The Next-Generation Disc: What Should It Be?

Remember when dual layer DVDs was the next big thing? whatever happened to that?  No one wants to back the losing team. And today’s consumers are savvy enough to know they don’t want to be caught anywhere near the quagmire that is the turf war between competing next-generation optical disc formats Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD. …more

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Dell Closes Longtime Customer Message Boards

I bought a Dell 2005FPW a couple of months ago, had some issues with it and tried really hard to work with people who couldn’t speak or understand  English for several hours rtrying to RMA the monitor, should have been a 5 minute process. Customer service has become atrocious in this country, with outsourcing being …more

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Butane Fuel Cell to Hit Market in 2007

Samsung SDI will commercialize a new fuel cell capable of using retail butane gas to generate power for portable electric and electronic devices by 2007.  The butane fuel cells will power an average notebook 20 hours! No wonder the portable fuel cell market is forecast for $1.2 billion by 2010. Samsung has developed a fuel …more

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MSI launches 64-bit AMD Turion Mega Book S270

MSI launches 64-bit AMD Turion Mega Book S270

Micro-Star International (MSI) yesterday announced the availability of the Mega Book S270, a wide-screen notebook that supports 64-bit AMD Turion 64 mobile technology. The Mega Book S270 will come in tow configurations, priced at US$1,499 and US$1,252. With a slim profile and weighting just about 4.5 pounds this notebook looks to be a winner for AMD …more

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ATI CATALYST 5.7 Released

After the making the biggest driver changes in years, ATI is back again with CATALYST 5.7 drivers. The drivers are a tad over 25MB and have a 1080p display support option for those of you who were waiting on a fix! Most performance gains on these drivers are at 1600×1200 with AA & AF enabled, so if …more

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Intel Readying Second Line Of Dual-Core Desktop CPUs

Intel is on track to release a second family of desktop processors using the technology in early 2006, according to a new road map. This is good news for all PC users as Intel is going to have a slow 2H of 2005 on the desktop side of things. The new processors, which are code-named …more

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Hillary Clinton Calls for a Federal Investigation into GTA

US Senator Hillary Clinton has called for a federal investigation into the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) sex scene controversy. This is going to be bad PR for the gaming community. The controversy started when the Hot Coffee mod started going around the internet.  Since a consumer has to “MOD” his game to see what the …more

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DDR400 Module Prices Increase for the 1st Time in 6 Months

It seems that the bottom has finally been found on DDR1 modules as contract prices increase for the first time in 2005 for certain modules. Kingston raised up prices at the end of last week right when rumors of supply shortages started off in the DRAM market. Kingmax shortly followed suit early this week increasing their …more

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Morgan Stanley promotes Taiwan DRAM-maker stock shares

With expectations of higher spot and contract prices in the third quarter, the US investment bank Morgan Stanley said investors could buy more shares of Taiwan’s dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip makers. Looks like the low memory module prices that we are seeing on the market are likely to go up a good percentage …more

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Digital TV switch in 2009?

Politicians want to ban the sale of analog TVs soon–and set a firm date for all-digital broadcasts. Under current law, analog television would be cut off on Dec. 31, 2006 and analog signals would stop in 2008.  Sadly this doesn’t really impact the rich as most can afford a new TV, but for lower income …more

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Nvidia 6600 LE series graphics cards said to be US$60-70

How does a pair of nVIDIA 6600 LE’s and an SLI motherboard for less than $200 sound?  The only downside is that the card only has 4 pixel pipelines compared to the standard 6600′s eight.  Although the pipelines are cut in half it will be interested to see how the sub $200 mobo/SLI card bundle …more

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Hacker: U.S. defense sites poorly secured

 A British hacker facing possible extradition to the United States says poor security was a major factor in his ability to have wandered through the IT systems of some key defense establishments. Gary McKinnon, who is accused of hacking and causing damage to federal defense systems, also said that his actions, far from intending to …more

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ATI’s Crossfire to arrive in August

I’ve already been contacted by a couple of companies who have boards ready to go……now I just need the ATI “Master”card so I can actually use Crossfire.  Boards are getting readied, ATI is working on drivers and trying to produce enough master graphic cards and slowly but surely is getting ready to launch its answer …more

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Memory makers still not bullish on DDR2

Despite the penetration rate of DDR2 growing 11 percentage points through the first half of 2005, a conservative outlook for further growth had pushed memory makers into delaying their DDR2 volume production schedules. Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC) only expects to start volume production of DDR2 at the end of the third quarter, a delay of …more

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