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AMD Phenom pricing
2007-11-05 02:58:00
The pricing for the AMD phenoms has arrived, but as to whether this is the final pricing for the latest offering from AMD, nobody ain't sure of it yet. But sources say it should be close or rather correct. So folks, get set for an AMD christmas!!!Phenom is the latest offering from AMD which is quad-core competing with Intel's quad-core.
Sneak Peek: AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores, Spider Graphics Platform
2007-11-05 02:49:00
Advanced Micro Devices is getting set to launch its first quad-core desktop processor and accompanying Spider platform for high-performance desktop systems. The specific details are under lock and key until the release date, but Spider is coming sooner than earlier reports indicated, and it's the first desktop platform from AMD that was built from the ground up in concert with the chipmaker's graphics division, ATI.The Spider release will coincide with AMD's launch of its Phenom quad-core desktop processor. That's no accident, as the platform was built to integrate Phenom with a new series of GPUs and chipsets from ATI that will be released alongside the new CPU. AMD acquired the maker of graphic processors, chipsets and video display cards last October.Oh, and one quick note, in case you missed it -- Phenom isn't a codename. It's the name of the new brand AMD is launching with these quad-core chips.Phenom's specs are impressive. It will come as no surprise that the chip's "...
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The Firewall In The Mac OSX Leopard Is Mostly Useless, Say Experts
2007-11-05 02:46:00
"Best firewall – no firewall" has been a common joke in the IT world for some time. However, it seems that Apple has taken it for serious, and their latest released OS goes to prove it.As Heise Security's report points out, the firewall included in the Leopard OS managed to fail every security test performed by the firm. - Now that's a bummerJurgen Schmidt writes:“The most important task for any firewall is to keep out uninvited guests. In particular, this means sealing off local services to prevent access from potentially hostile networks, such as the Internet or wireless networks.But a quick look at the firewall configuration in the Mac OS X Leopard shows that it is unable to do this. By default it is set to "Allow all incoming connections," i.e. it is deactivated. Worse still, a user who, for security purposes, has previously activated the firewall on his or her Mac will find that, after upgrading to Leopard, the system restarts with the firewall deactivated.”Also, it see...
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iPhone will cost a minimum of €1601 in Germany !
2007-11-05 02:41:00
As you may have known, in Germany iPhone sales will start on November 9th.The cheapest subscription will cost €49 per month, for a minimum of 24 months.And the iPhone and its activation will cost €425 ( 400+25)so the minimum a iPhone will cost is €1601 in GermanyThe cheapest subscription includes, unlimited data transfer, 100 calling minutes and 40 SMS.While the other two subscription ( €65 & €85 per month ) the iPhone will cost €2081 and €2561Its certainly a different way to calculate the cost of a iPhone. But it gives a rough guide of how the whole iPhone package costs.
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Aussie student makes copper broadband faster
2007-10-26 04:00:00
Up to 200 times quickerA MELBOURNE PhD student has worked out a way to make copper broadband technology 200 times faster.John Papandriopoulos has managed to get a signal down a copper line at 250Mbps compared with the top speed of 1-20Mbps that can be managed now.Papandriopoulos has patent applications for the technology being processed in the US and Australia, won one of Melbourne University's top academic prizes yesterday.He told that telephone wiring is poor quality and was not designed for high-speed internet when it was created.One of the things that slows down broadband is the fact that a telephone line interferes with a neighbour's.Papandriopoulos' uses mathematic modelling to reduce the interference that slows down downloading.
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Vista deludes itself into thinking driver upgrades are major changes
2007-10-25 06:19:00
A FEATURE in Microsoft Vista means that something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation.According to APC mag, minor upgrades to your desktop will result in your PC going into "reduced functionality" mode, where you can't do anything but use the web browser for half an hour.You'll then need to reapply to Microsoft to get a new activation code.Hack, James Bannan noticed the flaw when he swapped over the graphics card on his Vista Ultimate box. A few days later he got a Windows Activation prompt and had to speak to a Microsoft customer service representative before he got all his functionality back and the feeling in his toes.Wondering why he got the shut down request, Bannon obtained some tools from Microsoft which listed all the hardware changes on that machine since activation. Vista thought his disk controller had changed, so the graphics card change was the final change which tripped deactivation.But Bannan had not...
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Wii bubble set to burst
2007-10-25 06:18:00
It sits at home and gathers dustAccording to the Nikkei magazine, although many Japanese homes have a Wii, they hardly get any use.One developer quoted in the article said that people had a Wii out of curiosity and have not needed to use it since.Many companies who rushed to support the console are finding that their support has not translated into sales.It seems that only Nintendo, who had more time to plan its Wii titles, is the only outfit benefiting from the Wii's success.Sales of the console fell in September which suggests that the Wii bubble is starting to burst.
