EU set to hit Intel with large fine

Sean Kalinich | | May 11, 2009 9:26 AM CDT

The Internet is buzzing with rumors that the EU is about to slap Intel with a heavy fine for violating Anti-Trust laws.

Although I am not sure about the Anti-Trust thing, I can say that if want has been reported is true it does border on anti-competitive. But then again lately the EU has been very free with its rules governing Anti-Trust (just read their witch hunt on Internet Explorer).

While if Intel is truly guilty of these actions (and it seems they are) then they should pay the fine and be done with it. However I can't help but wonder if this will open up a whole new business.

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Microsoft To Test Windows 7 Updates

Zac O'Vadka | Software & Apps | May 10, 2009 11:38 PM CDT

Microsoft has announced that they will be doing another test to see how well they can update Windows 7.

Microsoft To Test Windows 7 Updates

The new updates are scheduled to hit Tuesday, and there will be as many as 10 fake updates in the next week. Microsoft stated that there will be no new features or fixes and that all of the updates will be fake. A Microsoft spokesperson stated that they want to "verify our ability to deliver and manage updating of Windows 7 in certain real-life scenarios."

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Corsair Predicts 8GB Memory Kits To Be The Norm

Zac O'Vadka | RAM | May 10, 2009 11:23 PM CDT

Andy Paul, CEO and president of Corsair Memory, says that by the end of the year he expects most dual-channel memory kits will be 8GB.

Corsair Predicts 8GB Memory Kits To Be The Norm

Paul backs his statement by talking about the price of memory continuing to decrease, Windows 7 launching before the end of the year is up, and the push towards 64-bit computing which allows the additional address space for applications to take advantage of. This shouldn't be a surprise to most though. Windows XP popularized the 2GB kits, Vista the 4GB kits, and the next step up becomes the 8GB kits.

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BioShock 2 multiplayer by Digital Extremes

Nathan Davison | | May 8, 2009 9:17 PM CDT

The original BioShock was an instant hit on both consoles and PC alike, and for good reason - it was definitely an interesting and fresh take on single player only FPS gaming. Without any degree of a multiplayer mode, however, BioShock was destined for the shelf to collect dust relatively quickly after purchase for most gamers.

So it is without much surprise that for the upcoming sequel, BioShock 2, 2KGames have opted to include a multiplayer mode. In an announcement today, 2K have confirmed they will be partnering with Digital Extremes to deliver this mode.

If the name Digital Extremes doesn't ring a bell, it probably should - these guys have had their fingers in the FPS MP pie for quite some time, most significantly in a co-development role with Epic for most of the titles in the Unreal Tournament series across its various platforms. It goes without saying then that the multiplayer gameplay in BioShock 2 is starting to generate some large expectations, and if it can deliver, the sky is the limit for the series. No pressure, Digital Extremes!

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MS Releases Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor BETA

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | May 8, 2009 10:25 AM CDT

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Windows 7 Upgrade advisor. This is a handy little application that will tell you if you will encounter any problems upgrading your system (the install media does this during an upgrade also).

Now this sounds great and I am sure that many people will use it, but there was one for Vista also and despite it being publicly available many people did not use it and some that did completely ignored the warnings and blamed MS for poor Vista performance anyway.

I hope this time people put the upgrade advisor for Windows 7 to better use; like actually use it.

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US President Obama Takes up MPAA and RIAA Flag

Sean Kalinich | | May 8, 2009 8:06 AM CDT

The Movie and Music industry in the US is riding high on a wave of exhilaration lately. After their stunning win over the Pirate Bay (although that might get over-turned) it seems they feel they can do whatever they want.

First they decided to continue suing private individuals after saying they wouldn't, then they buddy up to ISPs and ask them to cut people off from the Internet only on their say (a law that was rejected in the EU).

Now they have sent the President of the United States to talk to Spain and pressure them to change their Anti Piracy Laws. You see in Spain, private non-commercial file sharing is legal. As are non-profit bit-torrent sites. But the MPAA wants that to change and change now. Since they have no sway over the Spanish government they chose to send someone with a little more power.

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Windows 7 SSD Improvements Outlined

Zac O'Vadka | Software & Apps | May 7, 2009 10:29 PM CDT

The Windows 7 team has been hard at work trying to improve performance all the way around. Many have wondered just what would be in store for SSD optimization.

Windows 7 SSD Improvements Outlined

Windows 7 will automatically disable many of the features that are designed for traditional hard drives. These include disk defragmentation, Superfetch, and Readyboost. SSDs with better performance will also boot and application launch prefetching disabled.

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Sony PSP 3000 Hacked by the ChickHEN Project

Sean Kalinich | | May 7, 2009 10:50 AM CDT

There is good news for all of you PSP 3000 owners as the PSP hacking crew has succeeded in taking down this version as well.

The responsible party is the ChickHEN project. According to a certain YouTube video they were successfully able to use a TIFF exploit to get into a HEN (Homebrew Enabler) environment.

This is great news although not quite ready for the man in the street just yet. Stay tuned as I am sure it will be out there soon.

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PoV ION board has PCI-e x16 Slot

Sean Kalinich | | May 7, 2009 9:44 AM CDT

Looks like Point of View is working on their very own ION based mainboard. This in and of itself is not surprising, but the fact that they sandwiched in a PCI-E x16 slot and they also opted for a standard 24-pinn PSU connection.

This means that you could drop in a pretty hefty GPU onto this tiny little board. I am not sure why you would want to do that but it is possible.

The rest of the features are pretty stock, there are slots for two SODIMMs four SATA ports and the usual outputs for audio, LAN, and video.

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