50 Million PlayStation 2 Consoles Sold in North America

From DailyTech: 50 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been sold in North America. Despite being nine years old, the console is still selling well and is the most played console of 2008 according to a Nielsen study. In November, 206,000 PlayStation 2 units were sold.

According to NPD numbers, the original Microsoft Xbox sold 14.5 million consoles and the Nintendo GameCube sold 12 million consoles. In the United States alone 43 million PlayStation 2s have been sold.

Western Digital to Unveil 2 TB HDD this Week

From Tom's Hardware: The WD20EADS will be part of Western Digital's Caviar Green series. It will have 32 MB of cache, a seek time of 8.9ms and will run at either 5400RPM or 7200RPM. The drive is expected to have four 500 GB platters.

Information about the WD20EADS first appeared when online retailer Czech Computer listed it on their website back in December 2008, however they have not indicated any stock up to this point.

Bill Watkins Out as Seagate CEO

From DailyTech: Bill Watkins should be a familiar face to regular DailyTech readers. Watkins has served as CEO of Seagate since 2004 and is known for his rather abrupt tone when it comes to talking about technology.

Watkins made headlines in late 2006 for his comments on the HDD industry. "Let's face it, we're not changing the world," said Watkins in December, 2006. "We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."

Browser bug could allow phishing without e-mail

From InfoWorld: A bug found in all major browsers could make it easier for criminals to steal online banking credentials using a new type of attack called "in-session phishing," according to researchers at security vendor Trusteer.

Google offers 'experimental' Quick Search Box tool for Macs

From InfoWorld: oogle has released a search box tool for Macs that it believes will eventually make searching outside the browser a breeze.

In a Google blog posting, the company revealed that it is interested in beta testers willing to participate in taking the Google Quick Search Box from an "experimental" state to a fully formed powerful search tool.

Nvidia Lowers Revenue Forecast for Fourth Quarter

From PC World: Nvidia on Tuesday lowered its fourth-quarter revenue forecast, citing weakness in demand for its products and inventory reductions by channel partners.

The company's revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 will decline 40 percent to 50 percent from the third quarter, Nvidia said in a statement. Nvidia reported third-quarter revenue of US$897.7 million, which could bring revenue for the fourth quarter between $449 million and $538 million.

Microsoft testing next Exchange

From CNET News.com: Microsoft has started testing the next version of its Exchange e-mail and calendar software, a product that Microsoft said is designed to run from the ground up as a hosted service that can work simultaneously with more than one business.

The new version, code-named E14, is in limited private beta testing as a traditional server product with "a select number" of businesses.

HTC Expected to Utilize Nvidia Tegra for Smartphones

From X-bit Labs: HTC Corp., a leading maker of smartphones and other handsets, is projected to utilize Nvidia Tegra system-on-chip (SoC) for a new cell phone that is due to be out in the second half of 2009. According to an analyst, HTC will not be the only company to utilize Tegra SoC this year.

SanDisk Rolls Out New Solid-State Drive Family

From X-bit Labs: SanDisk Corp., a leading supplier of various flash-based products, has unveiled a new family of solid-state drives (SSDs) that do not offer unprecedented performance, but boast with relatively affordable price and are likely to be broadly available. The company hopes that G3-series SSDs will finally drive flash-based storage into mainstream systems.

Microsoft brings fault tolerant technology to Windows

From InfoWorld: Microsoft and Marathon Technologies last week unveiled a partnership and a joint development agreement to bring fault tolerant options to companies running Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V.

Microsoft is moving to create a more highly available Windows environment by offering a selection of options to protect business-critical applications.

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