RFID Is Not Ready For Prime Time

Despite big initiatives by the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and the Department of Defense, and a good bit of hype, tracking goods with RFID tags isn’t going to become commonplace anytime soon, said Sal Iannuzzi, president and CEO of Symbol Technologies. Funny I was just talking about RFID technology over dinner this past weekend and …more

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Apple launches first 1GB iPod Nano

Apple Computer Inc Tuesday launched a new 1 gigabyte iPod nano music player for $149 and said it cut the price of its Shuffle music player. The new smaller Nano can hold 240 songs or 150,000 photos, the company said in a statement. Good news for those that wanted one for the holiday seasion, but …more

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ATI RD580, Crossfire Xpress 3200 to launch February

Anyone that has looked into buying a CrossFire ready motherboard using an ATI chipset knows the choices are far and few. The next generation ATI chipset (RD580) is still on the table for this month, so keep your fingers crossed. ATI’s Crossfire chipset has 32 PCIe lanes dedicated for two graphic cards plus a few …more

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AMD’s Socket AM2 to launch summer 06 (before June 30th)

Are you one of the tens of thousands waiting for AMD to come out with the next generation socket before you upgrade? If you are one of these consumers you will be happy to know the Socket M (AM2) boards should launch in early summer – June to be exact according to Fudo. AMD wants …more

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DDR2 contract prices soar in 1H February

Contract prices for mainstream DRAMs shot up in the first half of February, with DDR2 pricing rocketing up 18% from the second half of January. We told you this months ago! DRAMeXchange observed that DRAM makers successfully raised DDR2 memory module prices by more than 16%, with some makers even raising prices by over 23% …more

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ECS Launches The C19-A SLI Motherboard

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) today unveiled the C19-A SLI, the first ECS motherboard leveraging SLI technology for the Intel platform based on the NVIDIA nForces4 SLI XE chipset. With the C19-A SLI, Intel enthusiasts can experience NVIDIA SLI technology, which was previously available exclusively for the AMD platform. Better still, the C19-A SLI makes SLI …more

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IBM creates chip for faster wireless data

International Business Machines Corp. on Monday said it has developed a small, low-cost chipset that could allow wireless electronic devices to transmit and receive ten times faster than today’s advanced WiFi networks. The chips use a portion of the radio spectrum that can carry more data at faster speeds, IBM said. That could make them …more

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Intel Dual-Core Merom CPUs: T7200, T7400, T7600

The Inq has found sources in Asia that have disclosed the numbers and the specs of Intel’s next generation “Merom” processor, slated like Intel’s “Cointreau” and “Woodcrest” for the third quarter of this year. With 4MB of cache and the FCPGA6 socket these processors already look interesting. Intel will number the chips the T7600, the …more

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AOL and Yahoo to charge for emails

AOL and Yahoo! are to start charging for sending emails. Both companies will still accept free emails but are offering the chance to pay to avoid their spam filters. By paying between a quarter and one cent per message companies will get preferential delivery of their messages. A “business class” email will go straight to …more

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DDR2 Spot Price On The Rise

It looks like DDR2 memory prices jumped over thirty cents over the Chinese New Year. This is a 6% increase in pricing and may impact the pricing on economy memory lines from many big companies very soon. The spot price of 512Mbit DDR2-533 is expected to edge up to the US$5.5 level, up from US$5.17 …more

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1GB GeForce Quadro slated for April

Professional and hobbyist 3D rendering nuts are in for a treat this April when the new Quadro is released. The card will feature the new 90nm G71 GPU core and a whopping 1GB of memory. Two of these in SLI would surely put a smile on any CAD drafter’s face. Nvidia received quite a few …more

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Newer drivers reduce high end ATi GPU power consumption

Got a high end Radeon that’s chewing through your electricity? Want to save a few dollars on that electric bill? The new Catalyst 6.1 drivers from ATi which employ power saving features borrowed from ATi’s mobile product line may help. Strangely enough, no mention of this was found in the official Catalyst 6.1 release notes. …more

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Shuttle to launch a new SFF at CeBIT

Shuttle plans to add another SFF to their current product line come CeBIT this year. The new form factor supposedly will be smaller and quieter than existing XPC products. The fact still remains though, you can only get a computer with an optical disc drive so small within reasonable costs and current technology constraints. Could …more

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Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.1 Plugs Flaws

Firefox 1.5 gets its first security patch to fix a denial-of-service bug and several unknown vulnerabilities. Here’s what’s new in Firefox 1.5.0.1: * Improved stability. * Improved support for Mac OS X. * International Domain Name support for Iceland (.is) is now enabled. * Fixes for several memory leaks. * Several security enhancements. The open-source …more

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