Dell/Futuremark performance competition!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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The spoils go to the fastest.  In this case, be a US resident, and get the best 3DMark06 score with Futuremark approved drivers and win a Dell 30" Ultrasharp widescreen flat panel monitor.  Follow this link for all the details.

Source: Dell

The Venice Project gets a new name Joost in time

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 09:21 AM |
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KaZaA and Skype co-founders have some together to provide free TV content to the masses.  The only catch is that there will be commercials, which are quite familiar to most people who watch TV in the first place.  The Tech Report has more on Joost and it's competitors on their front page.

Intel, Eros Take On-Demand 'Bollywood' Entertainment Worldwide

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2007 - 12:48 PM |
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LONDON and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2007 — Accelerating the availability of on-demand, broadband- delivered entertainment to PCs connected to TVs, Intel Corporation and Eros International, today announced the debut of Eros' premium Bollywood service on Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs. Eros International is a London AIM-listed leading studio and distribution house within the Indian film industry known as "Bollywood."

While Ryan is at CES, the forums are still here

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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A member recently moved to the country, and was forced to use dial-up ...

Gothic 3 traumatizes reviewer

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 10:44 AM |
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Gothic 3 sounded like an incredible game.  It was to be a lot like Oblivion, but with a world you could influence in a much larger way than in the Elder Scrolls.  It also seems to have driven one reviewer in grief counseling from the appearance of certain problems when trying to play, and the crushing disappointment of not being able to play.  Read the full article at Gamehelper to see what happened.

Source: Gamehelper

Going shopping for graphics company

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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The Inquirer has discovered the 3 main reasons that AMD bought ATI.  The reasons the AMD VP mentioned give credit to an earlier story, which mentions that AMD was looking at buying either nVidia or ATI in 2005.  The Core 2 Duo and significant price drops in processors have hurt AMD this year, lets hope that "Fusion" can wow people in 2008.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 11, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced revenue, excluding ATI-related segments, for the fourth quarter ended
December 31, 2006
is expected to increase approximately three percent from the
$1.33 billion reported in the third quarter of 2006.

Source: AMD

ASUS Bundles Corel's New InterVideo WinDVD HD with its W1J Notebooks

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 08:31 AM |
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LAS VEGAS, NV, January 8, 2007 — Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading provider of digital media software, announced today that ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (TSE:2357), (ASUS), a worldwide leader in notebook computers, is bundling InterVideo® WinDVD® HD, the world's leading DVD playback software, with its new ASUS® W1J series notebooks.

Source: ASUS

1080i, unplugged

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2007 - 10:32 AM |
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The Netgear EVA700 takes streaming digital content a step up.  Like most of the other wireless media streamers, it supports MP3, MPG, WMA, WMV Xvid, DivX 4 and 5.11, OGG and more, but it can send a wireless 1080i picture as well.  Read on at Hardware Zone to find out more about this handy wireless multimedia streaming device.

IE7 and Vista flaws Wanted: Dead or Alive

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2007 - 08:43 AM |
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VeriSign offers you the chance to become a bounty hunter.  They are offering $8,000 per hole reported, in response to Trend Micro researchers finding Vista flaws for sale at $50,000 per on black hat sites.  Make sure you are fast, for VeriSign will only pay out for the first 6 people to report a particular flaw.

Source: Slashdot

DIRECTV and Intel Bring Connectivity to TV, PC

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 01:06 PM |
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LAS VEGAS, Jan.10, 2007 — DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announces that the DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR has been verified with Intel® Viiv™ technology. With this certification, DIRECTV becomes largest supplier of Viiv-verified digital media adapters (DMAs).


DIRECTV customers who have a DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR can now access and enjoy their pictures and music on their TVs directly from Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

The console wars of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 09:42 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP looks back at the past year, which has been great for console fans.  From the release of new platforms, to some of the most innovative games ever developed for console it has been a big year.  They have taken on the daunting task of determining what was the best in today's article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Developing the Dashboard DVD of Doom

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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DigiTimes reveals the stats behind AOpen's Multimedia Car.  Going far beyond the small DVD players you can find for sale, this is a full multimedia PC.  Your next car may be a Mitsubishi.

Source: Digitimes

At long last, Jobs unveils Apple phone

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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CNET has coverage of Steve Job's speech at MacWorld.  As most people had supposed, he was not there to announce iTV, but instead to announce and demonstrate the iPhone.  There are pictures of the iPhone in the sideshow planted in the middle of the article to show you what it looks like. 

There are probably lineups forming outside of Best Buy and Apple stores as you read this, even though the iPhone will not be available until June.

Tech Report's Best (and worst) of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 09:25 AM |
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The Tech Report has developed a split personality.  While looking at what is coming up for 2007 at CES they are also looking back at 2006.  Read on to revisit some of the defining technology from 2006, and some of the worst flops as well.

AMD 'BETTER BY DESIGN' PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 08:27 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 9, 2007 — At CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the Better by Design program, a first-of-its kind initiative highlighting outstanding performance and superior technologies in desktop and notebook PCs designed by leading global OEMs. With the impending launch of Microsoft Windows Vista™, the world is moving to a new level of computing experience with increased emphasis on performance, graphics, and mobility.

Source: AMD

AMD Awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy for Graphics Excellence

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 08:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 9, 2007 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award to AMD (NYSE: AMD) for its industry-leading ATI Radeon(tm) 9700 technology. This award for Pioneering Work in Near and Real-Time fully programmable Shading via Modern Graphics Processors will be formally announced during an award ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Source: AMD

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Unveils First Ever High-Definition Digital Cable TV Tuner

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Jan. 8, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner — the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

Source: AMD