very similar stories of woe for three major tech players.  Microsoft is going to spend the next 18 months laying off up to 5,000 employees, with no specifics on where these jobs will be lost. 
As we saw yesterday afternoon, Intel is shutting down two elderly U.S.

Source: Slashdot

Intel to Consolidate Manufacturing Operations; Company to Halt Production at Five Older Factories

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. The company will consolidate and streamline some older capacity without impacting the deployment of new, leading-edge 45-nanometer and 32-nanometer manufacturing capacity.

The company plans to close two existing assembly test facilities in Penang, Malaysia and one in Cavite, Philippines, and will halt production at Fab 20, an older 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

Wacom's middle tablet

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 01:34 PM |
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If you are a graphics professional, you have probably had your eyes on the Wacom Cintiq, and if you have just started in on the idea of tablets, you are more likely to be looking at the Graphire.  For those who have graduated from the Graphire, but aren't ready to invest in a Cintiq, there is the Intuos.  MaximumCPU tried out the tablet, pen and mouse, so drop by for a look.

Source: Maximum CPU

AMD drops quad-core Phenom processor pricing

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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AMD has reduced the price of its quad-core Phenom II X4 940 and 920 CPUs from US$275 and US$235 to US$225 and US$195 in thousand-unit tray quantities, respectively.

In addition to reducing the price of current CPUs, AMD also plans to launch the Phenom II X4 950 in the second quarter with a core frequency of 3.1GHz.

AMD commented that the price drop provides consumers products with a better price/performance ratio.

Source: Digitimes

A reluctant manifestation

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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There is an undead monster in the closet which is having some serious issues.  For quite a while now, the license to the Ghostbusters franchise has been possessed by a number of different companies, each sucking a little more life out of it, either doing nothing with it, or worse, by releasing pathetic games or.  Now unless Atari can trap the spirit of the game it may never be anything but a phantom release.  Ars Technica has details on the whole sordid story.

Source: Ars Technica

87 out of 88 ain't bad

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 11:29 AM |
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Intel still isn't saying that they will be taking a loss, but they aren't suggesting it will be a positive quarter either.  The Register's coverage suggests that Intel employees are worried about job security at this point, and are advocating a solution like AMD has recently adopted; salary cuts for everyone. 

Source: The Inquirer

The botnet is coming, the botnet is coming!

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Our next virtual Chicken Little is Conficker, a voracious and evolving worm spreading thanks to unpatched Windows systems.  Unfortunately for those responsible people who have patched their systems, it can still infect you via an infected USB drive and a little time to brute force your password.  If you are infected, you may not notice as the little bugger is being polite, for the moment.  Slashdot's story covers the invetible outcome, at some point this worm is going to go active as a

Source: Slashdot

ASUS is loud and proud

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX.  Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile.  Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC syst

Source: Tweaknews

AM3 can't come too soon for AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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According to The Register, AMD will be cutting 1,100 more workers, as well as reducing the wage of anyone who still finds themselves with a job.  A lot of these jobs will be in the handheld and TV chip portions of the ATI purchase, which AMD is looking to sell to a nice home.  There will also be cutbacks in benefits, such as the companies matching of 401K/RRSP contributions.  The news on Thursday, January 22 does not look to be very positive.

Source: The Register

Would you like your Friday soft or hard?

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 05:55 PM |
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Perhaps it is not the best sign for your safety that the Virus Alerts/Security Warnings/Solutions in our networking forum has been very active over the past few weeks, but you can be assured that the advice you find in the thread will keep you from being sorry.  Several dedicated members are continually vigilant for the latest nasties running amok on the net, as well as the best ways to avoid them.  They can't do it alone, there are

Intel is slowly starting to recede

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Ars Technica recently took a look at the slowing economy and how it will effect the IT industry in general and PC sales in particular.  Intel is not immune to that in any way, as you can see in their reported earnings at DigiTimes.  One of the biggest hits was thanks to Clearwire; falling just short of $1 billion in costs.  Atom based netbooks were good news for Intel's

Source: Digitimes