Gmail tweak gives nod to folder metaphor

From CNET News.com: Gmail forsook folders for a more flexible idea, labels, but Google has begun making a change acknowledging that the older interface idea has its place.

The drawback of folders is that you must decide which one is the best location for a message you want to file--"family" or "travel," for example. With labels, you can apply both, and in Gmail, clicking either label will show that particular message.

EA to launch 'Sims 3' on June 2

From CNET News.com: Electronic Arts said on Tuesday that The Sims 3, the third full iteration of one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, will hit store shelves on June 2.

The game will be released for PCs first, and versions for the Mac, iPhone, and iPod Touch should come later in the summer, EA said.

Eurocom Crams Core i7 Into a Notebook

From Tom's Hardware: CeBit is just around the corner and considering the weather is getting colder and snowier, we’re hoping the show in German will give us something hot to keep us warm. However, while a Core i7 notebook sounds great, there are a couple of things to consider before we get all hot under the collar.

China Enters Proprietary Red-Laser High-Definition Optical Standard

From X-bit Labs: The high-definition format war is about to begin in China, but it will not be another battle between Blu-ray disc technology and HD DVD technology as state-owned Wuhan Hi-Tech Holding Group has announced HD NVD (high-definition new versatile disc) format that will compete against Blu-ray and CBHD.

Microsoft's IE loses more share, slides to new low

From InfoWorld: Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) again lost market share last month, although at a slower rate than the previous two-month stretch, but still ended at a new low of 67.6 percent as rivals continued to steal users, a Web metrics firm reported Sunday.

Apple's Safari, meanwhile, outpaced the growth of Mozilla 's Firefox for the third month in a row, according to Net Applications.

Netbooks Propped up European PC Sales in Q4, Says Gartner

From PC World: Western Europeans buying netbooks for Christmas provided some cheer in an otherwise gloomy fourth-quarter PC market.

Motorola's fourth-quarter loss hits $3.6 billion

From CNET News.com: Motorola on Tuesday reported a stunning net loss on tumbling revenue for the fourth quarter.

The net loss for the phone maker in the quarter, ended Dec. 31, was $3.6 billion, or $1.57 per share, compared with positive earnings of $100 million (4 cents per share) for the same period a year earlier.

ASUS Officially Announces Eee 1000HE Netbook

From DailyTech: ASUS is viewed by many as the father of the netbook. It was the first company to release a small, cheap notebook for consumers that quickly spawned a new category in the computer market. Netbooks have done very well with the current financial crisis around the world.

DRAM prices soar after Qimonda bankruptcy

From InfoWorld: The price of the benchmark chips, 1-gigabit DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) DRAM chips that run at 667MHz, rose 27 percent to US$1.08 each, DRAMeXchange Technology reported at 6 p.m. in Taipei. DRAMeXchange runs an online chip clearinghouse.

Another Judge to Rule in Favour of Micron in Rambus-Micron Case

From X-bit Labs: A Federal District Court judge told a hearing on Friday that he will likely rule for chip maker Micron and against Rambus in a controversial patent case. This will be another ruling against Rambus in less than a month. However, the ruling will not extend to other companies in a legal battle against technology developer Rambus.

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