Nvidia plunges $1,000,000 into games tourney

“ GRAPHICS FIRM Nvidia said it will put up a purse of $1,000,000 for the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) competition, which kicks off on the 10th of February next in Istanbul. The tour will flit to nine other international venues throughout the year, Nvidia said. This, said Nvidia marketing man David Roman, demonstrates his firm’s grass …more

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DFI ships Nforce 4 SLI / Ultra boards

“DIAMOND FLOWER INTERNATIONAL (DFI) has managed to be the first tier two motherboard manufacture to ship Nforce 4 SLI boards. Asus was definitely the first one and MSI and Gigabyte were following with its SLI announcements, but DFI managed to jump the gun on its tier two competitors. Two days ago, DFI started shipping its …more

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Saddam Hussein

“BRITISH ANTIVIRUS firm Sophos warned that a version of the Bobax-H worm is on the loose, disguised as pictures of a dead Saddam Hussein. According to Sophos, the worm carries different message warnings such as “Saddam Hussein: Attempted Escape. Shot Dead”. Other versions carrying the same payload claim to have pictures of a captured Osama …more

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Intel Centrino brand weak, AMD thinks

“SOURCES CLOSE to AMD say the company did extensive market research on notebook buyers’ habits and concluded that Centrino is not as awesome a brand as Intel would have you believe. You’re probably thinking that perhaps AMD has put its blinkers on in the chip desperation derby because it wants to believe this, but the …more

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Bargains continue to beckon for LCD TVs

“THE OVERSUPPLY that made LCD-TFT panel manufacturers sweat in 2004 and which is causing them to already perspire heavily this year is bestowing boons on consumers who decided to wait and see. That’s according to a report from Taiwanese trade quango the Market Intelligence Center (MIC), which said LCD TV prices fell continually last year. …more

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MSI razzles, dazzles with new product lineup

“WE WENT to have a chingwag with the folks at MSI yesterday, and saw one of its new 2005 catalogues lying around the place which we idly flipped through. We know that it’s customary for companies to have a great many SKUs to satisfy their customers, but the increased competition between Nvidia and ATI, AMD …more

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Mid week review roundup

Today’s Must Read Review: The crew over at Bytesector puts Mushkin’s newest memory through its paces, make sure to check out the article. “Today, I will be taking a look at Mushkin?s PC2-4200 (DDR2-533) memoryoffering. These memory modules are set to run at default 4-4-4-12 timings,but with the introduction of Intel?s 925XE chipset, I believe …more

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Taxpayers get unexpected return–sex chat

““Hi, sexy. Welcome to Intimate Encounters.” Not exactly the kind of message you expect to hear in the middle of doing your taxes, but that’s just what some TurboTax customers are getting as they try to set up their state returns. A message in the business version of Intuit’s market-leading tax preparation software erroneously directs …more

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Microsoft kicks off search effort

“Microsoft on Monday replaced Yahoo’s search technology with its own homespun software and will kick off a huge advertising campaign to supplant Google in consumers’ hearts. As expected, MSN, a unit of the software giant, has taken its Web search technology out of the laboratory, and placed it on MSN’s newly redesigned home page in …more

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Microsoft to relay security woes to governments

“Microsoft will share information about security problems with government agencies as part of its efforts to slow the spread of open source software. Under the Security Cooperation Program, Microsoft will advise participating government agencies on network security issues in an effort to try to anticipate or mitigate security lapses, said Gerri Elliott, corporate vice president …more

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Microsoft, Macrovision align on copy protection

“Microsoft and copy-protection company Macrovision have struck a deal that will add a new layer of anticopying defenses to video content being swapped between home devices. The two companies said that Microsoft had licensed Macrovision’s technology, which aims to stop people from making copies using analog connections between devices, such as those that typically link …more

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OCZ gets DDR2-667 out of its box

“TWO BITS FROM OCZ today, one old and one new. The new is its PC2-5400 DDR2 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum line, and like the rest of the enhanced bandwith parts, it promises lower latency. With Via being the first to have “official” DDR2-667 support out of the box with the 880/894 northbridges, this could not be …more

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Via presses grease monkey into gaming service

“ TAIWANESE CHIP FIRM Via said it has introduced a desktop app which keeps gamers up to date on patches, drivers, maps and other info they’d have to search for online. Grease Monkey scans the games on users’ machines and generates the info as well as allowing for direct downloads of updates that are selected.” The …more

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Pentium 4 630 slower, more expensive claim

“ EVEN THOUGH Intel hasn’t yet released its Pentium 4 6XX series, nor the Exscream Edition running at 3.73GHz, cheeky French web site X86 Secrets has reviewed them. We revealed last year that the 6XX series will have a bigger level two cache but the web site is claiming that the processor offers little performance boost. …more

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