Blind web surfers sue Target for accessibility

The NFB, an organization that represents blind people, is suing Target, saying that its Web site is inaccessible to blind Internet users.

Nvidia CEO in Taiwan to secure TSMC capacity for DirectX 10-compliant GeForce 8800

Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun is in Taiwan to make sure that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will have sufficient capacity for the production of Nvidia's GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), reportedly the world's first graphics chip that supports DirectX 10, according to sources with Taiwan's graphics card makers.

TSMC and Nvidia to mark GPU production milestone

Nvidia CEO Huang Jen-hsun will visit Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) this week to celebrate Nvidia's 500-millionth graphics processing unit (GPU) shipped within the company's partnership with the Taiwan-based foundry, according to industry sources.

Atheros to acquire Asustek subsidiary Attansic

Atheros Communications has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Attansic Technology Company, a privately held Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company specializing in Fast and Gigabit Ethernet IC solutions for PC, access point (AP) and router applications.

Samsung licenses OneNAND to STMicroelectronics

Samsung Electronics announced it has licensed its OneNAND flash memory technology to STMicroelectronics and that STMicroelectronics will support Samsung's OneNAND starting from early 2007.

SGI is back, sorta

Silicon Graphics, also more commonly known as SGI, is back on a major stock exchange. After spending the last year as a penny stock, SGI has begun trading today on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol SGIC. SGI was once a Silicon Valley darling, producing expensive graphics workstations for corporations and the movie industry, but hit hard times when powerful computers and graphics cards become increasingly cheaper.

Dell and AMD celebrate their love in front of thousands

Michael Dell and new best buddy, AMD's Hector Ruiz, cozied up on stage today at Oracle OpenWorld to celebrate customer choice.

Ipod reaches 68 million users in 5 years

Apple's iconic MP3 player - the Ipod - is being used by 68 million users as it completes five years of its existence today. Around 39 million iPods were sold over the last 12 months while 8.73 million over the past three months itself. There are now more than 3,000 accessories available for the iPod. In fact, Apple launched the iPod on October 23 in 2001 now has a 72 per cent of the US portable MP3 player market, according to research group NPD. The scene is no different in other parts of the country.

Microsoft opens up Sender ID specification

Microsoft is trying to make the brutal and never-ending battle against spam a little easier by opening up its Sender ID specification. The specification will now fall under the company's Open Specification Promise which is an "irrevocable promise" to offer the technology for free. Microsoft has been touting Sender ID as an upcoming global standard, but some in the open-source community have rallied against the specification because of its previously proprietary nature.

IBM sues Amazon.com over use of key web applications

IBM today announced that it has filed two lawsuits against Amazon.com, which claim that the web retailer infringes on at least five patents that relate to the core of interactive services Amazon provides its users today.

Red Hat brushes off Oracle Linux rumors

Red Hat has waved away the implications of a potential move by Oracle into the Linux distribution business, maintaining that it is not overly concerned by the possibility.

Sharp raises LCD TV demand forecast to 150 million by 2010

Sharp expects global LCD TV demand (for sets 10"es and larger) will surge to 150 million units during the company's fiscal year 2010, according to Shigeaki Mizushima, the group general manager of Sharp's AVC liquid crystal display group, who was speaking at the FPD International 2006 conference in Yokohama, Japan.

McAfee unhappy with Microsoft's Vista adjustments

McAfee today issued an official statement as reaction to Microsoft's recently announced adjustments in its upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Christopher Thomas partner at law firm Lovells, which currently acts as legal counsel for McAfee in Brussels, raised concerns that Microsoft may not be doing enough to match the concessions made last week.

YouTube purges nearly 30,000 files on Japanese demand

The popular video-sharing site YouTube deleted nearly 30,000 files after a Japanese entertainment group complained of copyright infringement.

ATI to lay off 130

It has been brought to our attention that a man with an axe has been hired by one-time graphics chip maker ATI.

Google earnings : Quarterly profit up 92%

Google published its 2006 Q3 earnings results yesterday which helped to fortify Google's dominance of web search, search engine marketing, and online advertising as a whole.

Mobile phone shipments keep growing on a fast pace

Cellphone manufacturers are well on track to break the 1-billion barrier in unit sales this year. According to a report released by IDC, third quarter sales were up 21.0% year-over-year.

Battery recall estimated to cost Sony at least $430 million

Tokyo (Japan) - Trying to put an end to the guessing game as to how many more laptops will be added to the battery recall tally, Sony today revealed more details about the total impact from the massive, multi-million dollar recall. The electronics giant believes that the final count of affected laptops will reach 9.6 million, which is a a significant increase from the last official number of around 8 million.

More Samsung and Hynix execs charged for DRAM price-fixing

Two executives from Samsung Electronics and one exec from Hynix Semiconductor America have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco for their role in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM memory prices, the Department of Justice announced.

Apple's share of U.S. PC market increases to 6.1%

Between the third calendar quarter of 2005 and the third quarter of 2006, Apple's U.S. Mac unit shipments grew 31% from 744,000 units to 975,000 units, preliminary data from the firm shows.