When AMD released the Socket AM2 platform during May of this year, many expected it to be a huge hit - after all, it supported DDR2, sporting a 30% increase memory bandwidth, and introduced new features such as hardware virtualization. The Socket AM2 platform took what AMD had learned from the Socket 939 platform and built upon it.Now, four months on from launch, and the AM2 platform has been largely sidelined and the Socket 939 platform still dominates mainstream AMD PCs. Why? Where did AMD go wrong with AM2?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.
People are polarized about Windows Vista. Very polarized. While some cannot wait for the final version to be pressed onto DVDs so they can install away to their heart's content, others are very worried about the impact this new operating system will have on the PC landscape.
So, the legal eagles at Apple have finally started to take objection to the word "podcast" and sent a cease and desist letters to a company called Podcast Ready because it claims that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe Apple's trademarks, and that their use will cause confusion among consumers. Is that the real reason? I don't think so.
AMD believes that Apple will eventually buy its CPUs in order to offer an alternative to Intel.
Good news for anyone in Japan wanting a PS3 - Sony have cut the price of the upcoming PlayStation 3 console by 20%. But how does this help everyone else?
Imagine coming across someone who had both an antivirus package and firewall software installed on their PC and yet both were switched off. You'd think that they were pretty dumb, way too brave or a little bit crazy (or they are antivirus researchers!). But the fact is that there are literally millions of Windows XP SP2 users who have a defense mechanism in place that would protect them against many of the vulnerabilities that threaten them, but that protection is, by default, partly disabled.
What files can you play on your Zune (once it's released)? Does the Zune player add viral DRM to files that you share with others? Does Zune's DRM scheme violate Creative Commons license? Let's find out.
Go back a year and there was nothing that Apple could have done that wouldn't have earned them countless column inches of praise in the media. I'm pretty sure that Steve Jobs could have launched an empty cardboard box and, as long as it was white and had the familiar Apple logo on the front, pundits would have hailed it as remarkable. It seemed that Apple couldn't do anything wrong. But over the past few months, there's been a noticeable change in how Apple and their products are being reported.
Yesterday Microsoft released more details on their upcoming Zune player, the mobile device that it hopes will compete head to head again Apple's iPod. Does it have what it takes to be an iPod killer or will it get slaughtered like all the other contenders?
Windows Vista might be delayed until the end of January 2007, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft doesn't have anything coming out in the interim. Yesterday the Microsoft Hardware division launched a huge array of new peripherals in an attempt to lure us away from the traditionally drab keyboards and mice that most PC users are faced with.