Samsung to invest $313 mln in new chip lines

Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest memory chip maker, said on Monday it would spend 290.9 billion won ($312.6 million) on new chip lines to boost its non-memory production. Interesting to see a memory company investing in non-memory technology when memory has been so hot lately! Non-memory, or system LSI, chips represent a relatively small portion …more

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Intel Says Core 2 Duo Will Replace the Pentium 4 Line

Intel Corp. on Monday plans to unveil a single brand name for a new generation of chips for laptop PCs and desktop machines, calling them the Core 2 Duo. Looks like the Extreme Edition is a thing of the past and Core 2 Extreme is the gaming processor for everyone to envy. Core 2 Duo …more

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Patent suggests Apple had a plan for mobile phone

The smoldering rumor that Apple could someday unveil a mobile phone has been re-ignited. On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made public a December 2004 patent application by Apple describing a hypothetical wireless mobile device, as well as how a person could use such a device to mark media items — video, ring …more

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ATI Sued over HDCP Claims in American Class Action Suit

A class action lawsuit has filed alleging that ATI Technologies’ graphics cards don’t support HDCP although ATI claims they do. Not good news for ATI, their investors, or the consumers who bought the cards. filing made by Stanley Batsalkin and Kenny Vargas on behalf of themselves and others in a San Jose district court alleges …more

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Rumor: Kingston in talks with Samsung on NAND flash partnership

Kingston will strengthen its ties with Samsung Electronics on NAND flash in order to diversify its supply source from long-serving supplier Toshiba, according to sources. This is some interesting news, if it proves to be true! Kingston has been securing NAND flash from Toshiba because of cost benefits. Toshiba is the leading chipmaker that produces …more

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Child porn for the masses, profits for Google?

Websearch giant Google has been zeroed in by New York Nassau county representative Jeffrey Toback in an unusual lawsuit. In light of news trends in the past few weeks though, not entirely unexpected. The suit outlines Google as being negligent in preventing people from attaining access to child pornography sites through Google’s AdWords links, saying …more

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Fix Apple’s blunders, receive cease and desist.

Well, what exactly did you expect from Apple? Apparently, a netizen had gained access to an Apple “Service Source manual for the MacBook Pro” and found that it instructed the application of gobs of thermal paste being applied within parts of the notebook. With resulting temperatures in upwards of 95 degrees Celcius, the only response …more

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Problems plague World of Warcraft

Players are being left frustrated and angry by ongoing problems with online game World of Warcraft. Some are suffering long delays to get into the game, others report countless small hold-ups during play and the disappearance of the interactive parts of the Warcraft world. Intermittent server crashes have thrown players out of the game at …more

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al-Qaida modifies war video games to be anti-U.S.

A Pentagon research team monitors more than 5,000 jihadist Web sites, focusing daily on the 25 to 100 most hostile and active, defense officials said Thursday. And the makers of combat video games have unwittingly become part of a global propaganda campaign by Islamic militants to exhort Muslim youths to take up arms against the …more

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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Now Rated Mature For Nudity

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion video game will not be recalled, but will be relabeled to reflect a stricter “mature” industry rating, Bethesda Softworks, the game’s developer and co-publisher said in a statement on Thursday. For those that haven’t played Oblivion the graphics are amazing and those that have it say it’s great. The Entertainment …more

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ATI delays shift to 80 nanometre

The Inq. did not learn the exact reason behind the delay, but did learn that ATI might have a yield problem with its upcoming 80 nanometre process. A delay is never good news, but it happens often in the hardware industry. So, RV535, ATIs 80-nanometre mainstream part, RV560, ATIs 80-nanometre performance part and RV570, ATIs …more

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DRAM module makers bidding high to secure DDR2 supply

Several DRAM module makers are offering up to 20% higher than spot prices to secure long-term DDR2 supply due to tight supply and expected stronger demand, DRAM makers said. When AMD’s socket AM2 comes out and when Intel’s Conroe ships you better believe that DDR2 sales will take off. Although DRAM makers are ramping up …more

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Kingston Holds Number 1, But Corsair Enters Rankings at 8th

According to the most recent ranking from iSuppli, long-time market leader Kingston Technology has maintained its crown in the DRAM-module market and American memory companies Corsair Memory, PNY Technologies, and Patriot Memory make the list for the first time ever! Corsair Memory has 3.6 percent of the market share now and brought in a cool …more

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Electronic Arts Has $641 Million In Sales, But Loses $16 Million

Times have been tough for the video-game industry of late. Electronic Arts, the leading game publisher, predicted on Wednesday that things aren’t going to improve anytime soon… This sucks! In the just-completed period, EA lost $16 million, or 5 cents a share, on sales of $641 million. In the same period a year earlier, EA …more

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