NASA: Discovery crew may have to repair shuttle

NASA is trying to determine if two bits of material sticking up from the shuttle Discovery’s thermal tiles present an unacceptable risk of overheating when the shuttle returns to Earth, the flight director said just a couple hours ago. NASA managers already have deemed 90 percent of Discovery’s heat shield able to withstand the tremendous …more

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Intel to borrow from laptops for server chips

Looks like the Pentium M is by far one of the most under rated processors every produced by Intel.  Intel now confirms that a new Xeon chip that is based off the Pentium M family will make it into their server family.  With roots going back to the Pentium M family and a nickname of …more

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Mobo makers facing component shortages

Motherboard makers are facing component shortages that may threaten their business during the high season in the second half of the year, industry sources said. Entry-level core-logic chipsets have long been in serious shortage, and recently supply of printed circuit boards (PCB) has also become tight, sources in the mobo sector said. In addition, a …more

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Intel Trickles Out Dual-Core Servers

Intel has begun its transition to dual-core server hardware by handing out a few dual-core machines. The programs goal is to seed servers based on its dual-core Xeon DP Bensly chip and Xeon MP Paxville processors to businesses. The new servers “have already started trickling out,” said Shannon Poulin, an enterprise marketing director in Intel’s server …more

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Iwill’s dual AMD Opteron board will support 64GB of memory!!

Iwill introduced its DK88 workstation and server motherboard based on the AMD Opteron platform and supporting up to 64GB of memory. The Iwill DK88 is expected to hit the market in the middle of August, according to Iwill public relations. The DK88 offers 16 DDR memory DIMMs (eight DIMMs per CPU) on board, with each …more

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Handhelds fuel 21 pct rise in U.S. video game sales

Retail sales of U.S. video games hardware, software and accessories rose 21 percent in the first six months of the year, as the popularity of handheld devices offset a decline in aging game consoles, a study said. Good news for those in the gaming and hardware industries! The video games industry, which has been rocked …more

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Woman sues Rockstar over Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

So it begins… A woman upset that she bought the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” for her 14-year-old grandson without knowing it contained hidden, sexually explicit scenes sued the manufacturer Wednesday on behalf of consumers nationwide. Here is the kicker that really bites me… She bought the M (17+) rated game for her …more

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Intel readjusts NOR flash marketing strategy

Declining margins for NOR flash production has pushed Intel to readjust its marketing strategy as a multi-chip packed memory supplier in the Asia handset markets. The Intel Marketing deparment has to love all these changes.  IMHO Intel has one of the most active marketing teams of any company we work with! Intel had long been …more

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ATI Beta 1 Drivers Support Microsoft Windows Vista

This morning ATI announced broad Catalyst graphics driver support for the beta 1 release of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. For full details, please see the official release in our forums. Included with Microsoft?s Windows Vista beta 1 release are ATI?s Catalyst drivers for its desktop and mobile DirectX 9 class discrete graphics processors …more

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Microsoft’s new efforts to stop software piracy

Microsoft is taking another step to crack down on software piracy this week. As part of Microsoft’s efforts to stop software piracy, users must now install counterfeit detection software on their PCs. Start the clocks and let’s see how long it takes for someone to come out with a patch to work around this one. Shoot …more

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Discovery Lifts Off Safely

Discovery Lifts Off Safely

Discovery roared into space this morning, carrying seven astronauts on the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster. The shuttle blasted off on time at 10:39 a.m. ET, following days of troubleshooting to fix a faulty fuel sensor in its external tank. We wish them a safe 12 days and a safe return. The …more

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AMD’s K7 procrssor is officially phased out

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will lower prices of its Socket-754 Sempron CPUs in early August, as it has already officially phased out its K7 line of processors this quarter, according to KJ Chou, general manager of AMD Taiwan. I’ll never forget my AGOIA stepping and my rear window defrosting unlock mod that was done to …more

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Intel to sponsor online game provider

Intel Taiwan announced yesterday that it has reached a strategic alliance with Soft-World International, a leading producer of game software and on-line games in Taiwan, for providing efficient graphics solutions for online games using the chip giant?s Centrino platform for notebooks and Pentium D processors with 945G integrated chipsets for desktop solutions. Intel will work …more

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PolarFLO TT Chrome Basic Watercooling System

The Best Case Scenario took a look at the PolarFLO TT series watercooling system, and in chrome nonetheless.  I recommend taking a look at the review and see for yourself how dazzling the chrome is, as well as the TT series’ extreme performance. Originally for this review I was going to go with a two-barb …more

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