The DVD Forum plans to draw up a blue-laser HD DVD-ROM format specifically for and only available in the China market in response to the request by two China-based organizations, the government-sponsored Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center (OMNERC) and the state-run China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC).
Samsung Electronics America yesterday introduced SyncMaster 305T, a widescreen, high-resolution 30" LCD monitor.
Transcend Information and TwinMos Technologies have separately launched 4 GB and 8 GB secure digital high-capacity (SDHC) cards.
The announcement last year that Apple was moving to Intel-based hardware might have seemed like a fatal blow to Terra Soft Solutions, a company best-known for the Yellow Dog Linux distro.
Microsoft is going to end support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and 1a next Tuesday. The company will only give critical updates and security fixes for users who have or upgrade to Service Pack 2.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will announce the Rev G Turion 64 X2 and Mobile Sempron CPU lineups, which will debut as the chip vendor's first 65 nm-made mobile processors, in 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD's latest CPU roadmap.
Viewsonic announced a DLP (digital light processing) front-projector priced at less than $1000, for business and home use.
NEC LCD Technologies recently announced that it will begin shipping samples of its new 12.1-inch super video graphics array (SVGA) TFT-LCD module.
Asustek Computer last week debuted its 22" widescreen LCD monitor (MW221U) featuring a response time of 2ms.
OCZ Technology Group has introduced a new modular power supply with a sustained output of 600 watts. The PSU will hopefully lessen cable clutter because only the necessary power cables need to be attached. The titanium mirrored case comes with two PCI-Express cables and a 4/8 pin CPU auxiliary fan connector.
Sonic Solutions today said that it has licensed Macrovision software to provide what the firms call the industry's first comprehensive protection solution for custom manufacturing of secure DVDs. The two companies claim the new partnership allows them to provide worthwhile security solutions for content owners who have been wary of insufficient digital ripping protection on DVDs.
Mozilla recently released a new version of its Firefox 2.0 Release Candidate 2, a publicly available preview of an overhauled version of the current Firefox Web browser.
Redmond (WA) - Microsoft today released what the company believes will be the last non-final version of the Windows Vista operating system. Vista RC2 promises more stability and more performance than RC1, which was released to a total of five million users earlier this month.
See the preview of Windows Vista ...
An ATI chipset roadmap has appeared on two South American websites today. At least for now, it appears that the acquisition by AMD could accelerate the rollout of products and ATI. While battling Intel on the low-end, ATI's chipsets and graphics processors begin to align closely with AMD to offer high-end gaming solutions for FX processors.
At Ajax World, IBM is demonstrating a tool that it will soon put up on its hosted alpha services site that would enable developers to build Ajax mashups.
Codeweavers has released a beta version of their CrossOver Linux which allows Linux fans to play World of Warcraft. CrossOver Linux Standard beta 2 came out last week and can also play Half-Life 2 and Windows Flash Player 9. The beta is currently available as a free download.
Google has unveiled a couple of new search services.
Nvidia shares rocketed up almost 10% in Wednesday's trading as rumors flew about a possible takeover from Intel. More than 22 million Nvidia shares traded on Wednesday with prices rising about 9.8%. So far this morning, stock prices have dipped about 2% to $30.45 a share.
Redmond (WA) - Windows Vista will introduce new tools that aim to make pirated versions less attractive and prompt users to activate a legally obtained copy of the operating system. Deeply integrated into the core of the software, Microsoft will reserve functionality such as the Aero Glass interface and Flash acceleration for Windows Vista versions that are validated.
Charles Chou, an analyst at Fubon Securities, commented that the tight supply of low-end Intel Celeron and AMD Socket AM2 Sempron CPUs became apparent in the middle of September, with the two chip vendors gearing up to accelerate each platform's transition by the fourth quarter of 2006.