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 Thursday, 21-June-2007  07:31:23 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Gateway has recalled 14,000 laptop batteries, thanks Craig. The company announced today that it is recalling roughly 14,000 lithium-ion battery packs that were included in Gateway 400VTX and 450ROG Series notebooks sold between May 2003 and August 2003.

Beyond3D have interviewed Sir Eric Demers talking about R600. So it's with great pleasure that we managed to corner one (Sir) Eric Demers, architecture lead on R600 over a couple of those methods mentioned.

DiGiTaL_MoNkEY sent in another story about AMD fabrication outsourcing. AMD is struggling it keep its head above water after posting losses of $611 million and $574 million for its past two quarters. The company has also drawn criticism for its manufacturing, with recent reports that it will delay the full-volume launch of the "Barcelona" quad-core Opteron server chip from July to October.

Bit-Tech have looked at the Company of Heroes DX10 patch. More importantly, we must give kudos to Relic for taking the time to give Company of Heroes fans a graphical update for free. It's incredibly hard to take a DirectX 9.0 game and successfully port it to DirectX 10 - there are undoubtedly a lot of features that the developers had to turn down because they would have required a complete engine overhaul.

Phoroix have posted some pics of their Mountain View campus. Google wouldn't allow visitors or those involved with the LF Collaboration Summit to take photographs inside their Mountain View campus buildings, but outside was fair-game.

They also checked out the open source R500 driver. Last week the first open-source ATI R500 (Radeon X1000 series) driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development, but a small set of developers have been working on reverse engineering this GPU class for the past couple of months.

Alienware is offering the purchase of their cases in barebones kits, thanks Craig. The barebones kit consists of a P2 extended ATX desktop chassis with standard Astral Blue lighting and a 700-watt power supply unit.

DigitalTrends have posted an all in one printer guide. Do you remember the days when your home office seemed cluttered with equipment? There was the printer, the copier, and the scanner the last of which seemed to cause endless problems. But thankfully, that time is now ancient history.

The chief architect of the Sony Playstation has stepped down, thanks DiGiTaL_MoNkEY. The chief architect of Sony's PlayStation game console stepped down Tuesday as the Japanese company struggles to defend its dominance in the video game industry and revive its reputation as an electronics pioneer

He also spotted that Intel has revealed their Laptop CPU roadmap. Intel plans to launch Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 and Celeron M 540 laptop processors on July 8th, as well as Core 2 Extreme X7900, Core 2 Duo T7250, T7800, L7700, U2200, U2100, and Celeron 550 on September 2nd.

Seagate and Samsung (translated) have matched Hitachi with 1TB drives. Months after Hitachi announced their big 3.5-inch, 1TB drive, Samsung and Seagate have finally matched that capacity by launching their own 3Gbps SATA disks. Samsung does it with efficiency, by spinning 3x 334GB platters to Hitachi's 5x 200GB platters (10 heads) or Seagate's 4 platters (8 heads) of 250GB each.



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