DDR2 contract prices to get boost in August

DRAMeXchange has a bullish outlook for third quarter DDR2 pricing on an anticipated supply shortfall of 10-20% occurring late in the quarter. The rebound in DDR2 contract prices should arrive perhaps as soon as the second half of July while demand should continue growing as industry players start preparing for the release of the Windows …more

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CD format gets a “reboot” from Universal Music

The world’s biggest record company is not ready to give the compact disc up for dead just yet, and is giving the venerable music format a revamp. Universal Music Group is rolling out three new tiers of CD packaging in Europe, ranging from lush deluxe editions down to bare-bones cardboard sleeves that are designed to …more

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PC games getting red-carpet launches

The video game business is always chasing Hollywood. Now it wants Hollywood’s big paydays. So video game marketers are staging more and more blockbuster events that can upstage even the biggest movie debuts. I think it’s great to see video games take the red carpet. I just hope to some day be at one of …more

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Outlook Sinks ATI Shares, But Today is a New Day

Shares of ATI Technologies plunged more than 12% Thursday after the graphics chipmaker offered a disappointing outlook for its current, or fourth, quarter and missed revenue estimates for the just-completed period. Shares of ATI (ATYT) have bounced back a bit today and is currently trading at $14.09 per share, which is up 3.22% for the …more

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Intel to launch dual-core Itanium 2 CPUs on July 18

Intel plans to add its dual-core Itanium 2 CPU line, dubbed “Montecito,” to to its current Xeon 5100 series (codenamed Woodcrest) and Dempsey processor offerings on July 18, according to sources at Taiwan server makers. The dual-core “Montecito” processor line will feature more advanced specifications for the high-end market, compared to the “Woodcrest” seres under …more

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Young Adults To Be Hurt By Federal USF Phone Tax Changes

If you are over the age of 45, you have a home phone and possibly a cell phone. But if you are under the age of 25, you may very well have four, five or even more connections: a home phone, one or more cell phones, an IM or Blackberry-style device, a broadband data connection …more

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ATI Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2006

ATI Technologies Inc. today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2006 ended May 31, 2006. Revenues for the third quarter were $652.3 million. Gross margin percentage was 30.1%. Net income determined in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the quarter was $31.9 million ($0.12 per diluted share). Non-GAAP adjusted …more

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Senate deals blow to Net neutrality

By an 11-11 tie, the Senate Commerce Committee failed to approve a Democrat-backed amendment that would have ensured all Internet traffic is treated the same no matter what its “source” or “destination” might be. My thoughts on this bill were mixed, so I’m not sure what to think of this failure. The concept of network …more

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Prototype Software Creates 100% Undetectable Malware On Vista

A security researcher in Singapore with expertise in rootkits has created a working prototype of new technology that is capable of creating undetectable malware, which could affect even the most-secure Windows Vista x64 systems. Thank AMD Pacifica and one smart guy to put it together. Joanna Rutkowska, a stealth malware researcher at Singapore-based IT security …more

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Judge approves Yahoo “click fraud” settlement

A federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a settlement in a lawsuit that accused Yahoo Inc. of not adequately protecting advertisers from a practice known as “click fraud,” the Wall Street Journal reported. Once again it looks like the legal team walks away with the cash! Under the terms of the settlement, Yahoo …more

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Analyst predicts Apple vPod delayed till 2007

Apple Computer Inc. might delay introduction of its newest iPod music and video players, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a report. The delay moves the Apple vPod from 2006 to 2007, which means that the device misses the holiday rush! Uh oh!! Release of the wide-screen vPod might be put off until …more

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Dell to offer free recycling for products

Consumers wanting to ditch old printers, personal computers or other electronics gear made by Dell Inc. will soon be able to recycle them for free, chairman Michael Dell announced Wednesday. Dell gets the thumbs up from LR on this move torwards being green! “We don’t think the consumer should have to pay for the responsible …more

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Tyan introduces the Typhoon PSC personal Super Computer

Tyan Computer, a specialist high-end motherboard and system maker, has introduced the Typhoon PSC personal supercomputer range, delivering supercomputer power in a mobile, desk-side unit. Typhoon models can accommodate up to eight processors and 64GB of memory, delivering up to 70 Gigaflops performance in a unit no bigger than two desktop PCs, according to Tyan. …more

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Micron Beats Earnings Estimates

Micron’s diversification efforts resulted in a larger-than-expected profit in its third quarter, although sales fell short of Wall Street expectations. The Boise, Idaho, company said it earned $89 million, or 12 cents a share, in the three months ended June 1, with total sales of $1.31 billion. Sales of NAND flash memory represented 5% of …more

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