Console video game sales down 20 percent last month in U.S.

U.S. retail sales of console video games fell 20 percent in September, but are seen rebounding at year-end due to the upcoming Xbox 360 launch. I believe this is just the calm before the storm. Game makers and the gamers have their eyes focused on the next generation consoles, so this is not a suprise. …more

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Google: 300 years to index the world’s info

It could take 300 years to index all the world’s information and make it searchable, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt predicted on Saturday at the Association of National Advertisers annual conference in Phoenix. Talk about having job security! We did a math exercise and the answer was 300 years,” Schmidt said in response to an …more

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Windows XP SP2 Dual Core Performance Hot Fix Download

Those of you needing the AMD Dual Core fix can download it here, courtesy of AMDZone. Make sure you read all of the included information and be aware that this hotfix does require a registry hack. This fixes performance issues with systems running XP and using a dual core CPU with Cool ‘n Quiet enabled. …more

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California bars selling violent games to minors

California law says exposing youths to video violence could result in psychological harm. Here in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri a judge ruled against setting an age limit for buying video games. Looks like the courts are not sure how to handle this one. One thing is certain though… Republican Schwarzenegger, who made very …more

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Darpa Has Four Robotic Vehicles Finish The 132-mile course

Four robotic vehicles finished a Pentagon-sponsored race across the Mojave desert Saturday and achieved a technological milestone by conquering steep drop-offs, obstacles and tunnels over a rugged 132-mile course without a single human command. The vehicles, guided by sophisticated software, gave scientists hope that robots could one day wage battles without endangering soldiers. I wish …more

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Google Sends Lobbyists to Washington

With Congress rewriting telecommunications laws, Google faces ever-mounting challenges on the privacy front and is sending lobbyists to Washington to fight their case. “It is quite clear that there are enough issues in the policy space that impact our users and our company that we need to have a full-time presence in Washington,” says Google …more

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Internet traffic disrupted as providers feud

The next Internet price war has begun and it’s all behind the scenes. Cogent and Level 3 handed off traffic from one network to each other free of charge, until Level 3 said that it was handling too much Cogent traffic. Yesterday Level 3 pulled the plug on Cogent and has increased their pricing based …more

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America Online Buys Engadget Tech Blog

One of the original gadget and tech blogs has been sold in a recent deal with Ameria Online and Weblogs.com. Say goodbye to the old original Engadget and welcome the new AOL run site. America Online will inherit Engadget, Autoblog and other popular Web journals as part of a $25 million deal announced Thursday that …more

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Fourth Generation (4G) wireless access technology discussed

Experts are talking about 4G-based services more often these days, but don’t get your hopes up too quickly as it is not expected to become reality before 2010. Reading about 100 megabit per second downloads is good news though. Fourth generation (4G) refers to a next-generation wireless access technology that promises an ultra high-speed mobile …more

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T-K Worm Creators Jailed For Hacking

The hackers that created the T-K Worm back in 2001-2003 have been jailed for their coding efforts. They got off lightly if you ask me as they only servered three to six months in jail. Andrew Harvey, 24, of Sherburn Village, Co Durham, was jailed for three months, and Jordan Bradley, 22, of Darlington, was …more

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VeriSign snags Weblogs.com for $2.3 Million

Internet domain registrar VeriSign acquires Weblogs.com and its “ping” service in a $2.3 million cash deal. Before I read this article I didn’t know that Weblogs.com does 6,000 updates everyfive minutes. Pretty impressive if you ask me. With the acquisition from Scripting News, VeriSign said Friday that it is seeking a slice of the rapidly …more

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ECS and Tatung in strategic alliance

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and Tatung have reached a deal in which the motherboard maker will issue new shares in exchange for the Taiwan electronics player?s desktop PC department. The deal will take effect on January 1, 2006, after which ECS?s revenues will be included as part of Tatung?s consolidated revenues. With Tatung?s and ECS?s …more

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ATI RADEON X1800 XL Available For Pre-Order

It looks like a few online retailers have put up ATI Radeon X1800 XL’s on their sites for pre-ordering sales. Our friends over at Monarch Computer Systems have placed it on their site for $430 plus shipping costs. This card is labeled as the ATI Radeon X1800 XL 256MB GDDR3/PCI-E/AVIVO/Dual-DVI (Retail Box) version with a …more

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IRobot’s Battlefield robot can detect military snipers

IRobot Corp.’s joint project with Boston University’s Photonics Center could protect soldiers by helping them quickly locate snipers and either steer clear of them or fire back. Sounds like the robot works as it was found to be 94 percent effective in first firing range tests In field tests last month at a firing range, …more

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