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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Firefox 2′s roadmap released

“AFTER YESTERDAY announcing that he was a little slow in getting Firefox 1.1 out, lead engineer Ben Goodger has released a new roadmap for version 2 of the open source browser. Goodger, the lead engineer for Mozilla Firefox, said that the new roadmap will have a Developer Preview (alpha) in March and a Preview Release …more

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New VIA PT Series Chipsets Launched!

Today VIA allows us to talk openly about their new chipsets and what the offer for consumers.  The new chipsets are the PT 880 Pro, PT 894 and PT 894 Pro chipsets for the Pentium 4 processor. The new chipsets will produce a new generation of motherboards featuring unique PCI Express and AGP Graphics support and …more

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Security company pokes hole in WinXP SP2

Patch is available, but some experts advise against installing it. “Russian security company Positive Technologies has released a patch to a security hole it said it discovered in Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 2 last year. “We found two small flaws that a programmer could use to go around the SP2 mechanism Data Execution Protection …more

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Chip sales hit by high gas prices

“THE SEMICONDUCTOR Industry Association (SIA) reported that global chip sales amounted to $213 billion, fuelled by high demand. But George Scalise, who is head of the trade association, said that high gas prices could damage sales this year. PCs, wireless chips and DRAM were the major contributors to the massive figure of chip sales. China …more

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Why Tivo will thrash HP, Microsoft

“ HP HAS been trying to launch an “entertainment center” platform since 2000. Someone call Carly and tell her it’s time to shoot the dog. Its first attempt launched in 2001 was a Linux-based device dedicated to playing music, hooked into an HP-proprietary “walled garden” for content and listed out at $1000 for a Celeron-based boxed …more

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Socket 939 Has a Good Lifespan Ahead

“While Advanced Micro Devices is reportedly preparing a new socket for 2006 introduction, the company?s current 939-pin infrastructure is likely to live a long life, the company says. But it is unclear how long processors in current form-factor continue to evolve. ?We strive to provide our customers with a stable computing platform for as long …more

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Firefox 1.1 to be delayed

“THE LEAD developer on Firefox, Ben Goodger, has told fans that the next version of Firefox is going to be a bit late. Version 1.1 was set for a March release, however on Goodger?s blog, here, he says this is a bit unrealistic. There is apparently too much needs to be done and he has …more

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Steam comes out of Half Life 2 players’ ears

“Recent downtime on Valve’s Steam Subscriber service has caused aggravation for Counter Strike players and increased calls for a change in the way Half Life 2 authenticates its single-player mode. Currently, players of Half-Life 2 must log in to the Steam service when playing single player. If the service is down, Half-Life goes with it. …more

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