Intel to spend $300 million in Centrino Pro push

Intel will upgrade its Centrino technology to Centrino Pro, with the launch to come with the availability of Microsoft Windows Vista OS, notebook makers said.

IDC and Gartner: HP beats Dell in Q3 PC shipments

Figures from research firms IDC and Gartner show that Hewlett Packard (HP) outperformed Dell in worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter to reclaim the top vendor position.

Google attracting 25% of online ad revenue

Emarketer just put out a release with some amazing research behind their prediction that Google will pocket 25% of all US Online Advertising Revenue - an astonishing number.

Intel mainstream quad-core to cost $851

Intel's first quad-core desktop processor, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, which is scheduled to be released next month, will sell for US$999 in 1000-unit quantities, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers who are familiar with Intel's latest roadmap.

Isuppli questions value of SRAM probe

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) last week announced an investigation of alleged anticompetitive practices among suppliers of Static Random Access Memory (SRAM).

Sales of Wii expected to surpass PS3 in first four months

Global sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Nintendo's Wii game consoles are expected to reach 4.13 and 5.47 million units, respectively, by the end of March 2007 following their planned November launch, according to an estimate by Japan-based gaming magazine Enterbrain .

Contract prices for notebook DVD burners drop 20% in Q3

Contract-manufacturing quotes for slim-type DVD burners dropped 20% in the third quarter due to fierce competition among Taiwan, Korea and Japan makers, according industry sources.

Intel stops sourcing WLAN modules from Foxconn for its Centrino platform

Intel has stopped sourcing Centrino-based WLAN modules from Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry), with Asustek Computer and other smaller networking equipment makers standing a chance of receiving more orders from the US chip giant, according to industry sources.

DRAM contract prices set to rise in H2 October

Following a 2-4.5% sequential price up for DRAM contract prices in the first half of October, DRAMeXchange believes that price growth should weaken in the second half of this month, despite projections from some PC OEMs that prices will rise 5% sequentially.

Asustek to reorganize in preparation for spinoff

Motherboard giant Asustek Computer, aiming for product diversification in the 3C (computer, communications, consumer electronics) market, will reorganize in preparation for spinning off its branded and manufacturing businesses, according to sources.

Transmeta seeks Core 2 Duo injunction against Intel

According to InfoWorld, Transmeta is charging Intel with violating 10 of its patents covering processor design and power efficiency techniques.

Anti-piracy plan may harm YouTube

A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google has about spending US$1.65 billion on the Internet video site. That same technology, however, could hurt YouTube's edgy appeal.

Microsoft to launch customer service chat-bots

Microsoft has acquired Colloquis, a company that produces language-recognizing support programs.

Explorer slides, Firefox gains in latest browser rankings

Firefox continued to gain ground on Internet Explorer in September, according to the latest browser usage statistics from Net Applications. What's more, the firm reports increasing browser fragmentation among users.

Intel lands microSD card orders from Nokia and Motorola

Intel has landed orders for microSD cards from Nokia and Motorola, with a test run to begin by year-end and volume production to commence in the first quarter of 2007, according to sources.

Libya to buy $100 laptops for kids

The government of Libya has reached an agreement with an American nonprofit group to provide inexpensive laptop computers for all of the nation's 1.2 million schoolchildren, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Microsoft's BayStar links went deeper than Emerson

Former SCO Group investor BayStar Capital had meetings with at least three Microsoft Corp employees before being convinced to invest in the litigious Unix vendor, according to the sworn declaration of BayStar managing general partner, Larry Goldfarb.

Murdoch, Google in new talks

Social networking website MySpace wants to expand its commercial relationship with Google, after the internet search giant snapped up online video sharing site YouTube, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Apple's missing "Home on iPod" feature resurfaces in filing

Apple Computer has been granted a patent for a pretermitted feature of Mac OS X that would have allowed users to sync their home directories to an iPod and then use the data stored on the player to securely log into any supported Mac.

McAfee CEO, chairman retires after probe

Antivirus and security software provider McAfee on Wednesday said it fired President Kevin Weiss, and announced that CEO and Chairman George Samenuk will retire after a stock options investigation found accounting problems that will require financial restatements.