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3 Nehalem processors in Q4 2008
2007-10-25 06:17:00
It looks like the eight core, sixteen thread Nehalem based CPUs will launch in 2009. According to the current plan Intel doesn’t intend to launch an eight core Nehalem in Q4 2008 .The top Bloomfield / Nehalem generation 45 nm CPU will meet the 130W TDP and is supposed to be the successor of soon to be launched QX9770, a 3.2GHz Yorkfield based CPU.All new Nehalem CPUs will use the new socket LGA 1366 and have four cores and eight threads. This is understandable as the new Nehalem CPU supports DDR3 and has a memory controller on board.All three CPUs to launch in Q4 2008 are codenamed Bloomfield but the slower parts are positioned as the ones that will replace sub 3GHz non extreme edition Yorkfield quad core parts.Even these parts have 130W TDP and they supports Intel Visualization Technology, Intel's trusted execution and more importantly Spead step, executive bit and Intel’s 64 marchitecture.All these CPUs are scheduled for Q4 2008 introduction.
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What do 16,000 people 'do' at Google?
2007-10-23 04:35:00
On Thursday, the company reported gains of 50 percent or so in quarterly profit and revenue from a year ago, beating analyst expectations. It wasn't a stellar quarter, but it was pretty darn good.The notable thing was the hiring. The company added 2,130 workers to its roster, bringing the head count to 15,916. What do nearly 16,000 people do at a company that doesn't make widgets (at least in the hardware manufacturing sense of the word)?That's an average of about 35 people showing up for their first day of work each business day during the past three months. Granted, that is in offices around the world, but still, that's impressive. By comparison, Yahoo has 13,600 employees, after hiring 1,200 during the past quarter. (Actually, when you think about it, that's even more crazy given the need for Yahoo to retrench right now.)Those numbers may seem surprising given the fact that Google attributed last quarter's 3-cent earnings miss to overspending on hiring, and promised to curb...
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Microsoft Windows 7 revealed
2007-10-21 06:43:00
Still hesitating about the big move to Vista? Maybe you're best off waiting for Windows 7, the successor to Vista, which Microsoft is already hard at work on. Where's the proof? Long Zheng, the Australian hacker behind the blog istartedsomething, has posted a clip from what seems to be the first public demonstration of the forthcoming operating system. Sure, it's not scheduled to be released until 2010, but still, when it arrives, it'll be super neat-and well worth the wait! Let's cros our fingers that the software is not bloated as always since the kernel has been stripped down to only 25MB.So what can be gleaned from the video? The portion Zheng highlights is a discussion of the Windows 7 core, which turns out to be a relatively lean machine. In it, engineer Eric Traut shows off a streamlined app called MinWin, not a product itself but probably the basis for future products, he points out. The Windows 7 source code is about 25MB on disk, an interesting comparison to the 4GB t...
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AMD already produces 45nm CPUs
2007-10-21 06:42:00
Although we still haven't seen the native quad-core Messiah known as Phenom, AMD is already starting to talk about 45nm processors which, according to CTO Dirk Meyer, are already being made in Fab 36 in Dresden.The 45nm production ramp is (still) planned for H1 2008 while the first 45nm CPUs are set for a release in H2 of 2008 with the first arrival being the server processors codenamed Shanghai.As for the things closes to our hearts and pockets, the Phenom processors, they are set to arrive next month, at speeds that top 2.5 GHz.
Celeron goes dual core, pricing revealed
2007-10-19 03:14:00
Intel will begin the phase out of single-core processors for desktops in first quarter of 2008 with the launch of an entry-level dual-core series, the Celeron E1000, according to sources at PC makers. The company will also add two 45nm processors in its E4000 family during the quarter.The first dual-core Celeron processor, the E1200 will have core frequency of 1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB and 512KB L2 cache with price of US$53 in thousand-unit quantities. Although Intel will enter 45nm process production this November, entry-level processors such as those in the E1000 series will still be fabbed at 65nm using a Conroe-based core, noted the sources.Many PC makers have started to clear out old, single-core processor inventory in order to avoid overstock problems, the sources added.Intel will also launch two E4000 series processors based on its 45nm process in the first quarter. The E4700 will have a frequency of 2.6GHz, 800MHz FSB and 2MB L2 cache. The CPU will launch with a price of US$133 in ...
