Segway plans two new transporters: i2 and x2

Segway’s reputation in the United States as the anti-Vespa has not deterred Segway Inc. from rolling out the next generation of battery-powered, standing-rider machines, this time with more intuitive steering controls. On Monday, the company plans to introduce two new machines, a street version known as the i2 and an all-terrain model, the x2, which …more

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Intel to stop production of four Pentium D CPUs by year-end

Intel informed its channel partners in Taiwan that it plans to stop manufacturing four desktop-use Pentium D processors (model numbers 830, 840, 930 and 940) by the end of 2006, according to channel sources. Taking out the four Pentium D CPUs from the market, Intel will facilitate the migration to Core 2 Duo processors, the …more

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Microsoft Gets Ready To Launch XNA Game Studio Express

Microsoft Corp. on Monday will announce the availability of software tools aimed at encouraging independent and hobbyist video game makers to create titles for its new Xbox 360 console. Microsoft said its tool kit, called XNA Game Studio Express, will make it easier for enthusiasts to create games to run on Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox 360 …more

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Happy birthday PC – IMB Turns 25

August was 12 is the 25th anniversary of the IBM personal computer launch, a pairing of MS and DOS, Microsoft and the disk operating system. If you didn’t get a chance to say happy B-Day to your PC do so today! Several popular home computers existed before the 1981 IBM PC launch. But the regimented …more

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U.S. to begin rollout of e-passports

Despite ongoing privacy concerns and legal disputes involving companies bidding on the project, the U.S. State Department plans to begin issuing smart chip-embedded passports to Americans as planned Monday. The new U.S. passports will include a chip that contains all the data contained in the paper version ? name, birthdate, gender, for example ? and …more

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Dell to refund laptop customers in China

PC maker offers refunds to customers who sued the company saying their laptops had different microprocessors than advertised. Now that isn’t too cool. Dell, the second biggest PC maker in China after Lenovo, was sued by 19 people on Tuesday in Xiamen in the eastern province of Fujian, China Daily reported on its Web site …more

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Dell to equip AMD-based notebooks with ATI graphics chips

Forthcoming Dell’s AMD-based notebooks, which are expected to be available in late October or early November, will be equipped with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chips, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers. Although it will not be the first time for the market to get AMD-based notebooks with ATI GPUs inside, Dell’s offering will be …more

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Mobile-phone outage hits N.Y. borough

A water leak in a Verizon Communications telephone switching facility has knocked out service to Sprint Nextel customers in the New York City borough of Queens for much of Thursday, Verizon confirmed. The leak damaged equipment in a central office facility owned by Verizon in New York. Equipment from mobile-phone provider Sprint Nextel is housed …more

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Poll: Workers kill 1.86 hours a day

A new survey by Salary.com and America Online found the average U.S. worker fritters away 1.86 hours per 8-hour workday — not including lunch and scheduled breaks. That’s actually an improvement from last year’s inaugural Salary.com/AOL survey, which showed workers squandered 2.09 hours a day. I hope 5 minutes of that time on the internet …more

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Robot shopping carts follow you around

It looks almost like any other shopping cart, except sensors allow it to follow the shopper around the supermarket and slow down when needed so items can be placed in it, and it never crashes into anyone’s heels. His cart, also known as B.O.S.S. for Battery Operated Smart Servant, was one of about 30 robots …more

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Microsoft Hosts Project to Run PHP on .Net: Project Phalanger

The software giant’s push to better support dynamic languages continues with Phalanger, a project to deliver a PHP compiler on .Net without modifications. Now that is interesting! Known as Phalanger, the project reached Version 2.0 Beta 2 on July 30. The primary goal of the project, released under Microsoft Shared Source Permissive License, is to …more

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Seagate CEO sees disk-drive price war continuing

Seagate Technology, the world’s biggest computer disk-drive maker, expects aggressive moves by rivals to depress industry prices for another year, longer than most analysts predict, its CEO said on Wednesday. Chief Executive Bill Watkins said Seagate was prepared to meet hard-disk drive price cuts by competitors including Hitachi Ltd. and Samsung Corp., who are hungry …more

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Sailor charged with espionage in laptop theft

A sailor accused of taking a Navy laptop containing classified information and peddling its contents to foreign governments is being held for possible court-martial, the military said. It just makes me sick that someone would do that and the fact that he traveled the world selling the information for eight months doesn’t say much for …more

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Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage

Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals. It looks like Intel is starting to make a move here now that the AMD-ATI merger is in the works. Let the battle begin! Intel’s effort reflects the curious …more

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