Thursday News Around the Web

Bjorn3D posted a review about the Kingston HyperX DDR2 750MHz (KHX6000D2K2/1G) kit today. Find this and other reviews in the LegitForums! With over 2,000 memory products in their portfolio, Kingston Technology can provide memory solutions for just about anyone’s needs. The company’s depth makes it easy to see why it is a leader in the …more

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Massachusetts Office Party

Slashdot reported that the state of Massachusetts is expected to pass a proposal to require all state documents to be in PDF or Open Office formats by 2007. This modern day version of the Boston Tea Party is a blow to proprietary file formats and a success story for Open Source Software! The Inquirer reports …more

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Samsung Makes Risky Bet on WiBro

Samsung Electronics? strategy of heavily depending on locally developed portable Internet, called WiBro, causes concern among investors. WiBro is a made-in-Korea technology that allows people on the go to remain hooked up to the Internet at the speed of the current fixed-line broadband. As Kim pointed out, WiBro has many roadblocks to clear before becoming …more

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Firefox 1.5 Beta Due For Release On Sept. 8

Firefox 1.5 will hit Beta 1 on Sept. 8, and be released for trial use. A second beta of the version once known as Deer Park is due in early October, with a release candidate promised by Oct. 28. In a posting to the Mozilla developer site, the Foundation said that it was locking down …more

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Average price of laptops drops to $1,000

Good news if you’re in the market to buy a laptop computer: The price is coming down. The Wall Street Journal reports the average price of a laptop is now about $1,000, down from $1,250 last year and $1,640 in 2001. Limited demand had kept the prices up, but all that has changed with more …more

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Sony PSP Launched in Europe

Hundreds of gamers waited in lines outsite High Street shops to get their hands on Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) as it went on sale in Europe at midnight. The PSP went on sale in the UK for $179 (249 euros). In the US, it sells for $249 (138) plus tax. Video games store Game opened …more

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Tech Industry may suffer due to Katrina & costly oil

No matter what social class you are the current $3 a gallon gas prices are causing you to notice how you are spending your money. Now that more Americans are starting to pinch pennies and save money demand for technology devices is sure to decrease. Analysts believe that corporate demand for technology may be pinched …more

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Study Rejects Link Between Mobile Phones And Cancer

Worried that talking on your cell phone will give you cancer in the head? Sit back and breath a sigh of relief as you should be okay for at least the first ten years of use. One of the largest and most rigorous studies ever into the alleged links between cancer and the use of …more

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NASA to send robotic penguin to moon for exploration

We all know that the space shuttle program is having a mid-life crisis, but it seems that NASA keeps on coming up with new ideas. It now seems that NASA wants to send a “Space Penguin” to the moon. While still in the concept stage, the explorer could be launched as early as 2009, said …more

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Microsoft Investigates Critical New IE Hole Found By badpack3t

Microsoft is “aggressively investigating” an Internet Explorer hole that could allow hackers to take control of Windows XP machines. Microsoft is not aware of attacks that try to use the reported vulnerabilities or of any customer impact, but is trying to make a patch. This is not the first time a flaw has been found …more

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Micron: JEDEC specs of FB-DIMM should be available by year-end

It looks like It’s full steam ahead for FB-DIMM memory (Fully-Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module). The new technology uses existing DDR2 modules. It allows for upto up to six channels of eight dual-layer FB-DIMM modules each. This allows for upto 192GB of memory to be addressed by a single memory controller! Micron is currently sampling …more

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Google To Offer Print Ads

Google is expanding its lucrative Internet advertising network into the print world in a bold attempt to capture traditional ad dollars. The print ads will feature full pages of Google-facilitated ads with the URL of an online version of the page at the top. Fine text also appears at the top saying “Ads by Google,” …more

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DRAMeXchange: Memory spot prices continue to drop

Memory spot prices continue to drop due to weak demand in the market. PC-2700 (333MHz) has dropped nearly 4% over the past week. Except for 8Gbit NAND flash parts, spot prices for all types of memory were down within a range of 4% for the last week of August (23-30) amid weak demand in the …more

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Apple iTunes is coming to cell phones

Apple Computer and Motorola plan to unveil a cell phone with Apple’s iTunes software next week, the New York Times reported Tuesday. On Monday Apple invited members of the press to the Moscone Center in San Fancisco for a briefing on Sept 7th and now we know why. Looks like iTunes is coming to a …more

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