Yamaha and Fujifilm tout LabelFlash to Taiwanese ODD makers

Yamaha and Fujifilm are trying to create a little competition with Hewlett-Packard apparently. They are trying to convince major optical drive manufacturers to sign on with the alternative to LightScribe, a technology developed by HP to create surface labels on DVD’s: LabelFlash. Yamaha Corporation and Fujifilm are trying to convince leading makers of optical disc …more

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Yahoo Spotted Doubling the Price Online Music Subscriptions

Yahoo Inc. is doubling the price of its online music subscription service for portable MP3 players, ending a short-lived promotion that sought to lure consumers from Apple Computer Inc.’s market-leading iTunes store. We all knew the prices couldn’t last, so this really is not a big shocker. Effective November 1, Yahoo will charge about $120 …more

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Artist Shows The Gamers Behind The Avatars

Photo journalist Robbie Cooper has been traveling around China and Korea trying to catch the elusive gamer on film. Some of the photos captured the fascinating and largely unseen world of workers in China and Korea who earn their keep by looking after people’s characters in games while they are at work, or asleep. Oh …more

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iPod nano prices cut to stimulate sales in Taiwan

The sales volume of MP3 players in the Taiwan market have nosedived following booming sales from September to early this month, according to Taiwanese retail channels, adding that even the immensely popular iPod nano is overstocked. After these price cuts they are now below where they are priced here in the states! To stimulate sales, …more

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Sweden convicts first online movie file-sharer

A Swedish court made the first conviction for using an online file-sharing network this week in Sweden. Twenty eight-year-old Andreas Bawer was found guilty of breaching copyright by distributing a Swedish movie online and fined 16,000 kronor or US$2,000 for the crime. It is weird seeing Sweden coming down on file sharing after years of …more

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Margins Drive Maxtor Stock Shares Lower

Weak gross margins pushed hard-drive maker Maxtor (MXO) into a disappointing third quarter, despite a 10% increase in unit sales. Shares of Maxtor were trading down $0.05 cents or -1.36% to $3.64 at the closing bell as a result of the news. Maxtor shares have dropped nearly a full dollar in October. And the end …more

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Google leaks classified ad service

Google Inc. has unintentionally provided a sneak peek at what appears to be a looming expansion into classified advertising — a free service that might antagonize some of the Internet search engine’s biggest customers, including online auctioneer eBay Inc. I am glad that Google is stepping up to the plate and taking on nearly every …more

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HDTV arrives in Europe

Good news for European television viewers: HD is now in your neck of the woods. ProSiebenSat. 1 launched HD today, with the premiere broadcast being on Sunday. Now, they can get a taste of what their TV has been missing for a long time. ProSiebenSat.1 launched high-definition television in Germany on Wednesday, becoming Europe’s first …more

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Cisco Offers to Aid Gulf Coast Schools

Cisco Systems, a worldwide leader in enterprise networking technology, is donating $40 million to Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast region schools, so they can restore the equipment and Internet services they once had. Cisco Systems and some of its executives plan to donate $40 million in cash, equipment and services to install wireless Internet access and other …more

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Microsoft joins book search plan

In yet another move to make more information digitized, Microsoft and Open Content Alliance (OCA) are teaming up to start putting books you would normally find in a library on the web. It’s not without it’s problems, however, as there’s been litigation against search-engine giant Google due to their intentions to carry out a similar …more

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Dell unveils new data recovery system

Planning on getting a Dell XPS 400, E310, or E510 Dimension desktop? Looking for a simple, convenient way to recover your personal files without having to set up the software and drive yourself? Dell has the solution for you, as of November anyway. As an option, by using RAID (what appears to be striping) and …more

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ATI?s Radeon X1800 XT Breaks 1 GHz Speed Barrier

Looks like ATI’s X1800 XT graphics processor is very overclocker friendly as a two Finnish over-clockers broke the 1GHz mark. ATI said that once faster GDDR-4 memory arrives next year, users can expect to see the hidden potential of ATI’s innovative new memory controller design. ATI said the processor and board PCB are GDDR-4 ready, …more

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LG Electronics Enters the U.S. Flash Ram/USB Market

In their continuing effort to gain U.S. market share, LG USA?s IT Brand Division will be entering the Flash RAM/USB market. The transfer, storage and use of digital media is everywhere and LG is jumping into the game with RAM USB drives and RAM memory cards. It will be interesting to see how well this …more

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OCZ Technology Launches XTC Memory Heat Spreaders

OCZ Technology Launches XTC Memory Heat Spreaders

OCZ Technology has some new patent-pending XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreaders that allow increased ventilation and heat dissipation due to an innovative honeycomb design. The new design provides better air flow to the actual memory ICs. I’m starting to wonder why companies even put heat spreaders on memory modules these days. We have a thread …more

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