Microsoft wins Census deal for 500,000 handsets

Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets. Sounds like a very sweet deal and I hope it doesn’t have any bugs! Microsoft expects to increase its mobile unit’s sales to $1 billion in one to three years, from $337 million last year, …more

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Hard Drive Maker Maxtor Cuts 900 Jobs

Soon-to-be-acquired Maxtor warned Wall Street that it will miss its first-quarter financial targets by a lot more than the proverbial mile and said it will cut 900 jobs in Singapore. The ugly meltdown, which includes a per-share loss that’s more than double analysts’ estimates, is the result of slow sales and customer defections brought on …more

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Apple’s enlisting, so sign up maggot!

After the months of labor and slaving away, die hard fanatics of Apple hardware (insert witty biting comment) have been rewarded by The Steve with Apple’s very own beta software (titled Boot Camp; also to be included in the upcoming OSX: Leopard) that will allow Mac users to install and run Windows on an Intel-based …more

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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.6 update

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.4.6, the latest update to its ‘Tiger’ operating system. Released as both PowerPC and Intel versions, the new software incorporates the customary array of tweaks and fixes, but most notably incorporates a major revision of the OS’ iSync tool. Mac OS X 10.4.6 is delivered via the OS’ Software …more

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ATI R580+ aims for 750MHz core clock

Rumor has it that ATI’s upcoming high end chip is targeting a 750MHz core clock. That would be a 100MHz speed jump from the original, shipping and very available R580, but it could be just enough to make Nvidia’s life miserable. his is a magical number, as the G71 runs at around 100MHz faster than …more

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ATI R600 Graphics Core Postponed

Fudo over at The Inq. has a great little piece up today about how ATI is going to hold the R600 GPU due to the delay of Windows Vista. It seems that the card really needs DirectX 10 to show off its true colors. It turns out that the R600 won’t be out as early …more

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Worldwide semiconductor sales rise

Semiconductor sales were up 6.8 percent in February from a year ago, but don’t think it is do to computer sales. It seems that cell phone sales are up big due to sales in China and India and that is great news for companies like Texas Instruments. Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 6.8 percent in February …more

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Open Source DRM

Wired has a column posted that talks about Sun’s DRM proposal. Regardless of whether you like or hate DRM, maybe this Open Source solution will be the lesser of two evils since it appears that DRM could be coming to a PC near you when you purchase a new video game or MP3 player. But …more

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The Future of Web 2.0

Slashdot has a blurb about an article that gives the state of Web 2.0, the future of web software. It is well worth a read if you are interested in what the internet as we know it will become! Despite some disdain for the term Web 2.0, the underlying ideas seem to be genuinely taking …more

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.xxx Domain Idea Shelved

It looks like the proposed porn domain, .xxx, has been denied once again. I would have thought it to be a great idea in order to improve filtering techniques to restrict porn sites from popping up in classrooms, work, etc. A plan for a new internet “domain” for pornography has once again been shelved, dealing …more

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Apple buying part of Hynix

Apple has agreed to buy at least 20 percent of Hynix Semiconductor Inc.’s NAND flash memory chips until 2010! This is a big move and should help Apple secure a steady suppy of memory for their handheld devices. Apple Computer agreed to buy at least 20 percent of Hynix Semiconductor Inc.’s NAND flash memory chips …more

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XM Satellite says subscribers top 6.5 million

XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. said on Monday it added more than 568,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter, taking its total subscriber base to more than 6.5 million. he No. 1 U.S. satellite radio operator said it is on track to reach its goal of 9 million subscribers by year-end. XM said major …more

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Nvidia unable to supply chips

If you look at Newegg.com every single NVIDIA GeForce 7900GT and 7900GTX is “Out of Stock”. We have been wondering what the deal was, and it looks like The Inq has been wondering also. There seem to be a few 7900GTs and GTXs kicking around in the channel but, wherever you look, you’re far more …more

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Child porn investigators raid NASA for computer

NASA’s Washington headquarters was raided last week by investigators searching for evidence of child pornography. James Robinson, a NASA manager, came to the Feds attention when he responded to online ads for child pornography last year, Smoking Gun reports. He used the name Jim Saron and sent pictures and videos to several undercover investigators. He …more

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