Google and Microsoft blog sites driving Internet record growth

The Internet added 4.4 million new hostnames during July - the single largest gain of new sites in a single month, according to Internet services firm Netcraft. The growth surpassed the previous records set in June of this year, which saw a 3.96 million site gain.

Las Vegas braces for computer security gurus

Las Vegas (NV) - Thousands of computer security gurus and hackers are returning to Las Vegas this week for the Blackhat and Defcon conventions. Defcon's new home hotel, the Riviera, is bracing for computer problems and appears to have taken some pre-emptive action. Day 0 slide show of Blackhat 2006 ... founder launches senior citizen social networking site founder Jeff Taylor is launching a new social networking site for senior citizens. The site,, is for anyone aged 50 and up and will have tips on love, finances and health. Members can also create and share their important moments with an online "Lifemap".

Firefox hits 200 million downloads

Mozilla announced that the Firefox web browser has been downloaded more than 200 million times since its launch in November of 2004. And Firefox isn't slowing down: The latest 50 million downloads were added in a record time of less than five months.

"I heard a small poof:" The story of a Dell on fire

Vernon Hills (IL) - It began with a soft pop and then turned into a one hot and blazing notebook: Henrik Gustavvson saw one of his firm's Dell computers bursting into flames and documented the events. The story, first published in the Tom's Hardware Forumz, have become an Internet sensation - reason enough for TG Daily to learn more about the story behind the pictures.

Graphics power is key to playing HD videos on a PC

Chicago (IL) - Games may not be the only applications anymore that create an incentive for buying a faster graphics card. HD DVD and Blu-ray videos require enormous processing power to decode codecs and overwhelm virtually all CPUs available today. So, how much does it take to make HD look good on a PC screen? TG Daily got a first impression at an exclusive meeting with Nvidia.

TG Daily interviews Intel Senior VP: "Core is changing the game"

If you aren't excited about computers these days, you probably never will. Personally, I can't recall a time in which it was more intriguing to follow the events in the micro processor industry than today. The fact that AMD was able to sneak up on Intel and slap the giant left and right has brought us an unprecedented phase of innovation and value: I'd argue that there never has been more incentive to buy a new PC than later this year or in early 2007.

Spammers use images to avoid spam filters

Security software firm Sophos has published an updated version of its "dirty dozen" list of spam relaying countries. Among the main trends during the second quarter are image files that are used by spammers to dodge spam filters and a potential roadblock for the U.S. to reduce the amount of spam messages.

AMD: We won't be another Intel

Sunnyvale (CA) - With the acquisition of ATI, AMD will have all the pieces in place to evolve from a processor manufacturer into a platform company and go head to head with Intel in more markets - especially in the business desktop and notebook segments. But AMD claims that it is approach will be different from Intel and allow third-party firms - such as Nvidia - to access its platforms.

Comic-Con 2006: Video games lure Comic fans

San Diego (CA) - Would you like a computer case with that issue of Batman? The 37th annual Comic-Con comic book convention kicked off in San Diego and it isn't just about comics anymore. Now, traditional paper comics must compete for attention with computer hardware companies and video game developers. TG Daily strolled through the exhibit halls and found many familiar companies playing their wares.

Tom's Hardware interviews Jeff Hsieh, CEO of GEIL

Wrapping up our Computex 2006 coverage for this year, Tom's Hardware just published a video interview with Jeff Hsieh, chief executive officer of performance memory maker GEIL.

100 million websites by the end of this year?

The Internet continues to grow at an impressive speed. According to a survey conducted by Netcraft earlier this month, there are currently 88,166,395 sites available - 2.87 million more than last month.

HP's develops grain-sized memory chip

Hewlett-Packard researches announced that they have developed a tiny memory chip that could bring data storage capabilities to virtually and product.

Flash drives may replace hard drives in notebooks - analyst

Despite their lack in capacity and lofty price tags, Flash hard drives may become a serious threat for traditional hard drives in notebook computers. In-stat analyst Frank Dickson believes that solid state disk (SSD) storage may "dethrone the hard drive as the top laptop storage choice within 10 years."

Quo vadis, Viiv?

Santa Clara (CA) - Entertainment PCs have been available for some time, but don't penetrate the market as quickly as some would have hoped. AMD and Intel launched their entertainment platforms earlier this year to speed up the adoption of family room PCs - apparently with little impact so far. It's time for an update: We spent some time with Intel VP Don MacDonald to chat about the status of "Viiv."

NTSB investigating laptop batteries as the cause of UPS cargo plane fire

Washington (DC) - Laptops get hot, but can they cause a plane to catch on fire? The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating whether laptop batteries caused a UPS cargo plane to catch on fire last February. The DC-8 plane with three crew members made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after a fire broke out in the cargo hold. The fire continued to burn for four hours destroying the plane and most of the UPS packages inside.

Microsoft and Yahoo marry their instant messaging clients

Some instant messaging addicts won't have to keep multiple chat programs for too much longer. Microsoft and Yahoo are testing new chat clients that let MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger users talk to each other. The combination would, according to Microsoft, form the largest instant messaging community and eclipsing the current king of the hill, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).

US Government to send emergency broadcasts to computers and mobile phones

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has unveiled a new program to send SMS and other alerts to mobile phones and computers. The Digital Emergency Alert System will also include radio and televisions stations - the traditional avenue of emergency broadcasts. Mobile phones will receive SMS messages while computer users will se a video message along with downloadable instructions.

Job seekers may be beseiged by their online past

Recruiter and hiring managers are increasingly eliminating job candidates because of negative online information found on social networking sites, blogs and forums. ExecuNet, a job search and recruiting company, polled 100 executive recruiters and found that more than a third of recruiters have eliminated a candidate based on dirt they dug up online.

Firefox attains nearly 16% US usage share :OneStat

Web analytics firm OneStat published figures last Sunday claiming the combined usage share of Firefox and Mozilla browsers has climbed to nearly 13% worldwide, and almost 16% in the US.