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Western Digital Caviar Goes Green – Faster, More Efficient

From Tom's Hardware: The new 1 TB Caviar drive packs 333 GB per platter on three platters coupled with a 32 MB cache. According to Western Digital this new platter density and larger cache reduce power draw by up to 20 percent. Performance increases up to 10 percent . There are some drawbacks for those performance enthusiasts however. The new Caviar uses a 5400 RPM spindle speed which reduces overall performance of disk input/output.

Apple Releases ITunes, Apple TV Updates

From PC World: iTunes 8.0.1 improves stability and performance, according to release notes accompanying the 58.5 MB download in OS X's Software Update tool. Specifically, the update includes a fix for iTunes 8's newly introduced Genius feature. Now when you create a Genius playlist, iTunes will continue to seamlessly play the current song. What's more, iTunes 8.0.1 addresses problems that crop up when syncing Genius results to your iPod.

Microsoft unveils plan for three labs in Europe

From CNET Microsoft said Thursday that it would set up research centers in Britain, France, and Germany to improve its Internet search technology, describing the move as a vote of confidence in the European economy and in the company's ability to close the gap with Google.

The chief executive, Steve Ballmer, said at a news conference that the three "centers of excellence"--near Paris, in London, and in Munich--would employ several hundred people.

Nintendo Officially Unveils New DS

From DailyTech: The new unit, called the "DSi" will keep the trademark double-screen (DS), while expanding the screens to 3.5 inches, a 17 percent increase in size. Like Apple's iPods, Nintendo is cramming more into a smaller space, fitting the jumbo new screens into a package that's 12 percent thinner than the previous DS. The general look of the handheld is otherwise relatively unchanged, with the stylus being perhaps slightly larger.

AMD Claims Forthcoming “Shanghai” Chip to Be 35% Faster than Existing

From X-bit Labs: A vice president of Advanced Micro Devices said in an interview that the forthcoming quad-core AMD Opteron processor code-named Shanghai will have roughly 35% performance advantage over predecessor at the same clock-speed. If the information is correct, then AMD’s chips will have all chances to challenges products by arch-rival Intel in the higher-end segment.

HP to buy LeftHand Networks for storage virtualization, iSCSI

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard will buy LeftHand Networks for $360 million to fill in its storage virtualization and iSCSI lines with products for medium-size companies and remote offices and branches.

Report: Fujitsu to sell hard drive unit to Western Digital

From CNET Fujitsu is in talks to sell its hard disk drive business to Western Digital, according to a Japan-based report.

Western Digital is the second-largest hard disk drive maker in the world behind Seagate Technology. Fujitsu's HDD unit is ranked sixth.

Microsoft Pays for Searching 'Til April 2009, Firefox Users Not Welcome

From DailyTech: Microsoft is the world leader in the operating system world. Its Xbox 360 console is a strong second worldwide, with excellent hardware sales. The company is even salvaging its reputation with clever new ads.


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