Nvidia gets refresh on SLI driver

“ WHILE IT WILL REMAIN beta until Nvidia finishes testing it, a beta release of Forceware 70 has been available on the firm’s site for a few days now. Nvidia tested 60 games and applications and added it to the SLI ready list. This driver also brings support for 6200 with the Turbo Cache series, better …more

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Firefox developer feels like throwing in the towel

“ FIREFOXER Mike Connor is complaining in his blog that the development of the Mozilla-sponsored alternative browser isn’t getting the attention it deserves from its parent. An exasperated Connor says he?s “on the verge of just walking away indefinitely” from the project because of its “glacial pace of development.” The problem, says Connor is that there …more

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TwinMOS launches DDR2-533 SO-DIMM for Sonoma platform

“TwinMOS Technologies announced today that it has completed the R&D for its DDR2-533 SO-DIMM. The product is designed to support the Intel Sonoma platform, as well as Intel?s next generation Napa platform. However, TwinMOS did not reveal its production schedule and when contacted, could not confirm when the DDR2-533 SO-DIMM would hit the market. The …more

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A Cut Above

“ Let’s say you’re a big-league pitcher, blessed with a good but not great arm. You’ve played several seasons in the majors, yet you’ve never managed to hold down a steady place in a starting rotation, mainly because you can’t get quite enough velocity on the ball. You work with different pitching coaches and sports psychologists. …more

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AMD set to detail multi-OS plan

“SAN FRANCISCO–Advanced Micro Devices will detail its “Pacifica” virtualization technology by the end of this month, enabling software companies to start working with the feature, which makes it easier for a computer to run several operating systems simultaneously The Pacifica technology is scheduled to arrive in processors in 2006, later than the comparable Vanderpool Technology–now …more

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Will mobile phones ever replace the MP3 player?

Every year I am seeing cell phones doing more and more, but the next improvement that I am really looking forward to is in the music realm. Spare me the $200-$400 MP3 player and give me a mobile phone loaded with a few gigs of flash memory. “Nokia and Microsoft have agreed a deal to …more

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Friday Reviews

The Tech Report’s CPU Decoder Page Updated  Looks like Scott and the gang now have 240 processors listed on their site to help guide you to finding the right CPU or to tell you what the heck you own.  We’ve just put the finishing touches on an update to our CPU Decoder Ring. Among the …more

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Targeting AMD and ATI, ULi finds its niche

“ULi Electronics was spun off from ALi, to focus on core-logic chipsets, about two years ago. DigiTimes recently met with ULi CEO and president Alex Kuo to talk about how the company evolved in that time from a notebook-chipset maker to a niche player in the desktop market, specializing in southbridge chips and single-chip K8 …more

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Intel rethinking the living room PC

“The lukewarm response for the EPC–a living room computer that functions as a DVD player, a digital-video recorder and a media storage vault that sort of looks like a VCR–is prompting the company to rethink the design and function of the devices, said Don MacDonald, general manager of Intel’s home product group. Future living room …more

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Forum News

Today in the forums we have some interesting threads going on.  We are having yet another motherboard away!  Rich is giving the Chaintech nForce 4 Ultra AMD A64 939 motherboard to the forum member who can come up with the most creative reason as to why he should have it.  In other news we show off how Corsair and Kingston are now best chums in …more

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Growth rate slips for Firefox usage

“ New research shows the growth rate of open-source browser Firefox is slowing, while Microsoft’s browser market share continues to dip. Two tracking surveys released Monday showed that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser has dipped below 90 percent market share. IE, which comes preinstalled on the vast majority of computers, had already dipped below the 90 …more

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DFI shipped 80,000 motherboards in February

“DFI said that its motherboard shipments were down 18% on-month, reaching 80,000 units in February, as the Chinese New Year holiday, which lasted from Feb 7-13, reduced the number of workdays for the month. Consequently, the company?s February revenues were down 29.7% on-month to NT$170 million, company sources said, adding that sales of industrial-use ACP …more

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Albatron ready with Nforce 4 SLI board

“ ALBATRON IS joining the current trend of introducing SLI boards and at this time only Epox and Abit are really late with its SLI designs. We know they both have them just not ready as yet. Albatron just announced its K8SLI motherboard and we believe it will show it at Cebit up and running. The …more

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VIA?s February revenues down 37% on-year

A few weeks ago it looked like ABIT was going through some hard times, but now it looks like VIA is having some.  Today they noted revenue is down greater than expected mainly due to their fact that their P4 chipsets aren’t out yet.  We talked to VIA today at IDF about this and they said …more

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