Google pushes to stay king of the hill

I’m not sure what you guys think, but this new map service from google looks pretty sweet. “In its latest play in the ongoing search wars, Google on Tuesday quietly launched a beta site for a new map service. Google Maps offers maps, driving directions and the ability to search for local businesses. The search …more

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AMD loses dual core race

“ AMD IS ABOUT TO LOSE the race to dual cores, or so it would seem. It is quite the turnaround from last September when it had a dozen or so of the beasties up and running while Intel was faking it on stage. Word has it that Intel is catching up fast, and Smithfield class …more

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Intel confirms launch of 6XX desktop chips

“ CHIP FIRM Intel confirmed our earlier reports of 2MB L2 cache 6XX desktop processors. These also have power saving Speedstep stuff built in, and provide “headroom” for the future. They come out at the end of the month, it appears. In a conference call for analysts and the press, the firm said that the NX …more

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Intel to detail dual-core Itanium at conference

“A member of the Itanium family of server processors, Montecito will contain 1.7 billion transistors, making it Intel’s first chip to crack the billion mark in transistors, and run at 2GHz, faster than existing Itaniums, according to Nimish Modi, vice president of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel. Montecito, however, will sport a thermal ceiling, …more

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Nvidia tight lipped about next gen core

“ WE STILL DON’T know the codename of next generation Nvidia card but we know its definitely not NV48 or NV50. Someone denied it was called the NV47, but then again someone at Nvidia it as an option perhaps just to confuse us. A core similar to NV50 will come later, possibly in 2006, or at …more

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Windows XP Pro 64 RC1 download available

If you are running a 64 bit system and feeling a bit adventerous…here it is Windows XP Pro 64 RC1 “” None

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This week in PCs: Quieter PCs

SSSHHHHHH  I thought I heard my PC fire up!  As the trend swings to quieter PCs, companies are looking for better ways to put the hush on the PC “BUZZ”. “Once a minor annoyance, noise from PCs has become a growing concern as ever-more-powerful computers require stronger and often noisier cooling systems–especially with PCs moving …more

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Will Mac Mini spur petite-PC revolution?

This is interested news about small desktop PC’s.  Apple is introducing the MAC Mini.  Be on the lookout for a small form factor review from Legit Reviews in the next couple of weeks. “” MSNBC Technology News

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Microsoft’s Gates Vows ‘Interoperable’ Software

Looks like Microsoft wants to now interoperate their software with other existing technologies.  Guess we will all see how that one pans out. “In Thursday’s lengthy e-mail, sent to major corporate customers and made public by Microsoft, the company said it would boost efforts to make its software work more smoothly, or “interoperate” with other …more

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Game firm holds ‘cast’ auditions

I think that the idea of open auditions for video games is just damn cool.  We all know how many characters RPGs have, so why not hold auditions! “Video game firm Bioware is to hold open auditions for people to become cast members for future games. The company, which makes role playing games such as …more

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Napster To Go aims to challenge iPod

Looks like Napster is going to get into the portable MP3 industry with unlimited MP3 downloads onto their device for under $15 a month! “Napster Inc. on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its music-downloading software, a portable subscription-based service that lets users legally download an unlimited number of songs to their MP3 players for …more

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Trapped under ICE: Extreme FX-55 overclocking

All I’m going to say is WOW!!!! “¬†When you have the fastest CPU (at stock speeds) on the planet, you just have to push it further, although phase change cooling can get your underway, LN2 is bound to give you the edge. Let’s pour a few litres on this blazingly fast A64 FX-55 to see …more

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Microsoft Avalon is basically next DX 10

“WE USE TO call it DirectX 10, later someone called it DirectX Next and now we have ended up with name Avalon. No one ever gave a clear answer what Avalon will be. We know it is the codename of Microsoft’s next generation Longhorn User interface that runs on top of next generation DX Next.” …more

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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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