Sony reports $1 billion annual loss

From CNET News.com: The global recession has hit Sony hard--the company on Thursday reported its first annual loss in 14 years.

Sony lost 165 billion yen ($1.72 billion) in the quarter that ended March 31, the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, compared with net income of 29 billion yen in the year-ago period. Revenue for the three-month period was 1.5 trillion yen ($15.5 billion), a drop of 22 percent from a year earlier.

HP laptop batteries recalled for overheating

From CNET News.com: After two reports of flaming laptop batteries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that Hewlett-Packard is voluntarily recalling 70,000 lithium-ion batteries that shipped with several models of its HP and Compaq laptops.

The recall affects nine models of HP Pavilions, nine models of Compaq Presarios, two models of HPs, and one HP Compaq laptop model sold between August 2007 and March 2008. For the full list, see the CPSC's site.

Google networking error caused outage

From CNET News.com: Widespread outages involving several Google services--including search, Google Docs, and Gmail--were caused by an upgrade gone awry inside of Google, according to engineers.

AMD/ATI Beats Nvidia to the 1 GHz GPU Milestone

From Tom's Hardware: What AMD has done is that it has taken an ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, which normally runs at 850 MHz, and overclocked it to 1 GHz at the factory – air cooled – and voila, you have yourself the world’s first shipping 1 GHz GPU part.

In fact, if you had your own Radeon HD 4890, you might be able to reach 1 GHz too. Of course, AMD does have the advantage of binning parts to make sure that those with the most headroom get separated for this new SKU.

PowerColor Does Not Manufacture ATI Radeon HD 4770 for AGP – Company

From X-bit Labs: PowerColor, a maker of graphics cards that is owned by Tul Corp., said Wednesday that it did not manufacture AGP version of ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics cards and that its listing at Amazon.com was a mistake by the online store.

“Amazon made a mistake in posting AGP on our ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card. There is no AGP version,” said Gene Chi, a marketing manager for Tul Corp.

Microsoft puts Mac users at risk with patch policy, says researcher

From InfoWorld: A security researcher has called foul on Microsoft for doing exactly what it has thrashed hackers over for years: revealing information that can be used to hijack computers before a patch is available.

Gmail Makes Switching E-Mail Services Easier

From PC World: Gmail is making the frustrating process of switching e-mail providers just a bit easier. Google introduced a new feature for its Webmail service that allows new users to easily import all their e-mail and contacts from Hotmail, Yahoo, or AOL accounts, just by typing their username and password.

Verizon Netbook to hit stores this weekend

From CNET News.com: As previously reported by the Boy Genius Report, the HP Mini 1151NR Netbook will be priced at $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and will require users sign a two-year service agreement for wireless broadband services.

AT&T Bans SlingPlayer 3G on iPhone, Other 3G Phones Still Welcome

From DailyTech: Sling Media’s Slingbox is an intriguing device that allows you to view your cable TV or recorded PVR content on-the-go via transmission from an internet-connected home PC. The technology was made even sweeter when 3G streaming SlingPlayer Mobile was unveiled for smartphones.

Intel CEO Says Things Are Better than Analysts Think

From DailyTech: Analytics firms are still predicting a rough quarter for computer and chipmakers as sales are expected to decline even further. Despite the predictions of analysts, Intel still believes that the bottom of the market has been reached.

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