Apple settles with Creative for $100 million

Apple Computer and Creative Technology have agreed to settle their legal dispute over music player patents for $100 million, the companies announced Wednesday. The $100 million, to be paid by Apple, grants Apple a license to a Creative patent for the hierarchical user interface used in that company’s Zen music players. Apple can get back …more

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AMD Merger Impact — ATi Cancels 65nm Chipsets For Intel

The first impact of AMD’s acquisition of ATI Technologies on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has surfaced, as ATI has cancelled launch of the company’s 65-nanometer (65nm) chipsets for the Intel platform, the RD700, RS700 and RC710, which were scheduled to be released during the second half of 2007, according …more

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Gateway receives ~$450 million offer for retail unit

Lap Shun Hui, owner of Joui International and the former owner of eMachines, said on Tuesday he has submitted a bid to buy the retail operations of computer maker Gateway for $450 million. In a letter to Gateway’s board, Hui also said he would be willing to explore buying all outstanding shares in the whole …more

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ATI Launches The Radeon X1950 Graphics Card Series

Gamers have a lot to be excited about as today ATI announced its new flagship graphics card family, the Radeon X1950 series. The new Radeon X1950 XTX and Radeon X1950 CrossFireT Edition work together or individually to deliver the ultimate gaming performance available today. Along with high frame rates, the Radeon X1950 family delivers uncompromised …more

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Mobile Phones On Airplanes Soon A Reality

Overhead “no smoking” signs will be replaced by “no mobiles” messages on some planes next year when technology is introduced to make it safe for passengers to use mobile phones mid-flight. Airlines are seeking ways to police potentially annoying on-board phone chat via symbols of a mobile phone crossed out, forcing passengers to switch off …more

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IBM Buying Internet Security Systems

IBM agreed to buy Internet Security Systems for $28 a share, or $1.3 billion, in cash. The deal offers holders of Atlanta-based Internet Security an 8% premium to Tuesday’s closing prices. BM said the acquisition advances its strategy to utilize IT services, software and consulting expertise to automate labor-based processes into standardized, software-based services that …more

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Futuremark Adds Sapphire as Latest Benchmark Development Member

Futuremark Corporation in joint cooperation with Hong Kong based Sapphire Technology Ltd announced today that Sapphire has become the first board manufacturer to join the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program. “We are pleased to welcome Sapphire to the 3DMark BDP. Sapphire brings a substantial commitment to the program, expressing that they plan to be fully engaged …more

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AMD Opens New R&D Center In Shanghai, China

AMD today officially opened the Shanghai Research and Development Center (SRDC), a multi-million dollar research and development facility driving next-generation AMD processor-powered platform innovation through increased technology partner and customer collaboration. Initially, the SRDC’s engineering staff will focus on the development of AMD’s next-generation mobile platforms, but will also provide an important role in the …more

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Laptops and Planes still go together, for now

With heightened security at airports across the nation many believe that laptops are destined to being on the no fly list. While if this even happens it is sometime away it’s still something to think about now and the following news story does just that. The good news is that the restrictions on electronics that …more

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Rumor: Intel now has many 3Dlabs employees that created Open GL 2.0

Fudo believs that Intel quietly acquired most of the 3Dlabs graphics team. Back on the 24th February this year, 3Dlabs and its mother company Creative Labs announced plans to “refocus” 3Dlabs’ interests on mobile and handheld market. The company also said that it will cut its workforce to only 100 people. We learned that a …more

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3 leave AOL over privacy goof

Two AOL employees were fired and its chief technology officer has left the company in the aftermath of a privacy breach that involved the release of more than 650,000 subscribers’ Internet search terms. I still fear AOL user #907 and pray that I never bump into him in my neighborhood. Although AOL had substituted numeric …more

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Reinventing the scroll wheel

A recent visit by CNET News.com to Synaptics’ headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., turned up several notable concept designs that might make their way into future PCs. CNET has a bunch of pictures of new designs that might change the way we use computers, but it’s too early to tell if any will catch on. …more

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Damn That’s Big — Samsung debuts 8GB music phone

Samsung Electronics has developed a music-player cell phone with 8GB of built-in flash memory — that’s double the amount of memory in Apple Computer’s hit-iPod nano. The SCH-B570 can store about 1,600 MP3 music files or about 16 movies and if that’s not enough entertainment then there’s also a receiver for South Korea’s mobile satellite …more

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Intel Merom prices start at $209 — transitional platform

The Core 2 Duo T5500 and the Core 2 Duo T5600, entry-level offerings in Intel’s upcoming Merom notebook CPU line, will respectively be priced at US$209 and US$241, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers. The new processors will replace existing Core Duo T2300E and T2400 models, which are based on the Yonah core. According …more

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