Sun Microsystems Rejects IBM Acquisition Offer
Just a few days ago, we reported about a possible acquisition of Sun Microsystems by IBM. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal announced though that "Sun's board rejected a formal acquisition offer by IBM on Saturday, sending a notice terminating Sun's agreement to negotiate exclusively with IBM. IBM on Sunday withdrew its offer to buy Sun, said a person informed about the situation.
Why Sun rejected the offer remains a mystery so far, as they did not release any kind of statement or information regarding their decision. Especially, since IBM offered about twice the value per share, as Sun was traded for, compared to March when the talks had started. Apparently Sun had already approached 20 other possible companies which all rejected or at least were unwilling to take any risk by buying Sun Microsystems.
This means that should these takeover talks completely collapse, Sun would have to face a very bumpy road ahead, though:
"Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein, said the Sun "board is going to have a lot of explaining to do if they turned down an offer of $9.40 a share," noting Sun's recent stock lows and the deteriorating outlook for tech spending. He added that the public disclosure of the talks with IBM "casts uncertainty among customers about Sun's future."
Download: EVGA Precision v1.6.1
eVGA precision allows you to fine tune your GeForce graphics card for the maximum performance possible, with Core/Shader/Memory clock tuning, real time monitoring support including in-game, Logitech Keyboard LCD Display support, and compatibility with almost all EVGA (and other) graphics cards.
EVGA Precision v1.6.1 (2009-04-1)
- Added PCB temperature monitoring (also known as board, ambient or environment temperature in other hardware monitoring tools) for display adapters equipped with additional thermal sensors (e.g. 8800GTX or GTX 200 series).
- Added workaround for NVIDIA driver's internal fan control timing issues causing wrong fan speed to be displayed on the slider during switching from automatic to manual fan control mode on display adapters equipped with discrete ADT7473 fan controllers under certain conditions.
- Added new OSD tab to advanced Precision settings window. New tab allows users to define global hotkeys for toggling On-Screen Display visibility and allows disabling On-Screen Display header.
- Now Precision can display system time in On-Screen Display header.
- EVGA On-Screen Display Server has been updated to version 3.2.1. New version includes improved exception handling and no longer crashes on startup after closing the previous running instance of the server improperly (e.g. due to crash or due to forcible server process killing via the task manager).
- Various code and skin engine cleanups and optimizations.
Download - click here.
Shoot'em up video games sharpen vision: study
Smooth Creations Redeemer Mobile Core i7
Smoothcreations today, in collaboration with BFG, are proud to announce the Smoothcreations
OCZ releases UPS
OCZ Technology unveiled the Pro-Source 1500, the first Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) from PC Power & Cooling. Built for absolute stability and reliability from one of the most trusted names in power supplies, the Pro-Source 1500 UPS is the cost effective power protection solution for today
Windows users will be allowed to downgrade to XP from Win7, skip Vista
Windows XP is a solid operating system, if a bit outdated. The Windows 7 Beta has been promising, and is a definite improvement in both speed and stability over Windows Vista. However, some people might not share my warm feelings towards Microsoft
Samsung debuts pair of eco-friendly LCDs
Samsung in its home market of Korea unveiled the SyncMaster 70 Series of LCD monitors, made up of 20- and 23-inch models. Each is made with an emphasis on environmental friendliness, and are said to use up one third less energy than Samsung's regular LCD panels of the same size. Featuring the company's Touch of Color design, the only hard specs known at this time include a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1 and a 2ms panel response time.
Neither a release date nor pricing information have been released by Samsung.
Inside the Google data center (video)
Spiotted this on on techamok today, Google provided a look inside its data center operations at the Google Data Center Efficiency Summit held Wednesday in Mountain View, Calif. The presentations included a video tour of a Google data center, which showcased the companys use of shipping containers to store servers and storage.
Each of these 40-foot data center containers can house up to 1,160 servers, and Google has been using them since it began building its own facilities in 2005.
It's extremely crappy cam, but still interesting for sure.
Nvidia DX11 Ocean technology demo
The demo shows a real-time simulated ocean under twilight lighting condition. To obtain good looking wave crests, a rather large height field has to be employed. With Microsoft's newly introduced DirectX Compute Shader we can efficiently perform FFT on GPU, thus greatly improving the performance and image quality.
