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We have just posted up Episode #20 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and some details on how you can more free stuff.


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Bing Maps StreetSide View 1:36
Microsoft is trying to raise the bar when it comes to Bing Maps.  They are directly competing with Google Maps and Bing adds aerial views as well as Streetview that incorporates Photosynth.  This looks very sweet and has a lot of possibilities.  You can read more about it at the Bing Blog over here.
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Lenovo shows off AMD Thinkpads. 11:00
It could be the fact that AMD and Intel have settled, AMD “Congo” processors are starting to show up in different company’s netbooks.   This chip should compete with the Intel Atom – so nothing ground-breaking in terms of performance, it is nice to see AMD competing and MSI is showing support and Hexus has a review comparing with an Intel CULV and an Atom.

ASUS is Prepping Phone-Based PC Overclocking for Future Motherboard 18:19
If you love overclocking and gadget, ASUS is prepping Bluetooth-enabled overclocking from your phone.  It appears that there will be apps for Windows Mobile, Symbian (Nokia) and Android.  No word yet on an iPhone app, but it looks pretty sweet.

Psystar Said to have a deal with Apple 23:18
Apple has repeatedly sued clone-maker Psystar and they have sued back.  A trial date has been set and we could see the end of Psystar starting early in January of next year when the official trial starts.

Release Date for Office 2010 26:20
Microsoft has a new lineup of products coming down the pipe in 2010 and there is an approximate date set for the release of Office 2010.  You don’t have to wait if you want to try out the beta.  It seems to be pretty solid and you can get it for free – for a limited time.  Download the beta over here.

Microsoft to switch internal focus to Windows 8 in 2010 32:47
It looks like Windows is already trying to build on the success of Windows 7 and hopefully their early switch to Windows 8 doesn’t signify the end of support or fixing Windows 7.  I believe that this signifies the entry of 128-bit CPUs and other hardware instead of a major new release.

Dell facing massive E6400 and E6500 overheating and underclocking problem? 35:34
Jason is a big supporter of the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad “T” series and they’ve never had any cooling issues in this lineup.  Dell is trying to release some new firmware that will help resolve this issue, but at this point these notebooks are pretty screwed.  Good luck if “Dude, you got a Dell?”

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What happened to the cool music at the start of the show? Did it get stuck in a snowbank?

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lol. I thought I'd try something different.  A little Walter Cronkite...  It will be back next week.

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The only upside to AMD entering the netbook market would be be better integrated video and possibly lower prices. Performance from the new Congo chips doesn't seem to be anything groundbreaking. The better graphical capabilites are a definite plus in my book, but that would seem like it'd draw more power and I doubt gaming should ever need to be a priority on a netbook. I'm just waiting for Intel to release the Pinetrail platform at this point for the on-die memory and graphics controller and even longer battery life.

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The only upside to AMD entering the netbook market would be be better integrated video and possibly lower prices. Performance from the new Congo chips doesn't seem to be anything groundbreaking. The better graphical capabilites are a definite plus in my book, but that would seem like it'd draw more power and I doubt gaming should ever need to be a priority on a netbook. I'm just waiting for Intel to release the Pinetrail platform at this point for the on-die memory and graphics controller and even longer battery life.

Not to mention Nvidia has Ion and Tegra which are pretty stupid kick ass. HD output and 1w power consumption! think of how long that battery will last!
Nvidia even claims smooth gaming capability for non-graphic intensive games like WoW.

I don't know how solid Intel's graphics comptition for Nvidia's stuff are for the netbook but its highly doubtful they got anything that can compete with the Ion and Tegra when they even recently cancelled their Larabee.