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#1067| source: www.hardocp.com by crossbow on Fri Nov 15 2002 
Amd Cuts Jobs
2000 Less AMD employees today. I hope AMD has a good layoff package.
#1066| source: MadMax by crossbow on Fri Nov 15 2002 
Athlon 2800+ XP's Avail
Athlon 2800+ XP's have shown up in various online retailers. Stock is extremely limited, so grab one before their gone. (If their not at newegg, try puicorp.com or mwave.com, also pricewatch.com)

#1065| source: VIA Arena by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
VIA 4in1 Drivers v4.43v
VIA Arena reports that they released a new VIA 4in1 drivers v4.43v
#1064| source: `Microsoft` by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
DirectX 9.0 RC 0 Official
DirectX 9.0 RC 0 Official Release
#1063| source: KDE by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
(For the Linux Users) KDE 3.0.5
According to the SuSE README file for KDE 3.0.5, this is not exactly a full release of its own, as only the kdebase and kdelibs packages were affected from the (mostly security) updates (the rest of the packages have very minor changes). Users who already have 3.0.4 installed, will only need to re-install these two packages, while users using older versions, will have to do a complete installation.
#1062| source: Digit-life by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
Overclock your ATI Radeon 9700 Pro to 400 MHz
According to Andrew Vorobyev, new ATI Radeon 9700 Pro cards have an interesting feature: those who tried to overclock them might have noticed a gap between GPU and heatsink? The match lies on the GPU with heatsink removed. Notice the about 1mm gap between chip walls and the crystal! ATI's thermogasket doesn't add to the overclocking potential (see picture) Naturally, if you remove it, you will have a lot of thermal grease... better chip-cooler contact easily raised the ATi R9700 Pro clock up to 400 MHz. (source - Digit-Life news)
#1061| source: InfoWorld by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
Start-up to put LindowsOS on sub-$1,000 tablets
A group of PC industry veterans Tuesday took the cloak off a new company called StepUp Computing, and revealed its first product -- a low-cost, pen-based tablet computer that can run Windows 2000, Windows XP, and coming soon, a version of the Linux operating system from Lindows.com. StepUp Computing's first product to market will be a tablet computer called the DocuNote, which will cost as little as $799 depending on the software it ships with, the company said.
#1060| source: Yahoo by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
Lite-On stand-alone DVD/ MPEG-4 player
Lite-On's model LVD-2001 is a DVD player with several advanced features, including MPEG-4 playback, a photo browser and progressive high definition output. The LVD-2001 will be demonstrated at the IA Show taking place in Taipei on November 16th to 19th and will be in full production by February 2003.
#1059| source: ZDNet by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
Qualcomm GSM chip speaks many languages
Available by the middle of 2003, the MSM6500 processor represents Qualcomm's latest push to sell mobile phones that are based on the world's most widespread wireless standard, GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). Qualcomm said upcoming cell phones that use the new processors will be able to use networks based on GSM and CDMA, as well as a faster version of CDMA called CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.
#1058| source: Sanyo (Japan) by maximum3d on Thu Nov 14 2002 
Tmsuk and SANYO reveals new "Banryu" robot
tmsuk Co., LTD., (pronounced "temzack") a small robotics firm from Kitakyushu (Fukuoka Pref. Japan) and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Moriguchi, Osaka, have developed an improved version of their home-robot Banryu. The two companies wish to finalize the design and details and to commence the marketing of the first-ever useful home robot to the general public in year 2003. The new "Banryu", which means "guard-dragon" in place of "guard-dog", takes on a look of an ancient reptile with a futuristic twist. Its speed has been increased from 3meters/min. to 15meters/min., a velocity more than fast enough for a home robot designed to travel in confined cluttered spaces. It also is able to confidently go over gaps over 10cm, sensing the height with sets of sensors located on its legs.

 
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