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Dell Offers High-End Blu-ray Notebook

Dell on Monday introduced Blu-ray Disc technology into its product line, offering the next-generation optical disc format as an option on its high-end XPS M1710 consumer notebook computer. For Dell, it's a move to offer customers PCs that can function as a single platform for digital entertainment t...

IBM Boosts Development of Flash Memory Successor

A new chip technology could encroach on flash memory and hard-disk drive market share, as a group of companies led by IBM explore phase-change memory. Big Blue, Macronix and Qimonda on Monday announced joint research results that give a major boost to this new type of computer memory, which they are...

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Hottest Video Games for Holiday Giving, Part 1

As the next generation of video game consoles duke it out in the marketplace, game publishers are anxious to see how their titles fare in the fray. From war games to music games, there is no lack of variety to satisfy gaming enthusiasts of all ages this year. There are plenty of options for the Nint...

Senators, ESRB Open Video Game Ratings Campaign

Two prominent U.S. Senators on Thursday joined forces with the Entertainment Software Rating Board to launch a new nationwide television public service announcement campaign. The goal is to encourage parents to use the video game ratings when buying games for their children. Just in time for the hol...

MySpace to Combat Sexual Predators With Technology

MySpace.com on Tuesday said it would partner with an online identity and background check firm to build technology that blocks convicted sex offenders from joining its community. The leading online social networking community is working with Sentinel Tech Holding to build Sentinel Safe, technology t...

AMD Dual-Core Chip Reduced to 65 Nanometer Design

AMD on Tuesday announced its transition from 90 nanometer to 65 nm process technology. The Athlon 64 X2 dual-core desktop processor is the first product to roll out under the new process. AMD's announcement comes months after Intel launched its 65 nm initiatives and is another step toward creating e...

Toshiba Vaults 100 GB Barrier With 1.8-Inch HDD

In a breakthrough that paves the way for higher capacity notebook computers and digital music players, Toshiba announced Tuesday that its storage device division broke the 100 GB barrier for mobile hard disk drives. The new 1.8-inch drive -- model MK1011GAH -- is based on perpendicular magnetic reco...

BT Launches $198 Million IPTV Mission

Communications giant BT Group on Monday announced the commercial launch of BT Vision, its new IPTV service. The company is spending about US$198 million to roll out the service with high hopes to attract up to 3 million users and post a profit by the end of 2010. BT Vision combines more than 40 DTT-...

Al-Qaeda May Launch Cyber Attack on Financial Sites, Warns US

The U.S. government on Thursday issued a warning to American private financial services of a possible cyber attack by an Islamist militant group against online stock trading and banking Web sites beginning on Friday. The group, reportedly associated with al-Qaeda, is seeking to hack and destroy the ...

AMD Launches Vista-Compatible Quad FX Platform

Just two weeks after the debut of Intel's quad-core chips, AMD on Thursday announced its Quad FX Platform with Dual Socket Direct Connect architecture. AMD is touting the Quad FX as the first dual-socket, multi-core desktop PC platform designed to work with Windows Vista Ultimate. Intel has been acc...

Microsoft Rolls Out Vista, Office 2007 for Business

Microsoft on Thursday launched its Windows Vista operating system for businesses, along with Office 2007 suite and Exchange Server 2007. Microsoft made the introduction at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York City. The software giant is also celebrating 20 years as a publicly traded company. After ...

BitTorrent Buddies Up With TV, Movie Companies

File-sharing vendor BitTorrent on Wednesday announced a slew of partnerships with film and television companies, as it slowly boosts its sullied reputation as a tool for media pirates. The company has reached agreements with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa Pictures USA, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm ...

Nintendo Celebrates Wii’s Triumph Over PS3

A bragging Nintendo has declared an early victory over rival Sony in the video console wars. Of the more than 600,000 Nintendo Wii systems sold in the Americas since Nov. 19, 400,000 were sold in the U.S. -- at a rate of nearly one unit sold per second since its launch. Including just first-party so...

YouTube Strikes Exclusive Content Deal With Verizon

Video-sharing phenom YouTube on Tuesday announced a content distribution deal with Verizon, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The deal marks YouTube's first strategic mobile distribution agreement and could signal a new trend for the Google-owned social networking Web site. In early De...

PS3, Wii Command Scalpers’ Prices – Xbox Sitting Pretty

Watching the reports of video game console sales early this holiday shopping season has been like watching a thoroughbred horse race. The only problem is two of the horses are already out of the race, at least temporarily. As anticipated, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii sold out very quickly...

Online Video Cuts Into TV Viewing Habits

Online video is eating into the market share of traditional television viewing time, according to a recent ICM survey conducted for the BBC. Forty-three percent of Brits who viewed video on the Internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they spent less time watching traditional TV as a...

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Former NASA Chief Architect Brad Hines on Solar Power’s Comeback

Once considered the dark horse in solar's current race to the rooftop, solar concentrators are making a major comeback. Solar investment veterans RockPort Capital Partners and Nth Power recently led a US$8 million Series A round for Practical Instruments. The company plans to use the funds to launch...

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Free Software Foundation’s Stallman Sets the Record Straight

Richard Stallman is a free software pioneer. As president of the Free Software Foundation and founder of the GNU Project, he is also an evangelist of a free society in which people have inaliable rights to run, study, copy and distribute software. As such, Stallman is often grieved when he reads new...

Palm Launches Treo 680 With Content Partners

Palm on Wednesday introduced its Treo 680 smartphone amid plenty of fanfare and even more partnerships. The phone is available in four colors -- crimson, copper, arctic and graphite -- and retails for US$399. Cingular subscribers, however, can get the device for $199 through an exclusive deal with ...

Universal Seeks Millions in MySpace Suit

Universal Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against MySpace.com, alleging that the Web site is building a business based on publishing stolen songs and music videos. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, called MySpace a "vast virtual warehouse" of pirated copyrighted ...

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