Rumor: Intel now has many 3Dlabs employees that created Open GL 2.0

Fudo believs that Intel quietly acquired most of the 3Dlabs graphics team. Back on the 24th February this year, 3Dlabs and its mother company Creative Labs announced plans to “refocus” 3Dlabs’ interests on mobile and handheld market. The company also said that it will cut its workforce to only 100 people. We learned that a …more

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3 leave AOL over privacy goof

Two AOL employees were fired and its chief technology officer has left the company in the aftermath of a privacy breach that involved the release of more than 650,000 subscribers’ Internet search terms. I still fear AOL user #907 and pray that I never bump into him in my neighborhood. Although AOL had substituted numeric …more

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Reinventing the scroll wheel

A recent visit by CNET News.com to Synaptics’ headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., turned up several notable concept designs that might make their way into future PCs. CNET has a bunch of pictures of new designs that might change the way we use computers, but it’s too early to tell if any will catch on. …more

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Damn That’s Big — Samsung debuts 8GB music phone

Samsung Electronics has developed a music-player cell phone with 8GB of built-in flash memory — that’s double the amount of memory in Apple Computer’s hit-iPod nano. The SCH-B570 can store about 1,600 MP3 music files or about 16 movies and if that’s not enough entertainment then there’s also a receiver for South Korea’s mobile satellite …more

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Intel Merom prices start at $209 — transitional platform

The Core 2 Duo T5500 and the Core 2 Duo T5600, entry-level offerings in Intel’s upcoming Merom notebook CPU line, will respectively be priced at US$209 and US$241, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers. The new processors will replace existing Core Duo T2300E and T2400 models, which are based on the Yonah core. According …more

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Apple Runs Fans Nonstop To Cool MacBooks

Last Thursday Apple issued a firmware update for its entry-level MacBook notebooks to adjust “fan behavior.” The firmware update, which can be downloaded Apple support site, is in response to ongoing customer complaints about overheated and/or noisy MacBooks, the newest model in the Intel-based portable line. “Now we have an update that appears to fix …more

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US judge rules wiretaps illegal

A secret wiretapping scheme brought in as part of the Bush administration’s war on terror is unconstitutional and must stop, a federal judge has ruled. The programme, approved by President Bush in 2001, allows for the monitoring of millions of US citizens’ phone calls abroad without the need for a warrant. Civil liberties campaigners brought …more

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Intel has another chip set shortage

A spike in PC demand has created a new shortage of Intel chip sets, potentially reviving an issue blamed for causing the company to lose market share to rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) last year. Legit Reviews correctly called this shortage nearly a month ago in the conclusion of the Conroe launch article by saying: …more

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Lite-On IT to produce HD-DVD burners in March 2007

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives in Taiwan, on August 18 announced it is developing half-height (H/H) HD-DVD burners, with a volume production target set for March 2007. lthough the company has scheduled production of H/H HD-DVD burners, Lite-On IT appears to retain a neutral attitude between Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD-DVD. …more

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ATI Releases CATALYST 6.8 Drivers For Download

ATI just minutes ago released Catalyst 6.8 drivers on www.ati.com for both Windows and Linux platforms. THe drivers greatly improve Direct3D performance numbers with Futuremarks 3DMark06 scores increasing an amazing 22% and Call of Duty 2 increasing as much as 30%. OpenGL – Improved shader compiler and transform engine optimizations have led to many significant …more

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Court orders EchoStar to halt DVR sales

TiVo Inc. Friday said a federal court in Texas has ordered EchoStar Communications Corp. to halt the use and sale of several of its digital video recorders (DVRs) after a jury ruled in April that EchoStar had infringed on a TiVo patent. This is not good news for the millions that might have issues come …more

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Dell picks up AMD chips amid SEC probe

As expected, the world’s largest PC maker announced on Thursday that it will ship Dimension desktops and two-processor servers equipped with AMD’s chips by the end of the year. Its first embrace of AMD products came in May, when it announced plans to ship a four-processor server based on the chips. AMD, naturally, was thrilled …more

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ATI’s R600 graphics card has 64 real pipes

The ATI R600 GPU has been in the works for some time and details and rumors are coming out daily on it now. Our dear friend Fudo believes that it has 64 pipelines… WOW! We previously wrote that the chip will have sixty four Shader units but we never realised at the time that the …more

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Intel’s digital-home Bearlake G+ to support HDMI and HDCP

Delivering its Bearlake chipset family to the market in the second quarter of 2007, Intel will begin with the Bearlake-P variant, which targets the mainstream market, and the Bearlake-G chipset that includes an integrated graphics processor (IGP), indicated motherboard makers familiar with Intel’s chipset roadmap. Next two products in this family, the Bearlake-X and Bearlake-G+, …more

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