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Google's 12th Birthday

"A simple picture of a cake is Google's homepage doodle today, marking the company's 12th birthday. It's been a long road since the company was started in September 1998 by then Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page; a time before the search engine giant became a household name." | more

Nvidia Aims GeForce GTX 460 at Budget Gamers

On Monday, Nvidia released the Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, a graphics chip that encapsulates most of the power of the high-end Nvidia GTX 480 at a fraction of the price.

Nvidia has aimed the card squarely at the ATI Radeon HD 5830 which was released earlier this year, and also currently lists for about $199. Nvidia released its GTX 460 in two configurations: a 768-Mbyte version for $199, and a 1-Gbyte version for $229.

Porn's New Domain is Good News

Now that ICANN has given the nod to a new .XXX top level domain for pornographic web sites, all the old concerns and arguments have risen from the dead.

The most laughable of these is that this is some sort of official sanction for smut or that it "validates" the adult business. That's a quaint, if blinkered, idea. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

For those that haven't been paying attention, digital porn predates the web. Early bulletin boards were rife with it and yellowed copies of PC Magazine from the early 80's and 90's featured a surprising number of adult-only BBS service ads.

Chrome OS to Support "Legacy" PC Apps Via "Chromoting"

 

One of the larger questions asked by novices to the Chrome OS experience is this: Can it run Windows apps?

Up until now, the answer has been a resolute, "no." Google's Chrome operating system is entirely Web-driven, in the sense that there's nothing you can actually install into the operating system.

Nvidia Dreams of a Three-Dimensional Future for PCs

Speaking of revolution in Taiwan is always risky, but Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang didn't mince words: "This is the beginning of the 3D revolution."

Intel's Moorestown Accelerates Smartphone Competition

Intel yesterday officially announced its Atom Z600 family of processors, along with the platform that supports it, known as Moorestown. It's a big and long-awaited move, one Intel hopes will help it compete in the high-end smartphone and tablet market. But although Moorestown is a step in the right direction, Intel still faces a lot of challenges in its competition with ARM-based processors for the smartphone market.
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Huge Seagate GoFlex Storage

Seagate on Tuesday launched the next generation of its FreeAgent hard drives, an innovative GoFlex family that combines interchangeable cables with a number of storage and external connectivity solutions.

Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex family is made up of three components: ultra-portable and desktop drives; storage system devices, which include an HD media player, network sharing device,and a smart dock; and a whole host of interface cables, one of which contains ingrained intelligence to enable new capabilities.

Toshiba to Test Sub-25-nm NAND Flash

April 2 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp plans to spend about 15 billion yen ($159.8 million) this year to build a test production line for NAND flash memory chips of less than 25 nanometers, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Toshiba hopes to kick off mass production of the chip as early as 2012, the report said without citing sources.

The company will install the line at the fourth fabrication facility of its key NAND flash memory plant in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, the report said, adding Toshiba must upgrade its exposure technology to make the smaller chips.

Who Will Win the Google Fiber Contest?

We've previously reported on the hijinks and silliness that various cities have undertaken in an effort to win Google's eye – and the promise of the company's future high-speed, broadband connectivity.

IE8, Safari, iPhone Fall at Pwn2Own

The annual Pwn2Own contest at CanSecWest is underway, and on the first day Web browsers fell to attack. Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.2 on 64-bit Windows 7 and Safari on OS X all were forced to run exploit code. To add insult to injury, an iPhone was cracked and the SMS database lifted from it.

The IE exploit is the most interesting because it bypasses both DEP (Data Execution Prevention) and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization), albeit in a very cumbersome way, The researcher, Peter Vreugdenhil, explains exactly what he did in a paper on his web site.

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