Sony PSP Launch Day

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2005 - 06:56 AM |
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In case you didn't already know, today is the launch date of the new PSP, portable Playstation unit.  Mine should be delivered sometime this afternoon, but if you want one I suggest you head out to the stores ASAP to have a chance at one.  The guys at Engadget covered the PSP launch party in New York, where some people like Carson Daly showed up.  At the launch in Toronto, Wayne Gretzky was there, and ByteSector was on hand to cover the event

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Reusing Defective Chips

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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I saw this post on HardOCP about an article at Wired.com that discusses fab companies being able to use chips that fail stringent quality tests for other uses.  Rather than quote the article, I am going to quote Steve of HardOCP's joke instead!  :)

There is an idea circulating that maybe some of the chips that are tossed in the trash every year by big companies can be 'good enough' for other things.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

U.s. Environmental Protection Agency Honors Amd

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 16, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded AMD's Cool'n'Quiet(tm) technology with an ENERGY STAR(r) Certificate of Recognition for advancing computer energy efficiency. All AMD Athlon(tm) 64 desktop processors have the innovative Cool'n'Quiet technology, a system-level feature that lowers the power consumption of a computer whenever maximum performance is not needed. AMD received the certificate on March 15 in conjunction with the 2005 ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Source: AMD

Intel Honors 17 Companies With SCQI Award

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:52 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 17 winners of its Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) Award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2004. The SCQI, the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

Intel Honors 26 Companies...

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 15, 2005 -- Intel Corporation today announced that 26 companies will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2004. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that worked with Intel last year. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Burlingame, Calif. on March 15.

David Vigliarolo Bauer Of New York Named Top High School Scientist

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation awarded a $100,000 scholarship to David Vigliarolo Bauer of Bronx, N. Y. He is the first-place winner of the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition.

Bauer, 17, of Hunter College High School, designed a new method using "quantum dots" (florescent nanocrystals) to detect toxic agents that affect the nervous system. Bauer believes his research could save thousands of lives by rapidly evaluating individual exposure to these agents.

Intel First-Quarter Business At High End Of Expectations

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 06:30 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 10, 2005 -- Intel Corporation expects revenue for the first quarter to be between $9.2 billion and $9.4 billion, as compared to the previous range of $8.8 billion to $9.4 billion.

The first-quarter gross margin percentage is expected to be approximately 57 percent, plus or minus a point, as compared to the previous expectation of 55 percent, plus or minus a couple of points, primarily due to lower than expected 65nm start-up costs and microprocessor unit costs. All other expectations are unchanged.

Enhanced Intel® Wireless MMX2(TM) Technology

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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CTIA, New Orleans, March 15, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced enhanced technology to provide mobile handset users with a better multimedia experience, including clearer graphics, faster video, and improved power efficiency.

Intel® Wireless MMX2™ technology offers advanced features to simplify the development of feature-rich audio, video, graphics and voice applications, providing users with innovative, reliable communications solutions that can run the latest multimedia content.

VIA Grease Monkey Review

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2005 - 12:00 AM |
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Have you checked out the VIA Grease Monkey service yet?  It offers users a way to easily find out what patches they are missing on their games and keeps them constantly updated with the lastest mods, downloads and drivers related to their installed hardware and software.  The gang at PCStats has reviewed the service, so check it out.

We're of two minds about the VIA Grease Monkey software.

Source: PCStats

AMD Press Releases

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2005 - 11:04 AM |
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Source: AMD