News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in September 2008
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Dell Offers PC Pre-Loaded With Movies
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
For an additional $20, movie fans can get a copy of "Iron Man," along with bonus features, pre-loaded on select Inspiron, Dell Studio, and XPS laptops, and desktops.
Movie Studios, RealNetworks Sue Each Other In DVD-Copying Dispute
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
RealDVD software lets people rent DVDs from a legitimate video-rental store and build a library of copied movies without ever buying a DVD.
AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
Nokia Prepares 'iPhone Killer,' Changes CTO
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Symbian S60-powered smartphone dubbed "Tube" is expected to include Nokia's music player, DVB-H mobile TV support, and various GPS applications.
LG Intros Affordable Touch-Screen Phone
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The KP500 has Bluetooth, a document viewer, expandable memory, and multimedia capabilities, and it should have a low price.
Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
Snow Seen On Mars
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Phoenix Mars Lander detected snow falling from the Martian clouds about 2.5 miles above the planet's surface.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
Samsung Samples 'Smallest' 2 Gb Memory Module
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next-generation memory style is expected to increase from 29% of the DRAM market in terms of units sold to 72% by 2011, according to IDC.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
Nintendo DS Refresh Sets Its Sights On Apple
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next version of the handheld gaming device would be able to take pictures and play music similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple Unlocks Its Own iPhones For Hong Kong
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Apple also may be looking to expand into more Chinese markets by unlocking the iPhones for other wireless standards beyond GSM.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
IBM, ARM Join On Mobile-Device Chip Technology
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The results of the partnership will be used in logic, memory, and interface products for the customers of IBM's Common Platform technology alliance, such as Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Samsung 'Pixon' Hits Store Shelves With 8-Megapixels
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The camera phone also supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a Microsoft Office document viewer, and a multimedia player.
USB Thumb Drives For Multitaskers
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Serdar Yegulalp's story "12 Tricks To Teach Your USB Drive" got me thinking about some of the more accomplished thumb drives I've seen recently.
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
AT&T, DirecTV Partner On Satellite Television
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
AT&T planned to start offering DirecTV service after its contract with Dish expires Jan. 31, 2009.
Motorola Prepares WiMax USB Dongle
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The thumb-sized-device will be available in the fourth quarter in each of the three WiMax bands around the world -- 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 3.5 GHz.
Space Station Invites Public To Very Long-Distance Chess Match
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Students in kindergarten through third grade will get the first four moves against undefeated astronaut Greg Chamitoff.
Toshiba Unveils 256 GB Drives For 'Netbooks'
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The new category of mini-notebooks was popularized this year by the computers makers including Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
Chip-Designer Transmeta Up For Sale
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
In essence, Transmeta's technology was instrumental in helping the industry reach a level of power efficiency that has become the foundation of so-called "green IT" initiative today.
Which Video Editing Program Should You(Tube) Use?
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
Our software smackdown compares Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple iMovie, Pinnacle Studio, and Corel VideoStudio, with tips on the best package for creating your digital camcorder movie masterpiece.
China's iPhone 3G May Lack 3G And Wi-Fi
News  |  9/26/2008  | 
The move may be a way for China Mobile to keep customers from unlocking the device and running it on rival China Telecom's W-CDMA 3G networks.
VMware Beefs Up Ability To Deliver Virtual Desktops
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The enhancements make it possible to run multimedia presentations over Remote Desktop Protocol such as voice combined with images.
Twitter Outage Even Grounds 'Fail Whale'
Commentary  |  9/25/2008  | 
A system-wide outage of Twitter on Thursday got people's blood boiling, but raises another round of questions about the Web 2.0's effectiveness in the enterprise.
BlackBerry Maker RIM Posts $492 Million Profit For 2Q
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company is still the dominant leader in U.S. smartphone sales, and is making headway around the globe.
U.S. Court Upholds Two Broadcom Patents In Qualcomm Case
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The patents are related to chips used in phones with high-speed Web links.
Global IPTV: $19 Billion Market By 2012
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Driving the increase is growing consumer demand for video, as well as the entry of new content providers such as YouTube and Joost, according to a new Gartner survey.
Google's New Smartphone Wows Consumers, But Enterprises Must Wait
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Mobile users hoping to use the G1 for business may be disappointed by the absence of Microsoft Exchange support, and a desktop syncing client.
Toshiba Expands HDD Lineup For Mini-Notebooks
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The Serial ATA products also are available with Toshiba's free-fall sensor option that parks the disk head before impact when a notebook is dropped.
Apple Launches iPhone 3G Online Buying Tool
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Customers still can't get an iPhone 3G shipped to their homes, but the online tools could speed up the sign-up process.
Apple Clamps Down On App Store Developers
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Apple has been criticized for being inconsistent in its rationale for rejecting applications or pulling ones that have already been approved.
T-Mobile Lifts Data Limit For G1
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The company backed off its plans to throttle G1 users who exceeded 1 GB of data a month.
Judge Tosses Out Verdict Against Minn. Mom Accused Of File Sharing
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
A jury convicted Jammie Thomas of putting 24 songs on Kazaa's file-sharing network and ordered her to pay $9,250 per song.
Schwarzenegger: Hasta La Vista To Texting While Driving
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
The ban starting Jan. 1 applies to cars only, but the Los Angeles-area train crash highlighted the dangers of operating a moving vehicle while texting.
China To Attempt First Spacewalk
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
If the mission is successful, China will become the third country whose astronauts have ventured outside of their spacecraft.
MySpace Music Debuts To Rival iTunes
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Subscribers can stream music free or buy songs at MySpace Music through a partnership with Amazon.
Oracle Teams With HP On Database Hardware
News  |  9/25/2008  | 
Oracle in tandem with HP is bringing out its first hardware product, a database machine, which Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says is suitable for high end, high performance data warehouses.
S3 Launches 'Chrome' Mini-Notebook Graphics Chips
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The chips support Microsoft's DirectX 10.1, which is the graphics technology in Windows Vista capable of 3-D rendering.
Oracle, Intel To Accelerate Cloud Computing
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The companies are looking to connect private clouds to those of partners or third-party companies offering storage, server capacity, middleware, and other services.
Setbacks Postpone Two Space Shuttle Launches
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
NASA will officially announce the new launch dates after a Flight Readiness Review, Oct. 3.
'Networked Workers:' Connected, Distracted, Stressed
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A new Pew Study suggests 62% of the workforce is more likely than the average American adult to own a cell phone, laptop, and a BlackBerry, Palm, or other PDA.
Dell To Move To Greener Notebook Displays
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
By the end of 2009, Dell plans to ship LED displays with at least 80% of all its notebooks, reaching 100% in 2010.
Microsoft, NBC, Artists Join Improve Content Distribution
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
A coalition of tech companies is lending its hand to help develop and distribute content over safe and reliable networks where artists can earn fair compensation for their work.
Android 1.0 SDK Released
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Getting developers and programmers to create innovative products will be key for Android's success.
Dell Unveils Privacy Feature For Notebooks
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
The Latitude E6400 contains a software-based option that prevents people sitting next to the user from reading the screen.
5 Million iPhone 3Gs Sold This Quarter
News  |  9/24/2008  | 
Despite Apple's launch woes and reception issues, the company appears to be on track to meet its goal of selling 10 million iPhones this year.
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