French ‘iTunes’ law takes effect today

A closely watched French law that allows regulators to force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went into effect Thursday even though I can’t believe it made it this far. It will be interesting to see it Apple complies. Currently, songs bought on iTunes can …more

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AOL to cut 5,000 jobs (26 percent of AOL’s workforce)

Some 5,000 AOL employees, or about 26 percent of the company’s 19,000-person work force, will lose their jobs within six months as a result of restructuring, Time Warner’s AOL online division on Thursday. “At a company meeting this morning, Jon Miller (AOL CEO) told AOL’s worldwide work force of 19,000 people that within six months, …more

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IBM Buys MRO Software

IBM continued its shopping spree on Thursday, picking up MRO Software for a cool $740 million in cash, or about $25.80 a share. IBM is paying a 19.4% premium for the MRO shares as of Wednesday’s closing price of $21.60. On Thursday, MRO shares skyrocketed 17.9%, or $3.86, to $25.46 in heavy trading. IBM said …more

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No 65 nanometre graphics likely this year

Fudo at The Inq. says that consumers won?t be seeing 65 nanometre graphics before 2007 and it probably won?t be that early in the year either. With the ATI X1950 XTX one of the last DX9 cards slated to come out this year his report only makes sense to us. TSMC is getting ready for …more

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Nvidia to launch MCP61S IGP chipset by end of August

Nvidia is expected to launch its MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for the AMD AM2 platform at the end of August, unspecified motherboard makers noted. The all-in-one IGP solution, which is being manufactured on 90nm technology at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), entered the sample stage in May, the makers indicated. According to the …more

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Corsair Enters the Power Supply Market

Corsair Memory today announced the introduction of the Corsair HX Series power supply product line. The HX Series modular power supplies mark a new exciting first for Corsair. As the latest entrant into the power supply industry, Corsair?s best in class, high performance, ultra-efficient power supplies are expected to set new performance expectations for modular …more

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ECS Elitegroup to Acquire Uniwill Computer

Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. announced it has inked an agreement to acquire Uniwill Computer, Taiwan?s leading manufacturer of ultra-portable notebook solutions. This acquisition will allow customers of both companies to deploy a wide range of compelling notebook and white book products to the marketplace immediately. This is the second consecutive acquisition made by ECS Elitegroup …more

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Dell to launch AMD-based notebooks in 4Q

Dell will launch a wide-range of AMD notebooks in the fourth quarter, targeting all market segments from low end to high end and offering models that use AMD Sempron and Athlon 64 processors, as well as Turion 64 x2 CPUs, according to sources at Taiwan-based notebook makers. The first AMD-based models, which will likely be …more

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IBM Puts AMD Inside Corporate Servers

IBM and Advanced Micro Devices are set to team up in an alliance designed to boost both companies’ share of the lucrative market for corporate servers. According to news reports, IBM is expected to unveil mainstream servers based on AMD processors at an event in New York on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether the partnership will …more

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Apple recalls some MacBook Pro batteries on A1175 models

Citing performance concerns, company to replace batteries for some 15-inch laptops under a voluntary recall. Under its free Battery Exchange Program, Apple will replace the batteries for 15-inch MacBook Pro systems sold between February and May 2006. The batteries do not pose a safety hazard, so customers are allowed to use them until their replacements …more

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Gamers bend gender for a winning edge

When men appear as buxom, scantily clad females in video games like “World of Warcraft,” it is more about winning than finding an outlet for a real-world affinity for gender bending. While there are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-friendly groups that operate within massively multiplayer online games commonly referred to as MMOs, issues of sexual …more

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Microsoft Nears Xbox 360 Profit

Microsoft’s money-losing Xbox 360 will become profitable next year, says the company’s entertainment czar. I can’t believe they have been losing money on Xbox 360 sales for all this time. That profit will have been a long time coming. The Xbox 360 and its predecessor have consistently lost money on a per-unit basis, and game …more

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ATI Catalyst 6.7 Drivers Now Available For Download

Today Legit Reviews published our part of the World GPU article and in it we used ATI CATALYST 6.7 drivers with great success on cards like the ATI Radeon X1900GT. If you play a bunch of Direct3D games these drivers will greatly enhance performance! This release of Catalyst introduces Enhanced CrossFire Support. The enhanced support …more

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NVIDIA Brings SLI Graphics to Intel Core 2 Duo Platforms

NVIDIA Corporation today announced that many of the world?s leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor combined with an NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 or NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI or 570 SLI-based motherboard and one, two, or …more

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