Enthusiasts who built their system around the 680i chipset were hit with a curveball after learning their boards would not play nice with Intel's 45nm Penryn quad-core processors (Yorkfield), but EVGA is stepping up to offer their customers an inexpensive consolation. As part of their 680i Motherboard Upgrade Promotion, for the next 59 days, those who registered their 122-CK-NF68-XX motherboards can opt to upgrade to the 780i 132-CK-NF78-XX for $89.99. The new iteration supports Yorkfield processors, PCI-E 2.0 and comes with a 3-way SLI bridge.
RIAA Says 'No' to Ripping CDs
After the Jammie Thomas verdict, the RIAA must feel as though they're on top of the world, and now it appears they're trying to make ripping CDs a punishable offense. In Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA claims that "once the Defendant converted Plaintiffs' recordings into the compressed .mp3 format and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies." Does that mean ripping itself is unauthorized, or the act of putting the ripped files into a shared folder? Because of how the RIAA worded the supplemental brief, no one knows for sure. Stay tuned...
Apple Releases Slew of Patches
Apple has issued several security fixes to the Max OS X and Safari browser yesterday, with a staggering 31 updates going towards the OS. Both 10.4 and 10.5 (Tiger and Leopard) are affected, with fixes targeting a slew of exploits in everything from the Address Book component to iChat and more. The latest round of patches highlight the Mac's rise in popularity, marking the 35th and 36th security update of the year, compared to just 22 sets of patches in 2006.
DS Thrives, Nintendo Frowns on Bundles
In the wake of extremely high demand for the Wii console, Nintendo's DS handheld units have been selling like hotcakes, recording 1.5 million units moved in November. And according to Nintendo's president Reggie Fils-Aime, some retailers have even "voic[ed] concerns about DS inventory going into the holiday." Nintendo has some concerns of their own, namely the practice of retailers forcing expensive Wii bundles onto consumers hoping to pick up the friendly priced gaming console. Asked if Nintendo would threaten offending retailers with fewer shipments, Fils-Aime responded "we are simply making an observation and that reinforces our point quite nicely with retailers." Point taken.
Ruiz's Raise Raises Questions
It's no secret that AMD's found themselves in murky waters ever since Intel awoke from their long Netburst slumber, so it came as a surprise to learn that Hector Ruiz, AMD's CEO, would be receiving a raise. Or is he? According to AMD, it turns out a senior public relations staff member erred when confirming the story, and the reported raise was in reference to Ruiz's bump in salary during 2006 (from $950K to $1,124,000). So while Hector can't claim a big bump in salary, he can still claim to be the highest-paid CEO in semiconductors.
IE Update Blocks Internet
Microsoft's cumulative security update MS07-069, marked as critical, has caused some critical problems for some. Users around the web are complaining that the update breaks IE to the point of not being able to connect to the internet, which would be like installing airbags in your automobile only to find out the ignition no longer works. Affected browsers include both IE6 and IE7.