ATI Graphics Partners Think Radeon 4870 is Too Good

From DailyTech: The ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB was to drop to $129, while the Radeon HD 4870 512MB was scheduled to be cut to $149. This was supposed to be accomplished primarily through the use of mail-in rebates, which ATI would help offset.

Most of the board partners took up the offer on the 4850. However, due to several factors converging at once, the 4850 can now be picked up for around $120 at several e-tailers, albeit with the mail-in rebate.

Nvidia Rumoured to Prepare Competitor for Upcoming ATI Radeon HD 4890

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. is reportedly preparing a competitor for the yet unreleased code-named RV790 graphics card from ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices. There almost no details, but the fact that Nvidia Corp. is getting ready to respond even to a product with unknown level of performance once again emphasizes that the two companies are in cut-throat competition for the market share.

ATI Ships 50 Millionth Graphics Chip for Nintendo Wii Game Console

From X-bit Labs: ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, said on Wednesday that it shipped its 50 millionth graphics processing unit for Nintendo Wii. With 50 million units delivered, the ATI graphics processor code-named Hollywood becomes the most successful AMD game console chip to date in terms of unit sales.

Sun pushes SSDs in servers to reduce costs, improve performance

From InfoWorld: Sun has laid out more of its plans for using solid-state drives in its servers, which it says will help customers to reduce energy costs and improve application performance in the datacenter.

Nokia Accelerates Music Push With Services and Phones

From PC World: Nokia plans to launch its Comes With Music service and open Nokia Music Stores in more countries in the coming months, it said on Wednesday. The company also showed two new XpressMusic phones.

Comes With Music packages mobile phones with a year or 18 months of unlimited access to about 5 million tracks in the Nokia Music Store, and allows buyers to keep any tracks they download even after the year is over, according to Nokia.

Microsoft: Azure not pie in the sky

From CNET News.com: The software maker unveiled Windows Azure at its Professional Developers Conference in October. Since then, the company has said that pieces of Azure will be ready in final form by the end of the year, but the company has been rather quiet about how Azure is doing.

NVIDIA Offers Startups a $5M Helping Hand

From DailyTech: New companies looking to get started in the technology industry today are finding that venture capital (VC) funds are harder to come by than they were only six months ago thanks to the worsening economy. That means that some new startups that need VC to launch won't be able to get started and some companies operating on VC funds will be forced out of business.

More Efficient CPUs from Intel Coming this Year

Nvidia Drops GeForce GTX 260 Pricing

From X-bit Labs: In a bid to not let ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, to gain market share in performance-mainstream market segment, Nvidia Corp. has reduced the recommended pricing of its GeForce GTX 260 core 216 to $199 in order to compete against ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB at the same price-point.

Mozilla bumps up Firefox 3.1 to 3.5

From InfoWorld: "As recently proposed, the version number of the Shiretoko project will be changed to Firefox 3.5 before the upcoming fourth beta release," said Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox, in a brief entry to the company's developer blog.

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