Mozilla releases Firefox 2 RC3

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.

Yellow Dog Linux to run on PS3

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.

ATI releases new mainstream card into the gaming arena

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 announces motherboard with Vista Premium logo

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 shows 2800x2100 pixel LCD

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's solid state flash disk gets Vista certification

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.

New Plextor drive "obliterates" data on CDs/DVDs with laser blasts

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 quad-cores expected to arrive on 13 November

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."

Kyocera intros 8.5" widescreen display

Kyocera today announced a compact mass-market LCD, which the company is aiming at industrial applications.

Freescale intros dual-core Flexray controllers

Freescale today announced a series of 32-bit, dual-core microcontrollers for use in automotive applications. The company said that the new devices are targeted at enhancing the performance, power efficiency and flexibility of automotive body electronics.

Kingston to continue evaluating PCBs with embedded resistors

Long-time DRAM-module market leader Kingston Technology will continue evaluating the possibility of using PCBs (printed circuit boards) with embedded resistors in its DRAM-module product lines.

Memory upgrade slows Microsoft Vista right down

Vista has rather an illogical performance rating tool. It tests some of your computer subsystems and gives you a total score that can give you an indication whether or not your machine is fit for Vista.

Microsoft adjusts EU, Korean versions of Vista

Redmond (WA) - Following recent complaints by companies such as Symantec and McAfee, Microsoft today announced that it will revise the feature set of Windows Vista, which is on track for a global launch in January 2007. The European and Korean editions will see changes in the areas of security, search and the new file format XPS, the company said.

Intel gives 910- and 915-chipsets one year to live

In addition to pushing the 945-series as the mainstream chipset solutions for entry-level PC systems in the first half of 2007, Intel has decided not to accept orders for 910- and 915-series chipsets starting from March of next year, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Sharp introduces high-contrast in-car LCD display

Sharp announced the development of its high-contrast ratio in-car LCD applications and highlighted that the contrast ratio of 1500:1 achieves the industry's highest level.

OSD Displays releases low-cost 1.5" full color OLED display

OSD Displays recently introduced a new low-cost 1.5" color OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display.

Santa Clara university student wins Tom's Hardware Guide's $10K PC

Brendan Duda, a mechanical engineering major at Santa Clara University, had been thinking about upgrading his old computer, but now he doesn't have to. Duda has won the Tom's Hardware Guide tenth-year anniversary computer which is valued at more than $10,000. The massive computer with an equally massive 30" Apple Cinema display now resides in Duda's frat house room near the university.

Nvidia announces new high-end mobile GPU

Nvidia today announced a new flagship graphics processor for notebooks. The GeForce Go 7950 GTX GPU promises joins the current 90 nm chip lineup of the company and promises more speed for performance-tuned mobile computers.

Intel's PM96/GM965 chipsets to be rolled out as scheduled - sources

The development of Intel's forthcoming PM965/GM965 chipsets (codenamed Crestine) for its Santa Rosa platform is on track, which will allow the chip giant to roll out the chips in March 2007 as scheduled, according to sources at Taiwan notebook makers.

NEC to launch two TFT-LCD modules for portable information devices

NEC LCD Technologies today announced it will begin shipping samples of two new amorphous-silicon (a-Si) TFT-LCD displays at the end of December.