Opera 9 Released with Widgets and BitTorrent Support

Opera Software today released Opera 9, its newest Web browser for PCs. You can download it free in more than 25 languages for Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms from www.opera.com. Opera 9 enhances the way you access, share and use online content by including innovative widgets – fun, small and useful Web programs – …more

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Bill Gates’ Legacy: Microsoft’s Top 10 Flops

Gates will be remembered as a visionary and PC industry leader. But even Microsoft’s Chairman hasn’t been right in all of his bets. Microsoft-Watch has a top 10 list of his flops that is well worth a look for all in the tech industry. 10. No Microsoft Linux!: Microsoft could have and should have done …more

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L.A. to use surveillance drones

In the months ahead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department will test an unmanned, remote-controlled surveillance plane. The next time you think that you are being watched look up and search the sky for a drone. Depending on the outcome of the tests, the department could eventually put as many as 20 of the aircraft …more

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Georgia Tech/IBM Demonstrate 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium Transistor

A research team from IBM and the Georgia Institute of Technology has demonstrated the first silicon-germanium transistor able to operate at frequencies above 500 GHz. Though the record performance was attained at extremely cold temperatures, the results suggest that the upper bound for performance in silicon-germanium devices may be higher than originally expected. The silicon-germanium …more

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Kingston Launches Mobile Phone Village Web Community

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. today announced it is launching a special portal within the Flash products area of the Kingston Web site to support the usage and promote the benefits surrounding expansion memory for feature-rich mobile phones. Dedicated to serving the growing global community of mobile phone consumers, the new Kingston Mobile Phone Village will …more

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Dutch site linking to MP3 files loses court case

A Dutch music website which links to MP3 files had to stop promoting the infringement of artist rights and copyrights, the Dutch court of appeal said in a ruling that overturned an earlier one in favor of the site. I’m not sure about the $13,000 a day fine, but I’m sure there has been worse. …more

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UBS Slaps a Buy on Intel Stock

Headcount reductions and improving microprocessor unit sales should help Intel raise margins over the next two years, UBS argued in upgrading the shares to buy from hold Monday. UBS also raised its Intel price target to $23 from $21, reflecting a higher 2007 earnings estimate of $1.28 a share and a higher estimate of Intel’s …more

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ATI to begin 80nm production at UMC later this year

In addition to scheduling 80nm production at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for September, ATI Technologies will begin producing its graphics processor (GPU) on an 80nm manufacturing process at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) in the second half of 2006, according to industry sources. If this is true that means we could see ATI’s R600 based …more

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Core 2 Extreme benchmarks hit the scene. Should AMD worry?

If you’re into the electrical engineering side of the equation, the slides should make your mouth mater with anticipation. For the rest of us, we rely on the numbers, and there’s certainly no shortage of them. The Core 2 Extreme X6800 steals the show from AMD’s AM2 FX-62 in nearly every test, all the while …more

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ATI’s R600 80nm Core Still on Track According to ATI

Edward Chou, marketing director of ATI Technologies Asia-Pacific division, responded to earlier reports that its 80-nanometer (80nm) production has been delayed by saying that ATI has succeeded in completing trial production of its 80nm graphics chips. Chou estimates that ATI will start switching its complete graphics processing unit (GPU ) lineup to an 80nm manufacturing …more

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Blu-ray Disc ready to hit play next Tuesday

Blu-ray format finally set to launch next week–with seven movie titles! The first batch of seven Blu-ray titles, all from Sony Pictures Home ntertainment, are scheduled to arrive in stores Tuesday. The first Blu-ray player, from Samsung, is slated to go on sale five days later. SPHE president Benjamin Feingold said about 15,000 copies of …more

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Bill Gates Leaving Microsoft…

Microsoft Co-founder, Bill Gates announced today that he be will greatly reducing his role at the world’s largest software company. Gates will remain Microsoft’s chairman, but he will be devoting most of his time to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization that endows funding, grants and donations to schools, health organizations and charities …more

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Intel Moves to Beat AMD in Quad-core Race

Intel is ready to attain leadership in performance and energy efficiency over rival Advanced Micro Devices during the coming months, with processors that continue to be built differently than those of other companies, according to an official with the chip-making giant. Intel was the first to bring out a dual-core processors known as the ‘Prescott’ …more

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Mobile players form Linux platform pact to open-source code

A group of the world’s mobile operators and handset makers said on Thursday they are to join together to develop an open-source Linux-based operating system that could to be used in phones by the end of 2007. Mobile network operators Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo and handset makers Motorola, Samsung, NEC and Panasonic, said they would …more

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