Senate approves 2009 for end of analog TV

The inevitable is coming to pass: analog TV will no longer exist as of 2009, the date the Senate set to eliminate analog television and fully implement digital broadcasts. Mid-range TV sets (25-36 inch), however, must be digital-ready by March 2006. The Senate moved the digital TV transition one step closer to reality on Thursday, …more

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Xbox 360 and iPod interoperability? Sort of

Microsoft has made claim that the Xbox 360 enables the user to transfer MP3’s from any MP3 player, including the very popular (and very proprietary) Apple iPod. However, that compatibility is only for MP3 and AAC formats, and not for the proprietary iTunes format used by Apple to protect downloaded music. It may very well …more

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Current Analysis: Dell sub-US$1,000 models to drag down Media Center notebook ASPs

Dell’s spurning competition amongst PC manufacturers in the notebook department. Dell has added the XPS M140 to its line of XPS notebooks, driving it down into the sub-$1000 market. With a Pentium M 740 processor, DVD burner, and wireless LAN, it’s a really good buy for the average consumer! Dell, by adding a new M140 …more

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Socket M2 Processor Roadmap; FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5200+

According to Anandtech, it looks like the release of socket M2 will be a delayed reaction. The promising DDR2 platform will not launch until early second-quarter of 2006 (around April or so). So, for those of you who are looking forward to M2, the wait is going to be slightly longer than planned. To go …more

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Microsoft buys FolderShare

Further deepening the online software apps that Microsoft will be providing soon, they bought FolderShare from Texas-based software company ByteTaxi. The software allows the sender to send attachments that would otherwise be too large due to e-mail client constraints. The software maker purchased the FolderShare service from Austin, Texas-based ByteTaxi. Financial details of the deal …more

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Asustek to launch own-brand LCD TVs this month and 3G handsets next year

Asustek, a widely-known manufacturer of motherboards and other wares such as optical drives and video cards, plan to launch their brand of LCD TV’s either at the end of the month or near the beginning of December. Consider the sizes offered- 32, 37, and 42-inch- I believe if they can keep their prices low, they …more

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NVIDIA Selects Corsair as First Certified SLI Ready Memory Company

Corsair Memory just minutes ago announced that it has became the first company in the memory category to receive the NVIDIA SLI Ready certification. As a part of the SLI certification process, each component must pass stringent series of tests including diagnostics, benchmarking, burn in, and card interoperability. Cheers to Corsair for getting another certification. …more

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Microsoft patches may break Web sites — again

Web sites that use certain custom applications won’t display as expected in Internet Explorer after installing two Microsoft security updates. To fix the situation one can download Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 or developers can recompile the affected ActiveX control and mark it as safe when run in an Internet browser. Pick your poison! The problems occur …more

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First Google Print books launched

The first full works to be scanned and put online as part of Google’s Print project have been unveiled. If you have not been over to the Google Beta Print site we suggest that you go take a look now! I really wish that this was online when I was in college. To be honest …more

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S3 Graphics Launches Chrome S20 PCIe GPU’s

S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome S20 Series PCI Express Graphics Processors. Advanced 90nm lead-free manufacturing enables unprecedented 700Mhz core frequency for Chrome S27 and industry-leading performance per watt across the series, enabling silent yet powerful 8 pixel shader performance. Yes, this would make the Chrome S20 Series the fastest clocked retail card on the market, but …more

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Kingston Technology: PC demand to remain flat this quarter

The insiders at Kingston seem to think that PC demand this quarter will be lack luster again even with the upcoming holiday season right around the turn. While DRAM is slowing down right now NAND flash is really taking off thanks to all the new electronics that require memory chips! Although industry observers pointed out …more

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Online versions of Windows, Office unveiled

Remember the story posted about Ajax, an online office application company, entitled Web-based software challenges Windows? Well, Microsoft is giving Ajax their answer by unpinning their Office apps from the PC and placing them online. With Ajax and Google, amongst other companies, knocking on Microsoft’s back door with this online software, it will be interesting …more

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Fujitsu and S3 Graphics tie up to make 3D graphics processors

Announced today, Fujitsu has teamed up with graphics processor maker S3 to roll out their new line of GPU’s featuring the 90nm process technology. Perhaps we’ll see a little competition with ATI and Nvidia, who both currently have a tight reign over VGA solutions. Only time can tell on this one. Fujitsu today announced that …more

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New MSI CrossFire motherboard to hit market in mid-November

Crossfire is here people! MSI has introduced their newest motherboard today, which supports ATI’s CrossFire technology: the RD480 Neo2. Shipments start at the middle of this month. Micro-Star International (MSI) today introduced the RD480 Neo2, an AMD Socket-939 motherboard that supports ATI Technologies’ CrossFire dual-graphics technology, with volume shipments slated for the middle of November. …more

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