Intel: Integrated Graphics is Where It's At

From Tom's Hardware: We love our graphics hardware. The offerings from AMD and Nvidia are always interesting to track from one generation to the next, each offering a significant jump from the previous to give us prettier, smoother games.

Windows 7 will allow downgrades too

From CNET News.com: With Windows 7, Microsoft is hoping to have an operating system that people won't want to downgrade from. That said, it does plan on offering users that option.

Albatron Drops Nvidia Exclusivity, Unveils First ATI Graphics Card

From X-bit Labs: Albatron, a long-time Nvidia-exclusive supplier of graphics cards, on Friday formally launched its first graphics board based on ATI Radeon graphics processing unit and further demonstrated the success of ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, that it faces after the release of the ATI Radeon HD 4000 line.

Intel Claims New Materials Can Trim Consumption of Microprocessors by 90%

From X-bit Labs: The mix of new materials as well as P-channel and N-channel transistors can potentially enable Intel Corp. to build microprocessors that consume just 10% of today’s chips in future.

Xerox Outsources Management of Data Centers to India's HCL

From PC World: Indian outsourcer HCL Technologies is to offer data center services to Xerox under a six-year contract.

The value of the contract is about US$100 million, according to a source close to the situation. Under the contract, HCL will run nine Xerox data centers in Europe and the US.

T-Mobile To Use Google Android OS For Home Devices

From PC World: T-Mobile is set to launch two new devices running on the Google Android platform early next year. The wireless carrier will introduce a home phone and a tablet computer, both powered by Google's mobile operating system.

No IBM deal? Confusion en route for Sun customers

From CNET News.com: Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan to be a pivotal hardware, cloud-computing, and software provider remains intact. The big question is whether customers will buy Sun's talk--not to mention Sun's gear. For shareholders, Sun has to explain why it split over the IBM offer.

J:Com 160 Mbps Internet Service Upgrades Cost Company Just $20 per Household

From DailyTech: Over in Japan, customers are seeing download speeds ten times that limit at comparable prices. According to a recent article from the New York Times, J:Com -- Japan's largest cable provider -- is touting its 160 Mbps consumer broadband service. The interesting piece of information to take away is that J:Com's cost to upgrade its systems to handle the 160 Mbps speeds was just $20 per household.

Do you believe in the 'netbook craze'?

Yeah, I love netbooks!
22% (45 votes)
They're nice, I wouldn't really call it a craze
46% (95 votes)
When is this fad going to end?
32% (65 votes)
Total votes: 205

Nvidia Follows Rival with Performance Mainstream Line Refresh

From X-bit Labs: Nvidia Corp. on Thursday followed its rival ATI, graphics products group of Advanced Micro Devices, with the refresh of performance-mainstream graphics cards lineup. The Santa Clara, California-based company decided not to introduce a brand-new chip, but just released another slightly cut-down version of its existing GeForce 285/G200b. Nvidia claims that its novelty offers the best price-performance ratio in its category.

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