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Jammie Thomas plans to appeal $2m RIAA ruling
Jammie Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal the recent court decision ordering her to pay $1.92 million in a case involving the RIAA. The legal battle has followed several twists, with the initial filing only leading to damages totaling $222,000 before the decision was thrown out. The federal jury present for the retrial, however, tacked on another $1.7 million.
"She's not interested in settling," lawyer Joe Sibley told CNET News. "That's one of the main arguments--that the damages are disproportionate to any actual harm."
Thomas-Rasset publicly refused to pay the sizable damages, as each of the 24 copyright infringements carries a price of approximately $80,000. In a separate suit, lead lawyer Kiwi Camara is going after the RIAA for allegedly violating anti-racketeering laws by intimidating defendants into accepting settlements, rather than face legal costs of a lengthy court process.
The RIAA allegedly offered to settle the first case for $25,000, although it is unclear how much the association is seeking for the retrial. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers indicated she would be unwilling to accept the terms of any settlement that required admitting guilt or paying money.
"The defendant can, of course, exercise her legal rights," said RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy. "But what's increasingly clear, now more than ever, is that she is the one responsible for needlessly prolonging this case and refusing to accept any responsibility for the illegal activity that two juries decisively found her liable for."
The attorneys must first file a notice of appeal before proceeding to the next step.
Apple warns of summer overheating for iPhone 3G & 3GS owners
Apple has issued a warning to iPhone customers regarding iPhone 3G and 3GS devices overheating. Sporadic reports have hit internet blogs and gadget sites this week regarding overheating issues with new iPhone 3GS models. Reports from The Telegraph suggest that dozens of users have reported overheating issues. According to some owners the device becomes so hot that it's too hot to pick up and the casing on white 3GS models has turned pink for some.
Apple hasn't officially responded to the overheating claims but earlier this week the company posted a support article warning users if the interior temperature of the device exceeds normal operating temperatures, you may experience the following as it attempts to regulate its temperature:
- The device stops charging
- Display dims
- Weak cellular signal
- Temperature warning screen appears with the message "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it" (see image below)
Apple claims leaving the device in a car on a hot day or using it in direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause the temperature warning. According to the company using battery heavy applications such as GPS and listening to music in direct sunlight will trigger the warning.
DiRT 2 Screenshots
DiRT 2 illustrating the various off-road tracks, including Battersea, Croatia, Morocco and Utah. Look for DiRT 2 to hit PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP.
Check out the screenshots:
Arctic Cooling MX-3 thermal compound
Arctic Cooling has introduced the Arctic MX-3 thermal compound, it's a carbon microparticles compound that ships in 4g tubes. The cooling company claims this new thermal paste performs up to 2.5
EVGA X58 SLI Micro motherboard launched
We showed it to you in our Computex report already, but it's now official. eVGA launched their X58 SLI Micro, a new Micro-ATX motherboard for high-performance LAN party or HTPC systems. It's available on EVGA's website for $199.99.
PR - Now you can get the power, performance and stability of the EVGA X58 motherboards, in a compact size with the EVGA X58 Micro motherboard! This motherboard is based on the same award winning formula of the EVGA X58 motherboard lineup, but now in a mATX form factor. Perfect for any home theater or Lan Party rig!
In addition to the overclocking features that make EVGA boards unique; the EVGA X58 Micro also offers full support for 2-way SLI, 6 DDR3 memory slots and an onboard temperature monitor meaning you can get the full features and performance of a high end gaming rig, in a small space!
Power: The Intel
Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X review
We test the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 Toxic Vapor-X edition graphics card. Armed with a nice vapor chamber heatpipe based cooler and with it's clock frequency locked at a steady 960 MHz, this little beast is ready for some serious gaming action.
And it doesn't stop there though, even the nice phat 1 GB graphics memory is clocked higher at 4200 MHz.
This is seriously one of the best Radeon HD 4890 cards we ever tested.
Check out our review right here.
New Smooth Creations Creation
The bro's at Smooth Creations wanted to create a new 'CPU ranking' PC so they went all wild on building a new system. Now before we continue let me also mention that we have a new Smooth Creations review lined up real soon.
