China launches two astronauts into space

A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and the astronauts blasted off Wednesday morning from the remote base in China?s northwest. In a break with the space agency?s typical secrecy, the launch was shown live on Chinese state television. The three minute launch can be seen by visiting the link below. The mission, reportedly due …more

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New Virus Stealing Online Game IDs and Serial Numbers

The Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) Tuesday warned of a Trojan horse program that steals online game identifications and passwords by hacking into the Web sites of game companies. The trojan circulates through internet browsers, so make sure you patch up IE or Firefox. In its monthly report, the state-backed agency said it found almost …more

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ProMOS uses low-cost TSOP packaging for DDR2 Memory Modules

In order to increase its penetration rate in the DDR2 market, ProMOS Technologies has stared producing TSOP (thin small outline package) DDR2 in addition to traditional BGA (ball grid array) packed DDR2, as TSOP packed DDR2 attains a relatively lower cost than traditional packaging, according to industry sources. I don’t like the fact that consumers …more

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Google corrects map reference for Taiwan

Following protests from legislators and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) over the Google Maps service’s reference to Taiwan as a part of China, the Internet search engine over the weekend removed the words “a province of China” from its map of Taiwan. The description of Taiwan as a “province of China” used on Google’s …more

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Kingston First To Launch DDR2 667MHz SO-DIMM Memory

Kingston Technology usually launches memory modules when the market is goon and ready, but every so often Kingston likes to be the first memory company to launch a new memory speed. Today Kingston released their 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory modules for notebooks and custom applications. Legit Reviews is looking forward to the use of 667MHz …more

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ATI Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition Goes For Sale at $399.00

ATI Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition Goes For Sale at $399.00

ATI’s CrossFire master cards have finally become available for sale in the U.S. after a paper launch that got a ton of press from many online sites. The Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition master card has 256MB GDDR3 memory and operates on the PCI Express bus. The CrossFire card can be yours for just $399.00 plus …more

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All in Wonder X1800 is already in beta

For fans of the recently-released X1000 series graphics cards by ATI, and for those who can appreciate the functions of the All-In-Wonder cards, here’s a treat: ATI currently has the X1800 All-In-Wonder in beta, and should release for the holiday season. ATI MULTIMEDIA’S team finally did it this time. Because of lots of R520 delays, …more

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Intel unwraps dual-core Xeon server processors

Looks like Intel is turning the heat up on AMD with the release of the dual-core Xeon processor, which is geared toward servers. This comes months after AMD’s release of their dual-core Opteron processor. At an event in San Francisco, Intel unveiled its first dual-core Xeon chips, previously known as Paxville, for two- and four-processor …more

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First-tier motherboard shipments up 20% in 3Q

Third-quarter numbers are looking strong for first-tier motherboard companies Asustek, Microstar International (MSI), Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), and Gigabyte Technology, with combined shipments totaling 26.5-26.7 million units, which is roughly a 20-21% increase for the year. Motherboard shipments from first-tier makers ? Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) ? …more

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Microsoft Unveils (Possible) Next Stage of Speech Server

Microsoft has acquired Unveil Technologies, and have apparent plans to implement their speech-recognition software into later version of Microsoft’s Speech Server. Microsoft has acquired intellectual property assets of Unveil Technologies, a Waltham, MA-based company whose software enables call centers to develop speech rec dialogues based on agents’ conversations with customers. Communications Convergence

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Microsoft, RealNetworks near settlement for $750 Million?

It is being rumored today that Microsoft is nearing a settlement on RealNetworks’ long-running antitrust lawsuit with a deal valued at $750 million. Under terms of the settlement–which could still fall through–Microsoft would offer a combination of cash and promotions for RealNetworks’ music and game services through Microsoft’s online services and software, The Wall Street …more

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Shuttle debuts XPC SD11G5 Pentium M SFF PC

Shuttle today launched the XPC SD11G5, a silent PC system based on the Intel low-power Pentium M processor and 915GM chipset. The outside of the case looks like any other Shuttle system, but at least the inside has changed. Utilizing a single fan design coupled with Shuttle?s ICE heat-pipe technology, the XPC SD11G5 system offers …more

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VIA Releases Hyperion Pro Driver Version 5.04A

The VIA Hyperion Pro driver package has been updated to version 5.04A. The VIA Hyperion Pro driver package is a platform or chipset package. This latest driver package supports Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, ME, NT4, Server 2003, Server 2003 64Bit, XP and XP 64Bit. Head on over to VIA Arena to download the 4in1 …more

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IBM won’t use genetic info for hiring or benefit plans

IBM, the world’s largest computer maker, on Monday pledged not to use genetic data to screen employees and applicants in what it said was the first such move by a major corporation to safeguard a new category of privacy. One company down 100 Billion more to go! I hope companies don’t start doing genetic screening, …more

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