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Windows XP SP3 Due Next Month, Report Says

Microsoft will release Windows XP Service Pack 3 during the second half of April, according to a report from a Web site that has correctly predicted recent Windows ship dates. TechARP.com, a Malaysian Web site that nailed Vista SP1’s release-to-manufacturing (RTM) date last month as well as its release to Windows Update last week, said that Microsoft will wrap up work on XP’s third...

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Mozilla says Firefox 3 ready for prime-time

A new version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox Web browser is ready for download with improved security and memory use as the tiny company takes a stab at Microsoft Corp’s dominant Internet Explorer. The program’s creators told Reuters on Thursday that the privately-held company’s trial version of Firefox 3 browser is ready for the masses to use after months of development. Until now, the company...

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Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 Due Next Monday

Now that Windows Vista service pack 1 has been released, all eyes have shifted to Microsoft’s plans for Windows XP service pack 3, the final package of updates for the trusty OS. And, according to at least one source, Microsoft will roll out XP SP3 next Monday. As of Wednesday afternoon Pacific time, the BitTorrent search engine Mininova listed a 568.73 MB Windows XP...

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NVIDIA has interest in CPU company VIA

There may be an actual window of opportunity for graphics chip producer NVidia to acquire some x86 CPU design expertise and production prowess. But as In-Stat’s Jim McGregor told us, there are reasons why NVidia + Via wouldn’t work. There are more than two CPU producers in the known universe, although it’s Intel and AMD that tend to dominate any discussion of it. But...

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Resolve Windows Update issues when downloading Vista SP1

When you try to install Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update you can get error: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is not available for installation from Windows Update and is not offered by Automatic Updates. To help ensure a positive update experience, Windows Update will temporarily not offer Windows Vista SP1 to systems that have the following device drivers. In some cases, these device...

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Vista SP1 and XP SP3 public release expected this week

Microsoft is poised to release Windows Vista Service Pack (SP1) to the retail channel this week. And the final release-to-manufacturing (RTM) of Windows XP SP3 is not far behind, according to testing sources. Amazon.com has published to its site Vista SP1 availability dates of Wednesday March 19. (Thanks to Computerworld for spotting Amazon’s SP1 availability notice.) Microsoft officials have been saying for the past...

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Intel Plans to Speed Up Introduction of Nehalem Microprocessors

Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of microprocessors, may bring the introduction of its microprocessors based on the next-generation micro-architecture code-named Nehalem forward. The decision will add pressure on Advanced Micro Devices in the market of dual-processor servers. According to diagrams that represent slides from Intel Corp.’s transition guidance documents published by VR-Zone web-site, the fist Intel’s code-named Bloomfield central processing units (CPUs) for...

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Now bigger, Google prepares to get smaller

Although yesterday’s completion of the Google + DoubleClick deal gives the combined business a big boost against Yahoo and Microsoft, Google is already planning staff layoffs. “I’m pleased to share the news that we completed our acquisition of DoubleClick today,” Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt wrote in his blog yesterday, when the ink on the deal was still barely dry. “An immediate task...

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Windows Eee PC Will Outsell Linux Version, Says Asus

Asus predicts the Eee PC it has started selling with Microsoft Windows XP Home edition on board will outsell the original Linux-based version by a ratio of 6 to 4 in the market by the end of this year, a heady prediction considering the Windows machine costs nearly twice as much as the cheapest Linux one. The company has forecast Eee PC shipments at...

The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet?

The IPv6 experience: Are you experienced yet?

Now that ICANN is in the process of upgrading its root servers to handle IPv6 records, somebody has to get the word out to businesses about the benefits of the updated protocol. The Internet Engineering Task Force is hosting the “IPv6 Experience” in Philadelphia, a meeting geared largely toward generating interest in the next generation IP. One activity at the convention is an immersive...