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DescriptionMicrosoft is ready to take Windows further into the digital lifestyle and they want you to do the work for them.  They have announced a PC Design competition and if you are the creative type, you could walk away with $125,000.

The Challenge
Rethink the Windows-based PC experience today and the role it plays in people’s lives. Envision how the digital lifestyle—from personal productivity at work or home, to entertainment, mobility, lifestyle and form—all play a part in development. Think big, be bold, and inspiring, but pay attention to sustainable technologies, and ecological and environmental innovation.

Check out the trailer for the competition - good stuff.

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Tiger OS X BitTorrent As you can imagine, Apple isn’t too happy about the fact that their latest OS X update, Tiger, is making the rounds on the Internet via BitTorrent. In fact, Apple has had their lawyers send cease and desist letters to a few known torrent distribution sites linking to the 8A428 Tiger release.

“Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple’s software.”

Apple says they will not support these illegally obtained versions of the Tiger software - nor will they support those versions that were accidentally shipped out a week early from resellers. My question is, how will they know which version you are using since they don’t have any sort of activation protection?

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MPAA NYPDThe New York Post, which is not the most accurate source in the world, is reporting that the Motion Picture Association of America might have possibly tipped of the NYPD to the locations of illegal street vendors selling pirated versions of their movies. Nothing wrong with that. The sticky part is that it is being reported that they then offered gratuities to officers if and when they made the arrests. That is the illegal part. Two officers are currently under investigation, and the MPAA is denying any wrongdoing.

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Sony Toshiba Sony and Toshiba are said to be as close to an agreement on the next gen DVD standard which could be announced as soon as the end of the month. This is great news for us technology hounds. Usually it’s the lack of an industry standard that keeps us waiting. The compromise will allow Sony to use it’s Blu-Ray structure on Toshiba’s HD-DVDs. Sony’s Blu-Ray discs hold 50GB vs Toshiba’s HD-DVD at 30GB. However, by using Toshiba’s HD-DVDs, DVD facilities won’t have to do as much retooling as Sony’s format would require. Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, nothing is a done deal until it’s signed, sealed, and delivered. Here is a bit more on the issue.

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Blu-Ray TDK Professional It looks like TDK has obtained a licensing agreement with Sony to start the manufacturing and distribution of Blu-Ray media. The rewritable discs will be called TDK Professional Discs and will store a whopping 23.3 GB of data. The transfer rate of these bad boys is 72 Mbps, and they will be compatible with Sony’s Professional Disc System, XDCAM. The discs should be available this June. The future is coming, friends.

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Intel Dual Core Chip Intel has announced today that their dual core chips have shipped to computer manufactures Alienware, Dell and Velocity Micro to be sold in their new computers. The new systems are powered by the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHZ and the Intel 955X Express Chipset.

“With dual-core processor-based system availability, today is a historic date for the computer industry as PCs begin having “two brains” instead of one,” said Don MacDonald, vice president of Intel’s Digital Home Group.

The new dual core processor includes two full cores in a single processor and allows a system to process four software threads at the same time by using Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. Granted, all this power does not come cheap – each processor is priced at $999 and the chipset is priced at $50 in 1,000 unit quantities. Prices will probably drop when AMD joins the dual core game. Check out the full press release after the jump.

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Macromedia LogoAdobe has announced that they will be acquiring Macromedia by purchasing all of their stock for $3.4 billion.  Adobe and Macromedia are two of the industries leading companies for creative software.  By combining the two companies, Adobe wants to help businesses communicate more efficiently and create titles that will enhance the creative software industry. “This is not a consolidation play. This is all about growth,” said Bruce Chizen, Adobe’s chief executive. “We’re doing this because we believe the combined offerings will be even more compelling to our customers given the challenges they’re going to face in trying to communicate information in this very complex environment.”

(Thanks Veronica!)

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Tiger World Premiere Speaking of Tiger, if you happen to be in close proximity to an Apple store when it launches, stop by and check it out. Apple stores will be demoing the software, and if you attend the world premiere event at an Apple store between 6:00 pm and midnight on the April 29 launch, you could win a PowerBook G4, an iPod or other prizes. Nice way to make Apple stores even more crowded than they already are.

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Intel Dual-Core ChipsIntel has begun to ship the first of their newest microprocessors which feature dual-core technology. This technology allows the power of two chips to be used with only one chip to deliver exceptional performance when multi-tasking or while enjoying gaming action.  “We just passed an important milestone,” said Intel’s Abhi Talwalkar. “Intel is shipping the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHz and Intel(r) 955X Express Chipsets, Intel’s first dual-core processor-based platform, to our customers.” AMD has also announced they plan on releasing their own version of dual-core processors some time next week. Competition - isn’t it great?

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Xbox 360Engadget has come into some pretty interesting information. Microsoft plans to team up with Pepsi to give away some of its next generation gaming consoles to over 9,000 lucky people. Much like Pepsi did for iTunes, selected caps will have a registration code that Pepsi drinkers will use to enter the drawing. Microsoft will then give away one console every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine weeks. Could this be an indication on the console’s price? Never the less, its good to see so much coming in to play as E3 approaches.

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