Intel Grants $12M in Multicore Graphics Research

From PC World: Intel on Tuesday said it was granting US$12 million over five years to Saarland University in Germany to research graphics technologies.

The funds will be used to form the Intel Visual Computing Institute, where researchers will investigate the use of multiple computing cores to create realistic graphics, said Megan Langer, a company spokeswoman.

Adobe beams up new Strobe video framework

From CNET News.com: As part of the Streaming Media East conference in New York, Adobe has unveiled "Strobe," the "open framework" for its Flash video player that the company first announced last month. It's expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

Since you were probably wondering: No, Adobe is not tweaking the pronunciation of "Strobe" so that it rhymes. Thank goodness.

Intel creates European visual-computing center

From CNET News.com: Intel said Tuesday that it is investing $12 million in a visual-computing research center in Europe. This comes as Intel prepares to bring out its first graphics chip in more than a decade by early next year.

Opening Tuesday, the Intel Visual Computing Institute is located at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The company says the center "will explore advanced graphics and visual computing technologies."

Microsoft patches critical PowerPoint hole

From CNET News.com: Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch aimed to fix a critical vulnerability in PowerPoint that had already led to exploits.

The vulnerability is listed as critical for Office 2000, but rated only as important for Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. However, the hole had already formed the basis of targeted attacks, prompting Microsoft to issue a warning last month.

Microsoft introduces new Geneva beta

From CNET News.com: Microsoft introduced the second beta of its Geneva identity-management server platform on Monday, with new features including compatibility with SharePoint 2007 and Microsoft Federation Gateway.

The announcement was made at Microsoft's TechEd conference, which is being held in Los Angeles this week. The first beta was announced in October 2008, with a final release scheduled for the second half of 2009.

Fujitsu Exits Hard Disk Drive Heads Business

From X-bit Labs: Fujitsu Limited has announced that it had come to an agreement with TDK Corp. to terminate their strategic business alliance in regard to hard disk drive (HDD) heads, and in conjunction, the companies will dissolve their joint-venture agreement regarding HDD head manufacturer TDK Fujitsu Philippines Corporation (TFPC; 66% owned by TDK and 34% owned by Fujitsu).

Nvidia Expects 25% of Its Products to Be 40nm By Year End

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp., a leading supplier of graphics processing units (GPUs), was not the first company to adopt 40nm fabrication process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, but the firm plans to rather aggressively ramp up production using 40nm process technology. In fact, 25% of Nvidia’s products will be made using 40nm process by the end of the year, the company said.

Notes push e-mail coming to iPhone

From InfoWorld: The newest version of Lotus Notes and Domino will push e-mail, contacts, and calendar items to iPhone users.

Lotus Notes and Domino 8.5.1 includes a few other incremental updates to functionality. But the main new feature is the addition of Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol in Lotus Notes Traveler, the software that supports replication of Notes e-mail, calendars and contacts to smartphones.

AMD Gains Processor Market Share on Intel

From PC World: After five quarters of declining market share, Advanced Micro Devices gained ground in chip shipments over chief rival Intel during the first quarter of 2009, IDC said on Tuesday.

AMD saw its market share in processor shipments reach 22.3 percent during the first quarter of 2009, gaining 4.6 percent of the market compared with the fourth quarter of 2008. Intel lost 4.7 percent of the total market to reach a 77.3 percent share, IDC said in a survey.

RealNetworks continues to develop DVD-copying device

From CNET News.com: RealNetworks continues to hire engineers to work on Facet, a DVD player that copies and stores film discs despite allegations by Hollywood that the device violates copyright.

Real has posted a job ad on Craigslist asking for qualified Linux engineers to apply.

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