But this rig .. well check it out ... Danger Den blocks and liquid cooling, BFG graphics cards, ASUS Rampage II motherboard, WDC drives in RAID, Core i7 975 at 4.3 GHz. The last thing I heard from the CEO was ' It does 35.500 points in Vantage !!'. Anyway, as always, let the photo's tell the story as we snagged some for you.
Check out the thumbnails you guys, and be amazed. That is a fairly sick build.
Learn more about Smooth Creations here.
MSI MSI 760GTM-P33 launched
MSI introduces the 760GTM-P33 professional mainboard. This mainboard is based on the 760G chipset with ATI HD3000 graphics supporting DirectX 10 and Hybrid CrossfireX. Furthermore, the 760GTM-P33 is equipped with USB Safeguard for protection against ESD damage and TPM technology for safely storing confidential data. Also, MSI's exclusive APS power saving technology ensures this mainboard of power efficiency.
The MSI 760GTM-P33 targets the professional market. Not only is this mainboard Windows 7 Ready, it is also WHQL certified. Additionally, for data security, MSI
Alienware OptX AW2210 1080p LCD display
Alienware launched a new display today that
Einstein Sound Master Photon Ball iPod Dock
Philips prices 56-inch Cinema 21:9 HDTV
Philips has priced its 56-inch, 21:9 aspect ratio Cinema 21:9 HDTV it first introduced just after CES in January. While release dates are still unknown, the TV will cost the equivalent of about $7,400 in Europe. The unique aspect ratio results in a complete absence of horizontal black bars without distorting the image found in movies that are shot in the widescreen format.
While images are not stretched, the TV uses Philips' smart pixel technology to manipulate everything else to fit the screen. The set also has a record number of pixels, at 8.3 million. To get the full benefit of the set, however, users need to play movies recorded on Blu-ray discs.
There is still no indication of exactly when Philips will ship the set in the UK, but as the company announced it is leaving the North American market, the TV will not be sold in the US nor Canada.
Mushkin back into the Graphics Card Market
Mushkin has announced its entry in the graphics card market with the launch of a complete series of GT200-based graphics cards. This new line will be part of the company's ultimateFX family of graphics processing units, which will apparently be comprised of GeForce-based solutions.
As part of the new series, Mushkin has debuted a couple of new products, namely the ultimateFX GeForce GTX260, GTX260 (1792MB), GTX260 OC, GTX260 OC2, GTX275, GTX275 OC, GTX275 OC2, GTX285 and GTX285 (2048MB). As you can see, there are a number of new models waiting to make themselves useful in your high-end desktop PC.
The new cards will be delivered in special little wooden boxes that the company has trademarked as the
Gigabyte P55 motherboard preview (P55-UD4P)
So this sneak preview is merely a quickie session with photo's about Gigabyte's P55 offering.
Meet and greet the Gigabyte P55 UD4P motherboard.
You can find this article right here:
Koolance GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB Water Block
Koolance released their liquid cooling water block for the Single PCB based GeForce GTX 295.
The product can be found under product code (SKU) VID-NX295S. The cooler offers full-durface cooling for the GPU and most important contact points. The package bundles a full-coverage cooling plate also for the the rear-side of the card, where 14 out of 28 of the card's memory chips are located.
Judging from the photo, this block uses nickel-plated copper, topped with an acrylic jacket.
The block is sized at 24.2 cm x 12.3 cm x 1.8 cm, and it weighs art a whopping 1 kg (roughly). It uses a standard G 1/4" nozzle threading. The VID-NX295S priced at US $159.99, and is available from the Koolance store.
Inno3D unveils iChill mini-ITX ION motherboard
Inno3D announced a new mini-ITX motherboard based on NVIDIA's ION platform, the iChill motherboard makes use of the reference design and will likely ship with the single-core Intel Atom N270 and the dual-core Atom 330.
We've yet to hear of confirmation of models or pricing, but we'd expect the board to ship in two flavours - one featuring an integrated single-core Atom N270 processor, and another sporting an integrated dual-core Atom 330.
