ATI Tech Earnings Drop: PC Division Down 10%

ATI Technologies’ (ATYT) first-quarter earnings dropped from a year ago due to lower revenue, lower margins and a charge. ATI said revenue from its personal computer division fell 10% from a year ago to $466 million, while sales in its consumer segment rose 31% to $125 million. It is interesting to see the PC side …more

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Seagate to buy Maxtor for $2 billion

Seagate are to buy Maxtor for $1.9bn. Seagate are currently the No.1 HDD manufacturer, with Western Digital in second place.Seagate shares seem to be rising too, after a bit of a low for last 2mths. SEAGATE and Maxtor confirmed the acquisition. The deal is worth $1.9 billion. The firms said the combination will be 10-20% …more

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Google confirms $1bn stake in AOL

Google has being busy lately. LR has reported earlier how Google has showed interest in Opera. Also we reported how Microsoft and Google are going to work together on a internet research lab. Now the BBC is reporting that Google has invested $1bn in AOL. This news my mean Microsoft’s plans to get a piece …more

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Philips spin-off creates an ‘iPod’ for the written word

Mobile devices are everywhere, you can play all your games, connect to the Net to catchup on LR news etc. Now iRex Technologies BV have developed the “thinking mans ipod”. Instead of holding a collection of MP3’s, this device will have a 8.1-inch display which combines a touch screen display and wireless connectivity. There are …more

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Intel reschedules launch of Conroe and 965-chipset to July 2006, say mobo makers

Intel are already well into production of their 65nm chips, Dempsey for enterprise markets and Presler for the mainstream market. These chips are to be released early ’06. Digitimes are reporting from “sources” that Intel is to push ahead the release of the Conroe cpu, so that it coincides with the release of the 965 …more

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ATI X1000 Series GPU’s Available in AGP Video Cards!

Gecube just announced the world’s first AGP RADEON X1000 Series Graphics products with the launch of the ATI Radeon X1300 and RADEONR X1600 AGP based graphics cards. ATI told us they didn’t think anyone was going to produce them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. No word on if the X1800XT or X1800XL …more

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HP to support HD-DVD and Blu-ray

Here is a new twist in the DVD format war! Hewlett-Packard has announced it will support both contenders to be the next generation of DVDs, a change of tack that could raise the chances of an expensive format war. It doesn’t look like a clear winner will be seen for some time now. “Because HP …more

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Microsoft drops Mac IE

Looks like Microsoft didn’t get as many Mac IE users as they had hoped. But this is not new news as Microsoft announced earlier in the year that it will drop Mac IE support, but didn’t give a date until December 16th. Mac IE was still on version 5, whereas Windows will be seeing version …more

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The Intel Pentium Presler XE Overclocks Easily to 4.26GHz

THe guys over at The Inq. (We don’t sign NDA’s) have announced that they have seen a Presler processor hit 4.26GHz with only an extra 0.025 Volts on the reference board and heat sink. I’m impressed with this number, but not at all with thevCPU temperature being at 91 C while sitting in the BIOS. …more

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Europe: 19″ and Larger LCD Screens Recieve 14% Import Duty

The EU plans to impose a 14% import duty on imports of larger LCD screens, leading analysts to forecast a huge hike in sticker prices. I don’t see how people can just go out and add an import duty on something just because they want to, but what can you do. Just remember it all …more

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Elpida samples 2Gbit 80nm DDR2 for server applications

After introducing its 80nm DDR2-800 memory during June, Japan-based Elpida Memory today announced it is shipping 80nm made 2Gbit DDR2 SDRAM samples. I’m sure servers will be happy to see these 800MHz modules coming down the pipes. The 2Gbit DDR2 is manufactured at Elpida?s 12-inch fab (E300) at Hiroshima, Japan. The memory is available in …more

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Dasher.B Reindeer Worm Hits the Internet

The holiday season keep an eye out for Dasher… Dasher.B the computer worm that is. Dasher.B is another Windows-targeted worm that drops spying software on vulnerable PCs is spreading across the Internet. Computers running Windows 2000 and those that have not been updated with MS05-051 face the greatest risk. Be sure you are patched up! …more

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ATI RD580 Motherboad to launch with R580 Video Cards

Fudo says that ATI plans to introduce a new motherboard and new graphic card together during their next launch event. They both have very similar names but R580 is a graphics chip while RD580 is the motherboard. New video cards are in the pipes folks. Who wants the R580 and G71 for the holidays? Dream …more

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Microsoft?s 10 Hurdles for 2006

Microsoft is expected to enter the new year facing a number of hurdles–but the chief one will be to position Windows Vista as an enterprise product. I’m most of our readers could add onto the 10 hurdle list! 10) Explain to corporate customers why they should buy Windows Vista without waiting to purchase new hardware …more

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