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.

Large-size LCD-panel shipments decrease 2.4% in June

Worldwide large-size panel shipments decreased 2.4% sequentially to 20.3 million units in June, mainly as a result of weak sales in the TV and monitor segments, which saw a 4.2% and 3.1% drop to 4.11 million and 10.45 million units, respectively, according to WitsView Technology.

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.

ASP for handset-use LEDs falls more than 20%

Taiwan LED manufacturers are aggressively seeking more profits by focusing on products used in digital camera flashes and MP3 players, as the average selling price (ASP) of SMD LEDs used in mobile phones has fallen significantly since early this year.

Prices for 20" LCD TV panels now cheaper than similarly sized monitor panels

Quotes for 20" LCD TV panels have fallen to less than monitor panels of the same size, according to industry sources, noting that 20" LCD TVs are now even priced less than some 20" monitors in the Taiwan market.

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.

Global PDP shipments rose 3% in Q2

Global PDP (plasma display panel) shipments rose only 3% sequentially in the second quarter of 2006 to 2.4 million panels, according to research firm DisplaySearch, noting that the growth was 8% slower than PDP manufacturers' aggregate forecasts.

Prices for 19" LCD monitor panels to rise $3-5 in August

Due to back-to-school and year-end holiday demand, the average selling price (ASP) for 19" LCD monitor panels is expected to increase $3-5 next month, according to Taiwan-based panel and system makers.

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.

Analysts predict price increase for 17" panels

Prices for 17" monitor panels are likely to rebound in the second half of July, and a price increase of $3-5 is anticipated in the near future, according to WitsView Technology.

Shipments of PC-related chips expected to grow 20%

Despite a slow start to the PC market's high season, PC-related chip designers still expect that orders from OEM clients will rise significantly in September, driving shipments up 20% for the third quarter, industry sources indicated.

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.

Google tests more accessible Web search for blind

Google has begun testing a new version of its search system that makes finding information on the Web easier for the blind or visually impaired, its creator said on Wednesday.

Powered shoes - perfect for a virtual stroll

A pair of motorised roller skates that cancel out a person's steps could let users naturally explore virtual reality landscapes in confined spaces.

A battery-powered plane takes off

In a brief article, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that a manned plane has flied on AA batteries in Japan yesterday.

Flaw finders lay siege to Microsoft Office

Responding to a steady influx of flaws in the company's Office productivity suite has occupied many of Microsoft's programmers since late 2005.

Sharp eying 10G LCD production

Sharp will invest 500 billion yen (about $4.26 billion) to build a tenth-generation (10G) TFT LCD plant, with construction to begin in the third quarter of 2007 and volume production to begin in mid-2008, according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Pricing trend shows growing acceptance of DDR2

The recent rally of DDR2 pricing, especially for effectively tested (eTT) chips, may portend the the growth of DDR2 penetration in the channel, rather than only in the PC OEM segment.

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.