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Sunday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-September-2007  14:05:58 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Intel is set to rebrand processors in 2008. We just heard from an anonymous source that Intel will be rebranding their processors in 2008. From the Centrino mobile platform to the Itanium 2 server processors, Intel will revamp and consolidate their product lines under these new brands. These new brand names will come into effect on the first day of 2008. Intel hopes that these new brands will not only leverage the strong Core 2 brand but also make it less confusing for the consumer. Are they doing it right? You be the judge.

Techgage have continued their coverage of Digital Life 2007 and Ageia. We caught up with AGEIA at DigitalLife to see what's new and were surprised to see that some big announcements have been made, including inclusion of their PhysX PPU in Dell's latest XPS M1730 notebooks. We also take UT3 and Warmonger for a spin and give our thoughts.

Phoronix have looked at the progress of the Linux Radeon HD driver. It's going on two weeks since the RadeonHD driver was made available, which is AMD's sanctioned open-source driver for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series (as well as future generations of AMD GPUs). In this time, we have seen some great progress made with this open-source driver and have a few additional remarks to share about its status and the first bits of this driver's roadmap."

Earlier this month it was reported that the distributor Jackar was having financial trouble, and at near collapse and finally gone bust. Simon has pointed out that this could be what is affecting Alienware Australia. I've been tracking 2 Alienware notebooks for my bosses for the last 3 months now with contact getting worse and worse. in the last 3 weeks I've had no email contact and their phone numbers go to an answering service. After some Googling I now know why. It turns out the aussie distributor, Jackar, has gone into voluntary administration owing $10mil, about $7000 of that to my company.

Earlier it was reported that the torrent site Demonoid was taken offline by authorities, since then it seems that this is not the case and their trackers are back online althrough their site is still not. Demonoid.com mysteriously disappeared earlier this week, but there is hope. The website is still down but the trackers are now fully operational again, perhaps a sign that Demonoid is crawling back up? The demonoid downtime caused quite some controversy, especially after the popular Dutch news site nu.nl reported that the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) was responsible for the downtime.

InformationWeek have made some speculations of the upcoming Google gPhone. In the absence of perfection, the technology community awaits the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) phone, or gPhone. Though unlikely to be as aesthetically pleasing as Apple's first foray into phone design, the gPhone is expected to be more widely available and more affordable than the iPhone. It will probably be built using some version of the open-source Linux operating system, a J2ME middleware layer, and a Flash/Ajax presentation layer or something similar based on the vector graphic technology developed by Skia, which Google acquired. That particular software stack is what venture capitalist Simeon Simeonov described in his blog as the ideal mobile phone stack.

And finally, check out this optical illusion, amazingly that image is totally static but appears to move.

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