ATI promotes DirectX 10.1 among game developers, but not that successfully

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, on Monday said that there are at least three game titles in development that will take advantage of DirectX 10.1 application programming interface. Even though three video games may add some value to the latest ATI Radeon HD graphics cards, this is hardly enough to make the DX 10.1 real popular. Still, there may be bright future for DirectX 10.1 as a part of DirectX 11.

Microsoft lists Windows 7 in patching tool

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has already seeded its most popular patching tool for corporate users with a reference to Windows 7, its planned successor to Windows Vista .

Sakar acquires Vivitar brand and IP

From CNET Sakar International announced on Monday that it has snapped up the Vivitar brand name and intellectual property from Syntax-Brillian in a move to expand its camera line into the midrange digital-camera market and gain greater visibility.

Sakar, a consumer electronics maker, plans to use the 70-year-old Vivitar brand on digital cameras priced in the midprice range of $70 to $300, stretching its current lineup from the low-range market of $20 to $100.

Hackers Run Off With Data on 8 Million Best Western Customers

From DailyTech: In what some are calling the biggest information heist in recent history, identity thieves managed to acquire a treasure chest of personal information on more than 8 million of hotel chain Best Western’s customers.

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Microsoft Chooses Iowa For New $500M Data Center

From DailyTech: Iowa Governor Chet Culver announced Microsoft will build a $500 million data center that will be located in West Des Moines.

The new building will be used to host web servers that are needed for cloud computing and services such as Windows Live. It'll take at least 12 months to build the new West Des Moines facility, and could take up to 18 months. The effort comes as part of Microsoft's charge to increase its spending on the online domain.

Nvidia Plans to Add Another Graphics Card into GTX 200 Lineup

From X-bit Labs: In a bid to better compete against ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, Nvidia Corp. plans to add another product into the GeForce GTX 200-series lineup. Few details are now clear, however, another card in the family will almost surely make Nvidia’s products more competitive in the lineup.

Dell gains, Sun loses in worldwide server market

From InfoWorld: Dell posted the biggest gains in worldwide server revenue in the second quarter, helping it to nudge Sun Microsystems out of third place, Gartner said Thursday.

IBM retained the top spot but had slower revenue growth than Dell, while Hewlett-Packard stayed in second place with hardly any growth at all, according to Gartner's estimates .


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