Sony cuts price of PlayStation 2 by 20 Dollars

Sony has cut the price of its best-selling PlayStation 2 (PS2) by $20 in the US. The price drop was widely expected, coming ahead of the planned November launch of Sony’s new PlayStation 3. Can’t beat $20 off if you still want a PS2. The PS2 will now sell in the US for around $130 …more

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Vietnam’s tech sector hails Gates’ visit

Vietnam’s fledgling high-tech industry gets a major vote of confidence with the arrival Friday of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, whose visit says much about the country’s success in establishing itself as a new player on the technology map. I find it interesting that Bill Gates is meeting with many countries in the news politically lately, …more

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Apple Computer profit rises by 41 percent

Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday its second-quarter profit rose 41 percent, beating Wall Street estimates, as sales of its iPod players continued to soar and Macintosh computer shipments increased by 4 percent. Revenue for the quarter was $4.36 billion, up 34 percent from $3.24 billion in the year-ago quarter, but fell below the projections of …more

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Microsoft loses patent suit to Z4 Technologies

Microsoft Corp. and Autodesk Inc. must pay $133 million to a Michigan man who claimed he was owed royalties for inventions to prevent software piracy, a jury ruled. The $115 million coming from Microsoft is the second-largest patent loss for Microsoft in history. I’m guessing this one will be appealed, if it already hasn’t been. …more

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Apple CFO says iPod prices to decline

Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company’s CFO said on Wednesday. If you haven’t received one as a gift now might be the time to pick one up for yourself! We expect them to be down …more

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Paris Hilton to star in mobile video game

Paris Hilton is going to featured in an upcoming mobile video game published by Gameloft. In a deal between Paris Hilton Entertainment and Gameloft, Paris’s blonde image will appear in a game geared for teens. No titles or release dates have been mentioned yet, but we wouldn’t expect it to come out till later in …more

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Intel to push BIOS replacement with ‘Centrino 4’

Intel will drive the adoption of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) with the introduction of ‘Santa Rosa’, the next generation of its Centrino notebook platform, it has been claimed. So far, the only Intel-based machines on the market that use EFI instead of older BIOS technology are Apple’s latest desktops and notebooks. Bring on EFI …more

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A-Data: NAND flash prices to bottom

Despite seeing its margins eroded by sharp falls in the price of memory in the first quarter, Taiwan-based memory-module maker A-Data Technology is projecting that healthy trends in the pricing of both NAND flash and DRAM, in the second quarter and the company?s revenues should grow by 20% on-quarter, said company chairman Simon Chen at …more

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Rumor: ATI X1900 GTO postponed

ATI planned to release its X1900 GTO cards by the end of the April and – at least according to a few partners – those plans will have to be put on hold. We know that most ATI partners already sold out of all their X1800 GTO cards, based on the R520 chip, and it …more

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AT&T to offer Television Service and Movie Downloads This Summer

AT&T announced Tuesday that it will team up with San Mateo-based Akimbo to allow customers to download movies and shows over the Internet through AT&T’s upcoming television service this summer. The new AT&T service, called Homezone, is set to start in California and 12 other states by late summer. The partnership brings the phone company …more

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Oracle Plugs 36 Holes in Critical Patch Update

Oracle patches multiple security flaws, including one that was at the center of a debate on disclosure at the Black Hat Federal briefings. One fix closes a gaping flaw in the Oracle PL/SQL Gateway that has been around for over six months! Database server giant Oracle on April 18 shipped its scheduled quarterly critical patch …more

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Google to search inside business software programs

Google will help office workers dig deeper into business software programs and databases to find relevant information tidbits thanks to a new feature called “Google OneBox for Enterprise”. The new feature, known by the mouthful “Google OneBox for Enterprise,” is built into boxes Google sells to businesses. They help create custom search systems for employees …more

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Rumor: AMD Moving Forward Socket AM2 Launch

Kristopher Kubicki has stated that AMD told him that they are moving up their Socket AM2 launch from June 6th to May 23rd. AMD has recently been getting nailed on DDR2 memory performance and the buzz around Intel’s upcoming Conroe processor, so it only makes sense to bump up the launch to get some time …more

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Asustek to fulfill Dell notebook order at Shanghai plant in 4Q

Asustek Computer, which reportedly beat Samsung Electronics to become one of Dell’s contract notebook makers, will start notebook shipments to Dell from its Nanhui plant in Shanghai in the fourth quarter of 2006 according to the Commercial Times. A contract for ~40,000 notebooks is a nice account to have! Asustek will fulfill an order for …more

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