NATO tests RFID to prevent friendly fire

Considering the US is entrenched in a war, it is good to see the point where “ground-pounding” meets technology. NATO has been testing out a variety of RFID technologies- everything from the bulky, tank-mounted and jet-mounted units, to a mere handheld unit that only requires 4 AA batteries for its power source- to greatly reduce …more

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Crude Oil Drops Below $60 a Barrel

Oil futures plummeted Thursday, briefly going below $60 a barrel for the first time since in nearly three months. Gasoline inventories increased when they were predicted to decrease, which is one of the reasons for the oil futures price drop. November crude fell $2.11 recently to $60.30. Unleaded gasoline was down 7 cents to $1.61 …more

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Is the Desktop Storage Market Going NAND Flash Based?

Samsung expects to take 20% of desktop storage market with NAND flash based drives by 2008! After hearing news of Samsung calling hard drives dead Rob Pait, director of global consumer electronics, said ?I think they [Samsung] were being completely irresponsible, extremely short-sighted and simply weren?t telling the truth.? Looks like a new battle is …more

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Convertibles: The new laptop bling?

A laptop that has a screen that can flip around 180 degrees and be used as a Tablet PC? Not only is it possible, it’s an inevitability, and will become more commonly known by 2008. Sales of these “convertible” laptops are projected to skyrocket 708%, from 1.2 million units this year to around 9.7 million …more

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Video game makers sue to overturn Calif. ban

Here’s yet another story involving GTA: San Andreas and the “hidden material” found therein . Two trade groups representing video game makers are suing over a law California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law recently banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Video Software Dealers Association and Entertainment Software Association …more

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Google can’t use Gmail name in U.K.

Apparently a Britain-based company is playing the name-game with search engine giant Google. The dispute is over the name of Google’s fairly popular free e-mail service, Gmail. Independent International Investment Research (IIIR) has laid claim to this service as one of the company’s subsidiaries has a web mail service with the same name. Internet search …more

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Quad High-Definition LCD Unveiled

This LCD TV is a football fan’s dream. It has the capability to enable a viewer to watch 4 High-Definition (HD) channels at the same time, at full resolution. Maybe it’ll allow for split-screen, full resolution multi-player gameplay on gaming consoles? We’ll find out 3Q of 2006. Asian firm’s monster set measures 56 inches and …more

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Grand Theft Auto returns

I know many of our members have been upset over the fuss that has occurred with the “Coffee Shop Hack” in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Well, the popular game is coming back in Australia, but on much cleaner terms. However, the ruthless violence that has been GTA’s trademark will still remain. A CENSORED version …more

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Is ‘Wi-Fi on steroids’ really the next big thing?

I’m pretty sure the rural population of America has heard the same old song and dance from cable and DSL providers when trying to get high-speed internet services out to their home: “I’m sorry, but we don’t provide high-speed service in your area”. All of that is going to change soon, with the advent of …more

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Intel slashes laptop power-up times

Intel uses their new Robson cache technology to cut Windows and program loading times. Intel’s new Robson cache technology ensured an almost immediate start-up of a Centrino-based notebook PC during a live demonstration at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, while a laptop with identical hardware but without Robson took several seconds to boot up. …more

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TMDisplay combines technologies to reduce notebook panel thickness 50%

Wow is all I can say when I look at the new displays Toshiba/Matsushita have recently put into mass production. These displays are extremely thin, at 2.75mm at the thickest portion of the screen and 2.55mm at the thinnest portion. Of course, there is always that concern with portability and durability, but I’ll let you …more

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Sex in Games: Women’s Game Conference

This morning I got a press release for a conference that deals with sex in games. From talking about the emerging field of teledildonics to claiming that sex in video games is like the booth babes at E3 the press release hits on many touchy subjects. After reading the press release one of our forum …more

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Voodoo Now Selling AOpen’s Mac Mini Clone called Idol

Voodoo Now Selling AOpen’s Mac Mini Clone called Idol

Stmok wrote us an e-mail and wanted to let us know that the AOpen Mac Mini clone that we wrote about in the article titled “AOpen’s Pandora Box Makes it to the Market” is now being sold by Voodoo PC under the name Idol. Voodoo uses the Pentium M processor in their machine and comes …more

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NVIDIA Secures Exclusive Bundling Right to Call of Duty 2

It looks like Activision has inked an agreement to give NVIDIA the exclusive bundling rights to Call of Duty 2 game today. If you need a reason to purchase an nVidia powered graphics cards this offer might seal the deal. Right now BFG Tech, XFX, and EVGA have web pages up on the offer. Under …more

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