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  • News: FTC to require Western Digital to sell off assets in acquisition

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will require Western Digital to sell off assets used to manufacture desktop hard drives to a competitor as a condition of its US$4.5 billion acquisition of rival Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the agency announced.

  • News: AMD sheds its stake in GlobalFoundries

    Advanced Micro Devices is shedding its remaining manufacturing assets, giving up its stake in foundry company GlobalFoundries and setting the stage to fully focus on chip design.

  • Opinion: Replacing an SSD Under Warranty

    I bought a 240GB OCZ RevoDrive 2 solid-state drive from Newegg.com a few months ago, and one day it just decided to quit working. I realized that the product was beyond the return date for Newegg, but wasn’t really worried, since I knew that it had a good warranty from OCZ. I contacted OCZ for authorization to return the SSD, and shipped it back. A month went by and I still hadn’t heard from the company, so I called; an OCZ representative told me that the item was out of stock. So I waited another week and called again--a different rep said that they had plenty of SSDs in stock, and the rep didn’t know why one wasn’t shipped to me. He said he would send one right out. I called back two days later for a tracking number, and the same rep told me that they had not shipped anything

  • News: iPad 3 'Frankenslate' Assembled Ahead of Apple Media Event

    Apple's media event, during which the company is expected to unveil the iPad 3, is only a few days away but some people just can't wait to add to the feverish speculation of what the device will look like.

  • AMD launches Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850 graphics cards

    AMD has introduced two graphics cards to its Radeon HD line-up in the form of the HD 7870 and the HD 7850. They are codenamed the Pitcairn XT and the Pitcairn Pro, respectively.

  • News: Diskeeper changes name, announces new product direction

    Diskeeper, a vendor best known for its hard drive defragmentation technology, announced it has changed its name to Condusiv and is taking a new product direction.

  • Opinion: Microsoft's 3D Transparent Interface Makes Us Feel Like We're Living in the Future

    Windows 8 may seem like a radical change from what came before it, but some of the stuff Microsoft has cooking in its research labs makes Windows 8 look boring by comparison.

  • News: Disk storage system sales in Q4 top $8.5B, 6.2 petabytes

    The fourth quarter of 2011 saw healthy external disk storage system growth, as did the year as a whole, with revenues growing by 10.6% to 23.5 billion.

  • News: Best Motherboards for Budget and Performance PCs

    When you're shopping for a motherboard for your custom-made PC, look for a few important features. First is support for USB 3.0, which prepares you for the future. Second is 6-gbps SATA ports, which will support faster data-transfer rates on newer hard drives and on solid-state drives (not to mention the fact that more SATA ports will allow room for attaching more devices). Third, if you’re using a Sandy Bridge CPU such as the Core i5-2500K or Core i7-2600K, you’ll need a motherboard with the 1155 Socket.

  • News: Select the Right Storage for Your Custom-Made PC

    Your data and programs need a home, and 1TB hard drives are now commonplace. But bigger isn’t necessarily better: Solid-state drives have decidedly smaller capacities, yet offer a noticeable bump in performance. As for other storage media, if you want to install disc-based programs or watch Blu-rays and DVDs on your PC, grab an optical drive. They’re inexpensive, and prices for blank discs have dropped too.

  • News: Choose the Best CPU for Your Dream PC

    Whether you're constructing a budget workhorse or a high-performance rig, your search for the best hardware for your dream PC should start with the processor, or CPU. Your choice of CPU will influence a lot of the other decisions you make, since your ability to find a compatible motherboard, CPU cooler, and (to some extent) power supply will be affected by the processor’s specifications.

  • News: Graphics Cards: Top Picks for Budget and Performance PCs

    Graphics processing units aren’t just about performance. A good GPU will speed up many of your image and video tasks, whether you’re touching up casual vacation photos or compressing movie footage. The right graphics card will also allow you to connect multiple monitors to your PC. And, of course, it will make all the difference on new games--will they be visual feasts, or merely interactive slideshows?

  • News: Remains of the Day: No surprises

    It's an unsurprising round-up today, with an Apple partner that won't say "boo," a win for everybody's favorite company, and graphics looking better on a higher resolution displays. The remainders for Thursday, March 1, 2012 have nothing up their sleeves.

  • Buying Advice: Blu-ray buyers' guide: what you need to know

    Everything you need to know if you are buying a Blu-ray Disc drive, or a Blu-ray Disc player.

  • News: Altair Semiconductor finds a place among mobile innovators

    Israel-based Altair Semiconductor showed off its LTE radio chips -- and the tablets and routers they're being installed in -- at a small booth at Mobile World Congress this week.

  • News: Nvidia expects to do well in Windows-on-ARM race

    Nvidia, little known just a few years ago, is winning attention for its Tegra 3 quad-core technology, which is being used in smartphones and tablets.

  • News: Climate change or not, weather hurt tech

    Scientists expect that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, and last fall's flooding in Thailand fit the definition of extreme.

  • News: Thai floods catapult Seagate into hard drive market lead

    Seagate technology for the first time in two years reclaimed the throne as the leading hard disk drive suppler, usurping Western Digital's lead after the company suffered production shutdowns in the wake of Thailand floods last year.

  • News: AMD buys SeaMicro, enters server hardware business

    Advanced Micro Devices announced Wednesday it is buying low-power server vendor SeaMicro, a surprise move that puts AMD in the systems business and disrupts Intel by acquiring one of its close partners.

  • News: US lab aims for fastest supercomputer with Titan

    A government research lab in Tennessee will deploy a new supercomputer later this year that could put the U.S. back in contention for the top spot on the list of the world's fastest supercomputers.



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