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Intel

+ - Intel Demos Core 2 Extreme QX9650, Benchmarks

Submitted by
MojoKid
MojoKid writes "During a closed door session at IDF, Intel let a few members of the press get some hands-on time with their new 45nm quad-core processor, code-named Penryn. Dual quad-core 3.4GHz processors were configured in a Seabird chipset-based dual socket system based on the Intel's Skulltrail platform, for a total of eight cores. The benchmark numbers look pretty sharp as does the system"
Space

+ - Comet Killed Mammoths

Submitted by anthemaniac
anthemaniac (989824) writes "LiveScience is reporting that a huge comet impact — actually an air burst — wiped out the mammoths and many other creatures about 13,000 years ago. Evidence includes nanodiamonds and iridium (signs of an extraterrestrial object) at 50 spots across a wide area from California to Canada and Europe. Lack of a crater suggests the objects exploded above the surface, like the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia."
Announcements

+ - New movie of EA's next Need for Speed game

Submitted by Falconer
Falconer (666) writes "Hi all, We've just come across a huge movie of EA's new Need for Speed game. Still trying to figure out its full name that is rumored to have been posted somewhere, we just can't find where. :) So far it -seems- to be either called Need for Speed Revolution or Need for Speed Pro Street. Check out the news post here: http://www.hookedgamers.com/index.php/2007/05/21/e a-s-new-game-in-the-need-for-speed-series-unveiled .html Greets, Falconer"
Patents

+ - No MPEG, WMA/V, DVD, Quicktime cripples Dell Linux

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In Dells latest blog they state: "At this time, we are not including any support for proprietary audio or video codecs that are not already distributed with Ubuntu 7.04. These include MPEG 1/2/3/4, WMA, WMV, DVD, Quicktime, etc. We are evaluating options for providing this support in the future"

Ubuntu better make it exceptionally easy for Dell customers to install these codecs or Dell's Linux could be a mitigated failure."
IBM

+ - IBM Cell/Broadband Engine Challenge

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "IBM is pleased to announce an excellent opportunity for you to put your skills to the test and allow innovation to take the lead! You can participate in this contest whether you have little or no Cell/B.E. Processor experience, some understanding of the techology, or have mastered this subject for some time now. What you really need is the drive and competitive spirit to expand your mind, learn about this cutting edge technology, and show off your coding prowess. With some hard work and dedication, you could win some great cash prizes!"
Windows

+ - NVIDIA responds to complaints about Vista drivers

Submitted by Not Straight
Not Straight (666) writes "NVIDIA has issued an official response to the widespread complaints about the gaming performance of their GeForce cards under Vista. They're 'aware' of and monitoring nvidiaclassaction.org, but they have no plans to remove the Designed for Vista and Ready for Vista labeling from their products as requested by the site. Furthermore, they don't have a firm timeframe for delivering fully-compatible drivers. 'Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.' Until then, it looks like most gamers with GeForce cards will be best served by sticking with Windows XP."
Windows

+ - Vista not sending links to Firefox-default browser

Submitted by
inaneframe
inaneframe writes "While trying out Vista for myself, I came across a strange interaction. When Firefox 2.0 was installed and then set as the default browser I found that url links from applications or within the OS, like in the help program, would not open up at all. Has anyone else had this issue? I find it odd that no one else would have caught this. Is this another ploy by MS? Or does it have something to do with the fact that I was running the 64bit version of Windows Vista and Firefox is a 32bit app? Perhaps it has something to do with security "features" not allowing it?"
Novell

+ - Hula is a Phoenix

Submitted by
mrfantasy
mrfantasy writes "Novell and Messaging Architects announced that Messaging Architects will be taking over administration of the Hula Project and the NetMail retail product upon which it was based. MA is also using the Hula codebase for their commercial anti-spam and anti-virus gateway. MA has hired the NetMail/Hula developers and many will be working out of Novell's complex in Provo, Utah. Hula was originally under the close supervision of Nat Friedman."

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