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Microsoft Proposes $44.6 Billion Buy Out Deal, Yahoo Describes the Deal “Unsolicited”

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 12:13pm.

Microsoft has proposed $44.6 billion buyout deal to Yahoo. According to Microsoft the talk has been going on for more the one year. Microsoft believes that the deal would be important in boosting the importance of search and expanding social platforms. Microsoft also said that there would be benefits for Yahoo also in advanced research and development for Yahoo’s mobile platform as well as its video services. Yahoo has described the deal as “unsolicited” and though Yahoo has not rejected the deal but it will carefully and promptly determine the answer to ensure that a takeover by Microsoft is in its best interests.

After One Year on Sale Windows Vista is Still Second Choice to Windows Xp

Submitted by lalit on February 1, 2008 - 11:52am.

Yesterday Microsoft marked the one-year anniversary of Windows Vista and released a press release to highlight Vista’s achievements in past one year. According to Microsoft Vista has almost doubled hardware support, 79% of users feel that Windows Vista is Safer and more than 100 million Vista licenses has been issued to date. Now the facts even though hardware support has doubled my 2005’s Canon printer still doesn’t works with Vista and its not just me or Canon printer, if you go online on any Window’s related forum you will find hundreds of people having problems with their hardware. President of Puget Systems a high-end custom computer maker said, the big challenge has been getting computers running Windows Vista to reliably enter and exit standby mode, in many cases the system requires a reboot to resume full operation. One of Microsoft’s biggest goals with Vista was to improve security and intruding pop-up dialogues for every common task is bad user experience and not improved security. Microsoft very proudly announced that they have sold 100 million Vista licenses that is just 40% of all the Windows based computers sold in 2007. So almost 60% of the computers sold today are Windows Xp. Most businesses are not planning to upgrade to Vista before 2009. Microsoft’s General manager Neil Charney said that some of the features made available in Vista might yet prove indispensable once they catch on. If it were taking more than one year for some feature to catch on, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Sony Announces Development of 35mm Full-size CMOS Sensor for Digital SLR

Submitted by lalit on January 30, 2008 - 10:22am.

Sony Corporation today announced that it has development a high-quality and high-speed full-size 35mm CMOS sensor for high performance digital SLR cameras. The total number of effective pixels is 6104(H) x 4064(v) that brings the total to 24.81 million effective pixels. The chip size is 41mm X 31.9mm and has an integrated 12-bit AD converter. Well all this means that Sony has developed a low-noise high sensitivity, high-speed and high-quality CMOS sensor for digital SLR, which they will start shipping in 2008.

Dell to Ship XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook with NVIDIA 8800M GTX with Dual SLI Technology

Submitted by lalit on January 30, 2008 - 10:06am.

Dell has added NVIDIA 8800M GTX with Dual SLI Technology to the XPS M1730 gaming notebook. According to benchmark’s run by Dell’s performance team, the same XPS 1730 score of almost 13.500 in 3Dmark06-which is about 49% performance gain over two 8700M GT cards in the same notebook. Dell will offer an upgrade option for customers who purchased their M1730 with previous generation graphics solution, the NVIDIA 8700M GT SLI edition. To get the 8800M GTX with Dual SLI you will be paying $700 more than the dual 8700M GT option. If you place the order today you will receive your laptop by February 20th.

Nikon Officially Announces D60 DSLR

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 1:47pm.

Nikon today officially announced the new D60 DSLR. It comes with 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, sensitivity up to ISO 3200, 2.5” LCD screen and shutter speed range of 1/4000 of a second to 30 seconds. The D60 has adopted dust reduction system and Active D-Lighting from D300. The D60 comes with Nikon’s Optical stabilization lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction Lens.  There is no live view LCD or Auto focus system like the new Canon Rebel XSi. The camera will be available next month the price is yet not know but it looks like it will be around Rebel’s $799.

AMD Releases High End ATI Radeon 3870 X2 Graphics Card

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 1:08pm.

AMD Released Radeon 3870 X2, a card that pairs two Radeon 3870 GPUs together on a single PCB. The two GPU’s are interconnected via a bridge chip, which communicates with both cores by two PCIe 1.1 x16 links. The card has 1GB of GDDR3 RAM at 1.8GHz and the core is clocked at 825Mhz. The card is 10.5” long same as NVIDIA’s single core 8800 Ultra and will be priced around $450 to $500. The card can be used in CrossFireX technology making it possible to use with another card, which could either have one or two GPUs. So on paper the card looks great and AMD looks all set to take the high-end crown. But the problem with AMD is its drivers. Even though AMD claims performance gain in range of 80 to 110 percent the test conducted by Extreme Tech and Ars Technica show just around 50% increase in performance. Overall if you take everything into account like price and performance, NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800GTS is a better deal. You can read the review of Radeon HD 3870 X2 by clicking on the links below.
Ars Technica’s Review of Radeon HD 3870 X2
Extreme Tech’s Review of Radeon HD 3870 X2

O2 Updates Existing iPhone Plans

Submitted by lalit on January 29, 2008 - 12:15pm.

O2 has announced that it will upgrade existing iPhone plans in February and the customers will receive a text message by 7th February. The existing ? 35 plan will now get 600 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited UK data. The ?45 plan will now have 1,200 anytime minutes, 500 anytime texts and unlimited data. O2 will reduce the price of ?55 plan (1,200 minutes) to ?45. O2 will automatically update existing customers to the new plans in February and inform the customers about the update via text message when it’s been done.

iPhone 1.1.3 Update Lays Groundwork To Support Third party Apps

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 8:35pm.

Apple will be releasing the iPhone SDK next month and it is already know that Apple has provided early version of the SDK to its close software partners. Officially Apple hasn’t said anything about third party software support in 1.1.3 update. Nate True at claims to have discovered some great additions for running third party iPhone apps. Springboard no longer requires modifications to recognize and display already existing third-party apps. SpringBoard is the app used to drive jailbroken iPhone’s home screen. The other discovery is that iPhone no longer runs apps as root user. Application and preferences are now stored in /var/mobile instead of /var/root. Apple has made some important changes to the foundation of iPhone’s OS in this update, but whether Apple will release another iPhone OS update when it releases iPhone SDK is everyone’s guess.

Nanochip Has Developed Technology To Produce 100GB Memory Chip By 2009

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:55pm.

The Nanochip has designed a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) device that has array of tiny probes, less than 25um in diameter and the probes are movable, so they can write more than one location. Since there are many thousands of probes, they have a lot of bandwidth. The chip is basically 2-chip design, one chip that has probes and the other that has media. The chip can be produced in 1-micron Fab also resulting in lower costs and the design is scalable to 1TB on a single chip. There are now working prototype for this design but Nanochip has just received $14 million in funding from Intel to develop a working prototype by end of this year.

Apple To Release The Latest Leopard Update 10.5.2 by End of January

Submitted by lalit on January 23, 2008 - 7:29pm.

Apple has been seeding pre-release builds of the second update to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard at a swift pace to the developers. The total number of documented fixes is over 110 and may go up to 125 by the time the update is released to the general consumers. The total size of the update will cross 350MB. This will be the biggest update both in size and number of fixes Apple has every done. Apple will also release 48MB Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 at the same time. The main features that will be affected by the update are Airport, Dock, Stacks, Finder, Safari, Spotlight, Time Machine, Remote Disc sharing, Menu bar, and System Preferences.