An Apple or a Lemon? IMacs Suffer Yellow Discoloration, Fail to Boot

From DailyTech: The new iMacs are sleek and sightly. They're filled with high-end hardware. And reportedly, many of them are defective.

Apple's quality woes seem to only to be getting worse with the holiday season wrapped up. First released in October, the iMac quickly began to show signs of trouble, with Apple's support forums overrun with unhappy users who discovered their Mac dream machine arrived with a broken screen or would not boot.

RIAA: Net neutrality shouldn't inhibit antipiracy

From CNET The lobbying group for the top four recording companies wants to make sure that when regulations on Net neutrality are adopted, they don't impede antipiracy efforts.

That's why the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to "adopt flexible rules" that free Internet service providers to fight copyright theft.

New IE hole exploited in attacks on U.S. firms

From CNET Attackers targeting Google and a host of other U.S. companies recently used software that exploits a new hole in Internet Explorer, Microsoft said on Thursday.

"Internet Explorer was one of the vectors" used in the attacks that Google disclosed earlier this week, Microsoft said in a statement. "To date, Microsoft has not seen widespread customer impact, rather only targeted and limited attacks exploiting IE 6," the statement said.

Intel earnings surge 875 percent

From CNET Intel posted a fourth-quarter net income of $2.3 billion, up 875 percent over the same period last year. Revenue came in at $10.6 billion, up 28 percent year over year.

Earnings per share was 40 cents. The analyst consensus for the fourth quarter called for 30 cents a share on earnings of $10.17 billion. Adjusted income came to 55 cents per share.

AMD’s Executives Admitted Inability to Compete – Intel

From X-bit Labs: In a recently published official response (1, 2) to the accusations of the Federal Trade Commission, Intel Corp. said that AMD was unsuccessful on the market of commercial desktops and notebooks due to the fact that Intel had fully-integrated platforms, whereas AMD did not. Moreover, according to Intel, even AMD’s high-ranking executives admitted the company’s inabilities to compete.

Mac sales can't keep pace with cheap PCs, Apple slips to No. 5

From InfoWorld: While Mac sales in the U.S. were up 31 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, Apple was unable to keep pace with exploding sales of cheap Windows PCs, and fell to the No. 5 spot, research firm IDC said Wednesday.

Rival analysts at Gartner, meanwhile, pegged Apple's year-over-year growth at 23 percent, and also put it in fifth place, behind Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer and Toshiba. Apple's new position is down one from the same quarter in 2008.

Nexus One Success Hampered by Google Web Store

From PC World: As the dust and confetti settle in the wake of the Nexus One launch, early reports suggest that Google sold a meager 20,000 of the next-generation "superphone" during its first week. Google's other big launch--the Web-based store for purchasing the Nexus One--may play a significant part in the weak initial sales.

Microsoft brings kids developer tool to the PC

From CNET Microsoft researcher Matt MacLaurin came up for the idea for Kodu in his kitchen in the fall of 2006, noticing the way his three-year-old daughter watched her mom browse away on Facebook. MacLaurin saw how different computing is now than when he was a kid. While his Commodore Pet was like a lump of clay that he could mold by writing software in Basic, his daughter's generation is using computers whose functions are already set in stone.

Verizon looks for more revenue in wireless data

From CNET Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, is reportedly revamping its existing wireless data prices and is considering implementing a usage-based billing model for its upcoming 4G wireless services as it tries to squeeze out more revenue from wireless data services.

ATI Pushes DirectX 11 Into Mainstream Value Segment for Less Than $100

From DailyTech: As much as technology enthusiasts will talk up the latest and greatest graphics cards, around two-thirds of desktop graphics cards sold around the world are priced at less than $100. Any new graphics technology that is introduced must eventually reach this critical market in order truly be dominant. DirectX 11 is no different, and ATI plans to address the sub-$100 market with today's launch of the Radeon HD 5670.


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