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Mozilla Agrees, Update Your Graphics Drivers

"Mozilla now also says that graphics driver updates are important to avoid browser crashes. "Firefox 4 brings many new features in the Graphics department, notably hardware acceleration and WebGL," Mozilla's Benoit Jacob wrote in a blog post.

AMD Pokes at Intel With Valentine's Day Gifts

Tech companies often send swag to journalists as part of their promotional efforts. Apparently AMD has been sending out some special items for Valentine's Day that poke at Intel's troubles with Sandy Bridge. We didn't receive any of these items from AMD, but Cnet did and thankfully they blogged about them. AMD sent an "I (heart) APU" ceramic mug that read:

Engineers grow nanolasers on silicon

Engineers at the University of California at Berkeley said that they have found a way to grow nanolasers on a silicon surface.

The invention could lead to, if we believe the scientists, to a new class of much more efficient microprocessors.

Google Offering $20K for Chrome Pwn2Own Hack

"CanSecWest takes place on March 9 and as usual, there’ll be the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest. However, this year there’s a new platform on the block -- Google’s Chrome OS -- and the search giant is happy to encourage participants to give it all they’ve got. ZDNet reports that Mountain View is offering a prize of $20,000 for the first person to crack its Chrome OS notebook via a vulnerability and sandbox escape in the Chrome browser."

Video Quality Tested: GeForce Vs. Radeon In HQV 2.0

"We’ve used the HQV benchmark version 1.0 for a few years now, and have only recently adopted the newer 2.0 version for some of our reviews. The latest build is far more complex and demanding than the original benchmark, but the raw scores don’t mean much unless you understand how to interpret them. Because of this, we’re taking our readers through a step-by-step explanation of the HD HQV Benchmark, version 2.0.

Crytek: FPS Games Need Multiplayer to Succeed

"Have gamers merely come to expect multiplayer in FPS games? Monday Crysis 2 executive producer Nathan Camarillo told CVG that generally first-person shooters actually need multiplayer features in order to succeed on the market today. Other gaming genres typically don't require that particular component to have longevity." | more

Intel Staffers Get Huge Bonuses after Record Year

"It’s always nice to see the company you work so hard for do well. Also nice? Getting a big fat bonus when it posts record breaking financial results. VentureBeat reports that Intel employees are receiving four times their usual bonuses thanks to the company’s record-breaking year. As if that weren’t enough, Intel is said to be giving workers the equivalent of three extra days of pay on top of that." | more

Intel to Pay Nvidia $1,500,000,000 for Licensing

"Nvidia released news today that Intel has agreed to pay the graphics maker an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Just as big news is that Nvidia and Intel have also agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.... Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to Nvidia’s full range of patents.

LG's Got a Mouse that Doubles As a Scanner

"However, there was at least one cool scanner at CES this year, even if it seemed a little gimmicky. Made by LG and sporting a handful of LEDs and a little mirror on the underside this peripheral does indeed scan and perform as a perfectly adequate mouse. According to USA Today, it’s a 300 dpi scanner and the price for the peripheral has not yet been decided. The mouse itself is just a regular, old wired USB mouse." | more

Bigfoot's Killer Tech on ASUS ROG Motherboard

"Friday during CES 2011, Bigfoot Networks said that its Killer E2100 gaming network tech has been embedded on a combined LAN/audio card called ThunderBolt. This combo card will be included on the upcoming ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard from ASUS." | more

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