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AMD Fusion Netbook Processors Promise 10+ Hour Battery Life, DX11

"Much like Intel, AMD has plopped a GPU right onto its chip die. However, AMD's GPU sounds a bit more advanced, with full DirectX 11 support (which Intel won't get until next year at the soonest).

IBM Predicts Holographic Phone Calls By 2015

"Every year IBM surveys 3,000 of its engineers to predict five technological advances they think will take off within the next five years.

Firefox 4 Beta 8 Airs Today With Much Needed Bug, Performance Fixes

"If Firefox 4's betas have been a vision of the future, it might just drive some to using Opera, Chrome, or

Call of Duty: Black Ops Tops $1B Mark

"Activision today announced that the latest installment in the popular franchise crossed the $1 billion USD mark in sales worldwide. The game publisher also reported that more then 600 million hours have been logged by gamers who have flocked to the Call of Duty: Black Ops." | more

Best Buy Drops Restocking Fees

"When it comes to electronic items, most of us are simply used to being charged restocking fees if items are opened and then returned to the store. After all, retailers can't sell an item for full price once it's returned in an open/used state, so they often make the customer eat some of the cost with a restocking fee. However, Best Buy has announced that it will be doing away with restocking fees an in effort to boost its image and make customers more likely to shop at its stores.

Navy Railgun Fires 33-megajoule Shot

"The Navy announced last week that it hit a milestone with its railgun project. The railgun fires a very fast projectile that is accelerated with electricity rather than gunpowder or explosives. The weapon payload uses kinetic energy to destroy targets rather than a high-explosive warhead...The Navy milestone hit last week was the world-record 33-megajoul shot from the electromagnetic Railgun aboard the Navy Surface Center Dahlgren Division. A megajoule is a measurement of energy associated with a mass traveling at a certain velocity.

Robotic Pants Help Paralyzed Humans Walk Again

"An entrepreneur who was paralyzed in a car accident has invented robotic trousers with the intention of replacing the wheelchair, which could improve the quality of life for himself and others in a similar position." | more

Intel and NVIDIA Prepare to Kiss and Make up With Settlement

"But much like Lex Luthor and Superman occasionally do in the comics, these bitter enemies have found cause to try to set their difference aside, while facing a common threat. The pair was set to go to battle with each other in a trial starting Dec 6 in Delaware's Chancery Court. NVIDIA and Intel, though, have asked the court to postpone the trial concerning licensing issues to 2011, buying time for a settlement." | more

Next-gen CompactFlash Card Format is Based on PCIe

"Three industry heavy weights have come together to propose a new standard for a next generation storage medium to the CompactFlash Association. The new specification is being proposed by Sony, SanDisk, and Nikon. The idea the three firms are offering for ratification as a standard uses the much faster PCI Express interface. The PCIe based specification would have a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 500MB/s whereas the existing PATA interface tops out at a much slower 167MB/s.

Microsoft Cripples Windows Home Server by Abandoning Drive Extender

"Selling servers to home users isn't exactly a trivial task given that most either don't have the money to buy the devices or don't have the understanding to set them up and make them work. Still, Windows Home Server represented a fairly intelligent effort to bring consumers on board. It sold home servers under the premise of home backup and media machines, and it came bundled with reasonably priced, super easy to set up hardware from companies like HP.

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