Decemeber 28 News from Around the Web

Have the Next Gen DVD Formats been hacked already or looking for a Mid-Range graphics card? Then today’s news is for you.

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Taiwan quake shakes confidence in undersea links

The earthquakes that hit Taiwan on Tuesday rocked communications in Asia and underscored the vulnerabilities of a system where huge amounts of data speed through the region in cables laid deep beneath the sea. Our traffic from Asia has dropped since the quake as it’s rumored that the internet is only at 40% capacity over …more

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AMD Live! to support Blu-ray and HD DVD in 3Q 2007

AMD Live! will start supporting Blu-ray and HD DVD in the third quarter of 2007 in line with AMD’s hopes to take a bigger share of the multimedia market, according to industry sources. It looks like AMD Live! will be a boost for the blue-laser market just like the Sony PS3 has been. With the …more

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VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics

VIA Technologies today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA’s compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor. Powered by the highly efficient 1.5GHz or fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7® processor, the VIA EPIA EX has an average operating power consumption of just 13.6 watts. The VIA EPIA EX …more

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News From Around the Web

News from around the Web is back and better than ever! “The Cyber Snipa Dog Tags take the simplicity of a USB flash drive and turn it into quite the geek chic multipurpose gadget while still maintaining functionality. Personally, I can’t say I’ll be wearing these around my neck but I’ll definitely be carrying them …more

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YouTube generation needs more broadband speed

Technology industry experts meeting in Silicon Valley recently said broadband Internet access in the U.S. needs to improve for the “YouTube generation” to really flourish. An improved broadband network will better serve users of sites such as YouTube.com, at which millions of videos from the general public are shared online. Although the U.S. broadband penetration …more

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Kingston revenues reach US$3.8 billion in 2006

Kingston Technology’s revenues hit a record high of US$3.8 billion for 2006, with US$800 million coming from NAND flash products, according to company vice president David Sun. The 2006 revenues, which represent a 26% on-year growth, beat Kingston’s previous forecast, which estimated the company’s revenues would total US$3.6 billion for the year. Although NAND flash …more

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Samsung develops new mobile memory chip

Samsung claims it has developed the first 1-gigabit DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip for mobile products, using 80-nanometer process technology. The new chip is at least 20 percent thinner than existing chipsets that use up to two 512-megabit chips, and it uses about 30 percent less power, the company said in a press release. …more

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Madden NFL 07 Named Best Selling Game of ’06

No surprise here, but EA is claiming the crown of best selling video game of 2006. With more than 5 million copies for 10 different gaming platforms sold, Madden 07 will finish the year in the #1 spot. In its 17th year and with more than two billion in retail sales life to date, Madden …more

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Chipmakers TSM and UMC Not Impacted By Tsunami in Taiwan

A 3-foot-high tsunami was rolling toward the east coast of the Philippines Tuesday after a large earthquake hit off the shores of Taiwan. Officials in Taiwan said the earthquake had a magnitude 6.7. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was a 7.1. Reports said a magnitude 6.4 aftershock followed the initial quake. Dow Jones …more

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Elpida begins mass production of DDR2 on 70nm

Elpida Memory announced that it has begun mass production of DDR2 SDRAMs in 1Gbit and 512Mbit density on 70nm technology at its main fab facility, Hiroshima Elpida Memory. First product shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2007, the company said. Elpida offers the DDR2 chips in 800MHz and 1GHz frequency. The …more

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AM2 to account for 95% of AMD shipments in 1Q

Socket AM2 will account for 95% of AMD’s CPU shipments in the first quarter of 2007, but the chip supplier will begin shifting its focus to AM2+ in the third quarter, according to AMD’s product roadmap. Socket 1207 will still be in the market in the first and second quarter, accounting for 5% of AMD’s …more

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The Microsoft Xbox 360 gets a longer warranty

Microsoft Corp. is extending its warranty on the Xbox 360 video game console to one year from the previous limit of 90 days. The change announced Friday applies to future and present owners. Customers who already have paid repair bills on Xbox consoles that they’ve owned for less than one year will automatically get refunds, …more

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Incoming Dell CFO will receive $700,000 salary

Incoming Dell Inc. vice chairman and chief financial officer Don Carty, the former American Airlines chief who left three years ago when American’s parent was struggling to remain solvent, will earn $700,000 when he starts at the computer maker next month. Damn I guess they looked over my application! 😉 Details of Carty’s salary, approved …more

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