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Microsoft has walked away from their takeover bid for Yahoo!, and today is the day when the market will have its say about the wisdom of Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang's frantic actions aimed at avoiding being folded into Microsoft at any cost. Kara Swisher at All Things Digital rang up some executives at Yahoo! after the deal disintegrated,... Read more...
Two days ago we reported on Intel's alleged shortage of Atom processors. When we contacted Intel to confirm the story, an Intel spokesperson refused to comment. Perhaps we had the wrong person on the wrong day, because it would appear that today Intel is coming clean about the Atom shortage with Computerworld: "The new chip, code-named Diamondville,... Read more...
While AMD is frantically trying to ramp up the speeds of their existing Phenom designs, we’re starting to get a slightly clearer picture of what the company plans on offering next. AMD’s technical director of sales and marketing for EMEA, Giuseppe Amato, told Custom PC that ‘if I look at the next generation architecture of our CPU, then it... Read more...
Om Malik at Gigaom has made an interesting analysis of the effects of widespread broadband penetration into the US market. As the demand for broadband tapers off because the pool of persons that don't yet have it slowly dries up, there's really only one thing the providers have left to sell: faster speeds.It should come as no surprise that... Read more...
AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind- First desktop platforms featuring commercial stable AMD Phenom(tm) and AMD Athlon(tm) processors with up to 24-month stability and longevity now available from leading OEMs -SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD)  today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative... Read more...
Wi-Fi availability at Starbucks is nothing new. But this last February, AT&T announced that it will be replacing T-Mobile as the Wi-Fi provider for all company-operated Starbucks locations. The transition is now underway with Starbucks stores in San Antonio, Texas already outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots from AT&T. A press release from... Read more...
We reported earlier this year about Montalvo systems and their mysterious low-power chips.  At the time we wondered if their coyness with details was because they faced some stiff opposition from major players in the chip industry, but now it appears that it may because they were looking for a buyer.  Oddly enough it didn't end up being any... Read more...
ASUS Eee PC 4G Windows XP Hits Selected Best Buy Retail StoresFREMONT, CA (April 21, 2008) – ASUS Eee PC 4G pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP is available immediately in selected Best Buy retail stores in the United States. The wide availability in Best Buy retail stores will provide a hands-on experience for potential users to explore... Read more...
South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung's Chairman Lee Kun-hee has resigned after being indicted for tax evasion. He'll likely lead a small exodus of other executives out of the building as well. Well, let's give the guy credit for two things, anyway: He didn't think small, as he is accused of evading $113 million in taxes; and unlike... Read more...
It has been a while since we’ve had anything to report on the Sony/Digital Video Distribution front, but it looks like it’s almost a reality.According to sources the long-awaited feature is nearly available.  For their part Sony is, of course, keeping quiet.  This could be due to negotiations or the fact that the service may not be quite ready... Read more...
Blockbuster is offering to buy Circuit City. They made the offer privately in February, and made it publicly today; a defacto appeal to Circuit City shareholders to pressure the board to sell. If you were on the Lusitania, would you accept a ride on the Titanic?  Circuit City is struggling, Blockbuster  still has rental-movie money... Read more...
When Apple formally announced plans for an iTunes rental service it was only inevitable that a conflict between Blockbuster and Apple was to occur.  We weren’t entirely sure how this conflict was going to be waged, but now things are becoming clearer:  Blockbuster is developing a set-top box to compete with the Apple TV.“The product would... Read more...
Fortunately Amazon.com launched this service on 4/2, or we might have wondered ...In less than a minute and using only text messages, Amazon.com customers can find the product they are looking for and complete a purchase using TextBuyIt. Simply send a text message to "AMAZON" (262966) with the name of the product, search term or a UPC or ISBN... Read more...
The information coming out of Microsoft and Intel camps regarding the “Vista Capable” class action law suit has certainly been interesting.  At first glance some of the data might look damaging, such as documents alleging that Intel wanted the WDDM loosened a bit so that their integrated graphics chipsets such as those in the i915 family... Read more...
Comscore measures paid clicks for US users of all the major search engines. Google has recently been on a fairly big slide in paid clicks. Google investors were hoping to see some improvement in January's 0 percent increase in year-over-year performance. The good news? Paid clicks were up 3% in February. The bad news? There were 3% more days... Read more...
April 15th is not my favorite day of the year. I doubt it's yours, either. But the IRS is not the only acronym you need to start worrying about on that date. This year, your DirecTV digital video recorder will be getting the DRM treatment for pay-per-view content on April 15th. The days of recording and watching entirely at your leisure are... Read more...
NVIDIA has finally taken the wraps of their latest desktop chipset, the nForce 790i SLI Ultra, and a brand new flagship graphics card dubbed the GeForce 9800 GX2.  We've taken a look at a pair of motherboards, one from ASUS and the other from EVGA, built around the new nForce 790i SLI Ultra chipset and have tested the dual-GPU powered... Read more...
Microsoft and Yahoo executives quietly met on Monday to talk over Microsoft's unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo. It wasn't the sort of meeting where hands are shaken and papers are signed; reportedly Yahoo executives just listened to Microsoft explain what would happen if Microsoft's bid was accepted. Yahoo has been thrashing around trying to... Read more...
$986 million to be more precise. Why so much? It's the last one. That's the projection for the cost to Toshiba to close up shop and retool its production line to make something else. It's the final chapter for Toshiba's ill-fated attempt to offer its HD DVD alternative to Sony's Blu-ray high-definition disk player. Toshiba still turned a profit... Read more...
And we're not talking about "hot sales" either.Japan is investigating a possible defect in Apple Inc.'s iPod after one of the popular digital music players reportedly shot out sparks while recharging, a government official said Wednesday.An official at the trade and economy ministry, which oversees product problems, said a defect is suspected... Read more...
It's another market, ruggedized laptops.  And since Dell is still in full recovery mode, given the opportunity, why not enter it? The Latitude XFR D630 is basically a Latitude D630 in full body armor built to withstand extreme temperatures, falls, moisture, dust, and more. Dell isn't really breaking any new ground here. Panasonic has... Read more...
Nine Inch Nails has released its new album, Ghosts I-IV, online and in a somewhat Radiohead-eque way. You'll recall Radiohead released its In Rainbows album with "you" naming the price. Nine Inch Nails doesn't go quite that far, but it's still the sort of experimentation more bands should be trying with digital distribution becoming more popular.Nine... Read more...
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