Verizon cuts Net phone charge

Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. telephone company, said it dropped the cost of its Internet-based phone service that includes unlimited calling to $24.95 a month. Customers previously paid $29.95 to $34.95 a month for the VoiceWing service, the New York-based company said today in a statement. The cost doesn’t include taxes or surcharges. The …more

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Top 15 Cities in America for Video Gaming

Microsoft and Sperling’s BestPlaces today bestowed on Seattle the title of top video gaming city in the United States. Seattle edged out larger metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as the center of the interactive entertainment universe for both console and Microsoft Windows-based PC gaming in a survey analyzing …more

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Lack of Cable Competition Costs Americans $22 Million Daily

Three leading telecommunications experts today said that expanded competition for cable/video services could save consumers $22 million a day, as well as delivering a wide range of other social and economic benefits for individuals and the communities in which they live. Now that is a bunch of money! Participating in a New Millennium Research Council …more

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Are Game Companies Ready to Make a Move?

Over the last several months, the thrill has been gone from the video-game industry. With gamers addicted to World of Warcraft, Age of Empires III, and The Sims 2 it seems that the enthusiasm is gone. Troy Wolverton over at The Street believes game companies might get go juice thanks to the industry’s annual E3 …more

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Asus to ship AGEIA PhysX cards with Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Asus will ship its PhysX cards with a few demos that can show what is the card made of and a copy of the first retail game that really uses the PhysX card, UbiSoft?s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, also known as GRAW. ASUS MADE quite a nice plan for the introduction of its Ageia based …more

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Philips SmartMX Chip Paired With Sandisk TrustedFlash Cards Means Wireless Payments

SanDisk Corporation today announced it is working with Philips to embed its SmartMX chip into SanDisk TrustedFlash cards for secure Near Field Communication-enabled (NFC) mobile phone applications. I can’t wait for this technology to take off, so I can spend less time standing in checkout lines! NFC is an easy-to-use, short-range wireless technology that will …more

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Opera Mini 2.0 for your mobile phone

Opera Software today released Opera Mini 2.0, the new version of the tiny and fast Web browser that runs on almost every mobile phone. With over 2.5 million users since its first release in January 2006, Opera Mini has revolutionized mobile Web browsing. “Opera Mini has kick-started real mobile Web browsing by enabling non-smartphone owners …more

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Motorola buys a BenQ R&D center

Motorola Inc. will acquire an advanced research and development center from BenQ in upcoming months. The center has 250 employees that will now work for Motorola in their Libertyville-based Mobile Devices group. An interesting purchase to say the least. Motorola Inc. will acquire an advanced research and development center in Aalborg in “Denmark’s Silicon Valley” …more

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AMD delays launch of 64-bit dual-core mobile processors to June

AMD has postponed the launch of the Turion 64 X2, its first 64-bit dual-core processor, to June 2006, instead of May 9 as originally planned, sources at Taiwan notebook manufacturers indicated. Since Microsoft has delayed Vista is was only a matter of time before other companies hold products back due to slow sales. On the …more

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Gartner: Don’t Expect Vista Until 2Q 2007

Research firm Gartner Inc. on Tuesday said it doesn’t expect Vista, the next major upgrade of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, to be generally available until the second quarter of next year. The projection is several months later than the software maker’s plans to have all versions of Vista available in January. But in analyzing …more

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Toll Lane Ahead for Internet Traffic?

ISPs say they need to establish a new revenue stream to support continued improvements in the broadband infrastructure, but I do not believe that “Toll Lanes” are the way to do it. Anyone else think this is a load of bull? If so shoot me an e-mail and let me hear your thoughts. The Bell …more

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AMD, Intel Keep Planning For Super Cheap PC

Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest technology rivals will promote initiatives this week to grow their global business by providing low-cost computers to developing countries. Intel is announcing it will spend $1 billion to speed up the marketing of inexpensive computers to such emerging markets as such as India, China and Mexico. Its rival, Advanced Micro …more

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AGEIA PhysX Cards Shipping To Retail Partners

Fudo over at The Inq. found out that AGEIA has shipped thier PhysX card to their retail partners and that reviews are coming soon. Now we just need games to take advantage of these PPU’s, but with titles like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GRAW) coming out we might not have to wait for long. We …more

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Best Buy Already Selling the ATI X1900 GT Video Card

When a reader when to a local Best Buy store and managed to buy an ATI-branded X1900 GT retail card he took it home and noticed the sticker said X1900 GTO! Sure the fact that the bought is a week before it was to be announced is strange, but the sticker having GTO on it …more

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