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Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future. eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss. That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100. There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5. If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong. Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets. That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday. Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages. Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal. You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper. Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BALDWIN PARK, CA (July 24, 2009) - CyberPower, Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com is celebrating the PC-platform release of the highly anticipated fighting game, Street Fighter IV, with a knock out gaming bundle. CyberPower will throw in a free copy of Street Fighter IV for customers purchasing a CyberPower gaming system with Nvidia 200 series graphics cards.
The most storied franchise among arcade fighting games is finally available on PC. Street Fighter IV combines some of the classic elements from previous Street Fighters with realistic 3D backgrounds for a stunning visual experience.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft and Yahoo have finally stopped anxiously batting eyelashes and brushing against each other when they pass each other in the halls. Unfortunately for the paparazzi, the relationship has not started with a bang, but rather a Bing. Yahoo will now use Bing to provide its search results, but in order to preserve its unsullied status has refused payment from Microsoft for any services rendered. Instead they would like to simply split the bills and write nasty letters to that noisy neighbour upstairs, Google.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 04:00 AM | Josh Walrath
While the current (and only) client of GLOBALFOUNDRIES is AMD, they have finally officially announced their first 3rd party partner for production. STMicroelectronics is choosing GF to be a partner for 40 nm low power devices, which can possibly power future cell phones. This is an exciting development for GF, as many around the industry were not entirely certain they could pull off being a successful foundry. Well, certainly one new client will not bring in billions of dollars of revenue, but it is a beginning. And an important one, considering that GF is still nowhere
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asustek and Acer are focusing their attentions on the thin end of the mobile market, choosing to not launch any netbooks, instead it is ultra-thin notebooks or CULVs whatever label you wish to give them. The Eee line will expand with 12", 13.3" and 15" models along with 12" and 14" variants that will not have an optical drive. Acer already has 13.3", 14.1" and 15.6" models, it will work on including discreet graphics cards and optical drives in those models and are abandoning the dual boot Windows XP/Android
netbook for the foreseeable future.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One terabyte drives are fairly common now, but they come in 3.5" which is rather unfriendly for mobile users. Western Digital is introducing 1TB 2.5" drives at a premium price. Roughly double the cost of their larger brethren, there still many who will be clamouring for a chance to store 500GB of old unread email on their laptop so that they can complain the mail store runs slowly on their laptop as well as their desktop. Others will be happy to store HD content for playback, without having to use an optical drive and drain their batteries even more quickly.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Putting together a PC on the cheap is not a hard thing to do in this market, as long as you are not looking to break 3DMark records. For a simple HTPC, there are a $50 graphics cards which will give you enough power to pump out HD content to a TV or monitor. Size really isn't an issue either, though some will spend a little extra for that special box. Once you are up and running, even on an HTPC, as long as you can connect
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a true audiophile, an onboard sound solution just won't cut it, nor will it get the most out of high end speakers. The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim can help, thanks to a pair of HDMI ports, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats are both fully supported. The card also drops CPU usage to almost zero for sound processing, a great advantage if you are running a low powe
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) today welcomed GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they held their official groundbreaking in Malta, NY for the construction of an approximately $4.2 billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2. This marks the beginning for the construction of the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are using the shiny new iPhone to conduct your business, there is something you ought to know. Purple Ra1n and Red Sn0w are two readily available programs that, along with a quick kernel customization installed on the iPhone, allows you to transfer an entire image of the phone to a PC in under an hour, or you can use them to grab live data with about 2 minutes work. That remote kill feature? Pop out the SIM card and the iPhone won't receive the signal to turn off.
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Windows 7 is on its way to manufacturers as Microsoft has finally signed off on it. October 22 is still the release date when you can actually get your hands on the disk you pre-ordered a few months back. OEMs get to play with the English version July 24 and the remaining languages on July 28 and various other groups receiving advanced copies. One group that will not be receiving a present from Microsoft are the beta testers. Unlike Vista, testers who actively participated in the public beta will not be receiving a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Setting up a Linux box doesn't mean you are limited to the few games that have been released to run on Linux, there are other alternatives. One of the most familiar is WINE, which sets up a translation layer allowing you to run Windows programs, successfully most of the time even. There are choices specifically designed to get you gaming on Linux and of course there is always the multiple OS solution. Check out Linux.com to see how to become less productive
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its 500 millionth x86 processor, a milestone enabled by the company's 40 years of innovation.
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
80 column punch cards were used to store programs back in the days before 1TB HDDs were common, and that is exactly what took Apollo 11 to the Moon. The majority of the ground based programming done previous to launch was in Fortran and compiled on an IBM 360 with an huge 1MB of memory, up from the 64K IBM7904 used in Apollo 1. Once in the air and sporting what is essentially hard coded software, there was no way to change the programs; the only control the ground had was to change the order in which they ran, allowing for adjustments in the flight path.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown received an odd package containing the Zowie IO1.1 Professional Gaming bundle, a $90 set including a repainted Intellimouse, a large mousepad, extra feet for the mouse and a PS/2 adaptor. Can an optical mouse and a pad that is described as uncomfortable meet with your expectations, or are you just going to end up chafed? Here i