Articles Roundup August 22, 2008

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Fragapalooza 2008 - Canadas Largest Gaming Event @ Futurelooks

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 .

Intel to Release First 6-Core CPU in September

From X-bit Labs: Currently existing processors contain 1, 2, 3 or 4 cores. However, this series will very soon get a continuation: next month we are going to see 6-core Intel processors aka Dunnington. These CPUs will belong to Xeon 7400 family targeted for scalable (up to 32-way), reliable, powerful 64-bit servers for enterprise applications.

Google to make real-time judgment of ad quality

From CNET News.com: Google plans to update its mechanism for ad quality scoring, a critical measurement that influences whether advertisements are placed next to search results so that judgments of ad quality are made immediately.

Overclocking Nehalem "almost as good as gaving a 2nd graphics card" - Intel

Asus Readies Mainboard with ATI’s and Nvidia’s Multi-GPU Support

From X-bit Labs: Perhaps, Nvidia Corp. does not want to run its SLI multi-GPU configurations on platforms developed by its rivals, whereas ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, does want to promote its CrossFire multi-GPU tech. No matter what, Asustek Computer readies a mainboard that supports SLI and CrossFire.

Nokia Admits Security Flaws in Series 40 OS

Nokia confirmed Thursday its widely used Series 40 operating system has security vulnerabilities that could allow stealth installation and activation of applications.

But the company was evasive on whether it paid €20,000 (US$29,500) to researcher Adam Gowdiak of Security Explorations, who wanted payment for effort spent finding the flaws.

Sony Announces 160GB PS3 Bundle, Wireless Keypad Accessory

From DailyTech: Sony is continuing on its quest to make its PS3 console the top-selling video game console in the world. It has a long way to go with Nintendo's Wii thoroughly trouncing both the PS3 and Xbox 360 in sales.

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