Longhorns new scoreboard is world’s largest HDTV

55 feet tall and 134 feet wide, this new jumbotron cost about $8 million dollars just to keep up the saying, “everything is bigger in Texas!” Built by South Dakota-based Daktronics Inc., the $8 million scoreboard and accompanying sound system easily dwarf the old unit. It is the most visible change so far in a …more

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Intel Launches Core 2 Duo Processors For Notebooks

Laptops around the world are getting a make-over as systems based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology are now shipping with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors inside, Intel Corporation announced. The mobile version of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors T7600, T7400, T7200, T5600 and T5500 are priced at $637, $423, $294, $241 and …more

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Rumor: AMD is having trouble with 65nm processor voltages

Rumors have finally hit the web about what AMD’s problems are at 65nm, rather than the nebulous ‘they have issues’ comments that have been out for months. It seems they are having voltage issues with the core and are using far more power than they want to be using. It should be interesting to see …more

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Sony puts price on battery problems – up to $258 million

Sony Corp. has provided for the first time an estimate of what the recalls of its battery packs by PC makers could end up costing the Japanese company. Sony expects the Apple and Dell recalls to cost between 20 billion and 30 billion (US$172 million to $258 million). It said the figure represents the cost …more

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Intel Wi-Fi Proset software v10.5 hogs PC memory

A software update for Intel wireless hardware is faulty and can hog PC memory, Intel acknowledged Thursday. A fix is due on Friday. The problem affects the Intel PROSet software version 10.5, Amy Martin, an Intel spokeswoman, said. The PROSet software accompanies Intel’s drivers that run the company’s wireless hardware on PCs. “One of the …more

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With ATI focused on AMD, new opportunities seen for VIA and SiS

Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI’s rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated. If the rumor is true, the two vendors will get some space in the entry-level integrated chipset market to be filled with …more

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Apple Says Apple Says ‘no material impact’ Due To Battery Recall, But Not Sony

Apple Computer just settled a series of patent disputes with Creative Technology by paying the firm $100 million yesterday and just an hour ago announced the recall of 1.8 million laptop-computer batteries! It’s been a tough week for Apple, but for some reason the stock doesn’t reflect that. Shares of Apple (APPL) are actually up …more

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Apple Recalls 1.8 Million Batteries

Because of a risk of fire, Apple Computer is recalling 1.8 million batteries that use Sony’s battery cell technology, which also was at the root of Dell’s historic recall last week. The Mac maker’s recall, while not as large as Dell’s, affects users of its iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptop models sold between October …more

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Qantas Airlines cautions use of Dell laptops During Flight

Australia’s Qantas Airways is telling passengers with Dell laptops that they might not be able to recharge their machines in-flight due to the battery recall that is causing laptops to burn up! This makes sense as the last place you want to see a laptop start to burn up is on an airplane in the …more

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Nasa names new spacecraft ‘Orion’

Nasa has named its new manned exploration craft Orion. The vehicle is being developed to take human space explorers back to the Moon and potentially then on to Mars. It is hoped the name Orion could eventually mean as much for manned space exploration as Apollo did in the 1960s and 1970s. Its first manned …more

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IBM pushes quad-core ahead of Intel and AMD

IBM is hoping to steal a march on Intel and AMD in the quad-core race by launching four servers based around its second-generation Power 5+ processors. The new servers can manage 1.65 GHz clock speeds going downhill with the wind behind themT and will be priced to compete with x86-based servers using processors from Intel …more

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Halfway house for Internet addicts

Mainland China has opened its first halfway house for Internet addicts, offering shell-shocked teenagers counseling, books — and the use of computers. The shelter can hold four minors for one-night stays and help bridge gaps between children and parents, the Shanghai Daily said. “We wander around in nearby Internet bars at night and bring them …more

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Pluto is no longer a planet?

Scientists from around the world on Thursday approved a new definition of a planet, downgrading Pluto’s status to leave just eight classical planets. I wonder if I missed that question on the ACT or while in grade school because I want credit for my wrong, i mean right, answer! For now, the term planet will …more

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Quanta to produce the $100 laptops in Jiangsu, China

Quanta Computer has selected its new plant in Changshu, Jiangsu province (China) as a production base for the US$100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, indicated industry sources, mentioning lower labor costs in the region as the reason for Quanta to prefer Changshu to Shanghai. Compared to Shanghai, Quanta …more

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