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.
Well, we at Gear Live felt it would be nice if we had a place where we could throw the video game news. Rather than putting it in the trash, we decided to make this its new home. Playfeed is our new video game news site. Check it out, bookmark it, and visit often. We know you want to. After all, who doesn’t like games?
We recently got a new toy to try out with our iPod Mini - the iPod Mini TuneBase from Belkin. The item looks a little odd at first, but don’t let the odd looks fool the value of this accessory. The TuneBase is a charger/dock and FM Modulator for your car. This item is easy to set-up and get working. You plug it right in to your cigarette lighter, attach your iPod Mini, and tune the TuneBase to the desired radio station using the digital tuner. That’s it! Now you can enjoy your iPod in the car. All in all the Belkin TuneBase is a good accessory for anyone who wants to listen to their iPod Mini through their car radio. The Belkin TuneBase cost $79.99 and is available now.
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Adobe 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.”
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Tired of only having Spider-Man 2 to watch on your PSP? Well, come tomorrow you will have 5 more movies to choose from for your PSP viewing pleasure. The New Release UMD movies are House of Flying Daggers, Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and XXX. The price of the UMD’s are actually very close (if not equal to) their DVD counterpart, so choose wisely.
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Bandai has announced that the DVD release of Eureka seveN will include a package which includes both the standard DVD version of the feature, along with the Sony PSP UMD version as well. The version with the UMD will cost approximately $12 more than the version without. Compared to the pricing of standalone movie UMD’s, these bundle packages could turn out to be a nice bargain.
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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Paul from WinSupersite.com got his hands on the final version of Mac OS X Tiger and put it through the paces. He has posted his review, which goes surprisingly in depth, and seems to walk away a bit underwhelmed. Not that there is a major problem with Tiger, but rather he notes that the 200 additions really don’t amount to much. Rather, Spotlight and Dashboard are really the only significant upgrades to an already solid OS platform.
Contrary to Apple’s hyperbolic claims of “200 new features,” Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger includes, in my opinion, only two major new features, Spotlight and Dashboard, and both were clearly influenced by other existing products and services. In this section, we’ll examine both of these major new features.
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Yet another cool thing you can do using the PSP web browser hack. If you point your browser to http://mob.e-messenger.net/mobile/ you are able to sign in to your MSN Messenger account. This allows you to use the PSP to instant message your MSN contacts, no downloads needed.
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The guys over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a plastic which changes shape depending of what wavelength of light it is exposed to. An example of this technology would be a plastic flower which would “bloom” when exposed to light. Shining a different wavelength of light on the flower would cause it to close up. Now, the goal here is that these plastics would be able to provide significant medical advancements. On example might be to insert a thin piece of plastic into an artery, and have it change its shape into a corkscrew to keep it open.
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