EBay to add ‘Skype me’ button

EBay Inc. said Tuesday that it would add a “Skype Me” button to certain categories of listings, allowing prospective buyers to contact sellers directly through the Internet phone service it acquired last year for $2.6 billion. Pretty nice if you ask me! EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman said the function is one way the company …more

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Dell seen using AMD chip in desktop PC come September

Dell Inc., the world’s largest personal computer maker, is expected to offer a desktop PC using a microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in September, Citigroup Inc. analysts said on Tuesday. It was bound to happen and now we have a date for it to take place by! Dell spokesman Jess Blackburn declined to comment …more

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Asustek sees great potential to develop white-box notebooks

Asustek Computer has mapped out a long-term plan to develop white-box notebooks as the company sees a great growth potential for the entire notebook market, including the no-brand segment, until 2009, according to sources at the company. With Intel’s push for the development of the clone notebook market, white-box notebooks will become a major segment …more

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PCs Show Signs of Life as Q1 2006 Results Come In

According to industry research firm IDC, PC sales in the first quarter were higher than expected, thanks to international demand. In a report released Tuesday, IDC said worldwide PC shipments grew 12.6% during the first three months of the year, compared with projections made in March of 11.8% growth. IDC raised its full-year estimates for …more

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Kingston Launches 2-GB miniSD and MMCmobile Cards

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is producing larger capacity miniSD and MMCmobile Flash memory cards to support the growing storage demands of feature-rich mobile phones. The new mobile memory cards are immediately available in 2-GB capacities. “As consumers become more knowledgeable on the variety of features and functions offered by new multifunction mobile …more

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Labs compete to make new nuclear bomb

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the San Francisco Bay area and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico are competing to design the nation’s first new nuclear bomb in two decades. I forgot that Congress gave the okay for updated warheards, but it’s back in the news today. I wonder where the 6,000 …more

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Bush makes surprise trip to Iraq

US President George W. Bush is currently in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in his first trip to the country since November 2003. US President George W Bush has arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on a surprise visit to meet new Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. They met in the US embassy in the fortified Green …more

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Intel Beaming About Swifter Transistor

Intel researchers say they have a transistor design that could someday enable faster and more power efficient chips. The company’s researchers feel that the combination of a three-dimensional or tri-gate transistor, which combines the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, could be the answer to delivering future chips that are both speedy and energy …more

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ATI’s R600 is on track for Q4

Fudo over at The Inq. believes that the ATI R600 GPU is on track for a 2006 launch and will pack a bunch, but he is unsure how big the punch will be. R600 should be the biggest and the fastest-clocked chip around but we still don?t know how it will compare to Nvidia’s G80 …more

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Chipmakers to coordinate on 45-nanometer process

Japan’s Toshiba and three other chipmakers said on Tuesday they have agreed to standardize technology to make advanced chips with a circuitry width of 45-nanometers or finer. The three other companies are Fujitsu, NEC Electronics and Renesas Technology, a joint venture between Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric. The companies are looking to possible mutual use and …more

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SiS to begin producing DDR3 chipsets in late 2007

As a follow-up to its recent announcement of next-generation desktop chipset products targeted to hit the market in 2007, Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) stated that the SiS665, the company’s first northbridge that will support DDR3 memory technology, will reach production phase in the end of 2007, but volume shipments are currently not expected to start …more

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AMD to launch pricing campaign to counter Intel

AMD will launch a pricing campaign later this month, covering the full range of its product line, in head-to-head rivalry with Intel, which is expected to lower the prices for its processors in July, according to sources with motherboard makers. The sources indicated that AMD will cut the prices for four models in its Athlon …more

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Students find ring tone adults can’t hear — ‘Mosquito’

Students are using a new ring tone to receive messages in class ? and many teachers can’t even hear the ring. Some students are downloading a ring tone off the Internet that is too high-pitched to be heard by most adults. With it, high schoolers can receive text message alerts on their cell phones without …more

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Conroe will result in lower prices… for AMD

As if this is going to keep massive amounts of people from buying Conroe! AMD is going to lower prices the day after Conroe is launched to try and soften the blow that Conroe is expected to give. I am all for this, as lower prices always benefit the consumer in the end. Bring on …more

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