Bully: all talk, or a tough guy?

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully.  It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like.  Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.

Source: Ars Technica

Minor oops on the AMDing the ATI website

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them.  While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc
. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
technology industry.

Source: AMD

Intel Encourages Hi-Tech Industry to Meet New EPA Energy Star(R) Specification

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
— Highlighting its leadership and long history of delivering innovative
energy-saving technologies and products, Intel Corporation today
announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
newly announced ENERGY STAR computer specifications
.

HP, Intel and Oracle to Modernize Applications for Legacy Mainframe Customers

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Intel Corp. and Oracle* today announced a joint initiative to help
customers increase business agility and performance
, reduce operational
cost, and mitigate risk when moving applications from mainframe systems
to open standards-based server environments.

External Firewire Soundcard?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry.  They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable.  The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect.  DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.

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Firefox 2 this afternoon, tweak guide this morning

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guideMozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.

So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.

Source: Tweaknews

AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its
Dresden-based operations
with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor
was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO,
Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe.

Source: AMD

Intel Launches Software Partner Program, Invites ISVs To Access Global Reseller Network

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the Intel® Software
Partner Program
, a membership-based program for independent software
vendors (ISVs). The program is open to any software company developing
commercial products or services for Intel technologies, such as Intel®
Core™ 2 Duo, Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Itanium® processors.

AMD CHAIRMAN AND CEO HECTOR RUIZ PROMOTES "NEW ERA OF CHOICE" DURING ORACLE OPENWORLD KEYNOTE

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 01:23 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO—OCT. 23, 2006—At Oracle® OpenWorld today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.

Source: AMD