Samsung intros Z5 MP3 players

Samsung hopes to challenge Apple's MP3 player dominance with the new YP-Z5 line of players. The flash players come in 1 to 4 GB capacities and seem to be squarely aimed at Apple's Ipod Nano players. The Z5 players are slightly larger than the Nano, sporting a larger 1.8" display and promise to have a longer battery life.

Microsoft releases Activesync update

Microsoft has posted a new version of its Activesync software for Windows Mobile devices. Version 4.2 can synchronize handhelds with data on a PC via Bluetooth, USB or an infrared connection.

Microsoft denies demoing 'Ipod killer' to music industry execs

Redmond (WA) - In a carefully worded response this morning, a Microsoft spokesperson denied his company's participation in a demonstration of a portable music device capable of wireless networking to music industry executives, calling a Bloomberg report on Wednesday and a Associated Press report this morning "speculation and rumors." However, the spokesperson stopped short of denying a demonstration of such a device from someone took place.

Lexar recalls hot flash drives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Lexar have issued a recall of about 66,000 flash drives.

Microsoft seen having Ipod rival out by Christmas

Microsoft will start selling a digital music and video player to compete with Apple's iPod by Christmas, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday.

Samsung releases thin digital camera with 7x optical zoom

Samsung today released its compact NV7 OPS camera, which offers a 7x optical zoom in a slim form factor device. The 7-megapixel camera is crammed into a 4.2" by 2.5" by 0.8" thick frame and - despite it small size - has both optical and electronic image stabilization.

Alienware to offer Airgo MIMO wireless cards for some notebooks

Alienware will start offering Airgo's True MIMO wireless cards on its Aurora m9700 and mALX notebooks. The cards promise up to double the range of basic 802.11 b/g wireless, along with more bandwidth - up to 240 Mpbs.

Mobile data market to be driven by youths

As the mobile data market shifts from voice to data traffic, a whole host of new applications are coming into play. As the mobile data market shifts from voice to data traffic, a whole host of new applications are coming into play. As the Asia-Pacific mobile data service market enters this new phase of development, a 'youth revolution' has begun. In developed countries, around 10 - 15% of all disposable income of youths is spent on mobile products, displacing traditional outlets like clothing, toys, and comic books.