NVIDIA's ION chipset brings with it a GeForce 9400m IGP, with a GPU clocked at 450MHz and 16 stream processors clocked a 1,100MHz. The board provides two DDR2 DIMM slots, supporting up to 8GB of 667MHz/800MHz RAM, and is bundled with a 90W external power supply.
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Graphics card maker fed up with reference designs
The Inquirer reports major Taiwanese graphics card makers are fed up with ATI's and NVIDIA's forcing of reference graphics card sales. The companies complain the reference designs offer no opportunities for brand recognition and have very poor margins:
How much margin? On average, for every percentage of profit a board vendor gets from selling a reference board, they make 3 per cent from a minor rework, 8 per cent from a major and 20 from a total rework.
The reporter says graphics card vendors are looking forward to Intel's Larrabee, which is expected to give vendors early access to the GPU design so they can release custom designed Larrabee cards at the same time as the chip and its reference design card launch.
But these reworks take time, so there is often a one- or even two-quarter lag between the availability of the reference and the reworked cards. And that erodes profit margins on the reworked cards.
Hence all the board vendors - including the few remaining NV- or ATI-only houses - are eagerly awaiting Intel Larrabee, precisely for the design freedom it is expected to bring.
Well, remember .. it's the inquirer.
More on AMD TWKR CPUs
Recently we already reported about this but AMD has revealed more details on their 'TWKR' Black Edition CPUs. AMD confirmed that TWKR CPUs are designed to handle more voltage, which in turn allows them to safely be cranked up to higher clock speeds provided you have extraordinary cooling.
AMD says that the chips are limited edition parts -- less than 100 CPUs will be made -- and won't be made available to the general public. AMD has posted three TWKR photos on their AMD Unprocessed flickr account, and a new Youtube video has been released showing off their OC'ing prowess (CPUs are OC'ed to speeds in excess of 6.5GHz on LN2 and liquid helium). Here are the highlights straight from AMD:
- The AMD Phenom II X4 42 Black Edition TWKR processor is a limited-edition chip created to provide extreme overclockers with a powerful tool to initiate serious performance.
- Designed to reach the utmost performance barriers under extreme cooling, this part demonstrates AMD's superior engineering design quality.
- The TWKR parts can handle more voltage, scale higher, and run faster than other processors on the market.
- As the same processor that AMD used to demonstrate the record-breaking overclocking potential of AMD Phenom II CPUs earlier this year, the TWKR processor is unmatched in yielding high frequencies at extreme cold temperatures, like in this video here.
- With less than 100 processors worldwide, these TWKR processors will not be for sale.
- AMD is giving these parts to select members of the extreme overclocking community as a tribute for their support and to encourage them to push the limits of overclocking.
- AMD understands that overclocking is not for everyone. For mainstream users that don't push their desktop PCs to the absolute limits, the same engineering that goes into the extreme performance of 'TWKR' processors can be found in every AMD Phenom II processor available today.
NVIDIA GT220 and G210 DX10.1 GPUs surface
More info on the value-oriented G210 (GPU), which will ship with 24 stream processors clocked at 1425MHz, while the graphics core operates at 600MHz. GPU-Z also confirmed 512MB of DDR2 running at 790MHz, although DDR3 support would also be offered. The board's memory interface is just 64-bit, with peak memory bandwidth of 12.6GB/sec. The cards will supposedly sell for $30-$35 and replace today's GeForce 9400 in NVIDIA's lineup.
Upping the performance factor is NVIDIA's GT220 GPU, which was previously codenamed GT216. GT220 ships with 48 shader processors clocked at 1373MHz and 625MHz graphics core clock, while the memory interface is 128-bit wide and runs at 800MHz (although the GPU-Z screenshot indicates 790MHz). VR-Zone says 3 variants will be offered, with each SKU shipping with a different memory type: DDR2, DDR3, or GDDR3. Up to 1GB of memory will be offered and prices will top out at $60.
This GPU is intended to replace the GeForce 9500 family.