Intel Moves to Beat AMD in Quad-core Race

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Intel is ready to attain leadership in performance and energy efficiency over rival Advanced Micro Devices during the coming months, with processors that continue to be built differently than those of other companies, according to an official with the chip-making giant.

Speaking at a conference June 13 in New York hosted by analyst firm Bear Stearns Security, Dileep Bhandarkar, architect at large for Intel, in Santa Clara, said that when Intel’s quad-core “Clovertown” is released in the first half of 2007, it will be a single package of two dual-core chips, and that the chips will not have the memory controller integrated into the chip.

Bhandarkar admitted that integrating the memory controller—which handles the flow of data to and from system memory—directly into the chip rather than housing it on a chip set would improve performance with some workloads.

However, he said, Intel officials felt it was more important to bring a quad-core processor to the market before AMD does. The company expects to precede its rival by a quarter or two.

Source: eWeek

Yahoo Says E-Mail Worm Now Contained

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Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday it has contained a malicious program aimed at the millions of people who use its e-mail service, which ranks as the world’s largest.

The worm, dubbed “Yamanner,” infected a recipient’s computer as soon as the toxic e-mail was opened. It then scanned contact lists for additional targets, according to security software maker Symantec Corp.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said “a very small fraction” of its more than 200 million e-mail accounts were infected

Source: AP

Oracle renames ADF Faces to “Trinidad”

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Oracle has announced a change of product name of the ADF compoonent library, from ADF Faces to Trinidad. ADF Faces is Oracle’s JSF implementation, including over 100 components. The change of name is primarily to remove the Oracle-branded “ADF.”

Source: TheServerSide

Take Energizer e2 Lithium Batteries for a Test Drive

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Energizer is putting its money where its mouth is. Energizer is so confident in Energizer e2 Lithium’s performance as the world’s best AA and AAA batteries in high-tech devices that it is offering a money-back guarantee to consumers.

Today, there are so many battery choices that the consumer is becoming increasingly confused trying to decipher all the information in the market. With the guarantee, Energizer is making it easy for consumers to experience the Energizer e2 Lithium difference. Consumers need simply try the Energizer e2 Lithium AA and AAA batteries in their high-tech devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players or wireless headsets and, if the batteries do not live up to expectations, Energizer will refund the consumer’s money.

Specially marked packages with bright pink inserts are arriving in stores now.

Blockbuster says Netflix patents not enforceable

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Internet video rental company Netflix Corp.’s legal claims against rival Blockbuster Inc. are based on “unenforceable patents,” Blockbuster said in a counterclaim filed on Tuesday.

In a bid to shut down its online service, Netflix had sued Blockbuster, the leading movie and game rental company. But Dallas-based Blockbuster on Tuesday said the lawsuit is based on patents that Netflix obtained deceptively, in a bid to monopolize online rentals.

Source: Reuters

Disney launches family mobile phone service in US

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The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday launched the U.S. version of its mobile phone service for families that allows parents to regulate when, how long and to whom their children talk on cell phones.

Disney Mobile, which is carried in the United States by Sprint Nextel Corp. also blocks kids from using their phones until they respond to messages that parents have flagged as urgent, and has a built-in satellite tracking feature to locate the cell phone.

Source: Reuters

Sony to deliver Blu-ray titles on June 20

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ony Pictures Home Entertainment on Tuesday said it will deliver its first seven titles in the high-definition Blu-ray format to retail stores on June 20.

Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp said the title rollout will coincide with the first commercially available Blu-ray DVD player from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.K> and a Blu-ray-compatible PC from Sony.

Source: Reuters

RIAA chief says illegal song-sharing ‘contained’

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Nearly a year after the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling against online music file-sharing services, the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America says unauthorized song swapping has been “contained.”

“The problem has not been eliminated,” says association CEO Mitch Bainwol. “But we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business, and file-trading is flat.”

That’s an optimistic view from an industry that saw its numbers slide to near oblivion after the launch of the original Napster in 1999. CD sales fell as much as 30%, and the RIAA pressed Congress and the courts for relief against what it said was rampant piracy.

Source: USAToday

Microsoft’s June Updates

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Microsoft released today 12 security updates. 8 Critical, 3 Important and 1 Moderate.

  • MS06-021 Cumulative patch for Internet Explorer - Critical
  • MS06-022 ART image library buffer overflow - Critical
  • MS06-023 Microsoft JScript memory corruption - Critical
  • MS06-024 Windows media player - Critical
  • MS05-025 RRAS - Critical
  • MS06-026 Graphics rendering engine remote code execution - Critical
  • MS06-027 Word remote code execution - Critical
  • MS06-028 Powerpoint remote code execution -Critical
  • MS06-029 Exchange - Important
  • MS06-030 SMB privilege escalation - Important
  • MS06-032 IP source routing allows remote code execution - Important
  • MS06-031 RPC mutual authentication spoofing - Moderate

HP e-mail, chat support to be free of charge

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Hewlett-Packard plans to announce Wednesday that it will let out-of-warranty customers use its online support tools for free. The annoucement will have come along a few weeks after Dell expanded its online support options.

Source: News.com

At Last, Hitachi Has Its Answer For Content Archiving

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Hitachi Data Systems has launched its first content-archiving platform, even though many of its rivals for years have offered systems that let customers archive and index enterprise content.

HDS says its Content Archive Platform, unveiled at the Gartner Storage Summit in Orlando, Fla., differs from typical content-addressed storage (CAS) solutions in that it keeps data in native file formats, such as NFS and CIFS, as well as supporting standard interfaces, such as SMI-S, HTTP and WebDAV.

Source: InformationWeek

Website Launches Virtual Tours Of Cruise Ship

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CruiseCheap.com announced today that they have launched the first-ever virtual tours of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, The Freedom of the Seas, which is the largest cruise ship in the world. Visitors to the CruiseCheap.com website can enjoy over ninety 360-degree photographs including seventeen different cabin categories, seven restaurants, twenty-three public areas including the Wedding Chapel, Children’s areas, Exercise Facility, Spa and the amazing water park called the H2O Zone. There are also virtual tours of eleven bars and lounges and eight different recreational activities including the Rock Climbing Wall and new “Flow Rider” surfing machine.

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