AMD's long anticipated Phenom officially launched today with the 9500 (2.2GHz) and 9600 (2.3GHz) processors, and many had hoped the new lineup would reclaim the performance crown currently worn by Intel's Core 2 architecture. But as Anandtech concludes, "If you were looking for a changing of the guard today it's just not going to happen. Phenom is, clock for clock, slower than Core 2." Initial pricing doesn't look poised to win over enthusiasts either. The Phenom processor launch is all part of AMD's Spider campaign, which consists of pairing the new CPUs with a 3800 series videocard and a 7 series chipst.
Consumers aren't the only ones growing weary of the high definition format war, and rather than wait for a victor to emerge, Warner announced at CES 2007 plans to release a dual-format disc called Total HD. The wonder-discs would play on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray players, and were expected to hit retail sometime in 2008. But Warner's SVP Jim Noonan recently stated that plans for Total HD are on hold and "wouldn't really provide the solution to our retail partners that it was intended to provide."
Pioneer Pounces on Online TV
A new TV service created by Pioneer promises downloadable DVD quality content. The service, called SyncTV, will offer individual channel subscriptions for $2-$4/month, with episode download options available for an additional fee. No word yet on how many or which channels will be included, or when the service will go live. Currently undergoing internal testing, select beta testers will get a chance to try out SyncTV this January.
Apple Playing iSpy?
Concerned that someone may have access to your weather watching habits or which stocks you find of interest? If so, the iPhone may not be for you. According to Uneasy Silence, Apple's been collecting user data when using their weather and stock applications. Of course, you agreed to this in the EULA, as well as sending other types of 'personal information relevant to the situation.'
Amazon E-xcited over E-books
But are you? Amazon unveiled the Kindle today, a handheld reader for digital books, newspapers, and magazines from the internet. The Kindle goes through Sprint's EVDO connection, so users can download on the go rather than rely on a nearby PC. The 6-inch, 800x600 display boasts good viewing from different angles, but are consumers ready to pay $399 for the luxury?