Earthlink to build New Orleans Wi-Fi network

Earthlink Inc., the Internet service provider, said on Friday it has won approval from the New Orleans City Council to build a wireless high-speed Internet network in the city. The company said the wireless network will provide Internet access for residents, businesses and visitors in New Orleans. It will offer a free service for a …more

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Women gain prominence in video game world

For years PC video games have been created by men for men, but it seems that times are quickly changing. With more women getting into the industry games are now being designed for both groups and it is likely that more women are starting to play games as a result. `For this industry to mature …more

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Microsoft CEO says Windows Vista on track

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said the Windows Vista operating system is still on track for early January shipment. Anyone taking bets on this one? “This design track (is) for a January shipment, but we’re going to see what kind of feedback we get from users,” Ballmer told reporters Thursday on the sidelines of …more

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Web inventor warns of ‘dark’ net

The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said. Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not “part of the internet model,” he said in Edinburgh. He warned that if the US decided …more

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Kingston to unveil new USB flash disk lineup at Computex 2006

Digitimes is reporting that Kingston will introduce a new lineup of high-density memory card and a really cool looking USB flash drive at the upcoming Computex Taipei 2006, which runs from June 6-10. Kingston will debut the 133x Ultimate Compact Flash (CF) cards in 2GB and 4GB versions at the exhibition. The 23MB/s read speed …more

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ATI Releasesd Beta 6.5 Catalyst for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

If you play Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and own ATI graphics cards then you need to download and use “The Chuck Patch” that ATI has been releasing. This special driver is provided to enable additional functionality for Oblivion by permitting High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDR) concurrently with Anti-Aliasing (AA) on RADEON X1000 series graphic boards. …more

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OCZ Technology Launches PC  Memory With Jungle  Camouflage Spreaders

OCZ Technology Launches PC Memory With Jungle Camouflage Spreaders

CZ Technology Group has released their Special Ops Edition DDR and DDR2 memory lines. Parts will feature a unique camouflage motif XTC heatspreader and come in PC-3200, PC2-5400, and PC2-6400 speed grades. Alex Mei over at OCZ says that gamers are a unique breed, but I have to say so is a company that comes …more

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ATI’s Linux 8.25.18 drivers are now available

ATI’s Linux 8.25.18 drivers are now available, so if you need them head on over to ATI and pick them up! Xord 7.0 is now supported by the ATI Proprietary Linux installer. This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver now enables Display Power Management Signaling (DPMS) support in the software display driver by default. …more

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The $100 Laptop Seen in Different Colors

The $100 Laptop Seen in Different Colors

Available in fetching orange and yellow, or shades of blue and green, here’s the $100 laptop, which was unveiled at the Seven Countries Task Force Meeting yesterday. Almost immediately, pictures of the machine hit the net. Still looks a little too cheap for my tastes and why do they always show pictures of minorites on …more

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Quiet DRAM market show signs of an upside

DRAM transactions on the spot market were notably quiet, with both DDR and DDR2 prices remaining flat. The market for NAND appeared vibrant amid earlier price rises and capacity adjustment by the leading players, with 2Gbit NAND continuing to lead price growth. With AMD’s just released AM2 platform we should find that it will stimulate …more

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Nintendo warns of weaker profits

Nintendo has posted a 19% drop in annual profits and warned that results for its current financial year will be weaker than previously expected. Nintendo needs to bring out the Wii console quick because at $199 it’s bound to sell no matter how good the performance. The firm’s sales for the past financial year fell …more

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PC game spending hit $1.4 bln in US

U.S. spending on video games for personal computers hit $1.4 billion in 2005, according to an estimate released by market research firm NPD Group on Wednesday. Online subscriptions to PC games and gaming Web sites accounted for about $344 million of those annual sales, said the NPD. Faster Internet connections are making it easier for …more

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MSI AMD-powered dual-core notebook hits shelves

For those of you waiting for AMD to finally drop their dual-core loving on the laptop scene, MSI has released a notebook featuring AMD’s Turion X2 dual-core technology. Based on the ATi RS485M + SB460 chipset, the MSI S271 will have Turion’s Dual-Core TL-50 (1.6GHz) chip, DDR2 RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and a optical drive that …more

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Cingular adding cell sites

Cingular Wireless will announce today it will spend $400 million in 2006 to extend coverage and enhance the quality of service for customers in Illinois and Wisconsin by adding 140 cell sites. Cingular spent $300 million to improve its network last year. This is great new, but what about Missouri? Chicago Sun-Times

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