Google has begun warning users about visiting websites that include malware capable of damaging computers. Security software, including the latest beta of McAfee's upcoming Internet Security Suite and Microsoft's OneCare Live, have been offering a similar functionality, but a warning delivered directly by a search engine is a fairly new trend.
An entire industry has been formed around managing the guessing game of what Apple will announce next. But as with any industry that constitutes a good part of the American economy, when speculation becomes part of the business, meeting the expectations of the best speculators can be interpreted by the market at large as a disappointment. If Apple doesn't give any hints as to an "iPhone" or an e-book next Monday at the WWDC in San Francisco, will that be seen as bad news?
Gateway today announced the new E-6610 series as flagship of its business desktop PC portfolio. The computers come standard with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor and can be configured with standard PC or workstation components. Prices start near the $1000 mark for a base system. Consumers are promised to get their PC by mid-August.
Munich (Germany) and Chicago (IL) - Tom's Hardware has received one of the very few available final test units of Intel's Core 2 Duo T-series CPUs, formerly code-named "Merom". During its initial two benchmark runs, the chip delivered first evidence that it can be up to 20% faster than Core Duo ("Yonah"), while consuming less or equal power. Our update includes an slide show with benchmark numbers.
Autodesk is demonstrating the upcoming versions of 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at the Siggraph convention in Boston. Both applications will support 64-bit Windows operating systems and Maya 8 will support 64-bit on Linux.
New York (NY) - In an elaborate unveiling ceremony featuring no less than the Red Bull Formula 1 racing team, senior executives from IBM and AMD, including AMD CEO Hector Ruiz, introduced a new line of IBM xSeries blade servers - now re-christened "IBM System x" - that promises to slash operations and maintenance costs through the creative use of Opteron processors.
If you wondered about Nvidia's business options once ATI has been acquired by AMD, here's one idea: High-end graphics.
Markham (Ontario) - The key reason processor producer AMD sought to merge with graphics card manufacturer ATI was to enable itself to produce a complete performance platform for mobile computers, complete with CPU, chipset, and GPU. That ATI was one of the world's two principal producers of high-performance graphics cards for OEMs and system builders was an incidental bonus, based on TG Daily's assessment of the information given it by both companies.
Boston (MA) - If you are attracted by the processing power of the Cell processor, but don't want to give up your existing PC environment or invest in a completely new workstation environment, Mercury may have a solution for you: The company offers a PCI express accelerator board with Cell processor that promises a whopping 180 GFlops performance boost.
A very small conference, gathering together certain selected AMD technology supporters, including VooDoo PC and Microsoft, was held last Tuesday, the topic of which was the company's upcoming double-dual-core hardware platform, code-named "4x4."
Two Cal State Northridge University students have been accused of hacking a professor's computer to raise grades, order CDs and send pizza. Lena Chen and Jennifer Ngan face up to a year in prison and will be arraigned next month. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles city attorney's office says the two students hacked the computer because they felt "the professor was unfair".
As expected, the official entry of Intel's new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors into the "in stock" category from major retailers is pushing street prices for dual-core Pentium D 900 series processors down, over 10% since last Tuesday and down about 40% since 18 July, according to the latest figures from PriceGrabber.
Westlake Village (CA) - A flurry of new computer announcements based on Intel's latest dual-core processor is hitting the Internet. Several computer companies are releasing specs on business and gaming desktops that use the Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. The processor was official launched today and several companies including Alienware, Dell, Gateway, Velocity Micro and Voodoo PC are introducing new computers.
Santa Clara (CA) - In a confusing series of events, Intel today introduced its much anticipated Core 2 Duo processor. First, it wasn't so certain until recently that the desktop and mobile CPU would launch simultaneously; then, we saw different release dates around the globe with numerous publications breaking embargo dates; in the end, Intel broke its own embargo and released the processor in the US a few hours early.
Core 2 Duo in detail: Past, present and future (22 images) ...
Santa Clara (CA) - History may credit AMD almost as much as Intel with the creation of the Woodcrest, Conroe, and Merom architectures, the latter two of which Intel released today. In 2004, AMD effectively threw down a very sizeable gauntlet, challenging Intel on every conceivable front, including retail outlets and courtrooms, to innovate or perish. In good time, Intel responded, with a marketing program and technology initiative that many felt was contrived, inconclusive, lacking vigor.
Reuters this morning made public the news that is still hours away from being made official: Intel will officially unveil its Conroe and Merom processor architectures into its Core 2 Duo series, in a gala announcement slated for 11:30 Pacific Time this morning.
Following the announcement of its 4 GB solid state disk (SSD) flash drive late yesterday, Samsung today clarified some open questions and provided additional information about the product to TG Daily.
According to a spokesperson, the drive will be targeting owners of high-end PCs that intend to accelerate the performance of their Windows Vista PCs. The drive is likely to be available to system vendors to be pre-installed into new PCs as well as to the retail market to enable users to upgrade PCs they already own.
UPDATE 26 July 3:20 PM EST: Samsung's 4 GB Vista flash SSD to be priced under $200
San Jose (CA) - Samsung on Tuesday announced a solid state disk drive that promises to completely eliminate hard drive delays on PCs. The disk is designed to take advantage of Microsoft's ""Ready Boost"" feature in Windows Vista and will be available ""around"" the time the new operating system launches.
Apple today introduced a wireless version of its Mighty Mouse. Sporting the same overall look and providing the essentially same functionality as the original Mighty Mouse, the updated model offers a reliable, secure connection to Mac computers.