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AP

Three major electronics makers have been accused of violating patented work from the University of Washington with their use of the Bluetooth wireless technology found in millions of computers, cell phones and headsets.

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Eric Bangeman for arstechnica.com

Chipmaker Broadcom unveiled a decoder chip capable of decoding both Blu-ray and HD DVD video. (What's the big deal? Old DVDs hold about 4 Gigs of data vs. these 30+ Gigs. - A new Holographic design will excced a TeraByte... Yummmm :)

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MSNBC

Virtual keyboards are already available as accessories: the I-Tech virtual laser keyboard was the first on the market, a $180 box about the size of a small cellphone that connects to your PDA or smartphone via Bluetooth.

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PC World

Today's debut of Intel quad-core-powered computers from Hewlett-Packard completes the introduction of quad-core hardware from major computer and server manufacturers. [see link to Intel Quad-core chips]

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Wired

At the SuperComputing 2006 conference next week in Tampa, Florida, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release benchmark tests showing how specialized graphics processing units, or GPUs, developed for the games indus

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PC World

IBM researchers have found a way to draw twice as much heat off of hard-working computer chips, clearing the way for server farms and data centers to use denser, faster processors.

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PC World

Intel Corp. said it will start selling chips with four processing cores in November as the world's biggest microchip maker tries to build a lead over rival Advanced Micro Devices. Initially only target high- end servers and gaming computers.

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NY Times

Researchers plan to announce that they have created a silicon-based chip that can produce laser beams. The advance will make it possible to use laser light rather than wires to send data between chips, removing the most significant bottleneck in comp

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www.theaustralian.news.com.au

At 16 kilobytes, its memory was 50,000 times less powerful than modern PCs. It offered VisiCalc, a breakthrough spreadsheet program, and EasyWriter, which IBM promised "will store letters, manuscripts and other text for editing or rapid reproduc

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Detroit Free Press

And satellite and terrestrial radio broadcasters, already in fierce competitive battles, will surely see the number of listeners erode once millions of vehicles are equipped for iPod ease.

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USA Today

Howard Taub is showing off a sticker about the size of a hole punch. And he can barely contain his glee. That's because hidden in the little dot is a computer chip with enough memory to store a song, a photo, or a 100-page text document. The chip

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AP

With less than 4 months to the midterm elections, the latest poll found that Americans by an almost 3-to-1 margin hold the GOP-controlled Congress in low regard and profess a desire to see Democrats wrest control after 12 years of Republican rule.

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Reuters

A paralyzed man using a new brain sensor has been able to move a computer cursor, open e-mail and control a robotic device simply by thinking about doing it, a team of scientists said. They believe the BrainGate sensor, which involves implanting e

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PC magazine

The memory-chip industry moved one step further from its dependence on power with Freescale Semiconductor's new memory chip, released on Monday. The MR2A16A is the first Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory device to hit the market.

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Reuters

IBM has built a transistor that runs about 100 times faster than current chips, a development that could pave the way for ultra-fast computers and wireless networks. "We're nowhere near having tapped the limits of silicon performance,

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LiveScience.com

A molecule-sized switch just 50 nanometers wide may someday control microscopic machines and also could make DNA sequencing faster, less expensive, and more precise. Just about any machine depends on switches to turn this on or that off. And fully

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PC Magazine

Intel is about to deliver the opening salvo in a wave of multicore processors that could ultimately lead to chips with hundreds of cores aboard. The chip maker's new chip circuitry that emphasizes power efficiency

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