Chip-enabled ball makes goal-line decisions

No more disputes on the pitch? Yeah, right! But it’s a start. LONDON ? An RF chip developed in Germany is being tested in Peru as a means to determine goal-line decisions in soccer matches. The chip-enabled football was developed by sports giant Adidas, software company Cairos Technologies AG and engineers from Germany?s Fraunhofer Institute, …more

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Building Web sites for small businesses for free

DigitalWork, a Chicago company dedicated to small businesses, has set up a Web site that lets non-techies create their own Web sites free. The site is limited to four pages and 100 photos,but comes ad free. Can’t beat free! The site, www.ZoomShare.com, enables anyone who knows how to do word processing to set up the …more

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Microsoft Office 12 to support PDF files

Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that the next version of its Office program will be able to save documents in the PDF format, a popular method of sharing documents between different computers and software programs. The silly part is that a PDF viewer will still be required. The PDF support will be built into Word, …more

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Micron Technology Stock Shares Up Nearly 10%

Shares of Micron Technology (MU) jumped $1.11 (+9.11%) on Friday after the company reported unexpected profit during its fourth quarter due to strong DRAM chip demand and image sensor sales. I wonder how much of the profit increase is due to the “Fat Body” D9 memory IC’s that enthusiast memory companies Corsair, Mushkin, and OCZ …more

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Phishing becomes against law in California

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Friday making Internet “phishing” identity theft scams punishable by law. Sounds like common sense right? Well, California is the only state that has a bill of like this! I don’t think we will see a dramatic decrease in phishing thought as most are sent from out of the …more

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Google & Earthlink propose Wi-Fi plans for San Francisco

San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom asked for a wireless network and thanks to proposals from Google and Earthlink they are going to get one. Google said on Friday it has proposed to provide free wireless Internet services across the city of San Francisco. Other companies that responded to San Francisco’s request for information include Internet …more

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U3 penetration rate for 2006 set at 40%

SanDisk and M-Systems aim to increase the penetration rate of their co-developed U3 platform to 40% of the flash disk market in 2006, according to sources at downstream flash disk makers. U3 has gained support from other flash disk makers including Kingston, Memorex and Verbatim, among others, with the first drives set to begin shipping …more

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China blocks Skype, VoIP

VoIP is everywhere..Alot of my friends use it to talk to friends and family around the world. It looks like China will be a hard nut to crack. According to The Register, VoIP is blocked when crossing into the Chinese Telecoms network, or at least VoIP using PC to POTS (plain old telephone service). China …more

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Emmy for Sony PlayStation 3D work

The Sony PlayStation is a household name around the world. Now the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded the PlayStation an Emmy, aside from that what I also found interesting is Sony have shipped their 100 Millionth PlayStation this year! Sony’s PlayStation console has won an Emmy from the US National Academy …more

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VIA & Mini-box Announce VoomPC: Sub-$300 Car PC Kit

VIA & Mini-box Announce VoomPC: Sub-$300 Car PC Kit

VIA Technologies and Mini-box announced the VoomPC family of compact, high performance yet affordable x86 car PC kits aimed at driving telematics mainstream. Based on low power VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards, the x86 platform of choice for car PCs, the VoomPC is specifically designed for the ultra power sensitive conditions of in-vehicle applications. Pretty slick …more

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Epox launches SLI motherboard for AMD Socket-754 CPUs

Epox have released a new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI motherboard. This is nothing new, but support for AMD’s socket 754 is. This is the first SLI motherboard to support AMD’s socket 754, also the first to support SATA2 with RAID. This opens up a whole new upgrade path for alot of users, until now SLI was …more

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Dell ending free home delivery of computers

Dell Inc. will stop its practice of sending low-end computers to customers homes without charge in order to cut costs, the company said Thursday. We will add this to our list of reasons to build your own computer! Starting Oct. 10, Dell’s free shipping offer on basic models will apply only to people willing to …more

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ATI Technologies Cuts Video Card Warranty To One Year

ATI silently lowered its warranty down to 1 year for ALL of their desktop graphics cards. This shouldn?t have any impact on the warranty that offered by third party companies like Sapphire, ASUS, or VisionTek but it I find it interesting. Are they doing it to push more sales through their partners or as a …more

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Samsung breaks ground on $33 billion chip campus

Samsung have started work on expanding their Hwaseong semiconductor facility, at a cost of $33 Billion. According to EETimes their total expected investment will be $860 million by 2012. LONDON ? South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. broke ground Thursday (Sept. 29) on a second round of construction at its Hwaseong semiconductor facility. …more

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