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Intel on AMD's early dual-core wins: "Not so fast"

Updated: Literally and figuratively.Still smarting from having to swallow its pride over the success of AMD's 32/64 hybrid technology (AMD64), Intel appears once again to be on the short end of AMD's technological stick -- this time, over dual-core chip technology (the technology that basically packs two CPUs into one chip).

May 9, 2005 by David Berlind

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The missing glue in the fight against malware

While at Interop in Las Vegas, I was treated to dinner by representatives of Tenebril, developers of the anti-spyware product SpyCatcher.  At the table to convince me that the practically unknown security solution provider is a player to be reckoned with in the anti-spyware market were its newly installed vice presidents of marketing and communications Fred Felman and Te Smith (respectively).

May 9, 2005 by David Berlind

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PalmOne--iPod killer?

I've had a HP PocketPC device for about a year and a half now, ever since I bought it at the 2003 Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. It basically served as an expensive doorstop for about six months, as I lacked a Wi-Fi network, and handhelds are only marginally useful (at least for me) in the absence of a Wi-Fi network.

May 8, 2005 by John Carroll

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Dual cores to rule by 2007

According to Gartner's Martin Reynolds, dual-core processors will deliver the greatest advance in performance since the introduction of the 386 way back when (1987), and outpace single cores in sales by 2007. Some software tuning is needed to optimize for the dual cores,  but performance will be far better than a single core of equilvalent speed for some applications--such as servers running virtualization software, media editing, CAD and games.

May 6, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Coursey: PDF/military fiasco was 'avoidable'

Indeed it was.  Earlier this week, the misuse of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) to publish the Pentagon's findings in the death of an Italian intelligence agent resulted in the inadvertent release of classified military information.

May 6, 2005 by David Berlind

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Microsoft's Portable Media Centers: a strong monoculture headstart

Earlier this year, I wrote a column that asked whether Microsoft's monoculture might take the 'pod' out of podcasting?   In an online whiteboard session (see the video) I explain the phenomenon in more detail and talk about how a monoculture in media player technologies could also lead to a monoculuture in digital rights management (DRM) since the two, at least for now, are inextricably linked.

May 6, 2005 by David Berlind

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Remixing Google Maps

The other day, someone asked me: "do you know of a mapping service on the Internet that shows you drive times as a set of contour lines from a particular location?" I said I didn't, but someone could probably code it up in an hour or two on top of Google Maps.

May 5, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Microsoft plays Johnny Appleseed

Microsoft invests billions in R&D and now wants to seed the market of startups and small businesses by licensing its intellectual property. Microsoft has been licensing IP to larger firms, but the new Johnny Appleseed (no reference to Apple intended other than this is a good idea for Apple R&D as well) brings the company benefits in several dimensions.

May 5, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The remedy for spyware--not anytime soon, part II

Updated 5/16: Yesterday I blogged the early morning session of the CNET Download.com-hosted spyware event (MP3 files of all the panel discussions are here--registration required), concluding that the two sides--adware/spyware purveyors and their antitheses--are not far along in formulating a truce that would reduce at least the non-rogue/organized crime induced failures to disclosure and other abuses that result in minor irritants to material harm.

May 4, 2005 by Dan Farber

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