European Commission Charges Intel with Antitrust Violations

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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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.


Source: AMD

AMD Executive Presentation

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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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:

Source: AMD

Oh goody, another security hole

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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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

Source: The Register

The curse of the movie game

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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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.

Source: Gamepyre

Open source party

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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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.

Source: Phoronix

New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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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.

At least one new gadget for Christmas

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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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

Source: Slashdot

A new computer meme

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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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.

Source: BCCHardware

PC Perspective IS the new media

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM |
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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

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Scratching the surface of Microsoft's Milan

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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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

Source: CoolTechZone

The show was phenomenal

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Hot Hardware made it to the AMD Consumer Electronics Event in NYC.  One of the best parts of their experience was getting to see a Phenom in action ...

Source: HotHardware

AMD Reports Second Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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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.

Source: AMD

A working vacation

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

CARMACK!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

Death of a PC

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Many will have heard of the German that not only managed to get his revenge on a computer, but got away with it too!  If you haven't, drop by [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sounding out the new OSes

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

EVGA Scavenger Hunt 2007

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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  • 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.
Source: EVGA

Healthcare Experts Debate Solutions for Chronic Disease Management and the Aging

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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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.

One password to rule them all

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Techware Labs has found a handy little program called the RoboForm, which is also available in mobile form, as a USB drive.  It keeps all your passwords, as well as being able to generate ones for you.  The ones generated are fairly strong, and the RoboForm remembers them for you as opposed to you having to remember random letters and numbers.  If you are having trouble keeping passwords straight you can g

Intel Carrier Grade Platforms Certified for Sun Solaris

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced availability for Sun Microsystems' Solaris Operating System on Intel-based telecommunications rack and blade servers just months after a broad agreement between the two companies.