Dell to Unveil Pricing Initiative on Thursday

Dell plans to announce a new “pricing initiative” on Thursday that should help concumsers looking to buy small-business and home products. Sounds like a great move if you ask me! The “major” move, which the PC maker plans to unveil on Thursday, will affect the company’s products and services aimed at home and small-business customers, …more

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Take-Two Gets SEC Inquiry AGAIN!

Take-Two Interactive is facing another inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission, this time over its stock-options grants. I swear Take-Two Interactive can’t get a break this year! The video-game software maker disclosed on Monday that the SEC has launched an informal investigation into its grants dating back to 1997. The company did not say …more

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Intel takes the crown from AMD for being number one in U.S. retail

ntel is back on top in retail in the United States, and it can thank Toshiba. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant saw its share of computer processors sold in retail outlets in the United States rise from 42.2 percent in May to 51.2 percent in June, according to Current Analysis. Meanwhile, the percentage of …more

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Intel aims for 32 cores by 2010

Forget the term “dual-core” and get ready to see the term “multi-core” when it comes to processors. Five years ago, Intel envisioned processors running at 20 GHz by the end of this decade, but that isn’t going to happen. Now Intel is looking to have 32 core processors out on the market by 2010. The …more

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Matsushita to sell 103-inch plasma TVs

I think I just found the next TV that is going in my living room, the 103-inch Matsushita plasma TVs! The Matsushita 65″ TV is available on the market and is selling for an impressive ~$7,500 in Japan, so who knows what the 103″ model will run. Measuring 2.4 meters by 1.4 meters (94 by …more

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The Inq Says AMD Reverse Hyperthreading Does Not Exist

After weeks of AMD’s Reverse HyperThreading rumors going around the web Fudo over at The Inq. has made a post saying that it’s all a dream. Bummer for all you AMD fans and good news for the Intel fans. Apologies to the fanbois, but I am about to kill some nice AMD dreams. Reverse Hyperthreading …more

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Freescale Unveils New Memory Chip – MRAM

Freescale Semiconductor began selling a new generation of memory chips Monday, becoming the first company to commercialize a technology that has until now been confined to the R&D labs of various firms. The Austin, Texas, company is producing a 4-megabit MRAM chip in volume quantities, culminating more than 10 years of its own development work. …more

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Dell’s exploding computer hurts image

A Dell notebook computer that burst into flames last month in Osaka, Japan, has damaged more than just the conference table where it sat smoldering. The incident, publicized in photos on the Internet, has also hurt Dell’s recent attempts to improve its image. Having personally used Dell laptops and others I’m pretty sure that this …more

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No AMD K8L processors until 2008, say sources

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has recently indicated that its new K8L processor for its next-generation Socket AM3 platform will not be available until 2008, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers. AMD’s K8L series is expected to be compatible with Socket AM2-based motherboards by adding both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers, according to the sources. …more

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AMD Cuts Sales Forecast Due To Bad Desktop and Mobile CPU Sales

Advanced Micro Devices has slashed second-quarter revenue guidance, citing lower sales of processors for desktop computers and some mobile devices. Shares of AMD closed Thursday at $23.83. In early trading Friday, the stock fell $0.66, or 2.77%, to $23.17. AMD today announced that sales for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006 are expected to …more

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ATI hits first with HDMI and HDCP

A flurry of new graphics cards featuring HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) ports and supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) are set to hit the market this summer, with graphics card vendors GeCube and Sapphire announcing products in the past few days, while Tul will soon announce its HDCP-supporting PowerColor X1600 Pro. GeCube on July 5 …more

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IBM to boost its presence in Ireland

IBM, the world’s biggest computer services provider, will invest 46 million euros ($58.6 million) in its Irish technology campus over the next three years and create 300 new jobs, Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise said on Thursday. IBM employs more than 3,200 people in several operations around Dublin, including manufacturing, sales and marketing, software development, consultancy, …more

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Microsoft helps Intel with its i915 chipset inventory woes

Although Intel is experiencing heavy GP chipset (915GM) inventory pressure as it transition to the Napa platform, industry players noted that the chip giant may gain relief from Microsoft, which has approved the 915GM chipset – as well as the desktop 915G IGP chipset – for supporting the Vista operating system (OS). Due to the …more

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Samsung ships GDDR4 memory chips

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun mass producing the world’s fastest graphics memory chips, dubbed GDDR4, based on 80-nm process technology. GDDR4 (series four of graphics double-density-rate memory) is said to process images 33 percent faster than rival GDDR3 chips on the market. ATI stands to gain the most from this right out the door …more

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