VIA & Mini-box Announce VoomPC: Sub-$300 Car PC Kit

VIA & Mini-box Announce VoomPC: Sub-$300 Car PC Kit

VIA Technologies and Mini-box announced the VoomPC family of compact, high performance yet affordable x86 car PC kits aimed at driving telematics mainstream. Based on low power VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboards, the x86 platform of choice for car PCs, the VoomPC is specifically designed for the ultra power sensitive conditions of in-vehicle applications. Pretty slick …more

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Epox launches SLI motherboard for AMD Socket-754 CPUs

Epox have released a new NVIDIA nForce4 SLI motherboard. This is nothing new, but support for AMD’s socket 754 is. This is the first SLI motherboard to support AMD’s socket 754, also the first to support SATA2 with RAID. This opens up a whole new upgrade path for alot of users, until now SLI was …more

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Dell ending free home delivery of computers

Dell Inc. will stop its practice of sending low-end computers to customers homes without charge in order to cut costs, the company said Thursday. We will add this to our list of reasons to build your own computer! Starting Oct. 10, Dell’s free shipping offer on basic models will apply only to people willing to …more

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ATI Technologies Cuts Video Card Warranty To One Year

ATI silently lowered its warranty down to 1 year for ALL of their desktop graphics cards. This shouldn?t have any impact on the warranty that offered by third party companies like Sapphire, ASUS, or VisionTek but it I find it interesting. Are they doing it to push more sales through their partners or as a …more

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Samsung breaks ground on $33 billion chip campus

Samsung have started work on expanding their Hwaseong semiconductor facility, at a cost of $33 Billion. According to EETimes their total expected investment will be $860 million by 2012. LONDON ? South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. broke ground Thursday (Sept. 29) on a second round of construction at its Hwaseong semiconductor facility. …more

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Broadband Internet use grows to 60% in U.S. homes

More than 60 percent of Americans who use the Internet at home now do so with a high-speed connection, a new study finds. That’s a jump from 51 percent a year ago. Nielsen/NetRatings says 86 million Internet users surfed the Web on home broadband connections in August. Increased use of the internet and lowering broadband …more

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LG Chem aims to be first to market in notebook fuel cells

LG Chem aims to be first to market in notebook fuel cells

Korea-based LG Chem, a mother company of the well known LG Group, aims to be the first in the world to commercialize fuel cell technology to power notebooks. According to the company, it has already completed its development of portable fuel cells and plans to commercialize the product later this year. LG Chem will probably …more

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Intel, Research In Motion Collaborate on Next-Generation BlackBerry Devices

The BlackBerry handheld device has now found a new CPU. Intel are to collaborate with Reseach in Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry, on their new cpu. The BlackBerry will use Intel’s XScale architecture, which in turn uses Intel’s new PXA9xx cellular processor. Check out our forums, and of course feel free to post your …more

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Rambus Chips Away at Samsung Suit

Rambus shares spiked today in response to a court filing seeking a dismissal of litigation in Virginia against vs. Samsung, the world’s second-largest chipmaker and the largest memory manufacturer. Shares of Rambus (RMBS) are up over 5% on the news. Rambus requested that a Virginia federal district court dismiss a Samsung lawsuit, in part because …more

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$100 laptop moves closer to reality thanks to MIT

Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations. At 500Mhz and a one gig of memory the Linux powered notebook seems like a steal for $100. The proposed design of the machines calls for a 500MHz …more

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Are McDonald’s rice burgers set for global domination?

McDonald’s Restaurants (Taiwan) yesterday celebrated sales of its home-grown rice burgers, which topped 5 million units six months after hitting the market, saying the local taste may be available in McDonald’s worldwide soon. I have personally stopped eating McDonalds after seeing the movie Super Size Me and have lost a few pounds. “By combining Western …more

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Apple admits to iPod Nano faults

As reported earlier Apple now admit that some iPod Nano’s have a problem. The good news is they say it only affects a very small amount of Nono’s sold. Accprding to The BBC Apple are offering replacements to affected customers. Electronics firm Apple has admitted there have been problems with its new iPod Nano music …more

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Xbox drained $4 billion in four years from Microsoft’s profits

A news story on Forbes.com talks about how Microsoft lost $4 billion in four years on the Xbox. I’m sure Microsoft is not worried though as they have $40 billion in cash and over the next 18 months they are launching fifteen new products. The releases include new versions of Windows, Office and the much-hyped …more

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September 27th News From Around the Web

Another day, another inbox full of news from around the web. In this issue we get looks at a VOIP phone, the gorgeous NI8-SLI from Abit, an interesting article discussing hackers, and the completed worklog of R2-D2. Stay tuned in for more news as the week progresses!

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