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Remember those amazingly cheap doovde players Walmart was so proud of a couple years back? Well, they ain't so amazing anymore, unless that's what you'd call a device capable of spontaneously bursting into flames. Sold between January 2006 and July 2009 exclusively at Walmart stores in the US and A...

August 21st 2009 at 6:37am 0 Comments
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We already knew that NVIDIA had to shell out anywhere from $150 to $250 million last year to resolve issues related to its defective GPUs, but it looks like that may have only been the beginning, with The Inquirer now reporting that the company has also been forced to pay an additional $119.1 millio...

August 7th 2009 at 1:57pm 0 Comments
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Is your Xbox 360 red in the face? No, not that kind of red, but facing that painstakingly loathsome red ring of death? Well, if group product manager Aaron Greenberg knows anything about the situation -- and we'd imagine he does -- then it looks like the guys at Microsoft have finally found a solut...

March 1st 2009 at 6:31pm 0 Comments
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NVIDIA has yet to step in and confirm this publicly, but a purported leaked memo from the outfit has been posted over at VR-Zone. What's it say, you ask? Only that the company "strongly recommends that customers transition to the latest revision of the NB8E-SET GPUs as soon as possible." Said revis...

December 26th 2008 at 4:08pm 0 Comments
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It's pretty far behind the likes of Dell and HP in getting to the bottom of the whole defective NVIDIA GPU situation, but Apple has now finally come out and confirmed that some of its MacBook Pros are indeed affected by the problem. According to a just posted Apple support document, the specific mo...

October 10th 2008 at 12:49pm 0 Comments
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Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: There are a lot of theoretical claims an injured party could make against a game manufacturer, but the one I'd like to focus on is the world of products liability. After all, th...

August 21st 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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A brief report from Reuters this morning said Japan's trade ministry claimed three fires had been caused by defectively hot iPod nano batteries. Nobody was injured in the fires. The government said in a statement that Apple had two other reported cases where people were burned by their iPod nanos....

August 19th 2008 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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While AMD is riding high after the unveiling of its brawny ATI Radeon 4870 x2, rival NVIDIA is potentially looking at more problems with defective GPUs rolling out of its fabs. According to an article from UK tech blog The Inquirer, a recent batch of bad notebook chips was only the first sign of a...

August 12th 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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So now that HP's joined Dell in releasing information on which laptops have those defective NVIDIA GPUs, we can sort of piece together which chips are faulty -- and just as had been rumored, it looks like basically every Geforce 8600M and 8400M chip is affected. That's not good news for NVIDIA, whic...

July 31st 2008 at 6:13pm 0 Comments
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NVIDIA's stock took a pretty big hit last week when it announced that "significant quantities" of "previous-generation" GPUs and mobile and communications processors were defective and that it would take a $250M charge against earnings to repair and replace the affected chips, but the company didn't...

July 10th 2008 at 3:07pm 0 Comments