Gaming: Shadowbane Now Free To Play

Online role playing game Shadowbane will be free to play according to its publisher Ubisoft. The game charges $12.99 a month and has been running since March 2003. Lately it has been losing players to World of WarCraft, EverQuest, and Star Wars Galaxies. Can you say pwned? I’m not to sure that in game advertising …more

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Google wins Usenet copyright case

Google has won a legal action brought over a Usenet posting that the search giant archived and partially displayed in search results. Writer Gordon Roy Parker had claimed that this breached his copyright in the posting, a chapter of an e-book. Chaulk a win up for Google! Judge R Barclay Surrick of the US District …more

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Notebook Makers Say $299 Notebook Coming This Year

Looking for a notebook but not wanting to spend a ton of money? You will have to wait till the end of the year to get one, but $299 are coming. Don’t expect to play games on them though. Taiwan notebook makers indicated that leading CPU suppliers are now assessing the production of a US$299 …more

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Froogle + Retail = All your base are belong to Google Base.

Everybody knows Google by now right? And by extension many probably know of Froogle as well, Google’s price search engine for online retailers. With the recent launch of Google’s new beta payment service dubbed “Google Base” however, it would seem everyone’s favorite search engine company has set their sights on even bigger game, brick and …more

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AMD To Increase Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 Prices, Sempron to Take a Drop

According to an email sent out to Solution Providers, AMD is increasing Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 processor prices by a few dollars, while the Sempron will drop in price. AM2 prices will also be available on May 15th. Effective April 10th, the desktop AMD Athlon? 64 and AMD Athlon? 64 X2 processors will …more

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Valve Survey Reveals Wide Gap In Multi-GPU Use

nVidia had a head start in Multi-Gpu market, but I was really surprised to see the wide gap between multi-GPU systems in their survey. There are alot of other interesting facts in the survey as well! Check it out! The survey shows (as of the March 16, 5:57am PST refresh) that nVidia leads ATI in …more

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Should Apple Spend More On Rearch and Development?

Although there’s no hard-and-fast rule for what portion of its budget a company should devote to R&D, some analysts say Apple is approaching minimal levels. As a portion of sales, the amount Apple has spent on R&D has fallen steadily every year since fiscal 2001, when the company devoted 8%. Apple may be riding the …more

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Sony delays PlayStation 3 launch

The release of the much awaited PlayStation 3 (PS3) games console has been postponed until November, Japanese electronics group Sony has announced. Technical hitches related to the console’s Blu-ray disc drive had forced the delay. Not good news for console gamers waiting for the PS3! Sony had been aiming for a spring launch for the …more

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AMD Socket AM2 CPUs three to five per cent faster

Fudo over at The Inq put a news post up today saying that the only way to see any memory performance increase on the AMD Socket AM2 platforms is to run at least 800MHz DDR2. If the Intel Conroe numbers showing that they were 40% faster than AMD at IDF are correct and real then …more

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Alienware, America’s favorite PC?

CNET recieved this morning news from what they claim is a very reliable source, that Dell has acquired Alienware, makers of custom built gaming and workstation computers. When contacted about the rumor, Alienware neither denied or confirmed the rumor, instead offering a pre-written response that essentially states “no comment”. Dell has taken a lot of …more

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Three can play the ULV game.

VIA, best know for its chipsets, has begun mass production of its ultra low voltage C7-M processor. Now, when we think ultra low voltage, the thing that pops into most of our minds is either the Pentium M or Turion 64. The C7-M however, needs but only 3.5W of power on its ULV model which …more

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Alienware Corp. Gets Press Coverage on CNN

CNN has a story today about the founders of Alienware Corp. that is very interesting. It seems that the company is owned by childhood friends and was started with a budget of $10,000. Doesn’t look like things went badly as they pulled in $225 million in sales last year! I also learned that their call …more

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February retail sales drop more than expected

Retail sales fell a larger-than-expected 1.3 percent in February as auto sales plunged and consumers took a breather after spending big in January, a government report showed on Tuesday. The drop in sales in February was even larger than the 0.8 percent decline forecast by Wall Street and marked the first decline in retail demand …more

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OCZ Shows Off PC2-8800 Platinum Extreme Edition DDR2 Memory

It seems that our friends over at OCZ Technology have some memory running at 1.1GHz in a test system over at CeBIT this week. These PC2-8800 modules run at 5-5-6 timings and are out in 1024GB modules, which is great news for all the gamers that need 2GB of system memory. Time for Intel and …more

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