US CD album sales show 7% slide

It seems that album sales here in the United States have dropped 7% in 2005 while the download biz has doubled over the past year. I’m actually shocked that it only fell 7%! I personally haven’t bought a CD in a good number of years. Sales stood at 602.2 million during the year, down from …more

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69-year-old grandmother plays 10 hours of video games per day

Barbara St. Hilaire plays video games 10 hours a day and spends a good part of her Social Security check on games. The 69-year-old grandmother has become the heroine of young video-game fans and the star of a Web log created by her grandson. I got $20 that she can take down Fatal1ty on her …more

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Go Daddy’s New Super Bowl Ad Stalled By Censors

The domain registrar Go Daddy had problems with its 2005 Super Bowl ad and now it seems that the Fox network and NFL executives have issues with their 2006 Super Bowl ad. Go Daddy still hopes to air the ad during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl being held in Detroit. If the 2005 ad is …more

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NVIDIA Cancelled its C60 Pentium 4 Chipset Project

nVidia has recently cancelled it’s C60 Pentium 4 chipset program although the company has already started new projects to replace the C60. Not a big deal, but it seems that it will be a bit longer before nVidia ships any new Intel chipsets. During its last conference call, Nvidia’s CEO confirmed that the company cancelled …more

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ABIT cuts debts by selling properties, but trouble remains

ABIT was the enthusiast board of choice from the late 1990’s to 2002, but it was around this time period things started to get funky. ABIT has sold off properties to get out of debt, but then increased their investments in other companies even though they are still in debt. At a provisional meeting on …more

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The Father of ‘Automation’ Dies At 79: John Diebold

Computer Visionary John Diebold Dies At 79. “Automation” became Diebold’s main theme as he promoted the early use of computers at large U.S. companies. The rest is history and we can thank all sorts of today’s technology to him. “People say I coined this word (automation,)” Diebold told a Harvard biographer. “But I don’t claim …more

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A ‘Leap second’ is to be added on Dec. 31

It looks like the last day of 2005 will be one second longer than usual. An extra second will be added on December 31st, but this is not the first time the World has done this. The first leap second was added in 1972 and we have been doing so most years since then. Pretty …more

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The Video Game “Blitz” Lands Daunte Culpepper in Trouble

It was only a matter of time, but in a Blitz: The League you play a game based around fictional football league where players cripple their opponents, gamble and use performance-enhancing supplements. Any game that makes get Daunte Culpepper charges filed against him is worth checking out! If anyone has played this shoot me an …more

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ASUS Ready To Launch A9 Notebook

Asustek Computer is scheduled to introduce the A9, considered its first notebook series that has been completely researched, designed, developed, and manufactured by local engineers in China, to Europe and China in early 2006, according to company sources. Asustek has almost completed development and verification by the company?s R&D and testing engineers in China of …more

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Opera Says It is Not for Sale

Representatives at the browser company deny an impending buyout from Google or Microsoft; analysts say Opera’s mobile technologies make the smaller firm attractive. Eskil Sivertsen, a spokesperson for Opera, said his firm has not received any offers from either Microsoft or Google, and reported that the company was not being actively shopped to prospective buyers. …more

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Microsoft Xbox 360 mod chips almost available

According to the website cdrinfo.com, a mod chip for the Microsoft Xbox 360 is likely to show up “within weeks.” This is of course bad news for Microsoft, but good news for the millions of consumers looking to pay less. It is only a matter of time for a chip to come out, but is …more

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Valve Releases 64bit Source Update

Check out our Forums for more details! Available Now: 64-Bit Half-Life 2 and Lost Coast? Bellevue, WA. ? December 22, 2005 ? Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today. The first 64-bit Valve games released will be native 64-bit versions of Half-Life 2 and …more

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Rumor: ATI to launch Radeon X1900 next month

Fellow tech writer Kristopher Kubicki has posted an interesting bit over at anandtech about the ATI X1900 and how he has figured out it is being lauched next month. It is interesting to see if ATI can pull off a full launch by then or if this is just a paper launch to beat nVidia …more

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Microsoft settles with Google over executive hire

Microsoft has settled its lawsuit with rival Google over the hiring of Kai-Fu Lee, an expert in speech recognition technology and the man who founded Microsoft’s China research lab in the late 1990s. Time will tell if Google’s investment pays off! The tug-of-war over Lee was seen as Microsoft’s latest attempt to thwart Google’s growing …more

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