All in Wonder X1800 is already in beta

For fans of the recently-released X1000 series graphics cards by ATI, and for those who can appreciate the functions of the All-In-Wonder cards, here’s a treat: ATI currently has the X1800 All-In-Wonder in beta, and should release for the holiday season. ATI MULTIMEDIA’S team finally did it this time. Because of lots of R520 delays, …more

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Intel unwraps dual-core Xeon server processors

Looks like Intel is turning the heat up on AMD with the release of the dual-core Xeon processor, which is geared toward servers. This comes months after AMD’s release of their dual-core Opteron processor. At an event in San Francisco, Intel unveiled its first dual-core Xeon chips, previously known as Paxville, for two- and four-processor …more

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First-tier motherboard shipments up 20% in 3Q

Third-quarter numbers are looking strong for first-tier motherboard companies Asustek, Microstar International (MSI), Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), and Gigabyte Technology, with combined shipments totaling 26.5-26.7 million units, which is roughly a 20-21% increase for the year. Motherboard shipments from first-tier makers ? Asustek Computer, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology, and Micro-Star International (MSI) ? …more

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Microsoft Unveils (Possible) Next Stage of Speech Server

Microsoft has acquired Unveil Technologies, and have apparent plans to implement their speech-recognition software into later version of Microsoft’s Speech Server. Microsoft has acquired intellectual property assets of Unveil Technologies, a Waltham, MA-based company whose software enables call centers to develop speech rec dialogues based on agents’ conversations with customers. Communications Convergence

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Microsoft, RealNetworks near settlement for $750 Million?

It is being rumored today that Microsoft is nearing a settlement on RealNetworks’ long-running antitrust lawsuit with a deal valued at $750 million. Under terms of the settlement–which could still fall through–Microsoft would offer a combination of cash and promotions for RealNetworks’ music and game services through Microsoft’s online services and software, The Wall Street …more

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Shuttle debuts XPC SD11G5 Pentium M SFF PC

Shuttle today launched the XPC SD11G5, a silent PC system based on the Intel low-power Pentium M processor and 915GM chipset. The outside of the case looks like any other Shuttle system, but at least the inside has changed. Utilizing a single fan design coupled with Shuttle?s ICE heat-pipe technology, the XPC SD11G5 system offers …more

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VIA Releases Hyperion Pro Driver Version 5.04A

The VIA Hyperion Pro driver package has been updated to version 5.04A. The VIA Hyperion Pro driver package is a platform or chipset package. This latest driver package supports Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, ME, NT4, Server 2003, Server 2003 64Bit, XP and XP 64Bit. Head on over to VIA Arena to download the 4in1 …more

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IBM won’t use genetic info for hiring or benefit plans

IBM, the world’s largest computer maker, on Monday pledged not to use genetic data to screen employees and applicants in what it said was the first such move by a major corporation to safeguard a new category of privacy. One company down 100 Billion more to go! I hope companies don’t start doing genetic screening, …more

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Net power struggle nears climax or so some think

The EU is pressing the US to compromise over the internet’s future to prevent the net from fragmenting. This is a heated debate and I’m not sure an clear solution is available. The US has got an image problem when it comes to the internet. It is seen as arrogant and determined to remain the …more

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Console video game sales down 20 percent last month in U.S.

U.S. retail sales of console video games fell 20 percent in September, but are seen rebounding at year-end due to the upcoming Xbox 360 launch. I believe this is just the calm before the storm. Game makers and the gamers have their eyes focused on the next generation consoles, so this is not a suprise. …more

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Google: 300 years to index the world’s info

It could take 300 years to index all the world’s information and make it searchable, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt predicted on Saturday at the Association of National Advertisers annual conference in Phoenix. Talk about having job security! We did a math exercise and the answer was 300 years,” Schmidt said in response to an …more

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Windows XP SP2 Dual Core Performance Hot Fix Download

Those of you needing the AMD Dual Core fix can download it here, courtesy of AMDZone. Make sure you read all of the included information and be aware that this hotfix does require a registry hack. This fixes performance issues with systems running XP and using a dual core CPU with Cool ‘n Quiet enabled. …more

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California bars selling violent games to minors

California law says exposing youths to video violence could result in psychological harm. Here in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri a judge ruled against setting an age limit for buying video games. Looks like the courts are not sure how to handle this one. One thing is certain though… Republican Schwarzenegger, who made very …more

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Darpa Has Four Robotic Vehicles Finish The 132-mile course

Four robotic vehicles finished a Pentagon-sponsored race across the Mojave desert Saturday and achieved a technological milestone by conquering steep drop-offs, obstacles and tunnels over a rugged 132-mile course without a single human command. The vehicles, guided by sophisticated software, gave scientists hope that robots could one day wage battles without endangering soldiers. I wish …more

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