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