32-inch TV panel ASP may not hit US$500 by year-end

Those of you waiting for a price drop before upgerading to a new LCD monitor will be disappointed to see the forecast is for a small price increse, not a sharp decrease as expected (Looks like Yves is stuck with the monster CRT!!!)   Prices for large-size panels will rise throughout the third quarter of this year, …more

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Creative Unveils Sound Blaster X-Fi Ultra-Audio Cards

We’ll probably have more on this in a week or two. I’ve been talking to Creative for a couple of weeks now and actually have gotten some pretty god information about the X-Fi….Needless to say it sounds like these cards are the end all in sound cards. Hardware Central You’ve heard of Creative Technology Ltd.‘s …more

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Intel may make further price cuts on Pentium 4 630/640

How times have changed…..remember the old days? Remember when AMD was putting out affordable processors? Intel’s newest price cut is directed at their 6XX series CPUs, prett good processors that support 64 bit processing, as well as EIST among other optimizations.   Intel has scheduled price cuts on its 64-bit 600-series Pentium 4 CPUs for August …more

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AMD wants 30 percent of commercial market by 2009

Judging by their processor’s performance and popularity over the past 12 months, I think AMD is being conservative in their goal. While AMD processors have become the favorite for gamers and DIY system builders, its going to take a major shift from companies like Dell and Gateway, to name a few before it can actually …more

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Mac Hacks Allow OS X on PCs

From what I’m hearing, this “hack” is actually a Mac application. Before you get too excited, and think about using it yourself, remember this OS actually hits the street. A really good description, along with the details, can be found here Imagine if your next Mac cost you only $300, and ran faster than any G4 …more

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Intel talks about upcoming Merom and Conroe chips

Intel plans to provide details on a new generation of multicore processors and in the process highlight how its chip families are coming back together. Intel CEO Paul Otellini plans to provide details about the new generation of chips on Aug. 23, the first day of the Intel Developer Forum, which will take place in …more

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Thursday News from Around the Web

Recently, my parents bought a laptop to use when travelling.  I have not personally had a lot of experience with mobile technology, so I was naturally a bit concerned about security when they access the internet on the road.  That is why this article, “Guide to Accessing Your Data Remotely” from The Tech Zone caught my …more

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Samsung outputs more DDR2 than DDR for first time

Samsung Electronics announced today that it is now producing more DDR2 based memory than DDR for the first time in company history. Samsung also claims to hold an industry leading 40% of the DDR2 market.  Samsung is seeing an upsurge in interest in DDR2 from system OEMs as well as system integrators, something that will continue to …more

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Murder Defense: My Video Game Made me do it

The case started over two years ago when an 18 year old shot down three police officers and blamed it on a video game.  After the killings Devin Moore actually said, “life is a video game; everyone has to die sometime” to the officers who took him into custody. One of his defenses was the fact …more

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Dell does not renew Samsung as their ODM notebook client

Now that the 4-year contract that Dell and Samsung had is over Samsung it looks like Dell is moving on when it comes to ODM’s to make their notebooks. Samsung Electronics will now sadly lose its only contract notebook client, Dell. It seems as if Dell is still going to work with Quanta Computer to …more

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New discoveries in VoIP tapping research

Federal police can stop fretting about criminals using VoIP to mask their communications with proxy services as new tapping methods of VoIP are coming to light. (Proxy services are offered by FindNot.com, Proxify.us and Anonymizer.com) George Mason University researchers claim they have found a new way to trace Net-phone calls and would like to receive …more

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Macromedia Flash Pro 8 software to be released next month

Macromedia Flash Professional 8 software is expected to begin shipping sometime next month according to sources inside Macromedia. The Flash authoring software will cost $699 for a full commercial license and $299 for an upgrade. A basic version, meant for simple-motion graphics and animation, will cost $399. Macromedia’s new Flash video encoder will deliver some …more

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Google Sued Over Claims of Excess Advertising Fees

Google is now being sued over accusations that it overcharged advertisers who use the Web search giant’s paid search advertising program. Shares of Google (GOOG) are down $1.53 for the day as a result of the news. Shares of Google had a record close of $313.94 on July 21 and is currently trading today at …more

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Microsoft settles case with spammer Scott Richter

Microsoft has settled a case with the “Spam King” and will take a nice lump sum of $7 million from Scott Richter and his company.  It just goes to show how many millions of dollars can be generated from spam e-mails and the scams that they promote.  While $7 million seems like a ton of …more

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