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Sony slashes and burns PS3 price in US
2007-10-19 03:12:00
AFTER MAKING cuts in Asia and Europe, Sony US has followed their lead and cut the price of units in America.Let's hope you just haven't bought one.The 80GB Playstation 3 will cost $499, $100 down from the previous price.A 40GB model is bundled with the Spiderman movie and will cost $399. It won't go on sale until November the 2nd.
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AMD Sheds Additional Phenom Details
2007-10-18 06:54:00
AMD reveals the model names and operating frequencies of its quad-core Phenom desktop processorsAMD guidance revealed information on the model names and clock frequencies of its forthcoming quad-core Phenom desktop processors.AMD plans to debut its initial quad-core Phenom processors in late November: the Phenom 9600 and 9500. The 9600 will come clocked at 2.4GHz and the 9500 will have a slightly lower operating frequency of 2.2GHz.Both Socket AM2+ processors feature a 512KB of L2 cache for each core and a shared 2MB pool of L3 cache. In addition, both processors will operate on a 3.6GHz HyperTransport bus and will have an 89 Watt Thermal Design Power envelope. In December the slightly higher-end Phenom 9700 will become AMD's third desktop Barcelona-derivative. All technical aspects of the processor will be the same as those for the 9600 and 9500, save for a few improvements. The processor will run at a slightly higher operating frequency of 2.6GHz. The downside of these improvemen...
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Microsoft Vista has a memory problem
2007-10-18 03:49:00
MICROSOFT'S latest operating system, Vista is running out of memory faster than a politician in a corruption scandal.According to users, the 'Out of Memory ' error, which is the same as Terry Pratchett's 'out of cheese' error, is seriously stuffing up Vista's file handling.The problem can be clearly seen when a user tries to copy 16,400 files or smaller groups of files that add up to 16,400 between reboots.After you get the 'Out of Memory' message you will also suffer from menus and tabs disappearing within the Windows environment and even reboots and BSODs are reported.The problem occurs where users are running Kaspersky security products, but it is not the software that is causing the problem. Other software also suffers but it seems that the Kaspersky software shows the error in its full glory.The kicker is that despite Microsoft knowing about the problem for months it is not going to be fixed in SP1. Microsoft is currently offering a hotfix for the problem but you have t...
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Intel to up 45nm Core 2 Extreme prices by 50% next year
2007-10-17 04:33:00 reports that the upcoming 'Penryn'-based 45nm high-end quad-core CPUs may well attract an even higher price premium than before, it has emerged. INTC has apparently informed customers that next year's Core 2 Extreme processors will cost up to 50% more than today's models. According to newly released Penryn pricing data posted by a number of websites, Nov's Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will cost $999 when sold in batches of 1000 chips. That's the price point Intel has maintained for the Extreme line of gaming processors since the family was introduced back in the Pentium D days. However, 1Q08 will see the 3GHz, 12MB L2, 1333MHz FSB chip joined by two 3.2GHz models: the QX9770 and the QX9775, priced at a staggering $1399 and $1499, respectively.
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Intel posts 43% jump in profit, sets more job cuts
2007-10-17 04:31:00
Longtime CFO Bryant is replaced by an aide as part of his move to new postSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Intel Corp., the world's No. 1 chipmaker, reported a 43% increase in third-quarter profit Tuesday, benefiting from a robust personal-computer market, but also announced plans to shed 2,000 more jobs as part of a continued reduction in staff.The Santa Clara, Calif.-based semiconductor maker (INTC:Intel CorporationINTC 25.48, -0.27, -1.0%) also named Stacy J. Smith as its new chief financial officer, replacing Andy Bryant, in what one analyst said was an expected transition in the company. Smith, currently a deputy CFO, will report to Bryant, who was promoted to chief administrative officer.Shares of Intel, a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rose more than 4% in after-hours trading following the report."It was not a surprise to the investment community," analyst John Dryden of Charter Equity Research said of Bryant's new post. "I believe it has been a known transiti...
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Mac OS X Leopard to be released on October 26
2007-10-17 04:30:00
The most pretty OS since Vista, Mac OS X Leopard is ready for its time in the spotlight and will be officially released on October 26. Already available on pre-order, the new operating system comes with more than 300 new features and introduces a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; and Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything.“Leopard, the sixth major release of Mac OS X, is the best upgrade we’ve ever released,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. And since the Jobs Man couldn't resist not kicking Microsoft in its soft part he also added - “And everyone gets the ‘Ultimate’ version, packed with all the new innovative features, for just $...
