AMD’s quad-core CPU to consume dual-core power

TomsHardware http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/06/23/amd_quad_core_power/ Chicago (IL) – If AMD has its way, then Intel’s performance-per-watt leadership claim may be short lived: The first quad-core Opterons, due in 2007 will consume the same power as today’s dual-core processors, while AMD expects Intel to increase the power envelope when adding more cores. Intel will be dominating the headlines in tech publications early next week with the debut of a new architecture (“Core”) that is believed to not only increase…

Toshiba Sells HD-DVD Player at Half Price

TomsHardware.com http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/06/23/toshiba_hddvd/ El Segundo (CA) – The first generation of HD DVD players are priced 50% below their Blu-ray rivals. While it is no secret that the HD DVD camp is using a lower price to make up for feature disadvantages, a market research firm today reported that Toshiba in fact is taking a loss: The actual cost of the device may be 40% higher than the retail price… According to Isuppli, the bill of…

AMD To Build Worlds Largest CPU Fab in 2007

TomsHardware.com http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/06/25/amd_to_build_32nm_fab_in_ny/ Sunnyvale (CA) – AMD has still room to expand its current manufacturing capabilities in Dresden, Germany and through its contracted manufacturing partners, but a recent surge in demand for its microprocessors apparently has prompted the company to build another high-capacity factory – New York State has won the race and will get a new fab between 2012 and 2014. The new factory will not only be one of the largest private sector industrial…

Commodore Acquires Support Plus

Commodore just bought its distribution channel, Support Plus. It brings about 150 new employees and a solid distribution model for about 20 countries. Support Plus is moving into the North and South American markets this year and they will be distributing C= product. Click HERE to read the press release.

XP Won’t Run on Intel MacBook, iMac

By Nate Mook, BetaNews January 11, 2006, 1:15 PM With the announcement of the first Intel based Macs yesterday, many users have rejoiced in being able to dual-boot both Mac OS X and Windows. Unfortunately, this is not the case; due to Apple’s use of the extensible firmware interface (EFI) rather than BIOS, current Windows releases will not run on the systems. On Tuesday at Macworld, Apple senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil…

Slow PC? Virus Problems?

Microsoft Windows Live Safety Center is a new, free web based service designed to help ensure the health of your PC. Check for and remove viruses Learn about threats Improve your PC’s performance Get rid of junk on your hard disk I have tested this service and found it to be very simple to use and highly effective. Simply go to http://safety.live.com/ and click FULL SCAN

Windows Vista Release Dates

Pro-Networks.org With the release of Beta 1 this past July 27th, this would have placed the Beta 2 release date towards late January – early February 2006. This has been reported numerous times in various media outlets. In my last conversations with Microsoft staffers, I was told that we could actually expect the release to be pushed back a bit, which would have placed it closer to the end of February or even early March.…

Office 12 Preview Program Registration

microsoft.com Register for the free public beta HERE Command Tabs The traditional menus and toolbars have been replaced by a set of Command Tabs. Presented graphically, Command Tabs display the commands that are most relevant for each of the task areas in Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Access. For example, Word has Command Tabs for writing, inserting, page layout, working with references, doing mailings, and reviewing documents. Excel has a similar set of Command…

Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot from. Boot Other…

What is Light Scribe CD / DVD Burners

TomsHardware.com … It’s not strictly accurate to call the surface “printable,” because the technology works by etching – the laser actually burns the surface. That’s why it’s limited to monochrome results. The results are effective, but for simple tasks like backups, it’s hard to justify the time it takes apply the label. There are three different quality settings corresponding to three contrast levels; from the lowest to the highest, the time ranges from 18 to…

RadioShack to sell AMD’s US$299 Internet terminal

betanews.com RadioShack said on Friday it plans to sell AMD’s low-cost Internet terminal in its stores next week. The $299 USD device, dubbed the Personal Internet Communicator, was launched last year in an effort to bring Web access to low-income families in developing countries. The unit is part of an initiative by AMD to put computers in the hands of half the world’s population by the middle of the next decade. Running on Microsoft Windows…

Microsoft Acrylic & Expression Studio

betanews.com Microsoft is ramping up efforts to take on rival Adobe by relesing on Monday a second beta of Acrylic, a program intended to ease the process of creating graphics for Web pages. Microsoft initially released a preview of Acrylic in June, and since that time the application has been downloaded close to 200,000 times. Microsoft has described Acrylic as the “codename for an innovative illustration, painting and graphics tool that provides exciting creative capabilities…

Amazing Virtual Earth To Compete with Google Earth

computerworld.com …MSN Virtual Earth , first announced in May, is similar to Google Maps in that it provides both street-map and satellite views of locations and provides driving directions between locations… …In a later release of the product due out before the end of September, Microsoft will add a “bird’s eye” view of locations that lets users view aerial images not only from directly above but also from an angle. That allows them to not…

Microsoft Releases MidMarket Promotion

computerworld.com …Companies with 25 to 250 PCs will be targeted with the new discounted offer for a single SKU that combines three copies of the standard edition of Windows Server 2003, one instance of Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition and the workgroup edition of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. The promotion, due to start next month and announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference here, knocks about 20% off Microsoft’s Open volume license program prices. The…