Apple Runs Fans Nonstop To Cool MacBooks

Last Thursday Apple issued a firmware update for its entry-level MacBook notebooks to adjust “fan behavior.” The firmware update, which can be downloaded Apple support site, is in response to ongoing customer complaints about overheated and/or noisy MacBooks, the newest model in the Intel-based portable line. “Now we have an update that appears to fix …more

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US judge rules wiretaps illegal

A secret wiretapping scheme brought in as part of the Bush administration’s war on terror is unconstitutional and must stop, a federal judge has ruled. The programme, approved by President Bush in 2001, allows for the monitoring of millions of US citizens’ phone calls abroad without the need for a warrant. Civil liberties campaigners brought …more

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Intel has another chip set shortage

A spike in PC demand has created a new shortage of Intel chip sets, potentially reviving an issue blamed for causing the company to lose market share to rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) last year. Legit Reviews correctly called this shortage nearly a month ago in the conclusion of the Conroe launch article by saying: …more

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Lite-On IT to produce HD-DVD burners in March 2007

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, on August 18 announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007. lthough the company has scheduled production of H/H HD-DVD burners, Lite-On IT appears to retain a neutral attitude between Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD-DVD. …more

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ATI Releases CATALYST 6.8 Drivers For Download

ATI just minutes ago released Catalyst 6.8 drivers on www.ati.com for both Windows and Linux platforms. THe drivers greatly improve Direct3D performance numbers with Futuremarks 3DMark06 scores increasing an amazing 22% and Call of Duty 2 increasing as much as 30%. OpenGL – Improved shader compiler and transform engine optimizations have led to many significant …more

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Court orders EchoStar to halt DVR sales

TiVo Inc. Friday said a federal court in Texas has ordered EchoStar Communications Corp. to halt the use and sale of several of its digital video recorders (DVRs) after a jury ruled in April that EchoStar had infringed on a TiVo patent. This is not good news for the millions that might have issues come …more

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Dell picks up AMD chips amid SEC probe

As expected, the world’s largest PC maker announced on Thursday that it will ship Dimension desktops and two-processor servers equipped with AMD’s chips by the end of the year. Its first embrace of AMD products came in May, when it announced plans to ship a four-processor server based on the chips. AMD, naturally, was thrilled …more

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ATI’s R600 graphics card has 64 real pipes

The ATI R600 GPU has been in the works for some time and details and rumors are coming out daily on it now. Our dear friend Fudo believes that it has 64 pipelines… WOW! We previously wrote that the chip will have sixty four Shader units but we never realised at the time that the …more

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Intel’s digital-home Bearlake G+ to support HDMI and HDCP

Delivering its Bearlake chipset family to the market in the second quarter of 2007, Intel will begin with the Bearlake-P variant, which targets the mainstream market, and the Bearlake-G chipset that includes an integrated graphics processor (IGP), indicated motherboard makers familiar with Intel’s chipset roadmap. Next two products in this family, the Bearlake-X and Bearlake-G+, …more

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Abit launches AW9D Series of Intel 975 Motherboards

Abit launches AW9D Series of Intel 975 Motherboards

Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. Abit AW9D-MAX is the essence of Bushido, the true ?way of the warrior?. This board …more

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Internet crimes hit record high in Japan

The number of Internet-related crimes in Japan in the first six months of this year hit a record high, according to data issued Thursday by the National Police Agency. The NPA said there were 1,802 cases of such crimes in the first half of 2006, which is up 12 percent on the same period last …more

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110 GHz Device Made By Adding Fluorine to the Silicon

A simple tweak to the way common silicon transistors are made could allow faster, cheaper mobile phones and digital cameras, say UK researchers. By adding Fluorine to the silicon they were able to go faster and that they did, by reaching 110GHz! To achieve the speed gain, researchers at the University of Southampton added fluorine …more

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Foxconn seeking to become Apple notebook manufacturer

Apple Computer is said to be looking for a third contract manufacturer in Taiwan for its MacBooks, with Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) standing a good chance of becoming the new partner, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN). Foxconn is eyeing orders from Apple for a 15-inch …more

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ATI to reluctantly release Radeon X1950 XTX on 23rd

According to Fudo ATI has seems to have changed its mind again on when to launch its forthcoming R580+ chip. If this is correct the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX should be seen in reviews on the 23rd, while retail cards will hit store shelves in mass on September 14th. The chaps in Canada wanted to …more

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