Optimus LED keyboard enters pre-order phase

Chicago (IL) – Russian design studio Art Lebedev opened its online store for pre-orders of the Optimus Maximus LED keyboard. The first shipment of 200 keyboards was sold within one day, despite the keyboard’s hefty price tag of $1564.37.   The Optimus maximus keyboard in pictures ...  

Microsoft offers free Vista eval for virtual machines

Microsoft is now offering a 30-day evaluation version of Vista for virtual machines.

IBM releases 4.7 GHz Power6 processor

London (UK) – IBM today announced what it claims to be the “fastest microprocessor ever built.”

Intel’s new P35/G33 chipsets sport 1333 MHz FSB

Intel has announced two new motherboard chips that sport a faster 1333 MHz front-side bus.

Intel phases out 130 nm Itanium 2, Xeon 7000 series

Intel sent out a notification that it has started a discontinuance program Madison 9M Itanium processors as well as Xeon 7000-series MP processors.

University ‘Spin-Doctors’ measure and control electrons

Dover (DE) - Researchers from the University of Delaware and Cambridge NanoTech claim they can measure and transport the spin of electrons in silicon.  Using a small silicon chip, the scientists are able to send electrons down a small wire and then measure and change the direction of spin.  The discovery could be a boon to the nascent quantum computer industry because silicon is the most popular element used in computers.

AMD announces details of next-gen mobile processor “Griffin”

Sunnyvale (CA) – AMD claims that it has been gaining market shares with its Turion mobile processor over the past two years, but the CPU is far from being a threat to Intel’s Core 2 Duo. In 2008, the company will introduce the “Griffin” dual-core mobile processor as part of the “Puma” platform, which promises to deliver power and performance enhancements and introduce AMD’s version of on-board flash cache.  

Microsoft looks over "next-gen PCs"

Recently, Microsoft held a contest to see who could come up with the best new age PC design.  Extra: Image Gallery

Adobe closes FreeHand in favor of Illustrator

Effective immediately, Adobe has shut down its vector drawing app FreeHand, encouraging users to move to its other akin software program Illustrator.

AMD's CTO: Intel is an old-school company

Monterey (CA) – AMD is going through challenging times these days, with enormous losses on the one side and a new quad-core CPU that needs to re-establish the firm’s competitiveness with Intel on the other. We recently caught up with Phil Hester and got answers to some of our questions about AMD - the competition with Intel, the strategy behind the Fusion processor. Join us for a chat with AMD’s chief technology officer.

Samsung develops 8 GB flash card for cellphones

Samsung announced that it has developed a microSD flash memory card with 8 GB of capacity.

Google intros contextual search, more features to play with

Mountain View (CA) – Google’s core search engine has been walking down an evolutionary path, with new functionality being integrated almost silently over the course of the past years. At least for today, the perception of a gradually improving search engine has changed: Google announced a wave of new features that go well beyond integrated search: There is a new contextual search, access to experimental search features as well as an upcoming cross-language platform, which could bridge search results between different languages.   

Google integrates search engines

Mountain View (CA) – Google today announced may be the most significant enhancement to the company’s core search engine in several years: Google is integrating search engines that so far have operated as separate entities into the main Google search. It also marks the first time that YouTube is closely embedded into Google search results.

Bill Gates: 40 million Vista copies sold

Los Angeles (CA) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gave his last keynote at the WinHEC conference earlier this morning and outlined the success of the Windows Vista operating system.  He told the audience of programmers and hardware engineers that Vista sales were “beyond our expectations” and outlined some key features of the upcoming Windows Home Server and the renamed Longhorn Windows Server 2008.  

Update: Windows Longhorn officially named Server 2008

Los Angeles (CA) - At this week's WinHEC conference, Microsoft gave the official title of Windows Server 2008 to its next major platform, which was previously codenamed Longhorn.   New products on the WinHEC 2007 showfloor (32 images) ...  

Vista to go: Sandisk improves U3 flash drives with Microsoft’s help

U3 sticks, flash based memory devices that allow users to carry launch ready applications on chewing-gum sized portable storage, have been around for a while, but never really conquered the market. Sandisk now has convinced Microsoft to help market the next version of U3 sticks in the hope to attract more eyeballs and wallets.

Sun beams out Java FX

Sun Microsystems has introduced Java FX, a new suite of products that it hopes can mount more competition against Flash and Microsoft Silverlight.

Sun releases JavaFX as scripting language for consumer electronics

Java is making its way deeper into the consumer electronics space as Sun pitches a new scripting language as application platform for devices ranging from mobile phones to Blu-ray players as well as web browsers.

Roxio intros iPod, iPhone, Apple TV video software

Roxio today debuted Crunch, a Mac-specific software program designed for video conversion to the myriad video players from Apple.

Microsoft rolls out new Windows Live Hotmail

Microsoft has upgraded its 9-year-old free Hotmail email service by adding a larger mailbox and extra connectivity.