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 Saturday, 15-November-2008  00:30:04 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

Intel is the latest company to be hit by the economic downturn which has crippled world's economic markets in recent times and as a result Intel had to cut its Q4 outlook due to falling PC demand. Intel's fourth quarter sales are expected to be around $9 billion, while company executives originally aimed for $10.1 billion to $10.9 billion. Analysts predicted $10.3 billion in sales.

Samsung has unveiled five new LCD monitors in Samsung 633NW, a 15.6" screen with a 1360 by 768 resolution @ 8ms, 933SN, a 18.5" screen with a 1360 by 768 resolution @ 5ms, 2033SW, a 20" screen with a 1600 by 900 resolution @ 5ms, 2233SW, a 21.5" screen with a 1920 by 1080 resolution @ 5ms and 2333SW, a 23" screen with a 1920 by 1080 resolution @ 5ms.

And speaking of LCD's, the US Department of Justice has imposed a fine of US$585 million (AU$886 million) dollars on LG Display, Sharp, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes for price fixing. Of the three companies, LG will pay the lion's share of the fineó$400 million for its participation in a price-fixing scheme that operated from September, 2001 through June, 2006. Sharp will cough up $120 million for fixing the prices of the LCDs it sold to Dell, Motorola, and Apple, and Chunghwa picks up that last $65 million.

AMD has officially announced that it will launch its Phenom II microprocessor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January. Specifically, AMD will launch the Phenom II X4 processor, part of its "Dragon" enthusiast platform, said Bob Grim, the senior manager of product marketing for AMD's desktop group.

This December, users of AMD's ATI range of graphics cards will be able to download a free ATI Catalyst driver update which will instantly unlock new ATI Stream acceleration capabilities which are already built into millions of ATI Radeon graphics cards. ATI Stream is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processors (GPU), working in concert with the systemís central processor (CPU), to accelerate applications beyond just graphics.

DailyTech posted an article about the Ugly Side of Product Activation. Software piracy is a big issue nowadays, and as a result we are now in age where DRM techniques like product activation are a reality.

It looks like Microsoft is pulling the plug on users with modified Xbox 360's. Microsoft seems to have been searching its Xbox Live subscribers to find those who have dared to improve their Xbox 360 consoles and is pulling the plug on them.

And speaking of Xbox, Trusted Reviews have posted an article looking at which of the main 3 gaming consoles you should be looking to get for Christmas 2008. Once again we find ourselves in the midst of the games industry's biggest season. The Triple A titles are flowing like free booze at the office Christmas party, and the major hardware players are building their bundles and hoping for a bonanza.

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