In a press release issued today, NVIDIA announced they have "signed a definitive agreement to acquire AGEIA Technologies, Inc," putting an end to internet speculation tieing the two companies together. AGEIA's stand-alone PhysX card showed some promise in early demos, but widespread developer support never materialized, and as Maximum PC's Michael Brown puts it, there was never "any reason why Maximum PC readers should buy one." Could the buyout change the outlook for physics processing? Will next generation NVIDIA videocards sport a dedicated PhysX chip? Details will surely emerge, so stay tuned!...
Google's 20 Year Plan
It's tough enough to stay competitive in the tech industry, and dealing with turnover among top-level executives only adds to the many challenges. Just ask AMD, who's seen a mass exodus among their brass in recent times while struggling to compete with Intel, or Yahoo, who's in the midst of a restructuring plan. Google would appear to have the leg up in this area, if a recent interview with Fortune Magazine is any indication. In it, Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, along with CEO Eric Schmidt, reveal a 20 year pact to remain with the company, which is longer than many marriages. Read more of what they had to say here.
Search Engine Showdown
Last week we wrote about Microsoft's $44.6 billon takeover bid of Yahoo, and the Maximum PC Editors shared their thoughts in Friday's No BS Podcast. Now it's Googles turn to speak out. David Drummond, Google's Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, had much to say in his blog, claiming the "hostile bid for Yahoo! raises troubling questions." Drummond calls to question Microsoft's "legacy of serious legal and regulatory offenses" and vows to explore the proposed acquisition. Fighting words, perhaps?
Xbox 360 Arcade Landing in Japan
Microsoft's Xbox 360 has struggled to compete with Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Wii in Japan, which some critics attribute with the catalog of fast -paced, violent games. But could it be the price? Microsoft will soon find out, as they gear up to launch the Xbox 360 Arcade in Japan on March 6, bringing the cost of entry down from 34,800 yen ($326 USD) to 27,800 yen ($260) for the next-gen console. That's about $20 less than what it sells for in the U.S.
How Safe are Cell Phones?
Last Friday the FDA quelled concerns over previous reports stating iPods may cause interference with pacemakers, and gadget toting technophobes get another bit of good news this week. According to Bernard Steward, a University of New South Wales professor, cell phones are unlikely to cause cancer. Stewart's conclusion is based on his new risk-ranking system, which lists the risks of cancer from proven and likely to inferred, unknown, or unlikely. Also included in the study were breast implants, deodorants, coffee, and water with added fluoride. Read more here.
Beep Beep Boop (Fill'er Up Please)
Filling up your vehicle in inclement weather means braving gusty winds, spattering rain, or the chilly snow. It's enough to make you long for the days of yore when full service stations were the norm. Gas attendants aren't making a comeback en masse, but if you live in the Netherlands, don't be surprised to see a robotic arm reaching out to give you a hand. Dutch inventors unveiled a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fueling robot. The electronic arm works with any car whose tank doesn't require a key. Start brushing up on your binary now.
More Delays on AMD's Horizon
DigiTimes is reporting AMD will launch their triple-core Phenom 8400 and 8600 at CeBIT 2008 along with a low power quad-core Phenom 9100e. According to the report, not making an appearance will be the quad-core Phenom 9700 and 9900 processors. Citing un -named motherboard maker sources, both processors are being delayed due to the TLB bug. More details here.