China creates third DVD format – EVD will own all

The DVD format, known as EVD, is part of state-backed efforts to create standards for mobile phones and other products and reduce dependence on foreign know-how and possibly reap licensing fees if they are adopted abroad. EVD, or Enhanced Versatile Disc, was first released in 2003, but an effort to promote it was dropped in …more

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Blu-ray DVD drive no bonus for some Sony PS3 buyers

Gamers love Sony Corp.’s new PlayStation 3 for its graphic capabilities and firepower, but the advanced Blu-ray DVD drive is annoying some by raising the cost, slowing production and forcing them to buy into a format they’ve not yet aligned with. “Blu-ray is adding $150 to $200 to the product. They’ve created something that is …more

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Sun puts 16 cores on high-end Rock processor

Sun Microsystems, already an aggressive advocate of multicore processing, will try to stay a step ahead of the game by putting 16 cores in its high-end Rock chip. With overheating capping chip speeds, chipmakers have been scrambling to improve performance instead by packing multiple processing engines onto a single slice of silicon. Sun got an …more

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Will Foxconn PR work magic for its brand push?

The usually low-keyed and mysterious Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world’s largest EMS provider best known by its trade name of Foxconn, is behaving rather unusually in 2006. In June it trumpeted a push in the brand-name graphics card market. Last month it made a big splash by announcing well in advance the formation of …more

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Nintendo cautions gamers on Wii remote safety – dry hands only!

Nintendo has some cautionary advice for players of its Wii video game console: when waving the controller, use the wrist strap, keep your palms dry and, whatever you do, don’t let go. The Wii has been pitched as a cheap alternative to pricier machines from Microsoft and Sony, but some gamers complain they are facing …more

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ATI loses five percent in 3Q, says Jon Peddie

Intel saw a flat quarter in graphics shipments in the third quarter, but was still the largest supplier of PC graphics devices worldwide, while ATI remained the second largest supplier in the third quarter but with a 5% sequential decline in shipments and decreased market share, according to research firm Jon Peddie Research (JPR). Nvidia, …more

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Kingston Technology First with DDR2 1.2GHz Memory Modules

Kingston today announced the immediate availability of 1.150 GHz and 1.200 GHz DDR2 HyperX memory modules. To the delight of gaming and computing enthusiasts worldwide, Kingston is first to bring 100% production tested PC9600 HyperX memory to market and is concurrently bringing new high frequency PC9200 modules to market. “Kingston HyperX memory is 100 percent …more

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Cisco Gets a Second Life

Cisco Systems has joined Dell and Sun Microsystems among the ranks of tech giants venturing into the virtual world of Second Life. Cisco quietly opened two adjoining private islands in the virtual realm this week amid continued server problems in Second Life, the 3-D online world created by San Francisco-based Linden Lab. The tech company …more

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CNET’s James Kim Update: His Body Has Been Recovered

Officials confirmed that James Kim, 35, an editor at the Web site CNET, had been found dead. Brian Anderson, Undersheriff of Josephine County, broke down and could not finish speaking as he announced that Kim’s body was found at 3:03 p.m. ET. His body was found at the bottom found of a steep ravine where …more

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Big shakeup at Yahoo – two senior executives gone!

Yahoo announced a major reorganization last night, addressing critics who for months have questioned the search giant’s ability to effectively compete with other Internet companies. According to the release, Chief Operating Officer Dan Rosensweig will leave Yahoo in March. Lloyd Braun, a former ABC executive who has headed Yahoo Media for the past two years, …more

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Intel and TSMC tested 32nm development prototypes – Looks Good!

While the semiconductor industry has yet to migrate to 45nm production, major players, such as Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), are already gearing up the development of the 32nm node. Intel’s director of technology strategy Paolo A Gargini yesterday described the US chip giant’s development of its 32nm process as being “in good …more

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100 gig iPod Around the Corner?

100 gig iPod Around the Corner?

With Toshiba’s Announcement of their new mobile-PC drive, how long will it take for Apple to release a 100gig iPod? I bet we have one in time for Spring Break. The drive, the MK1011GAH, contains two 50GB platters, and four read and write heads. The drive spins at 4,200rpm and has an average seek time …more

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CNET’s James Kim Left Pants on a Steep Slope – Marker?

Authorities searching the southwest Oregon wilderness for missing CNET editor James Kim said they believe they are close to finding the missing man, who has been stranded in a remote area for 10 days. James Kim is believed to be within 5 miles of the location where the family was rescued, near the Rogue River, …more

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NVIDIA Launches Quadro FX 3500M Graphics Solution For Workstations

NVIDIA Corporation today announced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500M, a high-performing mobile workstation graphics solution for CAD, Digital Content Creation, and Scientific Visualization. Pricing wasn’t mentioned and none could be found listed for sale at popular online resellers when this news post was made. Engineered to deliver unprecedented performance for accelerated workflow and shortened design …more

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