DIRECTV and Intel Bring Connectivity to TV, PC

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2007 - 04:06 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 - 12:42 PM |
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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 - 12:09 PM |
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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 - 02:49 PM |
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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 - 12:25 PM |
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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 - 11:27 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 - 11:25 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 - 12:09 PM |
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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 - 12:01 PM |
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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