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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IBM scoops up FileNet for $1.6B

IBM continued its run of SOA-related acquisitions Thursday, agreeing to buy business process and enterprise content management specialist FileNet for about $1.6 billion in cash. This is the month for technology acquisitions! Upon completion of the deal, IBM plans to fold FileNet’s activities into its own enterprise content management (ECM) business, part of its information …more

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Creative Technology Narrows Loss

Creative Technology hewed its loss in the fourth quarter from a year ago, but revenue fell almost 25%. I didn’t know that Creative was a billion dollar company, but they are! The Singapore-based company late Wednesday said it lost $12.7 million, or 15 cents a share, for the quarter ended June 30, compared with a …more

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ATI X1950 Benchmarks Leaked!!!

DailyTech has done it again! The early benchmarks are favorable to ATI and look to have come from ATI, so take them as you will. DailyTech has received early benchmarks of ATI?s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire graphics cards. ATI?s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire is expected to make its debut on August …more

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