Today's stock dive - over 700 points - is being linked directly to this month's retail sales number, which fell 1.2% for September. That's twice as much as analysts had expected. Retail sales are of particular interest to the technology sector, which counts heavily on consumer spending to buy its gadgets and gizmos. That's especially true in the last quarter of the year, when the holiday shoppers come out, waving credit cards and checkbooks at retailers like there was no tomorrow. Just maybe not this year. According to a brand new Harris Interactive study, 45% of US adults plan to …

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Anybody reading this blog knows that the media has been adamant about the U.S. economy tanking into recession, with reporters putting their notebooks and tape recorders down and waving pom-pom's in support of economic strife for millions of Americans. Why? Once again, who knows? Probably because it's a compelling story line and probably because the media would love to hang a recession around President Bush's neck before he leaves office. Fortunately for the rest of us, they may never get the chance. On top of some encouraging quarterly performance numbers from the likes of IBM, Wal-Mart and Cisco, now the …

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Even as U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson reassured us on Friday that the economy "would not go into recession" in 2008", some people, especially consumers, aren't buying it. This is exactly what I'm talking about when I vent over the power of perception and the media's glee in talking down the economy by highlighting the negative and shielding the positive. People are scared and I know why. No, it's not because they know someone who's going to lose their house to foreclosure - foreclosures represent less than half of one-percent of U.S. homeowners. And now banks, realizing they could be …

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Hardware development is starting to throw up new technologies to us as the arrival of Windows Vista draws closer. The next ‘shake-up’ is in the area of integrated graphics. High definition media content is the spur, and current solutions simply don’t handle it. Only a small number of high end, expensive display cards claim to be capable of the technology. Nvidia has been developing an integrated chipset which has high definition clearly in its sights. The C51PV chipset was first demonstrated earlier this year, and will provide a graphics core similar to the 6200TC display cards. The difference is that …

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