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#1466| source: by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
Intel Touts Next-Gen Test Chips
Intel on Monday said it has built test chips using next-generation 65 nanometer technology and expects to be the first to produce them, in 2005.
#1465| source: by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
New IE may burst pop-up bubble
The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant recently indicated that it will add pop-up blocking features to Internet Explorer (IE) next year, as part of an update for Windows XP. Others have offered similar tools before, but because IE so thoroughly dominates the browser market, ad executives and Internet watchers believe the changes could finally burst the bubble for pop-ups.
#1464| source: by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
House Approves Antispam Bill
Lawmakers are one step closer to enacting the first nationwide antispam law. The House of Representatives on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would fine spammers who violate restrictions on unsolicited commercial e-mail. You can also check this statement from Microsoft.
#1463| source: by maximum3d on Sun Nov 23 2003 
Overclocking Your P4 800FSB
Dev Hardware has published a Pentium 4 overclocking guide. "With the 2.4C's and 865PE/875P boards, it's almost like a return to the days of the Celeron 300A and 440BX mobo's. Fifty percent overclocks are not exactly commonplace, but with the right hardware combinations, it's definitely achievable. So, without further ado, lets get this party started."
#1462| source: by maximum3d on Sun Nov 23 2003 
Video BIOS Shadowing and Caching
Adrian's Rojak Pot let us know he has posted a major update of the Video BIOS Cacheable and Video BIOS Shadowing BIOS options.
#1461| source: by maximum3d on Sun Nov 23 2003 
3D Prophet 9800 Pro 128MB review
OnlyNewZ has posted a review of 3D Prophet 9800 Pro 128MB video card.
#1460| source: by maximum3d on Sun Nov 23 2003 
Plextor PX-708A DVD+R/RW Goes 8X
Plextor offers a product of excellent quality with the fastest DVD+R write speed to be found at the moment. Its speeds are also the best in DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW modes. And the CD mode ranks the PX-708A as one of the best...CD recorders! It also has a lead for speed in the + format which will only be reached by the - format in 2004. Like any exclusive new product, the PX-708A is sold at a high-end price, of $249 (270 euros to 290 euros) depending on the version. Exclusivity will always cost you.
#1459| source: by maximum3d on Fri Nov 21 2003 
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Nears Beta
Windows XP Service Pack 2, a major update of the most current version of the desktop operating system, will enter beta testing in the next few weeks, according to E-mail from Microsoft posted on a Windows enthusiast Web site. Neowin, which frequently posts copies of E-mails from Microsoft's beta team on its site, displayed a copy of a message to beta testers alerting them that Service Pack 2, which Microsoft has said would release sometime during the first half of 2004, will be "available in a few weeks."
#1458| source: by maximum3d on Fri Nov 21 2003 
AMD delays 90-nm process ramp 1 quarter
Amid a new and bold plan to build a 300-mm wafer fab, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. disclosed that it has delayed the volume deployment of its 90-nm process technology by two to three months. AMD originally hoped to ramp up its 90-nm process in the first half of 2004, with volume production due in the latter part of the second quarter of next year, said Hector Ruiz, AMD's president and CEO. The company now plans to move into volume production in the second half of 2004, Ruiz said. Specifically, the AMD executive indicated that 90-nm chip production would take place in the third quarter of 2004, he said.
#1457| source: by maximum3d on Fri Nov 21 2003 
Intel sets the bar at 4GHz
The chipmaker, which discussed its plans in a wide-ranging meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, said it aims to boost the performance of a broad range of its products next year, including cranking up its desktop PC processors. "Our goal is to hit 4GHz in 2004," Intel President Paul Otellini said during a meeting that was Webcast.

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