Microsoft extends grip on Windows XP licensing

“ SOFTWARE FIRM Microsoft is taking further steps to protect its intellectual property by cutting down on upgrades available for pirate copies of Windows XP. The firm announced its plans in the USA yesterday, confirming our earlier story from last October. Its “Genuine Advantage” scheme means that non legitimate version of XP won’t get any upgrades …more

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Athlon 64 FX55 Named Best Desktop Processor

“ AMD announced today that high-tech market research firm In-Stat selected the AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-55 processor as best desktop processor of 2004. In-Stat Microprocessor Report recognized the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor for its superior performance, feature-rich architecture, support for 32- and 64-bit capability and Enhanced Virus Protection. The newsletter from In-Stat is now available …more

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Most-Recent Market Reports Shows Gap Between ATI and NVIDIA Shrinking

“ The most-recent study from leading market tracking company Mercury Research shows that the market share gap between leading graphics processors suppliers ATI Technologies and NVIDIA Corp. is closing, as the latter gains share across all segments, while the former loses parts of the markets it controls. Still, both firms as well as market leader Intel …more

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Via prepares to raise processor clock frequency to 2 GHz

Via Technologies is preparing to improve the performance of its CPU family to achieve a 2-GHz clock frequency this year, which would help allay some user complaints that its low-power benefits don’t completely make up for its lack of horsepower. EE Times

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Google hires Firefox programmer

Ben Goodger, one of the key figures of Mozilla Foundation and a programmer for the Firefox browser, posted about his newly acquired job for the search giant Google in his blog earlier today. According to the blog post, his goals will remain unchanged at Mozilla Foundation, and he will continue to push and work on …more

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The Consequence of Waking Up a Sleeping Giant: Intel Roadmaps Inside

“Anand and I got particularly antsy this month to get an Intel roadmap up – this month’s changes look nothing short of spectacular. When we look at some of our other Intel roadmaps in retrospect, there are very few new developments outside of the Smithfield and Yonah announcements. This month looks completely different however; new …more

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Site Maintenance Coming

I just wanted to inform all of our readers that the site is going down tonight for some server maintenance.  We are planning on powering them down on Saturday, January 29, 2005 12:00 AM PST — Saturday, January 29, 2005 4:00 AM PST.  We will also be making some other changes on our server till then, …more

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Longhorn graphics engine exposed

“ THERE IS HUGE interest over Microsoft’s next generation Windows Longhorn operating system and people are just as interested in its graphic engine. It’s called Avalon and will represent the next step forward in graphic engines, the Vole believes. Avalon consists of a display engine and a managed code framework. For the first time, Avalon will …more

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ATI’s R520 to arrive in May

“ ATI PLANS to introduce its brand new R520 technology exactly a year after it announced its R420. Despite the news that ATI might even be ready with R520 for CeBIT, it seems that the company wants to hold its breath and try to release the silicon in May. We already said that the R520 taped …more

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Monday’s reviews from around the web

Today’s Must Read Review:  Looking for a good after market cooling solution for your video card? Adrian’s Rojak Pot  has just posted the Zalman VF700-Cu GPU Cooler Review. When Nate and I were in Dallas for the Winter CPL, these seemed to be the cooler of choice for all the display systems, as well as …more

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Windows 64 to arrive in April

“ SOURCES CLAIMED Microsoft is planning to introduce its 64 bit operating system for Intel and AMD processors (iAMD64) on the 29th of April. The sources are close to Microsoft. It appears there will be a release to manufacturing version of WinXP 64 in March. That’s the stage before the CDs get stamped out and the …more

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DDR2 great says Crucial: AMD disagrees

“ WE’VE HAD the diamond geezers from Crucial on the blower today, telling us that their new Tracer memory is now available in DDR2 667 and DDR1 500 speeds. The Tracer line of Ballistix modules from Crucial, a division of Micron, features top-specced RAM with funky flashing LEDs on top. The RAM is low latency, making …more

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Intel indicates prices for Smithfield, 64-bit 600 CPUs

Some great news on these prices! Budget builders will be able to get one of these dual-core Pentium ?’s for under US$250! Now, if only AMD could leak some news like this… “Three versions of the dual-core CPU, with clock speeds of 2.8, 3.0 and 3.2GHz, will be available at US$241, US$316 and US$530 as …more

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TV Celebrity Johnny Carson Dies at 79

“(CNN) — Johnny Carson, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of emphysema. “He passed away this morning,” Carson’s nephew, Jeffrey Sotzing, told CNN. Carson, a longtime smoker, was 79 and had announced in 2002 that he was suffering from the disease.” CNN

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