EU lets Microsoft of the hook

The European Commission has buried the hatchet with Microsoft after Redmond agreed to offer European consumers the choice of alternative browsers in Windows. In turn, the EC agreed to drop charges filed against Microsoft back in January.

Nvidia claims sales are good

After having published our article that explained the reality of some Nvidia partners possibly going under, the green chip giant tried to assure us that all is great and that things have never been better.

We received an interesting comment noting that some partners who might be in financial troubles are likely in these positions due to their long-term financial struggles and not due to Nvidia’s high-end shortage.

AMD receives $1.25 billion settlement from Intel

We've already written about the ongoing settlement between Intel and AMD plenty of times with everyone, particularly Nvidia, taking notice. AMD recently made it official and confirmed that Intel and AMD have settled their dispute in an amicable, although a bit pricey manner, where both parties agreed on certain terms.

Radeon HD 5970 stock has been arriving gradually

Over the past three weeks since AMD released the world’s fastest 40nm DirectX 11 graphics processor, we have been on an incredibly intent pursuit to locate any available stock within the US market and inform the enthusiast community within reasonable time thereafter. Unfortunately, the task has been anything but satisfying, as every new shipment of the infamous Radeon HD 5970 sells out on an average of 14.5 minutes, according to the latest analytic data we’ve received.

Nvidia comments on Larrabee cancellation

We asked Nvidia to comment on Intel's recent Larrabee cancellation and we received an interesting answer, although it's close to what we expected.

Nvidia’s PR spinner who likes to be quoted Mr. Igor Stanek - Nvidia Product PR Manager, stated the following.

"The fact that a company with Intel's technical prowess and financial resources has struggled so hard to succeed with parallel computing shows just how exceptionally difficult a challenge this is."

Core i3 listed in all its glory

A Canadian retailer is listing Intel's upcoming Core i3 530 for $152.

The processor is clocked at 2993MHz, has 2 x 256Kb of L2 cache and 4MB of L3, 733MHz graphics and a 22x multiplier. Of course, it's an LGA 1156 part, but at 73W its TDP is rather high for a 32nm processor.

Bear in mind that this is the slowest Core i3 Intel plans to launch. The rest of the series will feature higher clocks in both the CPU and graphics department, as well as hyperthreading and Turbo features.

HP spills beans on upcoming Radeons

Engadget has scooped up several leaked HP slides detailing new Pavilion all-in-ones and, more interestingly, AMD's upcoming HD 5570 and HD 5350 graphics cards.

The HD 5350, codenamed Evora Cedar, will feature 1GB of memory and HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors and it will ship January 7. The somewhat more interesting HD 5570 Jaguar will pack up to 2GB of memory and drop VGA in favor of DisplayPort. The availability date is January 20.

The HD 5350 will send HD 4350 and HD 4550 parts into retirement, while the HD 5570 should replace HD 4650, HD 4670 and to some extend HD 4770 cards.

Nvidia preparing Geforce 315 desktop rebrand

A week and a half ago, news hit the internet that Nvidia had launched its first Geforce 300-series desktop card, which garnered hopes from its massive consumer base that it was preparing to unveil the full next-generation series over the next few months. Unfortunately, the unveiling of the “behemoth” Geforce G 310 was overhyped too quickly, as prospective consumers and media analysts alike soon realized it to be a simple rebranded, refreshed version of the Geforce G 210 marketed for OEM distributors.

Seagate intros its first SSD

Seagate has finally joined the SSD club and unveiled the Pulsar, an SLC-based enterprise class drive.

The Pulsar is a 2.5-inch drive, it's 7mm thick and it will ship in three capacities ranging from 50GB, through 100GB to 200GB. While most SSD makers opt for 40GB and 160GB drives, Samsung took the road less traveled and added a few more chips in the mix. The drives are based on Samsung's chips and their capacity is, in fact, somewhat higher, but Samsung reserved 20 percent of it for redundancy.

Chrome OS goes 64-bit

Google's Chrome OS has been the darling of open source developers for a while, and now it just got a bit more serious.

ChromeiumOS64 is a new Chrome project with 64-bit support and it should offer a bit more potential for more serious use on proper, 64-bit CPUs. In addition to 64-bit support, ChromeiumOS64 also features Xen hypervisor! and allows users to run virtual machines on Linux or even Windows.

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