The days of tax-free purchases for online shoppers are numbered, feel
many experts. A new law in New York has made sales tax mandatory on
internet purchases. This has widened the grin on the faces of offline
store managers in the state, who expect some internet shoppers to turn
their attention and wallets towards them. New York might have just
shown the way to other states that are deliberating upon ways to tax
Read on to see why this is happening, and whether you'll be affected.
We've become all too accustomed to watching release dates go by the wayside, only to wait weeks (or even months!) until a released product appears on store shelves. These paper launches are the bane of system builders anxiously anticipating an upcoming upgrade, and major kudos goes to AMD for releasing its HD 4850 almost a full week ahead of schedule! First run batches come equipped with GDDR3 RAM with GDDR5 expected later this year, along with all the requisite goodies (CrossFire, PCI-E 2.0, DirectX 10.1). Mail-in-rebates have already started popping up, pushing pricing down to into $170ish territory. The ahead-of-schedule release comes just one day after Nvidia announced its 9800GTX+ refresh, which the company claims will outperform the HD 4850.
Social networking Netizens are flocking to Facebook in record numbers, helping the site claim more unique visitors in May than its closet competitor, MySpace. Facebook also enjoyed a slight edge in April at 116.4 million visitors compared to MySpace's 115.7, but a 6 percent increase in unique hits in May pushed the disparity even further to a 123.9 million versus 114.6 million advantage. This comes less than a year after Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook, valuing the company at a staggering $15 billion. But for all that it's gained globally, Facebook still trails MySpace in the US where the majority of advertising dollars are to be won.
While we may not see a Duke Nukem Forever
build anytime soon, WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator) -- now preferably
written simply as Wine -- has gone gold after a decade and a half in
The 1.0 release of this Windows compatibility layer for Linux allows
non-Windows (x86 based Unixes including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX and
Solaris) users to run their Windows apps without having to install a
Steady vibrations can spell doom for the delicate moving parts inside a hard drive, and for this reason HDD manufacturers employ several technologies aimed at reducing these menacing motions. One such technology involves "Shaping Command Inputs to Minimize Unwanted Dynamics," for which engineering company Convolve holds the patent. The technology can be used to limit vibrations of a hard drive's actuator arm, and according to a recent court complaint, Convolve believes Dell, Western Digital, and Hitachi are all infringing on its patent. Going for the legal hat trick, Convolve is suing for monetary damages, attorney fees, and compensatory damages.
may or may not be aware that Saturday, June 21 is World Music Day -- or Fête de la Musique, as it was first named when it started in Paris in 1982. Today it's a
festival celebrated on the summer solstice -- sometimes all night long
-- in over 100 countries.
And while musicians are celebrating -- as musicians so often do -- the analysts at IBISWorld are noting continued declines in the traditional recorded music industry.
If you already own an R2D2 droid, then move along. For everyone else, be prepared to beam 3D images to and fro in the not too distant future. That is, if you're drinking the same Kool-Aid as Infosys. The ambitious tech company promises a holographic handset by 2010. With it, you'll be able to capture and send 3D snapshots by taking a series of 2D shots and using an algorithm to transform and calculate the extra third dimension. Infosys also envisions the technology being used in games, movies, and more.
Having trouble sitting still in front of your webcam? A Turkish programmer hopes his new software will make it so you don't have to. Compiled with C/C++, TrackEye zeros in on your eyes to follow your noggin around. But more than just a simple webcam trick, TrackEye can be modified to remotely control other devices using eye movements. The author of the programs says he drew inspiration for his eye tracking software so that his friend's paralyzed mother could continue to use her computer. Nifty!
openSUSE 11 officially premiered yesterday with more than 200 new features specific to openSUSE and a redesigned installer that makes openSUSE even easier to install (and if you've ever installed it before, it was pretty darn easy then).
If you're into bling (and who doesn't like a little bling), there is the 3-D desktop app Compiz Fusion and it is now default in openSUSE 11.0. It includes a number of Compiz plugins, as well as easier configuration with Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager (CCSM) and the more comprehensive CompizConfig Settings Manager that lets you do detailed configuration of your Compiz setup.
Microsoft has issued a challenge for developers and newbie developers worldwide to use Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 2.0 to build their game for the Xbox 360. This year they are accepting teams from 1 to 7 people to compete. First prize is $40,000, second is $20,000, third $10,000, and fourth is $5,000.
The deadline is September 23, 2008, after which the judges will be choosing the best entries on 3 main criteria: Fun Factor (40%), Innovation (30%), and Production Quality (30%).