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+ - IBM Announces 160Gbps Optical Networking Chip

Submitted by haddieman
haddieman (1033476) writes "Ars Technica has a story about a new chip from IBM that can acheive blazing fast transfer rates.

"IBM has announced a prototype optical transceiver chipset that can transmit data over optical fiber at speeds of up to 160Gbps. IBM informs us that it's fast enough to transmit "a typical high-definition movie" per second."
This is surely a great day for thepiratebay."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Wii Tops January Sales

Submitted by haddieman
haddieman (1033476) writes "Nintendo's Wii topped January sales numbers by a large margin according to Seattle P-I.

From the article:

Sales of the Nintendo console came in at 436,000 units, followed by Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 at 294,000 units, and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 at 244,000 units, according to preliminary NPD Group data cited by Microsoft. Sony's seven-year-old PlayStation 2 remained a formidable competitor, selling slightly less than 300,000 units in the U.S., according to the data.
Media (Apple)

+ - Norway Outlaws iTunes

Submitted by haddieman
haddieman (1033476) writes "While many people are getting more and more annoyed at DRM, Norway actually did something about it.

FTA: "Good intentions, questionable execution. European legislators have been giving DRM considerable attention for a while, but Norway has actually gone so far as to declare that Apple's iTunes store is illegal under Norwegian law. The crux of the issue is that the Fairplay DRM that is at the heart of the iTunes/iPod universe doesn't work with anything else, meaning that if you want access to the cast iTunes library, you have to buy an iPod.""

+ - New Chip To Increase Speaker Quality

Submitted by haddieman
haddieman (1033476) writes "Audio engineer Tony Bongiovi has developed a chip that, when installed in a car stereo system, vastly increases the quality of sound without requiring a high end sound system.

From the article:

"The technique, which Bongiovi calls the Digital Power Station for the studio he once built in a converted power station in Manhattan, can be described as a very sophisticated equalizer. It adapts intelligently to the music to give even cheap speakers a full, robust sound and compensate for the deficiencies of the listening space."

At last, I can have that studio quality sound coming from my two 6x4's that I always dreamed of."

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.