Seagate CEO sees disk-drive price war continuing

Seagate Technology, the world’s biggest computer disk-drive maker, expects aggressive moves by rivals to depress industry prices for another year, longer than most analysts predict, its CEO said on Wednesday. Chief Executive Bill Watkins said Seagate was prepared to meet hard-disk drive price cuts by competitors including Hitachi Ltd. and Samsung Corp., who are hungry …more

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Sailor charged with espionage in laptop theft

A sailor accused of taking a Navy laptop containing classified information and peddling its contents to foreign governments is being held for possible court-martial, the military said. It just makes me sick that someone would do that and the fact that he traveled the world selling the information for eight months doesn’t say much for …more

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Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage

Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals. It looks like Intel is starting to make a move here now that the AMD-ATI merger is in the works. Let the battle begin! Intel’s effort reflects the curious …more

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IBM scoops up FileNet for $1.6B

IBM continued its run of SOA-related acquisitions Thursday, agreeing to buy business process and enterprise content management specialist FileNet for about $1.6 billion in cash. This is the month for technology acquisitions! Upon completion of the deal, IBM plans to fold FileNet’s activities into its own enterprise content management (ECM) business, part of its information …more

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Creative Technology Narrows Loss

Creative Technology hewed its loss in the fourth quarter from a year ago, but revenue fell almost 25%. I didn’t know that Creative was a billion dollar company, but they are! The Singapore-based company late Wednesday said it lost $12.7 million, or 15 cents a share, for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a …more

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ATI X1950 Benchmarks Leaked!!!

DailyTech has done it again! The early benchmarks are favorable to ATI and look to have come from ATI, so take them as you will. DailyTech has received early benchmarks of ATI?s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire graphics cards. ATI?s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire is expected to make its debut on August …more

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GDDR5 Memory IC’s Will Be Available in 2007

The first GDDR5 memory chips will become available before 2008, according to a DRAMeXchange report quoted by HKEPC. GDDR5 is currently at the design stage, but samples will reportedly be ready for mid-2007, and final chips will become available in late 2007. Meanwhile, GDDR4 samples from Samsung and Hynix have been sent to both ATI …more

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Sierra Offers F.E.A.R. Multiplayer For Free

Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat, and will be made available to the public as a free download on Thursday August 17th, 2006. F.E.A.R. Combat is the complete multiplayer component of F.E.A.R. and includes all the updates, …more

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NVIDIA Launches Quad-SLI Technology For The DIY Market

NVIDIA has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme …more

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Antec Introduces New Power Supply Series: TruePower Trio

Antec, Inc. is now shipping TruePower Trio series of power supplies to the market. TruePower Trio will replace TruePower 2.0, one of Antec’s best selling lines of Power Supply Units (PSUs), and includes all the popular features of the original TruePower with some brand new additions. The PSU allows for an exceptionally stable system with …more

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Whitebox notebook share worldwide declined to 14.5% in 2Q

The combined share of clone (white-box) notebooks in the total worldwide notebook market continued to decline to 14.5% in the second quarter of this year from 15.7% in the first quarter, according data released recently by research firm Gartner Dataquest. In terms of volume, the combined shipments from clone notebook players (referred to as the …more

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Sprint picks WiMax for 4G plans

Sprint Nextel, not satisfied with just 3G (third-generation) mobile data, will roll out a faster 4G network using WiMax later this year. The network, which will start to be rolled out by the fourth quarter and reach as many as 100 million people around the U.S. by the end of next year, will offer downstream …more

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Profit Slumps at Seagate

Weighed down by the costs of an acquisition and stock options, Seagate Technology’s fourth-quarter profit dropped sharply year over year, while sales grew 16%. The decrease in profit is partly due to them picking up Maxtor and the costs going along with that. Competitors including Western Digital and Hitachi have been moving aggressively to win …more

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Lenovo gets second helping of AMD chips

Lenovo is expanding its use of Advanced Micro Devices chips with the introduction of a second line of AMD-based desktop computers. The new A60 series is the first ThinkCentre-branded desktop personal line with an AMD processor to be made available worldwide, a Lenovo representative said Monday. Computers with the brand are aimed at medium and …more

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