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Windows 7 For Less: Where to Find Discounts

If you're still thinking about stepping to Windows 7, but are appalled by the usual pricing, you might want to check windows 7 upgradeout some special deals now available from Microsoft and some of its retail partners. Each of these offers comes with some catches, though.

I first spotted a mention of Windows 7 discounts in Kim Komando's CyberSpeak column in USA Today. ZDNet's Ed Bott dives down into a lot of details.

Futuremark developing 3DMark DirectX 11 version

Over the past twelve and a half years, Futuremark Corporation has undoubtedly proven itself a premium provider of benchmarking solutions for high-performance and extreme performance systems, not only targeting the demands of enthusiast communities like XtremeSystems, but also serving the demands of system builders, OEMs, professionals, and the republic of gamers worldwide.

D-Link complaints and/or refund requests

Because of the issues with the D-Link DGL-4500 Wireless Router, D-Link is receiving a lot of heat lately. People are experiencing continue router lockups, lost signals and more. The new 1.21 Beta (3rd phase) firmware solves some of the issues, but not all. Many just want to RMA the DGL-4500 and buy something else. This is from a D-Link Technical Engineer who writes, "Any complaints and or refund request should all go through Customer Service not Tech Support. 800-326-1688 ext 6314." That's a US telephone number though.

A Warning to Users Returning their DLink Products

Here is a post from ISPGeeks that all customers of DLink should be carefull of.

Is Nvidia devising x86 processor?

The rumors have once again surfaced that Nvidia Corp. may enter the x86-based microprocessor market.

For some time, there have been reports that Nvidia would enter the x86-based fray to protect its bread-and-butter graphics chip business. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. are separately developing processors with graphics capabilities.

New York antitrust suit accuses Intel of bribery

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel that accuses it of paying computer makers rebates to illegally maintain its monopoly power, the newest among several such attacks that have dogged the chipmaker in recent years.

Worms infesting PCs worldwide: Microsoft

A Microsoft security report released on Monday warns that cyber crooks are digging into computers for weak spots to penetrate with worms - malicious software that steals control or data.

Rogue security software remained the top hacker threat to computers during the first half of this year, but the number of infections was dropping while penetrations by worms doubled, according to the Security Intelligence Report.

Mozilla unleashes Firefox 3.6 BETA

Mozilla late on Friday released the first beta of Firefox 3.6, a minor upgrade slated to wrap up later this year.

Delayed by over two weeks as developers closed out last-minute bugs, including one that pushed the release back by several days last week, Firefox 3.6 Beta contains relatively few visible changes from June 2009's Firefox 3.5. Instead, most of the enhancements have been made to under-the-hood components, including the TraceMonkey JavaScript rendering engine.

Nvidia to launch new switchable graphics

Nvidia is currently working on a next-generation switchable graphics solution which was confirmed a while ago by Nvidia's top management. Nvidia admits that its first implementation of switchable graphics was not the nicest and neatest solution (Hybrid-SLI), but promises that its next-generation works really well and that it will give the company many design wins.

Several big Nvidia supporters such as ASUS, Acer, Dell and many others have asked Intel to get Nvidia 40nm chips inside of its designs. Thus far, we were told to expect many Calpella platform designs to have Nvidia graphics.

Nvidia bashes Intel over USB 3.0 delay

Nvidia has been involved in a chipset licensing dispute with Intel for quite a while now, and every now and then Nvidia spinners tend to remind us of this fact.

In a statement for TG Daily, Nvidia spokesman Brian Burke told the world plus dog that Nvidia chipsets were always full of innovative features and that they were better than Intel's own cream of the crop. Burke cites the increasingly popular Nvidia ION chipset for nettops and netbooks as an example of Nvidia's superiority.

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