The water surface is mainly modeled after Jerry Tessendorf's statistic method described in the paper "Simulating Ocean Water", which is one of the most popular techniques used for water effect in todays games. Although the algorithm itself is capable of producing visually impressive result from a presumed statistic model (Phillips spectrum), previous implementations are often limited to a relatively small height field, e.g. 64x64 or 128x128, due to the slow FFT code path on CPU. For example, the demo shown here executes three 512x512 Fourier transforms on a per frame basis. On a GTX280, the transforms can be finished within 2 milliseconds.
eVGA x58 SLI Classified motherboard review
Armed at the really enthusiast end-users that wanted to create something so special and exclusive that it would bring shock and awe in the retail channel. You better bring along some dough though ! Click here for a full review on the latest and greatest from eVGA.
You can click on this link to read the full 20 page review.
Semiconductor Industry Reports 30 Percent Sales Decline
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), leading voice for the semiconductor industry, reported in a press release that the worldwide sales of semiconductors in February 2009 declined by 30.4 percent compared to February 2008 sales:
ESWC is dead, company enters liquidation
The result was that Games-Services has now entered liquidation, in other words ceased all business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities (its debts). Matthieu Dallon sent out a release in March stating that the ESWC organisers were "facing a serious cash flow crisis."
Games-Services made it official after posting an announcement earlier today on their website confirming the cease of all activities.
"Games-Services SA ceases all activities. Its liquidation has been pronounced by the Commercial Court of Paris March 30, 2009. In consequence, all the employees and managers have been relieved from their duties and laid off April 2nd, by the adjudication.
The process of liquidation, which is starting this week, will notably organize the potential trade-in or resale of the company
ECS N9600GTE and N9800GTE ECS with Enduring Design
After all the new graphics cards unleashed lateley, this is like going back in time. ECS announced their GTE series of graphics cards, which come with an Artic cooler cooling solution and seem tro have a better TDPs (lower power consumption).
Press-release: ECS announces the latest N9800GTE-1GMU-F/ N9600GTE-1GMU-F graphics card delivering unprecedented gaming pleasure with unique
Promise SmartStor NS4600 and DS4300
If your hand have been itching to get some new storage then you
ASUS Radeon HD 4890 with voltage tweak options
Aah see, now this is intresting. ASUS has introduced its overclocked Radeon HD 4890 series, the EAH4890 TOP with 900MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 4000MHz, versus a 850MHz core and 3900MHz memory on the default cards.
This EAH4890 graphics cards come with Voltage Tweak technology and enables users to push the GPU voltage from 1.312V to 1.4V, and overclock the card to 950MHz core and 4600MHz memory. According to ASUS, this will result in a 15 percent performance boost in 3DMark Vantage over default Radeon HD 4890 cards.
PR - ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the ASUS EAH4890 Series
Video: How ATI graphics cards are made
Virus-built battery built by MIT
The new virus-produced batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being considered to power plug-in hybrid cars, and they could also be used to power a range of personal electronic devices, said Angela Belcher, the MIT materials scientist who led the research team.
The new batteries, described in the April 2 online edition of Science, could be manufactured with a cheap and environmentally benign process: The synthesis takes place at and below room temperature and requires no harmful organic solvents, and the materials that go into the battery are non-toxic.
In a traditional lithium-ion battery, lithium ions flow between a negatively charged anode, usually graphite, and the positively charged cathode, usually cobalt oxide or lithium iron phosphate. Three years ago, an MIT team led by Belcher reported that it had engineered viruses that could build an anode by coating themselves with cobalt oxide and gold and self-assembling to form a nanowire.
Check out more on this topic at MIT
GeForce GTX 275 Overclock guide
Two days ago we showed you how to overclock the all new Radeon HD 4890. Today the turn goes to the new GeForce GTX 275. See, you picked up this GeForce GTX 275 for 229 EUR, a card full of livelihood, performance and bang for buck.
But heck, you are guru ... you want more. Here's where we present you an overclocking guide. The end result of 2 minutes work is 10 to 15 percent more performance.
Read this article right here.