Daily News Brief: Brain Age Creator Turns Down Royalties


Brain Age Creator Refuses Royalties

By all accounts, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima should be living a life of luxury surrounded by extravagant toys and feasting on fine dining. He's earned that right after his Brain Age series of games sold 17 million copies, netting $22 million in royalties, half of which he is entitled to. But much to the chagrin of family and friends, Kawashima hasn't taken a cent for himself, instead donating his share to fund research and build new laboratories where he works at Tohoku University's Institute of Development, Aging, and Cancer. Not to be outdone, rumor has it that Associate Editor David Murphy plans to donate both his salary and collection of lolcats to upgrade the Maximum PC labs.

Intel Details Tukwila Processor

When talking about Intel, focus usually shifts towards Penryn and the upcoming Nehalem processors, but what of their Itanium lineup? Announcing the biggest processor ever made, Intel's Itanium team served up specs for Tukwila. The 65nm chip will rank as the first quad-core part in the Itanium line, and will be the first 2 billion transistor CPU. A whopping 30MB L2 cache will flank the cores, and the new processor will feature a QuickPath interconnect, similar to AMD's HyperTransport. Tukwila is expected to ship by year's end.

PSP Burns Student

One Detroit area seventh grader felt something warm rush down his leg, but it had nothing to do with gym class angst. The sensation came from a Playstation Portable as the battery overheated and started to leak. The student was taken to a local hospital to treat minor burns, but what caused the battery to overheat is not yet known. See a video of the charred PSP here .

Double-Check Those Links!

Oops! While visiting his local bank, a blogger at BuggStompers picked up a brochure titled " Protect Yourself From Malware, " but a closer examination revealed a potentially dangerous typo. The brochure recommends running Spybot Search & Destroy, a popular and effective anti-spyware program, but points readers to the wrong website. Instead of directing patrons to www.safer-networking.org , the brochure lists www.spy-bot.net. The latter is in no way affiliated with the former, and in fact Spybot Search & Destroy recognizes the latter as malicious software. Could it be a false positive? Possibly, but the lesson remains: Double-check those links!

AMD Looks Beyond Processors

Processors continue to add more cores and transistors, but it's the software that isn't keeping up. Mainstream multi-threaded applications are few and far between. Chuck Moore, an AMD Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer of processor design, says AMD is looking at other subsystems and pieces of hardware as accelerators to increase performance. To give a real-world example, AMD's working on combining CPUs and GPUs on the same slice of silicon. Read more here .

New iPhone and iPod Touch Still Vulnerable

Earlier this week Apple began selling new, larger capacity versions of both the iPhone and iPod touch. Save for the amount of storage, both new models are identical to previous iterations, including a security vulnerability which affects units with firmware 1.0.2 up to 1.1.3. The bug, which activates when visiting a site containing the malicious code, has only been known since January 24th.

Deposit Checks at Home

Driving to your bank to deposit checks may soon become old fashioned. In its place, online banking service provider CheckFree Corp. is gearing up to offer Remote Desposit Capture . By using this feature, users can scan their checks at home and deposit them electronically, bypassing both gas prices and waiting in line. The service will go live this week.

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