Sun Microsystems unveils data center – Project Blackbox

Server and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. has a novel twist on the data center: a portable version of the hulking outposts that house nothing but computers and equipment needed to store and process raw data. The concept project dubbed Project Blackbox is a “data center in a box” with all the necessary servers, storage …more

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Google plans largest U.S. solar-powered office

Google plans a solar-powered electricity system at its Silicon Valley headquarters that will rank as the largest U.S. solar-powered corporate office complex, the company said Wednesday. The Web search leader said it is set to begin building a rooftop solar-powered generation system at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters capable of generating 1.6 megawatts of electricity, …more

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ATI Announces The Radeon X1950 Pro Graphics Card

ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that it is introducing new levels of performance at a mid-range price point with the new Radeon X1950 Pro graphics card. Available and shipping today with an estimated street price of US$199 or EUR199 (VAT included), the Radeon X1950 Pro bests competing offerings at the same price in both single-card …more

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Corsair Launches 2GB microSD Removable Flash Card

Corsair today launched a new line of microSD? removable flash memory cards to further expand the company?s award-winning line of flash products. Available immediately in capacities up to 2GB ? the largest capacity available in the world?s smallest flash memory card ? the high capacity is essential to users who store music, pictures, watch video, …more

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Life after the Electronic Entertainment Expo ‘E3’

Anyone who thought the video game industry would come crashing down because of the demise of E3 as a giant trade show should think again. I’m glad I attended this years E3 even though the booth babes were far and few. For one thing, E3 lives on, though in a smaller, more intimate setting. On …more

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Chinese city may fine Web surfers for making egao films

A major city is threatening to fine Web surfers up to 5,000 yuan ($625) for online defamation amid a surge in short satirical Internet films, a news report said Monday. Video spoofs have become so popular that Chinese have coined a new slang term, “egao,” to describe the act of using real film clips to …more

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Intel ships 5 mln dual-core processors in 60 days

Intel Corp. shipped 5 million of its new dual-core processors in the first two months of its sales, amid signs of strong demand for laptop PCs this quarter, company executives said on Monday. Intel reached the sales mark for its new Core 2 Duo chipsets, which use a pair of chips at their core, within …more

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Kingston Evaluates PCBs with Embedded Resistors

Long-time DRAM-module market leader Kingston Technology will continue evaluating the possibility of using PCBs (printed circuit boards) with embedded resistors in its DRAM-module product lines. So far, the company has not adopted the technology, since the company is not sure if the technology is mature enough, Kingston said. Some industry experts believe that PCBs with …more

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DirectX 9.L will be a DirectX 10 for Windows XP

The Inq is breaking news that the upcoming DirectX update for Windows XP will provide DirectX 10 functionality. This is great news for those not ready to make the leap to the new OS any time soon. DirectX 9.0 L is simply a renamed and refurbished DirectX 10 for Windows XP. It will make DirectX …more

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New RFID Tag Developed to Track Airport Passengers

The inventors of a new monitoring system that uses RFID tags claim it could improve airport security by tracking passengers as they mingle in the departure lounge.The plan is to issue an RFID (radio frequency identification) tag to every passenger at check-in so human traffic can be monitored throughout the airport via transponders and video …more

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Kingston expects record revenues in 2006

World leading DRAM-module house Kingston Technology estimates its revenues may exceed US$3.6 billion this year, hitting another record for the fourth year in a row. So far, own-brand DRAM modules contribute about 42% to Kingston’s revenues, followed by its OEM business (23%), flash-memory products (21%) and system-specific DRAM-module upgrades (14%), according to the company. Last …more

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Microsoft won’t delay Windows Vista in Europe

Software giant Microsoft has told the European Commission it will not put off shipping its Vista operating system to Europe, after concerns that it might do so because of its regulatory disputes there. Neelie Kroes, the commissioner at the European Union’s top antitrust authority, told reporters on Friday she had spoken to Microsoft Chief Executive …more

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Microsoft Says Windows Vista on Track

Microsoft said it is on track to deliver its Windows Vista operating system to business customers in November, with consumer availability in January. The Redmond, Wash., software company said it will release Windows Vista in Europe and Korea on schedule, following what the company called “constructive dialogue” with the European Commission and the Korea Fair …more

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Dell Web site snubs Intel’s Viiv, but highlights AMD Live!

Dell is not promoting Intel’s Viiv home entertainment marketing campaign for its PCs, keeping the chipmaker’s prominent digital home brand out of the world’s largest PC maker’s marketing heading into the holiday shopping season. Earlier this year Dell sold several PCs featuring a prominent logo and explanation of the Viiv technology on such systems as …more

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