Microsoft readies burst of 2005 products

“ A WEB SITE has published a list of products and projects Microsoft is readying for 2005. The report is lengthy and according to Steven Bink, who runs website bink.nu, the list is based both on facts and on assumptions. Highlights include Antivirus and Antispyware 2005, Longhorn Server beta one and the client beta, Office 12 …more

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ATI to introduce X300 with Hyper Memory

“ ATI TOLD US ALL about its Hyper memory marchitecture quite some time back. Nvidia was the first to present its Turbo Cache marchitecture but ATI’s approach is slightly different. ATI told us first about it but Nvidia showed an actual product first. Digitimes has claimed that ATI will present the X300 version with Hyper Memory …more

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ATI’s X850, X800XL available in weeks

“ AS HAPPENS in this business, companies are preparing first batch of sample cards for the press, the ones that are suppose to boost its card sales later. Consumers get the next batch. In this light, one of the Taiwanese companies is doing the last touches to X850XT PE cards. The company has the R480, X850 …more

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The XP Service Pack 2 Survival Guide

“ Give me a choice between chopping onions and installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, and I’ll be in the kitchen in a nanosecond–either way I’ll be crying. I finally managed the upgrade, but not without a few bumps that I’ll show you how to avoid. There are enough good things about SP2 to make …more

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The Top Tech Stories of 2004

“If there were any lingering doubts that we are in the post-PC era, several big stories this year should have cleared them up. The sale of IBM’s PC business to China’s Lenovo Group and the death of Comdex were powerful reminders that technology is in a transitional stage.  Here are the top 10 IT stories …more

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ASUS targets 10-12 million videocards for 2005

“¬†Asustek Computer’s goal of shipping 10-12 million graphics cards in 2005, up about 33-62% from the 7.4-7.5 million units estimated for this year, will mean more competition for OEM and clone orders among Taiwan graphics-card makers in the coming year, market sources said. If realized, Asustek will replace Micro-Star International (MSI) as Taiwan’s largest graphics-card …more

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Google worm targets AOL, Yahoo

“ Days after Google acted to thwart the Santy worm, security firms warned that variants have begun to spread using both Google and other search engines. The Santy problem originally flared up a week ago as bulletin board Web sites found their pages erased and defaced by the worm’s own text. The worm spread by targeting …more

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Linux found under the tree

“ IF YOU received a TiVo (www.tivo.com) DVR or a Linksys (www.linksys.com) router for Christmas, the open source people should sing praises to your name. Linux is appearing in households around the world in millions of nice devices and is so well-hidden under GUIs and web interfaces that the average user doesn’t even know it is …more

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Intel rushes to fix Alviso bug

“ THERE IS A MINOR, and I mean mino,r bug in Alviso that won’t be fixed before launch. The DDR subsystem doesn’t like to power down the way it should, so if you look at the initial numbers, DRR2 will end up looking much better than it really is. I say this is a minor problem …more

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Intel to keep lead on notebook technology

“ 2005 IN LAPTOPS WILL NOT be the steamroller of a year many predict for Intel, but it will be close. Intel has far and away the best laptop chip out there, the Pentium M. It also has some nifty marketing and branding campaigns surrounding it when you bundle it with the wireless chip. If I …more

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XGI makes dash for graphics cache

“ SOURCES CLAIMED it’s not only Nvidia and ATI experimenting with the “turbo cache” idea. XGI is also experimenting with products using this technology, to improve the performance of lower end graphics cards. The graphics player will introduce a similar technique to Nvidia in the first to second quarter of 2005, in its XG47 design. But, …more

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One Core Is Good. Two Cores Are Even Better!

“ One of the major events of the upcoming year 2005 in the CPU market should inevitably be the release of the dual-core processor architecture. To cut the long story short, the idea behind dual-core CPUs is very simple. One processor physically based around a single semiconductor die will feature two equally functional processor cores.  In …more

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Abit is “financially fine”

“ WE MANAGED to talk to Abit and we have finally gotten its answer on earlier financial allegations. We read that, financially, the company is not doing so well. Abit denied all of those claims and said that it stands by its financial reports. The company is ready to clear things out for the Taiwan Stock …more

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Some Fear Virus Threat to Cell Phones

Malicious programs that can delete address books. Junk messages that flood a cell phone’s inbox. Stealthy code that uses Bluetooth wireless technology to sneak onto handsets. Scared yet? Security experts say plagues like these will target mobile phones, but others contend cell phone viruses are the tech equivalent of smallpox: To the best of anyone’s …more

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