What if Microsoft absorbed Firefox?

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer links to a bizarre parody site featuring MSFireFox Professional Edition.  It's designed very well and even includes a commercial, so head over to put a little smile on your face.

"A CHEEKY web designer has unleashed a site showing what life might be like if Microsoft took over Firefox.

The mystery developer bought the web address www.msfirefox.com/ and seems to have let his or her imagination run riot

with a pseudo-Vole web page.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Expands Investment in Vietnam

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov.
10, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will increase the
size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam
from
150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raise its investment
from the USD$300 million announced in February to USD$1 billion.

The old diNovo Media Desktop revived in a single keyboard

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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ExtremeTech reviews the new diNovo Edge, a keyboard designed with many functions.  With a body designed out of Plexiglas with an aluminum frame around the outside the keyboard is nicely designed, and sturdy as well.   Check the full review to get an idea what extra features were incorporated.

Source: Extremetech

IRC just not Skype-y enough for you?

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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Head to Wired News for a quick preview of Skype 3, then follow their link to download it.  The majority of the improvements are focused around conferencing and IRC like public chatting.

"Windows-based VoIP users rejoice! An open Beta of Skype 3 began today, and you can download and install the client freely

at the address below. Features new to the revised client include public chatrooms, click-to-call and Skypecasts."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Wired News

Intel Announces Industry's First Volume Shipments of 65nm NOR Flash Multi-Level Cell Products

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 12:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Seoul,
Korea, Nov. 8, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today the industry's
first volume shipments of 65-nanometer (nm) NOR flash Multi-Level Cell
(MLC) products, including the industry's first 65nm 1Gigabit (Gb)
monolithic part for cell phones. These new products are based on
Intel's StrataFlash® Cellular Memory (M18) architecture and are drop-in
compatible with Intel's high-volume, 90nm-based flash chips, ensuring
an easy migration path for cellular Original Equipment Manufacturers
(OEMs.)

ADRIANNE CURRY AND NVIDIA UNVIEL WORLD'S FIRST REAL-TIME VIRTUAL CELEBRITY

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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HOLLYWOOD, CA-NOVEMBER 08, 2006- In a move that is sure to send waves
through Hollywood, model and television star Adrianne Curry and the
worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, NVIDIA
Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), have announced today they have teamed up to
create the world's first real-time, virtual celebrity. This breakthrough,
which is enabled by NVIDIA's new flagship graphics technology, will allow
'stars' to create and license detailed replicas of their likeness without
ever having to make a physical appearance or take a photograph.

Source: Email

BioWare to Integrate AGEIA PhysX Technology into Next-Generation Eclipse Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 01:01 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 7,
2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in
hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced that BioWare Corp.
is integrating AGEIA PhysX™ technology into its next-generation
BioWare Eclipse Engine™ for PCs and next-generation consoles
. BioWare
chose AGEIA PhysX for its unmatched physics capabilities and its
straightforward implementation across multiple platforms.

Source: AGEIA

Goof thing there's no shortage of virtual Lego

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits back and enjoys some old school Star Wars, with the second installment of Lego Star Wars.  Available on Xbox, Xbox360 and PC, they opted for the Xbox360 version, but the plot can't really change, now can it?  Great screenshots are just a click away.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adobe flashes Mozilla

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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Firefox continues to grow, first working directly with Microsoft on Vista compatibility, and now Adobe has handed them the keys to ActionScript.  Read more at Slashdot, about what this means for Firefox in the near future.

Source: Slashdot

Valve's belief in fully loaded cores

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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Not content with just one core being run at 100%, Valve now plans to fully utilize 2 or 4 cores in it's games, depending on which chip you have.  [H]ard|OCP has a lot of info on how Valve plans to implement multi-core threading in it's games, and this includes giving entire cores to AIs so your enemies will truly be working in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We thrive on audience participation

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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This week on the forums, a member's computer appeared to have been taken over by a special effect from the Matrix, and now all his games and even his desktop display his video card's cries of pain.  Another member is having some issues with installing WinXP on a RAID-0 on an A8N-SLI after a BIOS update.  Even just a quick visit to our storage forum, and BWM will teach you more about hard drives than you m

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EAX2.0 onboard, or not?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 10:33 AM |
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The Tech Report does some serious investigation into 2 onboard EAX2 solutions, Analog Devices' AD1988B codec and Realtek's ALC882D.  This testing was initiated because of a White Paper published by Analog Devices, based on testing done by Creative.  Find out just how well onboard EAX2 really does work.

Halo 3 Pre-orders anyone?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Hexus isn't getting to much into the rumour mongering, but they do know a couple of things about the upcoming Halo3 release that are pretty much confirmed.  It is available for pre-order, there are at least 2 new weapons, and if you order the Legendary edition, you get a replica Halo Spartan Mjolnir Mark VI Helmet.

Source: Hexus

The great JPEG wars have ended

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2006 - 08:43 AM |
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Forgent wanted $1 billion, but they have settled for a measly $8 million, in what looks to be a move to end the case quickly.  The large PC making companies being sued had convinced the judge to review Forgent's patent, which if it was overturned would cost Forgent a huge amount in royalties it already collects from 60 different companies, like camera makers.  More about the settlement and the cases history can be found at CNET.

Razer tries to do for keyboards what it did for mice

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 03:33 PM |
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Razer did a very good job with their gaming mice, and are trying to apply their skills to gaming keyboards with the Tarantula.   Drop by XYZ computer for a look at it.

Verizon and Intel Bring Online PC Gaming to TVs

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
Nov. 2, 2006 - Verizon and Intel Corporation have collaborated to
enable consumers to play popular PC games on their television sets
through Intel® Viiv
™ technology-based PCs, making the games more
enjoyable and accessible than ever before.

Vista's release is just over the horizon

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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The Inquirer believes they have tracked down someone who knows when Vista will be released.  The RTM (Release To Manufacturer) should be out mid-month, giving Dell, HP and others the chance to get Vista installed on pre-built systems.  It does seem like a tight time-line to get those PCs in stores for Christmas.

Source: The Inquirer

The Tech Report turns 7

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 10:30 AM |
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Believe it or not, seven years have passed since we first started
serving web pages to the world here at TR. Since then, we've seen a
tremendous amount of change and growth. It's taken some time, but we
have essentially reached our initial goals of growing a successful
publication devoted to core PC hardware and building a solvent business
that can support our inclination to play around with such PC hardware
all day. I'm constantly grateful for that fact.