Corel's Winzip division today announced that it has launched the beta version of Winzip 11.0, which is now available for public testing. New features for the latest version include increased file support, improved WAV compression, read-support for RAR and the ability to preview images in ZIP files.
Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed the world's first 50nm DDR2 dynamic random access memory chip (DRAM). According to Samsung, the chips use a new three-dimensional transistor design which helps the chip retain memory better and increases production yields by 55 percent.
Chipping away from former and current hardware partners Intel IBM, Microsoft has decided to develop game console processors itself, reports The New York Times. Design and testing of new chips is headed to Microsoft's own internal labs in Redmond, WA and Mountain View, CA.
With Hewlett-Packard (HP) deciding to adopt the Blu-ray Disc (BD) format for its optical disc drives (ODD), Lite-On IT is actively competing for such orders, according to industry sources.
Moving ahead to deeper submicron design rules, United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) questions the constancy of Moore's Law, according to company chairman and CEO Jackson Hu.
Nvidia is releasing a new version of its NVPerfKit application that promises to find rendering bugs and increase graphical performance. NVPerfKit version 2.1 is a suite of tools designed for analyzing and debugging OpenGL and Direct3D programs on both Linux and Windows. Nvidia claims the kits can increase average performance by as much as 35%.
Nvidia announced that it is the first GPU company to ship WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certified graphics drivers for Windows Vista. The version 96.85 Forceware drivers were released for download on 17 October from Nvidia's website.
NEC LCD Technologies has announced the successful development of four new system-on-glass (SOG) LCD modules (LCMs) for personal digital assistants (PDAs) and portable GPS terminals.
November will be one busy month for gadget lovers and gaming enthusiasts.
Sanyo Epson today said that it has developed a 2.2" cellphone display that is just 1.1 mm thick and can display QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution.
Virtualization software, the kind that lets you run multiple operating systems at the same time, is getting a big boost from Microsoft. The company is allowing developers to use its Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) specification for free and without any licenses. The terms are quite simple with Microsoft saying, "The specification(s) could be used for free, easily, now and forever."
Santa Clara (CA) - Despite a quarter result that did not quite show the strength of the traditional Intel, the processor manufacturer apparently is on its way up again. During a conference call, chief executive officer Paul Otellini back up the claim of the promised massive launch of its recently introduced Core micro architecture.
As the introduction of the next generation version of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser continues to draw closer, the organization today announced a new release candidate of Firefox 2.
Loveland (CO) - Terra Soft Solutions, a Linux company specializing in Apple Macintosh and IBM Linux distributions, has announced a distribution for upcoming Sony PlayStation 3. Yellow Dog Linux version 5.0 is being developed with the permission of Sony and will include the 2.6.16 kernel, compilers and OpenOffice 2.0.1. Terra Soft also promises a one-click installer.
Markham (ON) - ATI today heated up the battle in the midrange of the graphics field, offering a new contender for Nvidia 7900 GS graphics cards. The manufacturer claims that the new Radeon X1950 Pro will offer 10 to 35% more more gaming performance than its its competitor and - for the first time- includes native Crossfire support by default.
ASRock recently announced that its ConRoeXFire-eSATA2 motherboard officially received the Windows Vista Premium logo, which makes it among the first Vista Premium motherboards in the world.
NEC LCD Technologies today announced the development of a new monochrome, 21.3" a-Si (amorphous silicon) TFT LCD module (LCM), claiming the panel has the industry's highest resolution, according to the company.
Samsung today said that it has received a certification for its flash-based solid state disk drives (SSDs) from Microsoft's Windows Hardware Qualification Lab (WHQL). The company will offer the drives as a 32 GB 2.5" form factor version as well as slim-type devices with capacities of 16 and 32 GB.
Plextor has announced a new drive that erases CDs and DVDs by blasting them with laser light. The PlexEraser PX-OE100E "obliterates" the data layer on almost every format of recordable CD and DVD and can even handle dual-layer discs. Each disc takes about three minutes to erase and the drive then marks the disc to show it has been processed.
Intel is expected to introduce its first quad-core processors on 13 November. According to an invitation sent to media, Hewlett-Packard and Intel will be hosting a "Quad Fest" that day to share news about "workstation technology solutions including the business behind quad-core technology."