Nasa names new spacecraft ‘Orion’

Nasa has named its new manned exploration craft Orion. The vehicle is being developed to take human space explorers back to the Moon and potentially then on to Mars. It is hoped the name Orion could eventually mean as much for manned space exploration as Apollo did in the 1960s and 1970s. Its first manned …more

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IBM pushes quad-core ahead of Intel and AMD

IBM is hoping to steal a march on Intel and AMD in the quad-core race by launching four servers based around its second-generation Power 5+ processors. The new servers can manage 1.65 GHz clock speeds going downhill with the wind behind themT and will be priced to compete with x86-based servers using processors from Intel …more

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Halfway house for Internet addicts

Mainland China has opened its first halfway house for Internet addicts, offering shell-shocked teenagers counseling, books — and the use of computers. The shelter can hold four minors for one-night stays and help bridge gaps between children and parents, the Shanghai Daily said. “We wander around in nearby Internet bars at night and bring them …more

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Pluto is no longer a planet?

Scientists from around the world on Thursday approved a new definition of a planet, downgrading Pluto’s status to leave just eight classical planets. I wonder if I missed that question on the ACT or while in grade school because I want credit for my wrong, i mean right, answer! For now, the term planet will …more

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Quanta to produce the $100 laptops in Jiangsu, China

Quanta Computer has selected its new plant in Changshu, Jiangsu province (China) as a production base for the US$100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, indicated industry sources, mentioning lower labor costs in the region as the reason for Quanta to prefer Changshu to Shanghai. Compared to Shanghai, Quanta …more

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Apple settles with Creative for $100 million

Apple Computer and Creative Technology have agreed to settle their legal dispute over music player patents for $100 million, the companies announced Wednesday. The $100 million, to be paid by Apple, grants Apple a license to a Creative patent for the hierarchical user interface used in that company’s Zen music players. Apple can get back …more

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AMD Merger Impact — ATi Cancels 65nm Chipsets For Intel

The first impact of AMD’s acquisition of ATI Technologies on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) has surfaced, as ATI has cancelled launch of the company’s 65-nanometer (65nm) chipsets for the Intel platform, the RD700, RS700 and RC710, which were scheduled to be released during the second half of 2007, according …more

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Gateway receives ~$450 million offer for retail unit

Lap Shun Hui, owner of Joui International and the former owner of eMachines, said on Tuesday he has submitted a bid to buy the retail operations of computer maker Gateway for $450 million. In a letter to Gateway’s board, Hui also said he would be willing to explore buying all outstanding shares in the whole …more

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ATI Launches The Radeon X1950 Graphics Card Series

Gamers have a lot to be excited about as today ATI announced its new flagship graphics card family, the Radeon X1950 series. The new Radeon X1950 XTX and Radeon X1950 CrossFireT Edition work together or individually to deliver the ultimate gaming performance available today. Along with high frame rates, the Radeon X1950 family delivers uncompromised …more

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Mobile Phones On Airplanes Soon A Reality

Overhead “no smoking” signs will be replaced by “no mobiles” messages on some planes next year when technology is introduced to make it safe for passengers to use mobile phones mid-flight. Airlines are seeking ways to police potentially annoying on-board phone chat via symbols of a mobile phone crossed out, forcing passengers to switch off …more

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IBM Buying Internet Security Systems

IBM agreed to buy Internet Security Systems for $28 a share, or $1.3 billion, in cash. The deal offers holders of Atlanta-based Internet Security an 8% premium to Tuesday’s closing prices. BM said the acquisition advances its strategy to utilize IT services, software and consulting expertise to automate labor-based processes into standardized, software-based services that …more

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Futuremark Adds Sapphire as Latest Benchmark Development Member

Futuremark Corporation in joint cooperation with Hong Kong based Sapphire Technology Ltd announced today that Sapphire has become the first board manufacturer to join the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program. “We are pleased to welcome Sapphire to the 3DMark BDP. Sapphire brings a substantial commitment to the program, expressing that they plan to be fully engaged …more

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AMD Opens New R&D Center In Shanghai, China

AMD today officially opened the Shanghai Research and Development Center (SRDC), a multi-million dollar research and development facility driving next-generation AMD processor-powered platform innovation through increased technology partner and customer collaboration. Initially, the SRDC’s engineering staff will focus on the development of AMD’s next-generation mobile platforms, but will also provide an important role in the …more

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Laptops and Planes still go together, for now

With heightened security at airports across the nation many believe that laptops are destined to being on the no fly list. While if this even happens it is sometime away it’s still something to think about now and the following news story does just that. The good news is that the restrictions on electronics that …more

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