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Abit To Close Its Doors Forever On Dec. 31, 2008 195

Posted by kdawson
from the then-there-were-fewer dept.
ki1obyte writes "Earlier this year the Taiwanese firm Abit, once a leading-edge maker of computer mainboards and other components, was slated to shut down motherboard production by the end of 2008 and focus on consumer electronics devices. Now X-bit labs reports that Abit will cease to exist entirely after midnight on the last day of 2008 because the owner of the brand, Universal Scientific Industrial, is in the process of restructuring and cutting their costs."
NASA

+ - Shuttle Endeavour to be launched today

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Klaidas
Klaidas writes "NASA reports that on the morning before the scheduled liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-118 mission, launch officials confirmed once again that the countdown is continuing as planned and no issues have surfaced.
On Monday night, workers finished loading the reactants for the orbiter's three power-producing fuel cells. Checks of the space shuttle main engine's avionics and pneumatic systems are planned today, along with inspections of the external tank, activation of ground support equipment, and crew equipment stowage in the crew module. Launch remains on target for Aug. 8 at 6:36 p.m. EDT"
Wireless Networking

+ - Sprint to Offer WiMAX-enabled N800 Tablet

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Sprint will offer a Mobile WiMAX-enabled version of Nokia's N800 Internet Tablet to North American customers next year, LinuxDevices reports. The new device will support Sprint's grand scheme of making WiMAX-based 4G wireless services available to over 100 million people during 2008. Sprint says Intel, Motorola, and Samsung are working on Mobile WiMAX chipsets, while LG, Samsung, Nokia, ZTE, and ZyXEL are developing consumer devices that will be usable on its new 4G network. According to Dr. Ari Jaaksi, Nokia's director of open source, WiMAX could change the cellular landscape, depending on how it's priced. First deployments will be in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington DC, followed by 16 other metropolitan areas in the U.S."

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