Microsoft Courier concept terminated

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 30, 2010 12:14 PM CDT

You might recall that cool dual screen Courier concept that Microsoft was showing off. I know I was looking forward to seeing how the device turned out. If you were interesting in the project, we have bad news today.

Microsoft has decided to kill off the Courier tablet. The cancellation is surprising considering that we had been hearing the device was on track to hit stores in 2011.

Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Gizmodo, "At any given time, we're looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It's in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time."

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Apple to shutter Lala next month

Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 30, 2010 11:06 AM CDT

Anyone with half a brain knew when Apple purchased online music service Lala that its days were numbered. Apple was either looking to axe some competition or was out to integrate Lala into its own online subscription music offering (or both).

I know I am hoping for the second option and according to TechCruch sources are telling it that is exactly what will happen and perhaps as early as June. Lala will be available for existing subscribers until May 31. No new subscribers are being accepted.

Apparently, anyone with money left in Lala will have the funds transferred over to iTunes. I know many folks who may be sad to lose Lala, but will be hopeful that Apple finally offers that subscription service.

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EK releases eight full coverage water blocks for GTX 400 series

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Apr 29, 2010 5:22 AM CDT

EK Water Blocks has gone all out with support for the GTX 400 series, giving four differing versions of its new supporting blocks each for the GTX 470 and GTX 480, making eight in total for the line-up.

All four for each card use the same shaped, full coverage design, but differ in the types of materials used. The entry level models use a copper base with clear acrylic tops; these are dubbed the EK-FC470 GTX and EK-FC480 GTX with pricing of 74.95€ and 80.00€ respectively.

Moving up the line-up from there are the EK-FC470 GTX Acetal and EK-FC480 GTX Acetal models, which as the name indicates use acetal tops and go for pricing of 77.65€ and 82.9€ respectively.

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Power Color goes all out with 'Eyefinity12' HD 5970 monster

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 29, 2010 4:14 AM CDT

Multi-monitor mad users who are addicted to connecting as many monitors as they can to a single PC would have been foaming at the mouth when AMD announced its Eyefinity6 technology (giving the ability to connect six monitors to a single video card).

However, while this in itself seems like it would only be fully harnessed by a niche crowd looking to go all out with gaming simulation setups or advanced (overkill?) levels of productivity, Power Color seems to think there are people out there who still feel it's not enough.

Take a look at this picture below :-

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HP acquires Palm for 1.3 Billion

Steve Dougherty | Business, Financial & Legal | Apr 29, 2010 3:22 AM CDT

It's been known for quite a while Palm has been struggling to keep its head above water and the marketplace tells the story pretty quickly they've been failing to compete at a required level to survive in the ever growing, fast paced smartphone world.

At this rate, the end of the road for the company is not all that far away unless something drastic takes place. And that's exactly what's just happened. HP has just announced it's swallowing them up for 1.2 Billion, working out to about $5.70 per share of Palm common stock.

The deal is set to close on July 31 which is in timely fashion with the end of HP's Q3 fiscal year. From what is known this early on, Pam's CEO Jon Rubinstein is sticking with the company but how operations will change is anyone's guess at this point; it's all speculation.

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Microsoft launches Windows Embedded Standard 7 OS

Shane McGlaun | Software & Apps | Apr 28, 2010 1:10 PM CDT

Microsoft has offered embedded versions of Windows for many different needs for a long time. Today Microsoft has announced the latest version of Windows Embedded called Windows Embedded Standard 7 has hit RTM.

The new embedded OS takes the some of the power, reliability, and features of the Windows 7 OS and puts them into a customizable and componentized form. The new OS will let OEMs create a wide range of devices with enhanced connectivity and differentiated experiences.

The embedded OS will find its way into products like thin clients, digital signage, industrial controls, set-top boxes, connected media devices, and TVs. Microsoft reports that partners and customers have plans in place to start shipping produces using Windows Embedded Standard 7 soon.

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KONNET makes cable-free PowerV Quad wireless charger for Wii-motes

Steve Dougherty | Networking | Apr 28, 2010 5:14 AM CDT

If you're tired of the hassles that come with manually and regularly replacing/recharging batteries for your multiple Wii-remotes, Konnet has come up with a sleek looking solution that makes it 10x easier.

using advanced wireless induction charging technology, the PowerV Quad charging station supports charging of up to four Wii-motes simultaneously. Together with the supplied rechargeable battery packs it's as simple as resting a Wii-mote on the PowerV (you can leave your Motion Plus / silicon casing on it) and it will automatically detect the battery life and commence charging the battery if needed; no cable clutter here. If the charging status light is red, it's charging; if blue, it's full.

One very practical and convenient solution that would be impossible to regret the purchase of once you have one in house. For $50 U.S. you get the PowerV Quad, AC/DC adapter cord and four supporting rechargeable Ni-MH 800mAh battery packs.

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Gizmodo editor cops it heavy for iPhone 4G viewing last week

Ouch! - In being the first to 'get hold of' and show off the next gen iPhone on the web in detail has come at one helluva hefty price for Gizmodo, not only counting the $5k transaction they made to get it into their posession from an unknown entity.

The site's editor Jason Chen has indicated he's in a world of hurt after performing this little stunt last week.

Last week it was reported that law enforcement in the Silicon Valley area had begun investigating how this iPhone was mysteriously lost and had gotten into wrong hands.

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NVIDIA plans to unify its desktop and mobile graphics drivers

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 27, 2010 3:20 AM CDT

Following AMD's recent decision to provide more regular, consistent Catalyst Mobility driver support for mobile GPUs, NVIDIA has now focused attention on giving better support for its mobile GPUs.

In the past notebook users have had to depend on notebook OEMs to make available mobile graphics driver updates for NVIDIA GPUs residing in select models, of which the timeframes between each of these updates was most always significantly longer than the rate at which GPU makers can make driver updates available to the public.

This problem will soon be solved, it seems. NVIDIA is looking to unify its desktop and mobile drivers and will put things into action as of release 256, due to come out in a few months. This will mean updated GPU drivers will hit the web from NVIDIA themselves for both desktop and notebook users at the same time; albeit they will be in separate packages.

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XFX's stolen HD 5970 Black Edition Limited video card was a viral marketing campaign

Shane McGlaun | Internet & Websites | Apr 23, 2010 11:02 AM CDT

There have been stories going around the web this week stating that a limited edition high-end ATI video card had been stolen from the factory carrying the XFX band. XFX had warned people to not buy the card, which was supposedly listed on eBay.

XFX sent out another email this week that again stated the supposed story that one of the limited edition 5970 Black Edition cards had been stolen, specifically serial number 68. The email stated that people involved with the theft would be prosecuted and it looked real overall.

If you glance under the picture of the car in the email, you will notice that it states clearly the email is an XFX Gamertainment Campaign. In other words, a viral marketing stunt that clearly worked very well. Did you fall for it?

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