TiVo Rolls Out Double-Duty DVR

Digital video recorder outfit TiVo said it is launching a digital video recorder that can record two shows at once. I don’t even own a TiVo, but know that this is pretty darn cool. Now you have a reason to go out and upgrade the TiVo without getting in trouble with your other half! “We’ve …more

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UMC said to have Nvidia 90nm G7 graphics chips orders

Sources at motherboard makers indicated that United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will start sampling 90nm-made Nvidia G7 graphics chips in May! Anyone else ready for the next generation of graphics cards? United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) will start sampling 90nm-made Nvidia G7 graphics chips in May to makers for validation with volume production to commence in the …more

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Del Mar College Bans MySpace.com

Del Mar College students now have to use computers outside the school’s system if they want to visit the popular Web site MySpace.com. The community college has blocked the site in response to complaints about sluggish Internet speed on campus computers. This reminds me of when I was in college and Napster was blocked! I …more

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ULI Drivers Now On Nvidia’s Corporate Site

Looking to upgrade your ULI chipset driver that is found on your ATI based motherboard? Head on over to nVidia as they have started hosting ULI driver downloads. We hear that you can now download ULI drivers from Nvidia’s web page. It is kind of natural as Nvidia acquired ULI some time ago. What makes …more

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BlackBerry Versus RedBerry in China?

If you think you are done hearing about BlackBerry devices in the news you will be shocked to learn that a Berry battle has started in China. China Unicom, has launched it own push email service, named Redberry to go heads on with the BlackBerry. The battle of the berries is just starting, but no …more

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Notebook Downturn: Mitac suffers falling margins in 1Q

After posting a revenue drop in the first quarter, Mitac Technology admitted that a downturn in the notebook industry has dragged down its gross margin significantly. The delayed launch of the Windows Vista operating system (OS) and more aggressive competition between Intel and AMD over pricing and platform transition strategies have made maintaining good margins …more

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750GB Barracudas on the way, and 960GB in the works.

Word on the net has a Seagate pdf showing the new 750GB 7200.10 Barracudas. The pdf document can readily be accessed on Seagate’s website at http://www.seagate.com/pdf/marketing/po_barracuda_7200_10.pdf. And even more interesting, there are rumors of a 960GB Barracuda in the pipeline. To drool for? Most definitely. Now all that’s left is the pricing. KEY FEATURES AND …more

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Some H-P, Compaq laptop batteries recalled

Hewlett-Packard Co. is recalling about 15,700 H-P and Compaq notebook computer batteries worldwide for a burn and fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. H-P has received 20 reports of batteries overheating, including two in the United States, with one report of a minor burn injury, the agency said. The recall is …more

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Sony cuts price of PlayStation 2 by 20 Dollars

Sony has cut the price of its best-selling PlayStation 2 (PS2) by $20 in the US. The price drop was widely expected, coming ahead of the planned November launch of Sony’s new PlayStation 3. Can’t beat $20 off if you still want a PS2. The PS2 will now sell in the US for around $130 …more

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Vietnam’s tech sector hails Gates’ visit

Vietnam’s fledgling high-tech industry gets a major vote of confidence with the arrival Friday of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, whose visit says much about the country’s success in establishing itself as a new player on the technology map. I find it interesting that Bill Gates is meeting with many countries in the news politically lately, …more

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Apple Computer profit rises by 41 percent

Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday its second-quarter profit rose 41 percent, beating Wall Street estimates, as sales of its iPod players continued to soar and Macintosh computer shipments increased by 4 percent. Revenue for the quarter was $4.36 billion, up 34 percent from $3.24 billion in the year-ago quarter, but fell below the projections of …more

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Microsoft loses patent suit to Z4 Technologies

Microsoft Corp. and Autodesk Inc. must pay $133 million to a Michigan man who claimed he was owed royalties for inventions to prevent software piracy, a jury ruled. The $115 million coming from Microsoft is the second-largest patent loss for Microsoft in history. I’m guessing this one will be appealed, if it already hasn’t been. …more

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Apple CFO says iPod prices to decline

Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company’s CFO said on Wednesday. If you haven’t received one as a gift now might be the time to pick one up for yourself! We expect them to be down …more

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Paris Hilton to star in mobile video game

Paris Hilton is going to featured in an upcoming mobile video game published by Gameloft. In a deal between Paris Hilton Entertainment and Gameloft, Paris’s blonde image will appear in a game geared for teens. No titles or release dates have been mentioned yet, but we wouldn’t expect it to come out till later in …more

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