AMD defining Centrino-like ATI-based laptop platform?
AMD and ATI are to launch a notebook platform next quarter, it has been claimed. The move appears to build on AMD's past portable-platform development efforts, in particular 'Yamoto', it's attempt to devise a set of specifications based on its CPUs not unlike Intel's Centrino.
Web 2.0: if you're not on the list, you're not coming in
Organizers of a Web 2.0 talkfest are promising to unlock the secrets of the social networking universe for ordinary folks and to hook 'em up with some big swinging internet dicks over canapés.
Astronomers watch supernova go bang
Scientists have, for the first time, been able to watch a star go supernova in real time, thanks to NASA's Swift satellite.
Nvidia GeForce 7100 GS slips out
Nvidia has quietly rolled out the GeForce 7100 graphics chip family at the bottom end of its GeForce 7 series of GPUs. For now, though, there's only one member - the 7100 GS - but at least three card companies have announced boards based on the part.
Google Book Search goes live
Google is making waves in the publishing industry by offering free PDFs of out-of-copyright books.
Japanese get external internal hard drive cooler kit
Is your hard disk running too hot? Japan's Freedom PC has what it believes is the answer: a pair of 6cm fans mounted on a standard to which you fix your thermally troubled 3.5in HDD. You also keep the drive outside your computer's casing.
A streaming headache for IT managers
The long summer of sport draws to a close, and corporate networks draw a breath of relief as multiple streams of video cease to take 90 per cent of available bandwidth from the business. How was it for you? Did the voices from on high make the big statement "stop all streaming media - now!" And what was your response?
Feds arrest 15 aliens at Roswell
It appears that the black helicopter brigade were right all along about Area 51, since US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operatives this week arrested 15 aliens at the facility who were, chillingly, in the process of painting military aircraft when the net closed.
Mag moots March '07 PSP redesign
Sony fanboys and PlayStation Portable owners are all getting hot under the collar over a claim made in the US PlayStation Magazine that the consumer electronics giant is planning to ship a redesigned PSP next year.
OCZ clocks DDR 2 DIMM to 1,120MHz
Memory specialist OCZ has unveiled a 1GB DDR 2 SDRAM memory module clocked to a whopping 1.12GHz. The unbuffered 2.4V DIMM is latency rated at 5-5-5-15, the company said.
Japan's AKARI 'scopes out stellar evolution
The Japanese infrared space telescope AKARI has sent back a raft of stunning new images of stellar evolution, from the earliest stages of star formation to the final death throes of stars in our own galaxy.
Simms makes its first acquisition
Memory distributor Simms International has bought a rival in Australia in its first acquisition since forming in 1990.
Palm boss backs cellphone driving ban
As any New Yorker will cheerfully tell you, California's drivers are second to none in the nation. They possess what seems to be a sixth sense when it comes to anticipation and awareness, and their vehicle handling would shame a professional rally driver.
Seat revs iPod, digital radio-friendly sporty auto
Volkswagen subsidiary Seat has joined the fleet of car makers keen to cash in on the iPod arena and launched a special edition of its Ibiza hatchback featuring not only an integrated digital radio but also a connector for Apple's music player. The car also sports a MP3-compatible CD unit.
Browzar browser offers privacy protection
Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed has launched an internet browser that protects against leaving details of sites surfers visit on the computers they use to access the net.
Airfix crashes and burns
There's been a certain amount of teary-eyed nostalgia this morning down at Vulture Central at the news that the firm behind plastic model legend Airfix has gone into administration.
Freetalk shuts up
Vonage has taken over the distribution and customer base formally belonging to VoIP outfit Freetalk.
Britney's half-eaten sarnie regurgitates onto eBay
Lovers of pop memorabilia who also have a penchant for egg salad sarnies would do well to drop everything and rush down to eBay where an enterprising waiter is flogging an example of the latter as partially consumed by highly-talented and highly-pregnant popstress Britney Spears.
eBay accused of privacy breach
UpdatedThe Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is to investigate eBay after Privacy International lodged an official complaint about the company's data retention practices.
Ex-Brocade pair plead not guilty
Former Brocade CEO Greg Reyes and his former human resources VP Stephanie Jensen pleaded not guilty to mail and securities fraud charges in San Francisco federal court yesterday.
RadioShack sacks 400 by email
RadioShack sacked 400 workers at its Fort Worth headquarters on Tuesday morning via an email, which stated: "The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated."
Porn downloader jailed for abusing child at work
A US man who abused a pre-pubescent girl in his workplace has been jailed for 15 years.
Nokia revives N80 3G smart phone for VoIP
Nokia will next month ship a revised version of its N80 smart phone, the mobile phone giant said today. Dubbed the N80 Internet Edition, the upcoming 3G handset appears to be little more than a software upgrade over the current 'non-Internet' version.
Chlorophyll inspires Aussies in quest for green power
Researchers in Australia have developed technology that could pave the way for highly efficient solar cells.
Peter Jackson to remake The Dam Busters
Peter Jackson has announced he will remake 1954 classic The Dam Busters, the BBC reports.
Up with cohesion, down with coupling
The standard advice on cohesion and coupling is that a design should strive to maximise cohesion and minimise coupling. This is a fine mantra, but, as is so often the case, without a good understanding of what is really intended, it becomes either misguidance or perceived as academic and irrelevant.
Samsung's 4G outpaces WiMAX
On a bus fitted out specially for the occasion in Jeju this week, Samsung demonstrated a new version of 4G technology transferring data at speeds of 100Mbit/s.
T-Mobile hacker escapes imprisonment
A hacker who broke into the systems of T-Mobile USA and lifted the personal details of around 400 people, including a US Secret Service agent, has escaped imprisonment.
Fiorina.com goes live ahead of non-stop book tour
Ever the marketing whiz, Carly Fiorina has set up a non-stop touring schedule and flash web site to promote her soon-to-be-released epic Tough Choices.
Sun kills off much delayed UltraSPARC IIIi+ chip
Sun Microsystems has turned to half-truths where its UltraSPARC IIIi+ processor is concerned. The company has cancelled the product, once slated for 2005, in favor of concentrating on the UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara - processor line.
MS preps DRM hack fix
Microsoft is working on closing a loophole that creates a means to strip usage restriction from music files wrapped in its DRM technology. A program called FairUse4WM, recently posted on the internet, allows users to bypass Microsoft's Digital Rights Management (DRM) system.
Intel to decimate workforce - report
CNET has come out as the first organ willing to put a firm number on Intel's alleged upcoming mass layoff. The online rag reckons that up to 10,000 workers will be cleaved from Intel's payroll. Word of the layoffs should arrive next Tuesday after the stock markets close their regular trading sessions.