Passed Away – ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, the famous Australian naturalist killed by a stingray on Monday, was videotaped pulling a poisonous barb from his chest just before he died, according to news reports. Irwin’s manager John Stainton, who was among the television crew on the reef, said the accident was caught on videotape, according to The Associated …more

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ATI Launches chip with Full HD For Worldwide Standards – Xilleon 260

ATI Technologies Inc. today announced Xilleon 260, the first System-on-a-Chip that supports Full HD for worldwide DTV (digital television) standards including Europe, Japan, Korea and North America. Xilleon 260 is designed to help consumer electronics manufacturers meet and surpass the high quality video and audio expectations of home theater enthusiasts. ATI is showcasing DTV solutions …more

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Trade Commission to investigate Samsung handsets

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will investigate complaints by Ericsson and its Swedish parent company that Samsung Electronics and two of its U.S. companies violated patents used its mobile handsets. Ericsson and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson filed a complaint against Samsung’s Korean parent company, Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics America, alleging that …more

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Quanta plans 10 million $100 laptops in 12 months

Quanta Computer president Michael Wang stated that the company has set a 12-month shipment goal of 10 million notebooks for the US$100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, starting from when actual shipments kick off at the end of the first quarter, 2007. The shipments will expand considerably at …more

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Take-Two Interactive Delays Games and Misses Target

Take-Two Interactive warned Thursday that its bottom line for its fiscal third and fourth quarters will likely fall short of analysts’ targets. It’s been a rough year for video game companies without a doubt. Not only did the company forecast disappointing earnings, but it also slightly missed analysts’ revenue targets for the third quarter and …more

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Intel to Slash Thousands of Jobs: Reports

Intel, the big California-based maker of computer chips, is close to revealing plans to cut as much as one-fifth of its workforce, according to published reports. The job cuts could eliminate 10,000 to 20,000 jobs, and might be confirmed next week, reports say. Shares of Intel gained 28 cents to $19.85 in premarket trading Friday …more

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Mozilla updates Firefox 2.0 beta

Mozilla has released a new test version of Firefox 2.0, which will be the next major version of its popular open-source browser. Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, released Thursday at about 3 p.m. Pacific time, features an improved user interface and a limited version of the phishing protection feature that Mozilla is developing for the browser. …more

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Nokia unveils N80 multimedia phone

Nokia announced on Thursday that the N80 Internet Edition, an enriched successor to the N80 multimedia phone, will be available in mid-September. The N80 Internet Edition can be used as both a cell phone and a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone. Users can download and use software for any VoIP service, according to Nokia. …more

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Microsoft Awards $951 Million Worth of Stock to Executives

Microsoft on Thursday handed out performance bonuses of restricted stock worth nearly $1 billion to roughly 900 senior executives. Congrats to those 900, but what about everyone else? Jeff Raikes, who heads Microsoft’s business division, received the largest grant — 875,334 shares — bringing his ownership stake in the software company to 5.5 million shares, …more

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ATI Technologies Recalls TV Wonder 650 cards

ATI Technologies said it will recall cards for its TV Wonder 650 product, but the effects of the replacements will be minimal on the chipmaker, according to a Tuesday report by UBS Investment Research. Robert Dennison, an analyst for the research firm, said ATI will replace the defective cards for the TV Wonder 650, which …more

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ATI Launches the Radeon Xpress 1250 Chipset for Intel platforms

ATI Technologies Inc. is delivering a new mark in excellence for integrated graphics performance on the Intel mobile and desktop computing platform with the introduction of the new Radeon Xpress 1250 chipset. The Radeon Xpress 1250 serves up unparalleled graphics performance to the integrated graphics segment, providing more horsepower for the latest 3D games and …more

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Mobile Security Specification – Locking down mobile phones

A new set of security standards designed to lock down mobile devices has been hammered out and is set to be unveiled at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show being held in Los Angeles next month. Called the Mobile Security Specification, it is billed as the basis for a new generation of secure phones …more

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Microsoft Vista to sell for $100 to $399

Microsoft Corp. is selling its new Windows Vista operating system for $100 to $399 and will make the program available on Jan. 30, according to Amazon.com Inc.’s Web site. Amazon, which is already taking orders for Vista, lists the price for Vista Ultimate, the most expensive retail product, at $399 for a full version and …more

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AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities

AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store. The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement. The cyberattack affects about 19,000 customers who purchased equipment for high-speed DSL Internet connections through …more

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