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Barcelonas are hard to come by
2007-10-16 04:15:00
A month on since the native quad core Barcelona launch it seems that AMD has run into some supply troubles. ChannelWeb talked to several channel partners, to check out how AMD's new baby was doing and these chaps had some interesting things to say.Brian Corn, VP of marketing and business development at Source Code, and Corn made several interesting remarks concerning the availability of quad core Opterons. As far as the hardware side of things goes, Corn had only words of praise for AMDs new part."There are no hardware conflicts and the power draw is as promised. They delivered on their technicals. On these high-performance compute and memory-intensive applications, they're kicking Intel's butt," said Corn.But he was far from pleased when it comes to AMD's customer relations in the system builder channel."We're extremely disappointed with AMD on a product delivery level. What's nice about the product is it runs great, it's rock solid, it really performs. The real problem seem...
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Intel P45 and G45 Eaglelake info
2007-10-16 04:15:00
In the second quarter 2008 , intel will release the desktop chipsets Intel eaglelake. They will propose support to PCI express 2.0 for the wide population, and the south bridges series ICH10 will forget about old interfaces as PCI, PS/2, COM and LPT. The memory controller in eaglelake chipsets will preserve compatibility with DDR- 3 and DDR-2.Eaglelake chipset found the proper names: Intel p45 for the discrete version and Intel g45 for the integrated version. This Last has the graphic core GMA x4500 with directX 10 support , which will be three times more productive than graphic system in chipset intel g33. This chipset will also support interfaces DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. The decoding of high quality video from blu-ray disks and HD DVD will be accelerated at the hardware level.In the third quarter 2008 , intel will present Eaglelake- Q chipset , which will find use in corporate segment. Let us recall that the south bridges series ICH10 will also move in the chipset tylersburg-DT,...
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List of all Opteron (3rd gen) K10 Processors [Including Budapest]
2007-10-16 04:11:00
Here it is folks.All these CPUs shall be in the market from January/2008.I've also heard about some 2362SE & 1362SE Optys @ 2.6GHz, that would probably debut in March.
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Intel X48 chipset supporting DDR 3 memory only
2007-10-15 10:58:00
Intel X48 chipset to ditch DDR 2?Intel's X48 high-end gaming-oriented chipset, the anticipated successor to the only-just-released X38 chipset, is set to debut in Q1 2008 - supporting DDR 3 memory only, it has emerged.According to leaked Intel presentation slides posted by Chinese-language site HKPEC, the X48 will not support DDR 2 memory, though it will up the frontside bus clock frequency to 1600MHz.It will handle DDR 3 DIMMs clocked at 800, 1067, 1333 and 1600MHz - the latter using Intel's so-called XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile) specification, designed to make overclocking a less hit and miss operation.X48-based boards will sport up to four DIMM slots, two per channel. However, only two 1600MHz, 1.8V DIMMs can be added to the board. Anyone using 1600MHz memory will only be able to connect up a 1066MHz or 1600MHz FSB processor. Only non-ECC memory modules are supported.The X48 supports two x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots and connects to Intel's ICH9 southbridge chip, which brings six ...
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Hitachi promises 4TB hard drives by 2011
2007-10-15 10:56:00
Funky hard drive making division of Hitachi , Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have just announced that they have developed the world’s smallest read-head technology for hard drives. The technology, which enabled Hitachi to make new heads in the 30-50 nanometer (nm) range is expected to bring 1TB notebook drives and 4TB desktop hard drives by 2011.“This is an achievement for consumers as much as it is for Hitachi. It allows Hitachi to fuel the growth of the ‘Terabyte Era’ of storage, which we started, and gives consumers virtually limitless ability for storing their digital content.” said Hiroaki Odawara, Research Director at Hitachi.The new heads are called "current perpendicular-to-the-plane giant magnetoresistive" (CPP-GMR) and are said to enable densities of up to one terabit per square inch (Tb/sq. in.). This new technology is set to be implemented in shipping products in 2009 and reach its full potential in 2011.What will you do with all this capacity? I can only s...
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Intel prepares 1600FSB Extreme quad-core CPU
2007-10-14 05:29:00
November 12 will see Intel release its first 45nm-built desktop processor, the $999-tagged QX9650, an Extreme -branded quad-core CPU clocked at 3.0 GHz and running with a 1333 MHz bus. Just two months after this CPU releases Intel will have a new high-end chipset, the X48, and since this one will 'officially' support' the 1600 MHz FSB, Intel will release a new Extreme processor to go with it.The QX9770 will be clocked at 3.2 Ghz, will have that 1600 FSB, 12 MB of L2 cache and will come with a price tag of $1399. The QX9770's release date is Q1 2008.1600FSB QX9775 Yorkfield XE PricingEven though there are not a lot of single-core chips in Intel’s microprocessor lineup now, quad-core processors are not going to become really affordable soon enough. After Intel introduces its new 45nm central processing units in January, 2008, the company will not cut pricing of its Intel Core 2 Quad below $266.The new code-named Yorkfield processors, which will be sold under Intel Core 2 Quad tra...
