Super-speed broadband seen coming in 2006

Broadband Internet access via TV cables can reach 100 Megabits per second as early as next year, 50 times faster than the average broadband speeds now offered to cable TV homes, a Finnish firm said on Wednesday.  It is looking like broadband is getting faster, but so are the needs of consumers.  Teleste, whose rivals …more

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Buggy FireFox 1.0.5 Prompts Release of FireFox 1.0.6 beta

The open-source Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client will be updated for the second time in a week because of code changes that have unintentionally stopped some third-party extensions from functioning correctly. This means Firefox 1.0.6 will be rushed out to replace version 1.0.5 that just came out less than a week ago. Boy oh …more

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Infineon CEO Andreas von Zitzewitz Steps Down

Evidence that a senior executive with German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG may have taken kick-backs as part of a sports sponsorship deal has hardened up.  This is bad news for France’s Le Mans car race and Formula One team Jordan-Honda as Infineon has now suspended all motorsports sponsorships.  Funny because I just saw a Le …more

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Kingston’s USB Flash Drives Become

Kingston’s USB Flash Drives Become

For those of you who missed the press release in the forums Kingston Technology has released a new USB key flash drive called the DataTraveler II Plus MIGO Edition. This “Smart” flash drive synchronizes your work for easy transition from home to work making sure you have the latest updated copy on your USB key. Expect …more

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Hynix stops shipping NAND flash to spot market

Hynix Semiconductor announced it stopped supplying NAND flash to the spot market on July 8, amid strong demand from consumer electronics customers, according to market sources. Looks like NAND prices might be going up, but then again almost everything is. After raising its 2Gbit NAND flash quotes to over US$9 in mid-July, Hynix has now …more

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Korea: Mobile Phone Addiction Emerging as New Problem

One out of four Koreans can be categorized as cell phone addicts that need treatment, according to a local consumer research outfit Tuesday.  I got a good laughfrom this line right here: “The worst-case scenario is double-addiction involving the Internet and cell phone at the same time.”  Marketing Insight said its poll, conducted in March, …more

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Google Backers Put $16M into Start-up Zazzle

The early venture capital backers of Google have invested $16 million in Zazzle, which customizes postage stamps, clothing and other items. I for one don’t see myself buying personalized stamps, but maybe they have something else up their sleeves.  Still you have Stamps.com and CafePress.com to compete with, so not too sure how well Zazzle.com …more

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Hewlett-Packard to cut 14,500 jobs

Computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday said it will cut 14,500 jobs, about 10 percent of its full-time staff, as part of a restructuring plan designed to save $1.9 billion annually and boost business performance. Looks like a bunch of HP staff is about to get the boot, because I know that 14,500 people are …more

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Verizon Wireless to sell Electronic Arts games

Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, will sell video games from Electronic Arts Inc. to its customers in coming weeks, the companies said on Monday. This should be an interesting move and I know a few people at EA Sport and i wish them the best of luck. Verizon Wireless, a venture of …more

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Corrupted PCs find new home in the Dumpster

When I read this CNET News article about consumers throwing away their PC instead of fixing it I didn’t even flinch.  Americans are used to consumable goods and it looks like the low prices on new PC’s is making people just throw out their old PC’s that have a virus or spyware on it.  As …more

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AMD sales flat, profit falls from ’04

Well Duh, their cheapest Dual core processor is twice as expensive as Intel’s…..their FX-57 is not really much better than the FX-55 it was supposed to replace and doesn’t O/C very well….. and their whole line has become ridiculously expensive…..but they are the best processors on the market right now.   Advanced Micro Devices on …more

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The Next-Generation Disc: What Should It Be?

Remember when dual layer DVDs was the next big thing? whatever happened to that?  No one wants to back the losing team. And today’s consumers are savvy enough to know they don’t want to be caught anywhere near the quagmire that is the turf war between competing next-generation optical disc formats Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD. …more

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Dell Closes Longtime Customer Message Boards

I bought a Dell 2005FPW a couple of months ago, had some issues with it and tried really hard to work with people who couldn’t speak or understand  English for several hours rtrying to RMA the monitor, should have been a 5 minute process. Customer service has become atrocious in this country, with outsourcing being …more

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Butane Fuel Cell to Hit Market in 2007

Samsung SDI will commercialize a new fuel cell capable of using retail butane gas to generate power for portable electric and electronic devices by 2007.  The butane fuel cells will power an average notebook 20 hours! No wonder the portable fuel cell market is forecast for $1.2 billion by 2010. Samsung has developed a fuel …more

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