NEC says 2 desktop power units caught fire in Japan

NEC Corp. said on Monday there had been two cases of power units inside its Japanese desktop computers catching fire, but no one was injured. Japanese electronic conglomerate NEC said an outside manufacturer provided the power supply unit part that caught fire, but declined to name the supplier. The desktop in question is its Valuestar …more

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A short circuit for cellular E911- Where are you?

It’s very likely that when you call 911 from your cell phone in an emergency, the operator on the other end won’t automatically know your location. This is despite the fact that most U.S. mobile phone companies have met a Federal Communications Commission mandate to provide location information to 911 operators for millions of wireless …more

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Panasonic develops battery that won’t overheat

Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic) said it has developed a lithium-ion battery that won’t overheat even if a short circuit occurs. The new battery includes a heat-resistive insulator inside the battery cell, next to an existing separator that insulates the anode and cathode. If that separator is punctured a short circuit occurs that typically …more

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F-35 Lightning 2 fighter completes first test flight

he costliest international warplane project, the F-35 Lightning 2 Joint Strike Fighter, safely completed its first test flight on Friday, advancing a $276.5 billion program financed by the United States and eight other countries. The flight over Fort Worth, Texas, lasted 38 minutes — about two-thirds the 60 minutes or so the Pentagon’s program office …more

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Astronauts exit space station for rewiring job

A veteran spacewalker and his rookie partner slipped outside the International Space Station on Saturday to complete a power rewiring job that should leave the outpost ready for the long-delayed addition of European and Japanese laboratories. The spacewalk, which began at 11:25 p.m. PST was to be the third and final outing of space shuttle …more

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Phone, cable companies to battle in 2007

No doubt the main event for 2007 will be the impending smack-down between the traditional phone and cable TV industries. The regional Bell companies, after losing millions of customers to rival phone services from cable providers in 2006, are just starting to ramp up their risky push into TV. In advance of the TV push, …more

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XFX has a licence to overclock G80

Our friends over on The Inquirer have gained information on factory overclocked GeForce 8 series cards. According to Faud, XFX will be the first card maker to be allowed to overclock their products. The new cards will use the familiar “XXX” suffix. The GeForce 8800GTX XXX Edition will have an increased clock speed of 630MHz …more

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Google to offer domain registration services

Google announced on Thursday evening that a domain name search and registration service will be added to its Google Apps for Your Domain offering. Google will partner with GoDaddy and eNom, two domain registration companies to offer the service. Registration fees are a nominal $10 per year, which will include private registration to protect personal …more

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Dell delays third-quarter financial report

Dell delayed its third-quarter financial report Thursday, citing an ongoing probe of its accounting practices. Dell initially postponed its press release detailing third-quarter results in November as a result of the accounting probe, releasing limited information about the results later that month and omitting the customary briefing with analysts. The investigations are examining certain accounting …more

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Adobe Releases Beta Version of Photoshop CS3

Today, Adobe Systems will make public their beta of Photoshop Creative Suite 3. The big news is that this is the first version to run natively on Intel-based Apple Macs. Anyone who is a Mac fan has probably noticed the sluggish response of Photoshop since Apple switched to Intel processors this year. “This is an …more

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‘Gears of War’ wins top spot in game sales

Microsoft’s gory Gears of War video game, where soldiers slay alien invaders with chainsaw-mounted rifles, topped U.S. sales charts in November. The title, for the software giant’s own Xbox 360, sold 1 million units–the most of any game in November–to ring up sales of $61.5 million, market researcher NPD said Thursday. The top 10 games, …more

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Nintendo respond to Wii breakages

Nintendo have announced that they will replace any broken straps on the new Wii. There have been a number of reports across the internet of people breaking their TV sets after getting too involved in their gaming. Nintendo have said they will replace all broken straps for free. They also announced that all new Wii’s …more

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Solar Panels using Blueberries?

Scientists in Italy have discovered how to collect solar power from Blueberries. This is no joke. Currently the process isn’t as efficient as the current technology, but it is cheaper, and with ever rising fuel bills it might not sound like a bad idea in a while from now. The panel, as opposed to traditional …more

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Samsung Solid-State Hard Drives Unveiled

I can’t wait to get my hands on one (or three) of these drives! Should be a nice boost in data transfer performance for many situations. And hopefully the risk of storage errors will be next to nothing since it will not have any moving parts! The drives will be introduced in 1.8- and 2.5-inch …more

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