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Intel Preps Dual-Core Celeron Microprocessors
2007-10-12 07:16:00
Intel Readies Dual -Core Microprocessors for $35 - $50It was just a matter of time before the leading makers of central processing units (CPUs) start to sell dual-core chips for value computers and it now seems that the time will come in the first quarter of next year, when Intel Corp. unveils dual-core Intel Celeron microprocessors aiming the most affordable personal computers (PCs).The first Intel Celeron E1200 dual-core processor working at 1.60GHz, utilizing 800MHz processor system bus and featuring 512KB of unified secondary-level cache will emerge in the first quarter of 2008 to target cost-effective desktops. Later during the year Intel plans to add more chips into the Intel Celeron E1000 dual-core lineup, creating a comprehensive family of affordable chips with two processing engines.Intel’s Celeron E1000 dual-core processors are set to be made using 65nm process technology and are projected to fit into 65W thermal design power envelope. The new CPUs will be drop-in compati...
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Windows Home Server Software Now Available to Consumers
2007-10-12 03:45:00
Newegg lists Windows Home Sever OEM for $190Microsoft is finally ready to roll with its Windows Home Server software platform. The Redmond, Washington-based software company pushed out a release candidate version of the software in June and released it to manufacturing in mid-July.Microsoft Windows Home Server (32-bit) is now available to purchase by anyone looking to turn an old PC into a multi-functional storage/media/backup/remote access hub. Newegg lists the OEM version of the software on its website for $189.99.Windows Home Server doesn't feature outlandish system requirements and will likely run just fine on a machine that is four or five years old. The bare minimum requirements are a 1GHz Pentium III processor and 512MB of RAM and many users have found much success with similar hardware.For those that would prefer to buy a pre-built Windows Home Server system, there are plenty of solutions on the way. HP has a $599, 500GB EX470 server and a $799, 1TB EX475 server while compe...
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Google bought what?
2007-10-11 05:42:00
A SURE SIGN that someone has more money than sense is that they go out and buy shiny things that they don't need, just because they can.That observation might apply to the news that Google just bought something called Jaiku.What is Jaiku? It's apparently a Web 2.0 addressbook and text messaging application for PCs and cellphones, the essence of which seems to be that it lets users tag text messages to their friends with picture icons or - if they're pressed for time - enter just the icons alone.As Farhad Manjoo noted over at Wired, this sort thing is really useful to keep all your close friends, co-workers and even casual acquaintances apprised, on a minute by minute basis, of all your varied activities in your extremely important life.Google hasn't said what it plans to do with Jaiku and it seems like Jaiku has no idea, either. The service will remain up during the transition, but new subscriptions are closed for now.It probably has something to do with a phone that Google is g...
Intel Launches CoolSoftware Community Site
2007-10-10 07:11:00
CoolSW: has launched a new Web 2.0-inspired community site CoolSoftware (CoolSW) to gather information from users about software companies and technologies.The site is similar to Digg, where users submit and vote for their favourite software company or product.The categories in the site are: Digital Home, Mobility, Enterprise, and Healthcare, all of which are similar to the platforms Intel supports. The site also includes a category called “Other.”The CoolSW is an online community about software where members post information about new software company and the community votes if they think the company is "cool."Companies that receive the maximum votes get projected to the site's front page where any user can see what community members consider the most interesting software.The forum was initially meant only for Intel staff, but the company made it public to increase its popularity. The RSS feeds feature enables users to keep up-to-date with new sub...
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Ceramic White PlayStation 3 With DualShock 3 Set For Japan
2007-10-10 07:08:00
PlayStation 3 dreaming of a Ceramic White ChristmasSony Computer Entertainment Europe ended weeks of speculation with its announcement of the 40GB PlayStation 3, landing in the region starting October 10. While the new model has yet to be confirmed for North America, Japan will receive the 40GB PlayStation 3 on November 11 with what appears to be an exclusive color.The Japanese market will see the new 40GB PlayStation 3 in both “Clear Black” and “Ceramic White” colors next month for 39,980 yen ($341). The white PlayStation 3 marks the first official color variation of the console, though professionally painted have appeared in the custom market in white, silver and red.In another bit of good news for Japan, the new 40GB PS3 units will come packaged with a matching DualShock 3 controller instead of the SIXAXIS. The European 40GB PS3 will ship with the SIXAXIS controller, as the DualShock 3 isn’t expected outside of Japan until spring 2008.Confirming another piece of expecte...
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