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#1178| source: digitimes by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
Lite-On IT to cut back DVD-ROM next year
Lite-On IT, the world's largest DVD-ROM and CD-RW drive manufacturer, will cut back DVD-ROM drive shipments next year due to high technology licensing fees and decreasing profit margins. Licensing fees for DVD-ROM drive technology costs about US$10 per unit, about one-third of a drive's manufacturing contract price. If Taiwan-based companies cannot solve this issue, they will not be able to sustain profitable operations when DVD-ROM drive prices fall further, said Michael Gong, general manager of Lite-On IT's optical disc drive business unit.
#1177| source: xbitlabs by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
IDE RAID vs. SCSI: Who Will Win?
It's clear that every interface has its own advantages and shortcomings. SCSI means reliability and high performance, but also high price. Moreover, it needs a costly controller. IDE means huge capacities and much lower storage cost for 1MB than in SCSI HDDs. But IDE drives are much less reliable and to build a fault-tolerant disk subsystem you need to combine them into mirror RAID arrays (and this requires at least one more drive and a RAID-controller).
#1176| source: xbitlabs by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
NVIDIA NV18/NV28 and AGP 8x Investigation
On September 25, NVIDIA introduced its new graphics chips supporting the AGP 3.0 standard and 8x data-transfer speed. When naming the chips, the company didn't exert imagination so we have got "NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 with AGP8x" (unofficially known as NV28) and "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 with AGP 8x" (NV18). Actually, NV18 and NV28 only differ from NV17 and NV25 by their AGP 8x support. Besides, they also feature higher working frequencies. In this review we will try to find out the advantages brought about by the increased frequencies and the AGP 3.0 support.
#1175| source: pcmag by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
Wireless Electricity Becomes a Reality
During a mid-day press conference in chilly New York City, MobileWise showed off a handful of functioning prototype powerbases and retrofitted mobile devices that all use the company's new MobileWise chipset and enable "Wire-Free" electric power. One chip, the tiny Adapter Controller, goes inside the mobile device and the other, the Contact Controller, gets built into the power base station. These power bases, which were shown in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, are each covered in an array of gold-plated contacts. The retrofitted mobile devices also have a pair of contracts. With properly configured handheld devices, the bases can, according to company CEO Andy Goren, change any flat surface into a charging/power station.
#1174| source: c|net by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
Macworld Expo/Tokyo canceled
The show's producer, IDG World Expo Japan, has decided to cancel next year's show. In an e-mail, parent company IDG blamed the cancellation on a lack of interest from exhibitors.
#1173| source: infosync by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
Instant photography coming up
If you're the proud owner of a camera phone, you'll most likely be acutely aware of the fact that such devices have very limited memory capabilities. Most carriers offer some sort of online storage solution for users to store their pictures in when the built-in memory runs out - but now there's a way to store pictures in a more tangible manner, thanks to Totalmass' new Longstreet solution. To be deployed in early 2003 by MangoFoto, a subsidiary of San Fransisco based Totalmass, the Longstreet solution has been developed by Totalmass to allow owners of camera phones to wirelessly transmit pictures to have these printed on good, old-fashioned paper.
#1172| source: zdnet by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
Security hole exposes Tower Records
The glitch allowed anyone to peruse Tower Records' Web site to view its database of customer orders dating from 1996 through this week, including home and e-mail addresses, phone numbers and what music or video products were purchased. More than 3 million such records were exposed.
#1171| source: reuters by maximum3d on Mon Dec 09 2002 
$199 PC with No Windows, No Intel Inside
By dropping software from Microsoft and avoiding "Intel inside," retailer Wal-Mart Stores is offering a $199 computer it says is a hot seller on its Web site, attracting novices looking for a way onto the Internet as well as high-end users wanting a second box.
#1170| source: PGP Corp by maximum3d on Wed Dec 04 2002 
PGP 8.0 Final
PGP Freeware is a single-user product that includes the same core PGP Mail software that can be found in our PGP Personal, Desktop, and Enterprise packages. PGP Freeware allows you to encrypt files as well as the contents of the clipboard, and also provides the ability to create and manage PGP keys. PGP Freeware does not include any plug-ins for integration with electronic mail or instant messaging clients, nor does it include PGP Disk.
#1169| source: Microsoft by maximum3d on Wed Dec 04 2002 
Outlook 2002 Dec4 Update
The Outlook 2002 Update: December 4, 2002 offers the highest levels of stability and security available for Microsoft OutlookR 2002. This update fixes an instability problem introduced in Office XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) that affects Outlook POP3 / SMTP clients. This update also fixes a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to send a malformed message which would make the user's Outlook session unresponsive.

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