Dell recalls suspect notebook batteries made by Sony, including XPS M1710

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Intel and Micron offer 8 Gbit NAND flash to spot market players

Intel and Micron Technology recently started releasing 8Gbit NAND flash memory chips, fabricated by their joint venture IM Flash Technologies, to the spot market, and customer feedback is satisfactory, according to market sources.

AMD intros new Opterons and promises 68W quad-core CPUs

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today unveiled its first answer to Intel's Core micro architecture. An updated version of the processor that is driving the firm's revenue growth and market share gains claims to not only close the gap to "Woodcrest" but even surpass it in speed and power consumption. And then there is the promise that quad-cores won't consume more power than today's dual-cores.

Itronix rolls out "affordable" and lightweight rugged notebook

Spokane (WA) - Itronix, a General Dynamics company, has announced their new GoBook XR-1 rugged notebook that can withstand heat, water and shock. Capable of resisting 140 degree Fahrenheit heat and 3-foot drops, the XR-1 is a fully wireless computer with an Intel Core Duo processor. Traditional rugged laptops have been extremely expensive and heavy, but the XR-1 is surprisingly affordable and light, weighing in at 6.8 pounds.

US Robotics, Logitech announce Skype phones

Chicago (IL) - Skype VoIP phones packaged in a traditional handset form factor have been making their way into the market since early this year. The first generation has been somewhat pricey with manufacturers testing the mass-market appeal of such devices. Now we are seeing the first signs of diversification - US Robotics just announced a simple $25 Skype phone and Logitech a higher-end speakerphone.

Intel to stop production of four Pentium D CPUs by year-end

Intel informed its channel partners in Taiwan that it plans to stop manufacturing four desktop-use Pentium D processors (model numbers 830, 840, 930 and 940) by the end of 2006, according to channel sources.

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First look at Nextel's FanView trackside video receiver for race fans

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Microsoft Zune to be priced at $299?

It looks like the Zune is going to launch at $299, according to retailers that are set to sell the Microsoft portable music player.

Microsoft to discontinue its virtual PC product for Macs

Microsoft will not develop a universal code version of its Virtual PC product to run on Intel-powered Mac systems and plans to discontinue the product.

Jobs talks up Apple cell phone

Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs has been boasting about his company's much-rumored iPod cell phone amongst inner circles, AppleInsider has been told.

IEEE slogs through thousands of 802.11n draft comments

A second draft of the proposed IEEE standard for 100+Mbps wireless LANs is being pushed back several months.

MSI introduces HDMI-compliant graphics card for $250

Micro-Star International (MSI) on August 8 introduced its MSI NX7600GT Diamond Plus graphics card, the world's first, as the company claims, graphics card that is certified to support High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) technology.

Dell to equip AMD-based notebooks with ATI graphics chips

Forthcoming Dell's AMD-based notebooks, which are expected to be available in late October or early November, will be equipped with ATI Mobility Radeon graphics chips, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

DRAM inventory lowered to seven days on strong demand

Due to strong demand from PC OEMs, DRAM makers have seen their inventory time reduced to seven days, down from 10-14 days before, according to sources.

Nikon's D80 camera finally official

Melville (NY) - Nikon has finally taken the wraps off of its new D80 digital SLR camera. The new 10.2-megapixel camera can take up to three shots per second promises a strong battery that is able to offer enough juice to shoot up to 2700 pictures on one charge.

AMD to launch new Socket F/AM2 Opterons on 15 August

AMD today officially confirmed that it will be announcing its-next generation Opteron workstation and server processor next Tuesday. The new processor will use the new Socket F as well as the Socket AM2 previously introduced for the desktop processors Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and FX.

Intel open sources Linux driver for latest graphics chipset

Intel continues to quietly but consistently expand its open source Linux driver initiative. The company recently added support for the just released 965 version, which is currently shipping as a new-generation chipset for Core 2 Duo computers.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ in channel for $149, price cut to follow

As earlier expected, AMD started shipping its Socket AM2 Athlon 64 X2 3600+ dual-core CPU to channel partners ahead of the original schedule.

Samsung develops first 3" VGA screen for digital cameras

Samsung announced that it has developed the first 3" LCD for digital still cameras (DSC) that is capable of displaying a resolution of 640x480 pixels (VGA).