Creative Sues Apple For Patent Infringement

Digital entertainment product supplier Creative Technology Ltd. filed suit against Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for allegedly infringing a Creative patent governing the user interface in portable media players, including those used in Apple?s iPod, iPod Nano and iPod Mini. Creative Technology (Scotts Valley, Calif.) has …more

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Microsoft Launches ‘CodePlex,’ a New Code Repository Site

CodePlex is not the name for a new wing of the ever-expanding Microsoft campus headquarters. Instead, it is Microsoft’s newest code-repository site, aimed especially at shared- and open-source programmers. The CodePlex site opened yesterday and is worth the look if you are into coding. On May 15, Microsoft went live with the beta version of …more

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IBM details huge improvement in data storage

Researchers at International Business Machines Corp. say a new method for cramming data onto magnetic tape will increase storage capacity at least 15 times, enough to squeeze the text from 8 million books onto a cartridge half the size of a VHS tape. With this method one square inch of tape could hold 6.67 billion …more

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Futuremark Develops Microsoft Windows Vista Performance Tool

Futuremark, creators of world’s most widely used benchmarks for PCs and handhelds, today announced they have signed a deal with Microsoft Corp. The contract covers online services and performance analysis tools in support of Microsoft Windows XP and the upcoming Windows Vista operating systems. Financial details related to the venture have not been disclosed. The …more

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Sony to launch first Blu-ray notebook PC

Sony Corp. said on Tuesday it would launch the world’s first notebook personal computer equipped with a next-generation Blu-ray optical disk drive in Japan in June. It is interesting to see how Toshiba stole the spotlight with HD-DVD players in their notebooks and now Sony is taking the Blu-ray headlines. Who knows which format is …more

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AMD prunes single-core prices by up to 19.2%

AMD has launched their energy-efficient Athlon 64 and Sempron processors and have silenty cut the prices members of its existing single-core desktop chip line-ups while others have been cut. So out goes the Athlon 64 4000+, for example. The 3200+ and 3500+ are still there, but they’re now 12.7 per cent and 9.1 per cent …more

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Samsung said to raise NAND flash contract prices again

Samsung Electronics has raised its NAND flash contract prices again and the company had informed its customers that no available stocks for 1Gbit NAND will be supplied for the spot market, according to industry sources. The latest quotes from Samsung are all set higher than the price levels in the spot market, the sources noted. …more

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AMD Unveils 35W and 65W X2 Processor Roadmap

AMD today unveiled a top-to-bottom energy efficient AMD desktop processor roadmap at the In-Stat Spring Processor Forum. The typical AMD processor runs at 89 Watts, but the two new ones are rated at 65 and 35 watt Thermal Design Power. Just imagine a 3800+ X2 running 35 Watts! A 35W 3800+ will set you back …more

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Palm Releases Updated Treo 700p for 3G 1xEV-DO Networks

Although it runs the same Palm OS as previous versions, the PDA sports upgrades in the browser, offers new E-mail features, and can work with the 3G 1xEV-DO networks of Sprint and Verizon Wireless. It looks like Cingular users are out of luck on this one. The 700p, unlike the previous Palm OS-based Treo 650, …more

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Intel Aims to Upgrade PCs with Virtual Appliances

Intel is eyeing a plan for using software to boost a PC’s ability to fight hackers, talk on the phone and even capture television programs in the future. The chip maker, which launched its security and manageability-focused vPro brand on April 24, is contemplating mounting an effort to establish a standard method for adding virtual …more

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High-definition video could choke Internet

If everyone in America started downloading high-definition video would it hurt internet service providers? Most home Internet use is in brief bursts ? an e-mail here, a Web page there. If people start watching streaming video like they watch TV ? for hours at a time ? that puts a strain on the Internet that …more

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Porn industry to offer downloads to DVDs

Hollywood has been tiptoeing its way toward letting consumers buy a movie online, burn it onto a DVD and watch it on a living-room TV. While the studios hesitate, the adult film industry is taking the leap. Starting Monday, Vivid Entertainment says it will sell its adult films through the online movie service CinemaNow, allowing …more

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3 major hurricanes to hit US this year: AccuWeather

hree major hurricanes will strike the United States this year, with the storm-battered Gulf Coast most at risk in June and July, forecaster AccuWeather predicted today. Get ready for high gas prices once again if this hurricane season is anything like last years. “Early in the season the Texas Gulf Coast faces the highest likelihood …more

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China’s First Digital Signal Processor Microchip a Fake

A top Chinese academic has been fired after it emerged he faked research into computer chips that aimed at ending the nation’s reliance on foreign suppliers. Touted as China’s first successful proprietary Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the Hanxin No.1, was publicly unveiled in February 2003. The fake processor got the government to pay out 10 …more

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