Eurocom launches new 512 MB VGA modules for its high-end laptops

Eurocom Corporation, a Canadian laptop manufacturer, has launched two new 512 MB Nvidia graphics modules for its high-end laptop computers. The Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX and Quadro FX2500M modules will be available for Eurocom's M590K Emperor, D900K F-Bomb, D900T Phanton and M570U Divine laptops.

Bacteria could help future drives hold terabytes of data

A Harvard Medical School professor claims that proteins from murky marshes could form the basis for higher capacity storage devices. Professor Venkatesan Renugopalakrishnan says proteins from the membrane of a salt marsh bacterium can be genetically altered to store data at areal densities of up to 50 terabits per square inch.

CSFB analyst warns of lower Ipod availability ahead of refresh

Reuters reports that, in a statement issued today, Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Robert Semple warned that Apple could be reducing its inventories of current models of iPod players, in advance of a refresh of the product line, which he expects to see in September or October.

Microsoft makes Virtual PC 2004 available for free

In an anticipated move, Microsoft released Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1, its virtual desktop computer BIOS and environment for Windows XP, to the general public for a free download.

Small percentage of people watching video on their mobile phones and iPods - report

Knowledge Networks, a Menlo Park-based market research firm, has released a study that claims 50% of those who subscribe to video cell phone services actually watch video. The report titled How People Use Mobile Video studied mobile video usage on mobile phones, iPods and laptops and surprisingly concludes that only three percent of the 13 to 54 year old broadband population actually have used their phones and video iPods to watch video.

Sony releases higher capacity Micro Vault flash drives

Sony has announced newer and higher capacity versions of their famous Micro Vault line of flash drives. The new drives come in 256 MB to 4 GB capacities and are "Byte-sized" according to Sony. The Micro Vaults measure 1/2" wide and 1" long while being about the thickness of a quarter.

Microsoft's Private Folder application may not be so private

Westlake Village (CA) - Yesterday we wrote about Microsoft's free Private Folder 1.0 application that encrypts and password protects a folder on a desktop. Thanks to the astute eyes of one of our readers and according to a closer look into the application, the contents of the folder may not be so private. Reader Johnny Granlund emailed us this morning saying that he was able to access the folder simply by rebooting into Safe Mode. The question however remained - are the contents in the private folder still protected?

Gates: Vista likely to be ready in January

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday there was an 80 percent chance the company's next-generation operating system, Windows Vista, would be ready in January.

HP may ship color version of Lightscribe later this year

Careful reading of the Lightscribe user guide included with Hewlett-Packard's Lightscribe-capable DVD burners reveals an expansion of the CD labeling technology. Lightscribe CD and DVD burners use specially coated recordable CDs and DVDs to directly "etch" labels onto the discs.

Lite-On IT may offer SATA DVD burners in Q4

Lite-On IT, the largest maker of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, is planning production of DVD burners supporting the SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) interface standard, according to industry sources.

Prices for pre-N devices get slashed by over 20%

Leading vendors of consumer networking devices in the US have recently lowered their prices for related pre-N (draft 802.11n) products, with the prices for a majority of items slashed over 20%, according to market sources.

Sun luring enterprise customers away from Intel

Santa Clara (CA) - Sun today announced new AMD-based performance datacenter servers, which can carry up to 16 processors or up to 24 TB of storage space in one 4U chassis. The new models are squarely aimed at the Intel-based competition and Sun hopes that the sparkling AMD Opteron brand will once again fuel the firm's growth in the x86 server segment.

Microsoft releases free encrypted folder app

Microsoft has released a free application that allows users to create an encrypted and password-protected folder. Microsoft Private Folder 1.0 works on Windows XP and Media Center Editions with Service Pack 2 and is meant to provide a consumer-level of protection. Microsoft warns that it is "not intended to provide security against hackers."

D-Link ships flip-style Wi-Fi phone

D-Link today introduced its flip-style Wi-Fi Phone, which can be used for VoIP-based voice calls.

Mobile phone gamers value price and familiarity - report

Telephia, a mobile market research firm, has released a report which states the majority of mobile phone gamers base their purchases on price and familiarity. Low prices and free trials entice 59% and 48% of people to buy games, while 43% buy games that they know from consoles or PCs.

Skype preloaded on new SanDisk U3 Cruzer Smart Drives

SanDisk has announced a line of Cruzer flash drives which come with Skype preloaded. The new U3 Cruzer line of drives can also hold user preferences, applications and browser favorites. Capacities start at 512 MB for the regular Cruzer and go up to 2 GB for the Cruser Titanium.

Canon releases seven photo and all-in-one printers

While much of the country is baking in high summer temperatures, Canon is raining down printers - seven to be exact. All of the printers are in Canon's PIXMA line-up with three being photo printers and the remaining four being all-in-one printers. The new photo printers can print pictures that last up to 100 years, while the all-in-one printers can print up to 22 black and white pages per minute. Canon's new iP6700D photo printer

Seagate offers 1 TB NAS device for homes and small businesses

Seagate Maxtor is offering a new network storage device that can hold up to 1 TB of information. The Maxtor Shared Storage II device has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting flash drives or additional hard drives. The Shared Storage II uses two hard-drives which can be mirrored for data protection.

Lotus Notes now available for Linux

Lotus Notes, IBM's former top titan of groupware, is now officially available for Linux. Notes which had previously been available to 125 million Windows and Mac users will now also run under the Eclipse Java framework inside of Linux machines. Existing users can freely port their licenses over to Linux.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 RC available for download

Mozilla has released the download of the first beta of its Firefox 2.0 browser a few days early.