Broadcom announces HD decoder chip supporting both Blu-ray and HD DVD

Broadcom have developed a new Video decoder chip, which works with both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. The chip, called BCM7411D HD A/V decoder chip, is also backward compatibile with current DVD’s using the now outdated MPEG-2 format. Broadcom today announced what it claims to be the industry?s first high definition (HD) audio/video decoder chip …more

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AMD announces ‘AMD Live!’

AMD has announced its trump to Intel’s Viiv platform. It even rhymes with ‘Viiv’! AMD Live! is geared toward enhancing the digital entertainment experience of its consumers with the flexibility of PC technology in desktops and laptops. AMD Live! systems should be available sometime in mid-2006! ‘Live!’ or ‘Viiv’… which one makes more sense? SUNNYVALE, …more

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Rumor Mill: Google to Announce Google PC at CES?

Tech Dirt has an interesting little rumor about Google. Seems the LA Times thinks that Google will announce a PC they will sell through Wal-Mart. This would be a huge announcement, but there is a lot of hype anytime the press finds out Google will be making an announcement. I guess we’ll find out through …more

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Should QWERTY become obsolete?

Looks like a new and improved keyboard design will be unveiled at CES this year. I’m one who is always interested in trying new things, so I can’t wait for CES coverage to startup full-force so we can see all the new gizmos of consumer electronics! One of a long line of entrepreneurs and scientists …more

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First batch of VIIV PCs not to support DMA

It is rumored that Intel?s upcoming VIIV 1.0 disables digital media adaptor (DMA) functionality, the first batch of VIIV PCs are recognized to be more like high-end entertainment PCs, the sources commented. By June, when the chip giant introduces the DMA-supporting 1.5 version, PC makers are looking to roll out a more complete digital home …more

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ProMOS wins orders from ATI and Nvidia

ProMOS Technologies has landed OEM orders for niche memory from ATI Technologies and Nvidia, with the amount of orders exceeding thousands of wafers, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News. Interesting news, but doesn’t impact many PC enthusiasts as this has no relation to upcoming GDDR4 memory. ProMOS will supply pseudo SRAM (PSRAM) and low-power …more

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Windows Vista will not have support for older DVD drives

Windows Vista will not have support for really old DVD drives. This means that if you have an “old” drive will you notice that encrypted/regionalized DVD movies will no longer play. Fun stuff eh? I wonder how many people out there have a working older DVD-ROM in their computer right now. When PC DVD drives …more

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Google To Supply Search For Opera’s Mobile Browsers

The browser’s Mini version operates on WAP-equipped cell phones, while the more robust Opera Mobile version is generally offered as an add-on to mobile and wireless devices for a small user fee. Looks like Google isn’t going to buy them after all! See Internet rumors still do exisit. Google will supply the default search function …more

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Intel VIIV 1.5 and 2.0 revealed

The Inq has posted an article that talks about Intel’s upcoming VIIV 1.5 and 2.0 systems. Some of their comments really crack me up. Take this one for example by Charlie: “VIIV IS NOT a product, but a lineup of products. It was originally supposed to be launched with Smithfield, but Intel figured that going …more

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Advansus Computer: Formed By Asustek-Advantech Venture

Advansus Computer, the joint venture between motherboard giant Asustek Computer and industrial PC (IPC) specialist Advantech Computer. It took $30.4 million to start up and we should start seeing products in 2006 from them! Ke-cheng Liu, chairman of Advantech, will lead Advansus as the company chairman, as reported by Emma Wang in today?s Chinese-language Apple …more

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The Tech Industry Gets Ready For CES

Legit Reviews has been gearing up for CES over the past few weeks and we are ready to tackle the long taxi lines and over priced hotels for the fourth year in a row! We will bring you CES starting on Jan 4th or 5th depending on how busy we get those first nights! While …more

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Intel Drops 14 Year Old Slogan: Intel Inside

After 14 years, the “Intel Inside” marketing slogan is being put to rest. Expect a major overhaul of Intel’s corporate logo and branding next year! The company also will move away from the Pentium name, which it has used to label many of its chips since 1993. The company’s forthcoming notebook processor, to be introduced …more

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Self-booting Microsoft Xbox 360 kiosk demo disk ISO released

It seems that a self-booting Xbox 360 kiosk demo disk ISO file has made it out on the web thanks to a group called Pi. They claim a number of games are hackable when using this disk. They mention Call of Duty 2, Hexic, Kameo and King Kong. Microsoft might be a bit hot over …more

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LG Telecom Launches Water-Proof Cell Phone

LG Telecom, Korea?s smallest mobile operator, Thursday took the wraps off the nation?s first waterproof mobile phone, canU 502S developed under alliance with Japanese firm Casio Computer. No word on just how deep these phones can go before the seal gives in and leaks, so no scuba steve stunts! “If dropped in a pool, tub …more

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