Japan Gov’t Reports Sony Battery Fire in Apple Laptop

The Japanese government said on Tuesday it knew of one case in Japan of a Sony Corp. made battery used in an Apple Computer Inc. notebook computer overheating and catching fire. The incident, resulting in a minor burn to the user’s finger, happened last April. The government said last week there had been two cases …more

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Microsoft expected to release Vista RC1 today

Microsoft is expected to be giving product reviewers access to Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) as soon as today. Reviewers will soon be getting their hands on the first release candidate of Windows Vista, which means Microsoft could be on target to deliver the OS to business customers according to schedule before the end …more

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Indonesia agency reports 6.4 magnitude undersea quake, tsunami alert

Eastern Indonesia was on a tsunami alert Tuesday after an earthquake offshore rattled the region. The magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near Indonesia’s Moluccas islands, an official at the country’s meteorological agency said. “There is a possibility of a tsunami, but until now we have not received a report that it has happened,” Fauzi, head seismologist …more

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Intel Launches Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series ‘Tulsa’

Intel Corporation today unveiled eight new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor servers. Previously codenamed ?Tulsa,? the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7100 series delivers on key requirements to support the demands of enterprise applications: top performance and reliability. The processor family also includes lower-power, 95 watt options that reduce associated energy costs. …more

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Consumer confidence tumbles to 9-month low

A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slid in August to a nine-month low as worries about job growth and the economy overshadowed the Federal Reserve’s recent pause in some two years of raising interest rates, a survey showed on Tuesday. Less favorable business conditions coupled with a less favorable job scenario have resulted in the …more

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Samsung to fab 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAM at 80nm

With its DDR2 in all densities already being fabricated at the 80-nanometer node, Samsung Electronics today announced the mass production of 1Gbit DDR2 DRAM. I can’t wait to see how these IC’s turn out! The South Korea DRAM maker notes that the advanced process node enables a package size 36% smaller than that implemented at …more

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New virus attacks AMD processors

Security researchers at Symantec have discovered a new proof of concept virus that targets processors rather than operating systems. Security researchers at Symantec have discovered a new proof of a concept virus that targets processors rather than operating systems. The worm comes in two versions, targeting 32-bit and 64-bit processors from AMD. Symantec refers to …more

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TSMC submits 0.18-micron production application

Officials from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Shanghai indicated that the company had submitted an application to authorities in Taiwan for producing ICs on 0.18-micron in China, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The officials were cited as saying that the Shanghai fab will soon meet an economy of scale at 30,000 8-inch wafers …more

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Longhorns new scoreboard is world’s largest HDTV

55 feet tall and 134 feet wide, this new jumbotron cost about $8 million dollars just to keep up the saying, “everything is bigger in Texas!” Built by South Dakota-based Daktronics Inc., the $8 million scoreboard and accompanying sound system easily dwarf the old unit. It is the most visible change so far in a …more

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Intel Launches Core 2 Duo Processors For Notebooks

Laptops around the world are getting a make-over as systems based on Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology are now shipping with Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors inside, Intel Corporation announced. The mobile version of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors T7600, T7400, T7200, T5600 and T5500 are priced at $637, $423, $294, $241 and …more

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Rumor: AMD is having trouble with 65nm processor voltages

Rumors have finally hit the web about what AMD’s problems are at 65nm, rather than the nebulous ‘they have issues’ comments that have been out for months. It seems they are having voltage issues with the core and are using far more power than they want to be using. It should be interesting to see …more

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Sony puts price on battery problems – up to $258 million

Sony Corp. has provided for the first time an estimate of what the recalls of its battery packs by PC makers could end up costing the Japanese company. Sony expects the Apple and Dell recalls to cost between 20 billion and 30 billion (US$172 million to $258 million). It said the figure represents the cost …more

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Intel Wi-Fi Proset software v10.5 hogs PC memory

A software update for Intel wireless hardware is faulty and can hog PC memory, Intel acknowledged Thursday. A fix is due on Friday. The problem affects the Intel PROSet software version 10.5, Amy Martin, an Intel spokeswoman, said. The PROSet software accompanies Intel’s drivers that run the company’s wireless hardware on PCs. “One of the …more

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With ATI focused on AMD, new opportunities seen for VIA and SiS

Taiwan-based chipset vendors VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are expected to benefit from ATI’s rumored decision to cut down chipset developments for the Intel platform, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated. If the rumor is true, the two vendors will get some space in the entry-level integrated chipset market to be filled with …more

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